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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

Chris Harden

Re: I wish...

http://www.facebook.com

http://instagram.com

http://www.twitter.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk (But I think you have to pass some kind of test called a 'Job Interview' before you get to post on this one properly)

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

Chris Harden
Angel

Re: Not outsourced

"I'd bet heavy money that the hosting is done by Rackspace"

EIther that or they plastered El Reg with RackSpace adverts because they thought they looked pretty - not sure that's a good bet to take.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

Chris Harden

Re: They won't de-dupe the whole file

Assuming they actually de-dupe the data right now of course, it might just be in there to give them the oppotunity to dedupe in the future (however they decided to do it) without getting everyone to re-agree to the T&Cs.

If I were going to be doing a file hosting service of that size, I'd certainly want the oppotunity to save space at some point in the future.

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Chris Harden

Yes.

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US sides with UK, walks away from sticky WCIT treaty

Chris Harden
Black Helicopters

Re: The company you keep

I agree with your post - but I downvoted it because I've always wanted to see a Black Helicopter (especially now they are robotic!) and being accused of being a fascist pedoterrorist seems like the quickest way to see one in Britain.

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BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

Chris Harden

yeeeeeeaaaaaah

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HSBC websites fell in DDoS attack last night, bank admits

Chris Harden

"Thus the chain of cyber attacks on U.S. banks will continue this week."

You would have thought that the NAME of the bank would have given away their mis-assumption.

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Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

Chris Harden

Re: Legal basis?

I imagine, considering the amount of police surrounding the building, he gets arrested.

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

Chris Harden
Mushroom

Re: Gabe!

Took me days to figure out why Bullet Storm kept crashing out on my PC without an error message - till I turned my xbox off and my live account was no longer logged in from two places!

GFWL was a really half assed job of ripping off steam.

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Sheer weight of Brits' interest knackers new tax tool

Chris Harden
Mushroom

It's funny because

Your link had session data attached which bombs when anyone else tries to look at the link (IE try it on a computer other than the authors.)

It's funnier because HMRC can't build website for sheeeeeet.

Actual Link: https://esi2calculator.hmrc.gov.uk/hmrctaxcalculator/

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Pirated software hard drive on display as art

Chris Harden

Considering how long my two WD external disks have lasted I would say it's somewhat appropriate

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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

Chris Harden
Gimp

3

In 3's defence - on the topic of subsidising the few - I just called them up to 'upgrade' my blackberry plan (1000 free minutes, 800ish free txts and a few gig of data (AUP style)) which clocked in at £40 a month and got a shiny new Samsung Galaxy s2 with twice as many free minutes and txts, and the true unlimited data plan for £10 less than I was paying before.

I'm sure people are going to rat all over my monthly bill, but I was under the impresion £30 a month isn't that bad a deal - especially as I now don't need an internet connection at home (I'm in the docklands - 3g is faster than anything BT can deliver across copper and Virgin don't come to my home)

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Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

Chris Harden
Thumb Up

In the office

I laughed out loud.

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

Chris Harden
FAIL

It's not the issue itself....it's the mindset

My issue with this, isn't in the bug itself, but how Apple missed it - Windows was inherently insecure because of the 'it's single user so lets just patch security over the top' model they used to use. If Apple are thinking the same way with this then what ELSE is inside the thousands of lines of code in there?

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Father-of-three attacked teen after Call of Duty jibes

Chris Harden
Trollface

Dear El Troll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJACFMc-Rb4

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Skype lets hackers track your BitTorrent downloads

Chris Harden
Trollface

IP?

I guess the real 'problem' here then, is that Skype tries to use direct connection for its communicatoin instead of routing all calls through a CDN (and that would have to be one hell of a CDN to handle that data.)

So the attack goes:

Attacker: "Skype server, where can I contact x for a call?"

Server: "Here: IP"

Attacker: "HAHAHAHAHA I PWNED YOU WITH TCP/IP!"

The whole point of an IP address is that people know what it is, it would kinda break the Internet Tubes if no one knew each others IP.

PS Dear El Reg, I know you track the IP of my comments - can you please stop invading my personal spaces with your Interweb Servers. Kthxbai.

PPS: Actual 'attack' I've used once.

Someone is pingflooding me through MSN (it was a while ago).

One blank, large, jpeg named 'britneyspears.jpg' was created and sent to them.

Stupid kid accepted the file.

One quick netstat later to find his host name (which was someone's name at AOL) and a message "If I call this lady here: [Name] and tell her what you are doing with her internet connection.....what will she say?" and stupid kid vanishes into the air, assumedly to cry.

This is not new news.

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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

Chris Harden
FAIL

Oh man

You have no idea how stupid you just made yourself look.

"OpenSUSE does include the gnome-tweak-tool, which can help change some of the GNOME Shell settings"

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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

Chris Harden
Holmes

Coffee Moment

EC1? That's the city....

So what your saying, is that this bike gang is a bunch of banker toffs on mopeds nicking iPads? hehehehe, good times :D

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Stars say relativity still works

Chris Harden

Brown Dwarf = 1 Kutcher

Really bright, hot star (guess my knowlage is invert of yours - fail for me) = 1 Vorderman?

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Chris Harden

hmm

Depends on if they were giving or taking :)

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Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions

Chris Harden
FAIL

Looks like they really don't care about us

They don't have time to debate debating either :(

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/16628

I'm quite upset.

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Unisys gets 'stealthy' with secure virtual terminal

Chris Harden
Gimp

Tepest

They are probably referring to the technology that is used to reduce the effectiveness of the tempest attack - it's really advanced, I think it's called 'low contrst colors' or something like that.

They might also be referring to something along the lines of obscuring window figerprints to stop screen scrapers detecting when a 'secure' window is open (IE I have an application that looks for the spotify window to send it a message to play/pause when I hit the blue thinkpad button on my laptop) and capturing its contents.

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Apple shares drop after Jobs resignation

Chris Harden

the

isnort?

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Chris Harden

so he knew marketing then....

what are you trying to say?

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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

Chris Harden
Devil

Currys?

"Unconfirmed reports on Twitter suggest that the Currys store in New Cross, south-east London, was ransacked by looters last night."

Ha! The joke is on the looters! They are gonna be PISSED when they try to flog that gear online and realise it isn't worth quite as much as Currys said it was.

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Chris Harden
Mushroom

Ken

I would have punch Ken Livingstone in the face if I were near him for doing that last night. Utter Idiots.

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Hackers dump secret info for thousands of cops

Chris Harden
Facepalm

Not that simple

Unfortunatly it's not that simple. The OS has nothing to do with how a website stores its usernames and passwords, the code for the website does that, and while there are libraries to help you do hashing etc, there is no 'make me a ultra secure, scalable website' library you can just plug into a webserver and it 'just works'.

You do get things like dotNetNuke and other CMS solutions which come with secure login bundled in but they have a learning curve that most people don't bother with.

Lastly there is the .NET framework's FormsAuth (lastly that I am aware of, I'm a .NET developer so have no insight over PHP or Java's offerings) which kinda gives people the ability to custom roll a secure area and make it not suck but that is more like a really gentle push in the right direction, it's no way pretty to use if you want to get really custom on it.

So in short, unfortunatly there isn't, and the quickest (IE cheapest) and easiet way to create a website login is just to roll it yourself.

The excuse I usually hear for not hasing passwords is that if a user forgets the password, or the 'business' want to be able to log into customer's area's for testing purposes, it is easier if the password can be extracted from the database. "And no encrytion is not enough because then I might actually have to use some quick and easy to use tool to read the password as opposed to SQL Server Manager."

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Anonymous hacks US gov contractor, airs dirty laundry

Chris Harden
Trollface

I wrote it already

......but it only works on a mac

*ducks*

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Chris Harden
Devil

Bush

George.....You silly old goat.

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Coalition renames GCHQ internet spook-tech plans

Chris Harden
FAIL

Bin Laden

You raise a good point. If we follow terrorist trends (IE how Bin Laden evaded capture) shouldn't we be trying to make some x-ray specs so we can arrest anyone carrying a USB Key?

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FEAR 3

Chris Harden
Unhappy

awww

hell.

And not in the good way.

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Duke Nukem Forever

Chris Harden

My title didnt contain letters or digits.

Yes! Exactly - it isn't technological leap into the future (and seriously, anyone expecting that with a TWELVE YEAR OLD ENGINE is thinking a bit unrealistically) and this isn't your 'slap-on-your-headset-and-get-into-a-team-to-tactically-defeat-cuba' it's a 'sit-with-a-beer-and-pizza-and-laugh'.

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Ousted Egyptian prez fined £20m for net cut-off

Chris Harden
Trollface

*evil grin*

France thinking they are the whole of Europe again.

(Hey cmon, it's usually the Brits fighting the Americans here, may as well get a bit of French bashing in!)

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One thumb up for Facebook security improvements

Chris Harden

um

I should have added I'm talking about the Sophos guy, not FaceBook - fair play to FaceBook for this, I guess it'll help the people who take FB WAY too seriously.

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Chris Harden

Overkill much?

Why don't we just send a OTP keyfob to everyone in facebook - that will be high end security. And then we shoudl turn off the Interwebs, as THE HACKERS lives there!

Idiots.

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The Bayeux Tapestry archiving model

Chris Harden

Awesome!

This has to be the geekiest and most awesome article I've read in quite a while.

(Almost as geeky as reading El Reg on a Sunday (aka unbillable hours))

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BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

Chris Harden

Win

nt

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Chris Harden

hmm

Personally, if I was facing a prison scentence if my code is cracked, I'd go to the trouble of a one time pad.

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Chris Harden
FAIL

Don't sweat it

They would never read The Register aways, it's run by infidels.

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Chris Harden
Joke

GCHQ

My money would be on it still taking them months to do, so for your average porn hiding requirements (which 99% of El Reg readers will be needing it for I bet) they probably wouldn't bother :D

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MoD rejects Gaddafi low-flying aircraft complaint

Chris Harden

hehehehe

Nice.

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Interwebs stunned by musical atrocity

Chris Harden
Unhappy

No Comment

Words...dont even....what????

"Yesterday was Thursday, today is Friday, tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes after!"

Lyrical Genius!

(hmm although, come to think about it - it's not too far from the Jackson 5s ABC)

Scuse me, I need to go wash my ears with bleech.

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

Chris Harden
FAIL

um

Reactors 1 and 2 have the external power line, 5 and 6 have generators - in the big wide scheme of things does it really matter which way round it is?

So in a two page article you find one, inconsequential mistake and take a stab at the authors integrity over it.....

<Rude comment removed as it wouldn't have gotten past moderation>

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HBGary's nemesis is a '16-year-old schoolgirl'

Chris Harden
FAIL

Did it

Ya, it works quite well:

http://v3ga.net/YouTubeMixer/

then mix up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2efhrCxI4J0

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kffacxfA7G4

and you must watch it through to the end as punishment for being such a tool.

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Chris Harden
Happy

proof

Unless you have proof that Anon hackers are related to 419s stfu. gtfo and diaf kthnx bai (and other such 4 letter words).

Saying that, you do get points for giving me a nice mental image of Dade Murphey (ask your nerdy parents kids) sitting in his shades listening to Justin Bieber while he hacks.

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Texas bank robber asked for ID

Chris Harden
Thumb Up

Thread?

Your generosity is without limits oh Moderatrix - throwing him off of the interwebs would have been much more fitting.

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Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

Chris Harden

uh huh

http://www.2flashgames.com/2fgkjn134kjlh1cfn81vc34/flash/f-Watermelon-Cat-8473.jpg

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Midnight theft left Vodafone users bereft

Chris Harden
WTF?

Everything I have to say on this can be summed up with the below video, and one line

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8m5d0_everything-is-amazing-and-nobody-i_fun

I hear someone stole their infrastructure - with a bulldozer, and you can't call someone for half a day? Quit your bitching.

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20-tonne space truck heads for ISS

Chris Harden

sooo...

You're saying the investigation into getting off of this over populated, under resourced planet, onto another one is a waste then?

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Facebook system messages subverted by French pranksters

Chris Harden
FAIL

Downvote?

To the person who downvoted a Monty Python quote:

Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy? You great poof.

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