* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1538 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Smartphone lost on plane 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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They need removable side-panels...

so it's easy to retrieve crushed phones and severed fingers. As a bonus, use a wipe-clean surface - blood stains are notoriously difficult to get out of fabric.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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Re: Article needs puppy dog face

@Number6 - "perhaps if people started voting with their routers"

Sure, each time my 2-year contract nears its end, for the past... 8, 10? years, I'm not sure, I've asked around for ISPs IPv6 plans. So far, they have progressed from, "what's that" to "no plans" and "take a look at our really expensive premium service". Of course, they charge for fixed IPv4 addresses, can you spell "conflict of interest"?

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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At least with the Pinto there actually needed to be a collision at the rear end.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: insect pedantry

@Ken Hagen - I ordered a bowl of shrimps, and it was FULL of arthropods!

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Re: Your arse

@x 7 - Sorry, I call fake. If it was a real durian, you wouldn't say "saw". You wouldn't need to get that close.

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National Cyber Security Centre to shift UK to 'active' defence

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Re: Bows and arrows against the lightning...

@Chris King - sounds like you're guilty of "disagreeing with the Government", and are therefore a terrorist.

The only hope we have is government incompetence.

So, no worries.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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It isn't working...

When a bank asks me for my DoB to verify my identity, I've taken to demanding that they send me a birthday present at the appropriate time. Sadly, this hasn't resulted in an increase in the number of presents I receive.

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Thanks a lot, ASV Global!

Well, there are theories that the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight are a different species, but...

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

"Also: 'Any work you do is ours. This includes work done outside the office, in your own time, and on your own equipment.'"

So, if I rob a bank at the weekend, the Directors go to jail? Are you sure you want that clause?

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It's OK for the FBI's fake hacks to hack suspects' PCs, says DoJ watchdog

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Re: Old trick works

@Leeroy: Not "close enough", sure they game him a link and he followed it, BUT that led to, "the surveillance-ware was deployed". They were looking for more than the public IP address: "public IP address, MAC address, details of the logged-in user". The MAC address covers the, "it must have been someone else at the same ISP, these IP addresses are reused" defense (difficult to argue that someone at the same ISP happened to reconfigure their network stack to, coincidentally, the default MAC for your PC), and logged-in user makes the "someone else was using it" defense more difficult (I'm changing my name to Mr. Guest, BTW). They were working on getting a watertight link between the crime and the perp.

It seems the deception, that the agent was a journalist, was key in getting him to relax his guard... what harm could there be in following a link to a public article [edit: it says image... I'm only guessing that was in a page at a supposed news site] at a newspaper?

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Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

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Re: Locked in?

"Use your existing IT tools to..." Do you mean the undocumented switches on tar?

Remember, if you're in the basement, you can use dig

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

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Is this the new swimming proficiency test?

"Now kiddies, throw your phones into the deep end, then dive down and retrieve them"

You pass if you don't get back with a brick.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

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Re: Qantas is mixing up they flights?

"I'll just adjust the seat so you can get your fingers in"

Worse: "It's a tight squeeze with your fingers in there, I'll just adjust the seat. Odd, that smells like burning flesh; are you OK?"

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Re: When?

"All USB 3 ports and plugs are blue"

Which is a great help when you're trying to plug the cable in at the back. Remember that it always takes 3 tries to get the plug the right way up, so it's going to take forever to get it right.

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

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How about a Noise Cancelling Ringtone?

With thanks to Old Tom and TP.

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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@Symon - mea culpa

Agree that a password safe is another good option. Doesn't beat the envelope option when the admin has been run over by a bus, though. It's all tradeoffs.

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Sure it'd be a lot better than using a cloud service that doesn't do its job... But:

"what is wrong with a password-protected Excel file"

Check out the number of Excel file crackers that are available. You'd want to use a strong password.

"only IT (sysadmins etc) can view that file"

You loose accountability when there is more than one person who can view the file.

There are trade-offs. Sealing a password in an envelope in a safe is another option.

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Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

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Re: Act yoru age

"old enough to be in a courthouse" - aren't courthouses public spaces where everyone, no matter how young or old, can bring their case to be heard? OK, most of what goes on there is going to be as boring as hell to anyone with a zest for life, and they need a standard for behaviour so that they can get the business done, but they are fundamentally public spaces, for the people.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Last year's dance craze...

Twerk it!

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Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

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Impressive?

"lanyards used at the conference, ... that contains a light and can be controlled from without. With impressive results, as the video below shows."

I hope that was sarcasm... surely an indistinguishable result could be obtained by a random flasher in each one? Wake me up when each one can establish its location accurately enough to show a readable message across the hall, and they are still cheap enough to throw away in a lanyard.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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A new international standard?

I must get one for my front door as soon as possible. It will make things so much easier when friends visit...

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Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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Re: It was around before that

@Dr Dan Holdsworth - looking at genetic diversity to identify origin...

This could be an interesting study, but you'd probably want to study samples pre-Jet Age, (or, possibly, pre-World War I) when mass human travel stirred up the bacterial populations. Then you have the problem of DNA decay in old samples.

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

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Giving Skynet an Asteroid to Drop on Us?

What could possibly go wrong?

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: quality..

@Dave 126 - Perhaps those "Free sound improving techniques" are there to flag up the gullible, and they are sending teams of con-artists round, looking for easy marks?

Perhaps they're selling training courses to stupid con-artists on how to look for these signs?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: What are the odds

"but knew I was drunk..."

FTFY

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"Pete' has omitted some details...

Like, who closed the server cage door?

I hope the gift card was good, a week of intern's pay is pretty cheap.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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Re: Well, it appears to have worked as designed..

@AC - 'It was just more "in" the ground than "on"'

Well, no, "no damage was caused, other than to the drone itself", so the very expensive, military-grade concrete runway was completely unscathed by the incident.

Continuing this analysis, "Nobody was injured", so, on the basis that any landing you can walk away from is a good one, this was a good landing. They got the drone down, as fast as possible, without damaging anything else, and walked away.

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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The meanings of "identify"

For argument's sake...

You're down the pub with some mates, and a photo is snapped, you decide to go home, but lend your brother your jacket (it's a cold night) and your mates and him are later caught on CCTV doing something inappropriate with a traffic cone.

This system is likely to say it's you with the traffic cone.

Good enough for flooding you with Ads (road maintenance equipment, alcoholic support organisations...), but should NEVER be accepted as "beyond reasonable doubt" in a court of law. Of course, not being used in courts won't stop the security services using it when targeting drones.

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Did anyone else...

read the headline and think, "WTF, Microsoft is killing Windows 10 ALREADY!"

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: Everybody now....

@Pedigree-Pete

No, no, no, no, NO! It starts,

"Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee"

What are you, a S'thner?

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Public Health Warning

Please us appropriate head-gear when visiting Ilkley Moor.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Easy detection...

I don't think anyone else has mentioned (apologies if they have) the story I was told when young. While it is technically possible to detect the stray signals from a working TV, it's a lot easier to look for the aerials and cross-reference to the list of licenses. Of course, the old, VHF H-shaped aerials were big and easy to spot.

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

@anonymous boring coward

Nice argument.

I wish you luck in your court case, trying to persuade a judge that a switched mode power supply isn't direct mains power.

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Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)

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Re: Making legit look phishy

@Charles 9 - but there's a limited number of look-alive Unicode domain names, and they can be permanently banned after misuse. Even better, for CC TLDs, only allow characters from the official languages in the country and prevent the misuse before it happens.

The criminals will always go for the low-hanging fruit, that's a good reason to improve the stature of the tree.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Re: Idiot rant

There's something missing in your statistics... what about immigrants who are nominally Muslim when they arrive, but then convert to another religion or become atheist later. How many of those join the ADF? I'm assuming that none would abandon their faith, then go and join ISIS.

Allowing people fleeing violence to live in a moderate, welcoming country may reduce the numbers that resort to extremism and violence themselves.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Make America Great Again

It occurs to me that the last time America was called great, it was part of Great Britain and colonies. Is this Trump's secret agenda? If elected, will he be holding negotiations with the Queen?

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Re: Legal versus Moral

@martinusher - "suspicion of being terminally stupid"

Or flippant...

Hardware store cashier: "What do you need all these rubbish sacks and duct tape for, you planning to dispose of a body?"

Customer: "Yeah, and if you give me a discount, I can get rid of one for you too..."

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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Re: Gah.

Unfortunately, your pre-empting gives me an additional pendant opportunity... a chimera (no, not the mythological creature, a single organism composed of cells from different zygotes) could be a partial clone, and gardeners routinely graft two plants into a single organism, so, keep the "completely".

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Calling all hipster... *hic* hip-hip-storians! Craft beer job spotted

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hipster or hopster?

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Meh - when it comes to fraud, everything is bigger in Malaysia...

1MDB case: $700M allegedly into Mr Najib's personal bank accounts

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33447456

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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It's the shop that reads the QR code...

In the payment example, your phone generates the QR code, and the supermarket cashier scans it. Presumably the code contains, as a minimum, the bank and account number, and a OTP to authorise a single transaction. There is no need for an URL that could lead to malware, and the supermarket would be crazy to parse it and use it as an URL.

There may be other ways to exploit it, but the QR code isn't a flaw in itself, it's just a way of transferring some data.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Allan George Dyer I suppose it really doesn't matter what killed him

@ Matt Bryant - Please note that my comment was a reply to AC's comment, "With five police dead, there was zero chance he was ever going to see a trial." which goes beyond the specifics of the situation. Would the cops have killed him if he had escaped, and then walked into a police station naked, unarmed and said, "I killed those cops" - AC's comment suggests yes.

As for the situation in Dallas, I don't know enough about what happened, but I think there are questions to answer, most importantly, did they consider less lethal options?

A trial is important not just because of justice for the accused, but for how society sees itself. If a police force can arrest someone who has killed five officers so that he stands trial, then doesn't that suggest that they, in general, value life and don't shoot without good reason?

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Re: Hows the Robot?

@bombastic bob: DON'T give them ideas!!

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Re: I suppose it really doesn't matter what killed him

So the Dallas Police are just another violent street gang, who take revenge, not a professional force charged with keeping the peace in society? You may be right, I fear.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: You missed the key study in this area

Got an IgNoble in neuroscience in 2012, too.

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Unmasking malware in TLS connections? It can be done, say Cisco researchers

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False positives?

So, it correctly identifies the malware family in 93.2% incidents, presumably that means it misses about 1 in 15. But the big question is, how often does it mis-identify a good flow as a malware flow? Having your important communication blocked because it appears to have the same flow pattern as a malware family is... not helpful.

Where's the "shoot yourself in the foot" icon when you need it?

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Delusions of Competence

Are you saying that your idea of how to treat 12 year olds is to invite them to wild, late-night parties with alcohol? Should we be reporting you to someone?

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Chap fails to quash 'shared password' 'hacking' conviction

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Hey, Judge Stephen Reinhardt...

Can I share your bank card and PIN? Maybe it will help you learn how "harmless" this practice is.

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Researcher pops locks on keylogger, finds admin's email inbox

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Re: Located or Accessed?

Sure, that's clear, but the later detail suggests otherwise. There doesn't seem to be a functional reason to have the final destination address and password in the keylogger, so did he get access to the inbox at all? Did he work out the destination address and ask law enforcement/google to get access? If it leads to the criminal being caught and prosecuted, that's good, but the article is deficient.

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Located or Accessed?

The first line claims the researcher, "has gained access to the inbox", but later it says that the credentials found, "lead through redirection to the author's inbox", so that is just discovering the destination address. It might only be a throwaway account.

Is there a story here at all?

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