* Posts by fearnothing

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

fearnothing

Speaking of which, I've experienced two genuine hold audio instances which were very nearly as bad.

The first was the first few bars of The Beatles' "Help", on repeat. Now, this doesn't sound too bad, but I guarantee you that if you have to wait through it for 40 minutes because you have something critical that the company is providing, your brain will be liquefied in short order.

The second was an American company that have those peppy messages extolling the virtues of their product and support offerings interspersed with the hold music. It used to be that they would play the music for about 10-15 seconds, then give you a 10-second advert/message. Recently, they've changed it so it's more like 20 seconds of message separated by one second of music. And this company provides our core product, which breaks often.

My manager bought me pizza the last time I had to deal with that. He's gonna have to up the ante if it happens again.

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fearnothing

Very nice, although I feel that it could be improved with a little more of a lead in.

Something like the audio equivalent of that Stack Overflow post about parsing HTML with regex he com̡e̶s.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

fearnothing

There is polymorphism to some extent, but it's more often seen in the delivery, exploit kits and the like, than the final stage malware.

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Ducks, Lord of the Rings, movies and maths: The GCHQ Xmas puzzle solutions revealed

fearnothing

Re: 600,000 really clever idiots!

Nope.

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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

fearnothing

I had a similar issue with an ISP in Belgium; they stated my usage was 3 times what my pfSense box was telling me. I called bullshit, but the extra €20 wasn't worth the time trying to fight, given my poor French and the fact that I was leaving the country shortly.

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VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

fearnothing

So from the sounds of it, this isn't a bug with the protocol itself, but a bug with how it's being implemented in specific provider environments with multiple users?

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Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets

fearnothing

Legitimate sounding? Okay, maybe to someone who doesn't work in security, but from my perspective those domains might as well be waving a flag and playing a fanfare.

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Brazilian prisoner nabbed with mobile up rear end

fearnothing

I used to work in a phone forensics lab. Nobody ever wanted the 'bumphone' jobs. There weren't that many, but there were enough to make it worth having a solid supply of latex gloves.

Best part was, the report didn't always state in detail where the police had gotten the phone from. Sometimes the first you knew was a nasty smell, or seeing through the evidence bag that it was... less than clean.

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

fearnothing

Re: This is nothing to do with certificates!

You already can subscribe to a service where you get a feed of domain names like your company's. If you're a big company with concerns about people spoofing your domains, you should be doing this already. If you aren't, start right the hell now.

For example, DomainTools brand monitor.

(I am not affiliated with DomainTools)

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

fearnothing

Gosforth is an 'isolated region'? Wow, didn't know an affluent suburb of Newcastle was considered 'isolated'. Then again, those idiots probably have a map where everything north of Luton is marked 'Here Be Dragns'.

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Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

fearnothing

If they're capable of producing airtight seals, why not produce drives with semi-vacuum?

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Hackers spent at least a year spying on Mozilla to discover Firefox security holes – and exploit them

fearnothing

Zero day heaven.

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GitHub wobbles under DDOS attack

fearnothing

"lurking behind China's Great Firewall" is a bit misleading isn't it? It was the Great Firewall itself that was being used to insert malicious code snippets into requested pages.

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Activist pens pirate's map to 'liberating' academic journals

fearnothing

s/stenography/steganography/gi

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This hospital drug pump can be hacked over a network – and the US FDA is freaking out

fearnothing
FAIL

"Exploiting cybersecurity vulnerabilities requires penetrating several layers of network security enforced by the hospital information system, including secure firewalls,"

And as we security pros know, hospitals are renowned for how well locked down and protected their networks are.

*snerk*

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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"It's the same old story. They try to ambush you into an HR intervention by slapping a meeting in your diary with an ambiguous title - only, knowing this was coming, I've booked back-to-back meetings for the next three weeks, made them all private so that no-one but me knows what they are and set my calendar to reject meeting proposals that clash."

Slick operator right there. Good one Simon, and right on time too!

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

fearnothing

Re: Soiled underwear

Well, now that imports of real British Cadburys have been banned, that may not be the case anymore...

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

fearnothing

Terrible article, giving the impression that an increase in surface coverage is an indication that the global trend towards warming may have been changed and that we don't need to worry. All because of one cool summer. Newsflash: the reason global warming is a problem is because it's a long term trend. One cool summer does not a trend make. Cherry picking this most certainly is, along with supporting the side of those with an absurd and frankly dangerous level of denial.

El Reg, please can we get someone on these articles who isn't drinking the kool-aid?

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

fearnothing

What's this about 10 being "Microsoft’s last client operating system"? Any links/citations for that please?

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

fearnothing

Re: Who?

"called doughnuts, or olykoeks."

Presumably also the root for the Dutch/Flemish 'olieballen'. Food of the gods is right.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

fearnothing

Re: Why do you keep using the phrase "training course"?

>>>> I went for a course in electroconvulsive therapy

>> Did you make any contacts?

Knowing other people is important - you need to stay current. Did the therapy help or were you just going through a phase?

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

fearnothing

If they were from 500 million years ago, they are not "nearly as distant" from the dinosaurs as the dinosaurs are from us, they are far more distant. Not only that, they're more distant from the dinosaurs than the most distant dinosaurs are from us.

Most recent dinosaurs: 65mya.

Most distant dinosaurs from us: 234-234mya

Distance between these and earliest dinosaurs: at least 266 million years.

Maths editor asleep tonight?

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

fearnothing

Re: Stats

I don't think the chance of being struck twice is the same as the square of the chance of being struck once. If it was the chance of being struck and surviving, then your maths would be right.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

fearnothing

Flanders and Swann said it 58 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJmmDkvQyc

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

fearnothing

Re: Great Idea!

On the other hand I know a bank that forbids any character stranger than a "-" in a password, will not let you use a password longer than 16 characters, but requires you to use a lowercase and uppercase letter and a number.

Don't ever expect banks to do the sensible thing.

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'You wanted Silk Road to be your legacy. And it is. Now enjoy your life behind bars'

fearnothing

The notion was balmy? I think you mean barmy... unless it was sipping a cocktail on the Copacabana.

IRT your argument, this is the American justice system we're talking about, whose understanding of rehabilitation seems to parallel a fish's understanding of bicycles.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

fearnothing

Supposing that the observable universe is, as has been theorised, a computer simulation inside a laboratory (which may itself be in another computer simulated universe), the best explanation is that one of the lab technicians messed with the starting conditions and said "ha, this'll mess with their heads".

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: "a ten million-to-one chance of occurring."

When they zoom out, it will turn out to be the first diagonal in the phrase "We apologise for the inconvenience"

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Did anyone else read the start and think 'plastic explosives'? Ending did not disappoint, but a different kind of explosion was implied. Regardless, nth-ing best BOFH for ages.

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Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

fearnothing
WTF?

Can't tell if troll or really that dumb.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

fearnothing

Re: Groundhog Day

Or, also like in the movie, he's happily doing his job until the point where he finds one of his customers has opened a portal to hell in their [fridge/webapp].

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

fearnothing
Coat

Wouldn't be so hypocritical if IRQ.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

fearnothing

Re: Word perfect article

That last one would be 'tool' rather than 'instrument' then.

Ah snap, someone already got there. Have an upvote.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

fearnothing

Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

E 2: Have an up vote. People seem to have missed your sarcasm, despite it being massively obvious.

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

fearnothing

I approve of this headline.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

fearnothing

Re: Not worth going then

"In some ways, using 'booth babes' actually demeans men as much as women."

Absolutely! As you noted it's not that men are objectified so much as that we are stereotyped as immature, grunting savages completely at the mercy of primal urges. Yes it's okay for a man to look at a woman and think of sex. And the people staring at them are less at fault than the people hiring them. But I'm not going to keep my mouth shut when someone implies it's okay to ogle and forget the negative effects.

As far as tact goes, a large part of the problem is that the culture of stereotyping men and demeaning women is built into our language habits. It's subtle, it's habitual, and kids learn it long before they see anything like porn or booth babes. If I get labelled a feminazi for trying to get people to be aware of this, then bring it on. Language shapes our thoughts and in many ways defines the thoughts we are capable of having. For that reason I'm not sorry for having addressed it in a way that looked like linguistic pedantry.

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fearnothing

Re: Not worth going then

Don't forget stuff.

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fearnothing

Re: Give the feminism a rest

And what about all the women who start to have an interest in working in tech? After slogging their way through the barrage of comments from colleagues doubting their ability because of their genitalia, the interviewers who drop blatant hints about sexual favours, and the desperate lack of role models, they finally land their first visit to a tech conference, and the weight of evidence is telling them that their gender is best suited to advertising via cleavage?

Here's a tip, talk to a few women who have been in tech for a while and get their perspective before merrily raising your flag for the status quo.

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Re: Not worth going then

I'm well aware that the use of the word 'things' was largely a figure of speech. However it was a particularly unfortunate figure of speech given the objectification inherent in the statement as a whole, hence my choice to highlight it.

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Re: Not worth going then

"At all too many trade shows, the booth babes are the only things worth looking at."

Thank you for demonstrating for us the primary reason this decision was the right one.

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

fearnothing

Bingo cards at the ready.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

fearnothing

The value of the free market is supposed to be in ensuring good products/services for customers through competition, and good value for businesses and investors through ensuring a wide range of opportunity. The USA's broadband market has neither value for customers due to lack of competition, nor good value for prospective competitors due to the initial cost of entry.

Not that I'm saying the UK is brilliant, but at least the market here isn't a rotting corpse being picked over by the hyenas.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

fearnothing

Re: 1981?

I finished A-levels in 2002, in a school that was designated a "Technology College". Although there was a computer network (some of it even on Windows XP!) you still needed to get permission if you wanted to use a computer outside of designated class time.

Class time that involved computers consisted almost entirely of learning to use Excel. Oh, and the art department had just had a £1m investment whereas the technology dept got... nothing as far as I could tell.

Some technology college, eh?

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

fearnothing

Actually the BBC Master System version, thank you very much. So much so that the controls are still as natural to me as wsad. E:D didn't do it for me.

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"The four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft..." Aaaaaaaaugh! Thargoids!

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

fearnothing

Re: Even more URL's

d) A large tusked pachyderm with flappy ears.

Why? That's irrelephant.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

fearnothing

So what's to stop Ford from registering "chrysler.sucks" ?

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

fearnothing

Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...

Bit more than that - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh–Durham, with plans for expansion. They're not AT&T or Comcast yet, but give it 5 - 10 years and they might be looking mighty close.

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

fearnothing

That's more to do with the fact that the movie industry pays for a bunch of people to sit around and reject all the ideas that aren't likely to make money hand over fist. Yes, the budget for the big movies is snowballing, but the diversity is snowball-in-hell-ing.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

fearnothing

Re: Look out MENSA

The guy who founded MENSA eventually washed his hands of the organisation. He wanted it to be a gathering of people of great ability so that they could combine their efforts for the improvement of humankind. Instead the result was, in his own words, "mental masturbation".

Tells you a lot about humans, really.

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