* Posts by frank ly

5036 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Boffin's easy remote hijack hack pops scores of router locks

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Security

"The penetration tester is planning on examining the "overlooked" area of internet-of-things security as Singapore undergoes its massive smart city project."

That sounds like a job for life.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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The .vag extension is offensive to people who care about pollution caused by diesel cars.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Interesting

"You're telling me these engineers snuck that code into the software and no one said this is breakthrough technology, we need to patent this," said an incredulous Collins.

He does have a point that management (and many other people) would have been incredibly incurious as to how the cars suddenly started showing much better performance than before the software was modified.

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China cuffs hackers at US request to stave off sanctions

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Logically ...?

What they are accused of doing can't be illegal in China because the Chinese authorities would have arrested the entire PLA unit if it was. Have I misunderstood something?

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NASA boffins on Pluto: We see skies of BLUE and... RED water ice

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Pictures of Pluto

Am I right in thinking that sunlight is the illumination and they use a very long exposure and accurate camera tracking during exposure?

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Australian Prime Minister runs private email server

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Re: Just need an email from that server

Does Malcolm Turnbull know where his private email server is?

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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

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Re: Deal or No Deal?

Or maybe the US corps will sue the EC governments in secret session, in accordance with TTIP provisions? That sounds like an easier way to make money.

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Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

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Re: Uh-uh, Nope, no way!

You talk into its feet, then it whispers into your ear.

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Talk revealing p0wnable surveillance cams pulled after legal threat

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I've said it before ....

"An unnamed vendor caught up in the research hit Gnesa with a legal threat after he prepared to present his work at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore next week.

The hacker then canceled his talk."

Publish the results on pastebin, or somewhere like that. If the vendors want to respond with a public rebuttal then they are free to do so.

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Does it have hard mount points for weapons?

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'ALIEN INVADERS OBSERVED': OFFICIAL ESA announcement

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re. " .. Futura mission ..."

Am I the only one who read that as 'Futurama mission'?

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Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

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re. battery life

If you're serious about walking around the room, shooting robots, etc. then you'd be happy to wear a battery belt. It would add to the 'realism' and let you think you were wearing an ammunition belt or carrying a spare gun.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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re. *Not after actual fictitious Smurfs, ...

Did you think we didn't know that?

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: Noooo... how long must this go on?

"In a conventional computer, the presence or absence of an electron indicates a one or a zero."

Thats the presence or absence of a large number of electrons gathered at a single storage location, (where they are sensed due to their effects on the electrical characteristics of that location).

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Guess who owns Netflix.news and Netflix.website – clue: definitely not Netflix

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Re: in theory

"How can he object without looking like an evil profitteer again?"

He could put it up for public auction?

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

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Re: therethrough

We have: therein, thereby, thereunder, .. etc, so why not therethrough? Anyway, it's in the OED, therefore it's 'official'.

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Dodgy amphetamines drive drug-crazed man on to pub roof

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It's confusing

" ... rated as a Class-B drug in the UK, along with "barbiturates, cannabis, codeine ...".

I can buy codeine anytime I like at any UK high street or supermarket pharmacy. The only problem is that they cut it with lots of paracetamol and that stuff is bad for your liver.

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MYSTERY PARTICLE BLASTS from Ceres strike NASA probe Dawn

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Re: Oh no! Not harvest puns!

I think there should be a mountain range called The Alpens.

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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Re: BMI

"It also assumes that you're two-dimensional."

From Lewis: "... it assumes that healthy weight should scale up in relation to the square of height - a patently absurd idea, ..."

The square of height thing seems to assume that we're modelled as a cylinder, which is not a bad approximation - and that's all it is, an approximation to let a doctor/nurse or yourself obtain a quick and easy measure for comparison purposes. It's also only appropriate for someone around average height and build, not a particularly tall or muscular man or woman.

The last time my doctor had a good look at me (almost naked), she said I could do with having a bit more weight. I pointed out that my BMI was 23 and she went very quiet. I didn't point out that she was a bit of a porker and that people tend to want to see themselves as 'normal'.

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What does EU farm subsidy get spent on? Yes, broadband for Irish farmers

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Re: if only...

While we're waiting, could I have another cup of tea please?

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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

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If a UK VW Passat (as an example) passed its MoT test emissions levels last year, there's little reason why it shouldn't pass them this year. Unless there is a reclassification of the vehicle and the tested pass levels are changed to reflect that? Even so, if the VW Passat is passing the tests due to cheat software, the MoT test process will need to be altered or some formal check of engine software update status will be needed. Will VW owners be 'forced' to take their cars in for a software modification? This will be an admin nightmare.

I'm still wondering about buying a 4 year old turbodiesel Passat.

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Macquarie academics send Gmail a ‘Dear John’ letter

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But ....

... the Australian security/spy organisations share all their pickings with the other 5-Eyes countries, so what's the point?

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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

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Why not just use unbreakable encryption?

Oh, .... sorry.

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Pasta is now a THING, says Cisco

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Paddock to plate

It's horses that are kept in a paddock isn't it? Oh ..... that picture ...... right.

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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Kick ass fake links

It doesn't seem to happen now, but some time ago there were fake magnet icon links on Kick Ass listings that actually linked to .exe download sites which claimed to install a great torrent downloader. I didn't use them of course but I wonder how many people tried them. I can understand that rogue adverts get through but that seemed to be very underhand work by the site's owners.

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Diskicide – the death of disk

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Apples and Oranges??

"... post-dedupe flash cost/GB is the same as disk."

Is that post-dedupe disk and post-compression disk? Or is it raw disk? At what size of storage array is that comparison made?

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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In the UK

Is this a good time or a bad time to get a good deal on a second hand turbodiesel VW Passat? Should I wait?

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Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

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A small detail.

"There are buttons to electrically slide the front seats in the back of them so that the rear passenger can adjust the position."

Is this deactivated when the car is being driven?

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Re: Left and Right and Politics

"Yes, we need 'socialism' to define what's wrong with society, ..."

Surely, a 'capitalist' would say, "Look at all these poorly educated children. They are a wasted resource and an indication that more investment is needed in the education system. See all those people who are ill due to smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise; a small amount of money invested in a public education programme would greatly reduce these problems and increase national productivity." Etc.

We need sensible and intelligent people to see and understand what's wrong with society. They seem to be in short supply at the 'top'.

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Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

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re. Comedy Store You Tube link

You've sent me on a diversion that's lasted 30 minutes so far. I'll get back to you if I can think of anything else. Thank you!

P.S. He was great in Black Books.

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Get on with it! Uncle Sam's right-hand man schools ICANN powwow

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Re: Unprofessional. Irresponsible.

I can tell that you're not the sort of person who gets appointed to committees or made chairman.

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Here, near the shore of Santa Monica, we see ICANN in its natural habitat – doing nothing

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"Sessions are chaired, rather than facilitated."

I've only just got used to 'programs' becoming 'applications'. When did the 'facilitator' thing happen?

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Hm, a scandal brewing, Kaiser? Healthcare giant buys How Kaiser Killed My Wife and other .coms

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Re: Missed some,

YouBastards.com

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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DMCA

Surely the DMCA is intended to prevent people from profiting from copying things, or obtaining and misusing 'trade secrets'. If cheating is strogly suspected, then the software should be torn apart and analysed by experts, subject to non-disclosure agreements of course.

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Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

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"... Volkswagen Touareg from South Africa to Norway ..."

Did it meet the emissions control regulations in every country that it was driven through?

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

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Re: Gratuitous jab at Adobe much?

Let's face it, Flash Player patches aren't 'news' anymore.

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Oh, IT'S ON. IT. IS. ON: Google, Netflix et al square up to telcos in net neutrality showdown

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I think they mean, "Hey look, we've got a website that tells you stuff!"

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Re: Okay...

Embrocation. Just rub it onto your website.

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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@Mage Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

"Sadly doesn't work on Linux ..."

Is that the Linux version of QQ doesn't work, or the Windows version doesn't run in WINE, or .... ?

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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"... she and The Master ..."

That's " ... she and the Mistress (Missy) ..."

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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I remember about the 21 second pee result

I forgot to time myself so I'll try to remember that tomorrow morning when I wake up. Has anybody else timed themselves?

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Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Well, yes.

"... the big corporates have been taking things much slower and trying to figure out what to do with their branded piece of the internet."

It's as if they didn't have a plan when they bought them.

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D-Link spilled its private key onto the web – letting malware dress up as Windows apps

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I'm wondering

Are these certificates and passphrases in a declaration block at the top of the sourcecode, surrounded by comments, IN CAPS, to say "don't allow this information to be released"; or are they sprinkled throughout the sourcecode?

P.S. The above is my second attempt at posting that comment. On the first, I had to complete a Captcha question (which I seemed to have failed), for which I had to enable Flash. The second time I tried, there was no Captcha question. Is this anything to do with El Reg or have I been 'hit' by something?

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: nuance

Does the El Reg team have any comment about that loud voice lecturing Doctor Syntax?

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Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

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Correction

"We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused by the technical issues on FSNet," ->

"We're experiencing piss-poor management at EE."

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

.. many years ago. They had 'draught' Irn-Bru in the vending machines - delicious.

P.S. In Scotland, it's pronounced "Irn Bru".

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El Reg unfurls awe-inspiring Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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I assume ...

... that she has a pipe clenched between her teeth.

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Tremble, Vodafone! The UN ain't happy about your phone-hacking

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Questions

Who is the ex-employee who did the spying? Have they been investigated by the police or any authority? Will charges be brought against them? Have they now got a cushy job somewhere else?

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Re: Two memories...

"But in the town, it was well known when they got home at night, their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them within inches of their lives."

Those lyrics would make some teachers a bit touchy, I suppose.

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Schneider patches yet ANOTHER dumb vuln

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Re: wireshark?

"Do the companies purchasing this gear not have a security person in their IT department?"

They might do, but as an old engineer said to me many years ago, "Why should I put any effort into assessing bids when they always buy the cheapest one no matter what I say?"

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