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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

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What about the smaller players?

This article is only looking at the Big Three and doesn't consider what this price war will do to the smaller cloud companies. They don't have alternative business lines to supply money for a cloud price war, in essence they are already competing at a disadvantage because their smaller size means they do not get the advantages of scale as AWS, Google and Azure do. This is like arguing over who will win in the out-of-town supermarket wars whilst not noticing the little family shops on the highstreets are all struggling and dying.

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

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MemFS/TmpFS?

Does the Oracle DB know what is "RAM" only by the SGA size? If so, does it know memory being presented as an in-memory fielsystem by tools such as memFS or tmpFS is actually memory or does it think it is "disk"? If so, could you get round the memory tax by creating a memory filesystem, thus getting the speed of RAM without the added licenses? You would need lots of memory to ensure the memory filesystem didn't eat too much shared memory, but RAM is cheaper than Oracle licenses......

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Boring Bernie Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

You'll have to speak up, chap! I couldn't hear what you were trying to say due to all the whining subtext drowning it out.

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Re: BleatingGreen Boring Bernie Erroneous Cowherd Contempt @Plump & Bleaty

<Yawn> So the continued (desperate) diversions mean you don't have anything to say on the subject of the thread. Not really a surprise, TBH.

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Re: BleatingGreen Re: Boring Bernie Erroneous Cowherd Contempt @Plump & Bleaty

Only five minutes into the thread and already BlueGreen is trying to divert off into another thread rather than admit he cannot counter the points raised in this one! I would have to suggest he knows he's already lost any argument, hence his early diversion. Even as a forum stalker he's an abject failure!

".....Easy to 'debate' if you do it your way....." Yes, it is easy if you post facts and reasoned arguments, which is why you never win and why you're diverting off into denial again. Oh, BTW, if you want to revisit one of your many previous drubbings, please do show me the 'harm' from the NSA's activities you claimed you had proof of. As I recall, you failed to show it in several threads.

So, do you actually have anything to say related to the thread, or are you just going to rotate through your usual forum fluffing routine?

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Re: BoringGreen Re: Erroneous Cowherd Erroneous Cowherd Contempt @Matt Bryant

"If a certain turd floats by again and again, one might become painfully familiar with it....." The point I was trying to make is that, if all you do is talk to 'turds', then you will only hear their POV. In your case, the 'turds' are the other like-minded people you mix with, meaning that you only hear the opinions of the 'turds', therefore you fall into the logical fallacy of thinking everyone 'thinks' like a 'turd'. Hence your inability to accept there are those of us that are not 'turds'.

".....'The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists'....." Obviously. The UK has a population of about 60 million, if we assume about 75% are voters that would be 45 million people - do you see 45 million unique posts on this thread, let alone down votes?

".....we regists ...." Again the ego. Please do not assume all Register members 'think' like 'turds' thanks. You are a very vocal minority subset of Register members. That the majority of the voting populace do not think like you is evident by the fact you are here moaning instead of enjoying all the laws being the way you want them to be, otherwise the politicians would be falling over themselves to enact laws to suit you. They are not, ergo yours is not the viewpoint of the majority. Enjoy!

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Re: Oz Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"Be less abusive. Easy as that." So I can assume that will be applied to other posters? Wouldn't want to think it was some form of selective bias.....

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".....I might suggest that the party whips and the lack of time might have rather limited the ability and/or interest of MPs to find out what their constituents really thought....." Because, of course, the response from the public to the Communications Data Bill and many other such surveillance-related Acts, plus the ongoing publicity over Snowden, none of that gave any indication? IMHO, to pretend the MPs went in to vote on this without any idea of their constituents feelings regarding surveillance is, frankly, a bit silly.

PS: I'm having some fun trying to work out which 'nicknames' have been added to the censor list by El Moderator seeing as some posts have been rejected for unexplained reasons.....

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"Don't feed the troll." LOL, so any dissenting view is just a 'troll' and the points raised should just be ignored? Wow, you are just so good at this debating thing - not!

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"Then, prey tell, Matt, why are you the one collecting the downvotes? In just about every forum I have seen, or discussion I have heard, the supporters of this action are, by a large margin, in the minority....." If you lived in a sewage farm you would think swimming in shit was the norm. I suggest you try getting out and meeting a few people that do not hold the same POV as the challenge will either only make your preconceptions stronger or make you question what you have been told is The Truth. The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists, let alone express themselves here, so it is simply foolish to think the sheeple that have started flocking here constitute a true reflection of public opinion.

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Re: AC Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

".....Translation. "I'm going to sell a shed load more storage systems to the big ISP's this year."...." <Sigh> So sad that the sheeple have to insist the only reasons to support any POV other than their 'enlightened ideals' has to be because of some grubby, monetary interest. How childish! Just to set your mind at rest, let me make it clear for all the sheeple once again - I do not work for any storage or server vendor nor for any reseller, though I have done consultancy work for some and for several Government agencies, telecoms and ISPs. My current employment means I will not be in a position to consult or otherwise take advantage of the opportunities offered by the DRIP Act to vendors and resellers of storage, server or software. So please find another paranoid delusion to dribble over.

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Re: Sir Ridiculous Loon Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

".....I would like to posit that the MP's did what they were fucking told by the party whips and absolutely fuck all to do with what they thought their constituents' views on the subject were." Strange that the party whips achieved not only consensus in their parties, but also across both main parties and the LibDems? The example of not only Tory backbencher revolts during the previous attempts by May to push through the Communications Data Bill, but also how the other parties seized on it as an opportunity to express their disagreement (most notably by LibDem leader Clegg), would seem to show that simply relying on the whips was not enough at all, you need a very clear and firm cross-party consensus followed by a clear will for the vast majority of rebellious backbenchers to agree. Oh, sorry, did that upset your alternate reality view? ROFL!

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Re: AC Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

".....If you are not with Matt on this...." It may surprise you to know I would support you using your legal and democratic right to challenge the ruling, even though I predict it will be nothing more than a waste of taxpayers money. It is refreshing to see a constructive response on these forums.

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Re: Anonymous Whiner Re: @Straitjacket Matt

"" if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."

From a statement to the press by Matt Bryant, EL*.

* Establishment Lickspittle"

I note it is also a statement of fact you are unable to debunk, hence your resorting to whining. If you wish to contend that all three parties suddenly developed amazing conformity in the ranks through other means then please do explain them (and please don't waste time and bandwidth with dribbling bleats about The Man blackmailing all three parties of MPs). No doubt you will waste many hours trying to think of an alternative explanation to the facts - that those MPs simply espoused the will of the majority - but please don't get too upset she you run out of rants and have to accept the obvious. Enjoy!

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Re: Blamehisparents Bramble Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

".....there are a number of serious flaws in this law as first drafted. I have not yet checked the passed amendments to see if they clear these up.....(you have read both the draft and amendments before commenting on whether you are for or against this, haven't you?)....." So you haven't even read the final and passed amendments, yet you feel driven to post about it? Gee, I wonder what is driving your 'concern'.....

".....if the government decides to investigate you or someone you have communicated with, and then you ask me to troubleshoot server logs for an unrelated issue (I sent an email but it wasn't delivered, perhaps) I will be unable to assist you - in fact it will be a criminal offence for me to do so....." Alarmist male bovine manure. The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill only extends existing powers to a few new arenas such as TOR and webmail, it does not introduce any of the uber-draconian rubbish as insisted by the tinfoil-attired. So, unless you want to contend that the old laws made you 'unable to assist' then there is NOTHING new to fear whatsoever. Please do point to any part of the DRIP bill or current legislation that would make your hilarious example a reality.

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Re: Contempt

"Not to mention a level of arrogant contempt for the people they are supposed to serve that beggars belief." The only arrogance beyond belief is yours in thinking your views alone represent all voters. I am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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Re: Steve Graham Re: How hard can it be?

I assume BMW have included an extra element of authorization to stop miscreants pretending to be car owners and doing silly things to cars. The fact it is taking much longer for tasks to happen (such as the mentioned example of flashing the headlights taking several hours to be actioned) implies the fault is in the authorization of the action.

The ironic bit is, as soon as news of such a fault appears in public, the load on the servers goes up as the car owners experiment to see what affect the problem may have. I suspect that, if the system behind the authorization is corrupted/broken, then the BMW staff are probably manually dealing with a backlog of requests which is now growing as more users go "Hmmmm, I don't usually use the service, but best test it to see what affect it may have."

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"the complete reload was most likely a restore....." Most probably.

"....And these days, a restore is the VERY last thing you think of doing....." Er, no. Any good project manager will have a contingency plan A and B and usually C, C being 'pull the plug and put the old and known good system back in place'. Going to any of the contingencies will happen when certain states are arrived at, and will be agreed with management in advance (to cover the PM's backside). Usually this is based on a relative cost to the business, as in it may reach a stage where going with C is actually a quicker way to return service to the customers whilst you work on a longer term solution in the background. Seeing as this seems to be a database(s) of relatively static data it is highly unlikely a roll-back or restore would lose any data.

".....Usually it's better to battle on rather than (lose?) several hours of data." No. The article mentions a migration which makes me suspect data corruption in the new database(s). In that case, going back to the old database(s) is a quicker and more certain way of returning service to the customers than trying to find and correct corruption in the new database(s). Remember, the priority for BMW is probably returning service and then fixing the upgrade, rather than having to suffer bad press for the possibly unknown length of time it could take to fix the upgrade alone. Techies like to focus on solving problems and fix stuff, business people like to get back to making money ASAP - it's usually the business people that get the final say.

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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

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Re: Gotno Re: Why?

"I'm struggling to understand Exodus' motivation in this....." Marketing. I suspect the hole was actually not that hard to find or fix, offering limited potential for profit, but the publicity, whilst hard to quantify, is very good for future profitability. They win friends in the tinfoil-attired community by 'protecting' a product their 'heroes' have told them is 'good', and at the same time get inches on technical websites where real businesses (with money to spend on security consultancy) may see it. Had you even heard of Exodus before this article?

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: AC Re: Destroyed All Braincell's Tired admin

".....Many shells have got a history file, including posix sh, ksh and others....." Indeed they do, and many users tweak their HISTFILE attribute and put that history file in many different places, but on all the OSs I have tried, including on hp-ux and AIX (though it does not have official hp support, can't recall if it is by IBM), the history files is in exactly the same place. I try not to let even admins use Korn (on hp-ux at least) because it has a few security issues, like automatically enabling history for root - popular with lazy saysadmins but not good security. If you tie the users to bash, you know where their history is going to be, and it has the added benefit that Linux users get a familiar shell experience when they log into an UNIX system. I also would suggest not allowing direct root login (stops anonymous root logins) and then restricting access to such tools as su so only select users can login and then switch to root.

".....One could say that storing history in a file is bad (gives away a lot of commands, of course)." Part of restricting a users shell is that you make sure they cannot wander out of their restricted set of directories. So, no, they cannot read another user's history file.

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Re: Destroyed All Braincell's Re: Tired admin

"That's because he nasty......" Cry more, or better still, grow up,and try a post vaguely to do with the thread. You have heard of Linux, I presume?

"......And generally wrong." Yes, and you have proven this when? Oh, never, whereas debunking your bleats takes mere minutes.

Instead of whining, why don't you look through ckm5's useful post and see if you can add anything? I could suggest tying all users to using the bash shell as it has a very simple way of dropping their command line activity into ~<username>/.bash_history. I would also suggest changing the syslog.conf to actually write to a file on a remote system but leave a dummy syslog file locally - we picked up an internal doing stuff he shouldn't because he thought clearing out the history and the local syslog would hide his tracks. Other than that, the best advice is to not just secure your server and leave it, but to regularly (daily if you have the time) trawl through the logs and check for signs of hacking.

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Did HP just tip its hand on Autonomy? Spoiler: It was a busted flush

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Dodgy accounting, dodgier excuse.

".....Microtech is Autonomy's customer. Autonomy booked the revenue, Microtech paid the invoice, and HP eventually wrote off $2 million....." Yes, because all those customer cases on the Autonomy website only list resellers, no actually 'end customers'. What a load of cobblers! The simplest way to derail the argument that Microtech was the 'customer' would be to look whose name is on the software license contracts.

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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Obvious question missed.

Before the thread gets totally lost in silly questions about salves' genes, what is more interesting is why this information was leaked.

This info came originally from Snowjob, but was released to the press by Glenn Greenwald. So, the two obvious questions are - is this the best Greenie has to offer, is he scraping the bottom of the barrel for actually really interesting tidbits from the Snowjob cache; and did Greenie drop this one because he thinks it is right to try and stir up the paranoia in the American Muslim community?

If the former is true then Greenie is staring at the end station on the Snowjob gravy train, and despite his protestations of 'caring', he has always been about making a living off of it. His whole lifestyle depends on the sheeple reading his bumph and clicking on his new 'news' site, so if he had anything better he probably would have used it.

And if it is he latter then it seems a very cyclical ploy, especially given that the five Muslims mentioned all have proven links to those with both Islamist ideals and have worked for 'charities' linked to Islamist terror groups such as HAMAS, and so would seem to be legitimate targets for such surveillance. But then I suppose the shepherds like Greenie need to keep the readership up to make sure they keep on making cash off the sheeples' paranoias, be they brown, black or white.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Faye Re: Yours is the popular opinion!

"Look at the upvote/downvote ratio to your comment. Virtually everyone agrees with you....." And isn't it such a great representation of the voting public? Oh, no it's not. Sorry to break it to you, but basing 'popularity' of an idea on a tiny subset of the population is what gets the sheep a bad name. In the UK, the age of consent has fluctuated through the years as part of the democratic debate, especially as with the leveling of hetero and homosexual ages of consent.

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Re: Faye Re: for some definition of paedophile...

"That's a giveaway that the site is a government honeypot entrapment......" Wow, the paranoia!

"....A real porn site doesn't care what browser you use." So blinkered! Apart from real sites that like to know because they want to plan their future content on browser features that may not be suitable for every browser, so knowing what is popular and working is useful data, plenty of 'real' porn sites are riddled with malware, and they are checking your browser and OS so they can ram a tailored load of malware not your system. Duh!

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Re: Faye Re: for some definition of paedophile...

".....I can testify from my own experience that 14 y/o girls have the same sex desire as 18 year-olds....." Sorry, Faye, but your blog describes activities that I would not only consider most definitely not normal, be they consensual or not, but I would consider grounds for legal intervention if someone had suggested them for my daughter when she was underage. So I would consider your ability to comment on the 'average' teen by relating to your 'experiences' as probably not indicative. You may feel free to spout whatever labels make you feel better about yourself - mysogonist, male chauvinist, repressive, etc. - but that would just be more wasted bandwidth.

".....The hypocrisy of men makes me SICK." I have worked with a London-based charity that tries to help kids get off the streets. Many of them have sold themselves at one time or another, often for drugs, but plenty of them have tales of being exploited by women as well as men. You are very blinkered if you think all sexual exploitation or violence is done by men alone.

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"How?....." TOR only anonymises traffic when all the nodes involved are 'good', but by inserting compromised nodes or sinkhole nodes into the network, the TOR traffic can be intercepted and both the originator and receiver found. When the TOR client on a user's system gets ready to send a message, it gets a list of nodes from the directory service, plots a route through a number of random nodes, then wraps up the message in multiple layers of encryption where each layer contains the address of the next relay node. The message is sent to the first node, the entry node, where the fist layer is decrypted to get the address to the second node; the message gets sent to the second node, again a layer is decrypted to give the address of the next relay; rinse, repeat, until you get to the exit node, where the final layer is decrypted and the address of the target client system is revealed.

When a new node is created, it runs a speed test which the directory authority uses as a guide for how much traffic it can handle. As it ages and stabilises it may get graded up or down depending on how it performs relative to other nodes. Now, simply by putting enough entry nodes out there and you are more than likely to catch the first step and the original sender's IP address, from which you can backtrack. If you control enough of the nodes in the network you can map the network. This process was demonstrated by an ESIEA team in 2011, they simply pushed up the number of their tracking nodes in a TOR network to one third of the total (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)#Weaknesses). This process also does not get detected by tricks such as TOR Check as the nodes all are valid nodes.

If you are really paranoid then you'll already have heard about sinkhole nodes (no, not the Shadowserver variety) where the rest of the message actually goes nowhere after it hits a sinkhole entry node - in effect, the message never leads the node until the interceptor has decrypted the final delivery address. Whilst it poses as a TOR entry node, in reality the sinkhole aims to keep the message inside it's own virtual environment by faking all the real relay nodes until the final decryption provides the receiver's address and the message. Each time a layer is decrypted a new VM on the node is given the required IP address on a private virtual LAN so that it can pretend to be the next relay node and the message goes to the next relay inside the same virtual environment; rinse, repeat, until the message is decrypted enough to cough out the final destination address. Now the private virtual LAN can be dropped and the message sent direct to the recipient, who thinks it has come across the TOR network safely and anonymously, only the interceptors have the originating and delivery addresses and will have kept a copy of the message for analysis. If end-to-end encryption has not been used then the message can be read immediately. You can boost the chances of capturing messages with your sinkhole by DDoSing other entry nodes. If your sinkhole is sitting on a really fast link then the bwauths and TOR directory authority will start logging it as a 'fast' node and start sending more and more traffic to it, but DDoSing other entry nodes will make your sinkhole look 'faster' as well. Unless the users get suspicious and run a TOR Check then the sinkhole will go unnoticed.

Also, as your sinkhole has unwrapped each layer of the encryption 'onion' it has given the interceptor the address of a real node - pretty soon the interceptor has a nice database of real node addresses and identities which can be hacked, DDoSed or legally attacked. Rumors say the Chinese are keen on sinkholes as a way of identifying TOR servers used by Chinese dissidents.

".....Dubya didn't have much of a grasp of technical matters...." Please name a POTUS that ever has. And please don't even pretend Obambi does.

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Re: AC Re: Police declined to explain how they "snared" the suspects

".....tor is still pretty much opaque to law enforcement......" The problem with all such distributed systems is anyone can join the network, including law enforcement and spy agencies. All they need to do is to add a number of TOR nodes in one area, even if only temporarily, and they will start picking up (and logging, and tagging) traffic. If they push up the number of nodes to the point where they have the majority in the area and then they will capture the majority of traffic. No need to even hack or throttle the other nodes (which they can also do if they wish). And they can then map out the TOR network in that area and start tracing all the traffic. All you need is to fire up a load of VMs, one per node, and an average COTS 2-CPU server will host plenty of such VMs, and it becomes a funding race between the TORists and the authorities which the authorities will win. If they want, once they have the majority of nodes in a network, they can even mess with traffic delivery to make the users mistrust the network and abandon it. Or they can just keep on logging all the traffic for as long as they like....

Same goes for distributed Bitcon (sic) systems such as Dark Walllet, where users group together to 'launder' their Bitcoins in groups - all the authorities have to do is create a majority of fake users in a group and they control the group. Not only can they then track all the rest of the group, they can charge all of them with conspiracy if just one of them tries to make an illegal purchase (such as drugs or kiddie porn) because the other members have deliberately joined in order to obscure what they will know are probably illegal transactions.

Seriously, the authorities are not stupid, and they are not sitting on their hands just watching the Dark Net grow. After all, the DARPA came up with TOR in the first place.....

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Re: AC Re: for some definition of paedophile...

Five down votes for a perfectly reasonable post explaining why stopping kiddie porn is a good idea? So either that means the coppers probably need to add five more to the list, or there really are some sheep on her so busy bleating about 'personal freedom' they really can't see the actual harm and loss of liberty inflicted on the kids involved.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: AC Re: why would anyone use Malaysian Airlines

".....The people who brought the tickets for these great minds just brought the cheapest ones affordable (indirect flight)....." The flight path is taken by many other airlines so it was just really bad luck, nothing to do with it being a Malaysian Airlines flight or 'cheapness'.

".....Malaysian Airlines is one of those third-rate cheap airlines......" WTF? What has that got to do with anything? I admit it's been a few years since I last flew Malaysian but it seemed no worse than any other of the large airlines, and a lot better than many budget airlines.

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Re: Leftswinger Re: So sad

"All at low altitude......" And the usual defenders of The Great Soviet 2.0 swing into action without bothering to check the facts, again. The Ukranian Su-25 shot down in the area last week was at 32,000ft because the Ukranians previously lost an An-26 transport, in the same area, at 20,000ft (https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-military-transport-plane-shot-down-002407723.html), which is well outside the range of ordinary MANPADS. The SAMs that the rebels have captured from Ukranina bases were all Igla MANPADS, not high-altitude SAMs as would be needed to hit either the An-26, the Su-25, and the Malaysian flight.

"....It takes weeks, months or years to work out what really happened to a crashed aircraft...." Not so, especially in the case of packed passenger jets, because the wounds to people seated in different parts of the aircraft will give a very good indicator of where an explosion occurred, and shrapnel from a missile will pepper the bodies closest to the explosion. Which probably explains the tales of the bodies being whisked off to Russia, so the Russians can remove all the incriminating shrapnel.

"....the Pavlovian response of the Western press is rather worrisome - both from a press freedom perspective, and from the suggestion that this tragedy is convenient for the US." So you really want to baaaah-lieve The Man shot down the airliner just to smear Pootie and the press (which have all been happy to publish Snowjob's tales) have all suddenly turned into obedient little yes-men? Seriously, are you smoking something, or really that stupidly blinkered?

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Re: Destroyed All Braincell's Re: So sad

"......coincidentally fielded (with chasing radar active on the 17th) in large numbers by Ukraine....." What a surprise (not) that Destroyed is bleating Pootie's propaganda. The Ukranians have plenty of aircraft, including supersonic fighters, and have complete control of the air, whilst the pro-Russian rebels don't. The Ukranians would only need to use their SAMs in the case of Russia sending in their aircraft, otherwise they have no reason to shoot at an airliner their own ATC was in contact with (from when it entered Ukranian airspace). The rebels, on the other hand, were not in contact with the airliner, and have been popping off such high-altitude SAMs with abandon, especially at what they think are Ukranian military transports. The chances it was anything other than a Russian-supplied (if not also Russian-manned) SAM, fired on the orders of the local rebel commander, is looking very slim, especially seeing as the rebels are stopping the crash investigators from examining the wreckage (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28388136).

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Absolute Cluetard Re: Calm down: The NSA are great guys, they wouldn't......

"......but clear-thinking Matt Bryant has thankfully just recently explained to me...." Unfortunately, it seems your bedtime came round too early for you (I assume it was a school night?) to read the bit about how you are much more likely to have your sext or emailed pic snaffled by the staff of your ISP, your telecom provider, the app provider, a skiddie haxor, your angry partner or just an ex. But don't let that get in the way of your paranoid bleatings, they provide so much unintended humour.

As for Snowjob, he's obviously just stroking his ego and earning some cash. It seems being a helldesk op in Moscow just doesn't pay enough, he needs to keep fluffing out his stories to pay for the local poledancers.

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

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Re: I.Approvetheremovalofcommonsense Re: Everyone's a criminal these days.

Wow, a story about a security hole in CISCO routers, and you post a diatribe about The Man?!?! Seriously, how did you make that leap? Do you think The Man is hiding in your modem?

As for your link to the Wired story, again, what has that to do with the article? Two rather sad dropouts that 'want to change the World', one already a laughingstock for the tragic 'Liberator' printed gun? You really think cretins like that are going to 'take over'? Their 'Silk Road 3.0' will be taken down by the authorities in just as short order as it's predecessors. Peer-to-peer will make zero difference as the authorities will merely shift from looking for the centralised server to blocking the service at the ISPs. All those morons are doing is accelerating us towards a completely regulated Internet.

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"There are currently no known workarounds available for this vulnerability."

I'd suggest, if you can't wait for the patch, the workaround would be to buy a non-CISCO router. Oh, did CISCO not want that workaround mentioned?

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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<Yawn>

Government legislation to help fight crime on the 'Net? Check!

Uninformed, paranoid bleating from the 'lovers of liberty' (AKA, the sheeple)? Check!

Just another day on El Reg.

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Re: Paper shortages

"....Any suggestions?" Advanced D&D, 2nd Edition.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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Re: BoringGreen Boring Roominant (the proven liar) @Matt Bryant

And, finally, BoringGreen runs away rather than admit he can't provide the evidence of 'harm' he claimed. True to form, though, he has to get another whine in before he slinks away.

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Re: Roominant Re: BoringGreen Boring Roominant (the proven liar) @Matt Bryant

<Yawn> And yet another post where Roominant provides not a shred of the evidence he claimed he could provide. Just more evasions, whining and pretences of moral superiority.

Oh, and since the moderator seems to have woken up, I clicked the abuse button for your time-wasting, childish post.

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Re: AC Re: BoringGreen Boring Roominant (the proven liar) @Matt Bryant

".....I wonder how you can claim to know that those caught or admitting to it were the only ones that abused the system....." Gee, is that another sheeple attempt to get me to try proving a negative? You lot really need to come up with some new ideas. Apart from the safeguards already mentioned, any grand act of misuse would be bound to come to public attention. Any misuse extensive enough to cause the 'harm' claimed by others here would have been front page news.

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Re: BoringGreen Boring Roominant (the proven liar) @Matt Bryant

And still another post from BoringGreen where he still avoids admitting he has no proof of the 'harm'. Not really a surprise.

".....e.g. "your paranoid claim that power corrupts" - I did not 'claim' that, I said "personally I believe that power corrupts", a very different thing....." So you believe power corrupts, I am saying that I think that you believe that out of paranoia seeing as you cannot provide any evidence of the alleged corruption.

"....I've tried a couple of times being polite....." All you have tried is avoiding admitting you cannot provide the evidence of 'harm' you claimed. Just another boring evasion.

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Re: BoringGreen Re: Boring Roominant (the proven liar) @Matt Bryant

OMGeeez, you are just so desperate not to admit you can't find any proof of the so-called 'harm'!

If we ignore your paranoid claim that power corrupts, did you miss the bit about internal controls at the NSA? In the article on so-called 'LOVEINT', what happened to the very few people that abused the system? They got fired. The fact they got caught or felt compelled to own up before getting caught simply highlights the safeguards and procedures put in place. And then there is the FISC and the Senate Oversight, plus the very simple and obvious fact that, if widespread corruption or blackmail was taking place, it would have hit the papers years ago. The fact that it hasn't just goes to show it is all in your mind.

Now, quit evading and show me your evidence to back up your proof of 'harm'.

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".....When you are able to debate in a grown up fashion, I may reconsider." Does that mean the rest of the forum readers can gat a real from your boring posts? If so, tough!

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Re: A pretty restrained response ...

GBH, 'friends' will spy on their allies for their own good. Funny as that sounds, even close friends like the UK's MI6/MI5 and the CIA will keep an eye on each other, if only because history has shown that a mole/leaker in one can lead to the loss of secrets from all. Snowden is an example, as was Kim Philby. In the past, it has been rumoured that the CIA did not share some secrets with UK Labour governments that contained ministers thought to be too 'Red' in their outlook, especially after US nuke secrets were leaked to Moscow by British civil servants (and, allegedly by Labour MPs). So, the CIA will carry on spying on the BND and German politicians for exactly the same reason - to look for leaks, moles and criminals, and to work out if certain German politicians should not be trusted with certain secrets. The BND knows this, even Angela Merkel knows it, but she gets a nice boost in the polls when she plays the anti-Yank card, despite the fact being her own people have been using the NSA's tools such as XKeyScore with her knowledge:

http://www.dw.de/magazine-reveals-german-government-using-nsa-spying-data/a-16964677

http://rt.com/news/germany-nsa-usa-xkeyscore-378/

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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".....As far as they're concerned, one man can destroy civilization out of nowhere...." <Sigh> Yeah, and your proof of that statement is.... Oh, you don't have any! I'm trying to look surprised, honest.

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