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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: John Q. needs to realize that...

Data collection serves two purposes, an ad driven revenue source for the likes of Google, and political control/repression capability for the likes of the 5 Eyes.

Conflating the two doesn't make much sense and leads to bad thinking.

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Re: Italy

Well, that's the country that sics dogs on people at airports to see whether they are illegally exporting gold.

More to the point, is anyone using that kind of service?

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Also, newspeak

I think I remember the verb "to redact" started to be misused for "to censor" at the time Saddam was worse than Hitler and we Kicking his Ass and then got Mission Accomplished. Why has it moved into standard industry talk now?

Or is my Alzheimer showing?

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I want to go back

Why did Sun have to get bought by Oracle?

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Re: space time continuum stressed again

Chill out. It's just the US bombing again.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Trick Cyclists discover new syndrome to justify their existence

> going in for anti-Semitism directed against Jews with no connection to Israel

What

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Yes, and?

"Sometimes, she would spend several hours a day reading and writing messages, neglecting her social relationships and, sometimes, even meals and regular sleeping hours. She finally felt increasingly desperate because she could not fulfill all of the tasks, became increasingly afraid of what would happen to her if she did not, and finally, developed intense suicidal thoughts."

A standard day of the sysadmin-developer.

Really, what's so special?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: meanwhile in the real world

> Nescafe Gold

Horrible.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Not Neurons

Yeah yeah yeah.

> It might be modelling Perceptrons, which are actually useful for engineering.

They are not very interesting because they are just classifiers handily described in a single equation. This is not that.

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Hey guys. We've got 1.2 BILLION stolen accounts here. Send us your passwords, 'cos safety

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Now if we could just get Gopnik Doge in there somehow...

Such engineering. Much social. Wow.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Well, Java was the first to sandbox stuff.

Yes .... Even if it turned out later that the sandbox was leaking all over the place. Imagine what would have happened if Microsoft had managed to push its own "optimized" version.

Anyway, these days interactive stuff is running as JavaScript in the browser (and what amazing stuff it is) and the whole application stack complete with MVC core is moving back from the server to the browser so I expect the attack surface to increase markedly there - unless people now know what they are doing. Hah.

Next sandbox: run the whole browser in its own VM.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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"Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, which also took place in the raids, added:"

What happens if Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, is wounded in the raid as instead of a 20 year old nerd a bunch of coloured persons enraged by the BIP are encountered (hypothetically)?

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Re: Short term memory loss

The Police aren't there to protect the tax payer

You don't quite understand that the police is there to make sure the tax payer pays.

But don't worry, Chomsky is also a bit confused in his anarcho-syndicalist ways as he pines for factories run by democratically-run worker commitees. History shows where that kind of operation ends.

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Re: Really

He looks like he's from Nigeria, rather.

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Re: Bhatt missed a trick.

Frankly, this world could do with more death threats.

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Car hackers build kit to protect you and your motor from fiery death

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Re: Simple Solution

> This consists of a diode inserted in the command feed

I hope not literally otherwise some salesman was having a good laugh.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Does anyone care?

Copyright still at mickey-mouse levels instead of 10 years after publication?

Yeah fuck that.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Arbeitsbeschaffungsmassnahme fur NEETs

The British children of today – who have rarely heard the chirping of a dial-up connection – have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six, new Ofcom research has claimed.

Pfffhha hahaha

This research brought to you by overpaid trick cyclists just out of "social science" studies.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Re: Huge arctic fox

LOL 419

"Hold Security is already capitalizing on the panic"

The biggest problem, as Forbes's Kashmir Hill and The Wall Street Journal's Danny Yadron have noted, is that Hold Security is already capitalizing on the panic, charging a $120-per-year subscription to anyone who wants to check if their name and password are on the list. Hold says it's just trying to recoup expenses, but there's something unseemly about stoking fears of cybercrime and then asking concerned citizens to pay up. It also gives Hold a clear incentive to lie to reporters about how large and significant the finding is.

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Re: Has Einstein been proved wrong? Iranian nuke next week? President in charge?

Yup, a roach motel is easy to maintain.

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Has Einstein been proved wrong? Iranian nuke next week? President in charge?

Will Redmond be able to resist?

Should this not be the headline?

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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News from the multiverse?

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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I saw that trick in a movie with CIndy Crawford.

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Ecuador follows Bitcoin ban with digi-currency proposal

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FAIL

Completely missing the point

The digital currency will be backed by the assets of the Central Bank of Ecuador.

Of which there are none. This is just code for "we will issue some more when we need it", thus as any "Central Bank backed currency" it can be had in heaps as large as you want, inflated away, used to pay off the state's debt for peanuts etc.

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Facebook wants Linux networking as good as FreeBSD

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Git Gud!

flame-proof-suit tested against Linus Torvalds' periodic outbursts

But they are not undirected. You just need to be good.

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Two years on, Curiosity's still in the same crater

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Re: Boredom

> The sooner we get real people onto Mars

Expecting this to happen anytime soon or result in more than "meh" from the based generation. Unless someone suicides while on tour or gets horribly mangled by radiation/incontinent airlocks/lithobraking.

> the sooner we start to really learn things about the planet.

Implying those robots are unsuitable to "learn things about the planet". At least they can stay longer than 48 hours.

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Re: Unexpected behaviour

[Shot heard, somewhat muffled in a thin martian atmosphere]

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Re: "It's wheels are eroding"

It's wheels dey are for da rollin' and one of this days dey gonna roll right outta da crater!

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

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...and judging from what I have seen so far, a lot of code teams containing interns in senior positions would become liabilities overnight.

I'm all for it.

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Re: get that man to Gitmo

Dan Geer always has food for thought.

Have a gander:

Polarization (PDF) In: IEEE Security & Privacy, 2014-01.

Resolved: the Internet Is No Place for Critical Infrastructure In: ACM Queue, 2013-04

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Re: Remember

ITT: One voter who thinks Bush Junior had a plan.

Come on, he even need to be told there was a connection between Neocons and Israel. Never reading a US broadsheet, how shrub can you get?

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I don't see where the problem is.

If you built new software from the old, it becomes new software. If you import the old warts, you become responsible for maintaining and fixing them.

Unless you open source your new product (hopefully not under a Microsoft "open" *cough* license).

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Re: Remember

Thats would akin to saying Bush Junior had a plan.

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High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

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Nice

So, anyone remember the good old times when the now-lamented Mr. Saddam was rumored to buy up PS/2 en masse to create reality-bending weapons of mass destruction?

I want to go back.

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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Putin is getting it in both. American-style bi-partisanship?

Then Cameroon comes out like an idiot from hell and is telling tall tales about WWI being about "The Freedoms" but I digress.

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Re: you know you've hit the big time when

Logical fallacy.

If lawyers start circling, you *may* have hit it big. It may also be that your destiny was to serve as a warning to others.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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"This is Scotland at it's best"

> it's

Just no.

Also, the correct wording would be "We are sorry, this stream is not available in your location", right?

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

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From Henri Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson":

The distinction may seem obvious. The precaution of looking for all the consequences of a given policy to everyone may seem elementary. Doesn't everybody know, in his personal life, that there are all sorts of indulgences delightful at the moment but disastrous in the end? Doesn't every little boy know that if he eats enough candy he will get sick? Doesn't the fellow who gets drunk know that he will wake up next morning with a ghastly stomach and a horrible head? Doesn't the dipsomaniac know that he is ruining his liver and shortening his life? Doesn't the Don Juan know that he is letting himself in for every sort of risk, from blackmail to disease? Finally, to bring it to the economic though still personal realm, do not the idler and the spendthrift know, even in the midst of their glorious fling, that they are heading for a future of debt and poverty?

Yet when we enter the field of public economics, these elementary truths are ignored. There are men regarded today as brilliant economists, who deprecate saving and recommend squandering on a national scale as the way of economic salvation; and when anyone points to what the consequences of these policies will be in the long run, they reply flippantly, as might the prodigal son of a warning father: “In the long run we are all dead.” And such shallow wisecracks pass as devastating epigrams and the ripest wisdom.

But the tragedy is that, on the contrary, we are already suffering the long-run consequences of the policies of the remote or recent past. Today is already the tomorrow which the bad economist yesterday urged us to ignore. The long-run consequences of some economic policies may become evident in a few months. Others may not become evident for several years. Still others may not become evident for decades. But in every case those long-run consequences are contained in the policy as surely as the hen was in the egg, the flower in the seed.

From this aspect, therefore, the whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.

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NoSQL startup MongoDB names BladeLogic founder as new CEO

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$1.2bn – more than the $1bn that Sun Microsystems paid to acquire MySQL in 2008

Anyone CARE to apply an inflation adjuster? No, the official one, something realistic.

You will probably find that it's LESS.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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So-called "piracy" high on the priority list in Nigeria?

Is Andrew now consulting in the deep south?

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US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'

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THANKS OBAMA!

Seriously, this just means Israelis are currently commandeering the sprinkler system of the general in charge from their secret Jewish location.

Ridiculous US.

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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

Hmm, a thumbs-down by someone who presumably does not believe in encryption. How weird.

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

there's a number of companies out there who do in-house decapsulation of SSL traffic. Certificates are signed by their in house CA

That's not sufficent. The above means that https must be prohibited on the LAN up to the firewall. Or the browser has to friendly-wise provide the session key to the firewall.

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Thanks

So far, yes.

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Re: CVE here

Yeah, but here they are clearly running as root.

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Re: CVE here

1) Log in via SSH to The Little Company Box running DSM 5-0.4493 Update 3

2) ps -w

6601 http 308m S /usr/bin/httpd -DSSL -DSPDY

6638 root 18064 S < /usr/bin/httpd -DSSL -DSPDY -f /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf-sys

6640 root 17324 S /usr/bin/httpd -DSSL -DSPDY -f /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf-sys

6649 root 137m S < /usr/bin/httpd -DSSL -DSPDY -f /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf-sys

Hmmm...... does the webserver UPGRADE its UID to root or what?

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A cunningly placed MARKETING FNORD!

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Always look on the bright side of stuff

So...

I have several shock images of ISIS re-enacting the final scenes of "Life of Brian", with added decomposition and beheadings, judging by the smudgy pixels.

Am I bad?

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Multifunction printer p0wnage just getting worse, researcher finds

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High end Konica Minolta, Sharp, Dell, Canon and HP enterprise multi function printers spewed usernames, email addresses and passwords from address books, even after some vendors released fixes.

Presumably the Brother printers just straight-up cough-and-died?

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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NOT THAT SHIT AGAIN

The way things are going, we will be using nukes way before AI is even off the drawing board.

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