* Posts by DryBones

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WordPress under attack by whack-a-mole ad-scam malware

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So, how are they doing on closing the hole that's allowing it to do that?

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Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

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Re: "If you've got Comodo's browser installed on your machine, get rid of it."

If you get infested by malware that fakes ad clicks, the quality of the user impressions they are offering goes down, and their value along with it. So it is in their best interest to help keep the pool clean.

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Re: QR Code

Me, because my phone tells me what it contains and gives me options instead of just automatically executing. Didn't seem to get a good enough picture to decode though.

Cue folks saying "that you know" in 3, 2...

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Oz stargazers serve up interstellar noodles

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I for one...

All hail his noodley appendages.

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Updated Android malware steals voice two factor authentication

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Re: Isn't it sweet...

Newsflash: Installing dodgy applications from dodgy sites after you turned on installing APKs from third party sites and clicked through the warning about the effects of doing such... may get you infected with malware.

So nothing new at all, then. Yawn.

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Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit

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Or maybe have gotten hit anyway, since there's these things called 'targeted attacks'. The only computer that isn't vulnerable is the one that's not on.

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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

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Ahem

NoScript

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: ~50mb of remnants of Gwx removal trick... apk

Out of curiosity, why are you ending everything with APK? We can see what your handle is perfectly well, there's no need to put it in 4 different places in your post.

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Re: @ Medixstiff -- I have a question...

Has anyone actually, formally complained, to the FTC and the like? All I'm seeing is a lot of fussing on here. I've yet to read a single article wherein anyone has legally complained, sued, cease-and-desisted, or anything of the like. It's like watching guppies nibble your toes.

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Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

I've yet to hear of a single lawsuit being filed, when from the way people carry on there should be dozens. I'm not saying I agree with their tactics, but I'm not seeing anyone actually do anything to knock MS back on their heels.

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

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Re: Save the landlines

Horses for courses. I've heard some pretty horrid landlines, and having a cell means not paying twice to have a phone that works fine at home and abroad.

This sounds like a case of having systems that were inter-reliant, and either not realizing it or not taking appropriate steps. Hm.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Re: I know it's NYE and you all want to go home, but really..

Fair enough. Can't say if it's a mental adjustment to not have to shoot for a "really good" PSU and so keep my pricing options open, but I like having at least 20% excess capacity. And oops, I should have typed speccing a 650W supply, before. Oh well, here comes the new year.

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Re: I know it's NYE and you all want to go home, but really..

If it's that close, it would prompt me to bump to 750. The closer you run to max load on a PSU, the more likely it is to sag on surge demand. It's a question of if the wattages things are listed for are absolute possible maximum, or normal average? If when gaming your loads spike to 650W for brief periods, you'll have a fun time.

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Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG all vulnerable to major flaw

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Re: "This code has been deleted by a exploiter"

Reads more like it's a common error, to me. It's basically saying that they're traveling the same route too often and so someone put a bomb where they're going to pass.

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Google fends off EFF's claims kids probed by Chromebook software

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Erm... You kind of have to send the data to Google. That's what's called a cloud service. That's what lets you access it from anywhere. That's what ChromeOS IS.

So... EFF discovers that cloud storage takes place in the cloud? Next week, they find their ass with both hands? Shee.

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Google in 24-hour cloud brownout

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And....?

So... it's running a little slower than expected for some and they're working on it? That's got to be one of the least-expected apologies I've ever seen. Like, something that it seems many barely mention. Dunno, just seems non-story.

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Hackers spray Reader's Digest stinky feet with exploit kit

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First Thought?

They need to be sued, possibly prosecuted as accessories to violations of the Computer Misuse Act. They are profiting from the committing of a crime or three after all. Or would this be more "passing off", like trying to present poor/harmful goods as safe?

Not a lawyer, but nothing focuses the mind like fines and jail time.

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HTTPSohopeless: 26,000 Telstra Cisco boxen open to device hijacking

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Erm...

To possibly derail the thread, can you not turn off AutoCorrect on an iThing? My Android devices let me set it to give word suggestions and to flag words that it thinks are misspelled, but not actually take it upon itself to change them for me I'd kind of expect similar on iOS...

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Well, you know, it's right up there with POS for dual meanings...

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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The funny part is that's an infrastructure problem (only providing one outlet in a server room, what?), not the problem of the cleaner.

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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Re: Oh boy. Yet another sounding rocket.

Upvote for remembering that. Also, just checked the Wiki page for it, tickled to find that some of the engineers that worked Clipper are on with Blue Origin now.

Bezos and Musk weren't first to anything, including the concept of reusability. Wake me when they figure out what it actually costs (inspections, repairs, servicing, paperwork) to convince customers that it's ready to go again.

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Re: BE-3 engine demo

You were part-right. The BE-3 is one of the engines in the running to replace the RL-10 on the second stage...

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Re: Every few days without the option to permanently silence it isn't acceptable

Seriously? You're refusing OS updates... for your phone. And have done so... hundreds of times? I'm going to presume you're engaging in some serious hyperbole, because that's just absurd. I mean, the voice guidance alone works better than Garmin's entire mapping suite if you ask me. Just... swipe the notification away once and update when you arrive? It's not hard.

As for Windows, I'm not sure what to say. I can understand the positive effects of the updated codebase, and they really have straightened most of their GUI screwups out... But the heavy handed tactics have got to be well on the way to eclipsing all of that. It may be that they've pretty much decided that they're going to have holdouts or losses to other OS no matter what they do (pretty sure there've been a good number on these boards, of course), so they're just going for maximum upgrade numbers any way they can get them.

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By 2019, vendors will have sucked out your ID along with your cash 5 billion times

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Hmm

Seems kind of sensational. From what I understand, the biometric info is digitized, encrypted and stored on the device, maybe a copy sent to the OS masters for cloud storage. Authentication is done on the device and what's shared out is a unique transaction verifier.

So, vendors sucking out your biometric ID? Only if the implementation is utter pants.

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The battle of Cupertino: Jailbreakers do it for freedom, not cash

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Re: Jailbreak - not just for the young

Moto E or a laptop with appropriate app/software? Some routers (Cisco at least) also map the channel space. Ah well.

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Google and cable pals oppose LTE-U's spectrum grab plan

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Re: LTE-U

Simply put, it completely breaks the FCC's authority and the spectrum management system. Spectrum is licensed for use. Incursions and excursions are monitored for, fines are issued and licenses are revoked based on these things. And now LTE-U wants to go wherever its radio can take it. Wasn't the FCC just talking about locking down routers in case they could go outside their band?

Madness.

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Oracle plugs flaw used in attacks on NATO and the White House

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Ingenious Bypass for Ingenous Bypass

Don't have Java installed.

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

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My Stuff

Logitech M570 wireless trackball (1 AA = 1.5 years)

Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard (let it sun and don't worry, replace battery when it finally won't charge)

One little USB dongle manages both. Easy. Oh, they make them for Mac, too.

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GCHQ can and will spy on politicos, rules tribunal

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Re: Welcome to Bulgarian British Republic.

Bulgaria was invoked, no airbags were mentioned.

What is this madness?

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

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Re: MUA

That poses an interesting question. It sounds like the lights are from a list that's maintained, not any automated security check for encryption being present, etc. I presume it'll get political pretty fast.

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

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Re: Oh the irony..

Well, generally because if the purchase was an improvement, what were all those people doing using that crap in the first place?

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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But it's not their fault.

I too am wondering if it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission at this point. Cripes.

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Re: What to do...

Nexus 5X.

2GB RAM is not a major concern, you can get 32GB storage if you pay a little more.

Wireless charging is pretty darn inefficient, not to mention slow. It can still be accomplished via a case with it built in if you really need it (they totally will have them, someone in Korea is updating their design to use the USB-C instead of the micro-USB as we type). And they make the camera flush with the case.

I love how people knock Google's choices on battery and expandable storage then fawn over Apple for the exact same stuff. Not everyone mind, kudos to those that are consistent.

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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

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Re: Yeah, I noticed The Register is in Apple Hate Mode

@Dave 126: Aren't the biggest battery users the screen and radios?

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

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Re: Jumped the Shark

Try it sometime. Being able to reach up and tap or swipe an annoying window out of the way is a nice compliment to the normal touchpad. Not all the time, but when optimal. Asus makes a really fine one for $500.

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Viral virus bunfight: Dr Web tested rivals like Kaspersky Lab

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Re: Regress

NoScript, Malware Bytes, Windows Defender, and a limited W10 account.

To get in, first it has to manage to even get access. The OS is as secure as the user.

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Falcon 9 fireworks display grounds SpaceX

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Re: The question nobody is asking...

@Chris: To my mind, if you have a seal or line or interface fail on the helium tank and it's outside the LOX tank there's at least the chance the helium will just vent to the interior and then the exterior of the rocket through the pressure equalization vents, and the other tanks will pick up the slack. Yes, if it goes off like a bomb or your valve sticks open and your reg fails you're still pretty well done, but the chance of a failure resulting in LoM seems smaller to me. I'm still weighing chances/results of structural insufficiency for external vs internal, and wondering if bad steel grain is something that can be tested for acoustically.

@Cray: I was wondering if anyone knew how much more capacity it bought them, versus being outside but near the LOX tank. Something to put on the "put them inside" side of my mental scales. Since the helium is needed for pressurizing the RP-1 tank as well, it seems it still needs at least 1 route out of the LOX tank, so I think the "reduction in penetrations" point doesn't seem valid. I'd imagine they make a single penetration of a certain size, weld a single-piece assembly with multiple penetrations in it there, and route reactants and purges and sensors as designed/needed.

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Re: The question nobody is asking...

No, I do not know, otherwise I wouldn't be asking now would I? It's not really reasonable for me personally to be intimately familiar with the design of every rocket ever built, I've spent my time learning other things. The possible benefits are good to see listed, even if the reference to it being a method used by the Saturn V does put an amusing spin to the boasting that the Falcon is a completely new design for the 21st century, etc.

The idea of putting multiple pressure vessels, any of which contains sufficient volume of gas to burst a larger pressure vessel, into said pressure vessel, just isn't something I'd think worth the payoff. Does anyone happen to know even rough numbers for just what the percentage of benefit is? If it's under a 25% boost it just seems a lot of faffing for minimal gain versus just mounting them in the free structure between tanks.

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The question nobody is asking...

"Why are you putting redundantly supplied 5500 psi helium tanks inside another tank that will fail if any of them fails?"

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Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic

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Re: Who needs a walled garden, anyway?

Quality control issue, pretty universal in potential.

Sounds like they need to tighten things up a bit. Possibly the thumbscrews on the late shift supervisors to tell them where that stuff came from.

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Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

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Re: how about gasket material?

Try Dap 686 for a start...

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Fun Fact...

While the noise cancelling earphones may reduce your perception of sound, they do not actually cancel the sound itself. Or maybe I mean the carrier is still there, even if the modulation isn't. Picture the sound wave on an X-Y graph. You can set all the Y to 0, but you still have motion in X.

All I know is when I put on a set of Bose it gets quiet, but I am very aware of a pressure -inside- my ears when they are donned and active, versus donned and disabled. It's a curious thing, somewhat disconcerting, and has kept me from springing for any pair of them.

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Dating gets even more dangerous after PlentyOfFish suffers tainted ads

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"Has this demonstration of the lack of proper ad inspection and sanitization prompted you to re-evaluate your choice of ad network?"

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Well, the problem here is that in order to properly test for randomness, you need a sufficiently large sample size tested against it, and to understand the conditions under which the randomness is maintained. If you test a hundred numbers that look good, but after a thousand it loops back to the beginning...

Take my vehicle's radio. The MP3 "shuffle" functionality at first blush might seem to work just fine. However, once you've drive it for a year you'll realize that it has a very, very strong tendency to a certain pattern of song numbers, and with one or two variations in places, follows it every single time it decides to reset to the start of the pseudorandom sequence. This is a crap implementation, and I've complained to them that beginning programmers learn how to seed their random number generator better than this, please replace their intern and recompile.

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

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Well...

I think that's not bad for not having been released for even a week yet, and the staggered rollout.

Upgraded my just-for-fun desktop, saw no huge problems. About a 2 hour wait while it chewed it all over, the associated bag of hammers for its privacy options, and it didn't figure out I had an Nvidia until the second reboot... Moved the laptop after, same.

Just saying.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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Mine fits quite well, but I suppose it's more in the crossover / son-of-a-wagon category.

Is there a number you can call to report them for booting/towing?

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Re: Google Sat Nav usability research

Not sure what you're on about, Google has been spanking the satnav general market (with the occasional moan) for years now. They're simply better at delivering the information.

As for your something, I suggest that you take it to a bigger city sometime. When you take an exit, then have to choose between 2 diverging lanes within 200' of that, and then again another 300' on, while moving at a reasonable clip, it's rather helpful to be able to glance at the screen and see you need to go right, stay left, then go right before you have to combine it with keeping other vehicles from initiating mating.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Then there is the Whitespace everywhere

Google Calendar did the same thing, absurd use of whitespace. They backtracked after getting excoriated in the reviews page. I plan to do similar as required with Microsoft Feedback. This is something they have needed for a while (for all meanings).

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

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I smell...

A new Pwn2Own category!

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Tch.

Nothing for the PC? Considering the number of convertible laptops that are starting to make it into the mass market, this looks like such an easy win. Just like those for the iPad, all the stylus needs to do is report pressure over the bluetooth link and Bob's your uncle. Then for $100 or whatever, I can turn my laptop into a graphics tablet.

Anyone want to take my money for such a thing? Anyone? Bueller?

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