* Posts by mhenriday

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

mhenriday
Boffin

Once a Reg man, always a Reg man

And I'd certainly never expect one such to be able to read the glyphs 停止, for «Stop», but even for a Reg man, that red square on the proper button should have been a giveaway. Besides, if, as he should, he had accepted his lack of technical expertise in this particular situation, he could simply have used the toilet bowl as a toilet bowl and refrained from punching any buttons....

Imagine the difficulties he would have experienced if, like your humble interlocutor, he had come to Japan in the early 1960s, when toilets were a hole in the floor lined with porcelain, and one was expected to squat to perform one's excretory functions. At that time, as I remember it, about the only generally available sit toilets in Tokyo were to be found in the Imperial Hotel....

Henri

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The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

mhenriday
Boffin

The recent high-profile hacks of the Democratic Party's email servers ...

«and the inability to pin the attack squarely on the Russian government was one example» Seems to me that the wording here shows an attempt to find evidence for a certain predetermined conclusion, rather then to examine the evidence in order to come to a conclusion. Quelle surprise !...

Henri

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: His concerns are valid

«In any case with that load of shysters, getting 'em to play fair is like spending your whole regulatory career trying to shovel runny sh1t uphill on a hot day.» And back in old Corinth, Sisyphos had it easy....

Henri

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Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves

mhenriday
Boffin

Bien sûr !

«Volexity said that it believes the messages were sent by the APT29 hacking crew, which is thought to be run by, or in close conjunction with, Russian state-sponsored hackers.» But of course - everybody knows that the Russkies are responsible for all the evil in this world - unless, that is, those dastardly Chinese get there first !...

Henri

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

mhenriday
Pint

I promise

After seeing that CERN image,I promise never ever to complain about the rat's nest of cables behind my computers again....

Henri

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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

mhenriday
FAIL

Thanks, Gareth ;

you've upheld the Reg's spotless reputation for unbiased «journalism». An epic Fail and no mistake....

Henri

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Supercomputers crack Saturn's ice-cold ring

mhenriday
Boffin

Pluto-sized rocks ?

«large numbers of Pluto-sized rocks from the Kuiper Belt encircling the Solar System fell towards the Sun and smashed into planets on their the way in.

Many of the craters we see on the Moon are the result of this bombardment, for example.»

I suggest that in the event «[m]any of the craters we see on the Moon» were really the result of a bombardment by «Pluto-sized rocks» - i e, bodies with a diameter of some 2370 km (the Moon's diameter is approx 3474 km) the Moon would look very different from the way it does today....

Henri

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

mhenriday
Boffin

A tourist brochure for Reggio d'Emilia ?

«Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt» Strikes me rather as more like a pilgrimage to Canossa, with a modicum of spin from the PR department....

Henri

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

mhenriday
Boffin

Is she says the Rooskies did it ...

«“The Russians hack the information and Wikileaks is involved,” she said. “We have never been in a situation where an adversary is working so hard to influence the outcome of an election.”» And as we all know, Ms Clinton, in addition to being an expert on foreign policy - take Libya as an example of her statecraft - is equally expert in the field of data security and hacking. So if she says the Rooskies did it (with the help of that horrible WikiLeaks), Roma locuta, causa finita....

Can't wait for her to pay them back by dropping a few bombs on Moscow - and one, of course, on the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (faulty maps, you know, just like in Beograd back in 1999 - if memory doesn't fail, there was another Clinton involved in that escapade)....

Henri

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

mhenriday
Boffin

Clarity, above all !

«Asked by The Register to provide further information about how the DHS reached this conclusion, DHS spokesperson Scott McConnell declined to elaborate, referring back to the issued statement.

The DHS and DNI caution that they are not now in a position to attribute attacks directed at election-related systems to the Russian government, despite the agencies' claim that most of those attacks have come from servers operated by a Russian company.»

That settles it then - we know those dastardly Rooskies did it, but we can't attribute it to anybody. Thank you, Ms Clinton, for enlightening us....

Henri

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WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

mhenriday
Boffin

«Has Assange just trolled us all ?»

Odd that Ms Hall chooses to ask this question, but fails to provide readers with a link which might possible help them reach a conclusion on their own. Almost as if she (and El Reg have a line about Mr Assange that they wish to drive. Who'd have thought it ?...

Henri

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

mhenriday
Unhappy

«Accomodating» is the word

«“My opinion is that UK businesses will continue to enjoy a good latitude and freedom to transfer data to the US after Brexit,” [lawyer Ashley] Winton said, arguing that the UK ICO has always been accommodating when it comes to data transfer issues.»

Quelle surprise !...

Henri

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

mhenriday
Holmes

On the other hand,

Tail Gunner 2.0 - one Rafael Edward Cruz is opposed to it. If the choice is to be determined not by what one favours, but by what one opposes, how's a poor chap to decide in this case ?...

Henri

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: This is an EU matter

Individual governments are losing the ability to control the large corporates; it needs something the size of the EU to do it - the USA will not since ''they have the best politicians that money can buy''. Which, of course, is why the US government and the best politicians money can buy (on both sides of the Pond) are so concerned to see that TTIP passes, so that the responsibility for regulating businesses is removed from governments which might just possibly be responsive to the desires of the governed and placed in the hands of a panel of international corporate lawyers....

Henri

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

mhenriday
Pint

A hostile (?) take-over bid

might well arrive from a Chinese firm - wonder how those troglodytes (those that are left now that Frank Rudolph Wolf has retired) in the US Congress, who have prevented a Chinese presence on the poorly-named International Space Station, would react to that ?...

Henri

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Australian maps and GPS will align by 2020

mhenriday
Boffin

«The Earth moved ...»

I wish to inform El Reg - that bastion of patent and copyright protection - that I have been in touch with the ghost of the late Ernest Miller Hemingway and we are considering filing for infringement of copyright. A venue in East Texas seems a likely choice....

Henri

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Yada yada, manifest destiny, eminent domain.

«Godwin's Law on the very first comment!» You seem to have missed the not irrelevant point, TonyJ, that the OP, Grade%, was not him or herself comparing anybody to Herr Hitler, merely surmising what the US Navy was likely to say when caught with its collective pants down....

Henri

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

mhenriday
Coat

Indeed, a magnificent achievement,

but yet I can't resist posting this link...

Henri

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

mhenriday
Boffin

...as you can hear him say in the video...

Only problem with that attempt to whitewash the murder, «GX5000», was that the video recording was started only after the cop had shot the victim four times, as anyone who has listened to it can confirm....

But nice try !...

Henri

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mhenriday
FAIL

The «indispensable nation»

And all this in the country that arrogates to itself the right to tell all others how they are to behave themselves and - in the event they are deemed to be incapable of effectively defending themselves - invading, plundering, and destroying them....

Irony hardly comes in more delicious flavours....

Henri

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US Senate strikes down open-access FBI hacking warrant by just one honest vote

mhenriday
Big Brother

Due process in the US of A

«"The hypocrisy behind what has been going on the last few days; due process ought to apply as it relates to guns, but due process wouldn't apply as it relates to the internet activity of millions of Americans," he [i e, Ronald Lee Wyden] said.»

That hypocrisy is easy enough to explain ; while the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution - originally designed to permit slaveholders like Thomas Jefferson & Co to organise «well-regulated militia[s]» to maintain control over their slaves - hardly represents a threat to those who dominate the country, enforcing the 4th Amendment would, in fact, render their spying on all and sundry a tad more difficult. For this reason, people there will be allowed to keep their AR 15s - or as the case may be, their SIG Sauer MCXs - clasped to their respective bosoms until pried from their cold, dead fingers, while the authorities will continue to spy on their every communication....

QED....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Re: So ...

For the close connexion between the so-called «intelligence community» in the United States and Google, cf the following article by Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed in two parts : Part One and Part Two....

Henri

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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Very interesting

Indeed, as the Reg pointed out a few years back. It's the enormous gravitational force, dependent upon an objects mass, wot does it, not whether that force is produced by a black hole or other body....

Henri

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

mhenriday
Boffin

Just what are you suggesting, dear Cassius ?

Sounds fatefully like a conspiracy to me....

Henri

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

mhenriday
Boffin

An interesting move on Mr Snowden's part,

given that a Norwegian court recently found that the Norwegian state was violating the human rights of Alders Behring Brevik, who is serving a sentence in a three-room suite in Skien prison for murdering some 77 people several years ago, due to the restrictions on his meeting other people than prison personnel which had been imposed upon him. But of course, the treatment of Behring Brevik doesn't touch upon Norway's relationship with the United States, before which concerns about «human rights» tend to vanish like morning dew after the rise of the sun....

Henri

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: @thames -- Follow the Money

«The other "catch" is that China has no international respect for patents, trademarks, or copyright. Unless the "invention" is patented in China by a native Chinese, it won't be recognized.» Interesting, «Mark 85» ; the relevant IP information from the UK Intellectual Property Office would seem to disagree. But no doubt you know more about the matter - and have greater experience of China - than the authors of this brochure....

Henri

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

mhenriday
Boffin

Saturn's gravitational pull

«Due to its huge size, Saturn's gravitational pull is so strong, it causes geological activity in its moons.» While Saturn has a mass about 95 times as large as that of the Earth, its average density is less than 1/8 as large and the gravitational pull at its surface only 8.96 m/s², or about 92 % of that at the Earth's surface....

Henri

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

mhenriday
Holmes

You ain't seen nothin' yet !

In the event Ms Clinton gets to occupy the Oval Office as anything more than a spectator, Google will be waving the cigar....

Henri

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

mhenriday
Boffin

Unexpected ?

«"No one expected a mountain on Ceres, especially one like Ahuna Mons," said Chris Russell, Dawn's principal investigator at the University of California, Los Angeles.» Sounds odd to me ; it is precisely on planetary bodies with low surface gravity (that of Ceres measures 0,27 m/s² at the equator, as compared to Earth's 9.81 m/s²) that one would expect to find tall mountains, just as Olympus Mons on Mars (gravity at the equator : 3,69 m/s²) dwarfs any mountain found here on Earth (or elsewhere in the Solar System). Why wouldn't investigators have expected to find a tall mountain on Ceres ?...

Henri

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US slaps trade ban on ZTE over Iran links

mhenriday
Boffin

Actually, the sentiment is far older than our dear war-criminal friend Heinz Alfred Kissinger (who's admittedly no spring chicken) ; Henry John Temple put it this way in a parliamentary debate in the Commons on 7 August 1844 : «... I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. ...»

Henri

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Does the Internet of Things need an indie security assessor?

mhenriday
Holmes

But isn't that the point ?

(Suspending the question "why the hell should my toaster be connected to anything else but the nearest power outlet anyway" for the moment.) Why suspend the question ? What benefit does a consumer derive from having his or her toaster connected to anything other than the mains (aside, of course, than bragging rights (?) - «now I'm connected to the IoT !») ?...

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FCC gets Bern notice on Charter-TWC deal

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Customers already have no option

«Cable companies almost never compete for the same houses, so customers who would have no broadband choice after a merger have no choice today.»

The fact that for the most part, even at present US users have no option to chose among broadband providers, is hardly a reason to abstain from blocking an merger which would worsen the situation. Rather the FCC should be doing what it can to prevent the further extension of local provider monopolies in the United States and to break up those which already exist. Blocking this merger would at least be a start in that direction....

Henri

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

mhenriday
Holmes

US Congressmen/women

accuse another agency of corruption and loudly supporting «whistleblowers» ? Thief crying «Stop thief», pot remarking on the colour of another item of kitchenware ?...

Henri

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Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet

mhenriday
Happy

Re: Lodbrog the Viking?

Indeed, Bumpy Cat, the very same, whose name is written «Regnar Lodbrog» in Danish. The old Norse version is «Ragnarr Loðbrók»....

Henri

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

mhenriday
Thumb Up

Brava,

Alexandra Elbakyan ! Let us see more of the same - and mandatory publishing on free access sites for work at least in part funded with public resources....

Henri

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

mhenriday
Unhappy

Progress is wonderful !

Now we can be surveilled 24/7 ever more cheaply (which is nice, becasue we are taxed to pay for the surveillance) ! O brave new world. That has such aeroplanes in't !...

Henri

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If you're going to protect people's privacy, protect our profits, too – US broadband biz to FCC

mhenriday
Pint

Re: ISPs will police themselves ????

But, Mark 85 - it's not about bears staying out of the woods, but rather about them not shitting quite so much there or at least cleaning up afterwards (bear bags would, of course, have to be somewhat larger than the ones used by dog owners to clean up after their pets)....

Henri

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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

mhenriday
Holmes

Re: All he needs...

Actually, Mr Cruz looks just like what his career path hitherto and the policies he claims to support indicate that he is - Tail-Gunner Joe 2.0....

Henri

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China names the date for dark side moon landing

mhenriday
Pint

Re: Just one question

indeed, 嫦娥四号 (Chang'e 4) is the name of the lunar orbiter - what its lander will be called has not yet, AFAIK, been released....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

As a matter of fact,

玉兔 (Yutu - English translation : Jade Rabbit) did not «br[eak] down completely after a couple of months' operation» While the rover found itself unable to as planned move its solar panels to the insulating position during Lunar nights, thus exposing internal components to the lunar cold, as of the end of October 2015 it was still transmitting and had set the record for the longest operational period of any lunar rover. Is it too much to ask that Mr Sharwood checks the facts of the matter before posting articles to the Reg ?...

Henri

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

mhenriday
Holmes

The Norks did it !

«So, yes, Sony's breach absolutely could have been the work of the North Koreans. It is even a logical target if their goal is to train their hacking team against a live target. North Korea has no love for Japan or the US, so taking on what was once an iconic corporation in those countries might have some symbolism.

More to the point, Sony was soft. It wasn't expecting an attack, it wasn't particularly well defended, and it didn't have the resources (that larger, more profitable corporations have or are developing) to react in real time.»

Indeed ! And by the same logic, what better perpetrator to point to when one's inadequate defences have been penetrated - whether by outside actors or disgruntled employees, current and/or former - than North Korea, the political entity about which «we» know next to nothing, but all love to hate ? All brain activity is then shorted out by overwhelming waves of outrage - How dare they ?!! - and (almost) nobody pauses to ask obvious questions about how this could occur or who had the greatest motivation to carry out this attack....

If North Korea didn't exist, «we» should be forced to invent it (or switch to another automatic target for our outrage - there is no lack of candidates)....

Henri

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China cuffs hackers at US request to stave off sanctions

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Re: China Now?

«I've refrained and will continue to refrain from looking into US and UK cyberespionage, it's likely intensive, but not for intellectual property and more geared toward counter-cyberespionage and the more typical military intelligence gathering.» Perhaps, «Anonymous Coward», you should do your homework before posting ; the US has engaged and continues to engage in extensive industrial and commercial espionage. But I understand quite well why you've refrained and will continue to refrain from « looking into US and UK cyberespionage» and why you choose to post as an anonymous coward....

Henri

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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

mhenriday
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Just the sort of objective «reporting»

that we have come to expect of the Reg© in general and Simon Sharwood™ in particular, when it comes to persons and phenomena which they, for reasons of their own, dislike. Sort of like Lewis Page™ writing on climatology....

Henri

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Wishing and Hoping

«It's been a planet for most of its existence ...» Really ? For most of its existence - do you mean since it was detected from Earth by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and given the name Pluto later that year after a suggestion by an English schoolgirl ?...

I suspect that this body has been around much longer than the 85 years since it was first classified as a «planet» and that the definition of the term is subject to change, as our knowledge of the star system in which we live increases....

Henri

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Hoist the sails me lads!

Actually, according to the referenced article, about half that speed : «... The comparison with two previous observations shows that its luminosity has been steadily decreasing, and its average projected velocity was v⊥ ≈ 0.07c during 780 days covered by the observations.» Still, not half bad.... ;-)

Henri

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

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: No

On the other hand, there are alternatives to Mr Page, who has no scientific background and whose credibility with respect to these matters is nil. Those interested in the (almost) current extent of Arctic sea ice and how it compares with that seen in previous years can, for example, consult the readily available Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC)....

But on the other hand, what do they know, compared with the omniscient Mr Page ?...

Henri

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FireEye intern nailed in Darkode downfall was VXer, say the Feds

mhenriday
Pint

Re: ....and in other news

In particular «FireEye», which is a past master at attributing hacks to just those entities to which its masters want them attributed.... ;-)

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: "Standard Reg science quality warning"

That warning - «The chance that we are following this correctly is roughly the same as that of a man with no arms successfully throwing a handful of jelly through a falling doughnut at thirty yards. Without touching the sides.» - should be taken ad notam, not least when Mr Page pronounces upon climate science and global warming....

Henri

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Huawei: in the world of 5G, we're all Europeans now

mhenriday
Big Brother

Good to see this type of cooperation !

But I do hope that the headline - Huawei: in the world of 5G, we're all Europeans now - is not to be interpreted to mean that we are all Greeks now, and about to get the shitty end of Frau Merkel's stick....

Henri

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Feared OpenSSL vulnerability gets patched, forgery issue resolved

mhenriday
Meh

Re: Already patched in Linux Mint 17

From what I can determine, my 64-bit Linux Mint 17.2 system is running OpenSSL 1.0.1f from 6 January 2014. I presume this means that it is not subject to the vulnerability described in the article ?...

Henri

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