* Posts by frank ly

5176 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Reason

"Other reasons included encrypted data being highly confidential (32 per cent) ..."

I'm not sure why this is a definite reason for wanting access to the data. Surely, "we really want it back" is the reason for paying up.

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Australia boards the slow boat to Brexit

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Free Trade

Does this mean that Australians will be able to buy high-tech electronics goods at UK prices (plus shipping costs)?

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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Let's talk about the colour

Is it the right choice? Will it still be relevant in two years time?

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Gimp

@Stevie Re: Bah!

Are there any studies of the effects of giving/receiving a good thrashing on cardiovascular health. I ask because a friend was wondering about that.

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: Check in online

I'm sure you don't need a licence to look at the BBC news website. Not yet anyway.

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Say What?

"We were able to get the Windows 10 usernames and hashes which are tied by default to Outlook."

Those scammers are really .....smart?

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Re: For some strange reason...

With Chris O'Dowd as the chief villain, Katherine Parkinson as Moneypenny and Matt Berry as 'M'. I'd watch it.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Re: Is there a liveness check ?

Can you fool the 'liveness' check with a video?

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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@AC(1)Re: Silver Lining

Seriously?: No.

drugs?: Caffeine, nicotine and pork pies.

conspiracy?: No, marketing opportunity - serendipity.

silver lining: sly reference to the previous 'tinfoil hat' posts as well as the old saying.

summary: Whoosh.

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Silver Lining

"The problem was limited to users running a specific version of 32-bit Windows 7 SP1, according to Sophos."

Microsoft can now target them with exhortations to upgrade to Win 10. Every little bit helps.

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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Money, Money, Money

From The Independent newspaper, yesterday.

"And there are concerns Japanese research and development projects based in the UK will lose access to EU science funding, ..."

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

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The light turns off when you close the door so the cam won't be able to see anything most of the time.

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

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Facepalm

A free app - delivering adverts

Childcare 'professionals' gave sensitive information about children to it. *Shakes my head*

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We want GCHQ-style spy powers to hack cybercrims, say police

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And of course ....

.... the police will never misuse any powers given to them.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Windows 10

The 'gift' that keeps on taking (the piss).

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Kids nowadays

"... arming tweenagers with cheeseboard and soldering irons ..."

When I were a lad, we had to make do with breadboard and tallow candles.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Coat

The article picture

Something about haemorrhoids.

Coat: I'm going but you know it's true.

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Lenovo's tablet with a real pen, Acer's monster laptop, Samsung Galaxy S3 watch

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Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

Isn't it just a backlit fixed display with the touch surface being read for keypresses? A truly virtual keyboard would have software defined display and you'd be able to change the keyboard 'nationality' in software. With a suitable API you'd be able to develop your own 'keyboard', customised for various applications.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Consider this

"We want to lock some people up, so that we send a message ..."

That's supposed to be the job of the court and it's not for 'sending a message'. Punishing people to 'send a message' is what the Mafia (etc) do.

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Blink and you missed it: Asteroid came within 90,000 km, only one sky-watcher saw it

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At its closest pass, whatever distance it is, would its orbit around the sun be affected by earth's gravity and maybe make it come closer next time?

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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

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It sounds good

"Reliability-wise it retains data for >1,000 years ..."

You have to make certain assumptions about material properties and behaviour to extrapolate that theoretical result from testing that lasts a lot less that 1000 years. CNTs are a very new material so how can they be certain that those assumptions are true for CNTs?

Also, what is the theoretical working lifetime of the associated support and driver electronics? Random gamma rays do pass through everything, etc.

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Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit

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"a more nuanced response"

“I'd like to buy a black dress”

'There are some interesting new dieting and exercise websites that I can give you links to.'

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Li-Fi with my little eye … a vulnerability

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Deja vu, again

"That assumption has led developers to pay too little attention to security, ..."

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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It's not their ball but it does have round corners, everywhere, all over.

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Ripper! Boffins find malware thought behind $347k Thai ATM raids

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WTF!

"Thieves insert a custom EMV card into ATMs which sets up the machines ..."

Who thought it was a good idea to make this functionality possible? Everything you do can be stripped and analysed and reverse engineered, then taken advantage of.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Use established references

"... the error occurred because Bing Translator has a crowdsourcing function ..."

They should have used an Urban Dictionary lookup. Oh, maybe they did?

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Chinese CA hands guy base certificates for GitHub, Florida uni

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You can't trust anybody

I've said it before and it looks like I'll keep on saying it.

Why is a Chinese CA capable of handing out a base certificate for Github and a University in Florida? That's a genuine puzzled question because I don't know how certificate issuance is organised and managed.

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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"Decrypt the login cookie."

So, they get the login cookie for the malicious site that they control, after it's had lots of cyber chat with another site that they control. This is about the connection and login to their malicious site. I don't understand how that helps them to break the encryption of the user's VPN link, because I always assumed that the VPN was 'transparent' and its encryption was between the user and the end point operator (who must be trusted).

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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Re: Uh, hello!?!

I wondered how someone's thinking could be so 'limited', so I looked at your previous posts. They are all about Apple and supportive of Apple and Apple products, often in a sarcastic way. Are you an employee or just a fanboi?

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

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"... the errors are often basic and avoidable."

They are not errors. It's deliberate, probably to save money, and they know there will be no penalty if they get detected. You can't trust anybody with data. They wouldn't store it for you unless they thought they could make a profit in some way and then the profit becomes the driving and only consideration.

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I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe

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Atum region

So it was a burp, not the other one.

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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Excellent!

That was a very well produced video and a marvellous 'cake'. I'm sure she loved it and I'm wondering if the top is in the fridge waiting for their anniversary.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Why not

just educate people that what they read on social media and also in the newspapers is often just someone's attempt to influence them for that other person or organisation's benefit. Teach them critical thinking and to cross reference a variety of sources and opinions to get a better idea of how 'truthful' something is.

Oh, ..... wait a minute.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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I remember

Plugging an empty USB-SD card reader into a Win 2K laptop and getting BSOD every time I did that. I learned to remember to put an SD card in before trying that. There always seems to be something that makes it flip in some way.

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Top facial recognition algo joins the dots and sees pretend people

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So

What is it that I do, very quickly, as a human, which tells me that those are not faces? Maybe it's that those images have no similarity to any face I've ever seen, have no standard facial features, etc.

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Dell trademarks everything it does as 'Cross Cloud'

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Hmm

Does this mean that nobody else can advertise 'cross-cloud' migration/computing services, etc. ? Maybe they'll need to call it 'intercloud' services.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Smile :)

"To undo the update, uninstall it or run the following in PowerShell:"

Am I the only one who smiled at that. Were the rest of you too busy crying/laughing to notice?

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Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

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First world problem

"A customer who has used almost all of her data could still binge on HBO, but would be unable to make an important video call with her doctor,"

Are there many people who have important video calls with their doctor?

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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@AC Re: Typical monolinguistic anglophone

I wasn't aware of that but did suspect it was so. Please give us a few examples for our education and amusement.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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@DonL Re: Microsoft or Americans?

"I speak with German people daily and come in Germany a lot ..."

The Germans must be very exciting people. I'm guessing you're not a native English speaker. Oh, those euphemisms and prepositions!

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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@Alienrat and ASAC

For a small outlay, you can set up a little solid-state FTP server in your own home. For about ten years, I've had an NSLU2 device that just keeps on running. You can still get them on ebay and there are other devices that will do the same thing. All you'd need then is an FTP client on your devices. You'd have to use email for 'collaboration'.

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Ex Evernote user here

I used to use Evernote on Android when it first came out. It recognised phone numbers and you could tap them and have it dial the number for you. So, I used it mainly as a contacts directory. After a while, it stopped being able to do that.

The Colornote application (Android only) was still able to dial a number from a stored note and also has active links between notes, so I switched to using that as a contacts directory. Its disadvantage is that it doesn't have a PC client or a web client but you can e-mail its notes to yourself as backup for later copy/paste back into Colornote if needed.

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Re: Ban my backpack? You don't want my money then.

You could wear a jacket with lots of big pockets in it for your essential personal needs. Also, a couple of bandoliers with lots of small screw-top storage cannisters. That would work.

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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

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Mitigation?

Fail the third: Would a properly set-up firewall block that? What data does it send back to the mothership?

Fail the last: I'd give it the Edimax e-mail address.

Fail the continuous: Why do they think that any of this is ever a good idea? What do they want the data for anyway?

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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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Tell us more

What does the injected JavaScript do?

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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Re: OK. So...

The tropical island with a secret base is just one of the six components needed. The space station is another one.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Possibilities

I'd like to see a video of a kitchen robot with a Gordon Ramsay personality/vocabulary assisting a human.

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Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers

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Choose wisely

"... it was a metal clip on the sausage that caused the actual damage, "

I find that a smooth, close fitting metal ring around my sausage is very effective and doesn't cause any damage or discomfort to anyone involved.

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FalseCONNECT sends vendors scrambling to patch proxy MITM bug

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Security Design

When the various security protocols were formulated and issued, didn't they have a group of experienced white/black hat hackers to go over them with a fine-toothed comb to try to break them?

This attack seems like simple trickery and not particularly clever or complicated.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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From the video

"The word 'pantheon' ... means 'to honour all deities'."

No, it doesn't. As usual, they can't even get the simple and long established stuff right.

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