* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1488 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

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Re: Surprised?

But Windows XP was sold as, "the most secure version of Windows - ever". Or was that Windows 2000?

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Ancient Exploits?

Don't tell me, the hospital porters wheeled in the wooden horse they found in the ambulance bay...

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Can I get...

a "Windows 10 Upgrade" screensaver for Linux?

I feel I've missed the fun.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Chinese equivalent of the FDA? Probably the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), but you're talking about the authority that oversaw the melamine in milk scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chinese_milk_scandal that had 300,000 victims.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Can of worms...

So, with the "one copy, one user" model, could we have an intelligent device that reports back when the user puts the ebook down to make a cup of coffee or sleep, and then the system makes the copy available for another user in the downtime?

Or, say, display the text for 10ms, off for 10ms, on again... and display to a different user in the off phases, so two users merely appear to be reading the book at the same time, because of persistence of vision?

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Holmes

Wake me up when the researchers have proved the cats understand that gravity follows the inverse-square law

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Awesome! Is there a recording...

of the meeting where this was proposed?

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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Clarification please...

@fajensen - "The only thing", singular, so you've seen a body under a raised floor, and a naval torpedo under a raised floor, but not both together?

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Re: Finally...

I detect a cultural bias. Isn't this http://www.museumnetworkuk.co.uk/talking/images/main_imgs/wallace/buckhurstarmour.jpg

equally valid as a martial arts uniform?

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US government publishes drone best practices

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Three basic groups:

"companies, individuals and media organizations"

So no guidelines for Government about when it is permitted to blow up cars and people in foreign countries eliminate terrorists in surgical strikes?

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Two Sweepstakes:

Time until:

1) Officer gets confused about the on-off switch, and records all his toilet breaks, but nothing else.

2) Entire database is breached, and contents, including the video from (1) are dumped to YouTube.

Prizes? Probably rendition and detention at a facility of their choice - if you know that much about it, you probable did it, right?

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@Craig 2 - Or tell the officer that your body cam is live streaming to a secure server in a different jurisdiction...

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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

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I'm hoping...

this will be the end of the "We are the ??? Domain Registration Service in China and someone else is trying to register your company name" scams, but I very much doubt it.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: @Vic -- Great article

"it could power Wales for 5-1/2 hours"

I propose a new Reg Standard derrived unit, defined as "The energy required to power a country the size of Wales (1Wa) for 5.5 hours". Named Llyn Peris, perhaps?

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Re: Great article

@itzman - "a capacitor displays a falling voltage as it discharges"

And a reservoir displays a falling water level (gravitational potential energy) as it discharges.

Sure, the grid voltage stays pretty constant, but it's a regulated output, and see what happens if you let the water level fall to half the height between the upper and lower reservoir (i.e., the upper reservoir and part of the feed pipe is dry)...

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

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Re: SSO

So phones should be multi-user devices? Then we can hand our phone to someone, and they login with their account to make the call...

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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I blame Monopoly...

You don't get sent to jail for keeping the "Bank error in your favour".

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

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Finnish technology leaders...

You missed Tatu Ylönen, who wrote the SSH protocol.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Re: Need a bl**dy long bit of wire

@Floydian Slip - 70 metres isn't long for a cable, even ethernet can reach 100m.

Oh, sorry, you meant 70 million miles... well, the space elevator only gets you to geostationary orbit, 22236 miles, but that's the hard part, anyway.

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

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Re: "...Why go for a billion??"

The answer is pretty simple: Bankers are greedy. It is the nature of the beast.

FTFY.

The job certainly benefitted from banking industry inside information... the database and message details, how transactions are printed for confirmation, how to search for a vulnerable terminal in a different bank so that you don't get caught immediately... maybe even the transaction size was chosen to be less suspicious - "small" might be a red flag.

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Airport drone 'plastic bag'

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Endangered Species

We should be doing more to protect the airborne plastic bag from aircraft. These delicate creatures seldom survive a direct strike.

Around here, we also get their close relative, the marine plastic bag, it's wonderful to see them swimming freely among people at our beaches, but they too are endangered by speedboats.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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I wish they'd be honest...

and admit it's all to stop the paparazzi getting a shot of the Pres snorting his drink out of his nose when her Maj tells a dirty joke.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

@Matthew Taylor, "societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

When are where was that? I'm guessing you're not referring to the middle ages, when the Church had real power, and the Islamic nations were far ahead in astronomy, mathematics and other sciences. I suppose there was the colonial period, when mostly Christian European nations went out and stole whole countries, but there you'd have to say it only worked "reasonably well" for the European ruling classes. Then there was the success of the Christian Europeans dragging the world into two World Wars. OK, OK, how about post-war to now... lots of success and growth, best exemplified by China's decades of >7% GDP growth, oops, China's not Christian. I give up!

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Daft Punk: Snowden goes electronica

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Re: What? Just a song?

Another twist in his tale. Could be popular... some people want to see him do the hemp fandango. And he managed to waltz out of Hawaii and quickstep around the NSA.

I'll get my coat, while I can-can.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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"Its surprising easy to hide a tracker on someones tracker"

FTFY

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NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

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I think you (partially) answered your own question...

"...why do some of them ignore specially provided cycle lanes,..."

'On "shared space" there can be children playing as well as dogs both on and off leads...'

If they are not designated as shared, then they often have inadequate separation from the footpath, and wandering pedestrians encroach. So, a responsible cyclist takes the road instead.

Other problems with cycle paths include uneven surface, insufficient width and frequent forced stops.

"What might well work is cyclists taking more care and cycling at a more genteel pace, but these are options they are either unwilling or incapable of taking."

Is that surprising, if you are using a bicycle as transport? How about bringing the 4mph limit and red flag for motor vehicles, and merging roads and footpaths?

A shared space of pedestrians and casual recreational cyclists could be very nice, but town planners and the car lobby shouldn't pretend it's a route for people meeting their transport needs without burning oil.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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Re: "...smashed up hard drives and other digital media..."

MoD: Leave laptop on train.

FTFY.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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"So, you're telling me you products are difficult to use, difficult to tune, and you don't provide easy-to-access user support? You'd rather shut up a customer with problems than listen to him."

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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How to get a supercomputer, paid for by the USA Gov...

"shall be compensated for such costs as are reasonably necessary"

I see an opportunity...

1. Build popular app with strong encryption

2. Wait for USA Gov. to demand decryption

3. Ask for $$$ to buy f**ing big supercomputer...

4. "No, we don't have an answer yet, call again in 10 billion years..."

"and which have been directly incurred"

Damn, past tense, it's like they were anticipating this...

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: Truth in Advertising

You win.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: Nobody here watch porn?

@Adam 52 - So the nightshift had her password, or the company wasn't using individual user names? Either should invalidate the "evidence".

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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Re: The pessimist's view.

... and then it gets returned when the crime realise that they don't know anyone with another one to exchange messages with.

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Re: Are they legally allowed to do that?

"It says in the Terms of Service that the Service Provider may withdraw the Service at any time without notice. See P94."

You can fit a short novel in 94 pages! "Hey, this device will make your life easier, and these T&C are here to redress the balance."

I propose a law that T&C can be no longer than one page for every $1000 of purchase price.

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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

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I'm curious, why did I get down voted? I really do have 10base2 around my walls at home. How long before the 5 and 5e is obsolete too?

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Yes, I'm really glad I put in that 10base2 - oh wait!

Anyway, the Cat5 replacement is still useful for connecting the APs for good wireless coverage.

I really do prefer wired, except when the cable from my netbook is trailing over the other occupants of the sofa. And I'm still looking for a smartphone with an RJ45 socket...

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Hope they keep a close eye on the quality and design...

I replaced a halogen light with an LED module, it failed in a few months. When I checked, the PSU was too high a current for the LEDs. I guess some idiot didn't want customers to complain about the brightness.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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@ssharwood: You bastard, you got me. Here, have a beer ->

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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Re: Of course I haven't looked for any photos

"the first person to drive into this rock in 11,000 years"?

There were others, but they were too embarrassed to own up.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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A plan...

1. Invent widget to turn selfie stick into an ice axe

2. Set up shop on the top of Ben Nevis

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4. Profit?

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Random buttons

"climate control on my car" - Is that re-labelling the ignition key with "Off" and "Global Warming"?

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Confused by crypto? Here's what that password hashing stuff means in English

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Re: "To obtain a certificate from a CA you have to convince them of your credentials"

"nobody ever said certificates should be very cheap" -

but they are a lot more useful if they are cheap AND trustworthy. If they are cheap, then everyone can afford one, so everyone expects them to be used, and all transactions become more secure. If they are expensive, then the expense excuse is routinely accepted, and even organisations that buy the expensive certs don't get the full benefit because their customers can be fooled by the excuse.

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Biometrics not a magic infosec bullet for web banking, warns GCHQ bloke

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Re: For Security, the biometrics should be using different body parts...

Are bums that distinct?

How about the nipple? Normally concealed, but we need an extensive study on their uniqueness.

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Biometrics needs a trusted reader... so that pretty much rules it out for online commerce.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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Re: Spooks

And we'll probably loose contact with you now, too...

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Cunning plan...

Get a friend to step in front of it each time it tries to go around a few blocks from your house, until the "free if not delivered in" offer triggers.

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Irish shun beer, whiskey in favour of … wine

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"the average Irish adult consumed a touch over 11 litres of pure alcohol"

Wait - they sell pure alcohol in Irish off licenses?

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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RSS Pellinore

- all they'll find of the ice is fewmets.

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: DD-MON-YYYY - make your minds up! @Pr V J

All this discussion, and no-one's mentioned the RFC822 date-time standard yet... well-defined, yet a nightmare to use; evil.

As a public service, the obligatory xkcd:

https://xkcd.com/1179/

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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Re: Family sized swimming pools...

So 20,000 gallons is the size of most family swimming pools, but most families don't have a swimming pool, so the average (mean) is close to zero, the mode and median are zero. I think NASA might have trouble getting the SLS off the ground.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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How about...

i) Many homes have a supply of combustible gas that can used in arson attacks.

ii) Most homes have a moderately high voltage electrical supply that can be used for electrocution or triggering arson attacks.

iii) Hey, look, there's half a brick here, you could use it as a blunt instrument for violent assaults...

What? it said NEW? Damn, I was on a roll...

Don't forget, wooden clogs can be thrown or dropped into moving machinery, for the original sabotage.

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