* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

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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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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Until when ?

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Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

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Best source of updates and reasons seems to be Jason's tweet stream!

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Telecity London data centre outage borks VoIP, websites, AWS...

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Sssh ! We're trying to stop them torpedoing the UK tech industry by banning encryption, and getting in the way of security research

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

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Zen.

My ADSL2 was off the other day when I woke up, despite the OpenReach box having all the right lights. Rebooted that and my router while spending 5 minutes on hold to Zen tech support.

Who took down all the details, spotted it as a cabinet fault and said it was reported.

Two hours later, they *rang me back personally* to report it was fixed, and did I agree.

Compare that to Virgin!

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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WTF?

Re: What?

How does it work ?

Lawyers. In secret.

Now might be a good time to join the Open Rights Group and get this sorted out, before it sneaks past and into law, no ? https://www.openrightsgroup.org/join/ if you please :-)

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Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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Great news. A VW (Golf R, for instance, the best hot hatch In The World if TG magazine is right) next year will be *very* cheap.

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Apple’s TV platform just became a little more secure (well, the apps at least)

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Nice advert.

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Web server secured? Good, now let's talk about e-mail

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This will be fun when openssl is banned by the UK government because it has working encryption...

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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

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WTF?

There is no security in the UK any more :

http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/11/03/0256231/internet-firms-to-be-banned-from-offering-unbreakable-encryption-under-new-uk-laws?utm_source=feedburnerNetvibes&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29&utm_content=Netvibes

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Re: Kite flying

Don't. Go talk to your MP about your concerns. Sign up to the Open Rights Group. Do something !

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Stop

Someone mis-read

Because CW reckon the Government wants the GET part kept :

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500256476/UK-surveillance-bill-to-give-police-access-to-web-history

Watch out for the fun definition of 'journalist' too. Because they get special treatment.

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Let's Encrypt announces browser integration

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Re: Still no DANE?

Tricky with LE. Client is open source Python, your private keys never leave.

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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FAIL

Won't this be fun when GCHQ learn of a remote exploit for it and decide to keep everyone unsafe by not revealing it...

#smurf

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

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Umm

"Carrier grade intermediaries will host the private key,"

All together now... man in the middle.

Is there some issue with running SMTP and IMAP over TLS ? It's not exactly hard...

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Amazon Fire HD 8: Mid-spec Nokia Lumi... er, MediaTek slab

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Got root ?

Did you try any of the custom ROMs on it ?

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Lights out

It's alright for them to have a years notice, what about all the lights out management boards? Hardware has a much longer refresh cycle than that! Looking at you HP...

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

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"But Android devices, on the other hand, do not use this method and rely upon a user overwriting data "

Umm. Hasn't Android had file system encryption since 4.x ? Or earlier ?

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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Re: I wonder if

That was Bosch. Who pointed out years ago it was a stupid idea, and they wouldn't get away with it. Nice CYA.

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Re: Interesting

You'd rather go to jail for perjury than take a few quid fine (or a free better driver course) ? Really ?

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The UN made privacy a human right – but that's not good enough for Team Snowden

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KARMA POLICE wasn't "arbitrary" (from a certain point of view). They knew exactly what they were doing.

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Cisco tool IDs malware in the firmware

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Hoe do you get the hash off the (compromised) device ? You can't trust anything it runs.

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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Re: Hello...

Come and help figure out how : http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/225068092/

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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Clara's death ? Please, she and The Master are both wearing Vortex Manipulators remember.

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JetBrains refuses to U-turn on subscriptions (but sweetens the deal)

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Re: It's never been easy...

Google are moving away from Java to native code. Because lawyers.

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Reg readers show Blitz spirit at Computer Museum lecture

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Is it so hard to provide a straight download link so I can transfer to my phone for the commune ?

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

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Good

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Isn't this just that the Russians require their user data to be stored in their country (so it's accessible via their police) ? If so, won't MS just do a Blackberry and give in, and provide local servers ?

Won't that be fun* when you take a non-Russian laptop to Russia...

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