* Posts by Ole Juul

2397 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum

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Re: Common Sense

Absolutes are always a myth. However, the internet has never reached the level of reliability that would normally be expected from something that we call infrastructure. Unfortunately with constant development and sales demanding new things be implemented before they can reasonably be considered out of beta, things don't look like they're going to improve any time soon. Microsoft knows this.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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a small step

This sort of distrust is everywhere and regardless of the motives in this case, I see it as a small step for open source to gain more favour in the future.

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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two sides

There is something to be said for encouraging investment in startups, but we must not forget that there is money in the VC business even when a startup fails. Could this suggestion end up making the VC business more profitable without startups actually gaining much ground? I note that liquidation preference is designed to protect an investor's capital.

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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

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Who's interests?

"I want nothing to do with software or data that's in any way specific to an ISP, a cellular provider or their partners."

I couldn't agree more. I really get the the impression that Dr Roslyn Layton represents the interests of someone other than me.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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"the democratizing force of Microsoft technology"

Funny, but where I grew up we all had to pay for it. Some people could afford it and others couldn't.

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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

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Update

This thread is a couple days old, but in case anybody is still watching, there is a patch being pushed out right now and most people should have it automatically already. Also, here is a description of the problem:

* It looks like the vulnerability was in Firefox's SVG animation, so the exploit does not work unless you have both svg and javascript enabled. The "high" setting of Tor Browser's security slider disables both of these pieces of the browser.

So, it wasn't very serious in the first place.

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Re: context

Good idea. But there is already "security slider" which goes from high to low and which automatically adjusts various aspects like that without the user having to understand a lot of details.

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context

"This is a JavaScript exploit actively used against Tor Browser now," the author wrote.

JavaScript is a convenience allowed for casual TorBrowser use. When using Tor for serious security, and where becoming identified could have serious consequences, JavaScript is always turned off.

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

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is this fake news

or just another smear campaign?

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

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Opportunity for suppression.

there have only been two deaths in the UK from terrorist attacks in the last 11 years

And yet the effect of "terrorism" has been vastly broader than that.

Internet companies which may once have seen themselves as neutral carriers of content are coming to understand that it is incumbent on them also to edit that content: but it is a role with which not all are comfortable, and the process is fraught with difficulty.

The practice and acceptance of censorship has been pushed beyond anything that is even remotely acceptable in a civilised society. The loss of freedom due to the opportunistic actions of governments is unacceptable.

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Inventor of McDonald's iconic Big Mac dies

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Re: Guilt complex

The Earl of Sandwich probably didn't get paid either. Let's make Britain great again.

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UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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Thumbs up for Paresh Morjaria

I wonder why the others didn't answer.

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Good for freedom of speech and consumer rights.

Reviews are still mostly useless though.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Alameda County spent $4.5m on the system.

And what about the cost in ruined lives. How do you add that into the price?

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Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

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No worries

Amazon isn't going to destroy anybody.

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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Re: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

And quite naturally there will be a resistance from the general public as well. More and more people are using stronger security measures, and the uptake of things like Qubes OS and Tails is increasing. I have faith that we'll see more protective software developed for the general public. The internet is a natural ecosystem which will evolve "FBI resistant" strains of software.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Luckily the cables are in relatively shallow waters . . .

Well that's exactly why the problem occurred in the first place. It's six of one and half a dozen of the other.

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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This could get ugly

Melanie Joly also has other ideas such as an ISP tax.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Re: Consumer benefits?

"Just how was this supposed to do anyone who pays the bills any good?"

Apparently that's proprietary information.

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Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

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When bankruptcy happens, the VCs get their money back because it's protected. It's all the common shareholders who get hosed.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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stumbling blocks

If a Cabinet minister decides she wants a backdoor to be introduced into some software, is there anything that can stop him or her?

Ability to code? Closed source? Lack of commit rights?

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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whistle blowers

I'm surprised that no developer for this stuff has come forward to expose some of this. Are they under that much company control, not competent, or just not ethically inclined? Surely the importance of security has crossed somebody's mind who works in that industry.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Re: A pox on systemd and all things poettering

"I don't get the it's newer so it MUST be better mantra."

I'm with you. Stability and freedom over fashion any time.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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or sometimes bang

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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getting the update

I'll be waiting for my floppy in the mail.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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What kind of pathetic logic could conceive this?

I can't believe that Spiegel, regardless of their personal preference, would actually believe that it would be be illegal to block parts of what they have on their site. I could chose to not go to their site at all and contravene their wishes even more.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Who's responsible?

One might think the bank is supposed to insure against this sort of thing. Them being into it for the money (like the hackers), I wouldn't be surprised if they try to wiggle out of it though.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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gate keeping

The world's oldest business model.

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Behold, your next billion dollar market: The humble Ethernet cable

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cables rulz

A dedicated and protected connection between point A and point B is worth its weight in copper.

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Icelandic Pirate Party's coalition talks run aground

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Re: steady as she goes

"The remaining nine supplementary seats were awarded to parties that crossed the 5% national electoral threshold in order to give them a total number of seats equivalent to their national share of the vote."

Proportional representation is good. Not only does it give the majority a win, but everybody gets representation. This, of course, is only desirable if you want fairness in the system in preference to other qualities.

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steady as she goes

The party was formed exactly 4 years ago so it is actually amazing that they've gotten this far already.

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Japan investigating defence network break-in

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Is this their first time?

Invite the white hats or sink. They'll learn.

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Phishing tackle ships data catch to net sharks

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units

Just how naive does someone have to be to think that a vendor of phishing tools on Youtube is going to be trustworthy?

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India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

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the mind boggles

the world now buys about 1.4bn mobile phones a year

I assume that the world also then discards about 1.4bn mobile phones a year.

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Sign of the times

"An entire mass transit system's IT gets badly mauled for money and the headline here is "Woot - free travel"."

Obviously concerns and priorities will vary, but to a certain demographic this could be perceived as a Robin Hood action.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

There is a leaning high rise, very noticeably so, in Vancouver BC. I believe they solved the problem by freezing the underground.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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now with turbo

My mind is always open to some new discovery, but it is nevertheless interesting how some claim for faster speed of light comes up with a regularity that may well in itself be a constant.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Re: Dear Santa

"But the idea behind a VPN service, is that it is not trackable to a single user"

That is not true. And please note that the article is about problems with the ISP which is why you would use a VPN to bypass them.

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Re: Dear Santa

Set up your own VPN and don't log yourself. As it turns out the Black Friday deals on VPSs are here today, and I've seen a lot of really great offers.

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

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Re: Odd

I don't use laptops, but I've noticed that they mostly have one jack now, instead of two. Also, I guess I'm getting old, we used to use speakers as microphones when I was a kid because we didn't have all the stuff kids have nowadays.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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glass houses

My take is that the company needs to up their ethics game and stop being petty about this sort of thing.

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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Could this ever change?

"we know what we're doing, we're right about it and anyone who says otherwise doesn't understand the facts."

In other words, corporate culture.

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Debian putting everything on the /usr

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I don't like change

But in this case it does make sense, and I'll get used to it eventually.

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Attackers use ancient zero-day to pop Asian banks, govts

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ancient zero-day

exploiting a years-old zero day vulnerability

Any older than that would presumably be prehistoric.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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land of opportunity

But the US moved early on electronic voting and many machines don’t provide a paper receipt for auditing.

Some people might see this as opening up opportunities for them.

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Men overboard! US Navy spills data on 134k sailors

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you gotta wonder

Why is there a list of Navy staff social security numbers on an HP staffer's laptop?

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

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Re: Welcome to the future. It's not safe.

I do think that users in general also need to start taking this a little more seriously. We've had computers and the internet for so long now yet many people have actively avoided getting a basic education. We learn arithmetic, grammar, and literature in school so we can actively take part in a society that uses those to understand and communicate with each other. Why not take the same interest in the basic workings of contemporary computer usage? Is that not part of what would be a basic education nowadays? I'm not saying we all need to become mathematicians or expert grammarians, but a basic understanding of the vocabulary of the times is not too much to ask.

It's actually more basic than that. The world has never been a safe place. Most people learn to function in a public setting that includes shysters and con artists of all kinds. We know when others are dangerous or deceptive when we encounter them in person. It is not hard to transfer that knowledge to an on-line environment and at least take a little responsibility for one's own safety.

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Hack the Army: US military begs white hats to sweep it for bugs

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Re: Hang on a minute.....

I think Laurie Love is already registered.

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MP Kees Verhoeven wants EU to regulate the Internet of S**t

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Re: Useless.

"a bond to fund the provision of software security updates for it for a minimum of 10 years beyond its planned product lifecycle."

Hmm, I tend to agree with your post generally speaking. But I guess I'm old fashioned enough that I don't want to go around and replace everything in 10 years. I've got enough stuff around here that wears out already. Said piece of IoT will probably last decades so I think it is wrong to throw it out after a few years if all it needs is new software.

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: Why does an ISP need access to your hardware

Perhaps I missed the details here, but if the ISP is using CGN (Carrier-grade NAT) then it would not be appropriate for users to have access to that configuration.

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