* Posts by phuzz

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I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

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"Without a reboot, services using the old library will not be restarted"

That's the problem right there. Installing a patch is fine, but having to reboot all of our web servers is not going to be fun.

Should rack up some overtime though.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: On site support

I wouldn't trust any of the data-center security guards I've met to swap a disk. Don't get me wrong, some of them are bloody good guards, but I've never met one who was interested in what they were guarding.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: @Phuzz, Yuk, not again

I do agree that there is merit in a second house that is not elected, as it's members will vote on issues without being swayed by the fear of not being re-elected.

However, currently members of the Lords are by and large chosen by the current government, which doesn't exactly make them non-partisan.

We need a way of selecting candidates who are interested in government but not politics. The first thing to do would be to stop anyone who wants to be there, perhaps by banning anyone who has ever stood for the House of Commons?

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Re: Yuk, not again

It was the House of Lords, nobody voted for them.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Organising the Techies

Write to your MP (and any local Lords if they deign to live in this country) and explain in simple words how, for example, adding a back door to SnapChat would allow pretty much anyone to read messages, and how it couldn't be limited to just the government. You could also add how 'the government' also encompasses local authorities trying to catch people who don't pick their dog shit and so on and not just the security services chasing terrorists.

Perhaps point out that when politicians show clear lack of any technical knowledge they look less electable (I have no idea if this is true, but it's worth keeping them personally interested).

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Joke

You missed off the joke icon mate because surely you can't have been serious >>>>>>

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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

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Re: Why is there a side-order of a picture with Norkorian Grands Fromages??

The NSA have shuffled their feet and admitted that they hacked a South Korean program that was busy hacking the North Korean hacking unit (or something), and it was definitely the norks wot dun it.

It's certainly more plausible than "we can tell from the IPs and having seen some hacks in our time".

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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"I think it's just one of those films that for some reason people took too seriously."

Making an entire religion* based on it** is definitely taking it too seriously.

* scientology

** well, the book, sort of

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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IT Angle

Telly

Ah, a TV, that's the big overpriced monitor that sits in the lounge right? They work ok plugged into a computer but the pixel density is usually woeful.

Still, maybe this year we'll get some monitors with more than 1080 resolution at sensible prices. Sure, there is monitors with resolutions other than 1080, but you'd be hard pushed to find any of them in a shop, 1920x1080 seems to be the only resolution available.

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ONE in A HUNDRED reported bugs exploited, says Cisco

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And when that one-in-a-hundred bug is exploited and your company has everything spread all over the internet, what's the chance that your boss won't sack you? One in a hundred?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Not too sure

2012 is more Powershell based, the OP was doing a migration from 2003 to 2008, which assuming it was since the release of 2012 is it's own kind of messed up.

For me the gui has it's place for some tasks, and a shell is good for others, and both are good for starting pointless arguments.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: IPv6 and local clouds

Why do you need IPv6 to run a "cloud"? It must be news to Goolge/amazon et al.

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Spammers set their sights on WhatsApp – that's that ruined then

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You get one free year, then it's about a quid per year after that. A friend of mine has been declining the payment notifications, and so far they've given him an extra three months free.

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Re: It's fb now anyway

What service is there to downgrade? It sent and received messages before, and it still does now.

As far as I've noticed it still delivers about as quickly as a text, and that's basically all it does. No change here.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Hackers

Ok, Hackers was crap, but the soundtrack was pretty good. Prodigy, Underworld, Orbital, Leftfield, Kruder&Dorfmiester, Massive Attack etc.

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Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

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WTF?

Are you sure this Albrecht person is a politician? They sound far too sensible.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: You can't get to there from here

There'll be two Soyuz attached right now, as there's six crew on board, and you can only just fit three people in one.

It does beg the question of what they'd do if there was a problem in the Russian segment.

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Router creds admin/admin? Lizard Squad thanks you

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All the ISP supplied routers I've seen in the last few years have had randomly generated admin and wireless passwords, which are then printed on a sticker, so this is less of an issue than it used to be.

Certainly Virgin, BT and Sky (who between them must cover the majority of the UK) all do.

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

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Re: "floating barge"

I suppose it distinguishes it from something like an oil rig which floats into position, and then sinks until the legs are on the sea floor.

I'm surprised that Musk doesn't have one already to be honest, a converted oil rig is much more Bond villain than a barge.

(and I imagine something bigger and more stable would make a better landing pad)

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Ironic

To properly analyse someone's communications would take almost the same amount of time as having a policeman sit on their doorstep, otherwise you're just relying on algorithms to decide if someone is is a suspect or not.

And all it takes to defeat this surveillance is for the terrorists to make their plans face to face, rather than via text message.

You've basically fallen into the same mindset as the NSA and GCHQ, that data will give you the answers if you can get enough. Unfortunately their success rate argues against this direction.

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

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Re: Fuck, I just bought one

Try using Merlin's firmware. It's a lightly modified version of the stock firmware, and he patched this bug this morning.

Been running beautifully on my RT-AC66U for several months now.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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Linux

Linux

I bet we're the only company waiting for a Linux client for OneDrive aren't we?

(our customer uses Office365 for email, but currently they're using Dropbox for their files, but O365 already comes with free space, and integrates nicely into their email etc.)

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: AudioNAS?

Yes, yes it does:

http://melco-audio.com/products.html

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Re: Here we go again...

That was my first thought as well, I think even at the time that article came out I realised that it was complete nonsense.

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Cryptowall's ransomware's tough layers peeled

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I'd like to see more information about how it's anti-VM features are supposed to work.

How difficult would it be to cause a false positive? Could I prevent Cryptolocker from running on my physical system by (eg) running the VMWare tools on it?

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Obligations

I seem to remember that in Outlook it's possible to set one sig for external contacts, and a different one for contacts in your domain.

Personally I just have two lines of ascii with my phone number and address, which is handy because I can never remember the post code here at work.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Alert

There is always the possibility that a computer in North Korea got pwned and used to send traffic. Hell, Sony probably had a bigger security budget than North Korea.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Re: Basic Good Manners

Any organisation dealing with credit cards has to be PCI compliant.

Or rather, every organisation that deals with credit cards IS PCI compliant right up until they realise that someone else now has your CC number. It's a nice idea but I've never seen an audit that actually looked in close enough to spot every single possible security hole, and it only takes one.

This was a pretty stupid one though, and taking over a year to fix it is terrible.

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Snooker WPA secrets with this Wi-Fi tool

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There is a big barrier to this working and that is that most users have no idea what their password is to login to the router. Indeed, most people wouldn't even that was a possibility ("What's my 'wifi router password'? Is that the same as my wifi password? I think I have that written down on a bit of paper somewhere...").

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Given how terrible the buses are in Bristol (thanks to First) they really did a favour for people.

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: Truly amazing

Underestimating the lifespan so they can guarantee some success is one thing, but Opportunity has been working for over forty times it's originally expected lifespan, that's way beyond even the most optimistic projections.

Still, that's one mistaken prediction I'm sure they're happy about.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: to massacre the language!

English is a living language and is splitting into English, and Pedants' English, or Pendants' English as I prefer to spell it.

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For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

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Surely the perk of working for a killer-contracting company is that you can have journalists who ask annoying questions like "is the legal?", answered . With extreme prejudice.

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Euro SPACEMAN snaps incredible images of our Blue Planet

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Wow, that is beautiful!

Also, at about 2:00: I can see my house from here!

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: Better than tha last one?

The 1km range will be with no obstructions, in ideal circumstances. You should get more than 100m provided you don't live in a Faraday cage, but then many people live in houses which seem to be opaque to the RF spectrum.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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The big assumption here is that GCHQ were listening to *all* of the "crime lords", and that some of them have now stopped using unencrypted email or phone to communicate and have "disappeared".

How do GCHQ know that there were no "crime bosses" using communication methods that they weren't monitoring?

Personally I know plenty of low level dealers who wouldn't discuss their trade over any electronic communications, so at least one or two of the higher-ups must have been equally sensible.

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Re: TL:DR....

Numbers 15, 16 and 18 all have two speakers, not really sure about the rest.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: A level of polish and sophistication

I think under this metaphor this would make that old Windows XP machine that your relatives still use the equivalent of a Toyota Corolla.

It's old, smells funny, and you'd rather they stopped using it for their own safety, but it gets them to the shops/receives email from the grandkids, so they can't understand why you want them to trade it in for a newer model.

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Re: Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

Isn't an Ubuntu tablet effectively just chasing what Microsoft have done with the Surface?

I joke of course, because actually Microsoft have been building tablet computers for about fifteen years, but no one ever buys them.

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

You're right, we need ONE standard linux, that will work out just fine.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: says:

A friend of mine doing VSO was once confronted by a whole office who would type a column of numbers into a spreadsheet, and then get out a calculator to add up the column.

After she showed them the magic of SUM() they said she'd pretty much doubled their efficiency.

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Re: Apple doesn't change connectors often. That is not the problem.

It's not that bad though, they're so bloody expensive that your wallet will get lighter to compensate.

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India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

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Re: Solid boosters on a man-rated vehicle - yuck...

India already have ICBMs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni-V) and the only country they're interested in nuking is Pakistan who are right next door.

Anyway, ICBMs make great launchers for all sorts of things! Soyuz is pretty much a direct descendant of the R7, the first ICBM.

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LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD

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Short version*: it's to do with the angle of the sun and the orbit of the ISS. The ISS is going to be in full sunlight more than it usually is for the next week or two and will consequently be getting hot. Visiting spacecraft may not be able to cope with that level of heat.

Longer version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_angle

* shortish, this is sort of rocket science after all.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: How much were you paid to promote this?

But at a quarter of the price of the Sony, you could afford to get a new phone next year!

Personally I'm running Cyanogenmod so I don't have to worry about if/when Motorola decide to update my phone. Unfortunately the official Cyanogen port for the Moto G hasn't been updated since May (excluding nightlies), oh well.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

"As an ex infantry man, my intellectual bias is supplying me with images of sailors mincing across the deck with their arms on hips in a "where is my lino?" pose."

I'm guessing this is your mental image (except with different uniforms).

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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The BBC is already there

Worth repeating again because it doesn't seem to be widely known. If you run a TOR relay node (not an exit, just a relay) then you will be blocked from BBC iPlayer under their geolocation blocking.

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Re: Retrospective legalisation

People have been protesting about the rendition flights for years, this is just the first time they've admitted to it:

http://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/timeline/key-events.html

^ a good read purely for the quotes such as:

"5 December 2005 - Stephen Hadley, advisor to the White House, stated that ‘we do not move people around the world so that they can be tortured’"

orly?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: Oh dear...

A statue of Snowden in Cheltenham or Maryland would be pretty funny...

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

Shouty comment not-withstanding, you have to admit that it's a bit daft that if you pay money for a DVD, you have to sit through unskipable piracy warnings, whereas pirates just get to watch the film.

When the music industry finally got of their arse, and offered a product that was comparable to the pirated copy, they suddenly started making some money again. I wonder when the film industry will have the same epiphany?

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