* Posts by g00se

39 posts • joined 26 Oct 2009

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

g00se
FAIL

Too much

Too much white, too much black. Way too stark. Who told you that grey is bad?

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DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

g00se
FAIL

ALL Android is pre-pwned - because it's not open. In what way is it pre-pwned? Well you don't know, do you?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

g00se
FAIL

Re: freeware?

What's the point of extolling the virtue of ClamTK to then say at the end of the write up " there’s no reason to have this on your system running in the background." ??

Well the reason will be that it's a Freudian slip. ClamAV must qualify as one of the lamest AV apps. I've tried it many times since there's no doubt it's potentially convenient to able to boot a Windows box into Linux and use Clam on it. When i've tried it with known malware (consensus among heavy hitters on virustotal.com) i think it's almost always thrown up false negatives. Use it at your peril

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

g00se
Linux

A very tight and scholarly essay

http://judecnelson.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/systemd-biggest-fallacies.html

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Shove over, 2FA: Authentication upstart pushes quirky login tech

g00se

Re: Oops

Don't think so (2FA == Two Factor Authentication)

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g00se
FAIL

Oops

He's probably already instructing minions to prepare for possible purchase of 2FA.

I meant purchase of LiveEnsure

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g00se
Black Helicopters

Intrusiveness++

Looks like a very good way of justifying the collection of personal data at a depth that would be orders of magnitude greater than that collected by the likes of Zuck and co. He's probably already instructing minions to prepare for possible purchase of 2FA.

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Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget

g00se

Re: wtf is a boilerplate response?

How about something like "It's not that serious folks" ?

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

g00se
FAIL

Re: Well lets name them....

The 'them' we need to name is actually Adobe (and often Java)

It's not 'ads' but their buggy bloatware that's to blame. Perhaps they should be footing the ransom bills as the price for maintaining a de facto monopoly on browser-based video?

http://www.proofpoint.com/threatinsight/posts/malware-in-ad-networks-infects-visitors-and-jeopardizes-brands.php

Using Adobe Flash, the malvertisements silently “pull in” malicious exploits from the FlashPack Exploit Kit. The exploits attack a vulnerability in the end-users’ browser and install CryptoWall 2.0 on end-users’ computer

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

g00se
Joke

Re: VB for children?

Who else?

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Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

g00se
FAIL

Yeah right

And the same people who are stupid enough to lose it really can be trusted to encrypt it properly, can't they?

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

g00se
Joke

Re: Borland's OWL was a much sensible approach than MFC

OWL was a bit worse than Delphi's framework (don't remember the name right now)

That would be the Visual Component Library (VCL) perhaps?

It it just me or is the general tone of this article (despite details stated to the contrary) along the lines of "Meet Charles Petzold - the man who reverse-engineered the Windows API"?

Or even ...

Windows 1.0 had tiled windows and I had a paragraph in my first chapter explaining why tiled windows were better than overlapping windows.

"Charles Petzold vindicates Windows 8"

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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FAIL

Why?

It makes sense when you consider that Cisco's most recent security audit report found that 91 per cent of all web-based exploits in 2013 took advantage of Java vulnerabilities.

Errr ... as long as the OS on which it's running is ... (fill in appropriately)

I for one would welcome comments from authors of plugins for said OS as to why they could be difficult to secure

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Thumb Up

Denholm would like it

Spacestar ordering success story number three.

My tattoo got infected, so they've had to cut off my arm! I am getting a robot hand!

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

g00se
WTF?

Local management

"The protocol HTTP is required for remote management .."

And local management is commonly done how exactly? Telnet?

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

g00se
Joke

Re: I'm sure they know what they're doing

Will you have to listen to an ad before your call is connected?

No need - they're NSA-funded

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'Father of Zeus' banking trojan appears at very reasonable price

g00se
WTF?

Researchers have not reverse [sic] Kronos to determine its capabilities.

Why? Not important enough to be arsed?

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

g00se
Linux

Win rdp server support

>>If you're just talking about your toy computers at home...

Well _any_ machine running Windows is more or less of a toy IMO, but as it happens, i was talking about other people's (more) toylike domestic machines

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g00se
Linux

Win rdp server support

>>WinXP does/did.

Only XP Pro afaik

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g00se
Linux

rdesktop

>>What's wrong with "rdesktop", with or without a GUI?

You must move in exalted circles. The vast majority of Windows OS installs don't support rdp-as-server

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g00se
Linux

What's new?

I've had Chrome Remote Desktop on my Linux boxes for months now, so I'm wondering what's changed?

I decided I'd allow the de facto man-in-the-middle spying by the G man to make it easier to set up remoting to a Windows box as server. Problem was that it was pointless - last I looked it didn't support UAC so as soon as you had to do anything privileged, it was game over. Did they fix that?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

g00se
Linux

Give it away

>>the Binux trolls couldn't resist trying to push their favourite operating system, an OS they can't give away<<

Tell you what, why don't YOU agree to give away every device in your possession that runs Linux? The sysadmins can take them with them on their project.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

g00se

XP->Win 7 not usually an option on same hardware

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It does not make sense to migrate a desktop system running XP into windows 7-8. For windows 7-8 you need a hardware upgrade with more memory, more cores, better graphics card bigger hard drive etc

<<

Indeed, so what IS happening to the old hardware? Maybe Simon Sharwood can tell us?

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

g00se
Go

goto is goto keyword of sloppy coders (potentially)

@ Paul J Turner

>>What's the difference?<<

The difference is that one goto was produced by a human and the other goto/jump was produced by a machine. The latter doesn't make mistakes.

goto is deprecated not because it's inherently bad but because it can encourage sloppy spaghetti code

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

g00se
Linux

How can you have a secure phone when you know nothing about its hardware?

Better to start with something like this maybe?

http://www.openmoko.com/freerunner.html

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

g00se
Linux

Open?

>>Just take Chrome off and put Linux on. Gets rid of all the google spyware.

Just take ChromeOS off and put a different Linux on. Gets rid of all the Google spyware thats software-based

ftfy

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Oracle slaps critical patch on insecure Java

g00se
WTF?

Untrusted?

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The majority of these exploits apply to client Java deployments, and can only be exploited through untrusted Java Web Start applications, and untrusted applets.

>>

Hmm. So that means *trusted* code can't use the vulns? That sounds counter-intuitive to say the least. What's more, Web Start apps and applets ordinarily can only become trusted by the user allowing them to run.

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

g00se
Linux

Rootable?

Are they rootable? Is IT rootable? If so, (i suppose depending on connectivity) i'm sure that would massively increase the interest value for us geeks

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Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel

g00se
Linux

>>It uses a mixture of hardware and software lockdowns to keep out malware

For "to keep out malware", can we read "to keep the buyer from owning it"?

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Study shows half of all websites use jQuery

g00se
Headmaster

How it works

"The jQuery open source JavaScript development library is now running on 50 per cent of all websites"

No it isn't. It isn't running on ANY website. JavaScript runs in the browser, but can access stuff server side sometimes. Pedantry? Maybe, but perhaps it's better to foster a proper picture of how JavaScript works ;)

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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@Lee Dowling

"It acknowledges packets on the wire (electrically) and then loses them into the void somewhere inside the firmware. "

Would that be firmware that is closed source by any chance? Either way, I find it strange that such a project has seen fit to accept the provision of closed source blobs.

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Banking Trojan hijacks live chat to run real-time fraud

g00se
FAIL

>>Shylock uses a battery of tricks to escape detection by anti-virus scanners

But would possibly be detected by a little pattern matching against a Gutenberg edition of the works of one W. Shakespeare?

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Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX touchscreen notebook

g00se

@Steven Knox

Which distro to pick is of course a concern but that's a separate issue. El Reg needs to come up with a policy on that

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g00se
FAIL

No mention of Linux

Surely it's not too much trouble to throw in a Live disk and tell us how this hardware fares with the Linux distro in question?

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Software engineer demands source of his speeding collar

g00se

Felching

Perhaps if this trend of self-defensive demands for source code continues it might be useful to employ the term 'felching' in this, er... cleaner context?

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Most resistance to 'Aurora' hack attacks futile, says report

g00se
FAIL

No root login welcome

>>Windows machines for the vast majority of users should only be run in unprivileged mode, the authors also recommend<<

Best practice in Unix is to disallow root login. Is this even possible in Windows?

Of course, for most of its lifespan, root login has been the ahem... default in Windows and still is, though UAC has been shoehorned in at the last moment

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Mozilla lights fire under Thunderbird

g00se

IMAP problems

Switch to BT as your ISP Stuart - they don't support IMAP for non-business customers - problem solved ;-)

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g00se

Stagnant protocol

Maybe stagnation of the app is a reflection of the stagnation of the protocols. Perhaps they should be looking at implementing different ones and simultaneously asserting an alternative nexus of control to the Benign Empire?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Wave_Federation_Protocol

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Dell unveils exclusive Microsoft-branded Ubuntu OS

g00se

Wine

>>Technically correct, you can't run MS Office under it<<

Not even that is

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