* Posts by Ivan 4

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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Re: When...

If the data is valuable, BACK IT UP.

And then back it up to another device as well after you have checked it!

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

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Re: Whew!

I woke up in the freest country on the planet is what. USA!

Did you forget all about the FBI, NSA etc looking over your shoulder to check on everything you do?

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Don't they realise they have now opened up all the US government and its departments to the world? After all 'you do it to me, therefore I can do it to you' comes into play.

I assume the next thing we will hear is that the FBI has been hacked and all their information is available on some server in China or Russia.

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Re: Distance

I guess if you have an 'air-gapped' computer in the same roome as a networked one, they could (slowly) communicate back and forth.

Then you don't have a secure situation at all.

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As you say, the moment someone has physical access to your computers, air-gapped or not, all bets are off.

While some of these 'connections' are interesting from a technical point of view they are not practical if security is taken into consideration. For instance, at one plant we supervise everyone has to go through two sets of security, one of which is a physical search, before you get to the secure area and even when there the servers are in a locked room. My techs are not allowed to take tools through security and the client has provided all those necessary and they stay in the server room at all times.

There is security and SECURITY and most companies don't know the difference or care.

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Physicists build simulator, hope to stand up beautiful Standard Model

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The bit that was left out (it may be in the paywalled paper) is how they are going to validate their generated models. Without that information the results could just be pie in the sky.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Remember the days...

.and I can remember when it was a mail order only operation.

Abs they would also send orders to France and Germany.

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: I laugh yellowly!

Since when does prior art stop anyone getting a patent approved?

When the examiner can't be bothered to look anything up and that is usually because they don't have any idea exactly what the patent is about.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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What is he actually saying

We need to look at what he is actually saying before we get all excited. Consider the following.

The US spying agencies, including the internal ones, want to be able to have backdoors in anything that they look at.

The US political establishment likes that idea.

The US tech industry says that idea is a no no.

The US tech industry actively sticks it to the man.

Now we have a guy the really really wants to be able to look at everyone's communication so he comes up with an idea.

If no one else can do the encryption as well as the US then the US tech industry does not have to worry about losing sales if the put in the required backdoors because no one else can do encryption like they can.

What he is saying is what he hopes the tech industry and people will believe and thus approve the introduction of backdoors or watered down encryption.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Not needed

It appears that they are not needed and Germany are against using them.

http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/06/smart-grid-technology-may-not-be-needed.html

The only thing they have going for them in the view of the suppliers, is the ability to switch off the customer when they can't pay because of the added very high green taxes that have been added to the bill, oh, and the not having the cost of paying meter readers.

Won't the script kiddies have fun when the deployment becomes large enough. They will be able to make pictures in light and dark at night by remotely switching off selected meters in the city because of the total lack of security of the units.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: Points for effort....

I'll reckon they have a massive payload of flight data to analyse and benefit from

And they will learn from it just as they have in the past. It is those that don't learn from mishaps that will be left behind.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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dramatic sign that the era of Big Telco as an unstoppable force has come to a close.

It all depends on how many poli critters they can buy after the election.

They are not going to give up their monopoly with out a fight. After all why should the punters stop subsidising them seems to be their view.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Just closed

The big question is 'were you able to wipe all your data', or is it still there lurking on their servers for MS to slurp as necessary?

They will most probably slurp the closed account details first.

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Hack the Pentagon shutters 100 bugs

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Ah, you mean the 'admin/password' bug or maybe even the 'root/123456' one.

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Ireland goes Big Brother as police upgrade IT snooping abilities

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Re: Nice to see the UK

Except Ireland is NOT part of the UK.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Living in hope that win 10 will push up the bottom line seems to be a step backwards.

A step forwards would be to offer laptops that didn't require windows only drivers to work, oh, and have 16:10 LCD screens at something like 1920x1200.

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Microsoft offers Surface-as-a-Service from its own stores

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It would appear that MS is morphing into a service company so that will be left are MBAs and bean counters.

How the mighty fall.

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French B&Q equivalent 'hacked' to offer visitors vulgar DIY tools

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Castorama isn't the only French site that has been hacked, there are many others that are being used to gather login details to Amazon, Free Mobile and some of the banks.

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Bing web searches may reveal you have cancer (so, er, don't use Bing?)

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Windows 10 perchance?

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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This is obviously for rainy day working because when the sun comes out the clouds dissipate and we end up cloudless. I assume when that happens all the workers and go to the beach and play.

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: The World Federation of Advertisers

Now tell us what you really think.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Nuclear

RR could be supplying multiple small nuclear power stations on a production line system based on those they produce for the nuclear subs. Maybe that is just too simple for the greens and government - the greens are against anything nuclear and the government don't like it because it isn't a trough they and their friends can get their snouts into.

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Re: selective use of facts

“We are now the cheapest form of new generation in Britain,” Mr McNeal said.

He/they might be able to say that IF they can run without the direct subsidies they get and they can sell the electricity for less than the coal fired or CCGT units.

Until Wind can provide base load electricity at a price at least equal to fossil fuels it is nothing but pie in the sky.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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Isn't it rather late to be securing the stable doors? I thought you did that before the horses bolted.

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Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: Requirements, we've heard of them...

In other words. If you believe that I have a bridge that you should be interested in buying.

The problem is they are not telling us the real reason.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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The third option is that Einstein's theories of gravitation are wrong, or at least in serious need of revision. That opens up a whole new can of worms.

OK, so let us open that can of worms, after all that is how science learns new things.

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

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Re: umm

That is generally known as Creative Accounting.

Wasn't there another rather large US/International organisation hauled over the coals for doing just that, Enron maybe, and look where that got them.

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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

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Re: Summary

In other words the US is all, Me, Me, Me.

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Google is the EU Remain campaign's secret weapon

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Re: Hopefully Brexit...

@AC

first they join the EU

No they did NOT join the EU they voted to join a non political Common Market. It was only after that that Germany and France pushed for, and showed, the political leftist dominance that they both wanted. Unfortunately the left in the UK were quite happy to go along with that which brings us to the mess the UK is in today.

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Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

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As I have said before and will again, the only way to resolve this if for the US government to enact the same laws about data security and privacy as the EU.

Since that will never happen with the bought and paid for US politicians there will never be a real resolution to this.

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

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We have liftoff.

Sorry, I'm out of here.

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Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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This is typical of the results we get when MBAs take over from engineers. It can also be the result of off-shoring but then again that is the result of MBAs getting involved.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Are they going to ask those of us not in the US that have copies to return them as well - good luck with that.

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Re: Who are these people?

The lapdog politicians that have been called to heel by the mob paymasters.

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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

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I can't help wondering just how close this shareholder is to Microsoft. This is just too convenient like SCO v IBM.

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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

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Re: Reason #349187 to block ads...

And they still don't see it!

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: What's betting....

You are not implying that the bought politicians are going to have to actually do something for the corporate 'sponsorship'. Oh dear, that is going to be hard when they are in the US and this is in the EU.

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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Re: "Equivalent to year 6 in the UK"

According to a chart I found when I had similar questions they are 10 to 11 year old kids.

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: "SIM free" ?

@veti,

I know, but my old dumb phone literally fell apart and no amount of duct tape would fix it and I needed to make a call. The local electrical goods store only had smartphones so I got a 45 euro dual SIM unit and now I like the dual SIM feature (saves cost when country hopping) so I will keep it until it falls apart in its turn.

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Re: "SIM free" ?

What the hell are people doing with their phones that they can't get through a day on battery?

Strange as it may seem I only use my smartphone for making phone calls and it has been running on battery for 9 days 7 hours and some minutes at the moment with a residual 25% charge so it goes on charge tonight.

I didn't used to get that length of time between charges until I off loaded all the crap that was sucking the battery dry. Since I only want it to make calls, I have a tablet and laptop for anything else, I am pleased with how it now works.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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Re: Critical questions

@strum.

I don't think anyone is determined that renewables must not work only that they should work WITHOUT taxpayer subsidies. In other words they should be viable on their own merits.

I would love some of the renewable energy sources to be available to all at reasonable cost and be available to supply reliable energy 24/7/360. Unfortunately that does not happen and all of them require massive injections of taxpayers money to keep the subsidy farmers happy as well as costing several orders of magnitude above conventional energy supplies.

BTW, my 4 points apply to any new produce being brought to market.

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Critical questions

While laboratory building and testing produce the given results there are critical questions that have to be answered before any of these things are of PRACTICAL use.

1) Will it scale? Or, in other words, is it possible to manufacture efficiently.

2) How durable in use? It is no good if it breaks when flexed or requires constant cleaning, can it even be cleaned.

3) Is it cost effective to manufacture, sell and use? It has to match all three of those to be commercially viable.

4) Will a commercial product have a reasonable lifetime?

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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Re: What's to patent

The moment lawyers became involved in the patent process it was the beginning of the end of real patents where you had to have a working model to support your claim.

The patenting of ideas is a travesty being lead by the US patent office backed by lawyers and marketing droids and because of this it should be disbanded or, at least, returned to the issuing of real patents backed by actual working objects.

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Re: I was wrong

Just read their Agenda 21 manifesto.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

@Matt4

The people had a vote, they voted to join. Just throwing that out there.

Sorry Matt but there has never been a vote by the people about joining a POLITICAL venture run by unelected people.

Yes, the people did vote to join a common TRADING block which allowed the countries to keep their own sovereignty and laws. In no way was it portrayed as anything political - although, with hindsight, we can see that Germany and to some extent France, had this as the ultimate objective.

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It should be a crime to install spyware on phones, thunders Plaid Cymru MP

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Re: I believe in free speech, but...

That is too good for them.

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

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Re: It is aliens

Thank you for a good chuckle in an otherwise dull day.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Removed How?

Only if you believe MS. Note that "the details are still being worked out".

I assume those details are how to use it for the monthly charge billing.

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FCC urged to pause its fight against America's $20bn cable-box rip-off

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Re: Good. Now we know their names.

You see, we like our corporate shills in suits.

Orange ones?

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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Re: Soooooo.......

What are smart cities?

Those that follow the UN Agenda 21 outline.

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