* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Sooo.....Microsoft can't make Windows secure, so they're going to run Windows under a hypervisor which is secure.

Am I alone in thinking this is wrong?

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Half a BILLION dollars later and, PHEW, we're all done buying up dot-word domain rights

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Buy the ICANN.Sucks domain, maybe?

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: Slap me silly...

I hope everyone is aware that Apple have hard coded wifi networks that their devices will automatically connect to when in range, for example when in an Apple Store

I was in my local Apple store the other day and I had to manually select and connect to the Apple Store WiFi. It wasn't hard coded in to my iPhone at all.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: maglev is the way to go

One small issue with Maglev: Cost of infrastructure.

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Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D

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Is size everything?

Is the issue with flash memory the size of the chips, or the cost of them?

Me, I think it's more the cost rather than the real-estate they take up in a server.

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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Black Helicopters

Ars Technica has been following Stringray stories for a while.

This article shows that the FBI are involved in a country-wide plan to hide the capabilities of Stingray. And this article shows that the FBI would rather prosecutions were dropped rather than details of Stingrays be revealed.

To me, there's a lot of effort going into hiding what Stingray can do, which doesn't bode well for what Stringray really can do.

The problem law enforcement are going to start having, is as more questions are asked in court (and cases dropped to avoid answering them) the less the cops are going to be able to use them. Their real problem is when a Stingray is used in a high-profile case: Drop the case and have public condemnation or reveal what Stingray actually does.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: Assumptions?

So far, though, they don't appear to have extracted any part of the key: They've just shown they can see memory usage.

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Chrome 42 breaks vSphere web client thanks to ye olde NPAPI

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Bad light?!?

If anything Chrome killing off a management plugin puts VMware in a bad light for using crusty formats, rather than signalling any tension between the pair.

VMware was in a bad light to start off with for using Flash for their management interface, long before Chrome dropped NAPI support.

BTW - Google announced a while ago that Chrome was dropping NAPI support, so why wasn't VMware prepared for this?

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Re: You're thinking of Lorenz

Whilst the work that Turing, Flowers, et al did at Bletchley was amazing, some of the early work in cracking German codes was actually done by the Polish: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptanalysis_of_the_Enigma#Polish_breakthrough.

Several beers to all those involved.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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@Wzrd1

Go somewhere with a *really* good sound system. Hook up a computer, turn up the volume, close your eyes and hit play on this:

The Eve of the War

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Happy

The chances of anything being on Ceres are a million to one they said.

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Troubleshooting feature on Cisco routers is open to data-slurp abuse

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WTF?

Er, has anyone told the researchers about tcpdump, which is part of many *nix systems? That can slurp data and write it to disc.

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

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@Lee D

I think the problem is that you're using Apple devices in a corporate environment and Apple stopped targeting the corporate environment years ago.

Apple's focus is on the consumer market. Apple like that corporates use their products, but they're not putting massive effort into supporting it.

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News just in...

A software company was found to be working on the next version of its product immediately after releasing the current version.

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Unpatched 18-year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived

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@Spasticus Autisticus Re: Typos in the first paragraph

I've just had an email from a sub-editor and the typos have been fixed.

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We hope that our research will compel Microsoft to reconsider the vulnerabilities and disable authentication with untrusted SMB servers.

But surely a server is untrusted until authentication occurs? Isn't this part of reason why we have authentication?

Surely the problem is that Windows is sending a weak authentication token, rather than sending an authentication token at all?

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Re: Github

Wasn't there a terrorist group who developed their own encryption, because they didn't trust encryption developed in the west, only to have their efforts shown as being futile as their encryption was easily broken?

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American cloud providers are already moaning about loosing business due to American law enforcements love of stealing data/spying on people. Surely this will just drive more companies to not have a US legal presence so they can avoid giving the NSA the keys to the castle?

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Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

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Live Patching

Before people get too excited over the live patching feature, I should point out this kernel just has the first stage of providing live patching support. See this LWN article for more details: lwn.net/Articles/634649/.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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WTF?

Are ICANN seriously trying to say they didn't think this would happen???

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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Profit not volumes

It doesn't matter how many widgets you sell if you're making zero (or near zero) profit on each one. If you're not making profit, then you're not going to be around for long.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Front row seat

Watching that collision play out would be a great spectacle. If only I could get the Doctor to answer his flipping phone and get him to take me to see it.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

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Cash cow

You won’t be able to use it abroad..

..Because that would stop us making obscene profits form milking you dry.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Mixed feelings...

I have mixed feelings over this. On the one hand I'm glad big companies have stood up to this discrimination. But on the other hand..

..it's scary how a few words from a couple of rich people can make a legislature change their laws.

Democracy: Yeah, we've heard of it.

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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Facts not opinions

Civil servants should be allowed to talk to anyone if all they are doing is offering facts: e.g. "How many unemployed are there this week?" or "What did the minister say last week?"

Civil Servants should not, however, provide opinion.e g. "Is the unemployment rate too high?"

Now, I accept, that it can sometimes be that the lines between fact and opinion can be a little grey, but you get the idea.

Ministers should NOT be involved in handling facts. They'll only distort them.

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

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Back to basics

I was trying to find some tax information on-line. I ended up phoning them up as I just went round in loops on their website. The person explained it was all documented in tax form BLAH - which wasn't online. (He did then explain the details and worked through the calculations with me over the phone, so ten out of ten for customer service by the agent.)

C'mon government, start with the basics of putting all information online in easy to find, sane formats and work from there.

Oh - and get rid of all those stupid out-sourcing companies and employ some IT staff yourself. Once you have development in-house, you'll start to discover what agile development is really like.

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Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

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@A/C Re: Protect yourself

One of the points of the report is that Facebook is tracking you even if you don't have a Facebook account and don't visit Facebook.Com. It's things like their "Like" buttons that are doing the dirty on you. Hence why you need browser plugins to suppress them.

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

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@mythicalduck - Re: Exe upload

You're playing with files on the filesystem. When files come in over a HTTP connection, different rules apply. There is (usually) a HTTP header telling the client what the content type is supposed to be. But this is just a hint, and the client can inspect the file contents to decide what to do itself.

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Never trust user supplied data

I hope EBay are checking more than just the HTTP headers sent with the upload request. The only way to be sure you've got an image is to check the file contents.

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Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report

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Convenient Escape

This could be a convenient way for the NSA to cut down their phone surveillance. They can trim it down and say "Look, we were already considering it. We're absolutely not bowing to external pressure. There's no need to reform us as our internal processes are working."

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Ofcom's to-do list: Number porting, sell spectrum, buy milk

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@1980s_coder Re: PAC Codes

[In one week] there had been four separate billing mistakes that each required 45-minute calls to customer service to resolve.

Really the mobile industry here is a disgrace.

To be fair, the mobile industry is just following the shining example set by all the other communications companies in providing a c**p billing service.

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@Shrimpling - Re: PAC Codes

I suspect OFCOM are talking about behind-the-scenes paperwork between the networks. Otherwise they'll end up in the mess that the electricity & gas companies got into whereby they transferred customers with fake signatures.

Surely OFCOM wouldn't make the same mistake?

Would they?

Oh s**t, this is OFCOM. They probably would :-(

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Copy Water Meters

In my area, water meters can be read electronically by someone outside the property. Why don't the gas and electric companies adopt a similar system. Then (and this is the really radical idea) instead of having to send three people to read gas, electric and water meters, you just send one to read all three.

I know it's not as sexy as millions of meters being on-line, but why over complicate things? And we all know how good the public sector is at large IT projects...

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

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Irony...

There is a wonderful irony in communications companies failing to communicate.

Those of us who work with BT on a daily basis can point out that BT doesn't even talk to BT, let alone anyone else.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Context, context....

I hope the organisers of the conference employ a little common sense in enforcing their rules. A woman can wear a short skirt or tight fitting top and not look like a whore. I've met men who wear shorts all year round (and no, they don't live in sun drenched climates) And what would they say about a true Scotsman wearing a kilt?

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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I can understand the general premise of not spending public money to directly compete with the private sector. But if the private sector isn't delivering the goods, then why can't the public purse step in?

In the UK, the government has provided money to ensure high speed broadband reaches more people than would happen if it was left to BT*.

*I'm not going to get into the debate over whether BT should have been paid for this due to their history.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: hold up a 30 sign

You only see (70) signs in Scotland.

You also see them in Wales....

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FAIL

I drove a Volvo a few months ago. It had gizmos to read speed limit signs and nag^H remind you if you're over the limit. Unfortunately, it couldn't work out whether a speed limit sign was on the motorway, slip-road, or adjacent road so kept on reminding me that I should be doing 30 on the motorway.

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

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Criminal Darwin Award

Is there a Darwin award equivalent for criminals?

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Apple takes ACID-compliant NoSQL upstart FoundationDB

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Re: iCloud Storage

Considering how fallible cloud services have been, I always thought Apple's decision to use two cloud storage providers was a rather sensible one. Eggs, Basket, and all....

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Shock news

Mobile phone operator trade association claims mobile phone operators are being charged unfairly.

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BlackHat talk hibernated over 0-day in SAP's Afaria mobile manager

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SAP should be grateful that it wasn't Google who found these problems!

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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WTF?

Hang on...

So a flaw in the Flash player needs the .SWF files re-compiling. Why does this sound wrong to me? To me, it sounds like a flaw still exists in the Flash player...

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Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

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Xen?

Wasn't Xen supposed to be a small/light-weight hyper-visor?

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

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Google have been doing this for a few years: www.cnet.com/uk/news/google-uncloaks-once-secret-server-10209580/

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UK.gov shovels £15m into training new quantum engineers

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Re: What about the quantum mechanics?

Just don't get in a tangle over this: No-one will know what state you're in.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Re: Needs better information on faxing

Analogue lines aren't just used by fax machines: PDQ machines, Franking Machines, door intercom systems, security barriers, etc. These all need some form of analogue phone connection.

Fax/Modem/etc over VoIP is not as trivial as people make it out to be. The devil is in the detail.

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Re: Crap article

It's not just this article that's crap: This whole series of articles on VoIP is dire. They're almost written by a marketing droid who's just throwing around some buzz-words.

Sorry Dave Cartwright, I just don't think these articles cut the mustard.

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Re: What the fuck?

And you wouldn't order a DASS-2 connection from a Telco. You'd order a 2Mb/s circuit and slap DASS-2 interfaces into your PABX. But as Lost all faith says, DASS-2 is obsolete: You'd go Q.931 nowadays instead.

(Of course, if you're ordering a 2Mb/s connection from a Telco, why not just run IP over it?)

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