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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Nuke your webcam from orbit

It's the only way to be sure.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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By encrypting their searches it now meant that no-one using analytics could now check which keywords people were using to hit their site which was also an incentive to buy adwords for key terms which didn't arrive at your site but you couldn't (didn't want to) SEO in.

I think Google removed referral information long ago, in flagrant breach of internet protocols. Click on a google search term and it doesn't go straight to the page, it first goes to Google's internal harvesting site, then a moment later to the target. You can see it flash up quickly at the bottom of the Firefox window. In summary, they strip the info to prevent web masters from using it, which slows down the search experience for the user, and pressurizes content owners to use Google's own analytic tools.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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The Lindesfarne Gospels

Because the North of England is generally superior, while in the south they are still waiting for the missionaries.

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Re: "most important book"

Those morals and value judgements existed long, long before.

The idea that the world was total chaos before a highly edited compilation of short stories came out is a bit silly.

To be fair, Folio did not say that moral values were non-existent before the Bible, just that the Bible codified them and heavily influenced what we have today. Which is indisputably true, as any law student will tell us.

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Re: The bible is a book ?

Pedants will say the bible is a collection of books. Ultra-pedants will argue the Magna Carta is a single page book and should be top of the list. Trolls will vouchsafe their dismal political opinions / (lack of) spiritual beliefs, and generally try to appear the cleverest person in the room while also having read non of the listed books in their entirety. And somebody will say "sheeple".

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Important

Talking about "important" books doesn't really make much sense unless you sort them somehow, categories, at least for fiction and non-fiction. For example, there is no Shakespeare in the list, which is absurd, and you can't mention Nineteen-Eighty-Four without also mentioning Brave New World. And you might as well put the Bible in its own category. And what about the first novel ever written - Don Quixote or whatever it was ?

As an engineer, I say Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

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Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

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Re: Good Grief

Oh no it isn't !

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Good Grief

Even my Register forum password is better than that.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Well if you are running Linux, you are used to patching and compiling your own kernels, as well as spending hours on a command line fixing dodgy software.

So you repeated browser crashes (once a day for FF is not uncommon) probably go unnoticed.

Worst. Troll. Ever.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: How it's Made

Are you suggesting that once someone knows how something is made the urge to make stuff disappears

Obviously not. I think 3D printing will find a valid place in society sooner or later. But the conceptual limitations will make that place a small one. It is the job of strategy boutiques to de-emphasize these limitations in investors' minds, in order to secure more investment. Fair play to them. But I am not a strategist, I am an engineer. And I will not be investing at this point.

Maybe all those here who like tinkering away with a soldering iron should stop as fab labs can print straight to silicon?

Tinkering and hobbyism is great. Any hobbyist should buy and enjoy 3D printers to the fullest extent possible. For recreation and discovery. But not for business. Okay let me rephrase: 3D printing at home might be exciting, in the same way as building a cat's-whisker radio is. I was delighted with my cat's-whisker, and all my bread-board creations. But I never went around saying it is better than an iPhone and people should invest in my cat's whisker company.

I can assume that that you have never at to fork out £25+ for a simple bit of molded plastic that your £1000 power tool won't work without? Assuming the part is still stocked that is, even though spare part availablity is a big factor when buying expensive tools there always seems to be a few bespoke parts that are hard to find 10 years down the line.

I have just forked out £22 for three plastic gazebo joints that prob. cost 10p each to manufacture. 3D printing would have had the tolerance for this, and finish doesn't matter. But it would probably not have had the strength or material properties. And as my gazebo is 10 years old, I was lucky to get the part, let alone a 3D printing data for it. And if I got the data or copied it illegally from another part, why should the owner give me that for free ? The design is valuable property, rightly protected by law. A gazebo joint might be a small, humble part, but somebody, somewhere put alot of engineering thought into it and somebody owns the design.

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Re: Has WiRED

Show me somebody excited about 3D printing, and I will show a person who has never been on a factory floor and seen things being made. Tell them to watch a few episodes of How it's Made

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Gun

As the "gun" actually blows off the user's arm, you might as well just hold the barrel in your hand and hit it with a small hammer.

One day a printable gun might happen, just like plastic kettles happened. Murderers will then be able to print their own guns, leaving a comprehensive evidence trail all over the internet and their PC.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Campaigning websites

Feel a bit sorry for Rodoy, and I will think twice before having laser surgery now, even without seeing her Facebook page.

The public has been kidded over the years about the nature of "free" internet services. We all thought it was great in the mid 90s when Hotmail gave us free email, and it was. The megacorps rolled out more and more free stuff. We (the techies) got very excited and encouraged everyone to gorge themselves on this wonderful free lunch. We didn't notice the chef subtly changing the ingredients. The public misapprehension about what they are eating is now so massive that even clever people like Rodoy can wander onto Facebook and actually think ...the service offered a "trusted, safe storage medium".. NO. Nobody wants to offer you a "trusted, safe storage medium" for free. Sorry if we (the industry) ever gave the wrong impression.

No. Here is a definition of all free internet sites: they are somebody else's computer. And should be treated as such. That is all you need to know to stay safe. Perhaps Freebook is okay for sharing a few photos you don't care about , with people you don't care about. But I wouldn't even do that.

Campaigners should acquire their own server and self-host it too. I have a server. On a shelf in my bedroom. It depends only on BT and EON electric, and I pay them. However you choose to do it, if you are dissing a megacorp, don't expect free help from other megacorps.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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The country

Isn't poor mobile coverage one of the natural drawbacks of living in the country ? A beautiful view == poor services. It is precisely the lack of cars, shops, masts, people, schools, hospitals, roundabouts etc. that makes Glen Coe so appealing. You want an easy life, move to the scruffy 'burbs like the rest of us.

Ok that is not really my view. Any readers from the USA like to explain how they do it over there ? How's the Grand Canyon for coverage?

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Trolls

The tweets pictured are mild compared to the usual Twitter guff (swearing, threats to kill, hateful incantations, etc. etc.). I guess El Reg didn't print the worst.

People get more abuse just from coming on here and making a mild comment about systemd or similar.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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hard game

Even jumping on and off that island shown in the last picture was very difficult, thanks to the tough "physics" and collision detection. A challenge keeps people coming back though.

There are some great walk-throughs on Youtube. One guy in particular demonstrating that the ruthless difficulty continues throughout the whole game - screens with no workable exit, weapons that are essentially useless (including the default weapon IIRC), enemies that are virtually immortal etc. etc, puzzles with no answer. This game will chew you up and spit you out. Because it is better than you are. Another 10p...

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Sansa/Rockbox

What MartinB105 said about Sansa Clip/Rockbox. Clips have been my choice ever since my Archos obsolesced itself around 2007. Nothing could be easier - the limitless slot keeps up with technology, compatible with everything, doubles as a chunky USB disk. Weighs about a gram. Battery 12 hours. Eventually the jack wears out but you just replace the whole thing for like £20 and swap your SD over.

Rockbox is currently transitioning into a smartphone app, and may not be developed separately as an OS in future.

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@Johnr

True. The world is slowly learning that touchscreens suck. Or rather, the over-reliance on touchscreens leads to suckage. If a device has both touchscreen and real buttons, the user will go for the buttons, always.

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Re: @Mark 65

They probably killed it deliberately because the profit margin wasn't as high as other products. Nothing to do necessarily with how good it is or how much people want it. When Google shuttered Reader last year, it was the best product on the market and had a huge following. It just didn't make as much profit as the ad-slinging search engine.

The standalone music player market has not disappeared. Neither has the digital camera market. Both have been reduced by smartphones, but not replaced. Now you have a choice of smartphone, music player, or both. Sansa's latest will outperform any smartphone in every respect for about £40. For most people, organizing their music (or photos) is now the biggest challenge.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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SIM

"The SIM card is the most potent instrument of control in the mobile carrier’s hands, controlling the relationship with the customer and giving it unmatched information about how its users behave."

No. The SIM is the most potent instrument of control in the *consumer's* hands. It keeps the mobile sector competitive, and stops the suppliers from simply farming us in the same way the UK utilities* do, for example. Carriers and manufacturers would love to kill the SIM, which has made the consumer king for over 20 years. This isn't Apple's first attempt to break the market by issuing non-standard kit. They can shove it, frankly.

* for those outside the UK: the gas/electric consumer sales here are an apparent cartel, there is no market or competition. Vendors are in complete control, and consumers are simply gouged.

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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" to change the temperature or the fan settings, you need to bring up the relevant display and use the touch controls rather than just turn a big old knob from blue to red o"

If that's true, I never want to see one of these driving behind me, or coming in the opposite direction.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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No stats

Follow the link to the ABI article and there are still no absolute figures. Keep clicking through to the "powerpoint presentation" and you hit a paywall instead. El Reg has just echoed the ABI teaser.

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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Home serve

Long term ARM seems pretty safe, not because of the IoT but because all AV devices are becoming smart, ie. contain an arm CPU, eg DVD players, TVs, digital radios (yuk),...

There will also be a trend towards every home having a low power home server in future, again with the ARM SoC and whatnot. When is somebody going to launch pogoplug-type thing one with a ready integrated Owncloud instance ?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: systemd to incorporate a shell too!!!

Not sure systemd is a reflection of Solaris SMF. SMF is text file based, and would please the Debian elders in that regard. In accordance with unix philosophy, SMF is limited in scope, modular, constrained into one role and does that role transparently and (fairly) simply.

systemd is a windows-esque, monolithic, black box solution. ie. the opposite of Unix design. It is also p*sspoor by all accounts.

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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Becuase capitalization MAKES TEXT harder to read, something EVERY El REG HACK learned in THEIR first week ON THE job. It ALSO "sounds" like THE AUTHOR shouting RANDOMLY. And IT makes me WANT to SURF AWAY to the ENQUIRER, Slashdot, Reddit or ANOTHER news site that FOLLOWS a less annoying STYLE guide.

And! compare! the! way! The! Register! actually! takes! the! mickey! out! of! Yahoo! LIKE! this! just! for! having! an! exclamation! point! At! least! Yahoo! can! write! a! sane! headline!

And stop trolling Steven Fry FFS.

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Say no to eccentric headline capitalization. It blights the Reg front page and makes our RSS feeds ugly.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Somebody famous for being a bit silly has been a bit silly

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Ingram UK basks in rosy glow of ... successful cost-cutting

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Off topic

...but the Register has NOW published FIVE STORIES IN a row without ECCENTRIC capitalization. NICE! Please keep it up! JUST SAYIN'.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Obesety

It's no good blaming others. However fat or slim you are, we all understand the temptation to eat more and more. In 2014 I would be thought of as slim. In 1975 I would have been slightly chubby. But like others, I could eat less food, and better. If you want to see what healthy weight looks like, check out almost any photo taken before 1984-ish.

Neither does it help to tell weighty folks that it is okay to be very, very obese, as some well meaning TV programmes do, for example. It isn't. Being enourmous can lead to a short, uncomfortable and less happy life. It is kinder to (politely) tell people that early on, and help them avoid it. Pretending otherwise is the worst kind if cruelty.

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

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Re: As one of my friends used to joke

AKA Don't show them the monster, an excellent storyteller's rule, employed by writers from Ridley Scott to JRR Tolkien.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Dear Register

Please cool it with the UPPER CASE HEADLINES. Just the view of a fan.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Okay

Running in Virtualbox, looks fine to me. Never quite got the idea of tiles TBH, but as long as they are optional, fine. Regarding the look of the desktop, why don't MS (and Gnome for that matter) just forget it and copy the Mac ?

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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@Ross K

One of the biggest problems faced by professional engineers is that nobody knows what a professional engineer is, or that professional engineering exists as a thing. The Register knows, and so does everyone in this forum, for obvious reasons.

Chris Mellor's Tuesday is evidently a bit slow, so he popped in here to drop one of the best troll posts I have ever seen. Subtle but explosive, it spread soft and sticky over the faces of more volatile commentards, who sure enough frothed up in a fine "up the workers" bun fight: ...stop talking shite..., etc. etc.

Lol. Chris Mellor for CoTW vulture dropping of greatness of whatever it is.

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or calculator

A bit like becoming a professor of engineering without ever having held a spanner slide rule.

There I fixed it. Top trolling though.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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Off topic, but to anyone considering committing their nude selves to electronic storage, especially while performing any kind of "act" or whatever: apply a common sense algorithm. Don't do it.

Electronic pictures and movies can be circulated, copied and broadcast without limit, including accidentally. Revenge is one possibility but there are many others: a computer can be discarded, go to a repair shop, be infected with malware, backed up, an SD card or phone can be lost, forgotten about, stolen, discarded in error. Even if you encrypt, delete or "shred" the pics, copies can still hang around. Don't. Do. It.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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@wolfton

"The man is obviously a hippie..."

Lol. Who do you think wrote unix ?

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Re: Olivetti and Time Travel

Fair enough. This story is not about an expert raging at a noob but two experts raging at each other. I don't know if there is any justification but many 'tards appear to think that there is, with the systemd man's contributions being more of a nuisance than a help seemingly. True he does it for free, but if you are just interfering in an unwelcome way, that fact that you are doing it for free is by-the-by.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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@Si 1: use good Hotmail ! Goodish spam filter and no butt stuff.

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Re: Anti-spam-iotics

Botnets often start with insecure legacy systems. Eg. Vista and earlier versions of Windows, which were inherently insecure (eg. any user can run any program, any click in email can run any program). As they fade away to be replaced by Windows 7 and later (which successfully copied the Unix "sudo" security model), botnets may fade out, like an amoeba with nowhere to go. Hopefully.

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Re: There is only one way.

Alister has a point. Young people who were born with the 'net tend to be completely trusting of it. Middle aged folks are more cynical.

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Virus?

By some definitions of "virus", many modern apps are viruses, in that they purport to do some legitimate thing, while covertly capturing your personal data and farming it out to agencies and associates.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: Back in a time where...

ql says: "...we thought that Windows was looking like the future"

One year, about 1985, I attended the Personal Computer World Show at Earl's Court. It was called "Personal..." because it was organized by the magazine of the same name, but it was as much about business computers. We were all used to word processing, databases etc with an 80x25 text screen, and pretty happy with that to be honest. At least it was simple and fast. But at the Show, it was Windowing GUIs on all sides - GEM, Apricot, Apple, Windows, all the big players - and small ones - had something to push. Still monochrome, mind.

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Re: Simply works

Have an upvote for mentioning SmartSuite. Pretty good software.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: Big phone = more easily breakable..

This phone is pathetic I put one in an industrial press brake and it bent almost double.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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"Store apps can run in a resizable desktop window"

A resizable desktop window. That people might actually want. Now there's a novel idea!

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Third patch brings more admin Shellshock for the battered and Bashed

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Agree here, already incorporated (Red Hat 6.5):

$ foo='() { echo not patched; }' bash -c foo

bash: foo: command not found

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Re: More patches....

LOL. 3 patches and we...

Calm down, troll.

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ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

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Re: Ubuntu - Seriously?

In this market, buyers install their own OS, and systems often come without any. HP is just being polite by providing a good one for free. Replacing it with your own is one hour's work, not something that will influence anyone's buying decision.

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SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches

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Re: Meanwhile, on a web server that was already patched twice

Yes. It was a line from an Apache log showing some kiddy from Ohio trying to exploit the bug. It has taken the script kiddies three times as long to learn the exploit than it took the distros to publish the patches.

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Re: nas and modems @Stuart Longland

Hi Sandtitz could you name some products found in your 'cursory search' to be using bash.

My Buffalo Linkstation Live NAS uses Busybox/ash.

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