* Posts by Ole Juul

1542 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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flexibility

"economic sanctions against overseas individuals who are believed to have participated in online attacks"

So, all it takes is a "belief"? This sounds like a very flexible multipurpose tool.

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Yes, AT&T, you do have to go to court with the FTC

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Re: Common Sense not AT&T's best attribute....

Looks like that AT&T still don't understand that they SELL a COMMERCIAL PHONE SERVICE and ADVERTISE it.

Their real mandate is to collect as much money as possible and by any means possible. The phone service is only something they begrudgingly do because they are forced to. To their way of thinking it's actually quite incidental.

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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I thought it was the Halifax server.

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US still hoarding zero-day app vulnerabilities, say EFF campaigners

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The NSA

is a vulnerability

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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My 2¢

Not a bad article, but I think that those who need the particular advice given are not likely to come here.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Headache eh?

Rob Wainright said encrypted communications gave plods across the continent the biggest headaches

I hope it gets worse.

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Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

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Smart

I don't see shoes on the list.

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$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

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Re: Expensive

Geographically diversity. Shared hosting is one server in one data centre. And WP Engine also uses a CDN.

For a personal web site? How would a site visitor even know if there was a CDN involved? From the Western side of Canada I can browse through a VPN in Eastern Europe and get perfectly good performance browsing a cheap shared hosting site in a Seattle data centre. Yes, I just did that to make sure. :)

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Expensive

the bet is that $29 per month seems reasonable for a personal website

Can someone explain to me what a customer would get for that amount of money that they wouldn't get from a $4.99 per month (or less) shared hosting plan? Some companies offering shared hosting have both excellent customer service and one click site building software or WordPress, or whatever you want. If the market is for first timers, I don't see them sticking around as soon as they see what they can get for a fraction of the price elsewhere. Perhaps this is what Keef (above) is hinting at. Sales and marketing doesn't actually offer any direct benefit to the consumer.

PS: I was just looking around earlier, and found that one can get a low end dedicated server for less than $20 per month. OK, that's not useable by most of the "personal website" crowd, but it's an interesting comparison with the prices on offer here.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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defaults

Autocomplete is great for regular casual situations. I'm just wondering why people handling sensitive information have it turned on. Is it possible that their computers are just running on out-of-the-box defaults and not nicely set up by an IT department with appropriate skills?

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Amazing

Assuming the guy took a day off once in a while and slept at night, it seems to me that he'd have to set up one account every 20 seconds or so if he was to get to 750,000 in a year. Did he use a script?

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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New TLDs offer new opportunities

I think they are actually a technical advancement and I'm looking forward to being able to filter out all kinds of idiots without half trying.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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Re: Meh

Who uses their real name etc on forums anyway?

I do. Although I'm and advocate for people's right to anonymity and fully support your decision not to use your real name.

That said, I personally don't like the idea of milling around some place where it's better that people don't know who I am. I don't like what Facebook does with my info so I don't go there, I'm OK with El Reg. If I did go to Facebook, I'd definitely use false information.

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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Complacency and technology

New technology can bite you if you don't think it through. This guy did claim to be an engineer, though judging by his stream of excuses, that could be in doubt. In the end, I think it is really the complacency that got him into trouble. He's used to getting away with this sort of thing and it's apparently the police culture there. If he had thought it could have caused him trouble, he could probably have used cash or covered his tracks more effectively, but a nice friendly and ubiquitous mobile app just didn't trigger any warnings for him.

But anyway, yes, we could sure use M-Pesa here in Canada.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Bogus argument

If private business is not providing the service, and indeed is unwilling to do so, then there is no loss to them. In fact they can't logically argue that there is even any competition. The pertinent argument here is that the telcos are causing an economic loss to both business and society by not providing an adequate essential service in the first place. Their argument that there is no money in it for them, is completely irrelevant.

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Use the same electricity twice.

In exchange for hosting a leased server, households get heat for rather less than would otherwise be the case.

And hopefully offer a free gigabit drop as well. *grin*

Anyway, this is all too obvious. Where I live in a northern clime in a not-well-winterized century old building, I need to supplement my heating with electric. So, I have a half dozen computers on all the time. This is not a luxury, but just an easy way to use the electricity twice - no extra cost.

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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Re: I think ICANN's operating model for internet governance is the Intl. Olympic Committee...

In fact if he keeps this up much longer, we're going to need a Chehade icon on El Reg comments.

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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

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Re: The Photoshop giant's doing the pretty bits, not the secure bits

A whole browser written entirely in Flash would be pretty, don't you think?

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Re: Something about this arrangement..

This is not good. As someone who only uses open source, Microsoft can be a problem, but that's nothing. Adobe is the devil.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

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Good for them

From the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District technology page:

"Encrypted files were restored from backup to their original state. Servers were restored to remove any trace of the malware. Email and other systems are being restored as quickly as possible."

It looks like their IT may actually be well managed. So I guess they don't need to pay the ransom.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: I'd be more shocked

Rock trucks are often driverless. It saves on tires, gas, and maintenance. Check out the big Australian open pit mines. However, apart from probably needing large scale to save money, I'm guessing there's some other reason why this is not more common than it is.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Good

Nice to see the internet is still working as it should. The legal system is suspect though.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Still using dot matrix here

I don't have any mainframe experience, but I do have a love for dot matrix printers. I've got a small collection of good ones, and in fact have one hooked up and turned on most of the time. It works fine for printing out personal stuff, and showing up at the odd meeting with a piece of perforated computer paper does garner a comment or two.

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Everything is insecure and will be forever says Cisco CTO

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His view

The corporate view is one of farming the vulnerabilities of the market. His story would be different if he had other interests. Things could be very secure if that was the actual priority and users were willing to go along with that. That said, he's generally correct because the market isn't going to go off in his/her own direction and eschew the vulnerability causing complexities of bling.

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NZ used XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Org election emails

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Revealing

Andrew Little said the spying efforts were "outrageous” calling it a "misuse" of security and intelligence agencies.

Besides, it shows they've got lots of time on their hands to do unrelated work. Obviously some budget cuts are in order.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Water issues

All my Nikons are gone, but I've still got a nice collection of historical cameras including the Kodak No1. Otherwise there's a good 4X5 and a home made box camera that takes film up to 15" wide. I've even got a stash of film up to 8X10, lots of unused paper, and the fixings to make my beloved D25 developer from scratch, and piles of trays and tanks. So what's the problem? Where I live now I'm on a septic and I can't be putting my rinse water in there. It's nice in the country, but I really miss my old photography, and the many hours spent in the dark with that lovely smell of developer and other chemicals.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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Privacy is not the biggest problem

For the most part it's still possible to stay out of the Google identity web. I use a VPN and Google still doesn't have my name and telephone number. However the biggest problem is one which "people" will probably never understand, and that is the destructive effect that monopolies have on the future of (as the article puts it), "a richer and more diverse internet economy". Not even just the economy, but our personal freedom to use the web in our own creative ways.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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Re: Dare I say it...

I say this in the spirit of concerned citizenry rather than as a 'nyer nyer' at OSX, I might add.

I'm a confirmed FreeBSD user, but I don't go 'nyer nyer' either. Yes, my machines are tighter than most, but the minute I get smug, is likely the minute I get pwned. One can be safer, but one can't be safe.

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Massive DDoS racks up $30,000-a-day Amazon bill for China activists

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Re: Hokusai is Japanese

Yes, it's a woodblock print (different plates for each colour). There are quite a few copies in various museums and private collections. There are also lots of very good non-original copies made using the original technique.

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Hokusai is Japanese

I see the appropriateness of a wave, but I couldn't help but notice that the title picture is not Chinese but a very famous Japanese print called "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". Just sayin . . .

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

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Re: Bloomberg

Nice article by Kaspersky. I like the way he thanks them, a major news organization, for doing a thorough analysis and coming up with all the facts. Quote:

"The result of investigative journalism revealed these REAL facts:

I go to banya.

We fire and hire employees.

60% of employees are Russians (I have to admit not all of them are fluent in English. We are working on it).

Our Chief Legal Officer served in the Border Control when he was 18 and at that time the service was a part of the KGB."

In other words, with all Bloomberg's investigative resources, they gave him a clean bill.

Too bad their report is so badly written.

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Bloomberg

That article makes it pretty clear who Bloomberg is working for.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Nice job you got there

“They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,”

That would result in lost jobs for German intel, but I don't think it would lead to a "heightened risk of terrorist and espionage attacks" as suggested. At least not if you look at demonstrated proof of concept to date.

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FTC: All-powerful Google ABUSED rivals. So we did NOTHING

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Google dominance

I don't accuse Google of doing anything wrong, but their dominant position is starting to become a problem for the ecosystem. I know it's the people's choice to opt in, but I still worry about the lack of diversity.

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There's gold in dem hills: 1000s of two-byte domains hit market

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Gotta admit

It's hard to come up with anything intelligent to say about this.

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Is the DNS' security protocol a waste of everyone's time and money?

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Re: there's already the nice DNScrypt service

I avoid Google DNS since they log all your requests. If it isn't one vulnerability it's another. (sigh)

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

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This time

It's not Comodo's fault. Though next time it probably will be.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Respect?

. . . put pressure on the US authorities to respect EU privacy laws.

This is sad, but I don't think the current US authorities are capable of respect, at least not for others.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: I can see the mayhem now...

maybe the price will keep most of them on the ground.

There are enough rich "idiots" to darken the skies with swarms of these things. What will keep them on the ground is lack of a pilot's license.

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Crash

Every flying car venture seems to come to the same end - crashing into government regulations.

I would love to see one of these flying car stories without the word "if" in it.

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FCC chair heads into two-week political hazing period

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we're not in Kansas anymore

"the Net as we know it"

Who's we?

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What are your links worth to Pinterest? $11 BEEELLION!

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Re: Dot Com Bust II Coming?

I think they have a way to go yet, but the bust is inevitable. The NSA (and friends) scandal is not sinking in yet and we're seeing what some are calling privacy nihilism. However, I think people are getting sensitized to the problem and at some point the current mega social networks, hitting closer to home, will start to rub people enough that something will happen.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Re: Eh?

Groom = does not compute.

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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Clarity please

I don't have a Mac but I do run FreeBSD and was mildly curious about which operating systems TeslaCrypt would infect. After doing some searching, I think this is one of those stories where "computer=Windows". The web references are to PC, a term which has grown in popular parlance from meaning the 5150 to any machine running a Microsoft Windows operating system. I get that. To the average bloke in the street operating system and hardware are one. But it bothers me that IT sites don't specify the OS, since in an environment where readers actually know a little about that, it really does matter.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Walmart still has a chance

. . . it seems almost quaint that there would be an area of the internet in which large corporations do not have overweening power.

Surely they won't prevent Walmart from getting WalmartHorse.sucks.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Off the hook

"We decline at this time to require disclosure of the source, location, timing, or duration of network congestion, . . ."

They'll be pointing at the other guy and saying, "I didn't do it". I guess I'll be seeing dropped packets, buffer bloat, and other frequent "underinvestment issues" for as long as I live.

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We've read all 400 pages of the FCC's baffling net neutrality rules – here's what YOU need to know

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second pint?

Doesn't seem to be anything limiting the number of drinking straws they can sell without putting a second pint on the table.

That's what worries me. Most end users see the straw as the problem. I suppose that the theory of mandating more detailed disclosure about the product is to provoke competition. That's all well and good, but will there be any discussion about a second pint? I'm not holding my breath.

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The cheese shop

The order says: "We noted that consumers continue to express concern that the speed of their service falls short of advertised speeds, that billed amounts are greater than advertised rates, and that consumers are unable to determine the source of slow or congested service.

I fear that regardless of the new mandate, users will still not get the answers they are looking for. What are providers going to say about slow or congested service - that they don't actually have the bandwidth they claim to be selling? Guaranteed their answer will just sound like bouzouki music with buffer stutter.

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

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Interpretation

To ensure all is fair, carriers and service providers will be asked to disclose commercial terms for prices, fees, data caps and any allowances.

I wonder what kind of interpretation the carriers will apply here. Perhaps they will be framing this information in terms of "per serving" and "percentage of daily use" for their average subscriber. Seriously, it will be a long time before I trust them to not screw people around.

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Dutch telcos build data bonfire after judge nixes retention law

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Judicial oversight as a security measure

A new retention law, . . . aims to provide safeguards by introducing judicial oversight of access to the data.

So, people won't be allowed to hack into databases any more? That will work really well. No?

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