* Posts by Rabbit80

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

Rabbit80

Re: Unfortunately not news ...

Sure, because having different passwords for different servers requires an excel spreadsheet to record the server/username/password for each one. How about they create a temporary username/password on that server for you instead?

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

Rabbit80

Not what I have read..

From my own understanding, Sony is not using a DDoS attack, but instead they are attempting to poison the torrents that have been leaked.

The way this appears to work is that the (AWS) servers join the torrent swarm and advertise themselves as seeds. They then pass garbage to the peers instead of legitimate chunks. Of course the peers then also start spreading the garbage as well.

In order for the peer to recognise that the chunk is a fake, they must download the entire chunk and verify it's hash - by which time it is too late and the partial garbage chunk is already being spread farther. I haven't verified this, but some BT clients apparently do not verify the hash of each chunk compounding the problem even more.

Whilst not actually a DDoS, the principal is similar to the layman - the effect is to flood the swarm with irrelevant data thus making legitimate transfers a lucky dip slowing or stopping the torrent in its tracks.

To be honest, I can't see why anyone would be aggrieved with Sony for these tactics - it does not affect torrent sites and is specifically targeted at stopping the transfer of data which was stolen from Sony (I use the word stolen in this case as the malware used attempted to erase the data from Sony's network)

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Rabbit80

To be fair to Ford, I have just got a new Focus with Sync2..

There are buttons and dials for all the major controls such as temperature, climate, A/C and radio in addition to touchscreen and voice controls.

The voice control works well - but takes a bit of learning the commands.

The touchscreen is clunky, but easy to read / view for navigation.

The smaller dashboard LCD is terrible to operate whilst driving and ought to be scrapped (uses buttons on the steering wheel)

Any more driver operated buttons would be too many.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

Rabbit80

How many routers are configured to allow external access?

To break into the router, first you have to hack the WiFi - and if the WiFi is broken, the attacker can cause all sorts of mischief anyway!

Seems like a non-issue to me unless external access is granted to your router configuration.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

Rabbit80

Re: 'over 50 years after it managed to make human footprints on the Moon. '.....The End.

"Math needs a little work. 2014-1969=45 years."

Reading skills need a little work..

"And if that goes well, the space agency is aiming to get people going on a mission to Mars in 2021, over 50 years after it managed to make human footprints on the Moon."

2021-1969=52 years.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Rabbit80

Erm..

What's the difference between basic and standard aside from price?

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

Rabbit80

Aaand another hold...

Technical issue this time!

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Rabbit80

Live feed

Watching live at http://www.theguardian.com/science/live/2014/dec/04/orion-first-test-flight-for-nasas-mars-ship-live-updates - for some reason the official nasa site seems to spend more time buffering than it does playing video.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

Rabbit80

How exactly..

..can the phone estimate the time until impact? It could be dropped from a table, a hand at head height, off a building etc..

And what would this system do if you throw the phone across the room?

Drop it down the stairs?

etc..

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Rabbit80

I've been doing this with motors for years - in my RC cars (Which weigh in at over 6KG with batteries).. Hit the throttle and it backflips whilst in the air, hit the brakes and it forward flips.. Steer and do either of the above and it is possible to control sideways angle to a degree as well.

Point is - a suitably fast brushless motor (maybe around 100K RPM) and a smallish weight should be enough to alter the angle of a 150g phone!

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

Rabbit80

3 point turn..

I do 3 point turns several times a day!

Personally, I think the government would improve road safety if they introduced mandatory retesting every 10 years for every driver. Wouldn't necessarily need to be as comprehensive (or as expensive) as the regular new driver test, but could highlight drivers with bad habits that could do with extra lessons. The quality of driving on the roads at the moment is terrible - last week I drove past 3 separate crashes in one 20 mile journey!

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Rabbit80

Sounds like there is a common cause..

Perhaps some software running in the background interfering with it..

Antivirus?

Trusteer Rapport? (I see this cause issues frequently)

Bad drivers?

The last major issue I had with Chrome was due to the error reporting module.. Would stop virtual machines from being able to allocate enough memory.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

Rabbit80

Re: any recommendations for VPN router?

Just have a look for anything that supports dd-wrt firmware. I picked up a TP-Link WDR3600 for about £50 and immediately put dd-wrt on it. Works fantastic.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

Rabbit80

Try 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

Rabbit80

Re: See ...

"I think UKIP are simply a shell organisation for the more far right of the Tories. Get out of Europe then we can scrap all the laws designed to protect the little man from global.corp."

And you would be not too far off the mark:

anotherangryvoice.blogspot.com

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

Rabbit80

Comets have air?

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

Rabbit80

We are affected :(

Currently have 3 websites down, email down, our licensing server down, our DM system down - not a good start to the week.

The phones are ringing crazy with our upset clients.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

Rabbit80

Re: shock absorbers for landing

There was a shock absorber system - but the gravity is so weak on the comet that even the slightest bounce would cause the probe to go skywards again.. That's why they had the harpoon system - to anchor it in place after the touchdown and prevent the bounce.

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4G is quicker than 3G, says Ofcom. Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil?

Rabbit80

I hate to disagree..

... but I think it may be you that is wrong here Simon.

"Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "It can't be right that in a fifth of the UK, people cannot use their phones to make a call. The government isn't prepared to let that situation continue."

Just to make it clear, Javid is wrong. He’s confused people with places. What’s missing is geographical coverage, not population coverage."

Javids words are "in a fifth of the UK" meaning a fifth of the geographical area of the UK, not a fifth of the population.

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

Rabbit80

The Bible is on the list because it "contains principles and guidelines to be a good person”

I would disagree - the bible contains lots of principles and guidelines for being pure evil..

As an example (for the promotion of murder in the bible) , see here: http://www.evilbible.com/Murder.htm

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Rabbit80

I have a nice mix of SSD and spinning rust..

2x 512Gb Corsair SSD (Striped) - OS, Large Applications

2x 1TB Seagate SSHD (Striped) - Small applications, documents, downloads etc

1x 3TB WD Red - Long term storage / backup

1x 30Gb Kingston MSATA SSD - Temp files and paging file

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

Rabbit80

Sad day :(

However - without this kind of testing and pushing the boundaries of what is possible we would never hope to leave the earth. Kudos to the pilots and Virgin for their bravery and we can only hope that this test results in safer space travel in years to come.

To make mistakes is part of the learning process - it is essential that Virgin are open about what went wrong so everybody else can learn and not make the same mistake.

If Virgin want test pilots, I would volunteer in a heartbeat - as I am sure many others would.. Risk like this is worth it for the rest of the human race. A tragedy, but worth it in my opinion. I know that sounds callus, but look at the early pioneers of flight, or the formula one drivers of yesteryear - without them pushing the boundaries of technology we would be decades behind. Natural disasters wipe out more every year than all technological experiments combined.

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Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

Rabbit80

Re: Bigger bums??

Not only that, but bigger bums are more padded and the curve on them is less.

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

Rabbit80

Personally..

..I'm going for the Focus. As noted in the article, its a better car to drive (which is what I do when in the car!)

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

Rabbit80

Re: Ouch

What makes you think that?

I have Netflix running most evenings and I use my internet connection for running offsite backups from the office (that adds up to around 20-30GB daily)

As well as 2 or 3 steam games / month (can be 30GB each these days) - it all adds up.

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Rabbit80

Ouch

Would cost me between £400 and £500 every month at that rate!

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Rabbit80
Joke

#Bonkgate?

Sorry.. had to be done..

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Visual voicemail hack makes your messages a snack

Rabbit80

Re: *GolfClap* Fekkin brilliant.

Of course, its pointless changing your passwords given that these dip shits obviously don't give a flying fuck about security and have probably secured the server and databases with admin / admin or similar. The chances of your password being salted, hashed and peppered are likely nil.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

Rabbit80

I went for the slightly more expensive Ares QX 130 at £65 on Amazon (Cheaper elsewhere).

It has pretty good stability even in light wind - as well as a great range of accessories available (from bubble blower to grappling hook as well as a 60fps camera)

Batteries are nice and cheap as well - around £4-6 on ebay with a flight time of around 10 mins each.

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Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

Rabbit80

Re: Useless without the range

I think it is because our walls are stuffed with metal.. Reinforcement behind the plaster. Kind of makes the entire flat into a faraday cage!

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Rabbit80

Useless without the range

Range and signal crowding are always an issue with WiFi - I would much rather see a WiFi router that can push 200Mbps through my walls without interference than a 4.6Gbps router that I have to be within 2 ft of. The 2.4 GHz band is crowded where I live and the 5 GHz band is too weak a signal to be useful outside of the same room the router lives in.

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Rabbit80

Re: prior art?

Yep - I have an eVic and it can do everything mentioned in this patent - count puffs, limit puffs, connect to PC - it even monitors the length of time I puff for and the strength it is set to for each puff - as well as the time of day.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

Rabbit80

Re: nice

"Honestly - is it SO hard to write in standard English? Is it necessary to miss out occasional words and punctuation? Do you have to use "teh"?"

yep

Seriously though, not all keyboards are optimised for full, standard English - think phones, tablets etc..

The whole point of English is communication and so long as you can get your message across intelligibly then what does it matter if a few full stops, capital letters or words are missing?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Rabbit80

I wonder what happens with a lower force - say 30 lbs applied repeatedly over a week?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

Rabbit80

Who cares about data loss?

Personally, I don't really care about data loss / corruption as I keep everything backed up to a NAS with mirrored RAID anyway. As such, I run 2x 512GB Crucial MX100 SSDs in a stripe, 2x 1TB Seagate SSHDs in a stripe for main storage, a 30GB mSATA SSD for my paging file / temp files and a 3TB WD Red for archival.

Performance is around 1GB/s on my OS/Applications RAID. Win 8.1 boot time is under 5 seconds from cold.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Rabbit80

I guess I would be labelled as a pirate then..

My usage is around 1TiB/month at the moment virtually all of it over VPN and all legal. For starters I host an offsite backup for work which sends approx 15-20GiB each night over a VPN. I also push all my traffic over a VPN which includes Netflix, browsing, Youtube - as well as Steam downloads which can soon add up!

Why do I use a VPN? Privacy - these days it is just as easy to configure it in my router so it is permanent and works across all my devices automagically.

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NASA clears zero-G 3D printer for mission to SPAAAAACE

Rabbit80

Why exactly would a regular 3d printer not work? (Other than the printing tray not being secured by anything other than gravity which could be fixed with a couple of clips)

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

Rabbit80

Re: Slanted hard disk bays???

HDDs are mounted behind the cover on the right hand side. They are not slanted.

Piccies here

http://www.cnet.com/products/alienware-area-51-2014/

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

Rabbit80

Re: Hahahahahah....

That is the point the OP is making.. think you missed it.

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CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

Rabbit80

Links to the decryptcryptolocker site give a 403 - forbidden error..

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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

Rabbit80

Looking at the passport, at least they won't get sued for rounded corners!

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Danes cram 43 Tbps down ONE fibre using ONE laser

Rabbit80

Re: Seven-core fibre ?

No - this is a single fibre, but with 7 cores running through it.

Better explained in this article.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/187258-43tbps-over-a-single-fiber-worlds-fastest-network-would-let-you-download-a-movie-in-0-2-milliseconds

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Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

Rabbit80

UK police perhaps?

We have recently seen 660 people arrested for child porn images in an operation that lasted 6 months and targeted the dark web.. could this be linked?

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

Rabbit80

What we really need to know...

"... is whether memory or the processor are soldered in, making upgrades more or less impossible. But the teardown dons didn't reveal this key piece of info."

You can't tell from the photo's on the site you link to???

I'll give you a clue, they are!

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

Rabbit80

Smaller search engines???

"The government officials argued that the search index ruling was impossible to enforce for smaller search engines that don’t have the resources of an ad behemoth like Google to process thousands of takedown requests."

Like Bing who received under 20 requests on the first day of the ruling coming into effect(compared to Google's 12000). Not too sure smaller search engines will have that hard a time really!

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140710/16275627843/apparently-not-too-many-people-europe-care-about-having-microsofts-bing-forget-them.shtml

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Rabbit80

More information needed..

Any links to the source of these allegations? What other AV systems are on the "naughty" list - the article names and shames only 4 out of a headline 14!

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Rabbit80

Re: Wrong Category

TalkTalk bombarded their customers for years with literature about their "HomeSafe" options - by mail, email and IIRC I even had a phonecall or two offering it to me! I also think it has been a preselected option for signups for years as well. I have had to actively refuse it each and every time rather than confirming that I wanted it.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

Rabbit80

Pretty sure my Samsung Note 2 does this already.. If I wave my hand towards it, the screen comes on and shows me the clock/notifications.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

Rabbit80
Joke

Funny, I am allergic to Apple products as well.. Not that I get a rash - but my blood pressure goes through the roof when I am forced to use them!

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

Rabbit80

Re: Surely an easy fix for this...

Yup.. we have seen it on our Amazon AWS server.. fortunately, it is possible to firewall it in such a way that only specified IP addresses can log in! (That's possible using advanced firewall in Windows so long as you know what to do)

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