* Posts by Alan J. Wylie

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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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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

Alan J. Wylie

Add two zeros so it's in cents, then convert to hex. Ooh look - top bit set, lots of zeros and presumably his real balance is $41.92

echo "16o 92,233,720,368,547,80000p" | sed 's/,//g' | dc

8000000000001060

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Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

Alan J. Wylie

Chavscum

Archiving the web site won't pick up the details of the algorithm used by their search engine though

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/06/chavscum/

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Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

Alan J. Wylie

Definitely something odd going on

I've seen three different accounts compromised in the past few days: two members of a caving club, one member of a mountaineering organisation. No mobile app or Apple hardware involved in at least one of them. I'm wondering whether being a member of a Yahoo! group might be a common factor.

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Study: Gay marriage support linked to pr0n consumption

Alan J. Wylie

Correlation between autism and organic food sales

http://imgur.com/1WZ6h

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

Alan J. Wylie

Moon Riven

Are the cracks wider than a mile?

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Elon Musk jumps overboard from Paul Allen's GIANT MOTHERSHIP

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Can anyone say "Thunderbirds"?

Are Go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-X

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BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE

Alan J. Wylie

Typical BT, don't care so long as they profit

They make money from these features being ordered, so why should they care?

Nothing has changed from the days when all BT Cellnet asked for was a credit card number + expiry date to top up a PAYG phone, giving rise to the inevitable fraud. If someone didn't question the £30.00 charge on their card, it was all pure profit for IT.

http://www.pardoe.net/cellnet/index.html

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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

Alan J. Wylie

Charlie Ergen owns both Dish and Hughesnet

> [dishNET] will compete with HughesNet

Dish and Echostar are both owned by Charlie Ergen. Echostar bought Hughes Communications, of which

Hughes Network Systems is a subsidiary, in 2011.

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Scottish council muzzles 9-year-old school dinner photo blogger

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Council statement is here

> "national press headlines which have led catering staff to fear for their jobs"

I predict the Council is now going to be deluged with Freedom of Information requests

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RIPE reverse DNS broken for much of day

Alan J. Wylie

Netcraft and the Full Disclosure mailing list hit

The mail servers for both Netcraft and the Full Disclosure mailing list have IP addresses that did not resolve during the outage

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Dating site eHarmony plays data-breach me-too

Alan J. Wylie

About time too

Checking back through my logs, I found this in my spam folder, sent in June last year to a unique e-mail address used only for eHarmony. Odd that a 419 scammer should have ended up with it.

I'm sure there are other crooks out there to whom it would have been far more valuable.

From info <at> freelotto.co.uk Thu Jun 9 03:17:13 2011

X-Spam-Flag: YES

X-Spam-Score: 18.547

Received: from EXFE02.easyxchange.co.uk (ex01.easyxchange.co.uk [62.233.64.252]) by xxx (Postfix) with ESMTP id 112086608F for <UNIQUE Eharmony ADDRESS>; Thu, 9 Jun 2011 03:17:07 +0100 (BST)

Received: from User ([178.111.129.176]) by EXFE02.easyxchange.co.uk with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.1830); Thu, 9 Jun 2011 03:15:51 +0100

From: Free Lotto Company <info <at> freelotto.co.uk>

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Cloud mega-uploads aren't easy

Alan J. Wylie

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Andrew_S._Tanenbaum

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Floppy disk drives jam James Bond theme

Alan J. Wylie

Flying robot quadrotors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sUeGC-8dyk

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'Leap year' bug drives TomTom satnav users up the wall

Alan J. Wylie

Two years ago Garmin had similar problems

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/10/garmin_dates/

Y2.01K hits Garmin satnav

Garmin's Geko 201 GPS kit can't decide what year it is, flipping between decades every time it's switched on, though it's performing better on days of the week.

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BBC links Iran to cyber-war against Persian telly service

Alan J. Wylie

Could this be related to the thousands of spoofed midnight phone calls last week?

Thousands of Brits bombarded in caller spoofing riddle

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/12/caller_id_spoofing_uk/

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