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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Miscreants?

I imagine security services the world over are trying it on. If not, why not? It's a golden opportunity to get into targets' systems.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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"... we’re not building an incremental product"

So, it's excremental then.

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Grooveshark caught in a net of its own making

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It's a fair cop

Looks like they were taking the piss a bit. I reckon the execs should be personally punished in the same way that citizens are.

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Bloke accused of making phone spyware StealthGenie is cuffed by feds

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Selling to the wrong customers

My first thought was 'Good, serves them right'. But then it struck me that various agencies have used, and (probably) are still using, this sort of stuff - legitimately, it seems. Legality seems to be a matter of perspective sometimes.

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Take that

+1 for spending the effort to remind those pesky machines that anything they can do, a fleshy can do.

Albeit a quintillion times slower, but it's the principle of the thing.

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

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Re: Separate Browsers

I use a separate browser for Facebook sessions, never using it for other sites without restarting it. I don't trust that a private window will keep it isolated from other non-private windows.

I don't know if all that will be enough to disrupt the creepies, but it's the best I can do short of running it in a VM.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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@Chris Miller

"nounifying verbs" - and verbifying nouns as well.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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That sort of idiocy is unfortunately rather common, hence the FBI's push to do something about it.

I do think, though, that in taking advantage of your company's failings you've shown yourself to be untrustworthy and lacking in integrity.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Re: Thrown the book at them

"pubic hanging"?

That seems a particularly nasty punishment.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Congrats, India

Not bad at all.

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Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Strange Priorities

I (naively, maybe) look to our political masters to do their best to ensure a safe environment for me and mine, which is why I find it strange that they should be going to such efforts to strip away anonymity in order to stop IPR infringement.

What about two more important issues to the average citizen - the sharing of child pornography and the communication of terrorism-related materials? Why aren't these uppermost in their minds?

Is it because they only harm people, whereas IPR infringment harms profit?

Not as base as that, surely?

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Good luck to both

Especially India, as they seem to have a clue about how to do it reasonably cheaply.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Exclusivity

$3K per annum hardly seems enough of a barrier to ensure that I don't have to rub shoulders with the wrong sort in my virtual country club.

Are they not providing a means for existing members to approve the applications of prospective members?

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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@Steve Crook - DVD double bill

I'd go for it. Films only have to be entertaining and I think this one could be, provided the cliche level was low enough.

It would also give me a chance to upgrade my copy of Battlefield Earth from VHS.

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Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International

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Re: B%$$K"!ST

Wot, no t--st??

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YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

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The minds behind this

That last comment is interesting, refering to the minds behind it, rather than the people.

Are the AIs finally starting to exert an influence?

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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Surprising

It's surprising that such an error could have been made: didn't the developers consider at least basic functional testing before release? Even more surprising that no-one noticed (or does it imply that this was a rarely-used function?).

Still, I guess it's fair to say that users should do their own basic tests on new releases to ensure critical functions that they rely on still work, rather than relying on blind trust.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Good News!

Looking forward to it.

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One in 12 Tweeps are bots

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"... @theregister blends automated and real live human emissions"

Eugh

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

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Re: I can't be the only one

Viable because you take the risk and they get the reward?

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: Nah

I don't think I have made a mistake - I made no assumptions as to why the surveillance is there. There is some merit to your cynical view, and that is what my last bit was about : whatever the true reason for the surveillance, the justification is certainly based on terrorist threats and the like, and there may come a point where someone in government is brave enough to point out that all the expenditure isn't really cost-effective.

Having said that, I guess it will never happen - for the simple reason that our own spooks are not going to accept a reduction in their capabilities as long as the rest of the world's spooks are freely monitoring us. And I can't argue with that, I suppose.

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Nah

I really don't see the surveillance state being rolled back by anything resembling a popular backlash - not as things are going at the moment.

Internet-based surveillance is generally unobtrusive and I believe that most people either care little for their privacy or just assume that communications are monitored and act accordingly. By 'act accordingly' I mean that people naturally fill the snoops' logs with inane chatter.

What might kill the surveillance state would be the realisation by government bean counters that expenditure on surveillance just isn't reaping worthwhile rewards - as the ostensible targets will more likely be using more traditional means of communication.

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EPIC FAIL, FACEBOOK: FTC complaint against creepy mind games filed

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Not the apology I'm looking for

We were wrong and we're sorry that we upset you. We won't do it again.

That would be an apology.

Telling us that they meant no harm and that they don't think they caused any harm doesn't quite do it for me.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Dirty devious bastards

So they acknowledge direct psychological manipulation of unknowing users? That's a pretty stupid thing to do considering that amongst the vast number of FB users there must be at least some who are at one time or another in a mentally fragile state.

The Ts & Cs may refer to use of data for research purposes, but this amounts to use of the users minds for research purposes - and that sure isn't covered.

It doesn't surprise me that FB doesn't see any difference, or care if there is, but it worries the hell out of me that the researchers didn't see any need to consider the ethical implications of what they were doing.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

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Eh?

Sounds a lot like Windows 3.1 Program Groups.

If so, it's about time. I've wanted the convenience of them for quite some time.

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Sci-fi series withdrawal

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Re: @Phil W

No, I wasn't aware of the campaign. I get the point though - quite neat really.

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@Phil W

Andromeda plots too complex??? idiots. I felt that there were unexplored/dangling threads prior to the last season that were crying out for resolution, but that last season seemed like just padding.

I guess I can't complain about SG1 too much if they were gracious enough to continue to satisfy the fans. I just felt that the magic and mystery had gone, and I really couldn't be bothered with the whole Ori thing. Still, I'll watch it again, no doubt.

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It's a shame that so many decent series have been canned. But I wonder : at least they weren't allowed to outstay their welcome, leaving only fond memories.

In my view, SG1, B5 and Andromeda would all have benefited by being properly terminated at least one season early.

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Re: Sci-fi series withdrawal

+1 for the Space:Above & beyond reference.

There are also, of course, the Stargate variants. I particularly enjoyed Stargate:Universe.

Farscape was mostly enjoyable - the Peacekeeper Wars washup was certainly worth the effort.

All old stuff, though. Modern ones certainly have a surfeit of teenagers.

Almost forgot : Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Yes there are stroppy tenagers in it, but there are also unstoppable killing machines. And Summer Glau.

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

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Re: "British Islands"

Wikipedia to the rescue : in legislation, British Islands means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Well, I'm slightly less ignorant than I was this morning.

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"British Islands"

Perhaps I missed the memo, but is there anything significant in his use of British Islands vs the more traditional British Isles?

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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Re: I bet

I quite agree. draw a line under the past usually means "that was a collossal embarrassment, and I'd really rather not talk about it any more."

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Too complicated

It would be simpler and cheaper to hire a servant for a couple of hours a week.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

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@Terry Cloth - Re: You mean like this?

Good point, and it is like that on the latest Firefox (30.0 on Win7 and 29.0 on Mint for me).

So, +1 to Firefox.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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@adnim, @DougS - Re: Nice, but ...

Ok, two good reasons why not.

I doubt that either would matter in the general case of public wifi (eg in a pub), so maybe a user-selectable option (defaulted to 'off')?

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Nice, but ...

It would be even nicer if the random MAC was also used for making a connection. Any practical reason why that couldn't be so?

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Intriguing

The site goes out of its way to provide the information needed in order to move data away from truecrypt volumes, for all platforms - not just Windows.

This suggests that it isn't just a malicious hack or take-down of Truecrypt, but a serious atttempt to get people to move their data out of Trucrypt volumes. Therefore one might be inclined towards the theory that the developers are responding to an attempt to subvert the product, or discovery that it has already been subverted.

What is slightly puzzling is the push to download and use version 7.2. Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't anyone with a Truecrypt volume already have an earlier version available? If an earlier version can't be trusted, why trust a new neutered version?

It boils down to whether 7.2 is truly just a cutdown decrypt-only truecrypt, or has some little extras put in to take advantage of all that lovely information being passed through it. That would be pretty audacious, I think.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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"Dark" , "Off the grid" , "Underbelly"

Interesting language. Sounds like someone's been on an "Internet for spooks" course. Or is it meant to encourage support from certain communities for their aim to free our communications?

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Tracking users

The logical conclusion from this is that organisations need to track all users' activities, and pay particular attention to the activities of the admin types. Which implies that monitoring of activities should be a function separate to the normal admin roles.

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Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

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Credentials

So in the investigative community, when A makes a seemingly far-out assertion to B, a response of What have you been smoking? will no longer be an expression of incredulity but, rather, a request for A's credentials?

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

Fair point. Although I had a go at Microsoft, it's really the general push towards the use of washed-out pastel colours which has made UIs so boring and ineffective that I'm griping about. Whatever happened to standing out to get yourself noticed?

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The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

Not at all. To me, the colour represents slavish and unthinking adherence to Microsoft aesthetic standards.

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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

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"concrete targets and milestones with key performance indicators"

Well, that's me convinced then.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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"... so BT have something to learn there"

Yes, but I warrant that it isn't in the area of technical expertise. They're experienced enough to know how to do it right, and I suspect that they simply decided that they couldn't be arsed to expend the effort to come up with a proper technical solution.

They need to brush up their customer-oriented skills a bit. If it wasn't for their apparent privileged position in the UK, I doubt that they'd survive real competition.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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"There is no question of HMRC selling data."

Meaning, I presume, that no-one is asking the question "should we/shouldn'we?".

It's quite apparent these days that criminal sanctions is no barrier to information leakage, so why do they think that it is all they need to ensure security of the data? Or why do they think we are stupid enough to believe it?

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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@ Andy Prough - Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

Ah, now I understand why the 'Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit' is available for Windows XP : it should finally kill off any lingering remains.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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Whatever happened to real ethics? What happened integrity?

He was CEO of a marketing outfit and he had to ask that?

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: @ Cliff - Welsh any help?

I'm rusty too, but I think "the dog's nuts" would be "y cnau'r ci".

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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What do YOU think?

I think Microsoft should have the courage to push this as the intended path. If they're going to take up the whole screen with what is otherwise a glorified and dumbed-down Start menu, they might as well make it useful.

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