* Posts by fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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.

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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 ...

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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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Bladerunner 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

fearnothing

Re: Wow

Only if you're Republican/Tea Party.

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

fearnothing

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'

fearnothing

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'

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

Re: "most important book"

All morality, the Bible or otherwise, starts with a set of basic assumptions and premises. These are not built in to the universe, they are simply the best choices we know of for a society comprised of individuals with freedom of thought and (to a certain extent) of action. Morality is NOT fundamental.

"TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY." - Death, as depicted by Terry Pratchett

And yet despite this I am a strong proponent of deontological ethics. Go figure.

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

fearnothing

Re: So, where are the patches?

Was this group called WinAdmins Anonymous?

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

fearnothing

Re: I have a VM Superhub...

I see your TalkTalk and raise you an AOL.

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Super-villains of C sought for WORLD CONQUEST plan

fearnothing

I particularly liked one of the entries where the task was that you had been employed to write a program that did some kind of image processing, e.g. blur, de-noise, white balance, but you had to write the program to conceal information within the image. This is already ironic - you're being asked to do code steganography in order to produce image steganography. The winner decided to write an application that watermarked an image and then used the watermark data as executable code to hide further information in the image. How's that for giving your employer the finger(print)?

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Forging administrator cookies and crocking crypto ... for dummies

fearnothing

We also need to emphasise re-education of current programmers. Adding cryptography in to the understanding of a student is comparatively cheap and won't have a significant impact for years - maybe a decade or more. Adding it in to the hundreds of thousands of developers currently creating code that we will be using soon... that's a big challenge and will have the most immediate impact.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

fearnothing

It sounds like I'm not up to the point where you are in terms of competence, but I know enough to say that while control of aperture and shutter speed is useful, if even on the largest aperture you still require bright direct sunlight to get a decent high-speed shot, then you have problems. F-stop on the G5 only goes to 2.4 and add that to the fact that the lens is limited in size by the fact that it's a compact (if larger than average), it means my opportunities for good photos are much more restricted. I simply don't get enough light.

That said, thanks for the tips about second hand kit. I like the sound of a 5D and lens for £750 :)

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fearnothing

I have a couple of main subjects; first one is indoor sports photography (I'm a fencer). The other is nature macros - insects, plants, birds. I also like doing landscapes from time to time. I'm currently using a Canon Powershot G5, which does very nicely with the macros, especially when there's a bit of sunshine, but the amount of light I get in is pretty poor, so any kind of fast movement will give me desperate trouble unless it's in bright daylight. Budget is £600-1000 initially, and of course I'd expect to add more lenses to that over time.

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fearnothing

So suppose that you have a customer who has the patience and determination to make something more of his photography than a tourist with a camera phone, but not the budget for the ones that make the pros wince - what options does this kind of hobbyist have?

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

fearnothing

Legally, this argument might be difficult to swing. Ethically though, the Samaritans are bang out of order, and THAT'S what most of the negative feeling is down to.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

fearnothing

Speaking as a bleeding-heart liberal, while I can't dispute the question of efficiency being good for the mean income of society, can you clarify what this policy does to protect the least fortunate against the sort of grinding poverty which sees them relying on 8p tins of baked beans and food banks?

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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Re: I don't know...

Could you provide me a lizard of all the species involved? I might froget otherwise.

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New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

fearnothing

New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

So folks, the time has come for me to get a new laptop. My 2009 13" MBP is, while still reasonably operable, feeling the weight of its years and I have a nice job which enables me to afford shiny new gear. However, I am not a fanboi and so I am considering the possibility that non-fruity machines may suit my needs. I would like to hear your opinions (please keep the fighting below 110 decibels).

My requirements:

- It will be used primarily for leisure, mostly web browsing, netflix, music. Gaming is done on my desktop.

- I also write some code - mainly python and bash, and it would be useful to be able to run a VM or two.

- I value reliability, performance and build quality

- I have experienced the magic that is flash storage, and it is good.

- Reasonably portable. 15" machines would only be acceptable if comparatively light.

- I am exceptionally attached to the quality of the trackpad and useful related features like hot corners. I haven't yet encountered another manufacturer's offering that compares, though the HP elitebook is pretty nice.

- I am not opposed to Linux per se, but I run a home lab with several penguin-flavoured VMs which fulfill my need for the power and versatility; comfort is more important for this system.

My budget:

- Currently considering things around the £1,000 to £1,200 mark. Higher would be possible but I would have to wait another month or so.

Other concerns:

- I am currently working in Belgium so availability there is preferred. If there was a good offer in the UK I could ship it to family and collect when I visited, however.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

fearnothing

Re: noun too

Invite has two syllables. The trailing e is silent and does not constitute, or contribute to, a third syllable.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

fearnothing

Re: Nuclear

I misread this as "such as froze the Thames for several decades each winter"

Winter is coming.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

fearnothing

Re: Hey, original city names are tough...

Practically everything in the UK is named for its location or what it is, it's just that the language changed so it's not as obvious anymore.

Cambridge - bridge over the Cam.

Brentford - see above.

Anything ending "chester" - Roman town. Worcester - concatenation of Weogara, the local tribe, and chester.

Durham - modern form of Dunholm; Dun = hill, Holm = island or prominence in sea or river. Durham is built on a hill surrounded on 3 sides by a loop in the river.

The ending "ton" means town. Boston, Brighton, Luton, Southampton.

TL:DR - we've been using naming linked to local features for two thousand years and more. Let it be.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

fearnothing

Re: 10 years

Alternative theory: the big oil companies see which way the wind is blowing and have a bidding war over the fusion startups. I think it's unlikely they will just fall over no matter how much that would be emotionally satisfying for us not-obscenely-rich people.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: Arianespace

Or this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034314/

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

fearnothing

In future please give warnings on Daily Fail links? Now I have to scrub my browser history with bleach.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

fearnothing

Re: Scientists...pah

Physicists in general, obviously. This is just the electrical version of a physicist predicting the outcome of the Royal Ascot - provided that the horses are all perfectly spherical, perfectly elastic, and moving in a vacuum.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

fearnothing

Technically, R2-D2 is an autonomous combat support system whereas Johnny 5 (prior to self modification) is a true combat robot because he comes with offensive weaponry.

Mind you, the Vogons come with offensive weaponry too, but in the other meaning of the word.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

fearnothing

I've decided to stop downvoting Jake, no matter what he says, he's just an attention whore. Posting this in the hope that others will follow suit.

As for BOFH, absolutely right. When people realise that you can do something they want, you'll never get any sleep.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

fearnothing

This question was solved a long time ago.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

fearnothing

Re: Nubile young women lusting...

Just a suggestion... add it. Other publications do. You could feature "Tech babe of the week", who works in IT and has a nice (server) rack. Include photos and a short bio.

I would call you a dinosaur, but dinosaurs are cool. Go back to The Sun and stop alienating our female commentard fellows.

As for the OP, I work weekends, and it can be very dull. Thumbs up for making it slightly less so for me!

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

fearnothing

Re: So how do current versions get installed?

From a network security analyst's perspective, an infection event only has to get past the equipment and notice of an analyst one time. Updates have to evade detections every time they are run. Hiding update activity makes it harder for people like me to pick up on the few that slip through the AV net.

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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

fearnothing

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

fearnothing

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

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