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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

fearnothing

"We hope to break the mold of unconditional trust in a platform. Users should question the tools they use, they should go even further to understand the underlying mechanisms that interlock to grant them security,"

That's absurd. Users don't have time to learn the kind of in-depth computing knowledge required to understand security properly, that's why we have security professionals. If your builder or estate agent put in the time required to learn that degree of detail, you wouldn't have a car or a house.

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XSS marks the spot: PayPal portal peril plugged

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Re: "There's no evidence that any of these attacks actually occurred."

Remember that places of this size will have IDS/IPS, reverse proxy and web app firewall logs which would most likely detect such activity. The logs that theoretical attackers may have had access to would not have been the only means of verifying an attack.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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FBI report is here if anyone's interested. Some very interesting stuff in there.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Kaboom?

These silly earthlings...

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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I thought that conservatives were supposed to want smaller government, not more intrusion? Oh, less oversight of their increased power counts as smaller government? Well, colour me surprised.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Re: Can't we all just...

Two downvotes? Maybe they'll learn someday. Have an up, my friend. This was one of the most sensible and reasonable posts I've seen in ages.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

The offence is the act of watching something as it is being broadcast, not the ability to do so.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Been there with my own Dad.

No she wasn't browsing Pron sites, she is 92 for heavens sake.

I used to work for Apple tech support. Please believe me when I say that you should never assume this.

Beer because I need more alcohol as a buffer between me and those memories.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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Re: How?

Perhaps they were referring to the in-ear earphones of the type sold with iPods? They all have a fine mesh metal grille over the speaker.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Joke

Re: An AK 47

That's taking the rock, paper, scissors concept a little far don't you think?

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Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

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Kudos on the Queen reference, sub-ed. I know you have to do something to stave off the boredom of YASS[1].

[1] Yet Another Storage Story

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

fearnothing

On the other hand, when you need something from them, it's not such a terrible idea. I fix my neighbour's computer problems (they're relatively simple ones) and she agrees to look after my cats while I'm away. She also invites me round for tea while the footie's on and makes sarcastic comments about the players when they cock up. Winner all round.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

fearnothing

If anyone is interested in the topic, I can HIGHLY recommend the book "The Most Human Human". Fascinating book, well written and really enlightening. And Jonathan Richards 1 is absolutely right, language-based jokes are highly effective at identifying humans. Want to convince an expert on the other side of a computer screen that you're flesh and blood? Make up a pun based on something he said.

Also, celebrity judges? Not exactly lifting my opinion of celebrities here if the example output is anything to go by.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: What is that? A linux computer for ants?

Why am I the first person to upvote this? Maybe the others are all kids who can't read good.

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

fearnothing

Did anyone else think the music was just a bit silly and overdone? I thought I'd somehow started up Medieval II: Total War.

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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Re: Hyon Song-wol is ...

Or maybe pining for the fjords?

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: Maybe not all.

I see your problem - Bourne to Spalding is the wrong direction. If you were sane you would be travelling AWAY from the smell of rotting cabbages.

(lived in Spalding for 12 years)

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Silk Road dealer 'SuperTrips' faces 40 years for DVD drug imports

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The most beneficial educational use of this thread...

...is not for its points on drug use by our blue in the face boors above, but in the comprehensive examples of fallacious arguments that any law or philosophy professor would be proud of. I take my hat off to both of you, a fine presentation.

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Fixing OpenSSL's Heartbleed flaw will take MONTHS, warns Secunia

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Secunia only rates the vulnerability as 9 out of 10 because the bug does not give rise to a remote code execution vulnerability.

So because it's a two step process - steal the admin's login credentials first - it's only moderately critical? Good to know.

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: Which cliche works here....

> Then again, with Google one has to ask where exactly is that home country?

Of course, it's the country where their overall profits are directed to and taxed.

So that would be... uh...

Little help here?

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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Re: This is one of those occasions

Samsung and Apple have been singing from the same hymn sheet for a long time.

It's just that the hymn in question is titled "My patent is bigger than your patent", and the accompanying music is played on particularly esoteric instruments such as the Six-Barrel Rotary Lawyer Cannon.

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Netcraft adds Heartbleed sniffing to site-scanning browser tool

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Joke

Obligatory snobbish comment

If someone is using IE, what's the likelihood they would think of installing an extension like this anyway?

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Single chip photon source brings quantum comms closer

fearnothing

Yeah, I've heard of quantum teleportation before but I'm pretty sure they specifically said it couldn't be used to transmit information. Where's the author getting this from?

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

fearnothing

I'm more gullible than most posters here apparently - you had me on the hook right up until Steve Jobs' approval of "robotic justice".

*lifts hat*

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Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

fearnothing

$50 for a user's data being profitable? Unlikely.

Given the admin involved, even if the actual work of copying the data only takes 5 minutes, Microsoft won't be making much of a profit on that. At $200 maybe, but I still doubt they're making much and definitely not hand over fist. I know every opportunity to bash on Redmond can't be passed up but at least choose situations where doing so is reasonable. There are plenty of them out there.

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NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

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What happens in 2019

... that means the commercial spaceflight budget drops by 550m / 75%? Seems a bit odd to me.

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Hipster SDN firewalls can gentrify hypervisor slums

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"Fritsch doesn't come at the question from an SDN perspective: his piece considers a multi-tier application whose different components have differing security requirements, but his thoughts"

I don't expect articles posted late at night to be fully checked and edited, but could you at least finish sentences?

Otherwise, definitely good food for thought.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

fearnothing

If a SYN flood does the job, why bother revealing what your true capabilities are for one lousy IRC server?

Not that I'm saying what they did was right or anything.

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Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

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Re: Non-traditional?

Not bad but isn't 1000 a bit of an understatement? It was commonplace in classical Greece 2500-3000 years ago...

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US government names new head of NSA and US Cyber Command

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Re: uhm

Of course he has, but is it really surprising that the new head of the NSA is an expert at doublethink?

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

fearnothing

It's a little known fact that Archimedes' famous quote was mistranslated, and actually reads "Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will take a cosmic selfie."

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

fearnothing

Re: Here's the problem

NSA --> Lawful - Evil

No, NSA -> Lawful Neutral.

Lawyers are lawful evil.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: Would it be too much...

"The people on the bank notes are those who have made a significant contribution to the country/society. Check the obituary column in any paper for the last few months and see the proportion of men and women they report, then consider how the gender balance of notable people was 50 years ago when the youngest person to appear on a banknote died. Or you could look at the BBC's "100 greatest Britons" survey where the public chose only 13 women and 87 men."

Do you know WHY there's such a disparity? It's not because there were so many less great women. It's because the people who write the history books have consistently undervalued, misattributed or in the worst cases, constructively obscured the contributions of women. Take for example Rosalind Franklin whose work provided the evidence for the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick's contributions, while not insignificant, could not have been achieved without her, and yet they are credited with "discovering" it. There are plenty more of these out there and if you give a damn about self improvement you'll find out about them and stop peddling this crap.

"The main difference between abuse of men and abuse of women is that people care about it when it happens to women."

Utter, utter bull. Let's just use some figures here shall we? In 2011/12, 1.2m women reported experiencing domestic abuse compared to 0.8m men. (Office of National Statistics)

The intensity and severity of violence is more extreme when the perpetrator is male. (Hester, M., 2010)

ONE THIRD of female homicides are linked to domestic violence. (Department of Health, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Coleman and Osborne, 2010)

People care about it because it's more likely to happen to women (the degree of difference is debatable but all the major studies agree on this), men are more likely to do cause serious physical and mental harm, and women are FAR more likely to die as a result.

I totally would have agreed with you if you'd said "domestic abuse against men isn't taken seriously enough", but the implication that it's a bigger problem than abuse against women is frankly absurd.

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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FAIL

You question that NASA put men on the moon but think that China putting a rover there is something that can be relied upon as true? If you're going to have absurd doubts about nation states' lunar achievements, at least be consistent.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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Dr Malfait said that overpressure in the magma chamber would cause the ground above to rise "hundreds of metres" in advance of the eruption proper. Now I'm no geologist, but that kind of change in topology would hint to me that something funny was going on. Of course, I'm sure there's some sound journalistic reason for your having said there would be "no warning" in spite of the above.

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25598050

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Re: Surely most of these are Trolls?

"If the applicants are all politicians, estate agents and traffic wardens, I'd give a donation to get them to Mars."

The complement actually consists of hairdressers, TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, management consultants and telephone sanitisers.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

fearnothing

I've had to return stuff to eBuyer, and they've not given me any trouble - I returned a case because they sent me the wrong model, and some RAM that was faulty. All they did was check that I'd done the troubleshooting on the RAM to ensure it was definitely that which was at fault.

Mind you, that was years ago, so it could have changed in that time.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Apple have patented VERY rounded corners.

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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"We won't rib you ever again. Promise."

Don't make promises you can't keep.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

fearnothing

Wait, GoonSwarm aren't an NSA front?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

fearnothing

Connectivity has already become a utility service in the minds of many. The general consensus of sci-fi is that computing itself will move in the direction of becoming a ubiquitous, omnipresent thing. I think that Windows 8 and tablet computing in general is a step in this direction, so in that sense the author is right. As plenty of my fellow commentards have pointed out though, this paradigm is still very far removed from being useful to content creators, developers, power users and the like. I can envision a world in which my own work (security event analysis) is capable of being performed through voice/touch interfaces, but it's also obvious to me that this world is still quite a long way in the future.

When computers are capable of highly personalised slang and idiosyncrasy interpretation, then perhaps non-consumers can move on to new interfaces. I don't think touch alone will ever be enough for us.

P.S. did anyone else read the article about ultrasound tactile feedback and immediately think of combining it with dynamic holography? How awesome would that be as an interface?

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

fearnothing

I'm surprised nobody's commented on the fact that the avatar for a browser with a history of horrendous standards compliance has a W3C book on the shelf.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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I got told I could no longer wear my jester hat whilst taking tech support calls.

Sad times.

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

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Coat

Wait until someone gets a distillery up there to make some proper moonshine.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: Noise pollution

"It's not only very difficult to separate separate sound streams, it also makes it almost impossible to hold phone conversations."

Wait, THAT'S why I have this problem? Damn, I thought it was just that I'd trained my brain to hear so many sounds at once from my love of classical music.

Aspie people CAN learn to understand subtext - most of the time, and eve pick up on body language. But it takes actual practice and conscious thought, and it's not as reliable as most NTs' sense of others' feelings. The very best thing we can learn to do in terms of personal interaction is to deliberately compensate for this by asking questions and -ensuring- we're on the same page, not just misreading someone's intent.

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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

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Re: terrorism, not war

If you'd been reading the Daily Mail, you'd have known that the country's been moving in that direction for the past decade. Duh.

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

fearnothing

That is one hell of a lucky kid. I wish my mum had been an astronaut and had made a toy in space for me. BEST MUM EVER.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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"Suicidal Squirrel" - you're all reading too much into this. It just means that he's been watching Happy Tree Friends.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

fearnothing

Why has nobody mentioned the possibility of airship piracy yet?

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Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

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Re: Can I just say

For its interface? Seriously? You can't think of a better reason to hate it?

In a nod to irony, I used to work for them, and I'm typing this on a mac. Go figure.

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