* Posts by moiety

1498 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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Re: @moiety

And I don't like Opera 12. 9-point-something was the last one that actually did what I wanted from a browser. Tools for browsing the internet instead of being a tool on the internet.

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Ditto with the Opera 12. Looks like Vivaldi'll be worth giving a serious spin when there's extension support (specifically Ghostery, AdBlock and NoScript)

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

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Article upvote.

What weak spot of the DNS system are we talking about here? Enquiring minds want to know.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: Blair's Chief Henchman

I think that you may be a little too terrorised there, Bloodbeastterror. The Robin Hood guy said "I am going to blow up the airport". A clear statement of intent. Now it was obviously a joke to all but a few of the more gullible lower primates and at least one judge; but it was a statement of intent nevertheless.

AC's comment wasn't that; nor could it be said that it was specific enough to be an incitement to riot.

That's not to say that some caution shouldn't be exercised. For example; when I was recently discussing assaulting Teresa May and Cameron with fish, I was very careful to phrase it that it makes me feel like going over there with a fish you can get a good swing with. Which it absolutely does; but there is a marked difference between the emotions caused in me every time they open their stupid, stupid faces and a physical act. So "I am going to" statements should be applied with caution, but I believe that we're still free to point out that our leaders are clueless dipsticks who are unfit to be making any IT-related decisions.

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I thought these weasel-licking dickbags were supposed to be on our side.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Re: direct call

Secure line? Isn't that what they want to make illegal?

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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You wish Schmidt. Ain't going to be happening round here anytime soon.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Are there less clicks to fire up a program than XP or Win7? Or more?

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

They do have the originating IP, so they could try and track that back. Also they have the link to the false police page (probably on a hacked site, but they could at least inform the site-owner and change that page so other people aren't suckered).

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Gravity

This was the last film that made me actually angry. Specifically, the bit where Sandra Bullock has a toehold on some cables attached to the space station and she's holding onto George Clooney. All she had to do was slowly contract her body and they would both have drifted to the station and been able to grab onto something.

And yet.

In the film George Clooney is being pulled away from the station by a force that is at right-angles to anything we know. When Sandra lets go, that same mysterious force sends George whistling off into the darkness. Considering the film is called Gravity, you would have thought that somebody would have looked up what that is at some point.

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Re: Hmmmm...

"You, my room. You, my room in 10 minutes. Bring a friend"

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"Cut his heart out, with a spoon".

"Why a spoon?"

"Because it'll hurt more you idiot"

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: blackphone?

I did consider that, but budget won't allow for it. So I went with a Chinese landfill phone. Some good starting points on the Blackphone site though; thanks.

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Re: Overkill?

Numbers seem to vary...the highest number I've seen claimed is this here, that claims the (perfect vision, good lighting etc.) human eye can discern anything bigger than 0.3 arc-minute (that's 0.005 of a degree if my maths are working); which would work out at 530ppi for a screen held 20 inches away from the eye.

Now that was for prints, so it's entirely possible that the number can be higher for screens; which emit light, so the points should be easier to detect.

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Totally unrelated to the article - Has anyone got any good places to start for locking down an Android phone? Ideally without going near Google Play and having it all sorted before it starts broadcasting anything? Am just about to (grudgingly) join the 21st century...

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Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality

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Re: Whenever someone is for Net Neutrality

I normally find your posts pretty sensible; but I'm having problems following your logic here. Yeah sure, my lefty whale-hugging, tree-licking side (<-- am I doing that bit right?) wants a level playing field for all and fairness; but my right-wing, me-centric, sod-everybody-else side just plain doesn't want my packets interfered with.

I can't see any way it can end up except for either a shoddier service for most; or higher prices for the same thing. Possibly both. I can't see any way that adding an extra layer of haggling and middlemen between the machine serving me my packets and me can possibly end well.

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High-bandwidth service providers have just realised that they are the first to be screwed with traffic-shaping.

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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

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Re: Interesting precedent

"So if wikileaks was convicted of something in the US the govt could seize the domain?"

I seem to recall a couple of foreign (to the US) gambling site domains being seized

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Re: Gotta love

It's a real pity they didn't do more...if it had happened today, we could've kickstartered the hell out of it.

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Take my love

Take my land

Take me where I cannot stand:

I don't care

I'm still free

You can't take the skies from me.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Conspiracy theory

...for that matter, how do we know it wasn't the NSA themselves? Encryption makes their jobs harder (my heart fucking bleeds). So how better to address that than a high-profile hack (giving an excuse to crack down on the technically literate) followed by an inexpensive atrocity (to get the public in an accepting mood to have their civil liberties dry-arse-fucked yet again)?

Blaming the norks is perfect because they can be guaranteed to spout enough mixed threats and denials to keep it all in the papers for weeks. And when that all starts to fade a bit, cue the atrocity...

EDIT: Ha! PNGuinn, you beat me to it.

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So no new evidence then. The 'key evidence' that I've seen is a list of proxy IP addresses; all of which were published. So it could have been absolutely anyone. They might claim that using a particular bunch of IP addresses as a suite would 'fingerprint' the aggressors; but it reality it could still have been anyone...the suite of IP addresses being used by random chance or someone looking to frame the norks is at least as likely.

So this latest 'evidence' is a hearsay claim that the NSA had pwned the norks years earlier. On the face of it, this is reasonable, as eavesdropping on nuke-armed nutters is more or less what the NSA is for. Given a network as small as the norks I would suppose that they might well be able to point out the building the signals emanated from. But that's supposition and -given the evidence and effectiveness displayed- there is no reason to believe that the NSA could find the norks on a map, with 3 tries and a geographer standing by.

So with all the grillion$ of dollars to throw at things; laws bent; and lots of staff the NSA can only be wise in hindsight? Well shit, as a commentard I can be wise in hindsight for free, and nobody has to get their liberties fucked over in the process.

If they were monitoring, they failed. If they weren't monitoring they failed. Nobody believes a syllable they say anyway...for such a high-falutin' think tank; they don't seem to realise just how much of a hit their credibility has taken. Saying "it's OK, the NSA had it under control, but it's all operational so we can't tell you about it" just ain't good enough.

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Twitter complies with Turkey's 'national security' blackout demand – BLOCKS newspaper's tweets

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If I could see ISIS from my back garden, some guns and ammo would be humanitarian aid.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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@David L Webb - I find that advice a little dubious, myself. For a start you may not know what the charges are and the police may use the time between the arrest and charging you for a fishing trip. I'm not entirely sure that I believe that not saying anything would lower your credibility with a jury...from the POV of an arrestee mistrust of the police is the rational course of action; whether you're guilty or not. There is nothing to be gained and a great deal to lose by rabbiting away.

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Re: I'm not sitting through

If you have 'reasonable suspicion' then the arrest is going to happen anyway., Guilty or innocent, the best policy is to stay silent. Once an arrest happens it becomes a word game. Anything you say gives the police a bigger attack surface for their lawyers to twist the meaning of to suit whatever their version of the issue at hand is (plus whatever else they can get to stick).

I was once naive enough to take the "let's reason together and sort things out" approach; and it was counter-productive. To say the least.

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This research isn't especially new: The Reid technique has been attracting criticism for years for exactly these reasons.

Best thing you can do is to say nothing and insist on a lawyer. Say. Nothing.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Bitcoin? Not much of a prophet margin there......

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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A 45deg landing angle would wreck anything capable (currently) of getting into space. Good luck next time.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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Bit of an unkind simile there. And you are allowed to own a tank. There is also not much similarity between being able to chat in private and a 30 ton machine designed to kill people.

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Now the question I'm asking is how does that stand with the public stance of "hacking is terrorism" and "encryption will be illegal in the unlikely event that I have my way"?

Seems a little hypocritical.

And if we're talking in sheer military terms then banning your population from accessing a technology just means that your population is going to get completely fucking owned by everyone else in that field in short order.

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Re: British tea distributors...

I believe it is correct etiquette to subscribe the opposing team to as many gay porn mailing lists as you can find.

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Re: British tea distributors...

...and the US will have several million pizzas delivered to customs: "Some bloke called Obama ordered them...said there's a party or something"

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BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA

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Should you not be concentrating on driving when you're operating a tonne+ of metal at speed?

I can think of circumstances when knowing -say- what food is available in the next few miles would come in handy; but it should absolutely, definitely and positively be a pull from the driver (after they have got safely into a lay-by or (let's be honest) a straight bit without too much traffic) and not a push from advertising companies. Otherwise it's dangerous and will kill people sooner or later.

Also, the data belongs to the car owner. It is very important to remember this.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Dear Mr Cameron @AC

Nah, relax - Cameron could simply legislate the bullets away.

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Re: I can't wait until Cameron bans Cryptography

Make sure you surf for some face-sitting porn while you're using his IP address. Also some weapons specs and military training methods.

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....then if we use 'RIAA maths' we could buy the entire universe for cash the day after the settlement and still have enough left for a kebab on the way home.

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A thought occurs - the UK has been taking Big Media's cash for a while now, and among the stupid laws there ought to be something we can use. Do you reckon we could jointly (all 60m of us) sue the gov. for unauthorised use of our intellectual property?

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I think that the pie-faced prong-pulling pillock has pretty well shot down his chances of being re-elected.

This can't possibly get passed into law because it will break the infrastructure for everyone. It wouldn't do any good because there are a billion ways of surreptitiously passing messages.

Also, people need a 'safe space' to stay psychologically healthy.

Finally, who do these cheeky twats think they are? My email belongs jointly to me and whoever I send it to. It does not -and I can't stress this enough- belong to the government, spook agencies, or anyone else. Attempts to take it by force is rape of a sort and I, at least, intend to resist.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: Good I say.

I disagree Keef. Your theory assumes that common sense will prevail...a brief glimpse at history should tell you that there is no upper limit to stupid until we're all dead.

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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Too little, too late.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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Re: Google blocked me from buying an 80p App until I gave them a copy of my passport.

They also break stuff if you don't play along. Creating an account with Google Play tags that machine to whatever data they can extract from you. I have an Andoid tablet that has never been near Google play and a lot of Google stuff (notably YouTube) is broken on it. Fair enough in a sense...I'm not playing along so why should they be nice to me; but the fact that they put the effort into breaking stuff seems a bit wanky to me.

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Re: Yes.

Fair enough. There are a few dodgy registrars around; including some that register names you're thinking of buying so they can clip you on the price. Like I say, never had a problem with Namecheap that wasn't caused by me being gormless. I also use Crazydomains for Australian stuff, again with no problems so far (their online tools are a little more basic than Namecheap, but everything you need is there). Nominet are a bit sketchy...their site only displays controls that you never want to use and I find it really difficult to do things that you do want to do.

Just some general tactical advice: I find it better to keep domains and hosting separate because you're *far* more likely to get into a dispute with your webhosts than your registrar. If your domains are separate, you just re-point the nameservers and you can be back in business somewhere else within hours; whereas if you have to extract the domains from a webhost the whole process is more complicated and time-consuming. Just a general tip.

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Re: Yes.

Which registrar was it? I use Namecheap, personally and for most of my clients and have been happy with them for more than a decade. Also their support is petty good.

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Re: Google surveillance

I don't use Google Analytics on any of my sites and I block it for my personal browsing. Your point AC?

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They'll be hoovering data at the domain level. That's a 'nope' from me.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Dave is a terrorist, and should be locked up forthwith.

You'll like this....the Terrorism Act 2000 defines a terrorist as:

1 Terrorism: interpretation.

(1) In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where—

(a) the action falls within subsection (2),

(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government [F1or an international governmental organisation]F1 or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and

(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious [F2, racial]F2 or ideological cause.

(2) Action falls within this subsection if it—

(a) involves serious violence against a person,

(b) involves serious damage to property,

(c) endangers a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action,

(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, or

(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.

So Dave is a terrorist by all 3 definitions in section 1; and 3 out of 5 of the section 2 definitions.

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Fuck you Dave, you moon-faced twat.

That was the short answer...the slightly longer one:

No SSL = no internet trading (or a *MASSIVE* increase in losses by MITM attacks, take your pick).

No encrypted storage = no country in the world will do business with the UK as it would be breaking their data protection laws.

No encryption = no banking.

If he's pledged that if he gets in then the answer is simple...he doesn't get in. He has just proved himself incompetent to have any say in anything relating to IT.

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Android users are massive wan … er … smut consumers

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Dammit! Should have got "beaten off stiff competition" in there somewhere.

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Good to see the UK winning at something. OK the US came first (hur hur hur), but given the population sizes, it's a pretty impressive showing by our team. Keep it up!

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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I wasn't specifically thinking of that sketch; but it is, of course, impossible to plot any sort of fish-based assault without it coming to mind. I went with the imagery because it's fun and also -as dan1980 pointed out- that's what it feels like she's doing to us.

Also, it occurs, that you could alter the fish according to the utter fatuousness of the policy. Maybe some hefty pilchards for a light offence and a solid trouting for a big gaffe. I even thought of a 'verbal warning' version where you show a puffer-fish a picture of a predator just before impact. The victim, anticipating a mid-level carping would be delightfully surprised when the fish gently bounced from their face with a 'poink' sound. No idea if it'd work.

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