* Posts by Ole Juul

2149 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Re: So the FBI has the right to hack the world

I don't think that this judge, nor the FBI, is clear on what actually constitutes "the world". Actually, come to think of it, they probably are clear but think it is us that have it wrong.

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Astroboffins discover rapid 'electric winds' blowing on Venus

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Re: So is Venus

"Another article by the same author today used the term 'scientist' everywhere but failed the 'boffin test'."

So we should put boffin on our checklist of Reg authenticity.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Tesco is making a strong statement

When you connect to a bank you are completely identified by them and there is no privacy issue there. The problem is security. You don't want anybody else to be able to snoop on your transaction, and what your are doing is not anybody else's business.That is the reason for using Tor for this sort of thing. It is probably the best piece of software available right now for keeping other people from snooping, and by blocking it the Tesco Bank is making a strong statement that they do not endorse strong security when you are dealing with them.

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Finnish court slaps Peter Sunde with €350k fine

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Irresponsible

So the courts take up valuable time with this shit when they could have been dealing with more important issues.

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

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Re: so?

I think it is hard for Europeans to fathom just how much the US legal system and all that talk about democracy and freedom is just a front for how things really work there.

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Let's Encrypt lets 7,600 users... see each other's email addresses

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Useless list anyway

There was a lot less than that in my email from them. I'd guess under a hundred. I frequently get better lists than that in my CC field.

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FBI tries again to get warrantless access to your browser history

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Re: Access to your browser history

"How exactly are the ISPs already monitoring and storing our web usage."

DNS lookups are logged as a matter of course. In may countries by law.

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Calgary uni pays ransomware criminals $20k for its files back

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police investigation

"Dalgetty said the police had been called in and were investigating the attack. Under the circumstances, she said, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the details of the infection."

I doubt the police can do much, but reporting it to them certainly offers a handy excuse for not being questioned further on negligence.

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EU bureaucrats claim credit for making 'illegal online hate speech' even more illegal

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or denies or trivialises crimes against humanity.

That puts mainstream press in a difficult spot when they're publishing the typical denials from governments such as the US. Fact is these laws are not intended to apply to everybody.

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Bitcoin to be hammered – in an auction, that is

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Re: What's the point?

Somebody has to buy it. That's how you "change it for money". lol

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FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

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A telephone number is a name. It has permanence (you keep it over time and can move it to other carriers). It is the input to a lookup process -- the carrier switching system that reaches you has an address (location routing number) and that is looked up in a database before the call is delivered. This is transparent to end users but very visible inside the network.

It used to be connected to a physical address in the days of copper. This is no longer the case. The number will map to the owner, which will be either an ILEC or CLEC - not an individual user. What their records look like will vary. You can get a phone number without an address and can often give whatever credentials you like and the best trace will be via payment method - just like with an IP. It is also trivial to forward phone numbers so there is a very long way to go to the end user. By the way, you may have noticed the difficulty of tracing phone solicitors.

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"No explanation WHY equating IPs to telephone numbers is bad."

I was wondering too. From what I know about both, they seem quite similar. We have IANA as an authority for address space. They give out blocks of numbers which then get registered to individual ISPs. And in the phone space we have NANP, the North American Numbering Plan which gives out blocks of telephone numbers for use by CLECs and ILECs. Both the end user and the owner in both cases can route these around as they see fit. Yes, there are some differences, but when you start to look at the politics of control, the two systems seem awfully similar.

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IETF spikes government metadata collection with DNS request crypto plan

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Who's directory?

At least you didn't mention "Telephone Directory", as nobody knows what one of those is nowadays...

You're probably right. However, the telephone directory comparison is actually particularly accurate. Telephone companies make up their own directories and don't include listings from non-incumbents. This is currently the situation with DNS which typically only recognises ICANN listings - despite this being a somewhat political choice, rather than technical.

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Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

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ICANN behaviour

Anywhere else on the net would be called trolling.

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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so who's going to take up this fight?

Canada is seeking to transition from a resource-based economy towards one that is more knowledge-based.

Not in BC it isn't. Our government is firm in its commitment to a resource based economy. I liked the article though.

Canadians just don't seem to want to stand up to the CRTC, or even know that they possibly could. That spirit is completely bred out of us. I doubt we'll see a big improvement of our internet in my lifetime. I'm getting old and (almost) done with that fight. It's up to the younger generation to fight for a better internet, but they're not even turning out to vote let alone showing any fire. Do we even have a "net generation" here? I'm not sure any more. I'd like to see our Pirate Party getting a little more attention.

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Dark web hacking forum hacked and members' privates exposed

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Dark web?

Lost all credibility right there.

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Apple Watch leaks data

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Oh dear

Other Watch flaws could create a denial of service condition.

So you'd have to ask someone for the time?

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Whiner

"What has been so distressing is that much of this regulatory ordinance has been launched without provocation," Powell said.

verb: to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: The very large pink elephant in the room

"I'd wager that it isn't much safer banking only offline as it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't the very same system that the teller uses at the window as you use online with perhaps a different UI. In the end it comes down to whether the crackers attack you or the teller."

I bet you're right. I haven't seen the teller's UI, but when we talk it sounds like the same stuff I work with, only having some deeper admin controls. I've been banking on-line for a long time and can't see it being less safe than going to the bank. It's the same account, after all. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if in-person banking exposes you to a larger attack surface.

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Bots half all web traffic

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half?

"either someone is bad at percentages, or estimating the size of the internet."

It's the latter. I've spent a lot of time trying to analyse traffic to a couple of my sites and make some kind of meaningful sense of it. My best guess is that less than 10% of hits are from legitimate visitors. Half is not a scare word to me. It just makes it sound like somebody has no idea.

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Opera claims 50 per cent power savings with browser update

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Re: Opera puts me to sleep too

"I save on power by browsing 50% less."

You could also just close one eye.

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Different ways of working for sure. I run the tabs down the side and wide enough to read them. That gives space for 36 fully readable tabs on my screen. Second, put thumb and forefinger on Alt and Tab so as to cycle through stacked windows. (only works for right handed mouse users) Chose a window for a subject or theme. No need for a lot of clicking on bookmarks which I find bothersome. Anyway, my opinion is that a browser should scale to any number of tabs or windows across as many desktops as I chose. My choice of working style shouldn't be dictated by the program. Ya, I'm dreaming. But really, it's time that developers caught up with the capabilities of the hardware.

(ps: I'm not the one that downvoted you guys.)

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"Was just wondering why the 'net seemed so SLOW today, and found that Firefox was using 1.5 gigs of RAM and 100% of one CPU core. (of 4 and 2 respectively) Even allowing for a couple dozen tabs open, that seems ridiculous."

Without NoScript I still only had about 25% CPU usage on FF, so you probably have some other condition. Perhaps a rogue web page with crazy coding. When I started using NoScript it seemed to cure the problem. With roughly 200 tabs, I'm only at around 4-6% CPU and 3GB ram now. I do think that FF wasn't actually designed to scale though. The comment below here by @-tim seems to suggest the solution, and that is to not have Javascript and the like be active on non-active tabs and windows.

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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Really?

Spring: the season when plants and trees begin to grow

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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I was wrong

It seems that all internet "problems" are perceived to be solvable with censorship but I had hoped that the UN would be above that.

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Re: So it's $249,985 extra

$250,000 to acquire it. It will also cost him at least $25,000 annually in dues and running costs. A little excessive when $100 a year will buy and host a dot-com domain.

It's in the article. However, I'd argue with the $100 part, since that's the level that I work at. One can actually get a .com for under $10 per year and annual hosting for the same or less. A C-note would be rather deluxe.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Re: Esperanto?

Esperanto was invented to solve the problem of quibbling over which national language to use. You get to keep your own national language at the same time as having an international language. Furthermore, because of the way it's structured, Esperanto allows a nice way to keep your native style and still be perfectly understood. For those with native western languages it is also the easiest to learn by a large margin. One reason Esperanto is easy is that it has a clear grammar (fits on two pages) with no exceptions, something which cannot be said of English.

That said, now that our everyday and business world has grown to include the Eastern hemisphere, Esperanto is looking a bit old because it is based on Western language roots. For Europe it's still a good idea though. I'd also like to point out that the grammar of Esperanto allows all forms and so facilitates very clear as well as creative expression - suitable for both technical and poetic writing.

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Debian farewells Pentium

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Re: Time moves on...

My cousins, condemned by 'time' to be over-60, mostly have Pentiums. No way will they go to PCUniverse, pay good money and get terminally confused. XPpos seems to work perfectly well for them, so should we now abandon hope for upgrade to Linix-on-elderly Desktop?

Even as someone with an active interest in vintage computers, I still can't see this causing grief for people. I agree that a nice old pentium chip is a perfectly good CPU and you can do lots of interesting things with it, but I don't think it's very practical for a modern browser. As for running XPpos, that's fine, but you don't need to go buy a new computer for that since there is a truckload of perfectly good later generation Pentiums available for free.

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Perhaps opportune

I've got a Pentium 4 670 3.8 GHz box here which is working very well with Debian on it. Perhaps this announcement is a good reminder for me to think about changing the CPU/MB. At 115W it's not as beneficial in the summer as it is in the winter. In fact I could probably replace it functionally with something that uses 20 Watts.

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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expressly?

"Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky ran a digital currency empire built expressly to facilitate money laundering on a massive scale for criminals around the globe," said Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara on Friday.

I wonder if they were able to prove that LR was set up "expressly" for money laundering for criminals. It seems to me that most financial institutions can be used to facilitate this sort of thing.

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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

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vote with your feet

Plaintiffs Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen and Carlo Licata complained that in photo-tagging, the company was collecting biometric identifiers without informing users of what was being stored or why, explain how long data would be retained and how to delete it, or get their permission.

I truly hope you win the case. But ... er ... may I ask why you were using Facebook in the first place?

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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oh boy!

This looks like it's going to be the year of the Windows 10 desktop.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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next up

A study showing increase in brain cancer in people who walked around with a smart meter taped to their heads for 29 years. OK, I guess it may be difficult to get volunteers. Then how about a study showing lowered intelligence in those who suffer from the effects of radio wave paranoia?

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Re: Odd

I can't figure out what he wants from all this.

It does look odd, but perhaps we're not actually following the money here. What does his conversation with the tax department look like? Is he actually making money on tax returns? We're all so focused on the Satoshi thing that more personal and real details are not being investigated and reported.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Julia Reda MEP on Facebook?

You've got to be kidding! How embarrassing for somebody who claims to be a friend of the internet.

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

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tactics

He should have hit up Bieber first, and then Facebook. Now it's too late.

Reminds me of Hägar the Horrible telling his men "next time, pillage ... then burn.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Re: Explanation

tl;dr

It takes two Craigs to make one Wright.

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Je suis Craig. . . . I think.

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Michigan electricity utility downed by ransomware attack

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another company

gets a lesson in security

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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

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Re: What is the purpose...3

It's there to give perspective.... oh wait

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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an hour to load

That qualifies as a time machine right there.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: Proof that it was a shakedown all along

hundreds of global brands paid the $185,000 application fee to protect their name

And they didn't even have to fool around with Bitcoin for the ransom. Brilliant.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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what's changing?

This may result in a change to what happens in courts, but probably not what happens on the net. IP addresses aren't guaranteed to lead to a person. Many people use VPNs in different countries from where they are located. Without knowing the specific person, there simply is no knowing where they are. This leads me to think that these FBI law scoffers enforcers have been happily hacking into people's computers all over the world already.

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First rocket finally departs Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome

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Vasectomy cosmodrome

I must be seeing things.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Station TV announcement: The 5:17 to Doncaster....

An ad placed like that in the middle of a network show could run half a million dollars. I hope Microsoft pays up.

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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utility poles and vibrations

I am not a fan of IoT, but this one caught my fancy. I have several times called the utility company to report an outage. It always surprises me that they don't know where the break is. This would help them, and by extension, me. Also, cannot this kind of network be a great way to locate many other things, like explosions or earth quakes?

I should add that, at least in these parts, power outages are many times caused by a motorist hitting a pole. It takes quite a while to locate the problem. In any case, those stupid smart meters have not proven to be useful in detecting outages (or their location) here. Also, "microphones" aren't necessarily sensitive in the voice, or audible, range.

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

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Old trick

Reminds me of the old trick of showing up with a "can I help" just as someone else is about finished washing the dishes. No, FBI, it's not the "thought that counts", it's the intent.

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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thieves with backhoes

Those are real hackers.

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Hackers so far ahead of defenders it's not even a game

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Re: Bad Grammar

Bad grammar, intentional or not, provides an excellent filter for the perps. People who see that as a sure sign of phishing get eliminated right away and the remaining people are more likely suckers.

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Hackers vs Boneheads

Companies are unable to change anything to do with computing. Having the latest shiny and concern with how things appear to each other is more important to them than how it looks to a hacker.

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