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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: I'm not sure which is worse

Howard country is just down the road from Fort Meade - guess what's located in Fort Meade?

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Hacker sells 42.5 million freshly-stolen logins for SEVENTY FIVE CENTS

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Stolen? or maybe invented?

I don't take these claims seriously.

In my experience - looking at the spam traps on the email server - the vast majority of these email addresses are pure inventions. We have many domains whose only legitimate email addresses are the postmaster/admin address, these domains are parked and have never had any other email addresses. Yet we get 10's of emails every hour to addresses which are complete fictions.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: If only...

The marketing folks are probably all on a cruise spending the big fat paycheque that they received for the rebranding.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Re: meh

If I were Satoshi Nakamoto right now (I'm not) then I'd be rummaging in the toolbox for a set of wire cutters while holding my internet feed in the other hand.

Ah, got the#%D%C%^&577v76vuui NO CARRIER

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Great Story!

That's a great story, well written and with a good ending - there are so many lessons to be learned when you operate in that sort of environment, unable to touch and see the problem, just relying on a data stream or someone's description of events - or their interpretation of events.

BLOODY WELL DONE EVERYONE!

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Nice example

That's a good example for everyone - how to escalate a minor issue to a severe problem. Pissed off customers are a perpetual problem but blaming them for events that you have directly or indirectly created never solves anything.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: Really not sure why you think SSD's in laptops are a bad idea?

Because when SSDs go tits up they sink to the bottom of the pool HDD's tend to float on the surface. SSD are wonderful most of the time but if you have an "event" then the chances of getting up and running without a complete re-image are not good.

On the plus side - it one takes one "event" to persuade management that backups are a really good idea so there's a silver lining to this - SSD's mean much faster performance and eventually lead to better backups (on HDDs).

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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

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Re: "undocumented code"

That would be COBOL I assume?

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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RFC

Looking at the daily graph it strongly suggests that home users are moving to Windows 10 faster than businesses - this is not news, it's been this way for every release to date. I'm sure that MS interpret the data this way and this summers "update" will make Windows 10 more friendly in the business work environment.

PROS: Windows 10 is a decent operating systems and much more reliable of late.

CONS: It still feels like someones looking over your shoulder all the time and having "X-Box" on the menu at work doesn't look that good.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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Amazon Prime?

Wait until Amazon adds Mars to their "Prime" free shipping list - then you'll know that Mars has really arrived.

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Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

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The sky is falling!

We're assuming that the database is accurate to begin with - it's probably not. Sure, some bad actor could modify it but equally data corruption, typos, programming errors are factors too.

Sounds like Security click-bait to me.

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AWS outgrows its own resource numbering scheme

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AWS - too big to fail?

Well, I for one, am looking forward to the day when their services "experience" technical difficulties.

I have no particular Luddite view of this, it's just the idea that we seem to be thinking that it's a good idea to put all our eggs in one basket. We're just one curious squirrel away from disaster.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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Re: How was Fukushima recoverable?

To be fair to the designers, at the time that the Fukushima reactors were built, an earthquake of that magnitude was believed to be impossible on that section of coast. In the same way, the cities in the American North West (Seattle, Portland etc) were built before anyone had any idea that as similar mega-thrust rupture will occur at some point in the future in the Cascadia subduction zone.

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Son of Mars Climate Orbiter?

I see this too often - people write code that does logical things but never stop to check that the inputs to the code are sensible or that the outputs are within reasonable ranges. In carpentry I learned to "measure twice - then cut" ... programmers write code in the spirit of "measure once then cut, cut, cut, cut".

In this case, it's just a telescope - not an Airbus. I guess we got lucky.

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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

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Data Retention?

Could it be that the ISP's have finally bought enough storage for their data retention requirements? Or maybe the NAS has finally stopped mirroring the contents of every PC on the planet?

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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"Remembered" the PIN

I guess where their finger-nails had been finally healed ...

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Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

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Follow the money

Interesting how these funds keep getting "diverted" - in the old days you grabbed some jewelry and accepted that $1,000,000 of jewels translated to about $300,000 in clean money, with expenses you would net less but still something that you could put in a suitcase and retire on.

But what do you do with $81,000,000? You've already laundered it so there's no need to fence it - that's a lot of money and it's a safe assumption that no matter what insurance policy you've set up you'll be watching your back for the rest of your life. However long that is.

So I tend to think that this is more like a state financed or agency generating some cash for "black" expenditures. Let's face it, the NSA, GCHQ, FAPSI and other nations versions of these organizations have all the tools necessary for this sort of operation.

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Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

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Competition? - I've heard of it ...

I just haven't seen it in the cable industry - very few US cities have competing cable companies so merging them doesn't make much difference to "competition" - on the other hand, Charter is taking on a lot of debt to finance this deal so end-user prices will rise - as will the management salaries.

The end-game here is that within a few years most of the "TV" companies will be delivering their content via the Internet - so punters are going to need fatter pipes and will get used to paying for them - that's where the money is going to be in the future.

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Double edged sword?

So if I copyright some aspect of my life and GCHQ shares it with the Americans, can I sue them?

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FBI spies on how many?

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If you want an honest answer?

It's already been established that Clapper is authorized to lie so what's the point of asking him? Oh wait, it's an election year isn't it - this is just political clickbait.

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When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

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Re: Any Logical Reason?

The logical reason is that decisions are made based on emotion, not logic. Therefore it's likely that the stock will drop because those emotional spur of the moment decisions by other punters.

So sell quick while the stock is still up a bit and then buy back later in the week when the prices are lower. It's actually very logical.

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How does a business make decisions? How should a business make decisions?

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Decisions are needed

Management Decisions have been very important in every business that I've worked for - it's not so much how the decisions are made, or if any evidence, or reasoning is used to back them up - what's important is that Decisions Are Made.

Decisions justify Management - therefore it's vital that they are made ... because otherwise how would Management justify its salaries? Most of the time the Decision is made first and then they hunt around afterwards for the evidence to back it up - it's much easier that way.

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Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

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Most local terminals in my state now accept chip cards but still require a signature - the US card companies are not issuing pins yet. All put one of my cards have been replaced by chip cards in the last couple on months.

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Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

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Re: SAID NO MANAGER EVER

This is Englishness to a degree that 'mericans usually miss - the manager is apologizing but doing so in a way that says he doesn't believe that his reaction was in error or out of line but he realizes ex post facto that an apology is needed.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Unexpected

The little guy will be missed - but all you doom-sayers out there take note, Keith Richards is still very much alive and kicking and people have been saying "he's next" for nearly 20 years now.

So what's the take home point? Always wear clean underwear and clean your browsing history every time you close your browser.

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Logging on to United's frequent flyer site might take longer than a flight

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It turns out that all those questions are just for the password reset mechanism. I just logged in, answered a couple of the questions and reset my password in less than a minute. I know it looks bad on the face of it but if you have to do it then it's quite simple.

Of course, I had to look up the answers - they were written down.

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So of course ...

Everyone has to write down the answers to all these questions on a piece of paper in their wallet or keep a list their phone. My bet is that they will change this soon as their customer service/support department will be swamped with reset requests from customers who've lost their password and cant remember all the answers to these stupid questions.

All they need is a strong password. I think they are probably just trying to may it difficult to log in and collect the bug bounties.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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A legal work around?

If they had written their tool to simply display an advert in the web browser, pulling a small image file from their servers while posting the machines MAC address to the server I think the FEDs would have got away with it. No, your honor - we didn't search their machine - we just served them an advert.

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

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Re: Nice to see....

I played Ziggy Stardust for my 18 year old daughter last night - the original 1972 pressing and it sounds great even after all these years ... this being 2016, she posted it on Instagram and Facebook - turns out there are a lot of young Bowie fans out there. Good music lives forever!

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Re: LP's versus CDs

I assume that the down vote is because I damaged Roy Harpers' "Flat Baroque and Berserk" album ... I know, I feel really bad about that - Sorry.

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Re: The irony is

Not really - analog storage has significantly different performance at both ends of the audio spectrum and - assuming they don't mess up the digital to analog cutting translation when they make the LP - you really do hear a quite different performance.

Added to which - quite a few digital systems have cheap DACs and get listened to through cruddy earbuds, whereas an LP played through a decent stereo analog amplifier with a pair of studio speakers really does sound completely different.

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LP's versus CDs

LP's every time - it's a total bitch rolling a decent spliff on a CD case plus if a little ball of burning Nepalese falls on a CD then it's ruined - whereas with an LP you just give it a bit of a nudge -even after all these years my Roy Harper album plays fine - except for that one track.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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So?

Google fiddle with their search algorithms all the time, and these days it tries to fit the results to what it "thinks" you are looking for or likely to purchase. In terms of accurate search "results" it's been deteriorating for some time. Given their market share of course we have to kowtow to Google but functionally they are following the same evolutionary path as most large tech companies - sooner or later (it could be 10 years or so) their search engine business will hire a Marissa Mayer-like leader to revitalize their market position and that will be the end of them after a few more years.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: "War on Smut"

You are all forgetting Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" - but that's Utah I guess, it's OK to have two or three wives so long as you don't screw them all at the same time?

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$elfies for MasterCard

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Re: Preventing the use of *static* photos?

I think you could low-tech it with a simple picture - cut out the eyes in the image and slide an image behind the eye-holes with generic "open" and "shut" eye images.

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Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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" ... is a very strange place"

Welcome to the USA.

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Peak Cable looms: One in five US homes now mobile-only for internet

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Re: Poor people have poor choices

Another reason for this is that cable plans require commitments - if you have to move because your job changes then moving or cancelling your cable subscription is a hassle and can be expensive with all those early termination fees bundled in so it makes much more sense to go with a mobile phone plan.

Also cable / DSL etc is a city thing - once you get out to the rural areas in the US your only option for an internet connection is cell phone service if you are lucky or dial-up. Typically in the country, if you can get a signal from the cell tower you can get about 2-3Mbs with a cell phone for around $60 a month - that's about the same a basic cable.

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

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Re: How is that working?

Chances are they wanted the Mil Spec version versus Commercial grade- Mil Spec is supposed to be 100% tested to operate at a much larger temperature range than commercial grade. That tends to mean that they are simply very high quality chips and simply work better.

I don't know how it is these days but back in the 70's you could fix a lot of intermittent, hard to fault find problems with Z80 based hardware by swapping out the commercial grade chip for a Mil Spec grade chip. They were much more tolerant of a marginal clock signal than the commercial grade chips, particularly at high temperatures.

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Till Death Us Do Part

There's a lot of old British soap operas that fit that description - Alf Garnet, a man of the people, all we have to do is dub it into Cantonese.

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European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google

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Killing the goose

I have bought and used Android phones since the Nexus 2 - basically because I was fed up with the other companies continuous efforts to install crap on the phone and up sell me with various services like email access. And then Google introduced the "Play Store" ... my Nexus 6 phone is now stuffed with apps that I do not, and will not, ever use.

I'd switch to another vendor except everyone else is worse ... but my actual voice to voice talk time on the phone is down about 80% over the last 10 years - I'm inclined to think that voice phones, like pagers, may be on their way out.

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Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

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Re: Is that all?

I'm guessing that they are only counting the web site infections - you wouldn't expect them to count the drive by advert infection vectors would you?

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IBM shuffles units, axes staff, sees profit shrink

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Profits sinking

I guess that management will get a bonus for this come the end of the year. It's not clear at the moment how they will justify it but it will be instructive to see how they sell it. Basically IBM has been in a death spiral for a number of years now yet if you talk to your "Investment Advisor" the chances are that they will tell you that it's a great time to buy some IBM stock because prices are down.

So Management Pay is rising, Wall Street is looking good, Tech stock is a bargain, there are lots of job openings - by classical terms the economy is doing well ... wage stagnation is just a blip, I'm sure they will improve next year, or the year after that maybe?

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: At least

The phone was connected via Wi-Fi so the neighborhood kid could easily listen in - there's quite a bit of neat kit on the market that allows anyone with some technical abilities to hijack your Wi-Fi connections. Easy decryption of the phone call it is a separate issue but it's probably not impossible - actually, writing that I've just thought of a possible attack vector.

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Halfbreed trojan targets US banks

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Re: Does anyone know --

My reading of the report says it's client PC's only.

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Funding opportunity?

Given that the NSA/GCHQ et al appear to be monitoring everything on the Internet, it's a puzzle to me that these malware scams continue to pop up . . . unless of course this is actually backdoor funding for these organizations.

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Malware in email surges

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Timing

It's a bit late to mention this now - I've seen the rate drop off quite a bit in the last week - I assume that they are moderating the release of new attack vectors to avoid overloading the backend servers that store the decrypt keys?

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Similar situation - True Story

When I first started working for "A Very Big Company" - this is the days before the internet - the "perk" was a company car, which everyone in the service department had, but since it was a "company car" and we were just workers any of the bosses could requisition our cars if their car was in the shop.

The Sales Director took my mates car one day (his was in the shop and he and his secretary had to go to a meeting in London) - he returned it the next day, but there were two small holes in the ceiling liner, aligned with the imprint of a pair of shoes, one on either side of the ceiling above the rear doors.

We all had a good giggle about it but there was no other evidence and if we'd said anything, we would have got the blame. And, whatever the evidence might suggest, there was no way to actually KNOW what happened - as in this article, you can guess what may have happened but you can't know, and I think most of us here realize how easy it would be to spoof a similar email complete with matching headers and log entries.

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Re: Get a life

I'll +1 you for that sentiment but you're going to get a lot of down votes on this post because El Reg is the sysadmin's Fark, but without Caturday.

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Re: Catch-alls are a bad idea...

Our system policy is to keep a copy of everything that goes in or out - this is a requirement in some environments and a lot more common than you might think. The backups are deleted automatically (also policy) after 90 days and very occasionally I have to look through the backups to retrieve a specific message based on Subject and Time.

So I could look at a lot of stuff but I don't - it's none of my business unless there is some requirement to do so - I sleep well at night.

Catch-alls, backups and network traps are legion - have we not learned that yet? If you are doing anything that you don't want published - then don't leave a record.

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