* Posts by Charles 9

6643 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: bend over or check out

Or maybe some people just remember that Psalm about knowing the difference between the things you can't change and the things you can change. Sometimes, you need to stare someone in the face and say, "Sir, you're demanding unicorns." But other times, the guy demanding unicorns ALSO has a gun to your head and an itchy finger on the trigger. In which case, you better start looking...

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Re: Great for companies! @Copen

You wish, but the phone manufacturers demand control (some at the behest of other parties--like banks). So in essence, phone manufacturers can't trust the users without ticking off people writing checks. So what you can do? Unless you're willing to cobble together your own phone from scratch (realizing that each and every component could potentially hold hidden secrets you'd be unable to discover).

At some point, you have to just realize Big Brother has ways of watching you no matter what you do and decide: bend over or check out.

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Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

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Re: Excellent

But that's REactive, and as noted, that's not going to work because by the time you react, it's already too late. In a world where a split second is enough, you MUST be PROactive. Yet you're saying you CAN'T be proactive because the only warning signs come AFTER the fact. That logically leads me to believe there's no way to protect a mission-critical system. Meaning we're basically all screwed.

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Re: Excellent

"For anything remotely distributed (i.e. most utilities) the air gap WILL be breached somewhere and no, you won't know about it - until it's too late..."

So what can you do about it? You can't go after the face because by the time it's breached, it's already too late, the damage is already done. Yet you're tasked with making sure it's NOT breached for national security reasons. By people who can direct you with legal force, "Stop all breaches. That's an order."

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Flash. Bang. Wallet: Marcher crooks target UK Android users

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Re: Verification image

But it's a quick step to doing MITP, secretly stepping in between the actual app and the user and logging everything the user sees and does so as to defeat that kind of authentication. And as noted, you can't use another factor for authentication when the phone is the ONLY factor they frequently have. You can't do two-factor authentication without a second factor, after all.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Except there are other constants in the universe that ARE holding: like Avogadro's Constant and Planck's Constant. If either of those constants AREN'T, then we have more serious problems at hand.

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

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Re: Poor use for the band

The stories were about changing emergency comms standards, not frequencies (which are already allocated by law and IINM are around the 800MHz range, which combined with better antennae provide plenty of range).

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Fit for purpose

"If you're sent a document that contains scripts, I suggest you treat it as malware."

That kinda limits your options when it's the ONLY legal way to interact with the GOVERNMENT in a particular instance. AND it comes from a signed government website.

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Define "reasonable". Microsoft will be happy to offer a counter-proposal...along with their army of lawyers.

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Re: I can't wait until this free upgrade is over....

Personally I haven't had any real issues with Win10 on three machines. Two Dells one desktop one laptop, but both were on 8. The other was a homebuilt with 7, but it went pretty smoothly despite the mobo going on 9 years.

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Re: Is this legal?

They probably also have better lawyers this time.

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Re: Kill its access !

They'll just undo your work with a boot time program where the system is still in single user mode. If not now then later.

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You forget the blanket "We reserve the right to revise this EULA at any time without your further consent" that would've been on the original EULA giving them an out as you agreed to the terms.

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Re: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE

Or else it just does RIGHT F'N NOW! If you try to turn it off first, it'll just do it once you turn it on again.

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Re: Litigation

Nope because Microsoft will just counter, "Aren't most of your copies COUNTERFEIT?"

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Re: can Never10 really work, tho?

Until they realize all their software is Windows-only with no substitutes (particularly games). What then?

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Re: Windows 10 Pondering

That was THEN. This time Microsoft probably has better lawyers. AND the NSA on their side.

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A female misogynist would hate HERSELF, though.

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Re: I need info

They'll just argue they're authorized (1) because at the end it's their software and their copyright and (2) you gave consent by installing their OS.

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Re: Just waiting

Am I wrong, or did Microsoft at one point own the rights to Shadowrun?

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Re: What date is good for you?

No Linux version of Fallout 4, and according to Bethesda, never will.

And unless VM support for DX12 comes along, I don't trust virtualizing a gaming rig with a Steam collection that's Windows-only and VM- and WINE-unfriendly.

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Re: Fit for purpose

"Libre imports and exports office formats adequately for the purpose. Scripting isn't an issue."

Perfect or not at all, as the other side won't accept a document that's been converted and back unless it's exactly as it was before since they depend on their particular format for their business. And scripting WILL be an issue, as plenty of El Reg Commentards can attest. And you still haven't solved the Writer's Dilemma (the author who has an editor who insists on Word, and LibreOffice write doesn't convert annotations too well last I read).

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Re: Crossing the lines, Orwellian style.

You still gotta get the developers on board, and there are plenty (like Bethesda--Fallout 4) that have sworn off Linux development as too complicated: mostly due to lack of uniformity.

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Re: Crossing the lines, Orwellian style.

So what are you going to do? Lots of software is Windows-only with no substitutes, lots of hardware only has Windows drivers and can't be virtualized due to them being too obscure, and WINE still isn't ready for prime time. Not even Steam can get half their library (including many headliners) to their SteamOS.

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"An operating system, though, is on a completely different level. It's the foundation for everything else that happens on that computer. If the trust is gone, you don't have a product anymore. Microsoft is a behemoth, so the full effects will take some time to show themselves. If they survive this sort of behaviour, I shall be quite disappointed in my species."

I'm ALREADY disappointed. Just look at the American political picture. We seem to be down to choosing between a megalomaniacal misogynist and a corporate-toeing political windbag who's been around the block several times already. And no other country really offers any better, which leads me to believe this is no more or less than standard human behavior at work, which means we're pretty much doomed; the only question is how soon. Do we slouch increasingly into nothingness or do we just start World War III and go out with a bang taking the planet with it?

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Re: Fit for purpose

Wonder what'll happen when (not if) THAT copy gets upgraded to Windows 10 as well? And we find this is true for ANY copy of Windows 7 AND they find ways to defeat the anti-GWX measures, probably by way of a boot-time program? Oh, and jumping to Linux is not an option because one key program is Windows-ONLY, WINE-UNfriendly, and VM-incompatible?

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Not even if chained together in a single line with ampersands?

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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Re: "Securing Participation, Engagement, and Knowledge Freedom by Reducing Egregious Efforts"

Uh...yes. Unless it's catchy, it risks not drawing enough support.

So, yeah, kinda necessary.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: How original

"These apps have been around for a while but aren't that widely used. Any smart kid tagged by his parents will just borrow his or her friend's untagged phone for any and all nefarious teenage activities."

Tagging can also mean GEO-tagged, and a parent might just decide to CHECK on their kid by following the trace and seeing what's there. If the tag's there but their kid isn't, there's going to be some checking up.

And now with Android M and dm-verity checking, if they built this into a Marshmallow build and pushed it onto phones, that should chop the hacking and rooting right off since Marshmallow ROMs can detect root through dm-verity.

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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Why NOT Android M?

I would think Marshmallow would be much better suited for a phone like this given it enforces dm-verity and so would be able to detect rooting (by detecting changes in /system). And even /system-less rooting is being detected by Android's SafetyNet, which is partially external and so can detect tampering to itself as well.

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You don't need no STEEENKING GPU, says Intel

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Re: I hope they update the Intel GPU drivers more

Well, to be fair, an AMD GPU built seven years ago isn't that much different from one built now. It differs more in degree than in kind. Now, if you were to go TEN years back, back before Radeon became Radeon HD, then you're talking differing in kind, and I don't think AMD drivers go THAT far back. Same with nVidia, and the legacy split here seems to be when they went from four-digit numbering to three-digit. Last I checked, Intel's GPU designed changed a bit more significantly in the same time period, which is why the shorter legacy stretch.

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Re: Intel has always tried to pull that one

In which case you're not Intel's target market. Dedicated gamers will build their own rigs or buy high-spec gaming rigs. Intel knows this. And graphics professionals will be using professional workstations, again with dedicated GPUs (only this time in their particular branch). Intel's not targeting them, either.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: People must stop buying anything from Microsoft.

And if Microsoft successfully bribes the court, gets its way, and sets a precedent?

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Re: All in the name of the "War on Terror"

But they'll declare all those four unpreventable and therefore "acts of God" whereas terrorism will always be considered preventable and a potential existential risk, meaning it MUST be stopped at all costs or the country will be toast.

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Re: Nothing is safe....

Profits have absolutely nothing to do with lobbying power.

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Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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Re: Put a Front End Processor In?

"Then think about future design requirements for new procurements with a robust Request For Proposals and a 'bomb proof' Specification setting down a minimum lifetime support capability. Make design failures the responsibility of the junk man, sorry manufacturer to fix or replace the tat for its normal Specified lifetime."

You can't truly "future-proof" anything because the future is unpredictable. It's like what Douglas Adams once said about fools: the moment you make something "bomb-proof" someone comes along and makes a anti-bomb-proof bomb (like a high-penetration bomb). Try to future-proof something and the future swerves in another direction and opens unpredicted and unpredictable avenues of attack (say being able to significantly influence electric currents from afar). And no manufacturer will accept the liability, meaning the plant either needs to lower the standard or go without, the latter of which may not be acceptable if there's a pressing need and a time limit.

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Re: Code space?

Yes, because the upper admins are 2,000 miles away at other plants.

No, no other option is viable that isn't equally vulnerable (and ANY remote means is equally hackable because it's the remote element that makes it hackable). And local presence isn't an option due to the distances.

Oh, and did we mention they've only budgeted so much to you, and pretty much the ONLY thing you have to work with is an untempered, 1/4" thick glass door? And they still expect 100% perfection or else, AND they have an ear with the employment commission meaning if you fail you can pretty much kiss any other job prospects goodbye.

Welcome to the real world. And yes, I've seen it.

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Oh yeah? How about RIGHT, FAST, AND UNDER BUDGET, Iron Triangles be damned?

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Re: I'm not defending these....

"We have plenty of devices with web interfaces, but they will never see an internet connection in their life."

Don't be so sure. What if it gets accidentally BRIDGED?

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Re: Don't you get it ?

If the guy stole his wallet, he probably stole the second factor (usually the phone) along with it. Plus one can hack the phone to redirect a second factor. Try again.

Remember, we're talking high-profile stuff, the kind of stuff an enemy organization might make the effort to scout out and target a whole-identity-theft attack for.

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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

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Re: Cue the pain in 2.0001 years

It would take a little time, yes, but if you do the big stuff early on, throw in some erasure coding to deal with bit rot, a two-drive rotation should provide reasonable protection. I do this now with a pair of 5TB drives.

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Re: Charles 9

That THUNK is the sound of the helium-filled SSD hitting someone in the head because it performs no better than the one filled with air given SSDs, by definition, have no mechanical parts to take advantage of the aerodynamics. They'd use other substances (like solids and liquids) if they were more interested in thermal transfer. And next time, if you're going to make a joke, use the Joke Alert.

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Re: Longevity

"Nice theory, but I recall a TV school science programme where children actually did the experiment (diffusion time from a balloon) and found that carbon dioxide escapes much faster than hydrogen (perhaps because it could dissolve in the rubber of the balloon?)"

I think it was CO2 vs. ordinary air, that one. I don't think they've compared hydrogen OR helium (the two lightest gases in existence, weights of 2 and 4 respectively, and practically nothing in the way of shape to interfere with diffusion--H2 is a barbell and He is monoatomic).

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Re: I remember...

Apparently, edge-on these days. They're also looking into shingle-style (probably meant for WORM applications) as well as cramming them into tighter spaces using heat and with help from helium.

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Try A LOT of games, like a massive Steam collection (thanks to oodles of sales). Some of them can get pretty big which means once you have them you'd rather not have to download them again due to your data allowance caps.

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Why do you need helium in a solid state drive? The only reason you need helium in a rust drive is that it improves the aerodynamics meaning you can pack the enclosure tighter.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: Los Angeles to San Francisco route comes in at $6bn

"As opposed to a plane which will just fall out of the sky."

Only if parts fall off. If a plane runs out of fuel but is still intact, it's designed to start gliding, which at least gives time to find someplace to land the bird.

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Re: Los Angeles to San Francisco route comes in at $6bn

"The problem is if everybody just wait for it to become feasible, while the rest of the transportation system is hopelessly outdated and slow. High-speed trains are an existing working solution, using a proven technology. Why wait for a more futuristic one still in its infancy?"

Because train of any form in the US is too expensive. Remember that this proposed Hyperloop is meant to REPLACE a proposed bullet train project from LA to San Fran that already had a ten-figure price tag. IOW, the people said NO to the train, mostly due to price issues on what you describe as a proven technology. Status quo is not viable long term, yet the only practical option's been rejected. That's why people are starting to look outside the box: they're out of options.

PS. The main reason planes replaces trains was that the infrastructure for airlines was easier long-term for a large country such as the US. You only need to build infrastructure at endpoints, not along the way, which means trains will never beat the airplane for something like the New York-to-Los Angeles run.

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65 million millennial blog bores' Tumblr logins ... for! sale! on! darknet!

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Re: "Password is dead" meme is spreading

Oh? What about all the Post-It Perils? As for the wallet, pickpocket steals your identity as well as your money?

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Re: "Password is dead" meme is spreading

Then what do you do with people with bad memories?

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