* Posts by Version 1.0

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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It's competition (how unfair)

Locally our Telco (AT&T) is offering 3Mbs for $56/month - of course they say they support higher speeds but just not in my area. If this idea catches on then they will have to actually provide faster speeds, not just talk about them.

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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Re: Hungry for results?

"You've got a 100-sided coin that lands the same way 64% of the time?"

OK - let's put it another way - of the 100 people investigated, and charged with writing the infringing application, 34 of them will be completely innocent and the chances are not good that 32 of the others had anything to do with the application either.

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Hungry for results?

"we can de-anonymize them from optimized executable binaries with 64 per cent accuracy."

That's slightly better than I can do if I flip a coin - let's look at this from a different angle - there are 10 hamburgers in front of you, 3 or 4 four them have botulism ... are you hungry?

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YouTube’s 10 years of hits: Global recognition at last for Rick Astley

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No farting Hippos?

As a tech resource (laptop/phone disassembly) YT has some use but otherwise I have no use for it and never casually watch it. Nice to see Rick Astley is finally getting some recognition however.

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NSA spying on US and Israeli politicians stirs Congress from Christmas slumbers

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What? Me worried?

"Don't write anything you can phone. Don't phone anything you can talk. Don't talk anything you can whisper. Don't whisper anything you can smile. Don't smile anything you can nod. Don't nod anything you can wink." - Earl K. Long

We have the NSA, you have GCHQ - their business is opening other peoples mail. Frankly I think that there is little that we can actually do about it given the current political climate except to adjust our lives accordingly ... wink wink.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: Blame the USPTO, which I consider abominable

All Government Legislation has the opposite effect to that intended.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

The FCC numbers and average speeds are for those folks that HAVE internet service - in the towns and cities you see speeds from around 3Mbs upwards but as you move away from the towns into the countryside the speeds drop to 14kbs (modem on a rainy day).

The FCC numbers are based on the folks who have internet service - if they counted all the people for whom internet is simply not available, then the true average speeds would be a lot lower - is it any wonder that much of the rural population holds beliefs that were current 30-40 years ago when their network speeds still resemble those available in the 80's?

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CES tech show adds new security checks after fears of violence

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Re: Are you clueless?

"Which is the more worrying thing, mass-shootings, or "terrorism"?"

I live in the US and I'm a lot more likely to be killed by a fellow American with a gun and mental health problems than by a Terrorist.

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Re: Guns

If they declare a Gun Free Zone then they would piss off the NRA and they don't want to do that so we have to live with "Enhanced Security (Theater)" instead.

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Re: Are you clueless?

"Does anyone with a clue think that terrorists are going to take a long vacation from killing innocent people, any time soon?"

Actually yes - given the relatively rich target environment in the US and the virtually unlimited availability of assault weapons, it's clear that ISIS, Al Qaeda et al., have very little interest or ability to threaten the US since there have been so few genuine incidents.

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

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Typical story line - tell them that they have a problem and all of a sudden, you have a problem. This is why I never report security issues.

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

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Re: What a joke

Sure, but generating that excuse costs money so your rates will go up again next year. Locally our cable provider COCKS^H^H^HX charges $52.99 per month for 2.5/0.4 Mbs.

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Re: verbatim, from ATT...

1.5Mbs! - Why I dream of 1.5Mbs in Mississippi!

Internet service here more closely resembles a cup of cold tea poured into a rolled up newspaper. 24kbs is good where my mother-in-law lives, of course if it rains that does drop off a little but you can do a few things with a 14kbs link.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

I upgraded one PC and that was enough - my internet connection was locked solid on the download for about 5-6 hours and after the upgrade ... no more CD player. Overall my experience with W10 on a PC that is designed for Windows 8 has been OK but upgrading from Win7 has been miserable.

The most miserable thing in Windows 10 is that fact that "uninstalling" an application doesn't actually get rid of it, add another user and you go through the whole process again. Yes, there are some nice features in Win 10 but we're going to have to wait for the next version before they get it right.

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Are second-hand MoD IPv4 addresses being used in invoice scams?

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fake invoices

I'm seeing a lot of these recently - however most of them appear to be infection attempts rather than actual fraud. This sort of thing always increases around Christmas.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: Do you get paid the same money as a professional?

1/3 chance of failure - that bought up an old memory - I was working on the Westgate Shopping Center in Oxford when they were installing the backup generator. A nice big three-phase beast, delivered to the roof of the building via a crane - now when you wire that up, what's the chance of getting those three wires connected correctly?

Opps ....

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Re: opps - Nope, Risk = Impact X Likelihood

Exactly - the problem is that virtually nobody is taught real statistics these days. If the chance that it will happen today is 1:100 then the chance that it will happen tomorrow is still 1:100 even if it happens today - and happened the day before.

The bottom line - in the flooding/climate change issues at least - is that we do not have enough samples to make an accurate estimate so, like JF, we are all pulling numbers out of thin air when the questions comes up.

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Aurous shutters for good, will pay $3m damages

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FSCK music

It's interesting that the RIAA blame pirating for the decline in profits from recordings when you can argue that the real culprit is the record companies themselves that have stifled creativity to the point that all their carefully curated acts sound the same.

Let's face it - the music industry is all about profits and not music.

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Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

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Over there?

And what makes you think that's not happening over here - just that fact that Snowden hasn't let it slip yet?

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Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

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Re: New acronym proposal

Hook up Siri/Cortana for voice control/feedback and you can have ...

Caring Understanding Network Thing.

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Chinese cyber chief plays down censorship concerns

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In other news

Lu^H^HDonald Trump said: "We do not welcome those that make money off China^H^H^H^H^HAmerica, occupy China^H^H^H^H^HAmerica's market, even as they slander China^H^H^H^H^HAmerica's people. These kinds of websites I definitely will not allow in my house."

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Six years in the slammer for SilkRoad-skimming secret agent

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"6 years is a pretty light sentence by US standards"

However, since he's a cop, I would expect that it will be 6 years in solitary confinement - if he's lucky, otherwise is might turn out to be a short life sentence.

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Re: Proportionate

"6 years is a pretty light sentence by US standards"

I guess he must be a white guy.

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

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Disney will will this one.

Sure - they did it, they are guilty as hell but this is Florida and as a worker you don't have much recourse when they decide that you are no longer needed.

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Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers

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There's an App for that.

At my old company we just said that the workers had been uninstalled.

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The story of .Gay: This bid is too gay! This bid is not gay enough! This bid is just right?

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.bent?

This entire argument is stupid - I say give them all the .domains they want - I'm blacklisting the majority of them at the mail server since all they do is send spam. It's tempting to blacklist them at the firewall but I don't give a toss.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Coincidence?

I just read "Although, some people can program in an assembly language and understand the intricacy of the spacecraft, most younger people can't or really don't want to," in the accompanying story on the lack of FORTRAN programmers ... these are symptoms of the same problem - many programmers are a lazy bunch who generally just get by - check the box, mark it as accomplished and move onto the next project.

I had one guy once who actually believed that if it complied without any errors then if had to be good code - I fired his ass, criticism can only do so much.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Still waiting for stability

I have no problem with upgrading but it would be nice if Outlook didn't crash from time to time. When they get that straight I'll consider upgrading.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Standard Operating Proceedure

How is this different from any other large corporation? Customers are chickens, waiting to be plucked and consumed - that is how the world works these days.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

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I have filled in report after report on the FCC web site detailing robo calls - the response is always the same ... sue 'em yourself.

Basically I don't answer the phone anymore - robo callers are destroying the telephone as a medium.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Re: Other makers

Every automobile manufacturer that I dealt with in the 80-90's would purchase a few of each of its competitors vehicle as soon as they hit the road and investigate many aspects of its performance. I find it very hard to believe that the VW trickery wasn't known within professional engineering circles in the engineering end of the business.

Getting clean diesel engines to work is hard - it's unbelievable that other manufacturers didn't say, "Let's take a look at what VW are doing"

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15 MILLION T-Mobile US customer records swiped by hackers

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AC "there is no plaice for jokes about this"

ROTFLMAO - of yes there is - what makes you think that this isn't happening on your other accounts? Of course the providers will deny it (Well, you'd expect them to say that wouldn't you) but the simple fact is that the ONLY safe assumption is that all your data out there is compromised.

We hear this time and time again - it's just a data breach, it's been fixed, the guilty parties will be ... well, maybe spanked if we can find them but most likely they will get away with it.

Nope, I'm not trolling this - I'm simply being realistic. The only way to deal with these people is to treat them (and their claims of data security) as a joke - because it's absolutely clear that unless you are worth money to them, they don't give a monkeys about you. "Two years free credit reporting" - ha ha ha ha ... they will just sign you up and sell your data to someone else - Experion will make money on this breach in the long run.

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Re: Sadly the Encryption was Compromised ?

Probably ROT-13

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"And why wasn't the T-Mobile DB cleaned up after the credit checks were run? That would ensure minimal customer exposure to attack?"

Because regardless of whether the applicant is approved for a phone contract, their application is valuable information that you can sell to other marketers. - check the small print when you apply.

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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

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Safest Option?

It would seem that Hillary's email server was a lot more secure than the standard government issue server given the latest news from the Office of Personnel Management. At least, as a private e-mail server that she paid for, she wasn't stuck the the mandatory budget cuts that the Republicans forced on Obama.

The stupidity of this is astounding - they claim that they want to get Government down to the size where they can drown it in the bathtub (Grover Norquist) and then they act all surprised when Hillary decides that she actually needs a mail server that works and decides to do it herself. So far, for all the whining and bitching - it seems that her mail server was not hacked to the degree that virtually every other part of the US Government has been. Budget Cuts - ya gotta love em.

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Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

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I love these new TLDs

It make it so easy to block them at the mail server - all I have to do is blacklist *.gop, *.review etc. and the server rejects everything. Lovely.

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Top QLD sex shop cops Cryptowall lock; cops flop as state biz popped

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Screen savers rule

I see a lot of attachments at the mail server here every day with names like resume.doc.scr - to the average luser this looks like a resume and when the open it the file just appears to close and they figure that the poor sucker sent them an empty document.

Currently I'm seeing about five .scr files to every .exe or .doc/.xls infected file although java script nuggets are becoming more popular. I block them all at the mail server.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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$$$!

The stock's down 30% this morning - someone has made some serious money on this.

Yes, a "defeat device" (legal term) is completely illegal in the USA, but what's strange is the there have been a lot of vehicle makers caught doing it ... what made WV think they would not get caught too?

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iCloud phishing attack hooks 39 iOS apps and WeChat

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Snowden's Law

Once you own the compiler then the world is your oyster. I'd be surprised if this is the only example of this type of attack - we just haven't discovered the others yet.

Snowden's Law - If it's a computer, it is - by definition - insecure.

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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SOP

Earlier this year I contacted GoDaddy to point out to them that one of their domains was set up as a fake company and trying to place fake orders with my company for goods to be shipped to Harverd University (sic, yes really) - the fake site was done well enough to pass the initial checks but when someone orders 100k of gear out of the blue with no prior contact it does raise a few flags.

GoDaddy's response:

"Thank you for contacting GoDaddy's Domain Name Abuse department.

Unfortunately we cannot assist with this issue through this department.

GoDaddy does not allow illegal content on our customer's websites. However, as a Registrar/Hosting provider, it is not our place to determine if the site you have mentioned is actually engaging in illegal activities."

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PM hints at legislation stick to force blue-light services to share IT

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FAIL

One ring to rule them all

It would seem that this will open up a few interesting opportunities ... access one, access them all ...

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 1

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Port blocking?

You'll need an internet connection that does not block common ports (25, 80 etc) or else work around them - HTTP is often blocked but HTTPS is usually allowed. Plus, if you have a firewall, don't forget to either put the mail server in front of the firewall or else open the required ports through the firewall to your sever.

I assume this subject is going to be covered later.

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Re: Another conspiracy theory

Another NSA website perhaps ... like Facebook? Why bother trying to collect information about people when they are willing to give it to you for free?

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Re: Sign of the times maybe

Exactly - in many ways AM are a poster child for so much of what passes for the new web economy.

1. Have a brilliant idea (OK, a mediocre idea but we'll call it brilliant in the media releases).

2. Build a web site and seed it with ghost users.

3. Raise enough capital to advertise.

4. Investors throw money at you.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Free country?

"Dubya's reign was even worse and its legacy lives on in the NSA."

Oh please, read your history books - the NSA has been in the surveillance business for years before Dubya ascended to power. And the UK has been an enthusiastic partner while all the time wringing its hands about the whole business.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: On occasion

"...they never needed to spend money."

And they saved a lot of money too - probably enough for someones glf club subscription ... now that they have to pay a real sysadmin, well - those folks lower down the pay-scale are going to have to take a cut.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: anon obviously

Card details don't mean anything - I don't know about the UK but in the US you have pre-paid cards - like gift cards - that are effectively credit cards for a month or until you spend them.

I would expect that anyone looking for anonymity would pay for the service via a store bought card to eliminate the paper trail - if they didn't before, I'd bet they will next time.

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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Surprised?

That's not bad actually - try that at home and you'd have lost a lot more data. Disks die, backups fail, and life goes on mostly.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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$80 a day?

That's cheap - I've seen contracts from Wi-Fi vendors at conferences asking for $800 a day for vendors.

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