* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1203 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: re: Why would we have known about it?

@Ted Treen Just to be clear, I downvoted you and I am younger, but, being 50 I DO remember the Heath , Wilson and Callaghan governments. Rule by the thugs that were tourturing suspects in Northen Island would not have been welcome, neither is the fascist-right's historical distortions.

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: Really?

"are they saying here 1-in-5 applicants knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who once went to a radical Mosque somewhere?"

Among applicants for Arabic translation jobs, I would expect a far higher ratio.

@Vimes, the article doesn't mention Al-Qaeda links, but "hostile intelligence services and or terrorist groups", which probably includes journalists in their eyes.

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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Half the Earth?

So the next World War will be fought over control of the light side of the Moon?

Me? Pessimistic? And who stole my bloody glass!

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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I fear for the future...

Some brain-dead design committee is going to take up the "check radio signal for time" idea, but also insist on an option for manually setting the time... Resulting in the oven* that won't work until you set it to the correct time.

* Or other appliance

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Re: Not so much

UPS in a domestic environment? There is a reason for RCCBs.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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Re: In response

And in tomorrow's news, following new leaks, they are also removing the Alt key and numeric keypad.

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Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

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Tesla did it on purpose...

so they can blame the battery usage on "hackers".

(can I have the black helicopters AND the joke alert?)

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Re: Ming The Merciless

But Ming always escaped for the next series...

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

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Re: ...and wir attracting the kidz, narteyemin, yeah?

There seems to be an epidemic of keyboard failures here. The consonant keys appear to be reppeatinng. Perrhhaps ssolch llanfr ddyotsccy ammlly llochylloch yn lllllllylllllllllllllllll

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

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Re: As they should

Nah. It's Mr. Terrorist trying to build his cover as Mr. Model Citizen.

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Boffin blends benevolent beer

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Alternatively...

have some salt'n vingegar crisps with that.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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Who says "The Kids Are Alright"?

"Don't Let Go the Coat"

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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

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Obligatory xkcd reference

xkcd: Voyager 1

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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Re: Shock! Gmail works just like Google said it would...

And the Ts&Cs make Hamlet look like a comedy.

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Is NASA planning to send LAVA LAMPS to Jupiter?

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Love the project...

Question: Is American home wiring generally so under-rated that the lights dim when a moderately-serious appliance is turned on? The PSU looks like 12V, so, with the motor drawing 25A, the mains current is only around 2.5A. Less than a hairdryer.

At last, we have a replacement for the ancient phrase, "not enough room to swing a cat".

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Philips' smart lights left in the dark by dumb security

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Re: Post Analysis

Sure, but Phillips chose security-through-obscurity. They could have chosen a random number at authorisation time to use as a shared secret. I bet the developers had a discussion...

"So what happens if the user has a disc failure or installs a new OS?"

"Well, they'll have to reauthorize"

"No good, too inconvenient"

"Well, the MAC address will usually stay the same"

"Too obvious"

"We could hash it"

"Hmmm"

"with MD53"

"with What? Yeah, sure NO-ONE will guess that"

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Notorious Mexican drug kingpin nabbed thanks to drones and spyware

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Re: Drones help capture drug kingpin

Surveillance with rules is OK, extra-judicial killings are bad. They captured this guy, and will try him.

The slope isn't slippery if we can keep the distinctions clear... I hope.

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

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Re: Stupid Airport

A major security breach? When anyone with a directional aerial could locate the augmentation transmitter themselves? Completely ineffective, and, therefore, with the current level of security theatre, a completely believable policy.

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Silent Circle shutters email service

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Re: Why don't they just go abroad?

Well, you did say, "set up the hosting there too", so I think you did suggest hosting in two countries.

Anyway, if the plan is to stay where you are and offshore the hosting, it doesn't stop the Gov turning up and demanding the data. Sure, you haven't got the data, but that doesn't prevent you spending lots of time in court and lots of money on lawyers, just the same as saying "it's all encrypted, and I don't have the keys".

Charles 9 is right, Turing was a genius. You can tell the guys in the helicopter your "Nothing is impossible".

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Re: Why don't they just go abroad?

Because hosting in two countries doesn't make them immune to demands from one, it makes them subject to both. Of course, they could move the whole operation, including staff... but that is quite complicated.

Also, "ethical country" should replace "business ethics" on the standard list of oxymoron examples.

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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Re: Once Apon a Time........

Isn't there a difference between:

"I swear to serve my country"

and

"I swear to serve my country and conceal evidence of crimes against humanity"

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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

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Re: Career suicide

"Why does a society want to handicap the engine of the economy with income taxes?"

Because businesses use infrastructure and resources, benefiting from investments the rest of society make. This includes water, roads, refuse disposal; but it also includes healthy, educated workers. Public health services and education are some of the most important investments a society can make for its future. Businesses can choose to participate in society and its future by paying their fair share of tax. If they don't, they are parasites and should be treated as such.

If you want an example of why not everything can be a consumption tax, consider the Police:

"Officer, I've just been robbed. They took EVERYTHING!"

"Yes, Sir, I'll need to take the details, and the £10000 Investigation Tax"

"But they took EVERYTHING!!"

...

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Re: Fiduciary duty

"The best interests of the shareholders is maximizing profits."

"We have calculated that we can maximise profit by inviting all shareholders to participate in production of our new product, Soylent Green"

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Did a bunch of bankers fax a stranger's sensitive privates to YOU?

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Stephen Eckersley was very Ernest in his remarks.

I think that's important.

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REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

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Re: Hands up who trusts Trusteer.

OK, Lee, Entrope, we seem to mostly agree: AV is not a 100% perfect solution to malware, but it does have an important place in an InfoSec strategy. Your initial remarks didn't give the same impression.

However, Lee, I do disagree with your assessment of heuristics, and your test is not valid: changing bytes at random is not likely to result in a working program, so why should it get recognized as dangerous? I could say you've proved the opposite: the heuristics can distinguish between working malware and a similar corrupt file that does nothing.

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Re: Hands up who trusts Trusteer.

So, Entrope, you reject the idea of Antivirus (described by Lee as checking against "a blacklist of known viruses"*) and embrace a blacklist of known bad hosts on the internet? How often is the list updated? Never seen an innocent site that's been broken into and planted with malicious stuff?

I wonder how big a hosts file can get before it brings your machine to its knees?

* an over-simplistic description of modern anti-virus, which will also try to recognise never-before-seen variants of known malware, and apply other rules in its determinations.

Full disclosure: my company sells anti-virus. It should be part of your information security management strategy.

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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Is that a solution, or a way of making the problem worse?

Suppose you use this automatic link-fixing tool...

scenario:

1. You build your website and protect it with this link-fixing tool

2. Unknown attacker breaks into your site and uploads CP into an unlinked folder

3. One of the links on your pages goes bad, the link-fixing tool automatically searches for an alternative and chooses the CP folder

4. You loose your job and get thrown into jail.

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

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Re: have they been grassed to BBC for copyright violation yet ?

There may be a kernel of truth there, but didn't even the BBC have to credit Terry Nation in the credits of every Dalek episode?

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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Re: Suffolk

So Loudoun County is using their Jail as an armoury? Storing lots of weapons locked up with dangerous criminals?

Does anyone see a problem with that?

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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I'm curious about the "unidentified government vehicle"

They really don't know which government owns it?

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Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

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Showerhead?

My shower heads are still the originals, it's the hoses that keep needing replacement!

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: BAH! newbies

You had it lucky! Our printers used slabs of stone, now THEY were noisy!

But tell kids about it these days...

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Re: I'd laugh

Why not send it to someone else's fax machine, and get them to post it back?

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Re: Serial becoming extinct?

Except that USB to serial converters don't give you real RS232 voltage levels. You're lucky to get 5V.

It usually doesn't matter... usually.

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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

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So I should scrap the plan...

to move to NY and open a fresh fruit drinks stand called "Limey Drinks"?

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: One up the spout!

Perhaps he's a grocer?

The one with the amusing book about pandas in the pocket.

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Man who pulled gun during chess game surrenders to robot cop

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They never expect the Sicilian Defence!

Has anyone else seen this cartoon, featuring a Mafiosi-looking winner, and a rather dead opponent?

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MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

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IT Angle

But how does this relate to RFC 2549?

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E-shopkeepers stabbed with SQL needles 'twice' as much as other sites

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"Retailers suffer twice as many SQL injection attacks"

I wonder why that is? In other news:

Robbers target banks

Ursines defecate in arboreal locations

Pope confirms his Catholicism

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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

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So many puns here...

I can tell you're having a whale of a time.

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Feeling HORNY? RHINOCEROS INCEST project underway at Cincinnati Zoo

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Re: Mankind

Yes, one is slow, random and has unplanned consequences. The other is fast, highly specific, and has unplanned consequences.

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Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

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"NISD spent $500,000" on the PILOT?

They were pretty brave to admit it was completely wasted!

I can imagine the RFID company's business plan:

1. Do

2. Sell Expensive pilot RFID student tracking system to School

3. School finds system is ineffective and scraps it

4. Buy back hardware at half-price

5. Make unspecified "software improvements"

6. Double Expensive, increment School

7. Until School too scared to admit money is wasted

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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English speaking?

As the locals only speak American, I guess they are trying to attract tour groups of English country squires. Maybe they can lay on a bit of fox hunting too?

Tally Ho!

The pink coat, if you could be so kind. No! The Hunting Pink coat! Look, it's the red one, peasant!

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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Shouldn't the Greeks be complaining?

Culturally, the Amazons are their myth, and European invaders later named the S. American river after it.

I'll get my coat... spear and shield.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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A Gift to Phishers

Many fake bank websites are only up for a short time. They grab the login credentials of the early victims, and move on before the site is reported and investigated. This seems to allow them to skip the step of breaking into a vulnerable machine to set up the fake site, as long as they take steps to make their connection untraceable.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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"likely different shape and so on"

But that's what Duct Tape is for.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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"successful speed-of-sound shot has powdered ten tonnes of ice"

The Titanic wants its collision-avoidance system back.

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

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Re: its a 4 yr old

Then SKYNET is only a teenager... eventually it will get through the rebellious stage, settle down and... oh, dear!

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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"post something clever and snarky the crowd loves it"

So why haven't you got more upvotes?

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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

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Concept of fiction? Re: intelligence@home

Well, I'd speculate that fiction is essential for intelligence. Isn't the basis of intelligence modeling the external environment, predicting the results of changing parameters and selecting a desirable outcome?

Come to think of it, lack of ability to identify fiction might explain why teenagers get locked up for rants online.

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