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How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

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Correct!!! ....... and the man wins a Kewpie Doll.

Call 0901 345345 to claim your prize! (*)

* Calls cost £3.50 per minute. Minimum call time five minutes.

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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FAIL

I tried the video with my Andriod

Even setting the phone to listen for voice commands, it didn't recognise a single word.

Maybe the latest Android is better at resisting this?

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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Allegiant

The Divergent series is a book masquerading as a four book series. Writers seem to be erroneously equating length with quality these days.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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It's hit the BBC now :-D

How much of an own goal?

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HTTPS is not enough: Boffins fingerprint user environments without cracking crypto

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Re: Side channel attacks

So what happens when you have to address BOTH security AND efficiency at the same time? Say a high-security communique in an area or environment where power and/or bandwidth is at a premium?

You can't. If you are being efficient, you will be giving away information. Your decision is the balance between efficiency and security.

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Side channel attacks

This sort of thing has been known about for a long time.

For example, you can analyse encrypted chips inside secure tamper proof packages as they perform encryption operations to recover the secure keys inside. To reduce this sort of attack, you have to design the chip to use equal amounts of power for all operations, no matter how simple or complicated.

In a similar theme, the Germans realised that patterns of encrypted messages could be used to deduce attack plans, and commanded that all outposts send a set number of messages of fixed content per day. As one operator got lazy, and just sent a page of the same character each day, this helped break the enigma cypher, as one flaw in Enigma is that a character is never encoded to itself.

Both these solutions trade efficiency with security. If you wanted to avoid these attacks, you would have to send a fixed pattern of packets with random data at all times between end points, replacing the random data with real information as needed. This is not terribly efficient, but is more secure.

Security is always a trade against functionality.

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Borked ESET antivirus update says entire web is too risky to browse

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Black Helicopters

It's probably correct!

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: I know how this feels

When I later tried Vista on the same machine, it would barely even make it to the first setup screen before freezing up hard.

I thought that was standard Vista behaviour!

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: giving head

In the dim and distant past I was involved with patents and trademarks. One of our industrial chemical clients had a range of trademarks for food grade foaming agents, mainly for beer. The stuff is still around, despite Camra's excellent work.

The traditional way of encouraging the head in Real Ale is to add a small quantity of wheat to the malt in the mash tun. This is why St Austell beers have a great head, despite (usually) not being served through a sparkler.

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Re: Surprise! Surprise!

BTW. I'm sure CAMRA wouldn't approve of your illustrating their findings with a photo showing three blokes apparently supping pints of pissy lager. [AKA as Beer-Flavoured Lemonade]

Very true, I don't!

(CAMRA Director)

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IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

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Re: There's begillions

Do you have to configure a /64 as a routed subnet?

Are you sure you can't be more granular than that?

This would appear to contradict that point of view.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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I have eight eyes, I am looking at the phone. Now please take that selfie so we can get on?!

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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The market in operation

What we will see is the cost of IPv4 addresses gradually increasing until it becomes cheaper to just implement IPv6.

Then everyone will move over.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: Having a single time is a nonsense

Obligitory XKCD

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Thumb Down

Too Thin.

Double the thickness, and fill it with battery.

Then you might actually be able to use it for more than an hour or so before you start lloking around nervously for a power socket.

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Oh, dear...

I'm sorry but LOL, you shouldn't have gone with such a shite company.

Name a good mobile phone company.

Everyweek I see complaints about all of them. They all have "shite customer service", "frequent outages", "No Coverage in $location", "Frequent call drops", and "Crap data rates".

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Boffin

You really should have used the 'Scientist' icon for that post!

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Still waiting for mine to get the update :-(

I'm currently wondering if constantly pressing the check for updates button will push me to the back of the queue...

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Holmes

Re: Longer battery life

I would happily have a 100% thicker phone if that space was taken up with battery.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Boffin

SpaceX make it look easy!

It, of course, isn't.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Joke

"Apple is so good that you paid them twice. "

Well, you've seen how much they charge for an iPhone!

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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The episode of Shaun the Sheep they never made!

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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What else?

I can see that after openssl and now bash, lots of open source tools whose code has not been looked at for decades because they have, up to now, just worked, will come under intense scrutiny.

Expect many more of these issues to surface.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Wrong rover, but...

Obligatory XKCD

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Did you swipe your card through one of these UPS Store tills? You may have been pwned

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FAIL

If only they had Chip and Pin! It's security make it hack proo... Oh, wait.

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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Unhappy

Re: "Presumed innocent until proved guilty"

Sadly this concept fell by the wayside some time ago.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Black Helicopters

Does someone not want us to know where all the CO2 is coming from?

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Facepalm

Re: Practicalities?

Or course the site, if it has received a note from Google that the article has been censored, just needs to regularly change the URL....

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How about the right to be remembered?

What happens if you have an event where two people are are involved, and one is embarrassed, but the other comes out well, and would like people to find it.

Whose rights win there?

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Insurance and busy traffic.

The most obvious question is who pays if there's an accident. I'm sure this will eventually be resolved in favour of the robot, as it was obviously the meat sack that caused the problem.

There is also the problem of making progress. Despite the protestations above of an American claiming that traffic in LA is busy sometimes, I'm fairly certain that some roads around London are just too busy for automated traffic. For example, a typical busy right turn in London generally requires a certain amount of holding up on coming traffic by pulling out in a gap, and hoping the traffic in the other direction lets you out. Our automated car would be waiting there for eternity.

Likewise, on the M25, it is rare that anyone respects stopping distances, as if you do, a couple of cars will squeeze in the gap. Thus, your automated car will constantly be putting on the brakes in an effort to maintain a decent gap to the car in front.

I can't see it working myself, without better road behaviour from others.

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

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Happy

Re: How hard can it be?

Thank you for that link. It made me chortle!

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Facepalm

Re: Has it been exploited?

Moved all our websites to Server 2012 Core a while ago....A lot fewer security patches to worry about than our old Linux stack. And not effected by this :-)

Ahh, so you are just affected by the bugs that you can't see, and can't fix even if you did know about them. Smart.

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Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

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Re: How does that work then? @Real Ale is Best 12:53

You are missing my point. In any large software project there will always be bugs.

Writing a large quantity of bug free code is nearly impossible, or at best, requires a huge amount of effort.

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Boffin

Re: How does that work then?

Ok, clever clogs. Write me a thousand lines of bug free code.

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Rosetta comet chaser due to wake up for final rendezvous on Monday

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Flame

Nothing yet.

How long is it supposed to take to warm up?

Edit Ahh!:

The spacecraft operations team are now at their stations in the Main Control Room here at the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt. Even though the signal is not expected until 17:30GMT at the earliest they are taking no chances.

Link to the Guardian live blog.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Re: But this is Google....

I am reminded of the guy in Neal Stephenson's book "The Diamond Age" who committed suicide after his nanotech aural and optical interfaces were hacked to run a annoying spam jingle at one edge of his vision for a chain of sleazy motels - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, eyes closed or open...

Banaphone...

*NSFW

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Boffin

Re: Would you put a beta product in your eye?

I suspect there will be a queue if pregnant diabetics for this product.

Diabetes in pregnancy is both harder to control, and much more important if you are not to have an over or underweight child.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Unhappy

I miss GrokLaw

As title.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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Happy

I saw that ad. It had my wife and I in stitches laughing. :-)

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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does anyone know of any Adobe Lightroom replacements that worth a darn?

Try Corel AfterShot Pro, formerly Bibble.

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

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Coat

EasyWeb

Maybe they outsourced their webpage to EasyWeb?

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Re: A can of worms..

his filters clog up badly

You could always wash them more frequently.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: This is still a problem?

I think it's still a problem for Americans who still think the world is written in ASCII on Letter sized paper.

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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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FAIL

Considering all the hoops you need to jump through to become an authorised supplier, I can't see small businesses being able to afford the tendering process.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

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If I were Google...

I'd make an offer to Blackberry to licence every patent they possess. They could probably get a pretty good deal, and it would protect them from an ambush without all the anti-trust wrangling.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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I'd like some choice!

It's high time we ditched the 'standard bulbs' and created some standard LED alternatives.

Something where the power supply is in the fitting, rather than have to package it with every bulb, thus increasing the cost.

LEDs are small, and we should have some suitable packaging that takes advantage of this. Once the standard is in place, we can then have a nice set of fittings to use them in.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: RE: If Dyson is so rubbish why do they sell so much ?

Not quite all he did either. He also designed a really powerful, yet very small electric motor, along with a very efficient fan. I suspect the design of his cyclones are also 'not simple'.

Shame he never perfected the washing machine. I really liked mine.

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Re: I really dislike dyson

My experience is quite the contrary. I find his vacuum cleaners to be far more powerful than the alternatives, able to take a large amounts of abuse - think sucking up large amounts of plaster, brick dust, wood shavings etc, and still keep going. Not only that but they have a service policy that makes financial sense. There's no way I would call a service engineer out for a Hoover, as the cost would be the same as buying a new one, if not more. Dyson will almost completely replace your machine, including new hoses for a fixed fee of £79.

I just wish they made more home appliances. The last time my Bosch dishwasher broke, it cost me a £120 call out fee, and the guy couldn't fix it. We'd have been better off just buying a new one.

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Android

More likely that the NSA have paid Google to include a back door of some sort, though this would be harder to hide, given that the code is open sourced.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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FAIL

Re: ohh come on!

Googorola is not new here.

Google Knows All

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