* Posts by Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Re: Zuckerberg is running Thunderbird

Pegasus still works just fine. It's a very, very good email client and dumb as rocks when it comes to dangerous content. It can't play Flash or the zillion other corruptible things so if you get sent a dodgy one it cannot get launched. Whatever comes in is just attached data. KISS rules.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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RIP Lester, far too young.

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Dabs founder Dave Atherton returns to techland

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Re: Cheers

I came here to say I'd be watching for just the opposite reason, I always got good service from Dabs. However...

I just had a look at their web site, everything is 'Log in for pricing'. They can poke that where the sun doesn't shine. They'll only learn about me when I decide to buy and without pricing I will never decide to buy from Entatech.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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@ Code for Broke Re: batteries

Buy OEM not compatible - this is hard to do as vendors on tat bazaars lie. My history:

- Compatible for a previous laptop lasted a year, replaced laptop instead of trying another.

- Fake for HTC phone lasted about 3 months.

- Genuine for same HTC phone out lasted the phone.

- Genuine for current Acer laptop has lasted longer than the original.

- Genuine for Samsung phone working fine, too soon to declare good as yet

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@AC Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10

Gotta disagree with you on one point:

i5 + SSD? Still very good indeed. Core 2 Duo + SSD is still perfectly good too. A late 2008 Mac Book with a 1TB SSD is a pretty good machine to use. The only thing one can possibly whinge about in normal day-to-day use is that the screen resolution isn't as good as is the norm these days.

My company laptops are Core 2 Duo and have an SSD and are as you say very good indeed. They would have been replaced at least twice by now but I keep them because the screens are better than the norm these days. 16:9 sucks donkey balls even at the very high resolutions available now. The only non 16:9 options are a mac or a surface. The eye watering price of these is not what puts me off, it's the niche/limited I/O and inability to repair or upgrade.

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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"Yet there is no more or less privacy talking to a VAPDA than there is typing into Google."

This is true if:

- Google ignore any background.

- Google discard the recording of your voice after parsing it.

- Google only keep the microphone on for as long as necessary.

Do I trust Google? Let me think....

When I type something into google they get a short string of ascii characters and other info from my browser which may on occasion be accurate. There's a hell of lot more info to be scraped from even the shortest of invitations to listen into meatspace.

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8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

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Re: My two year old Samsung S5 Mini just got Android 5 last weekend

Thrilling isn't it. Like you I now have an S5 mini with a not quite so outdated and vulnerable OS as it had. Only took Samsung 14 months. It still doesn't have the only new Android feature I actually give a crap about - selective permissions. There is nothing of value in 5 so far as I can see. Oh and a feature I rely on daily is now unreliable - alarms.

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Planet 9 a captured alien, astroboffins suggest

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90 degrees to the plane of the eliptic..... Hmmmm......

When the astroboffins track it down could they please check for alien spacecraft in 1, 3 & 5 person sizes?

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Labour scores review of Snoopers' Charter's bulk powers from UK.gov

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@Loyal Commenter Re: Good news, I guess

"so in order to bring the bill down, Labour will need to convince not only the other parties, but also a portion of the Tory party to vote against the bill. The best way to do this would be to go through the due process of having the bill examined, and fault found with it, thereby putting forward a strong argument for voting against it"

Funny how Labour are interested in due process now they are in opposition but when they first drafted the snoopers charter were having none of it. The reverse is true of the Tories, strongly opposed to the snoopers charter while in opposition but now they're in they've renamed it the IPB and are pushing it through.

Two faced weasels the lot of 'em. Not to mention spineless puppets of those really pushing for legalisation of bulk surveillance - Whitehall.

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

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@tacitust

"If you don't want to live in a surveillance state, refusing to adopt new technologies isn't going to help one iota."

Yes it is, and I'll allow you to conflate 'state' with 'multinational global enterprises' because the refusal helps in both cases.

The state has proven they are willing to break into any equipment we own and use it to spy on us whether we are guilty or not. I'm not advocating giving up internet access, mobile phones, home computers etc but if we did refuse to adopt these technologies the state would not be able to use them to spy on us. Your statement that it isn't going to help one iota is false.

Multinational global enterprises, especially Google, do all they can to spy on us for business reasons. Refusing to adopt their hardware and software in our lives clearly will restrict their spying, again your statement is false. But I'm not advocating rejecting all Google offerings either. I have an android phone, wifi and data are off at all time except when I am actively using them. I'm not paranoid enough (yet) to distrust the activity indicators.

I do advocate rejecting this blatant spy in our homes (and Amazons Echo). I'd happily have a voice activated home assistant and will do so when all the processing is done in my home. Sure, if I ask such a device to tell me the weather in Milan I accept it will search the internet for the weather in Milan in exactly the same was as if I typed a search into duckduckgo (or others) myself. So wake up tech world, I want this function but I will not accept your current implementations.

Your convenience / acceptable loss of privacy demarcation line may lie elsewhere. This is mine.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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It's not the desire of the Tories driving this. We're on our third PM and 6th home sec since this BS started and todays IPB is virtually unchanged from the original Snoopers Charter. Whitehall is driving this, the politicians we get to choose are just puppets.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Re: Samsung is the worst of the big manus

I would have agreed with you a 10 days ago but last week I got notification of a patch being available for my S5 mini. The first since the initial flush when it was new 14 months ago. It was on 4.4.2 IIRC and now has 5.1.1. Do I thank Samsung or EE? I've no idea so I'm not going to disagree, I've just sent my jury out to reconsider.

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

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I'd rather be in Hong Kong

I once flew from the UK to Trinidad to add 2 lines to a text MODBUS configuration file and then had to stick around for 4 days while the 3rd party made a meal of commissioning their system.

Thankfully the site was only half way down the island so the hotel was quite nice. The further south you go on Trinidad the more of a shithole it is. The north has nice beaches and palm trees, the south has pitch lakes and rusted nodding donkeys. The other site out there I've visited (twice) is near the southern tip.

Of course the entire island has a prolific murder rate.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: "Remembered" the PIN

Perhaps he didn't remember, perhaps he's been trying to be helpful but couldn't. I wouldn't remember many of my passwords without a keyboard to look at, the pattern is the key in part. Perhaps since he's a drug dealer, an emotive bad guy, the feds have let the case go to court in the hope of getting popular support for their precedent. Now they've realised that isn't going to happen perhaps they've lent him the keyboard he's asked for all along.

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Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

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"why go for almost a billion like they planned?"

Perhaps they don't plan to collect it all. 95% could be used to build false trails and abandoned still leaving a healthy payoff. Split the money up and move it as many times as possible. I don't know which countries are hardest for Globo-Plod to follow the money through but I'd be finding out if I had something like this in mind. Some countries will allow automated follow-the-money enquiries and so are no help in hiding the loot. Any country that requires transaction data requests to be hand written (signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, firelighters etc) is going to be really handy to know about.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Energy in = energy out

You've a very long wait indeed for that. The most efficient engines mankind has devised are approaching 50% efficient. You're not likely to find one that good in a car any time soon, they weight a couple of hundred tonnes and power megaships. Wikipedia says 25-30% for petrol and I guess a bit better for diesel at the car scale so most of our money is still wasted as heat.

Correction after fact check; couple of thousand tonnes. Look up Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C.

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Alternate operating systems

Thanks for that useful info, I was tempted by a Swift. But if I have to change the OS to stay up to date I may as well do that with the S5mini I already have.

By the way, glad to see you got your keyboard fixed since registering your account name.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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It's cold outside...

Hell will freeze over before a company named TekRpr or, GajFix gets my business but a one man band repair outfit named BggrAyshn might well get a call.

Of course this will be the second ice age in hell as the first one is needed before any IoT tat enters chez iShit and not just for the reasons Revolv demonstrates.

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

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Re: Nah....

I don't want quick, unverified turdspurts, if I did I'd be on Twitter. I want accurate, verified copy that is correct in technical detail, spelling and grammar.

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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Re: I'll wait for Mint

That was my first thought too and according to the font of all mankind's knowledge there will be one based on U16.04 in May or June.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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Deja vu?

One of the great things about getting rid of Gordon the Clown was that several databases being implemented to keep the proles in order got the chop. Yet increasingly May is just as bad as the string of Home Secretaries we suffered under Labour. It is becoming increasingly apparent that it matters not one fig what colour ties the residents of Downing Street wear. The real power in this country is elsewhere, constant and answers to no one. We just get to choose the puppets every 5 years.

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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Re: Something useful?

The flaw in that plan is you'd have to identify yourself to one central database from all you devices in order for the service to opt you out. The service might resist the temptation to sell you out once the founders have made their millions and moved on, it might not. You can bet though that every marketing scum on the planet would try to find a way to track you via the footprint the service leaves.

Much safer to use a unique ID per website.

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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

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Re: Abstain?

Basically they agree with it but think it sufficiently unpopular that they don't want their name on it. Next time they get it they'll use it with glee and blame the Cons any time there is bad press.

Weasels.

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ISS 'nauts Kelly and Kornienko homeward bound

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Re: Not @ toughluck

In a word, no.

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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@ Mikel

No argument at that from me, I'm trying to avoid relying on one thing.

Where possible telemetry updates aren't installed (1st line of defence), SBAB confirms their absence but sits ready to block of the tasks should they appear (2nd line). I accept it relies on me correctly identifying and blocking said updates which is a monthly PITA. SBAB edits the hosts file so there is kinda a 3rd line of defence. Since the executables don't exist I can't block them at the firewall but that would be just another line of defence on the machine anyway, as you say Microsoft adapts. One day soon I shall get around to reading the manual for my router and blocking the telemetry hosts there too, a much more acceptable independent line of defence. Still relies on a correct list of telemetry hosts though.

Longer term I'm going Mint* at which point an even bigger learning curve begins. It's the monthly update filtering that has tipped me over that particular edge. Deadline is a year from now when my Action Pack subscription expires.

*Not just yet though.

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Re: Missing option?

There are five telemetry options: "On", "On", "On", "On" and Spybot Anti-Beacon.

FTFY

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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

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Re: Maybe, just maybe

"if broadband provision was markedly better, there would be less need for HS2".

There's already no real business case for HS2. It was 'justified' in an age before 3G phone signals never mind 4G. The business case written for HS2 concluded that travellers using the current line were unable to work, therefore with a faster train they'll be unable to work for a shorter time. Then came 3G, 4G, power at the seats and on train WiFi. If the whole thing were looked at afresh the report would conclude that travellers can work just fine on the current fleet, are never out of contact the whole way and so spending £50bn to save 20 minutes is a preposterous idea.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: thermonuclear FORTRAN

I once had to work on some embedded C a colleague had left behind. It was at the opposite end of the comments spectrum to the thermonuclear FORTRAN example above. A full screen in the editor could only have a maximum 2 lines of actual code on it due to the volume of comments. Every single line of code was followed by several paragraphs. It was all hand formatted for the authors favoured screen size with hard CRLF so you couldn't turn off line wrap. It was impossible to grok the structure of the code.

The comments didn't even help much, they were predominantly long hand of the code. "If FirstExtrordiarilyOverVerboseVariableName is a value that is greater in magnitude than ConstantDefinedInOneOfAThousandCompilerMacroFiles then the programme will proceed to execute rather than skip over the lines of code following the opening brace below this point down to the closing brace which may be found further down this file". Like that example punctuation was in short supply. You'd turn blue as you mentally ran out of breath trying to read it. The worst case we found was one sentence that ran to 8 lines.

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

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Re: Used to have

"An 80386 based "beige" laptop, with the socket for the i387 maths co-processor"

I have one of those, 387 socket is populated IIRC but I never had a set of working NiCads for it. I'll have to dig it out and test it. Very handy for debugging serial comms problems as it has two real COM ports. By real I mean not via USB. Such a PITA when you seek out a machine with physical COM port to avoid using USB dongles and it turns out the ports are through an onboard USB hub.

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Good news ... and bad news for Skype-using Apple fans and small biz

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Re: Skype is an 500-lb pig, and keeps getting fatter

Absolutely agree about Skype being a bloated pig, the protocol is just as awful as the (windows) client. So serious question: The sign in process on Windows is a hideous bandwidth hog, anything less than tethered 4G or ADSL times out before it completes. I wiresharked it once but can't recall the numbers. A reconnect is much smaller so when I'm off to work in the middle of nowhere I have to remember to sign in at home and suspend but not shut down my laptop. Then I have to ensure I reconnect as frequently as I can to prevent something timing out and a full sign in being needed. It rarely lasts a week, once a full sign in is needed and I'm screwed for the remainder of the trip so I've not actually bothered trying in over a year.

Are the Android or Linux versions any better? Would they get connected over Edge or a DSL shared with 100 other engineers all trying to do an E.T. (phone home)? I only want the text client.

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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Pity the poor sod tasked with carrying the concrete for the trig point at the top of Olympus Mons

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Any news on laptop resolutions?

"16:9 is only really a problem on lower resolution screens."

At what point does it ease? I've not used laptops over full HD and I find the ribbon* takes up more space than I'd like on my 1920x1200 desktop screens.

* Yeah I know that's not the correct name, it's actually called The Fü$king Ribbon™.

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Re: Any news on laptop resolutions?

"There are many, many options for laptops with high resolution screens. You do, however, need to spend more than £50 on your laptop to benefit from this."

True, happy to do that. I also want != 16:9, currently the only way to get that is an eyewateringly expensive mac or surface. I could be persuaded to spend that much but I will absolutely NOT do so on something with limited or niche I/O, is non upgradable and non repairable.

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

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Re: Much more useful when batteries improve

You seem to be suggesting that in order to relieve the pressure on the grid we should go solar + powerwall? Here's a flaw or two in that plan

1) 400km range is Tesla country, way beyond the means of most. A Leaf, which is more what real people can afford, will do 175km. In the summer with a tailwind and when new.

2) A powerwall will be dead in far less than 3650 charge cycles if you use it's full capacity. If you only use 7KWh then yes one should just about last a decade.

3) 7KWh is not remotely going to get your home off grid but that's not the point, you only need an alternative source equal to what you'll be putting in your car. A Leaf with 175km range has 30KWh batteries so you need three to four powerwalls and three to four rooftops full of solar cells assuming you don't use all the 175km range.

http://rameznaam.com/2015/04/30/tesla-powerwall-battery-economics-almost-there/

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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The scenario is irrelevant.

The point is to get people thinking about devious code. Something that in other circumstances would be called a bug but here is deliberately coded to game the system and be subtle enough to not be seen in a code inspection.

This is exactly what any number of TLAs must (and should, it's their job) be up to and it is good to see a different kind of spotlight on it. It's exactly the sort of thinking the Open Truecrypt Audit needs to engage.

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Re: Maybe not Friday.

According to the beeb a few moments ago the UN has indeed flushed away it's last shred of credibility.

Unbe-f##king-lievable.

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HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'

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Heat death of the universe

Whatever plan you come up with just make damn sure it doesn't involve anything travelling through FAA controlled airspace.

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Thinking of buying a Surface? Try a modular OLED Thinkpad first

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Meh

plonk

Oh good more 16:9 screened systems, the market place is desperately short of those.

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Face, meet book: Zuckerberg plans to dabble in AI this year

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I fart in your.....

Took a couple of readings for the 'general direction' part of that to wake the relevant synapse from slumber but it was worth it when it did. Superb work Mr LeCun, I believe the young 'uns of today might even call it lush.

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Microsoft leaks Xboxlive SSL server cert

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Even servers?

"All supported releases of Microsoft Windows carry the Xboxlive certificate"

Why? What will I lose if I kill this?

I suspect the answer is nothing unless I want to do some kind of interaction with my own XBolx or with other owners. Since I don't own one and never will (I have enough ball ache with Microsoft in my day job so R&R money goes on Sony & Nintendo) I suspect I'll lose nothing. Even if I were an XBolx owner why on earth would I want this certificate on my servers?

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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

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Nail on the head Mr Overlord

There was an Amazon.co.uk phishing email doing the rounds last week. The latest reset email, if genuine, has possibly gone out to suckers who took the bait.

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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Re: Interesting link

The rules of the road are to drive such that you can stop in the distance you can see is clear. There is no need to see through fog if you observe this. If a person prefers to drive at a fixed speed regardless of conditions then technology that can counter their stupidity will be a boon. To them at least, the Gene pool loses out again.

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Mixing ERP and production systems: Oil industry at risk, say infosec bods

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I wrote a long post knocking holes in the ERPScan claims. While they clearly know a great deal about SAP they know close to squat about control and automation in oil & gas. Then I decided to check the linked pdf and found this:

"It is the first Oil and Gas Cybersecurity research ever so far."

That is so epically untrue I just cannot be arsed to read any further.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: I've been around here for ages

You presumably need to maintain >100 posts in the past year, drop below that and you temporarily lose the badge.

I got close and chased it for a while but struggled finding two articles per week that satisfy all of; a) A subject I am knowledgeable upon, b) I have a thought upon that hasn't already been expressed, c) I give a crap about enough to post. Usually someone writes what I'm thinking expressed better than I would have and faster. So do I post lots of shite and/or 'Here, have an upvote' noise. Or do I STFU and remain badgeless?

The system seems to encourage inane chatter to me. X upvotes or net X in the past 12 months would be a more beneficial metric.

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BitLocker popper uses Windows authentication to attack itself

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Sadistic?

"Only sadistic sysadmins whose users suffer having to enter pre-boot passwords are immune, Haken says."

What on earth is sadistic about that? Last place I worked just about every aspect of the IT was an utter shambolic disaster. One of the few examples that wasn't was the (iirc) McAfee drive encryption with pre-boot authentication. When it got installed it just worked. Every morning it just worked. Every password change, once you knew to wait an hour and log off/on before shutting down, it just worked. Why is entering your password before boot rather than after sadistic?

Even there if you didn't know the password change trick you soon learned that for one boot cycle you'll enter the old password before boot and the new one at log in. Is that, typically once a quarter, really so insufferable?

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Edge joins Explorer in bumper crop of security patches

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Re: Reboot reboot reboot

No they don't and they never have. The sane world has called it Patch Tuesday but not Microsoft.

This has clearly irritated Microsoft so rather than do the sane thing and fall into line they are instead phasing Patch Tuesday out. Instead of a predictable, reliable schedule of updates that the world can plan for Microsoft is soon going to start pushing out whatever they like whenever they like and for added fun not tell us what updates are about any more. Planning for the arrival and deployment of f##k knows what, f##k knows when is going to be an 'opportunity' for the sane world.

It is an effective way for Microsoft to persuade the world to stop using the term Patch Tuesday. It is not, by any stretch at all sane.

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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Re: Much as I like....

It's not tough at all, either everyone's data is hovered or no ones is. I prefer the latter.

There's no justification in saying MP's should be exempt so that their constituents communications are confidential because the constituents email is hovered at their ISP.

There's no justification for saying MP's should be exempt because of national security because it's our spooks doing the hovering we're talking about.

Everyone or no one - anything else is Animal Farm.

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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Re: Cop Braked to Provoke Incident

Have an upvote for a) driving a TR6 and b) _using_ it as opposed to just taking it out on fine days to park in a field like some kind of self propelled ornament.

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