* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Workaround

Well, yes, obviously, because DRM can't work on a platform that allows arbitrary binaries to run as root/administrator.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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"Why does it need to fallback to HTTP?"

Because the attacker does not have the private keys for the real google.com SSL certificates, and your browser doesn't have the attackers private keys for their fake google.com certificate.

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I thought most popular sites were handing out HSTS headers, so browsers will refuse to connect over plain text ?

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

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Re: Bah!

Hack the planet !

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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systemd is many things, but a bootloader ain't one

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Re: This is all good, but ...

" you can't stop people using strong encryption; you can't legislate to ensure that vendors compromise cryptosystems"

The IPBill in the UK does exactly this. Might want to https://www.openrightsgroup.org/join/

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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*China* is ahead

FFS

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

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Re: client should never accept a time that's wildly different

"How will DNS help? NTP is not part of DNS."

No one enters NTP address as raw IPs...

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Th adapters for the Xperia side charging connector are cheap enough to scatter them around your life:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01700P9BM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Faces ?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: meh

"However, the only things that make me annoyed in Linux is the lack of a fully working WINE "

It's called VirtualBox.

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Re: How is this different?

"you can download Ubuntu binaries directly and run them. "

that doesn't make any thing clear. you're saying they've ported dpkg and all it's dependencies, plus a chuck of the GNU utils ?

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

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Re: 950 MB

According to the file tree on github, it has tcpdump installed. On a car. WTF.

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

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"enshrine citizens' right to to request a 10Mps service from providers."

So it's totally worthless then ? "Right to request" is not the same thing as a USO like having a phone line.

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Ofcom wants to crack down on pisspoor BT Openreach biz lines

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Re: The whole thing is a crock of s**t for everyone

"What's the £200 for? FTTC is self-service now."

call out fee. refunded if it's BT fault.

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

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TalkTalk

I'm fairly sure nothing happened to TalkTalk. Some bad press for a time, no real consequences.

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FBI channels Kafka with new rules on slurping Americans' private data

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"because such things must be kept secret for security"

No, they really mustn't. This sounds like tacit agreement from El Reg disappointedly.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

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Re: And yet nobody. . .

How so ? They probably bribed or threatened someone in the Bangladesh government, rather than in SWIFT.

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"this can have a devastating impact on any company "

Or, indeed, country.

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

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" For one-off notifications like a text message, Android N will now support a direct, in-window reply option, just like with the Wear operating system"

Umm. Signal already does this. On Android 4.

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No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out

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Re: All other eBook content distributors in Eu are now effectively dead

Kobo (W H Smith backed) works wonderfully. Easily freeable from the DRM too, even on Linux, so no worries about your books vanishing if this happens to them.

The new hardware has trendy backlights etc. too.

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Brit uni rattles tin for ultra-low latency audio board

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MOD is shopping to their kickstarter backers now, according to

https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/episodes/376

And you can buy here:

http://oldsite.moddevices.com/store

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Or you could just use OpenAV and a http://moddevices.com/

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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Re: Fingers crossed...

You can do that now with JavaScript/HTML/CSS and Cordova / PhoneGap (+PhoneGap build to save installing any local dev tools at all).

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CloudFlare to launch its own 'high security' web domain registrar

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"Disclosure: El Reg is a customer of CloudFlare and uses its content-distribution network."

Why don't you use their free SSL and sort out the login form then ?

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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

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"The horrible details are here"

No they aren't.

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re: Ah, Arthur C Clarke "half baked ideas"

Can. Never. Unsee.

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Gmail growls with more bad message flags to phoil phishers

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Re: it depends how it is done

" balk at the 200 quid you need to shell to Verisign for a cert "

LetsEncrypt makes it free. StartSSL are also free (and worked fine before we moved to LE), but more faff.

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

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Re: Actual breach or a loose HDD?

I can't see any evidence that the accounts weren't just hacked into some other way ? Where's the gun, smoking or otherwise pointing at NTL^WVirgin ?

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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uBlock origin. Smaller, faster than AdBlock, doesn't take money to disable itself.

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It's official: India bans Facebook's Free Basics

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Re: I don't see the problem

"if your site met the technical constraints then it would be included"

And who draws them up ? And can change them anytime they like ? And who do you complain to if you think it's met and they don't ?

It's a walled garden. Which is bad.

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Re: Counting the days

Turn off auto updates and keep it.

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Backblaze big data restore. Get this: it involves disk drives

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Re: Hmmm

" 3 pass DOD bollocks compliant wipe of the returned drives - if the data was properly encrypted they wouldn't need to would they"

If you wipe the encrypted data, you don't have to worry about anyone brute forcing the key.

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Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

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FAIL

" you aren't going to hear the ambulance over Metallica"

Resposible.

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Oz stargazers serve up interstellar noodles

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Alien

Aliens !

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Re: "without any pesky middle-men such as limbs"

"Until you get to the porch steps."

Dalek's have been able to fly since The Chase. Which was black and white.

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Ground control to Major Tim! Brit's spacewalk halted after NASA 'naut takes unexpected leak

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Re: Thicko me

The difference between light and shade is several hundred degrees, so it's both.

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Re: Hmmm

We're bound to lose some one sooner or later. Hadfield as good as said so during Stargazing Live. And they all know the risks and thing it is worthwhile. Hopefully when (when!) it happens we won't be forced to can the whole thing like with the STS.

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Re: 2 points

"Box, post a correction to that post"

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General Motors turns key on bug bounty program

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no sue ball if "breach criminal law"

As hacking in means breaking the DCMA (or local versions of), that's no help

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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It'll have to be crack able to be sold in the UK, thanks to the IP Bill...

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HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

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Re: Have HSBC data centres been flooded?

Isn't that first one where Lotus is : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/20/lotus_f1_data_centre_and_telemetry/?page=4 ?

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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

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Re: Didn't understand a word of that

I think MS are saying if you are an adware writer then your program must use published Windows APIs, or else. It's not about ads in-line on the remote web site, but those inserted by a local program.

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

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Re: Ambivalent

"Which is all Sky is asking you to do - decide to open up a certain class of content, or decide to leave it blocked."

You are assuming the filter works. It doesnt (it both over blocks non-porn and under blocks actual porn).

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

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Re: Really?

No, Microsoft doesn't care enough to tell you.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: 90 Day Expiry

That applies to auto mode only. You can use certonly as a normal user

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Re: Not quite there yet

That combination works OK here. Maybe your sever isn't sending the intermediate certificate.

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

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So it's like a less capable version of Sublime.

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VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

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Headline says "all" but it seems to actually require specific features that some providers offer.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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"we will restore those settings"

How? Creepy....

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