* Posts by Detective Emil

76 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

Detective Emil
Meh

Not a disinterested observer

At least two Cisco products still require Flash: Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco Configuration Professional. There are probably others …

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

Detective Emil

Mandatory Pratchett reference

'Smidgen?' said the signaller, slowly. 'I don't think I know a code for smidgen…'

(Truckers, 1989)

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

Detective Emil
Paris Hilton

Whittle while you work?

The opening paragraph does not list Disney among the Commission's targets, yet the end of the story quotes Disney bluster. What's going on?

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Flash zero-day monster Angler dominates exploit kit crime market

Detective Emil

Re: BBC

If you change your browser ID to "Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 8_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Mobile/12B410 Safari/600.1.4", the BBC thinks you're coming from an iPad and serves you MPEG4.

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Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

Detective Emil

Re: £80 actually

You might want to look at the prices for reasonably good seats at a London musical. £75 plus booking fee is around what you can expect to pay. (Not that that's not eye-watering…) I'll bet the bar prices are comparable too.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

Detective Emil
Black Helicopters

Capital flight

Well, assuming that the money was held in local currency, he's still doing better than if he'd left it in South Africa: the Rand was trading at around eight to the US dollar in 2008; now it's at twelve or so.

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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

Detective Emil
Devil

Re: Facebook: The new big Brother

As El reg has reported, Belgium's going after them for hoovering up data relating to non-members/people who are not logged in. Allez les Diables Rouges!

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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

Detective Emil
Mushroom

Not my idea of fun

Kaspersky hints at the "nuke from orbit" procedure needed to get rid of its recent infection by an in-memory Duqu 2.0 APT on page 33 of this exhaustive report. Basically

1) Identify Internet gateway and install hosts used by infection.

2) Simulate power outage — cut power to everything simultaneously.

3) Isolate gateways and install hosts from Internet and internal network.

4) Bring up gateways and install hosts, disinfect and harden them.

5) Give gateways and install hosts access to each other and Internet and observe beadily.

6) When safe, bring everything else back up. Well, before doing that you might want take steps to harden everything else too, but, without the gateways to act as first-level installers, this particular infection can't reestablish itself. Until the authors start to use a different day-zero to get in.

Glad I'm not in this particular game.

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Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Police have arrested 49 men from Spain, Nigeria, and Cameroon […]

Almost half of those arrested hail from Italy, 18 are from Poland and 10 from Spain.

These two statements literally do not add up.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

Detective Emil

Report of Silverlight's death is an exaggeration

[Microsoft] has killed off Silverlight

I don't think so. Despite the awful smell (which to be fair, was there all along), and much speculation, there's been no official announcement that I can find.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

Detective Emil
Meh

Modern poetry

Of course, the poets procurable following the perfection of pin production processes pen pieces like Beasley Street. But later they come up with Beasley Boulevard. Which kind of backs up Mr. Worstall's position.

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

Detective Emil
Paris Hilton

Re: Great that's Apple F*&^ed then

It's a puzzle. My daughter has the knack of destroying Apple cables, and I don't. But I've never caught her being notably evil to one. My guess is that Apple tends to err on the shiny side of svelte versus bomb-proof. There are of course bomb-proof aftermarket cables available, but everybody who needs one has first to destroy and potentially whinge about the first-party one they got in the box with the Apple device.

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It's not over 'til Saturn's spongy moon sings: Cassini probe set for final Hyperion fly-by

Detective Emil
Alert

Re: Altogether now...

Looks like a wasps' nest to me.

Note: I can thoroughly recommend a life in which one does not learn what a wasps' nest looks like.

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Mozilla signing vetted add-ons as thoughts turn to security

Detective Emil
Paris Hilton

What walled gardens?

Both Safari and Chrome allow me to download extensions from any old where. I just tried it with something (I hope is) innocuous. Safari gives me a limp "only download from sites you trust" click-through; Chrome does not warn at all — although, unlike Safari, it does tell me what privileges the extension has grabbed. I poked around the files for signs of signing, and found none.

So, if Mozilla enforces a walled garden, I think they'll be in the vanguard.

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

Detective Emil
Meh

Just OK

The trouble is, I dont "love Firefox". It's OK if it's the only browser that happens to be installed, or if the browser I normally use isn't behaving, but otherwise … meh. That emotion's not going to sell me on a phone.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Re: Where does the electricity go?

Electricity is around four times as expensive per kilowatt hour as gas on normal tariffs. Heating oil and LPG come in around the same price as gas. So using toasters to heat your home is not a smart idea. Well, unless, perhaps, you have a gas toaster. (Mmmm. Almost ten toasty kilowatts…)

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

Detective Emil

Re: Fancy Bosch Oven

True, but surely it would be nice if it could use NTP to get the correct time for those 5 clocks.

It would be cheaper to put in a low frequency time receiver tuned to DCF-77, which reaches 2,000km from Germany (like what my over-engineered German car has). Or MSF-60 if you don't want to have to apply a correction to get UK time. But that's old, unexciting technology.

Also, whilst I can't see how it would help with proper cooking, it might be nice if you had a ready meal and could just snap the barcode with your phone and set the correct time and temperature.

I have to concede that a long wave receiver's not going to help with that. However, a QR code could carry all the information needed without requiring an Internet look-up.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

Detective Emil
Black Helicopters

Isn't this embagoed until tomorrow?

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

Detective Emil
Coat

Sales opportunity

I look forward to being able to purchase Stob H&S toilet rolls through Cash'n'Carrion.

Mine's the one on the hook on the door.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

Detective Emil
Pint

Going after big companies while exempting small

See also recent coverage of the UK's tax exemption for small cider makers, which the EU is likely to determine as amounting to illegal state aid.

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Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

Detective Emil

Some quick research shows that 42GHz backhaul is limited to about 2km if you're after five nines carrier-grade reliability — heavy rain hits 42GHz hard. Is that far enough?

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

Detective Emil
Headmaster

According to sleuths commenting on the outage, the TVs expect to talk to a machine with the IP address 23.66.247.46 to confirm they have a working internet connection.

Well, not really. As the output from host shows, the address resolves to a node in Akamai's Content Distribution Network. These things change according to time and location. Currently I get a different IP according to whether I'm coming in from home or the office (just 3km away). To expect a single address to work, and to keep working, for everybody around the world (or even just in Blighty) is optimistic.

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Detective Emil
Devil

I impatiently look forward to Adobe and Oracle being monstered.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

Detective Emil
Happy

See also the current Joy of Tech posting.

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Port authority: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Detective Emil
Meh

Needs optional driver to charge iDevices fast

Just got one of these. While pretty much everything works fine out of the box, it turns out you need to download a tiny and none-too-obvious driver from Belkin's site to make it push more than 500mA from its USB ports to charge suckling iDevices.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

Detective Emil
Headmaster

Now you mention it, I do remember something like that

Surely, given their field of expertise, El Reg should classify these researchers as trickcyclists, not boffins?

See also "Manufacturing False Memories Using Bits of Reality", Loftus, Cohn & Pickerell, 1996.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Detective Emil

Room for efficiency

I must admit that, whenever I go into a European mobile phone emporium — obviously as seldom as possible — and see the baroque workflow invoked for even the simplest operation, it seems to me that a) there's too much money in this game; and b) that efficiencies should be possible. But I don't think that reducing the number of operators is the way to obtain them. Probably rather the reverse: "We don't care, we don't have to…we're the phone company." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgUN_95UAw&spfreload=10)

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

Detective Emil
Coat

Electric sheep!

What? I arrive late, and nobody's mentioned Blade Runner yet.

Better leave, then. I must be in the wrong place.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

Detective Emil

Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford

See www.railfuture.org.uk/ox-cam/

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Detective Emil
Flame

Oldie but goldie

Glad your subs are, um, mature enough to remember The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Or maybe they watch TOTP reruns.

Hmm. Suppose I'd better RTFA now.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

Detective Emil
Black Helicopters

I've saved the US authorities trouble by putting myself on my own private Atlantic no-fly list since this dangerous nonsense was instituted.

Mine's the Swiss bunker complex, not the Montana one …

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Crypto protocols held back by legacy, says ENISA

Detective Emil
Boffin

Re: Oh my ...

Changes in power consumption and execution time are indeed hard to discern on a server. However, they're trivial to measure on embedded systems such as smart cards and payment terminals. And that's before you expose the poor little chip to see microscopic hot spots, or where the electrons are lingering. (Although cryptographic chips incorporate countermeasures agains such attacks.) Even on servers, attacks are possible by doing unexpected things to the contents of the CPU's shared caches and so being able, for example, to make guesses the execution path of another process's code. The spirit of Bletchley Park is still alive.

There's a dauntingly large amount of literature about this stuff …

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

Detective Emil
FAIL

Lemme see. So I have to have a Google account in order to participate?

usleep(1);

Nope.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Detective Emil
FAIL

I picked an appropriate and memorable password: it's something similar to smoke&mirrors.

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

Detective Emil

From the referenced BBC story:

“The US Coast Guard is busy decommissioning the existing eLoran infrastructure. And in Europe, the governments of Norway and France have said they will cease operations next year.”

Clearly another world-beater like DAB.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

Detective Emil
Mushroom

Breeding dissent

Hazily recalling Leonard de Vries' Book of the Atom (1960), I find it difficult to reconcile these two statements:

"the tech could be exported around the world without fears over nuclear proliferation"

"blanket absorbs neutrons to breed fuel and transfer heat to turbines"

They probably mean breeding tritium from heavy water, but the neutron flux could also breed plutonium from uranium (although "only" plutonium 238, unless there are sufficiently fast deuterons around).

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

Detective Emil
WTF?

Too few CAPS in HEADLINE

The electrodes on your sub's left pinky may have failed.

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

Detective Emil

Re: @Pascal Monet

Well, you could do your homework (as I have not), and find out whether your building society is breaking EU law: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_transfer#Regulation_and_price

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Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

Detective Emil
Megaphone

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from

An earlier, and as yet closed, standard in this space is WiSA: see http://www.wisaassociation.org/. It's lossless, potentially with lots of bits and samples, and does not use Wi-Fi for good technical reasons to do with latency and skew. The association boasts a large rag-bag of members, including a few biggish names, of which, as far as I'm aware, only B&O has products on the market as yet.

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HGST's tiny whopper: Just 2.5 inches, but we've packed in 1.8TB

Detective Emil

Toshiba MQ01ABB200: 2TB 2.5"

Consumers can can get a 2TB 2.5" drive. Admittedly, it's only a 5400rpm SATA device, and an inconvenient 15mm thick, but I'd say that it deserves the accolade of being "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive available".

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Sonos Controller app update conflict

Detective Emil
Thumb Down

I'm agin it

It's as though the designers had assiduously read all the criticism of the beta versions of the UI in iOS 7 — stick-thin, low-contrast, hard-to-read text; no differentiation between text that's buttons and text that's not; obscure symbols that must be touched to expose random functionality; poor information density … and said "Wow! Let's have some of that!".

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India throws switch on new 282.6 Tflop super

Detective Emil

Xeon what?

If there is such a thing as a Xeon E5-2760v2, Intel's keeping very quiet about it: it's not in their product list. Maybe they mean E5-2670.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

Detective Emil

Doesn't add up

The great circle from Beijing to Seattle follows pretty much the proposed route, and is 8,708km long. So why are they proposing to lay 13,000 km of track?

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

Detective Emil

Re: Next year, I will mostly be living in Luxembourg

Next year, the standard rate of VAT in Luxembourg is going up to 17%. Guess what: it's to make up for the shortfall resulting from not being able to collect the tax on all those services currently nominally sold from the country. But don't despair: for some reason (strong lobby maybe), the VAT rate on meals in restaurants will remain at just 3%. So, should you actually visit the place, you'll be able to get a cheap meal. Although, as prices are high nevertheless, I should take that back: let's say that you'll be able to stuff your face without stuffing the government's coffers.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

Detective Emil
Angel

Pre-roll ads?

I can't recall ever having seen a pre-roll ad on YouTube. Wonder what I'm doing right to be so blessed.

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Apple finally flips switch on HTTPS by default in App Store

Detective Emil
Big Brother

Yes, it's about time, but…

… SSL itself is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, as demonstrated, for example, by those nice people in Iran — see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/09/gmail_diginotar_security_alert/.) You can even do it to yourself with the mitmproxy utility.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

Detective Emil
Unhappy

Re: small cells?

Yup. Here in Luxembourg, one's eyes habitually flick to the top of the screen if one's near a border. And, as for those mandated text messages about roaming charges, they often arrive the next day, if at all (even if one's phone has been turned on all the time).

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Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

Detective Emil
Meh

Re: Run for the hills

Heavy rain is one of the factors that causes that 1% downtime on microwave links. So maybe not.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

Detective Emil
Flame

Throw it under a bus? Great idea.

The amount of time that I have wasted waiting for an Eee PC to do something useful for me does not bear thinking about.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

Detective Emil
Meh

Money talks (and cajoles and whines and threatens)

Convince me that the licensing model is not arcane, and I'll be more interested.

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