* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1469 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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

...

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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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Edison Chen

A reminder of why it's good to be very careful with this sort of thing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Chen_photo_scandal#Sentence

TL;DR:

"Computer technician Sze Ho-chun was convicted on 13 May 2009 of three counts of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, and received a custodial sentence of eight and a half months."

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Re: Politicians and Maths don't mix

Would it be improper to suggest that 10000000/2 is a fraction?

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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If you want to go that far back...

Then most of this data was inaccessible... people didn't keep paper receipts or incriminating contact lists, they bartered and remembered. If you wanted to record a conversation, you needed a spy present (and holding a quill?).

Of course, even of the FBI win, they aren't going to get the access they want - if the knowledge that Apple phones are unbreakable means that all the criminals move to Apple, then an FBI win will push the criminals onto a more secure platform - pick any cheap smartphone from China. Even if the phone has a communist backdoor, a criminal in the US doesn't care because it's more difficult for the FBI to get into.

Putting on my tinfoil hat - it's all an elaborate charade, Apple wins, iPhone sales rocket, and the FBI still uses the secret backdoor.

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Borked ESET antivirus update says entire web is too risky to browse

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Nah - those disks can be infected too.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

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Re: I wonder

Warning: Do not use any of Ledswinger's phrases as search terms, you may be shocked (or something).

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: "the world will not end"

Hey, atrocities are already nearly impossible to investigate and harder to prevent.

Worse, if this backdoor is developed, it will be impossible to stop it from getting out. What the FBI has today, totalitarian governments will have tomorrow, well-funded terrorists will have next week and criminals will have next month. Success against these terrorists will be founded on defeating the ideology of extremism: persuading people that killing doesn't make the world a better place.

Actually, instead of changing the iCloud password, wouldn't a much better idea be backing up the data then waiting for someone to access/delete it and tracing them?

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Awoogah – brown alert: OpenSSL preps 'high severity' security fixes

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Re: Security defects in the age of ubiquitous connectivity

It might work... if you've got time for a few million generations of evolution, and you don't mind a high failure rate. Remember, every individual that doesn't survive to reproduce is a failure, and in some species each individual produces millions of eggs with, on average, one surviving.

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Re: Pisses me off...

@FatGerman - What makes you think the professionals are writing anything better? Sure, the sports car from the shed in whitstable doesn't have an MOT, but neither does the Ferrari because there aren't any MOTs.

Writing security software is hard, like consistently getting a hole-in-one every time you hit a golf ball, in a hurricane, with a large army on the course trying to stop you.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Trump?

@Thorne Konots 1 - Yes, I did write that, I live on Earth and posted that comment here too.

So where do you live, as there are plenty of jobs there? The USA currently has about 5% unemployment. If you're outside the USA, then immigration rules probably make it difficult for this woman, or another USA citizen, to fill those vacancies. If you're inside the USA, then the fact that you have jobs to spare indicates there is some other barrier to people moving there. Labour is not freely mobile - just going for a job interview requires travel time.

Now, what hasn't been contested is that Yelp is paying less than a living wage for the location of its business. How is it able to do that? If labour was freely mobile and followed the law of supply and demand, it would start loosing employees until it increased its wages or went out of business. But labour doesn't follow the law of supply and demand because people don't like starving, so they will take a second job to fill-in the shortfall, further increasing supply and pushing wages down further, increasing unemployment. Or, they could decide to not pay their rent, depriving their landlord of the market rent, but, why does that matter, it'll take them months to evict them, and start stealing food, how would that be different from Yelp's wage policy. Yelp is taking advantage of their dominant position to exploit their employees.

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Re: Trump?

@Charles Manning - "why does she choose to live in expensive SF area when she only has the capability to earn a paltry $1500?"

Because that's where the job is?

Also, remember that changing jobs has a cost, in time searching, in lost wages if you can't get the ending and starting dates to line up, in the risk of being fired in the probationary period. Sure, the company has costs too, but they are risking 0.1% or 0.01% of their workforce availability, the employee is risking 100% of their salary.

Perhaps Yelp should have set up their business somewhere where the paltry wages they pay would allow their employees to afford to live.

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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

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Discrimination!

"an added bonus, paid workers can buy cars" - Why shouldn't the robots be allowed to buy and drive cars? This is blatant discrimination! What, the robots can't buy the cars because you're not paying them? This is even worse, forcing robot slaves to work in your factories!

FREE THE SLAVES! FREE THE SLAVES!

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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Re: Free Markets

@redpawn - That "whoosh" sound is your sarcasm passing over the heads of the downvoters.

That was sarcasm, wasn't it... now I'm not so sure.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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John Glenn had it easy...

He was just sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder. Future astronauts will be sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder with a freaking big laser fired at them.

Icon - almost the laser warning sign.

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Wi-Fi operators must notify device users of potential data processing

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Re: Several of the mobile operators already do this!

United States: May contain nuts.

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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Surly?

As in "bad-tempered and unfriendly"? Poetry lesson notwithstanding (thanks, Mark 85), it's space that is unfriendly and inhospitable - instantly changing from dark, icy cold and blindingly bright and baking hot. Earth is comfortable, maternal, but it's time to start taking baby-steps in the wider universe.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: I'll see your dot matrix

But the output was beautiful from a daisywheel... especially if you used the single-use-environmental-disaster-cripplingly-expensive film ribbons.

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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Disappointed...

At a scale of 1:4000000 it really isn't a walkers map, and they haven't marked a single footpath or bridalway.

I'll get my coat, boots and oxygen mask.

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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Re: Are all employer liable?

And it wouldn't be a good idea in a combat zone? If you're considering using a parking bay, you're not in immediate danger, but preparing for a quick getaway when things go bad would be advisable, surely? And driving forwards makes it easier to deliberately knock into pedestrians, when circumstances warrant...

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Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

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Re: >Nanomachines. The magic wand

"Or if you have very specialized knowledge useful for some reason."

So COBOL programmers can expect to be revived for Y2.1K?

and Y2.2, and...?

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