* Posts by Sir Alien

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Sir Alien

Re: Law in the UK is clearer.

I know I am always pissing on peoples fun but here is a snippet I found regarding the CAA (in the UK) so no hedge hopping for you sadly. Don't take my word for it though as I could be wrong (or the source is, not surprised if they are).

"""An unmanned aircraft must always be flown at least 50m distance away from a person, vehicle, building or structure."""

I do enjoy a little drone action myself but more for the experimental and tinkering at an engineering level.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

Sir Alien

Re: If the amount of kit in your data centre changes significantly

Can't really calculate it purely by kit space. The air in the datacentre also needs displacing. The rooms should really have a one way pop vent to relieve excess pressure but not let air back in.

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

Sir Alien

The EHCR needs to kick more than Russia...

If mass call scraping or surveillance is against ECHR rules then quite a number of EU countries need to be kicked as they are already are or planning to do it as well.

No need to mention the countries by name as people can with reasonable accuracy, guess the countries implied here. If they don't get kicked, it's just another situation of Pot meet Kettle.

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

Sir Alien

Laws like this (implemented or mulled about)

In my opinion laws like this are for pretty much two reasons and none of them are related to terrorism. Just think of this, would you have protests if you can stop the planning of protests from the start? Person (A) starts to think about gathering protesters, then person (A) suddenly is arrested.

Another good thing (sarcasm) with banning encryption is that it makes the NSA's (and other spy agencies) jobs easier regarding industrial espionage. That nice French invention suddenly patented in America would go down nicely or vice versa. It would be industrial espionage at a grand scale.

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Russia's blanket phone spying busted Europe's human rights laws

Sir Alien

Re: And Russia's response...

I was under the impression the EHCR was part of the EU but I stand corrected then. No problem with being wrong as long as something is gained from it in knowledge.

Regardless, Russia will just ignore this.

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Alien

And Russia's response...

This ECHR ruling effects those in Russia how?

The EU can jump up and down and rant as much as they want. If this was a law in Russia on Russian soil then the EU can do absolutely nothing.

If Russia was enforcing installing such monitoring equipment within the EU with EU based communications providers then there may be grounds for enforcement but otherwise this man is out of luck.

NB: I am not pro or anti Russian. I am simply a watcher sent here to monitor you.

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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

Sir Alien

Re: Changes in PHP 7

http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/

Understandably some things no longer apply as they have been fixed or removed but much of the blog is still valid today. One of the reasons PHP is so popular is you can simply copy and paste tons of code from the web. This also explains why many PHP sites are vulnerable as those users that just use the example verbatim from the web don't realize that they are examples and not meant to be production based code.

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WDC's shingle-free stocking filler: A 10TB helium disk drive

Sir Alien

The problem with vacuum (near or complete) is thermal conductivity. The air (or in this case helium) circulating keeps certain parts of the drive from overheating.

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Sir Alien

Re: Not to be picky, but how much do they cost?

Well if the He8 (8TB) is going for around $600 to $800 I would imagine at least that but probably $1000. My wallet spontaneously combusted the moment I saw this.

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Sir Alien
Mushroom

That's rather explosive data you have there.

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Windows 10 market share growth rate flattens again

Sir Alien

Re: Looking at the data.

Although ChromeOS only has 1% that is quite a fast growth considering how long the other operating systems have been about. ChromeOS only got released around end 2009 / start 2010 and the first available hardware was only around 2011. So ChromeOS has grabbed 1% market share in just 4 years.

I am not advocating the ChromeOS is in anyway the best of the best and it has its own problems but overall I kind of like it. The only thing missing for me is desktop streaming for things like games and/or software on windows computers that is not available as a native chrome app.

Something like Steam in-home streaming (not just for games you know) would benefit the ChromeOS family quite a bit if there was a Steam client for the ChromeBook (without needing to install Linux in a rooted container)

- S.A

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Safe Harbor solution not coming any time soon, says Dutch minister

Sir Alien

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If they refused to comply with local laws, ISPs could be forced to block them on national security reasons :-P

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

Sir Alien

Re: Earth to world:

Even then, it depends whether such a contract is even enforceable. Yes it may be a pain to go through all the legal rambles of lawyers and letters but end of the day, a contract does not override the "LAW"

- S.A

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Sir Alien

Re: Whatever next?

Seriously? That is like so last month. Who uses 64 bit processors now. Have we not all moved to 128 bit already. It should have at least 32x128bit cores with 64 Terabytes of RAM.

- S.A

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Re: Overpriced

What people fail to realize is yes you can add all the usual parts to it (wifi, keyboard, etc) but what if you simply want a really tiny A+ hooked to a quad-copter? You know, a tiny Pi for the makers.

This is a good start since you don't have all the extra components of the B+ but rather a bare-bones A+ that you can add components to to make your own version for what you are making.

As for Wifi, it has options. USB hub to Wifi or use an SDIO wifi module on the GPIO.

- S.A

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MPs and peers have just weeks to eyeball UK gov's super-snoop bid

Sir Alien

Re: How many users constitutes large?

Actually anonymous on here does not work because your login is via plain text (meaning a visible session) and thus every post afterwards as anonymous will have that same session in plain text.

Currently anonymous is pointless on El Reg because you are only anonymous in that you name looks different once posted that's it.

My VPN to abroad is working brilliantly and has rotated/discarded keys. So all my ISP will see is one very long connection to somewhere of cryto-crap.

- S.A

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

Sir Alien

Re: Privacy settings - again!

Tried Windows 10, won't be keeping it. So far each attempt to make something past Windows 7 has ended in disaster for Microsoft. Fair enough each successive Windows performance has slightly improved but this for me is not enough to justify moving from Windows 7.

Windows 7 is supported till 2020 so I will continue to use it till then. If the software (and some games) that I use eventually work on other platforms like Mac or Linux then I see no reason to keep the Windows machine.

All I need to do now is filter extensively through Windows update to make sure they don't keep trying to sneak in the Windows 10 auto-upgrader. Once it is on it's a bitch to remove.

- S.A

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

Sir Alien

Re: Not only in Ireland

The day that happens to us is the day we use solar because at €1500 solar panels will quickly pay for themselves in no time. Energy companies unless they can ban self powering houses need to play it safe in that if they become to expensive, people will search for alternatives.

Granted the UK is not the best place for solar power efficiency considering the weather nearer the autumn and winter months but even so they can produce quite a bit of usable power if you can store it.

Right now, with us correcting our energy company each month, we find it sort of works out cost effective(ish) to just continue paying for the power and using it carefully.

For Spain, just use solar since you always have good sun even in winter (except for the nut-job that thinks she owns the sun)

- S.A

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Sir Alien

Re: Not only in Ireland

This is one of the reasons I never do direct debit with any energy company. They are fast to claim the money and slow to return. We pay it manually each time and just accept the small penalty (or punishment) for not doing DD. On more than one occasion we found they would have over charged us by well over £75 over the amount due and we corrected them each time.

Never trust any unpredictable amount on direct debit.

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EU's Paris terror response includes 'virtual currencies' crimp

Sir Alien

Re: Stopping movement of non-banking currencies

Don't forget that most diamonds have serial numbers micro-laser etched into them. Although you cannot see it with the naked eye, if you place it under a microscope you will see the serial number.

So normal diamonds that Joe Public and purchase are traceable. Uncut diamonds as far as I know are illegal in most countries.

- S.A

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Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

Sir Alien

Suspicion on the abandonment...

Was one (or more) developers of Truecrypt USA citizens? If so it is likely that they received a secret court order, ordering them to weaken parts of the code or leave subtle vulnerabilities. You would never know as the order would be secret and so in defiance the developers just packed up shop like a well known encrypted mail provider.

If the intentional bug was found for those even bothering to look they could just claim unknown bug and then fix it (and leave another bug elsewhere)

Or simply, they got fed up of coding it.

- S.A

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Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

Sir Alien

Remove all classic politicians...

The government should be run by engineers. Pushing the boundaries and pushing for progress.

And in most instances, engineers actually have a clue what they are talking about. Current politicians and current politics is all about control, power and ass kissing.

- S.A

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

Sir Alien

Re: Legal case?

If this were the case how come we know about it and it's all over El Reg? Does that mean arrests all round?

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Sir Alien

Legal case?

I am no law expert so please correct me where I slip up but can the journalists now sue the crap out of the phone provider (and the police)? RIPA although it compels, is not a secret request so even though they skipped asking a judge can the provider not challenge this in court thus making a judge aware and having the judge slap the RIPA abusers?

- S.A

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TalkTalk hired BAE Systems' infosec bods before THAT hack

Sir Alien

What if...

What if this is all a ruse and in actual fact this is not a hack by some script kiddies and rather an instance of "oops we lost your data on a train for spy agency to conveniently find". Talk Talk get told to remain as is by agency, data is lost, blame game ensues, make it look like a legit hacker.

I am off to get my tinfoil hat. My large brain requires the entire roll.

- S.A

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

Sir Alien

Re: The people voted this Tory government into power

Who you voted for is irrelevant today. Any other party in power would be doing the very same thing, even if you voted in Tories, Labour, UKIP, <insert party of choice>. It's almost as if the parties by name is simply a cover to simulate democracy.

- S.A

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Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

Sir Alien

Re: Don't worry dear

I am not concerned at all. My Fallout vault got opened today so I will be moving in soon. :-P

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Sir Alien

Re: Cover story weirdness...

Oh don't get me wrong. I don't take such videos as the gospel truth. Just a few basic observations.

Though, I did not mean steer the missile around a plane but more at launch point it to a place where air traffic is not active :-P

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Sir Alien

An apparent alternative view...

Jinkiestv Facebook Video - Blue streak

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Sir Alien

Cover story weirdness...

I am no conspiracy nut job but I do like to occasionally see if their story matches the event sometimes. The bit I found weird is that the light in the sky is white/blue like a hydrogen or similar gas burn yet most ICBM type missiles like trident tend to use solid rocket fuel which burns more yellow/white.

If this were simply a trident test launch that light in the sky should look a little different. Also since ICBMs are guided as far as I know, they would not need to redirect air traffic as they can control altitude and direction. Now I could be wrong and that particular missile uses a different type of fuel but to my knowledge most ICBMs are solid fuel multi-stage.

Although it may be nothing serious they could have at least made a better cover story that sounds more authentic.

- S.A

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

Sir Alien

Although there is some slagging (this is normal in any community) people are doing something about it. Just like government implementations take time people can't just flip a switch.

But yes, you will find VPNs become more common and PGP signed emails too.

All in good time.

- S.A

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Sir Alien

Re: The Tories are now, officially, Bond Villains.

The party in power is irrelevant as they all seem to be doing the same. Tories, Labour or <insert party of choice>. If they did not do it, the next party in power would have, like it or not.

- S.A

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Sir Alien

All that will happen now...

Is that people who want to keep some data private (or criminals too) will simply use VPNs to countries with more strict privacy rules (or countries that don't give a crap what the UK government says)

Outlaw VPN I hear you say? Well prove it is in use as you can simply do SSL VPN over port 443 which is normally used for encrypted web traffic. Oh wait, lets ban encryption all together so now you must let us see what you do in plain text.

You can no longer speak in code words either, obviously only terrorists do that.

Please stop this planet so I can get off.

- S.A

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

Sir Alien

Re: Accountability?

Actually there is quite a bit of accountability. Technically Halifax or other financial systems could take legal action against Comodo. It is also a reason for the certificate insurance.

I was informed that the insurance is not for site breaches but that the CA has done the needed checks and insured that the certificate being made out is for the organisation it is meant for.

It is just a case of even if the banks can hold them accountable, would they. All well and good being able to sue someone but would they actually do it or just pass the blame.

- SA

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'We jokingly call Apple the Tesla graveyard. Cook gets our sloppy rejects. LOL'

Sir Alien

Re: Response we'd like to see from Tim Cook, but won't...

In some ways I agree and disagree with Elon. Fossil fuels, although seem nice and easy from a user perspective, are very pollutant and create smog. I am not a massive OMFGWTF melting the world concern type of person but more a case of still wanting to breath air rather than a bowl of soot particles constantly.

Personally I think electric powered vehicles are the future and we should be investing more heavily into it so that the transition is smoother. But that is where my agreement with him stops. I think battery powered vehicles are not the future, especially with Lithium based power sources as that have very limited range and we have limited amounts of lithium on this planet.

For electric powered vehicles to take off we need to have the convenience of petrol powered cars with the clean running of electric. In my book that means, hydrogen fuel cell or if batteries must be used. a MASSIVE/GIGANTIC leap in battery technology that is also not made of an extremely limited resource and charges as fast as fueling a car.

- SA

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Talk revealing p0wnable surveillance cams pulled after legal threat

Sir Alien

Just reveal the manufacturer behind the threat...

I assume simply naming the accuser does not allow the accuser to take any legal action against him. Even if they did, it would not be libel since he has evidence of the insecurities and he would win. A side effect of this is that the public may (depending on the case) be able to see the evidence of the court case or they can decide not to take it to court and keep the exploits unknown.

By just naming the company, their clients would already start taking precautions about the hardware or checking it themselves.

- SA

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

Sir Alien

Re: Is this a lost in translation

If the road you were travelling on changed speed limit such as going from national limit to 50 or to 40 then the sign MUST be visible or it is assumed without correct road signs that the speed limit did not change. If such a case where you were caught speeding came about, without you being able to tell that the speed limit has changed it is with almost great certainty that a court will find in your favour and throw out the case.

If on the other hand there was a sign fully visible and you were still breaking the speed limit, well that's on you. :-D

I personally ride with a journey camera now, so that if something like this ever came up, I could see on video if a sign was obscured and use this as evidence.

-SA

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

Sir Alien

Re: Temperature?

According to some review sites, the Pixel (2) does run a lot cooler and does not try to kill itself in a massive ball of flame. I sure hope the LS model will be available in the UK since I would like to have one. Like many the reason I did not get the original, although I would have liked to, is the not so great spec and gigantic price.

With the new model you can run both ChromeOS and Ubuntu Linux and it would have plenty of resources left to do other things. It is about time the PC market (or ChromeOS market, same thing when you Linux it) gets a decent spec'd decent design and solidly build laptop of a size that is portable and not the size of a house.

I will continue slobber over my F5 key to see when the LS model is available :-D

- SA

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Oracle's piping hot new pot of Java takes out the trash (faster)

Sir Alien

Languages not at fault...

A)

An idiot given any language regardless of how good it supposedly is, can write terrible and vulnerable code.

B)

There is no bad languages, just bad programmers/designers

C)

In your replies case, the breakages are "normally" because the developer has not implemented the feature in a standard way and not followed any deprecation warnings. Like trying to use a Windows 3.1 application on Windows 7 and then complaining that the upgrade broke the application. The application creator should have updated it or simply said, does not support XYZ operating system. This does happen for Java, where I have encountered applications that only work with Java 6 and say that is all they support.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Sir Alien

Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

Ah, I see your problem. An unofficial pub statistic is it seems that all accidents seem the have this uncanny attraction to the colour read. We had a red Rover and everyone seemed to treat it like a target (probably being a Rover too)

Had a blue car for many years since and not a single incident.

- SA

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Crossbar says it's 'one step' from delivering miracle RRAM

Sir Alien
Mushroom

Re: "Crossbar RRAM is targeting 100,000 write cycles"

Unlimited write cycles don't sell more drives.

They need to design failure into the product to ensure you buy more.

Even if the failure is only 5 years later. That and technology moves on so the only long term unlimited(ness) you will get is from mostly embedded stuff that sits around for 25+ years.

The average "Joe" will likely get a new drives simply for speed, size or just a new drive with a new (tablet, phone, pc, whatever)

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

Sir Alien

Re: If systemd is so bad...

Not many distros use it yet because of the massive debacle. I know red hat use it but that's because they made it. There are loads of distros on the fence because of systemd.

But because gnome would require systemd in future if you wanted to not use systemd you would also have to drop gnome.

To be honest not so much of a great loss since gnome 3+ has become utter rubbish.

- SA

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

Sir Alien

Re: Obviously govenment is just trying to pass the buck.

SSL/TLS was more meant as a general term even though many implementations are known to be useless. I should have replaced it simply with keypair encryption of some sorts. Regardless with very little effort, anyone can do completely encrypted communications directly to each other which simply overrides whatever MI6 have said. It is not the fault of big providers but the lack of action on the governments part.

- SA

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Big Brother

Obviously govenment is just trying to pass the buck.

Okay so the TERRist has a hotmail account and the government can now see everything. BUT the suspected terrorists post nothing of the kind to each other using their hotmail. Instead they use a peer to peer instant messaging client that uses public/private keys to encrypt their direct communication with each other.

<sarcasm>

So obviously now that they can chat in secret it must obviously be large corporations fault.

</sarcasm>

1. ISP can't see a thing other then source/destination. Can somewhat but not completely be hidden by TOR

2. There is no large corporation to blame as they are not using server-side services. Nothing to trawl through.

3. Unless they have broken TLS/SSL keypairs some how then they cannot view the contents of the data unless they get hold of each of the private keys from the individuals.

4. It does not require very much knowledge to use encrypted chat clients. Just a few internet searches to see what programs + features are available and that is it.

I am all for nailing these terrorist rats to a wall but simply passing the blame just goes to show how little they care and simply want a nation of blanket monitoring. The government needs to take responsibility for their own inaction.

- SA

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

Sir Alien

The watch is a gimmick but...

Although I think the watch is a gimmick I kind of like it for one reason. Unlike the failed Samsung attempts it does not look like someone has just strapped a small phone to your wrist. In the streaming video it actually looks thin and um.... watch-like.

So purely in terms of hardware Apple are ahead of the game. Won't know much about software until it is in active use by the populous for a while.

- SA

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Sir Alien

Battery powered cars aren't that great....

I will wait until the true Electric car is upon us. The hydrogen fuel cell powered one.

My neighbour actually got rid of his new Prius in favour of a Diesel powered car because he said in winter and cold weather the batteries are so rubbish that he gets worse fuel economy than most pure petrol cars. Yes diesel is more polluting than any other fuel type out there but seeing as they get good fuel economy and range its no surprise that diesels are still selling so well.

We definitely need more research into Hydrogen Fuel Cell cars. They produce zero pollution (water) and fill up in a matter of seconds/minutes just like todays fuel cars. I don't want to sit at a pub for 8 hours waiting to charge up.

And for all those that are going to say where do we get the hydrogen from? Well the most logical thing to keep it zero carbon footprint would be to use solar/wind/wave energy. There are many North African and South European countries that get huge amounts of good powerful sunlight so a good solar farm can produce masses of hydrogen and just export it.

-SA

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

Sir Alien

Re: And that's why...

You would like to know that PostgreSQL does support extensions one of which is Memcached

http://railsware.com/blog/2012/04/23/postgresql-most-useful-extensions/

So depending on use case... not always needed to hack about and putting files on SHM

-SA

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

Sir Alien

Has no one noticed it yet....?

Ok, granted not all closed-source software companies are dicks but in general many are. With Open Source you point the flaw and everyone is up in arms scream how crap open source is and then of course nose onto screen to start patching.

With some closed source companies, of which I can think of one example starting with the letter V and ending with the letter W that will simple take a gagging order out on you to stop you saying a thing. No one knows if the problems have been fixed except that the ones making the report are now silenced.

<sarcasm_on>

So if there is a bug in your code. Get a gag order. Job done, bug destroyed

<sarcasm_off>

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/28/birmingham_uni_car_cracker_muzzled_by_lords/

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Sir Alien

Re: If it ain't on 0.98.........

Doubt Apache is losing it due to IIS. Not saying IIS isn't gaining traction however your statement is stupid. Web server market share for Apache is more likely being lost to NGINX.

Now maybe someone should audit NGINX code :-)

http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/web_server/all (take with a pinch of salt)

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

Sir Alien

Re: 20 char limit?

Who knows... maybe they simply truncate your password so when it gets spat out the other end it is only 10 characters. And then someone accidentally took that feature out and BAM, error.

ICO probably like most say, will do nothing about it yet strange thing is the little guy in the same position would be in prison, fined a million pounds and lashed in public (ok the last one is a bit of drama added)

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