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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

spodula

I think your barking up the wrong tree.

If computers of the 1960's had anything like the malware audience that modern computers have, i doubt they would have performed any better security wise, and probably a lot worse. mainframes didnt have anything like the hackers going after them they do now, both for Communication (Most of them had little or no outside connectivity), and knowledge reasons. The internet has lowered the bar on IT knowledge a lot. (This is both good and bad IMHO, but probably more good)

All OSs since Windows NT have had memory management. pretty much all malware *HAS* to rely on bugs in the OS to take control because of this. This is why exploits for Linux, Mac and Windows are not generally interchangeable. All the hardware that he talks about IS included on modern chips and used.

What this article demonstrates is the author's total lack of knowledge about security, old computers and modern technology.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

spodula

"I'm wondering how agents of the US government can enter a foreign country and remove someone against their will"

Easy. What you do is go in there without telling them, grab the person and stuff him on your private plane back to the US, possibly drugged in a box. When the Country involves complains or mentions amusingly Naive concepts such as international law, you give them the finger. or if your on good terms with them, you ignore them. Its a winning strategy developed by the likes of the CIA, Mossad and the former KGB since the 50's.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

spodula

Bollocks.

There is nothing in data protection law that forces an indexer to index particular websites.

If there was, you can guarantee Googles very highly paid lawyers would have brought that up in EU case, and would preclude them removing links to file sharing sites without a court order.

If they were hosting the original data, that's a different matter, but there not. they are a search engine. I suspect your legal adviser is getting these matters confused....

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Samsung loses again: Judge awards Apple, Nokia $2m in leak-investigation fees

spodula

Well..

Usually on Samsungs side for their legal battles, but this was just self-inflicted pain. They should have just accepted they f*ked up, paid up, preferably out of some executives pay and moved on. This was just petty.

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

spodula

Google notice:

It seems that due to a typographical error a few years ago, Our motto, which was "Do no evil", has in fact been "Sue no Weevils" for last few years. We have decided this second one is better, so were keeping it and will continue acting accordingly...

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

spodula

Re: So many pins.

Triple redundancy for everything?

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

spodula

"I am quite clear that any member of the public who does not associate with potential terrorists or serious criminals or individuals who are potentially involved in actions which could raise national security issues for the UK can be assured that none of the interception agencies which I inspect has the slightest interest in examining their emails, their phone or postal communications or their use of the internet, and they do not do so to any extent which could reasonably be regarded as significant," he wrote."

So, no reassurance at all then.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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...

The Americans have been able to implement a pretty decent parody exception without too much argument. Also, we are are not the US, it is unlikely that lawyers (Or as we call them in this country, "Barristers/Solicitors"), will make huge chunks of change off it.

Wonder what happened to the format shifting (For personal use) exception we were promised?

Also, We have an "unwritten constitution" or as anyone who doesn't work in the government like to say, "we don't have a constitution." The EU has one tho, although i struggle to see how that would apply.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

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Re: No surprise

The reason this is news is that the Soyuz is generally so reliable.

Still, i seem to have missed the bit which said everyone died a horrible fiery death, which i assume from your comment actually happened. You would think from the article that they had a minor failure with the maneuvering computer...

Oh wait a sec, that's actually all that happened!

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

spodula

net neutrality.

I had explained to me Why this is a bad thing. I have heard a whole bunch of weak excuses from various trade bodies, which mostly boil down to "We cant screw over netflix". They say this will allow them to reduce prices, but prices for Broadband in the EU is relatively good anyway, and i cant see a price drop of a couple of euros being anything like worth the downside for consumers.

(That's the benefit of having competition in our markets, US take note)

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

spodula

Actually

having seen our pet Tosser Incestor in the past. I expect he will get his board members to either distribute the cash or do a share buy-back. Either of which will increase the size of his money hoard. (Of course, it will affect ebay in the long term, but he will be long gone by then).

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Carl Icahn...

Carl Ichan's absolute, sole, one interest in this is to make money for Carl Ichan at whoever's expense.

It doesn't matter that in the long run, it will cost Ebay and its investors money, or that it will cost money in the short run to do any split, because he will get his paypal shares, put them in an bucket with the Ebay ones, sell them, then go along and annoy the f*k out of someone else.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

spodula

You could also try..

"Accountability"

cos that word certainly isn't in any of their dictionaries.

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

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Re: Costs

The fab certainly helps, (and indeed Intel's fabs are about the only reason they can compete in this space), but ARM is about a third less transistors than SPARC (500,000 as opposed to 855,000), and that has an impact as well. The Design would also have an impact (In modern digital IC's, Heat is mostly produced when transistors switch, so if you have many more transistors, but only very few of them switch at any one time, that would reduce power as well, but personally i dont know about that one.

There is also a bigger base of design engineers familiar with the workings of ARM, and that is a factor as well.

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Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

spodula

Yeey!

So we british still have a leg up when it comes to empathising with alien species....

UK: "Darn, the weather is a bit off today isnt it? Fancy some tea?"

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Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

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Re: Intel

While ARM chips are lower power, Intel is catching up. and they have smaller processes and a huge engineering staff to throw at the process.

However, i suspect one of the reasons ARM is so attractive to Facebook is that you can roll your own, including rolling dedicated feature processors, SSH processors, dedicated hardware for loops that run a lot, dedicated fast comms links to backend databases (Possibly on the same board or all on one chip)

Basically, customising the chip to most efficiently run *their* workload. Thats just not something you can currently do with X86.

Raw power consumption is only really one part of the puzzle.

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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

spodula

More lols from

From the company who's hardware basically *is* the internet backbone

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Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

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Re: The disks may go, but the blocks will remain

I would disagree on that. Blocks are a convenient way of arranging sections of data managably.

Thats why they are used in disks, tapes, Memory layouts, MMUs, Video displays and so on.

After all, (simplifying), a computer is basically a state machine which fetches data from memory, performs actions on it, then stores it back. These days it does it a lot faster, they can run multiple instructions at once, a lot of IO devices have their own computers inside, and they are immensely compact, but if you explained the basics of how a modern PC worked to someone designing a digital computer in the 1950's, they would recognise most of how it works.

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Re: Science

Got a book in my collection called "Science shapes tomorrow", which is 1962 vintage. It said Commercial fusion was about 30 years away.

Wierldy enough, the BBC documentary i saw also said it was about 40 years away. What a diffference 50 years makes eh?

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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

spodula

I dont get it...

You can do this anyway, Just create the user and dont give them "Select any table", but give them privilages to play in their own schema. We do that all the time.....

You can do something similar with mysql... and i assume almost every other RDBMS.....

I suspect Oracle would prefer you didnt because you would only be paying for one oracle instance, rather than a number of them, but its perfectly ok to do it..

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

spodula

Oracle would be fantatic for secret projects..

After all, no-one has ever been able to the same figure twice out their pricing models for decades! and even their sales-droids cant figure it out.

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Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

spodula

Re: Free as a bird!

And their right to graduate.

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Judge orders probe over Samsung execs viewing secret Apple docs

spodula

Re: Sounds like a biased judge

They *are* guilty to sharing these confidential documents. They have admitted as much.

All this is doing is finding out the extent of the guilt, and unsurprisingly, the judge wants some oversight of that.

This is remarkibly sloppy by Samsung's lawyers, and could cost them a lot in the courtroom in the larger case. Which is annoying because i really want Samsung to win that.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

spodula

Actually...

Thats not a bad idea. I moved from Coffee to Tea a few years ago, and turned into much less of an asshole almost overnight. You really dont know how much the coffee affects you until after you give it up.

Of course the first week was a bitch...

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

spodula

Re: cooling

"Thats why memory sticks, which are easilly pushing 1 million transistors, rarely require extra cooling."

I mean Billion of course. Sorry.

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spodula

cooling

If most of it is cache memory, probably not that much more.

The Transistors in Microchips only use significant power when they are switching, so if they switch only rarely (In digital terms), Eg as in memory, they dont generate much heat.

Thats why memory sticks, which are easilly pushing 1 million transistors, rarely require extra cooling.

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spodula

That was common in the early computing era.

Heck, the ZX spectrum does something similar. If you put your code in the upper 32K it will run at full speed, but in the lower 16k where the video memory is, it will get interruped by the ULA on a regular basis, which among other things, will totally screw up critical timing loops.

As i found out when i tried to write a speccy speedloader back in 1988.

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

spodula

Doh!

... And now there in the news again. No doubt claiming victimisation.

Well done.

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Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time

spodula
FAIL

Re: The Halting Problem in different guises.

"The point of a sandbox is that, once inside, the program has the run of the sandbox. But if you don't let ANYTHING in the sandbox post a tweet or access the contact list, then it doesn't matter what it ASKS to do - it gets nothing back"

Thats fine unless the purpose of the app allows these things. Or the user doesnt care.

This was a news feed app. Most of them have "Retweet" buttons these days. As for the contacts button, does it have a "Send article by email" option?

You certainly couldnt stop it from accessing websites, cos as a news feed app, that would make it pointless.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

spodula

Re: Barbie girl, landing on a Barbie world

Actually, isnt one of the demonstrator worlds made by Magrothea in the original Hitchikers guide TV series purpley pink?

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Employee Motivation

No,

Just pay you for the extra time.

Or make you finish 10 minutes early so you have 10 minutes to get checked.

Or Get better detection and searching tech so it doesnt take all that time.

TBH, as far as phones are concerned, in europe, they can all be remotely locked via their IMEI numbers, so the fact they cant seem to do this with phones nicked from the store in the US seems to be a failiure of will on Apple's part.

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Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

spodula

Re: I really shouldn't do this but ...

This is a common misconception, but from experience, its not true.

I have taken some knock off chargers apart, and can tell you that a lot of them lack basic safety features such as proper seperation between HV and LV sections, Input surge protection and in some cases even basic regulation. One of the ones i took apart even had a thin layer of hot glue as the only protection between the live terminal pin and the PCB.

Never torn down a proper Apple adapter, but having seen some teardowns in other places, these are much better quality.

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US trade commish kicks off patent-troll-nixing plan

spodula

Re: Pointless?

It may however stop the troll companies pushing profits to offshore tax havens. at least if they want any bargining power in the ITC.

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NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

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Joke

Re: FAIL!

Whats more, at a quick glance, it looks like Google is most at fault. The truth only comes out when you read it properly, which a lot of people wont do! (So its not technically incorrect)

All in all, seems like towing the party line for the current administration.

(Note, I use the joke icon, but i'm not actually certain i am joking at this point)

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'Hotmail, since you changed to Outlook, you've been a massive pr**k'

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Re: Android is not a saviour

Actually, your missing a third company who are profiting from Android, Microsoft if all those patent agreements are anything to go by..

Wonder if Nokia's agreement with MS covers the MS patents? if they do, it may actually be less of a pain to do Android.

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

spodula

Yeah, but

This app accesses the archive on WOS directly so you dont have to keep the MP3;s around.

Also, WOS isnt an archive for "Abandonware", they get permission for all the stuff they make available on there.

Its a good example of doing it properly.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/permits/

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The UK's copyright landgrab: The FAQ

spodula

two points i disagree on...

That Copyright is time limited. It is effectively *not* time limited due to the constant extensions being put on it.

Although Bastard Inc could set up their own registry, someone else less of an asshole could also set up one, and a Diligent search would have to include them both.

Saying that, I feel the government should be pushing back on things like copyright extensions, (Should be 20+20 max), and properly define Fair use. This does seem more than a little silly. At most it should be a specific exclusion for Archival purposes.

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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

spodula
FAIL

What so you mean...

*Both* the people in N Korea who are allowed to see the internet may be inconvenienced.?

Wow.

So much pointlessness, so little time...

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Speedy MySQL 5.6 takes aim at NoSQL, MariaDB

spodula

Re: Backups?

Is that a recent change then? cos when i used to use mysqldump to do backups of my personal website, i remember quite happilly piping the output through gzip.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

spodula

Yeah, right.

"you use Windows as your web server" jokes officially end here..

Until next week..

Windows server has always be better for for Active directory, exchange and some Windows client related stuff, as you would expect of products that are inexorably tied together. however, other servers, have always beaten Windows server for pretty much everything else. Especailly IIS.

MS seems to have made some inroads into catching up. Then we can wait another 4 years while the rest of the world leaves MS in the dust again.

This doesnt seem to have changed a thing.

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UK armed forces could be 'fatally compromised’ by cyber attack

spodula
Mushroom

Correction

"It's particularly worrying that the best advice offered is repeatedly to simply update antivirus protection – far more sophisticated and sustained responses are needed."

It's particularly worrying that the best advice offered is repeatedly to simply update antivirus protection – far more expensive responses are needed.

There, corrected for you.

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

spodula

Re: Well done!

Ah, but i've seen the "Adventures of Kim jong un" cartoons on Youtube.

Its all a cover, He's probably been quietly farting "Friendship missiles" into orbit for years.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

spodula

Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat

Well thats not an uncommon opinion of people of his age, especially as his Fiancee was killed by a German bomb.

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

spodula

Re: Must not throw old computer kit away...

if you can find one that old, you may be able to connect an old 3.5" Fdd, (the 720K ones, NOT the 1.44Mb ones as the interface changed slightly)

Alternatively, you may want to try a null modem cable to another PC (Although serial ports are starting to become an extinct species) (I remember laplink years ago, do they still make that?)

I seem to remember i managed to get Minix on to a 1640 not too many years ago, Cant remember how i did it though. I suspect i may have put the hard drive card into a 486 that was obsolete enough to still have 16 bit slots and with a bios still able to understand 8 bit hard drive controllers.

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Martian atmosphere pristine, totally free of fart gas, reports Curiosity

spodula
Happy

Re: Is there something in the coffee?

Leave the cup for a few days and see :-)

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

spodula

But what about..

3D monster maze, originaly written for the zx81 in 1981!

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

spodula

Re: will have destroyed the embryos too.

I'm sure you would be surprised at the amount of places, especially small businesses, who have had to learn this the hard way.

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Uh-oh! Kim Dotcom is back with a brand new Megaupload site

spodula

Re: Far enough the USA were Tards

Its also worth noting that the MP3's in question could have been legally ripped. from his own collection. Unlike in Blighty, this is legal in the US.

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spodula

Re: seems reasonable

"Standing by and helping people break the law is generally considered illegal, in most cases." ***

*** unless you work in politics or banking.

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