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43 posts • joined 12 Jul 2008

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>

Subject: CLAIM YOUR 2011 AWARD OF 4MILLION GBP

Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 03:17:02 +0100

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redeem your prize instantly,you are to contact your Lottery Agent

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Tel:+447404586428

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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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Are IP addresses personal data?

Alan J. Wylie

Some may not may personal data; mine definitely is

$ host 82.68.155.94

94.155.68.82.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer wylie.me.uk.

$ whois 82.68.155.94

inetnum: 82.68.155.88 - 82.68.155.95

descr: Mr Alan J. Wylie

And anyone that claims otherwise is a clueless muppet.

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Apple iOS 5.0 downloads drive all-time UK net traffic high

Alan J. Wylie

RevK of Andrews and Arnold noticed a definite spike:

http://revk.www.me.uk/2011/10/apple-melt-internet.html

"Internet traffic last night from around 18:45 to midnight was at unprecedented levels"

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World ostracizes firm that issued bogus Google credential

Alan J. Wylie

Certpatrol

There's a plugin for Firefox that "implements ''pinning'' for Firefox/Mozilla/SeaMonkey roughly as now recommended in the User Interface Guidelines[1] of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). "

Certificate Patrol: http://patrol.psyced.org/

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/wsc-ui/

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Reg readers ponder LOHAN's substantial globes

Alan J. Wylie

Barrage balloons

My mother had tales to tell of sitting on top of a hydrogen cylinder in Sheffield inflating a barrage balloon during WWII.

> We're are not, under any circumstances – except possibly the complete

> exhaustion of the world's supplies of helium – going to touch hydrogen

> with a long, flameproof stick. Let that be an end to the matter.

Wimps

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Westminster Abbey cashes in on Royal Wedding with ... App

Alan J. Wylie

Number one google hit for ...

"Commemorative Royal Wedding Ring"

(NSFW)

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Fairness FAIL: When small print contradicts the big print

Alan J. Wylie

Dilbert

The current Dilbert cartoons are rather appropriate , starting at http://www.dilbert.com/2011-02-23/

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Asda prices up Elonex 7in Android tablet

Alan J. Wylie

Price is now £117.00

Wednesday morning and the price now seems to be £117.00

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Iomega preps external SSDs

Alan J. Wylie

Dilbert and Quikprotect

Dilbert once wrote some software called "Quikprotect".

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-09-17/

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Lara Croft, the Way in Derby

Alan J. Wylie

Another related story

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/27/letsby_avenue/

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BT hijacks business browsers

Alan J. Wylie

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Belkin tried the same thing with their routers many years ago, and also suffered for their mistake

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

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/11/belkin_disables_router_spamming_feature/

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US Navy plans self-building floating fortresses

Alan J. Wylie

Pykrete and Mulberry Harbours

Floating landing strips should be made from Pykrete, Modular Harbours[2] from concrete.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulberry_harbour

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Y2.01K hits Garmin satnav

Alan J. Wylie

Geko 101

> There is no computer interface on the 101, so how Garmin are going to fix this I don't know

They have offered to upgrade to a 301 for £50.00

I only really use the GPS for two things: how far I have to trudge back to the car at the end

of the day, and in case of emergency. If I'm in a whiteout on the summit of the Ben and I'm trying

to get to the top of the zig-zags at NN 1565 7131 whilst avoiding Five Finger Gully, I don't

want to be wondering if my GPS had decided to throw a wobbly, so despite having been made

redundant a fortnight ago I think I'll be taking up the offer.

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Alan J. Wylie

Re: Updates via downloads

Not only do you have to own a computer, but Garmin expect you to be running a supported OS and browser.

http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

| Compatible computers and Internet browsers:

| IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems

| with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+

| Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0+

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Alan J. Wylie

Geko 101 as well

My Geko 101 is showing similar symptoms. On power on the date/time flicker rapidly between

several dates in the past, it took ages to lock on to 4 satellites, and the time is now being shown

as 14:48:57 24-Apr-08 (actual is Mar 10 12:50:34 GMT 2010)

Position is correct.

There is no computer interface on the 101, so how Garmin are going to fix this I don't know

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Israelis develop Nazi-doodlebug sonic deathwave cannon

Alan J. Wylie

Bang Goes the Theory

But can it blow a house of straw/sticks/bricks down?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyAyd4WnvhU

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Baby-roasting BBQ pulled from Sears site

Alan J. Wylie

Anybody remember NTK's Widdecombe of the week?

URL manipulation of this sort has been around for ages - NTK was doing it back in 2001

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New York pressures more ISPs into child pornography crackdown

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