* Posts by Ole Juul

2200 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

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Re: That's not CB...

Agreed. The article is using the wrong vocabulary and ends up being meaningless. CB is 26.9650 MHz to 27.4050 MHz and that only. Any other use of the word CB is just ignorant. The nearest related band is FRS (Family Radio Service) which goes from 462.5625 MHz for channel 1 up to 467.7125 MHz for channel 14.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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NASA faux pas

You can watch the rest of it here. ®

No I can't. It requires flash.

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WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

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Re: Seems less than I'd expect

"Anyone downloading the files should be running them through antivirus etc as a matter of course, but other than flagging the file with a warning, I don't see how this is a wikileaks problem (or that of any other disclosure site)"

Indeed it is ultimately the downloader's responsibility, but many will not be so savvy as we might hope. I think it is a WikiLeaks oversight that they're not giving warnings, or even any suggestions at all, for those who would download files. Taking the high road because "it is not their responsibility" is not consistent with being responsible and doing a good job. Hopefully they will add some general warning, and perhaps a suggestion or two, after this incident.

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Should be part of their threat model

Not warning users is a serious oversight.

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

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Perhaps popups aren't the way to communicate this

The reason is that we're collectively rubbish at multi-tasking, leading the team to say 90 percent of people clicking ignore, dismiss, or cancel when legitimate but distracting messages appear.

I may be bad at multitasking, but that is not the relevant info here and I suggest the above statement may be an assumption and nothing to do with science beyond being perhaps made by a scientist. I personally dismiss all popups as fast as possible because that is the most efficient use of my time. Experience has shown me that the less time I spend looking at them the better for me. So, I concentrate only on hitting that X as quickly as possible.

Also, I'm probably not the only one who doesn't use a GUI for administrative tasks, which is where security warnings are particularly important.

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Australia's Telstra and Optus outed as two of the world's six most expensive ISPs

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Most expensive?

So, the Louis Vuitton of ISPs. That's gotta have a bit of cachet.

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Russia investigates downsizing space station crew from three to two

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grab your coat

and call a cab

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#Censusfail aftermath: Here's what's happening inside Australia's board rooms this morning

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just asking

The vendors' leaders know they'll have to spend more time attempting to impress the likes of El Reg . . .

How does one impress someone who bites your hand?

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Dell to change name to 'Dell Technologies'

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DT

I'm just delirious.

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Again with the cheap internet access in India, Facebook?

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what a dog

When is Facebook going to stop humping my leg.

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Yahoo! is! not! killing! Messenger! today!, just! the! desktop! client!

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Re: How many Messengers?

At least you know what it does. I'm not sure the common alternative naming scheme is all that creative either. For example: YAM (yet another messenger).

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How many zero-day vulns is Uncle Sam sitting on? Not as many as you think, apparently

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putting the public at risk

is another

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Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

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carry through

So are we going to get some tax breaks for data centres? I resent the fact that I have to go to US companies to get a decent deal, some of which are actually ex-Canadian companies who found the business environment more favourable down there.

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install

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Re: PPI ?

"So that's what all those nuisance phone calls I get are talking about."

Yep. And they're offering you more of the same.

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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Re: 404.5

"I can see some end-users getting mightily confused"

Then send them to 404 101.

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resources

I had the same question about resources. It could also slow down your browsing on a slow connection as you encounter yet another wait, though I suppose you'd turn it off in that case.

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

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Microsoft's Schadenfreude

the company may harvest “performance data to learn whether you experience any difficulties

Since they know about all these difficulties, I can only assume they're created on purpose.

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Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)

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"particularly where Facebook is involved"

That's the test right there. Pass or fail on job applications based on that alone. Sorted.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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this needs to be escalated

Other countries seriously need to intervene on this or at least have some input.

I'm not sure I'd like China and Turkey, or whomever, to take much control, but in this case it might be good if they weighted in on this one so as to put a bit of fire under the US govt to get some action here. This situation has been going on for a long time and it's as if the behaviour is acceptable. It is not.

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US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans

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Re: Weasel words

How about they just have their licence revoked?

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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Hey .... where'd that money go?

Which sounds like there's lots of potential for overlaps and finger-pointing.

And plausible deniability.

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What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'

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Re: accounting 101 anyone

Did anyone bother to audit the books? Ever?

The auditor probably thought it looked reasonable.

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

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just curious

Is there a more sleazy organisation than ICANN?

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Cyberpunks might not be crooks but they're really very rude

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Re: Very rude, huh?

please do not fart in my general direction

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

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Idiots.

DOT idiots, to be exact.

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Verizon tipped to buy Yahoo! for US$5bn

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I'll be looking forward to

Tomorrow's! El! Reg! headline!

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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They forgot VR

As we move further into the virtual world we will no longer be needing power for physical things like steel, industry, heat, travel, and food production. It will all balance out - ultimately culminating in one big computer and no people at all.

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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

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Good riddance

No cell coverage here so just get pissed off when asked for SMS authentication.

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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too weird

I'm not endorsing the leak, but what on earth would a political party be doing with credit information, let alone passport info? I guess I don't know what a political party really is.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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All in the family

Chang, who worked at One Technologies, a Dallas-based firm that develops credit-monitoring apps

I take it his credit was good.

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IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

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ideas?

So what other communications could this protocol be used for?

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

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Re: "no reasonable choice left within the bounds of ethics"

Ethics are normally talked about when important. My take is that this is ragequit.

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Tor board swept under carpet after Appelbaum 'sex misconduct' claims

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Re: If you hold an office in a company...

I think this thing kind of snuck up on them like the quarter degree boiled frog. Having followed this from the beginning I was wondering how they planned to deal with the situation. I think what they did here is excellent.

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In these troubling times, senators unite to end America's big divide – rural v urban broadband

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I live in a rural area

and none of that makes any sense to me. Telcos don't want to invest in low profit adventures and they don't want government to do it for them. Sure, I wouldn't mind better service. But it's not going to happen until the Government stands up to the Telcos. I'm obviously not holding my breath.

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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

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Re: Options

"but you would still be covered by the same laws that took these out."

As an individual, effectively no. There are lots of laws in Russia, just like anywhere else, but nobody bothers. For example, I have several Russian domain names, and the registration criteria of those appears very strict and complicated. The reality is that nobody cares and as an individual nobody will ever bother you. Anyway, it is dubious that an individual can be forced to keep records of their own activity on their own computers - virtual or not. Also, from my interaction with a few server folk there, Russia is nowhere near what the Western press would portray in regard to government imposing on individuals.

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Re: Options

"Recommendations for VPS provider?"

I currently have one in StPetersburg from VirtWire for about 4 bucks a year. Very small and NAT, but the price is right. :) Vstoike.ru is probably 10 times that, but comes highly recommended. There are others if you look around. Perhaps here: http://lowendstock.com/

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Options

This is not good news, but you can still get a small VPS in Russia and run your own VPN. I know, it's hard to make that equally anonymous, but it's a cheap alternative for most purposes.

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Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

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SEO

lures the gullible

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Topic

Facebook sucks.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Not that laws matter in the USA

"They took my phone. They took over my Facebook."

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was enacted by Congress in 1986 and has recently been applied to similar cases. Typically having knowingly accessed a computer without authorisation or exceeding authorised access. Being federal it carries some pretty serious jail time for even the most trivial offence.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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404

We checked with Leadsom's office . . . So far, it has failed to respond.

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'Digital influencers' must disclose paid-for content, says new guidance

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change the world?

businesses that "do not engage in misleading practices" could lose trade to companies that do.

That's the state of advertising. As long as people insist on being gullible it's not going to change. How about Nigerian Princes put a disclaimer on their emails?

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Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

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Re: I have no love for Facebook...

Nothing is fair, but Security Services asking Facebook to do their work is a bit like getting mom to do your homework.

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ICANN pushes back against brand lobby

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The content lobby turns my stomach because of their behaviour. I'm glad ICANN is sticking to their guns on this one.

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Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

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Re: Greed

"Sorry no, if I see a .ru the alarm bells start going off."

You do know that the tld does not indicate the location nor nationality of the site, right? I'm nowhere near Russia and I use .ru for some sites. I also use .nl because they have a good price and a trustworthy registry. Since I'm in Canada I do use .ca for some local sites. Unfortunately those are relatively expensive. The good thing about the Canadian registry is they use their profits to provide significant grants to those who would promote the internet in Canada.

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Greed

So the wholesale price of dot-com is $7.85. The problem I have with that is they're just raking in money by decree. I can get a retail dot-ru for $1.40 US. Both names get you there just fine.

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Internet takes another step away from US govt and into ICANN's hands

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no more tlds plz

I hope the new generation ICANN doesn't lead us into another crazy tl;dr tld fundraiser.

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China cybersec legislation inches towards law

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Government "supervision"

I'm not entirely sure that the Chinese above board approach is worse that the Western underhanded approach. I'd rather not have either.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Linux

Just say NO

(my personal opinion, of course)

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

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Fed up

I applaud Wyden's efforts, but in the end the FBI will never give up attacking the public. The only way to deal with this is to cut their budget or develop better security for the people. Hopefully both.

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