* Posts by fearnothing

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: The new man

What's MySpace?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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GG FCC, Marriott needed some smackdown. Just because a new technology disrupts your revenue stream doesn't mean you're allowed to break all the rules to get the money rolling again. Adapt or f off.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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You might like that up until he bans Christmas and starts policing your morals.

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Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

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Re: according to a report.

Technically it is fixable in firmware but to do it you have to crack open the case and hook a physical tool directly onto the pins of the firmware ROM chip. Not for the faint of heart. If you mess up the voltages, e.g. by forgetting to disconnect the battery, you are the owner of a very shiny brick.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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The intertubes are suggesting it's probably Lizard Squad, and that they didn't take down Twitter because "that's what [they] use to communicate"

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

On the other hand, it's important to me because I'd consider getting an S5 to replace my S3, and this will push the price down nicely :)

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Last Pirate in Brussels: Put ME in charge of yer IP treasure chest. Yarr!

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Re: a few facts

I'm not sure about the whole of your post, but one part that's wrong is that copyright is not a mechanism to get more material into the public domain in the long run. It's a mechanism to encourage artists to publish their work -at all- and thereby be economically productive. It's an economic stimulus, the cultural benefits are a bonus.

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"Pirate Party"

I think the "i" and "e" are redundant.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Re: Essential skill

I found the install disk. It was in a locked filing cabinet in the basement, inside a disused toilet cubicle with a sign on the door saying 'beware of the leopard'.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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I work in Belgium. Prior to September, I needed to use a VPN. Now I can use Netflix without VPN but the content is different (somewhat more limited but there are a few things Belgium seems to have that the UK doesn't). Amazon Prime Video still requires a VPN.

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Re: publicly visible?

If it's done right, it won't mean you can scoop up other people's payments - it should act as an ID for an escrowed transaction in the bank's database, not some kind of funky 140-character bitcoin. Is that what you were worried about?

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Why don't MS just have two patch feeds - one 'immediate release' feed and one 'patch tuesday' feed, and admins can subscribe to whichever one suits them best?

(I have some vague ideas of why there might be problems but not really sure. Please enlighten if there are issues with doing things this way)

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Sheesh

In that context, 're-educated' has a deliciously violent undertone to it. Room 101 anyone?

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: When I worked in Belgium some time ago...

if you earn €37k+ your income tax is 50%.

This seems high but if you lose your job I believe you are guaranteed a year's pay at 100% of your previous salary, and there are plenty of other benefits supported by this hefty rate.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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I washed my hands three times after cutting up some bird eye chilli. Then I went to put in contact lenses.

It took me over 15 minutes to extract the one I'd put in due to how much my eyelid had swollen.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

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What happened to the 60fps video that Peter Jackson was espousing? It was a little disorienting at first but after that I really thought it was worth my money.

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WAM, bam, thank you QAM

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400 percent extra range on your base stations represents major savings on the number of cell towers needed to maintain full coverage...

So, after they play with the numbers to show that the 'saving' was actually a 'cost', receiving the associated tax rebate, crowing to their investors about the improved infrastructure efficiency and to the customers about the increased level of service, the end user will be paying, oooh, about... minus ten percent less?

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HTTPS bent into the next super-cookies by researcher

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So, trying to make sure I've understood this correctly - for this to uniquely identify a user you'd have to have set up and be redirecting users to a sufficient quantity of domains to uniquely identify them through different combinations of set/unset HSTS flags? Thus giving you 2^n possible identities, where n was the number of unique domains you had?

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Euro SPACEMAN snaps incredible images of our Blue Planet

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Now that you've pointed it out I can - it's only visible if I full-screen the video. My guess would be another satellite in a different orbit? Not really many other things it could be moving in relation to the stars the way it is.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: Not sure why there was a breakdown in gender perspective ...

Yeah I expected this to have more analysis of what was specific to a woman's experience of online dating rather than just a brief mention of dick pics and then move on to things which were clearly only relevant to the individual involved. Not that I am unfamiliar with what women experience on these sites but the content didn't exactly mesh with the title.

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ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

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If you're serious about making it secure, why not name a company that really knows what it's doing there? Go whole hog - say Oracle.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: So

I'm playing the Jake wildcard. Any action that makes sense is now illegal, and this rule is only cancelled if you perform a reverse four-thirds maneuver with directions given in Tongolese.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: "We have arrived Sir."

Actually, I'm hearing the voice of Jarvis/Paul Bettany with this one.

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Douglas Rain's.

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Pick your prejudice, fill in the blanks to fit it.

On these grounds, I am going to write an essay on how the Titanic movie was an exercise in prophetic allegory, clearly predicting the sub-prime fiasco 10 years later.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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The thing is, IT security IS a cost centre, in basically the same way as health and safety building regulations/procedures, environmental protection etc. And you should invest in it for basically the same reasons - if you don't, you're going to be hit with a big-ass bill when something goes wrong.

The other areas have improved over the years, and they've been doing it longer than IT sec, but plenty of places still think they can pull a fast one on safety measures to widen their profit margins. Capitalism, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Nice article. Still don't think Apple will invite you to their parties though.

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

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Exactly. At the point it reaches a user's ISP, it's not the website that's consuming the bandwidth, it's the user.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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The malware probably queries a site like whatismyipaddress.com to get the public IP of the location it's connecting through - it would be incredibly stupid and not very dangerous if it only sent the system's own IP. This would explain why TOR and VPNs could defeat it.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Considering that the average time from being hacked to it being spotted is something like 250 days, I'd say they're not doing too badly!

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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Re: Seizing domain name

Mind you that's a bit different from any other country as the US government, clearly being better than the rest of us tin pot democracies, doesn't have much use for the .us TLD.

... more power to anyone making such a claim, say I.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Seconding that the most positive thing is the new category menu. Nthing that in general it's not very good. My dislike is less marked than most but annoyance rather than anger is still not a thumbs up from me.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Bloody Backward Fun Censors.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Evolution

If my chair wasn't so good, I'd have fallen off it. Have a beer, good sir, that one deserves some alcohol!

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Vendors coalesce around 'MGBase-T' 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet

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Is it just going to require NIC firmware updates? Or will it require upgrading the NICs too?

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Now we know what the frickin' laser beams are for.

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Some of the week's tech news in VIDEO EGG form!

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Eggcelent!

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VISUALISED: The Golden Vulture Dropping of Excellence

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Clearly it's a splat on a glass floor where the sun is at a 45 degree angle and there's a vertical flat surface in a position to catch the shadow from that angle of sun and it's being depicted from directly above.

Of all the vulture droppings the Reg Pseudophotography Team could have faked gone out of the office and photographed honestly, guv, I can only imagine they chose this one because it was the most bizarre.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: -1 Geek Point

"Or it could be 'Hands-solo' the famous onanist."

Now let's blow this thing and go home.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Re: Wow

Only if you're Republican/Tea Party.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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Re: What they must realize

The current objections with page 3 girls have less to do with the racy nature and more to do with the exploitative sexist attitude they promote. If you want to give an example of the UK being prudish, look at the recent announcement about supermarkets hiding magazines referring to sex on their covers.

The internet routes around damage [censorship] now because it can, but if everywhere censors, then there won't be an alternative route to choose. It's a moderately unlikely scenario in my opinion but not so far that we don't need to think about it and work to ensure it doesn't happen.

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What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

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I'm not a fan of vampire movies or horror in general, but this one looks like a scream.

... mine's the one with the plastic fake fangs in the pocket.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Pink crapfest

Quite. At the beginning of the last century, pink was for boy babies and blue for girls because pink was considered more manly. It's all socialisation. "Girls inherently prefer pink" is bullcrap.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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I'm just captivated by the imagery entailed by the phrase "committing an act of journalism".

Got a pen and notepad there I see? That's going equipped for journalism that is. What, you have a camerawoman and a sound guy too? Conspiracy to commit journalism right there! You recorded him on a DICTAPHONE?! Assault with a journalistic weapon!

I find you guilty on all charges. Sentence: everything you say gets reviewed for unflattering content concerning the plaintiff before being released to your conversational partners. This order will be eligible for review when you retire. No special dispensation when in bed with your wife. Sentence to be carried out immediately.

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Re: Fingers Crossed

My bank sorts transactions forwards for recent items, and backwards for older ones.

WTF?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Display pwned in 3.. 2.. 1..

We can also watch The Simpsons from 30 blocks away :)

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: It's the Internet

And as we know by now, the winner is Mr Rogers in a blood stained sweater.

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Re: Teledildonics

I sincerely hope it's a discrete box. I wouldn't want to get anyone else's sex toys along with my order!

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: DVD reborn

You are correct - see slide 28 of the presentation the article linked to. I already sent El Reg corrections dept an email.

IRT to topic: Can this get any more scary for those of us in infosec? I have enough nightmares as it is.

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