* Posts by sysconfig

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: look and learn

"Before they start adding more pointless electronic complexity to their cars, Chrysler/GM/Ford should study German cars that are safe and durable, Japanese cars for reliability, Italians for style and performance."

Recent German cars are equally packed with a lot of electronic complexity. I wouldn't be too surprised if my 2012 Audi A6 suffered vulnerabilities similar to Chrysler's, to be honest. Mechanical faults are much rarer than electronic failures in recent cars. It's far from perfect, and due to price pressure all major car manufacturers, including the Germans, offload more and more QA to the customer.

In fact, features like Audi Connect scare the shit out of me. (It offers a pile of internet service integrations, such as Google Maps, Facebook and others, which may or may not make the car less secure; Most definitely it allows for more accurate tracking of the car, less privacy, and might eventually be used by forensics/insurances -- most definitely against you.)

Internet connectivity of any car system paired with a single CANBUS that trusts all connected devices makes a lot of alarm bells ring simultaneously!

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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Re: Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx

"For an non Windows server reboots are pretty rare these days. It always irks me that reviewers seem to take great store by the boot time for a server. IMHO this is one of the most useless measurements I can think of."

Indeed. If a reboot (or downtime) of a single server causes a problem, the people in charge ain't doing it right [1]. The narrative that a single server's downtime would result in downtime for a site or application belongs into the last century.

[1] or their bosses try to save money in the wrong place, in which case we want reboot times to be significantly longer to highlight the problem!

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: Why are they not more often in the news ?

"Why do they not tell us that this tool is producing these results ?"

Because they were busy with the different stages of:-

- denying its existence

- legalising it retrospectively

- handing out D-notices on the way so that the media doesn't spread too much criticism

And: Once they tout it as being hugely successful, people will -rightly- ask how exactly it helped. Especially at the moment, where we are very sceptical about anything the government and GCHQ say about surveillance.

They will surely be in the process of preparing a nice PR campaign, cherry pick some cases which they can disclose more details about, and wait for the right time to seed it to the media.

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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

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"While the attackers accessed parts of the computer network that contain personal and medical information, UCLA Health has no evidence at this time that the cyber attacker actually accessed or acquired any individual’s personal or medical information," the group said in a statement.

Meaning unless somebody posts it on pastebin or holds the UCLA ransom to avoid such disclosure, they just assume everything's dandy, and hackers made their way into the system just for fun but couldn't be bothered to lift any data? Who came up with that ridiculous stance?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: I must be the only software guy here

"This is the opposite of progress [...] a machine can do much better "

Yes, it is, and a step back in time. It goes back to the roots and *wonderfully* demonstrates how computers work. I can see that being a fantastic educational tool for those who want to learn about it, before they go off and build machines which produce the next generation of Raspberry Pi.

You didn't think that this 14x2m project was going to go into mass production for you to buy and use, did you?

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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"We don't know"

He said that a lot in the linked CNN interview. How fucking embarrassing that they call themselves journalists.

Unnamed government sources, no details that can be substantiated, but hey let's print this anyway. That's propaganda, nothing else.

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Uber petitions page p0wned, thanks to textbook code

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Tutorial is a very broad term...

Anybody can stick some code into a blog or wiki and call it a tutorial. And sure enough, the internet being what it is, someone even less knowledgeable will copy and paste it, and use it on production sites. Q.E.D.

So you can't really mandate what a tutorial must or must not include, unfortunately. You'd think that any respectable company which depends on the internet to generate business would hire knowledgeable people who do not need random tutorial code and certainly wouldn't just paste it. Oh well...

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AWS adds bring your own key crypto to its cloudy S3 storage

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GPG gets the job done

...and I get to keep my keys without sharing them.

Not all our data is worth encrypting, but for the parts that are, I'd rather have full authority over my own keys. Sending encryption keys along with the data is a no-go. That's wrong by definition.

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Psst. Want a cheap cloud, VM? Google has one. But there's a catch

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Plenty of use cases...

- batch processing of all sorts

- auto-scaling (just launch two at a time when you only need one, so that it doesn't hurt if one goes down, and still pay less), obviously much more efficient and feasible at larger scale

- automated testing

- etc etc

The problem with Google's offer in comparison to AWS's Spot Instances is that it's too expensive and limited to 24 hours max.

In AWS you regularly get spot instances for below 20% of the normal price (just tested with a m3.large instance for $0.03 per hour, instead of the normal $0.154 per hour; became available within the normal time frame... two minutes).

That said, prices usually spike dramatically when there's high demand, which means it almost doesn't matter how much you bid. If the spike kicks in, your instance goes down.(Spike prices are often higher than the regular instance price, so unless you bid insanely high amounts, your instance is going to go away.) That's fine though, because you get serious compute power for very low prices, and you know it's not going to last. Design your application to cope with it and you can actually save quite a bit.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: Gigabit home internet? Crikey!

You're right, Average Joe most definitely doesn't need it. It's interesting though that a small ISP shows BT that it can be done. Question is how profitable that is, because if it's not generating any money for the ISP, this new shiny super-fast broadband service might be a very temporary offering.

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Outsourcery still losing as much as it turns over

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Never understood how that guy made it into one of the chairs there, anyway.

Guess we'll see Piers Linney on the other side in the Den then for a reality check... begging for funding, offering absolutely nothing unique, and showing an exceptionally poor track record.

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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£1.4m doesn't sound a lot...

...for a project like this involving several contractors over several months. I guess it's one of those Gov IT (or MoD IT?) projects that will go on forever and provide a large sink for money. (Certainly larger than anticipated.)

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Nice job you got there

"I don't think it would lead to a "heightened risk of terrorist and espionage attacks" as suggested"

I don't think so either. After all Germany has not actively participated in a combatant role in any of the "wars on terror". All they do is offer humanitarian support.

Actually I hope that Germany does show some hospitality towards Snowden and won't extradite him, should he choose to move there. It's time that one of the more important economies in the world man up and show the US that they can't always have it their way.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Re: Since when...

"do they really think a bunch of european MEP's will make any difference"

So should we (and the MEPs included) just accept US dominance and ignorance and bend over?

I don't think so. Even though it may seem hopeless, I think privacy matters. Giving in is not really an option.

It's like big corporations: Nothing changes over night. You sometimes need constant nagging of different players over extended periods of time to finally be heard.

Budgets (political and commercial) work on a "use it or lose it" principle, They WILL be spending tax payers money anyway as it's already allocated. I'd much rather see it used for their trip in the name of privacy than wasted elsewhere.

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OpenSSL preps fix for mystery high severity hole

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Re: Welcome to software written in C

"Bah! You can build bugs into software in any language."

Exactly. And when you use stuff like Java, bugs (and security flaws of course) are a built-in feature, but unlike in C there's sod all the developer can do about it.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Great idea and all that...

"teachers will be using these as coasters and ash trays"

I think that's way out of line. Sure, as with every profession, there'll be teachers who can pick these things up easier, and some that will find it harder (or can't be bothered).

You mustn't forget though, that a teacher is not supposed to compete with Linus Torvalds and the like. (If you disagree with this example, substitute with any brilliant mind of your choice)

If they know enough basics to spark the kids' interest, that's all that is required. That's the whole intention anyway. Nobody would reasonably expect *every single* child to become a programmer or coder. You want to give them options, so that you can figure out what your child is good at. It's your job as a parent -not the teachers'- to foster that interest and talent far beyond what school could possibly offer.

The interested kids will figure stuff out on their own, once they are shown the basics. And I'm sure teachers will be able to learn just a bit more than the basics to make that happen.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Coat

Re: Eh?

"... our prime minister and education secertary both decline to try and answer questions that are only ever so slightly harder.

Not that I'm keen on outsourcing to india but the issues are not to do with the employees abilities, or if they are that's a mangement issue employing the wrong people."

Outsourcing the Prime Minister might not be such a bad idea. He doesn't speak common Joe's language, doesn't understand the world we live in, won't show for TV debates (a concept he strongly pushed forward for the last general election), and hasn't achieved anything useful in 5 years.

How much more harm could be done by outsourcing him, really? Think about the savings for the tax payer, if we do that with a number of ministers and MPs! Most of the time they don't show up in Parliament either, so can as well set up a conference call instead!

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Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US - thanks to data

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Whatever the outcome...

"David" has paved the way for an outstanding legal career!

I hope he is successful with this case, but I've got the feeling that the big machinery will eventually wear him out and too many megacorps with lots of money to share have too much interest in keeping Safe Harbour alive.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: The difference is...

"That the US uses it to fight terrorist etc."

And you really believe that?

I have yet to see a single example with a chain of evidence which undoubtedly proves that a terrorist plot could not have been avoided without mass snooping/surveillance.

And I mean a real terrorist plot, not one of those fabricated by the intelligence community to justify yet more powers.

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

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Pint

Encryption ban

"Later this year" so that Dave has time to ban encryption in the UK first? That should be interesting.

(Getting me coat and heading for a <see icon>)

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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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Obama will certainly give Cameron all his support as far as implementing such nonsensical laws *in the UK* are concerned. Why? Makes it easier for him to snoop in areas where the UK don't grant the US of A pretty much unhindered access already. The UK could render itself into a gigantic wiretap for all things concerning the EU. Everybody, except from the US of A, loses.

You really have to wonder where Cameron got this idea from that encryption is a bad thing worth banning. You'd think that a Prime Minister would have several industry experts as advisers, or spend some tax funds on getting expert advice to validate ideas before blurting them out to world & dog and making himself look like a Norbert.

Either he thinks he knows better, or he didn't understand what the advisers were saying, or he is so desperate and grasping for straws because his campaign advisers see a very gloomy future for his political career in general and the next general election in particular.

Either way, it contributes sod all to national security. $TERRORIST doesn't exactly abide by the law and is unlikely to communicate online in the UK while plotting. It's wrong (and dangerous!) to assume that $TERRORIST is stupid. Otherwise you'd have to assume that all politicians, police, three-or-four-letter agencies are even more stupid, since they haven't been able to prevent any terrorist attacks, even with extended snooping powers introduced since 9/11.

$TERRORIST wins. They managed to send politicians in the western world into a frenzy which led to a huge impact on privacy over the last decade. (Although the number of terrorism victims is likely much lower than the number of fatal car accidents, road safety has not received much attention. If you want to win votes, fix the bloody potholes in the country already!)

Any online comms outside of the UK would still be able to use encryption legally, anyway. There's absolutely no single reason why outlawing encryption would be a good idea. (But maybe the US of A have initially planted that idea within Tory ranks... because they win.)

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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Evidence?

"The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed to have uncovered evidence linking North Korea to the harmful hack on struggling film studio Sony Pictures late last year."

Let's see the evidence then. Most if not all security researchers seem to disagree.

Why does this remind me of the "evidence" for the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq?

It's sickening that the US of A can make things up as they go... and get away with both making up evidence and -worse- taking action based on those tales.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Someone is going to prison for a VERY long time

"That would send a message to CEOs and CIOs to take this stuff more serious."

Only if they (C-level execs) are personally held responsible and accountable. If they can shift the blame to one of their employees, they will. I'd be curious to hear who gets a bonus at SPE this year...

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How was your week? Was it as bad as Uber's? Here's what happened

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Re: Taxi or pirates?

Exactly. You don't know if your driver has a road-worthy car (or at least MOT), insurance, or even a driving license for that matter. Sure you can ask them to produce these documents, but by the time they arrive you already have a "contract" for the ride with Uber.

There's virtually no screening at all for Uber drivers or their vehicles (wait, maybe it's not even their vehicle they come to pick you up with...)

I wouldn't want my children or my wife to hitchhike. How is Uber any different, except that they pay for it?

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Pint

Wasn't Snapchat the respectable company which...

...not too long ago got repeated heads-ups from security researchers about their gaping security holes? Didn't they then talk it down just to get bitten by it big time just a couple of days later, revealing information that wasn't meant to be seen by those who lifted it? And then, shortly after, they were still talking the issue down?

Yeah, sure, let me give you my credit card details right now!

Pint of beer icon, because I'm looking forward to the headlines already...

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Landline deregulation: Big EU telcos have Skype to thank

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Re: Please....

"That's not regulation, that's your supplier refusing to sell you a product."

Not entirely correct, at least not for the previous poster's example.

In some countries, like Germany, you have to be resident to get a phone number assigned. Even Skype tells you that when you try to order a German phone number. The UK do not have such a regulatory requirement, and the majority of other countries don't either.

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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Averted disasters are beyond the beancounters' understanding

"The fact remains that had there not been a lot of time and money spent behind the scenes, the Y2k bug would have been a disaster, but it was averted by a lot of hard work."

That's how it always works if beancounters meet IT people... It's apparently a lot easier to justify big spends on disasters that have actually happened rather than preventing them.

For that reason many companies have poorly maintained sites and code and infrastructure in production use, and any attempt by eager developers, system and network admins to get some cash for long overdue (disaster prevention) maintenance is rejected ("no budget for that")... until a big disaster happens, and then management suddenly asks "what can we do to prevent this from happening in the future"? But nothing ever changes, although the answer is bloody obvious.

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

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Pint

Great article!

Very interesting read. Bravo!

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

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Re: More like 2000

Precisely. Solaris Zones (and now SmartOS) and FreeBSD Jails are probably the most solid container options and have been for a number of years. But anyway, there has been a whole bunch of options for well over a decade, indeed.

Colbert's claim is a little bit far fetched. But I suppose when it comes to getting yourself into the spotlight in order to sell something, facts are irrelevant.

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Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

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WTF?

Companies...

"Regrettably, competing companies on both sides of this issue refused to come to agreement on how to achieve that goal."

It was always obvious that in the US lobbies make the laws and politicians are nothing but muppets, but it's still shocking to have that confirmed so clearly.

And now the white flag is being waved, because politicians are so bloody dependent on the money from lobbyists that they can't act at all any more without their approval? WTF!

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: Limited window of opportunity

Alternative to, say, a Lenovo X1 Carbon? Hardly. I'll stick with mine. Runs Linux splendidly (and Windows, if you have to), has built in 3G, last 8 hours on battery. Don't want an overpriced we-want-to-compete-with-everything-and-give-you-Win8-on-top-of-that device.

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Bank of England seeks 'HACKERS' to defend vaults against e-thieves

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Great initiative!

Participation shouldn't be optional, though. All financial institutions, insurances, health care etc should be tested without warning, repeatedly. And they should always be aware that they can be pen-tested.

Nontheless, a step in the right direction!

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: Their web page is already snooping...

Check out the Ghostery plugin for most browsers. It filters a lot of s**t out and tells you in an un-intrusive way what it filtered, so that you can allow exceptions if you ever have to.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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It's always the same argument: legacy applications not supporting a newer OS version. A part of me wants to say "fair enough". But with an EOL heads-up in 2008, and legacy applications which must have been legacy since then, what have their IT departments been doing with taxpayer's money in the meantime?

5+ years isn't too short of a notice for any number of software or hardware products to be replaced. Probably the actual IT guys have been told by management to not be drama queens since they first mentioned it, repeatedly. And now, with custom contracts (presumably not exactly cheap), more money is going to be wasted. In many companies heads would be chopped off for this; not so in the public sector, where they can spend money which isn't theirs anyway...

Yeah I know, some big corporate entities are no better, but at least they are not spending my money.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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Article made me chuckle

NoSQL is probably one of the biggest hypes of the last few years and certainly makes sense for many applications. But it's not a one-size-fits-it-all for everything, contrary to how it's sometimes being advertised.

Great to see a company stepping up and saying: "we've tried it, but didn't work. SQL is not so bad after all, depending on what you ACTUALLY need"

Use what makes sense for your application, not what everybody else is raving about!

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Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

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Re: Comprehension fail.

Have an upvote for each of your posts for the level of detail! Cheers mate.

The insurance fee is indeed a very valid point, which we have come to accept (or at least live with) in return for the ability to get transactions reverted.

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Re: Comprehension fail.

I didn't say that 20% of all transactions were fraudulent. So if you feel like being patronising, at least read what I wrote and not what you think I may have intended to write.

I still think 20% success rate for fraudulent transactions is too high. And I did not say that banks and card providers do better, or worse. It was an isolated statement. The reference to the partying bankers was because the Mt Gox cockup is a blow for Bitcoin as a whole as seen by the public (you know, the lesser knowledgeable people; include me there, if you like). It's much the same as everybody complaining about banks in general after Barclay's (or any other bank of your choice) has screwed up yet again.

For any payment method (or currency) to be successful and stable you need a large group of people and businesses using it. The lesser people know, the more they will be put off by negative headlines.

But if we want to go there and draw a comparison between traditional banking and Bitcoin, the people on here who know more about Bitcoin may be able to answer this: Who do you turn to in order to get a refund?

I've had a few fraudulent transactions against my credit cards over the years. Either the bank spotted them straight away, or I did spot on the statement -- and I always got them refunded. Does Bitcoin have a similar safety net?

And does anybody have stats that confirm the success rate for fraudulent transactions in traditional banking?

Genuine questions, which belong together if you want to compare success of fraud! To be honest I'm relatively indifferent when it comes to Bitcoin. For me personally Bitcoin is not an option because of its fluctuations and lack of shops where you can buy stuff with it. That may well change in the futute, albeit a bit further in the future after cockups like this one. That wasn't the subject though.

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It's somewhat interesting that those pointing out that almost 20% is still an outrageously high figure got downvoted. I'm not per se against Bitcoin. But I cannot believe that anybody, fanboi or not, thinks 20% is acceptable. On top of that it invalidates Bitcoin's claim of being oh so super secure.

And to add insult to injury, it also points out that the big players (or former big players in case of MT Gox) in the bitcoin business may not be 100% honest, to put it mildly.

The whole MT Gox situation is a huge blow for bitcoin, because it was their biggest public exchange.

Those are facts, which even Bitcoin owners and traders can't dismiss.

It's a pity though, because the bankers will celebrate this for some time to come.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Meh

"It's all about the cake that is baked with the ingredients, not the ingredients themselves."

That's what common sense would tell us. However, when it comes to software and hardware patents (which overlap to a certain extent), it seems to be all about abstract ingredients. The US (and other countries with similar laws) got that fundamentally wrong. Now the poor judges have to listen to that shit.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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A pay cut would instantly encourage me to wish them well in finding replacement, effective on the day the pay cut kicks in or after (in my case usually) two weeks notice period, whatever comes first. It's a matter of principle: You appreciate my work less? Alright, somebody else will appreciate it more.

Only people who underestimate their own value and potential would accept to be treated like that, while the bonuses in the same company rise.

It would be a completely different story if the company was on the brink of bankruptcy AND I had been treated with respect AND this was mutually agreed. None of that was the case here. If Barclays get away with it, there must be a high percentage of IT contractors who lost their balls.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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What Facebook really gains....

...is access to phone numbers, because WhatsApp uses your phone number to identify you. So next up on Facebook's ignorance towards healthy privacy policies: "You didn't enter your phone number in your Facebook profile. We fixed that for you. You can opt out of this service, including public visibility which is initially activated, as soon as we completed that feature. You're welcome."

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

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"Not that FTTP infrastructure is significantly more expensive than FTTC, just that they couldn't also then continue to rake in the £15+ per month per install in line rental for the land-line phone that many people no longer want / need"

They do that regardless. I'm one of the very few lucky people who have FTTP. They wouldn't sell it to me without phone line (via fibre; the old copper line is no longer connected).

I'm not complaining, though. If anything, they should be forced to significantly reduce prices for traditional copper broadband, because FTTP is in a different league altogether, throughput and latency-wise.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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"Anyone else think it irresponsible to publish the code the flaw [...] ?"

That's the eternal question whether full disclosure is good or bad.

The point of it is to force the product owners to get their act together ASAP, after they were given a heads-up usually months before, including a proof or working exploit code - without success. That's, unfortunately, often the only way to get flaws into the spot light and fixed.

Without full disclosure, it's a question of time until a black hat discovers the same thing (if they haven't already). But they won't tell the developers about it. They instead sell it on the black market where it can be purchased and used by other people with malicious intentions, for a sometimes very long period of time.

Full disclosure may cause an uproar and short negative impact, but ultimately it's better for the user that the issues are addressed quickly and the security holes closed.

Again, full disclosure rarely happens without giving the makers of a product plenty of time to fix it first. It's a matter of "sorry, we told you, but you keep ignoring or playing down the problem".

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Viv Reding: That French Google fine? Pfft - it's pocket money

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"it most certainly had the money to get decent legal advice"

I'm sure Google did. The question to their lawyers was: How far can we go and what's the maximum fine at stake? They, too, then decided it was pocket money and well worth the risk.

Privacy laws (and the fines for breaching them) appear to be little more than a joke. This has to stop.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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FAIL

"NHS Scotland has 3,603 PCs with 3,537 on Windows XP and the same number on IE6."

"NHS Scotland beginning its shift relatively late, in July 2013."

So that's 66 PCs updated in 6 months, or 11 per month on average. (IF the 66 PCs were running XP and not another OS.) They want to be over and done with it in the third quarter? Right, not at that pace. Or they meant Q3 sometime in the 22nd century.

They might want to check out CyberStreet (see other El Reg article). Seems they can learn a few bits and pieces there.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Same in the property we previously lived in. BT line quality was dreadful there, so I checked with Virgin. Their online checker said: good to go. Called them just to find out that it was apparently not possible to have it, however. Some wishy-washy reason was given. Interestingly the neighbours upstairs and at least one neighbour to either the left or right had it (according to wireless SSIDs being broadcast). But we couldn't have it. Still we received flyers saying that it was available to us too. So I called them again a few weeks later, same outcome.

I have to conclude that they could possibly connect us, but it would have caused extra work for them. Given their cheap rates, any manual labour (including in-depth investigation why neighbours upstairs can and we can't have it) is apparently too much to ask.

Sooner or later, people move houses, and they will remember the lousy service before deciding who to get broadband from. In the new place we can have it, but... no thanks.

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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Am I the only one thinking that it should be a criminal offence if ALL of the following is true:

- your company gets a hint by security researchers

- you don't give a fuck about it for months

- asked about it (when disclosed) you play it down

- you got caught out anyway with exactly that flaw, only days later, leaking personal data of millions

Plus some extra years behind bars if you live in denial and still treat it like no big deal.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: Shame

I wonder if iBucket or iBin are registered trademarks already, because it clearly looks like one.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Out that whole lot..

And..... Chopper Command! I loved that game.

If you showed that "wooden" console to kids these days, they'd think you built it yourself and are taking the piss...

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Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

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I agree. Now they can officially call themselves sponsor, and in the next two years they will fork it, call it something different and license it to their [fill appropriate adjective here] corporate clients with too much cash available. Sounds much like Oracle "Unbreakable" Linux (RedHat Enterprise Linux clone).

Luckily RHEL is still alive and kicking, unlike MySQL which finds forks and replacements today, like for example MariaDB (with its main driver, the original developer of MySQL).

On other news, Oracle works on killing Solaris (so far a few enthusiasts with some commercial backing are holding up well - Indiana, SmartOS, Omni etc), and continues butchering Java.

OpenStack should have set a signal saying: No thanks Oracle, we don't actually want you to be our sponsor. But that takes guts and money from other sources. Too bad. It would have been great PR too.

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