* Posts by moiety

1924 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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Re: Embassies in datacenters

Better yet, just import a metre of Russian soil and stand your server on that.

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Technically, I, the site operator, would be breaking the law unless I either

1) Ban russians

2) Rent some server space in Russia to shunt those details to

...neither of which I have any intention of doing. An interesting question is who, exactly will be liable....would it be me the technician who would be doing the actual law-breaking bit or would it be the company that owns the website? Probably the people to go after would be the company, as they're usually the ones with money.

There's no mention in the article of how the Russians intend to enforce this...can't see how they can, really. All they can do is block the site off; but that's easily got round by playing the piratebay whack-a-mole game, if Russian business is that important to a site. They can demand fines; but that's just going to get them laughed at.

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A bit of a pain - as soon as a Russian signs onto your site, you're breaking the law. Ah well.

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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

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Re: @ GrumpenKraut

" I am sure that you will find that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, justice, kindness, charity, love and worshiping one God."

Actually, no. Christians get a pass if they cough up a tax and change their shorts; but unbelievers are apparently to be shot on sight. I'm totally up for living in harmony and all that..."I do not necessarily agree with what you say; but will defend to the extent of light bruising your right to say it" but a group that would deny my right to exist can just go and fuck themselves.

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Re: Glorifying killing

Considering that ISIS wants everyone who doesn't subscribe to their particular flavour of Kool-Aid dead makes it sort of hard to summon up much sympathy.

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The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

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Re: It depends...

How about if you're using TOR to buy software in dollars, to avoid paying exactly the same number in Euros or Sterling if the site detects you're from Europe/UK.

£99.99 for Brits

€99.99 for Europeans

$99.99 for Americans.

I hate that shit. It's not only rude, it's going on the assumption that Brits and Europeans are too stupid to notice they're being bilked.

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Re: @Twilkins - yup, me too...

Alternative for silver:

http://www.thelightphone.com/

...except it's easily lost.

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Re: @Twilkins - yup, me too...

Redphone isn't on fdroid. This may also prove interesting if you're thinking like that:

https://guardianproject.info/apps

...and also for those apps that are only on Google Play here's a downloader that doesn't need a Google account:

http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/

...of course, you'll have to manually check and install updates, as well as ticking the side-load box while installing; but if you want to minimise Google exposure wile still having the toys then this is a good way round it. Check the hashes of the file you download, obviously.

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Re: I imagine...

Because it's shiny.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Good summary.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: Ban the sale of Windows 10 in Switzerland?

"To be honest, I would not disagree with that position but if they go that route they ought to be consistent and ban the use of Gmail for business at the same time"

Agreed. Gmail compromises not only the company and the clients; but anyone who attempts to contact them.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: @Roger

Audacity! I've had problems remembering that one too! The way I solve it is to have a bunch of rough categories off the start menu (graphics, multimedia, system, office, games, web etc.) and then plonk the programs into the appropriate one (just the program shortcut - I delete all the doc and uninstall links). Keeps everything tidy and easy to find.

If you put an underscore in front of the category name (_system) and arrange things alphabetically then your categories stay at the top and all the recent installs you haven't got round to yet are underneath. The same applies, by the way, to folder names...put an underscore on the one you're working on so it floats to the top and it saves quite a lot of time. Delete the underscore when you're done

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"The question of why the public accepted a substantial user interface change in Windows 95, but not in Windows 8, would make a nice topic for someone to research."

Easy answer for me personally - W95 worked. And it was a huuuuuuge improvement on W3.11 Not sure how universal this is; but I can remember where a program is, but not necessarily what it's called; which -according to my personal theory- is why there has been such an almighty bitching over the start menu.

Windows 8 failed in particular because it largely ignored existing desktop users to try and accomodate tablet/touchscreens. Making everything harder for your existing customers in order to try and attract new ones just isn't the way to make friends. Adding lots of features for hardware people haven't got at the expense of functionality is just going to piss people off.

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Ashley Madison hack – Tory MP Green denies registering account

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Already bored of the "it was hackers wot done it" knee-jerk reflex.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Jane Goodall keeps liking all the pictures I put up. *sigh*

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

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Re: Time for universities to say enough is enough

Must admit, that was concerning me too. Building a site to disseminate academic papers would be easy and inexpensive.

Apart from the publishers, I fail to see what anyone is getting out of it.

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

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Sony and W10. A perfect storm of nope. Possibly they can bundle it with a security suite from Ashley Madison.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: Sorry I call bollocks

If mumsnet just hashed the passwords using a vulnerable hash with no salt, the attackers could have run the passwords through a rainbow table before release.

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Boffins nail 2FA with 'ambient sound' login for the lazy

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Re: This from a security team!!?

Must admit that when I think of security; throwing remote control of microphones on two devices to a remote party wouldn't be first on the list.

Being a lazy bastard, I can see the appeal; but would never seriously consider it to actually use.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: moralism and the bubblewrap generation

Don't know if there's be enough time for the handshake and transferring a file, even if you optimised the hell out of the image. Plus trains are metal boxes; which isn't going to help. Probably worth trying though - Goatse-ing Apple users from London to Edinburgh is a project well worth a bit of effort.

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Re: moralism and the bubblewrap generation

The "within bluetooth range" would be the distressing bit, I suspect.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

It's the shooting part that has the rest of us worried...

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

"Stealing? Really, do explain..."

Might be a reference to some marketing bod a few months ago who equated not sitting there religiously watching adverts on advert-supported TV with theft of services.

The general consensus in the comments -IIRC- was that he was an entitled twat who could go fuck himself.

Can't remember the details, but he was a high-flyer with some TV company...Sky maybe?

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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Re: vodka only

Got nothing against the people of Russia. The administration could do with sorting their shit out though.

Just as an aside - it's been a few years since the shrooming days. Has anyone managed to breed a variety that don't taste like old slippers yet?

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Good information is how you deal with a drug problem. And possibly not tanking your economy by stealth-invading a neighbouring country; thus inviting sanctions and creating the conditions for a drug problem to get really big.

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Kaspersky Lab denies tricking AV rivals into nuking harmless files

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Re: I'm not buying this..

This whole thing whiffs a bit. Unknown original player? There's lots of reasons to get people to turn their antivirus off. Ex-employees with presumably some disgruntlement. Kasperski certainly would benefit by doing this, but so would lots of other people...even an own-goal against your own company if you could point the finger afterwards.

I'm just not going to believe a syllable anyone says, I think.

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John McAfee launches cert authority but it's got a POODLE problem

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"BlackCert will offer unlimited use of SSL certificates for basement prices"

Base certificate $60 compared to Namecheap's $9 basic cert

Multi-domain $140 compared to Namecheap's "$29.88

Clearly a new definition of basement prices that I was previously unaware of. Don't know how much the free poodle is worth.

NOTE: I'm not shilling for Namecheap and am not making a penny for saying nice things about them. I (and clients) have been happy customer/s for over a decade now with pretty well no problems. It's (so far) safe to type in domains you're thinking about without them being snatched; they don't bury the stuff you need behind crap trying to sell you things you don't need; and their support is very good. How things should be, but so infrequently are.

The only glitch for me of late is incomplete support for .com.au domains - you can buy them and run them; but can't transfer .com.au domains in.

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Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

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Problem with security is that it stops people doing what they want to do. To the bosses, you are "that paranoid arsehole who is always trying to spoil our fun". Anything approaching decent security involves sacrifice and changing ways of doing things; which a great many people are not prepared to do. They want the shiny toys; the IoT; the voice-activated personal assistants; and either don't know or don't care what the price is. And by the time the bill presents itself, it's too late.

You can try to head off the worst of it; but there's just too many flaws; too many ways in. So to others you're the guy who is constantly carping about things that haven't happened yet.

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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Re: moiety

Thank you.

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50,000 times the mass. What's the diameter?

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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Re: I'm Mullah-levels of mad

I'm not particularly mad - it's just the biggest dick move so far by a company famous for them. I have advised all my clients not to go near W10. Here in Spain the government is getting very picky about client data, and is throwing some large fines about (including a jihad against contact forms, for some reason, but that's still better than Cameon's "ban encryption" guff). Using W10 here runs a very real risk of bankruptcy-level fines if you do any client data stuff.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: Will someone...

Go on. You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it...

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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On a related note, it's all down to entropy, right? So if we all collectively have a tidy up, can we pospone the inevitable end of everything for a couple of billion years?

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We can just turn it off and on again.

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Opera Software asks fat lady to stay shtum for a bit, but keep humming

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Re: says

Sweet. Thanks for that, I shall give it a spin.

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Re: says

Amen to that. I just wish they'd get on with the plugin bit so you can add NoScript and Ghostery and use it for everyday.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Re: "Security will have kept up with the hackers"

Amazon is not as up on security as you? Really?

Do Amazon have an air-gap and a pointy bit of rebar? I think not.

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Even the most paranoid security officer must surely find it hard to complain about using an Internet-based system to control your internet browsing.

Wow. Just wow. So you're letting some remote git access to all your data (in order to control it you have to be able to -at some level- analyse it) and then control your internet access. I think you'll find that even the most blithe, happy-go-lucky trusting (if such there be) security officer will be able to identify some problems there.

"Security will have kept up with the hackers"

Have you ever read The Register?

Surely, though, the people who say they won't be using the cloud in the future are forgetting that what you can do with it is likely to change radically in the next 24 months.

Doesn't matter; the underlying principles are still going to be the same. Moving 1 app to the cloud turns your attack surface from one perimeter, to two perimeters (one managed by a remote team who will be largely unknown to you) and a pipe between them.

they're thinking: “Hell, I've got so much to do now, and so much on my roadmap for the next 24 months, that I can't even think about cloud as well”

...or they might equally be thinking "fuck the cloud and all it stands for"

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Didn't try Sulphuric/other variety of acid? It'd be relatively easy to completely flood the platter space remotely. No idea how effective it would be.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: trust the maths...

"Unhackable" is a bold claim. Somewhat optimistic, if you ask me.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: What are you thinking?

Fair point. Duly withdrawn.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: EU Roaming

@AC - Not tried this myself so can't verify it personally but...

http://www.chatsim.com/en/chatsim

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