* Posts by Paul 172

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Paul 172

Re: Fury

"That's funny thinking that using the command line makes you special. Well guess what, it may very well be that you are using some of my code when you are in that command line. I've also worked on the kernal and drivers for two of the biggest commercial Unix vendors so you'll be using some of my code there as well.

So I guess that makes me a bigger Unix nerd than you"

...Wow an AC kernel dev who can't spell kernel, legit.

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Apple Italy throws up ruling on its store site

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@Fihart

I absolutely agree with you there.

In fact this is the reason I have "returned" my Applecare on my recent laptop purchase. £200-odd quid just to have a subset of my already legal rights, oh and telephone os x support...... herm...

i bought it because i thought it included accidental damage but it turns out thats only for iphones....

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Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

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Exactly right Robert, I agree.

Except that maybe "Punishment on allegations alone is unlawful" - not illegal :) Theres a serious difference.

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

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"I for one, etc etc...."

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KIBOSH 'non lethal' sticky-bomb hits a car, fills it with gas

Paul 172
Stop

err..

"A 12 gramme CO2 cartridge* will produce a mere six litres of gas under standard atmospheric conditions"

so surely the gas will be compressed ?

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Anonymous hunts neo-Nazis with WikiLeaks-style site

Paul 172

@Shakje

You say "This is why public opinion isn't used as a measure of guilt in courts" - but isn't that exactly what a Jury is?

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EDF security bosses guilty of hacking Greenpeace

Paul 172
FAIL

Irony much?

"we make no comments on Greenpeace, nothing at all"

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

Paul 172
Happy

sed

's/programme/program/g'

Cheers,

P

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Google brings out new programming language

Paul 172
FAIL

@ AJ Stiles

"If it's another language that tries to use "+" both to concatenate strings and add numbers, and/or tries to use the same comparison operators to compare strings and numbers, then it's doomed to failure."

oh yeah, exactly like how perl failed.....?

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Diebold demos cloud-based ATM

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WTF?

jesus wept

what a bad idea. speaking from experience, atm's should be kept within their own networks as that is generally the only non-physical security they have. not tied to "the latest-buzzword" (cant bring myself to say the cloud instead of the internet)

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VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

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More car reviews....?

"While it lacks the immediate thump-in-the-back of the 2.0 litre turbo petrol engines"

...thump-in-the-back from a FWD car...?

"With 138bhp on tap the 0-60 sprint takes a somewhat leisurely 9.3 seconds but the top speed is an autobahn-friendly 129mph."

...clearly you don't go on autobahns...

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RUPERT MURDOCH HIT BY PIE

Paul 172

@Graham Marsden

The Mirror is not one of his, it's a different group, Trinity Mirror, not News International.

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US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys

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Stop

@AC 1550

...but the police could seize the safe and then break the safe and then youre back to square one, where the password to go with the secureid card is being demanded...

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News Corp kills BSkyB bid amid 'difficult climate'

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WTF?

@johnnymotel

USA Imperialism ? What's that then?

...and how did it happen before GB Imperialism ?

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50 day lullaby of Lulzsec is over .. for now

Paul 172
FAIL

durr?

"Would it be too much to hope that the various government-related orgs that have been embarassed by LulzSec will now sit back and work out why they were so vulnerable and beef up their BLA BLA BLA BLA...."

you just dont get it do you? maybe the bbc site might be more your level... hiring a botnet for $50 and ddos'ing a public information page of an organisation isnt hacking that organisation...

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Met arrest alleged Lulz hacker

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FAIL

Can I be the first to day

LUL

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Nokia unveils Contractual Obligation Meego Phone

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@AC 09:51

No, you are right, the n950 is a distinct device;

http://www.themobileindian.com/news/1639_Nokia-reveals-another-Meego-device-the-N950

I thought it was going to be called the N9, too.

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Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec

Paul 172
FAIL

btw

i just asked a mate what lulsec have actualy done that wasnt a DDoS.... apparently some password hashes from poorly-configured webservers and a list of ATM's and their lat/longs...

Now the ATM one sounds interesting (bank attacks?) until you ask yourself where this could of come from... It'd be a fairly simple "hack" to take apart a TomTom now wouldn't it...

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Sega’s saggy security

Paul 172
FAIL

@Elmar Phud

"it takes a little bit more than a few 'kids' to break in to the servers."

-why?

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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on

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WTF?

@Danny 5

They're not white hats though, are they....

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Paul 172
WTF?

lmao

"Gorilla war"

guerilla...

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Teen sells Perl cloud startup to ActiveState

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Best name in pron?

"LOL not to tar ActiveState (I'm actually friends with the founder, Dick Hardt - best name in IT)"

heh, heh...

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RAF Eurofighter Typhoons 'beaten by Pakistani F-16s'

Paul 172
IT Angle

Title

"But in general when the British forces perform badly it isn't because of a lack of skills and training. It's far more normal for them to be let down by their kit. "

LOL - bad workman blaming his tools, there ?

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Syria shuts off interwebs

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whatnow?

"cyberhackers"

sry what? you sound like the sun, pack it in...

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Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

Paul 172
Happy

hmm

> "he de-compiled the binary back into source code"

> That's not technically possible, nor will it ever be.

...you go on to talk about dissassemblers...

Er, what?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decompiler

These tools/techniques have been around for a long time and are suprisingly effective with some less strippy languages such as java. Of course, getting the original source code back is nigh on impossible (think, breaking an egg and then trying to put it back together) but this doesnt mean you cannot get effective code that works in the same way - modelling the broken pieces of said egg and producing your own model that whilst similar in function and design is not the original...

Skype has had some pretty good protections built into the code from what i hear, to stop exactly this kind of analysis. So well done. And, its about time :)

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Rumbled benefits cheats offer sensational excuses

Paul 172
Stop

lol

"recompile the linux kernel and maintain a network of 2k users"

- lmao, wanna have a go at picking two other tasks ? those are ridiculously easy....

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Lol

"No they don't. They *say* that, but as a qualified and experienced person I know from experience that what they *really* want are unqualified inexperienced numpties."

No, they don't. Bitter much?

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Paul 172
Happy

By the way......

To all who make the dumb comments like "but its okay for MP's to steal money is it?!" ... and so on, well... no, of course it isnt. scumbags living off the state because theyre too lazy is bad and MP's who misrepresent their expenses, thats also bad.

Just thought i would clear that one up.

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Paul 172

lmao

"thirty or forty people out for interviews for *every* job vacancy, the odds of them actually getting work are pretty bloody slim."

interview much?? any decent job is going to have at Least 40 applicants. stop with the EXCUSES. anyway, if you do 40 interviews you can expect to bag one job, on average... so do ten a week and within a month you have a job ??

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source?

again...... can you provide a source for your "stats" ?

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Paul 172
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wtf

"He is a benefits claimant and I work."

If unemployment benefit - tell him it's about time he got a job - you go to work to pay for him not to.

--how did this post get 11 downvotes ???? Why shouldn't he go and get a job ? I might have totally misread the readership of this site.... Are we not all hard-working IT professionals ? Are there 11 layabouts to every 2 workers ? How do you pay for your internet connections ? Just wonderin.....

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so...

he should get a bloody job ?

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w/e

hear hear. WHY cant you support yourself using your computer? Plenty of others manage it.

when did i owe you an easy life while i have to work long hours ?

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Paul 172

source?

0.5% to 2.5% ?? so a variation of 2% ? Can you cite a source for this ?

I personally don't beleive you. I know of several areas where it is within the culture to "all claim" as much as possible, whilst topping up with whatever else. It's a gravytrain for some people.

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Sony BMG Greece hacked

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Witty title

Yep, loads of penetration testing consultancies.... Maybe sony will hire some better ones now?

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Suit settled, PS3 hacker donates $10,000 to EFF

Paul 172
WTF?

2 short planks...

"How many countless lost billions, if not trillions of dollars could be traced back to the Sony corporation, and the consulting firm they used to deploy root kit technology"

- it's a bit early to be smoking what i think you must be smoking.... Trillions "traced back" to the Sony corporation, indeed.... Plz explain or GTFO

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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

Paul 172
Troll

Witty title

@Steve Evans... Dont be a troll.... There are 1000's are really smart IT folk in RBS

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Paul 172
Troll

Witty title

@Steve Evans... Dont be a troll.... There are 1000's of really smart IT folk in RBS

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South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters

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Relevant title

She is a bit of a fox though...

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Westboro Baptist Church taunts Anonymous over supposed attack plan

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So either....

Westboro failed to properly secure their infrastructure before "asking" for a pentest.... Or anonymous have some tasty 0-days to hand..... would be interesting to find out....

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Ecstasy doesn't make rave-goers any stupider - official

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eh ?

"The Dutch to do it right - they have super expensive electronic equipment in nightclubs to test the ingredients."

WHERE ? sounds like an urban myth to me mate. considering i lived in amsterdam a couple of years ago and explored the city a fair bit...

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Paul 172

"freshly-squeezed (not reconstituted) orange juice"

Can you explain please... I was just wondering why?

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Visa's chip-and-PIN exemption rules given cautious welcome

Paul 172
Grenade

shuffle...

PCI-DSS is largely a paper-excercise for most companies anyway...

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Flash is a CPU hog...

...on most platforms, its getting slightly better on wintel but most platforms are stuck with crappy lazy code that seems to demand 100% of any processors

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Apple 'iPhone Nano' back in the game, says mole

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no chance

"Apple could do likewise, paying for punters' calls through a cut from every app, e-book, song or video they and others download."

are you soft in the head ? thats nonsense, could you imagine that even if that were feasable (its not, the amount of data the kindles use is tiny compared to a normally used phone) that apple would do it (that kind, generous, price-competitive company, apple.....)

c'moff it, must try harder

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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

Paul 172
WTF?

April 1st

is ages off......

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100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case

Paul 172
Terminator

If the PIN wasn't bought from Voda staff...

given the fact that the voicemail systems hardly ever are set to do intruder lockout, it would be a fairly simple excercise to brute-force the PIN. For example say you can try 3 PINS per minute as a low estimate, you have a keyspace of 10,000 which means that you can expect to crack any PIN in 55.5 Hours at a maximum or crack 50% of pins in half that time, etc.

Not particularly difficult to do given the nCorrect response can be checked for using some waveform matching routine, making this an almost entirely automated hack once initiated.

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HP rocks Redmond with webOS PC play

Paul 172
Stop

Unix != BSD

please see;

http://www.computerworld.com/common/images/site/features/2009/062009/unix_chart_775.jpg

etc

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Starbucks' iPhone barcode app easily scammed by screengrab

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There are some problems with your post.

"* Sometimes Starbucks puts tiny amounts of this in its brown-tinged milk."

Brilliant :)

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Superphone system-CRACKING cable of DOOM ... is quite handy

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@AC 19:43

Cracking WEP without reinjecting packets will take you weeks on a network with "normal" levels of traffic, VS 15 mins if you can inject packets. Like I said its about being being feasable. Sure without injecting packets you can collect IV's at a slow slow rate and get enough to crack using PTW in a reasonable time but not in fact in the amount of time a mobile battery lasts for ;)

Other guy who can crack WEP on his Desire ? Fantastic news, I'm off to Google that, any links or sources for me to go to ?

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