* Posts by Alan J. Wylie

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

Alan J. Wylie

Don't use numbers or special characters.

Clearly the Vodaphone web creators have never read https://www.mjt.me.uk/posts/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-addresses/

Bo’ness, Westward Ho!

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IT'S WAR: Hacktivists throw in their lot with spies and the military

Alan J. Wylie

cyder-espionage group

cyder-espionage group

somebody's upsetting the apple cart.

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

Alan J. Wylie

CVE assigned

https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2015-2247

and this article is referenced

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Alan J. Wylie

Re: They're not bottom of the [boring] food chain by a long way

"http://www.telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org"

And they even have a 'Pole of the Month'!

There's a Pylon of the Month site too!

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

Alan J. Wylie

Can I be the first to coin a phrase?

"Chinaman in the middle attack"

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

Alan J. Wylie

I recognise that reservoir: Ringstone Edge, B6114.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.658847,-1.923031,3a,75y,318.92h,88.2t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1shQer2XwaHBcLlcoTThZ1IA!2e0

A nicer day when Google's streetview car drove by, though.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

Alan J. Wylie

Nuisance Calls. Brighton. That rings a bell.

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2010/04/sky-falls-in-on-jailed-satelli.html

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

Alan J. Wylie

"a stage play"

a stage play?

More than one:

* The ICA in London (clashed with my finals, didn't get a ticket in advance, turned up anyway and saw it up to the destruction of the earth).

* I also went to the the production at the Rainbow Theatre, Islington.

* Theatre Clwyd did it too, saw it when it was at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge.

Knowing what to google for, there was a web site on the subject:

http://www.douglasadams.eu/en_h2g2_hitchhiker-on-stage.php

but it seems to be showing default content at the moment. Wayback machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/20150207084540/http://douglasadams.eu/en_h2g2_hitchhiker-on-stage.php

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Terrahawks

Not Terrahawks - Power Rammers

Hope they are all wearing steel toecaps

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Where to put it?

> Sri Kanda mountain on the island of Taprobane

Oooh - that's the second time today I can mention butterflies.

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Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model

Alan J. Wylie

Be careful

> We won’t be able to know for sure until someone invents a time machine and goes back 150 million years to when Sophie was roaming the landscape in what is now North America

Don't step on any butterflies.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Binge watch time

Bilbo Baggins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Alan J. Wylie

SSL Certificate now public

Robert Graham has gone further and decrypted the private key for the certificate, which is installed as trusted on who-knows-how-many systems.

http://blog.erratasec.com/2015/02/extracting-superfish-certificate.html

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Alan J. Wylie

Re: the nsa will love this

They will ban them from their premises, just as they did with Furbies back in '99

Doesn't look as if El Reg covered it back then

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/254094.stm

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

Alan J. Wylie

Telnet server open to the Internet

http://www.blinkenlights.nl/services.html

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl 666

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

Alan J. Wylie

Lock In

1) Without fixed IP addresses that can be reached from the wider Internet (NAT'd addresses are effectively firewalled), IOT devices will need central servers, which allows the IOT manufacturers to charge for the service. Want to set your TV to record? No way to connect directly to it from your smartphone, you'll have to connect to a server and hope your TV also polls in time.

2) It is currently impossible to start a new ISP or hosting provider in the UK. That's a nice (anti) competitive advantage for the incumbents.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

Alan J. Wylie

> sensors on riverbanks could measure the flow of rivers

Do they mean like this:

http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels/120697.aspx?stationId=8110

http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels/120708.aspx

Really useful if I'm thinking of going caving

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Zombie POODLE wanders in, cocks leg on TLS

Alan J. Wylie

> A couple of cross platform scripts that could test all the major browsers

> and web servers for compliance would be a lot of help too.

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html

The server test is already updated to test for CVE-2014-8730

https://community.qualys.com/blogs/securitylabs/2014/12/08/poodle-bites-tls

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Alan J. Wylie

Recommended server TLS config

> There seems to be a need for a central page somewhere that says, quite

> simply:

> What protocols are safe

> How to configure popular software to use those protocols

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Server_Side_TLS

is a good start

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UK.gov quietly slips extra cash to AUTO ROBOTICA bods

Alan J. Wylie

Turning complete?

With all those roundabouts at MK, will the cars be Turning Complete?

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Alan J. Wylie

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

Forgotten this article?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/11/lavasoft_has_new_owners/

> Anti-spyware company Lavasoft AB is now owned by a set of online entrepreneurs who have been linked with misleading websites.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Alan J. Wylie

And now causing amusement on the Linux Kernel Mailing List

http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.usb.general/116767

From: Russ Dill

This patch provides the FTDI genuine product verification steps

as contained within the new 2.12.00 official release. It ensures

that counterfeiters don't exploit engineering investment made

by FTDI. Counterfeit ICs are destroying innovation in the

industry.

+ /* Attempt to set Vendor ID to 0 */

+ eeprom_data[1] = 0;

+

+ /* Calculate new checksum to avoid bricking devices */

+ checksum = ftdi_checksum(eeprom_data, eeprom_size);

+

+ /* Verify EEPROM programming behavior/nonbehavior */

+ write_eeprom(port, 1, 0);

+ write_eeprom(port, eeprom_size - 1, checksum);

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PARC Alto source code released by computer history museum

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Portrait Screens

It looks familiar, and no wonder: the design of the PERQ I remember from the early 80s was influenced by the Xerox Alto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PERQ

The FORTRAN compiler used to grab some of the screen RAM, resulting in random flashes over half the screen.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Fuse wire

One thing not mentioned - use 24 or 48 volts, rather than 12V. Of course, all your electrical equipment: radio, lights, etc. needs changing or adapting, but your alternator, starter motor and a lot of cable all become a lot lighter.

The old army air portable Land-Rovers run off 24V

Almost impossible to retro-fit to an old vehicle, but previous proposals for a voltage of about 40 to 48 volts are being resurrected.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42-volt_electrical_system

http://ae-plus.com/news/audi-charges-up-to-48v-electrical-architecture

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Wythenshawe

IT angle: Wythenshawe was where the Ferranti Argus computer was developed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferranti_Argus

http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/6440

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

Alan J. Wylie

Re: What's the hold up?

Can I suggest a name: "hassle"

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

Alan J. Wylie

Re: No, really, I read it and I have proof...

I know about zip bombs and xml bombs, anyone know anything about json bombs?

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Alan J. Wylie

Re: 192.150.16.235

and another: 193.104.215.0/24

$ host adelogs.adobe.com

adelogs.adobe.com is an alias for adelogs.wip4.adobe.com.

adelogs.wip4.adobe.com has address 193.104.215.99

$ whois 193.104.215.99

inetnum: 193.104.215.0 - 193.104.215.255

netname: ADOBE-NET

descr: Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd.

country: IE

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

Alan J. Wylie

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/07/help_my_belkin_router/

> The marketing geniuses at Belkin, the consumer networking vendor, have dreamed up a new form of spam - ads served to your desktop, by way of its wireless router

> The router would grab a random HTTP connection every eight hours and redirect it to Belkin’s (push) advertised web page.

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Shuffling Zombie Juror – aka Linux kernel 3.16 – wants to eat … ARMs?

Alan J. Wylie

Shuffling Zombie Juror

It's been "Shuffling Zombie Juror" since 3.14

The name comes from Linus' walking desk:

https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/ZpofpaZ8ZTa

at which he can only shuffle slowly and from the jury duty he did back

in January

https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/1/28/441

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Alan J. Wylie

Fulgin?

Now can I have a fulgin cloak? And a sword, too, please

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

Alan J. Wylie

Bastille Day - good day to bury bad news

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

Alan J. Wylie

Good to see that Julian Huppert has been involved

Julian Huppert, one of the most technologically clueful MPs, was involved in draughting the bill.

http://www.libdemvoice.org/julian-huppert-this-is-not-snoopers-charter-its-what-we-had-already-

plus-additional-safeguards-41464.html

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Cranial RAM cram plan aims to restore memory

Alan J. Wylie

Re: micro-SD enabled barnet

> "All ur brain r belong to us..."

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Huh?

> VAX (computer) vs VAX (vacuum cleaner)

> Apple (record label) vs Apple (brand image consultancy) (both using the fruit as a logo)

And Total (telecomms company) v.s. Total (major oil company)

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

Alan J. Wylie

Theo's previous response when asked if he'd like to be on a mailing list

http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2014/05/02/7

<cite>

Date: Fri, 02 May 2014 14:33:12 -0600

From: Theo de Raadt <deraadt@....openbsd.org>

> Also cc'ing Theo so OpenBSD gets

> notified for sure. Speaking of which Theo: should we get you or an

> OpenBSD deputy (Bob Beck?) onto distros@?

...

We don't get paid. And therefore, I don't know where I should find

the time to be on another mailing list. It is not like I would have

sent a mail to anyone. In general our processes are simply commit &

publish. So I'll decline.

</cite>

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Evidence-based Tweets will SAVE the WORLD - and your waistline

Alan J. Wylie

Now I'm *really* confused

http://livefromgolgafrincham.org/2014/03/18/will-they-ever-get-it/

...

> Conversely, a list of sources people ought to avoid to keep confusion

> to a minimum should include:

...

> The Register website

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Weights and Measurements

> His published books suggest that he makes quite a good writer.

He's also One Of Us (for small values of us). I'm rather chuffed, having done a quick google, to find that 15 years ago he and I were posting to the same fora about cheap tape drives, programming in perl and general BOFH style recovery.

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

Alan J. Wylie

Few clients are vulnerable

IE, obviously, isn't vulnerable.

Firefox and Chromium use NSS, so aren't vulnerable.

Opera has OpenSSL statically linked in. The Copyright string says

"1998-2011" and the vulnerability appeared in OpenSSL in early 2012,

so again should be safe.

Android: Most versions have HeartBeat disabled, except for v4.1.1

(and possibly 4.1(.0)).

Earlier versions use an earlier, non-vulnerable version of OpenSSL

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/google-services-updated-to-address.html

There's a client tester and a list of some vulnerable clients at

https://github.com/Lekensteyn/pacemaker

OpenVPN is vulnerable, however

https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/heartbleed

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

Alan J. Wylie

Sweepnik

In the mid-60's, Otto Frisch (of atomic bomb (in)fame[1]) built the Sweepnik, which used a laser beam to follow the tracks of particles in photographs of bubble chambers.

http://www-outreach.phy.cam.ac.uk/camphy/sweepnik/sweepnik6_1.htm

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisch-Peierls_memorandum

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

Alan J. Wylie

Not a CCL data leak

I got several copies of the e-mail, none to the unique address I use for CCL.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

Alan J. Wylie

Re: USENET?

http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/Dr-Fun/df9601/df960124.jpg

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A steam punk VDU ?

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Laserscan HRD-1

> Greyhawk Soft Plotter

Interesting. In the early 80's LSL worked with RSRE Malvern on similar technology. I remember the locked room with the infra-red lasers well: goggles and lots of warning notices. "Do not stare into laser beam with remaining eye" isn't applicable when you can't see the beam.

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Alan J. Wylie

Re: Laserscan HRD-1

> "Spot size: 200 microns (on screen?)"

> The brochure claims 20 micros. 5000x 7000 pixels. That's laser printer territory (in 1973 !).

I think the 20 microns quoted was on the photochromic film, then a 10x ,magnification when projected onto the screen.

> huge storage issue

...

> what happened to LS?

LSL had a vector approach to drawing and digitising. Once chips became cheap enough, you could just scan the whole document into memory in one go and throw computing power at it. PGH's web page I quoted above has a history of the company. Note the famous people that came to visit: Prince Philip, Maggie T

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Alan J. Wylie

Laserscan HRD-1

With the exception of lasers (replaced by limelight and lenses?) and the speed advantage of electronics, a lot of the early 1970's Laserscan HRD-1 could be replicated using steampunk technology.

Here's a link to a brochure:

http://www.pghardy.net/lsl/brochures/lsl_74_hrd-1.pdf

A blue argon-ion laser was reflected by two large steerable mirrors set at 90° and then off two very small galvanometer mirrors (used for small movements and to compensate for the inertia of the large mirrors) onto a 100 by 70 mm area on a long roll of photochromic film. The was then projected at 10 times magnification onto a screen. Black lines appeared on an orange background. To erase, you wound the roll of film on one frame. By the time you got to the end, the first frames had faded back to clean orange.

User display: 1 metre by 0.7

addressability on screen: 50k by 35k

Spot size: 200 microns (on screen?)

http://www.pghardy.net/lsl/lsl_display_hardware.html

http://www.pghardy.net/lsl/lsl_history.html

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Why go to Norway ?

Why not use Woomera?

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

Alan J. Wylie

Ready Brek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk0WzCtF0yY

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

Alan J. Wylie

Project Genetrix

is *so* 1950's

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Genetrix

http://www.nrojr.gov/teamrecon/res_his-ConsidRisk.html

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/ws-119l.html

http://steveblank.com/2010/01/28/balloon-wars/

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Bugs in beta weather model used to trash climate science

Alan J. Wylie

Lorenz, the Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory

Old news: Edward Lorenz discovered that floating point truncation causes weather simulations to diverge massively back in 1961. This was the foundation of Chaos Theory and it was Lorenz who coined the term "Butterfly Effect"

http://www.ganssle.com/articles/achaos.htm [ganssle.com]

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200301/history.cfm [aps.org]

<cite>

Instead of starting the whole run over, he started midway through, typing the numbers straight from the earlier printout to give the machine its initial conditions. Then he walked down the hall for a cup of coffee, and when he returned an hour later, he found an unexpected result. Instead of exactly duplicating the earlier run, the new printout showed the virtual weather diverging so rapidly from the previous pattern that, within just a few virtual "months", all resemblance between the two had disappeared.

</cite>

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