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2230 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Lizard People?

I believe the OP based his comment on a *deliberate* misunderstanding on the technical point and ran with with (you know, like with scissors).

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Re: Lizard People?

"Generally, I only understand it's a joke if it's actually funny."

Really? What about things that are a joke but aren't meant to be funny, like how our government spunks money up the wall on useless brain-dead projects with no earthly value and yet takes money away from people who can't afford to live with schemes like the bedroom tax?

Seriously, our government is a joke, but I'm not laughing. Perhaps you should refine your sense of humour?

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Re: Lizard People?

"So, do you have a carer, or some other responsible person, who takes care of you? If so, they need to be sacked."

I can't sack my wife, that's immoral. Hmm, on second thoughts...

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Re: Lizard People?

When I was at school I burnt the fingerprint off my left index finger by dragging it gently along a wall every day.

It grew back. Not sure if it was exactly the same, but I presume so.

A few months back I also managed to slice a good chunk of the flesh part of my thumb off whilst chopping veg. Again, it's still healing but I can see the fingerprint growing back in and all the lines seem to join up with the undamaged skin.

So yes, we can grow replacement fingerprints, but they are the same as the old ones.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: And here was me thinking...

You can only model what you know.

What if one of these combinations does something 'odd' that you weren't expecting and couldn't reasonably have predicted?

Cup of tea anyone?

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

"and I'll do the playing with lego and reading stories to the kids bit."

sounds like you are doing all the right things dude, carry on!

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Re: leaving vulnerable information in memory in the first place?

Are the keys stored in memory in a single block?

What about distributing the keys into different segements and use pointers to the various locations to stitch it back together when required? Inefficient I suppose, but then they could always use HSM's.

Or indeed, has already been pointed out, wipe the fucking memory block after using such uber sensitive data.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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What would that statement mean if the 'Heartbleed vulnerability' wasn't recently identified (by the NSA)?

"Oh you mean the Heartbleed vulnerability we idenified 18 months ago? Well why didn't you say so?"

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"but it still wouldn't qualify as being in the national interest "

Even factoring in the financial instability caused by a massive hack of this kind? Do you think all those big bank account holders would just leave their money there for the taking? They run like fuck to someone else, probably taking the bank down with them.

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"Since you can hear them, that means they are just trying to scare you.."

Probably just a drone - ignore it

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HOT FAN SHITS?

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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"those in power suddenly don't know how to deal with it."

Personally I think they know *exactly* how to deal with it, it just isn't for *our* benefit.

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Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report

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Re: What are USAans wasting their tax dollars on?

"neither confirm nor deny"

or even

Some people might say that, I couldn't possibly comment.

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Worst thing you can do right now

Is log in and change your password.

Personally I'm staying well away until they are reported as being patched.

Anyone have a handy site that's listing the major sites and their patch status?

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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I shall say this only once..

Tell that to le Resistance

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

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Re: 'They all look the same'

It was inappropriate of you to point out something that most people would agree with, especially on here - it seems to be more and more PC every day, where everything you say get's taken in the worst possible way.

The first time I watched Battle Royale I was occasionally left thinking "didn't that girl get killed a few minutes ago?' - After a dozen watchings I know all their names and could probably pick most of them out of a crowd.

My wife still can't tell them apart, but then she has professor's deafness. It's a cultural thing.

For example, if a Japanese person were to say 'all those Western people all look the same to me' - I wouldn't take offense. I wouldn't consider it racist. I would consider it a lack of exposure to a foreign culture.

When I first started work in a department where international communications were the norm. I had a terrible problem with strong accents, especially when they spoke English at a speed consistent with their native tongue (think Indian/Scottish etc.). These days I have no problem, even over a bad line.

Why are people not allowed to have an opinion anymore without being labelled as something immutable? Don't you realise that perpetuating this thought mode is leading* us all into mental slavery?

*I realise that most people are already there.

Not trolling, not trying to incense or invoke hatred, just expressing an opinion. I have no problem if you don't agree with my opinion, but I will express my right to have one until my dying breath in the New World PC brigade's oubliette.

Sad icon (for the state of the modern mind) -->

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: sounds familiar

The difference here is that once the bug is known about, it can be fixed in open source.

If it was proprietary code you'd have to wait for the owners to fix the bug.

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IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

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"I buy the stuff to learn about it at home. Then once I know all about it then I resell it to local family or so down the street."

I'm fairly sure the market for Nexus 7000 devices is fairly small for 'local families' :)

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It's all about the foundations

I've always suffered from memory problems, especially when a subject isn't particularly interesting from a spiritual point of view - so for my work stuff (network & firewalls) I always had to delve deep into the understanding of how it all hangs together.

This makes initially learning a 'concept' longer, such as a new area of technology that I haven't worked on before, but once you do this you have created a framework within your mind upon which to hang 'information'.

After a time not working on a particular type of device, I can forget a lot of the details, but the infrastructure (i.e. the fundamental understanding) is still there so it can be picked up again in no time at all.

After a few years of this I discovered that the same infrastructure can be employed to learn new kit in a very short time, even under lots of pressure, a very useful skill to have as a consultant with a new job every 6 months or so.

It came as a complete shock to me a few years back when a colleague in a position of trust for a major company, running their firewall estate, didn't know about subnet masks. He said 'that's just the routing stuff' - presumably catagorised under 'someone else's problem' in his head.

He was surprised to learn that his firewalls were routers. Apparently he went on a firewall course to become a firewall engineer - not moving up through the network support path that I thought was ubiquitous - he didn't even know what the 7 layer model was, let alone what they were.

Mind you, I forgot the name of the interface scanning command* on splat in an interview, even though I could recall all the flags to set - still got the job though :) I guess bullshit is a skill too - as long as you can back it up.

*yes, tcpdump

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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The euphoric effect has more to do with accomplishment than overcoming a poor game mechanic (think Zelda puzzles - especially the obvious one that you've missed and have tried for hours and hours - then you stumble across the solution and you hear that little jingle - in hindsight you wonder how you missed it, but the feeling you get when you hear that little noise is fantastic (especially on the pre-3d Zelda games).

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Re: I think people here are missing the point

I think you're right, but not because the words are too long.

More like they told the Mums what they wanted to hear in the first sentence then they switched off their brains and turned on the frothing machine..allegedly.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Re: If you sit too close to the screen...

"Surely rectangular these days.."

It's always been rectangular, unless you are aware of a generic 1:1 ratio screen that I'm unaware of.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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"It's called juxtaposition."

Well it certainly would be had you replied in-line.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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"AND i don't wake up the following morning with a pounding headache and the room spinning round and round"

Once everything does VR you can have that too :)

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re: Zero-day Word vulnerability ..

I was going to post a reply about Word spell checker, but a search has thrown up plenty of results for that strange word - although I haven't yet found the definition of what it means - could you Lucy date me?

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Re: "Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system .." @Hans 1

Personally I'd like to know what technology my wife is using to travel all these vast distances whilst seemingly remaining in our domicile ? And if she is using some kind of time-stop insta-travel technology (like Santa Claus uses) then why is she so stuck on Windows?

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How much is a security bug report worth to Facebook? About $2,100

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If more companies did this just think how secure the net would be. The monies involved are miniscule for a corporation, but enough to get techies motivated.

What's not to like?

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: Now if we can just rid the world of....

"And hang, draw, quarter and piss on the graves of the motherf*king w*nkstains who thought that was a great design."

You can add all the arsehole designers who make charger blocks too long above the live pin so that two of them can't face each other on a double-row extension block.

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Re: Am I the only one ....

"(*) Unless it actually can deliver 20 A at 5 V. I'd still lay good money that it can't."

Not sure what you're referring to here, but I wasn't aware they were touting this cable as some kind of jump lead !

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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@Mage

I'm not quite sure what you're driving at here Mage. For sure there are lots of people out there that do a lot worse than catholic priests and nuns.

However that doesn't make what some of these evil bastards have done any better.

Molesting children and systematically covering it up at an instutional level.

Using children as unpaid slaves, stealing their children and selling them to wealthy Americans.

That's just the Irish one's that I've heard about - God knows what the rest of the get up to (at least I hope he does).

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Re: I guess it's official

"Humans are the problem." - Can't argue with that.

However, people in positions of trust, power and influence (especially when they are the supposed proponents of a GOOD force in the world) offer up a greater betrayal than ordinary scumbags do.

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Is it just me, or does writing *heart* instead of 'love' completely miss the point of using an image of a heart to indicate the word 'love' ?

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Re: I guess it's official

After all the shit that catholic priests and nuns have been up to for the last X number of years I think they are probably very highly qualified to judge whether something is evil or not. After all, they have so much experience.

Whenever I read about all the harm they've done over the years, I really, really, really do hope there is a hell waiting for them.

Catholic priests & nuns -> (see icon)

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Didn't KotOR allow you to play the baddies?

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Extended Random: The PHANTOM NSA-RSA backdoor that never was

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@Metrognome

I have a sneaking suspicion that aMfM1 employs such language to distance his prose from their usual day-day syntax in order to avoid recognition.

Feel free to correct me on this amfm1

edit: ok you beat me to it :)

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Gorilla's with loaded dice

I'm glad you put caveats in your statement, because I know quite a few people who make a good living out of the markets.

The trick is not to compete with the 800lb gorilla's.

The trick is to become an effective tracker, so you can see their footprints. This allows the small investor to predict (with around 50% accuracy) the movements of these gorilla's. Then you lay in wait for where the gorilla's live and pick up their scraps (they don't eat everything).

As long as you have a plan, can stick to it and can hit around 50% of your trades whilst maintaining a 3:1 reward ratio, you will make money.

Most people don't trade with a plan, and they are the ones that drive price into the gorilla's traps.

--> Paris, because one day I will be able to afford her. I wouldn't, but I could :)

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Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

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Re: Looking Inward

Nice rant.

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Re: I was thinking a lot more

It's probably a drop in the ocean compared to the commercial value of all the information they've slurped over the years.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Wasn't this the plot for Die Hard 4.0?

"Wait. What? There was a plot?"

Yeah, apparently there was some kind of yard sale that was on fire and they had to put it out with a helicopter and a squirrel disguised as a Nord.

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Re: Oh come on...

Agreed, lots of effort, but I think I preferred the square eggs :)

You could always send this to the Onion - come to think of it, what DOES the Onion publish on April 1st? I'm off for a look, always assuming I haven't looked at more than 5 pages this month :/

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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Re: Interesting take on the 2 ways to solve a problem.

"This is obviously A and OR is B."

Thanks for that, it's nearly midnight after a long day and you throw that in the mix.

It took me at least 10 seconds to realise OR meant Oculus Rift and NOT OR.

Boolean Bastard :)

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: As it should be

Anonymous troll is obvious.

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Re: Court decides ISPs are piracy intermediates

Well, you also need some kind of computer and screen to access the internet, perhaps they should be legislating for hardware restrictions being built into these devices that can detect if you are downloading copyright material without permission.

The logic bomb needs to go off in some peoples' heads it seems.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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Re: Positive AIMoves ...... Free of Nay-Sayers

"Power to the right people" - amanfromMars 1

It is my dearest wish to be inspired to invent/manifest a method* of identifying people of sufficient character and discipline that can be trusted (with power) to do what is right**, not what is easy.

I await that day with anticipation of being deemed worthy. In the mean-time I persevere.

*This method might already exist, but it isn't in place anywhere as far as I can tell. I also think making such a thing public would attract a lot of negative interest at high velocity :)

** To clarify, 'right' in this sense is in the 'conscience' sense of right.

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Now is the time for positive moves, not nay-saying

If your adversary is giving ground, now is not the time to say 'Why are they giving ground? This must be a trick'.

Now is the time to push the advantage and insist on public oversight of the approvals process whilst applauding the enemy for their timely withdrawal from the fray and saving lives*.

This oversight should have teeth and people in charge who are accountable. Their reputation and freedom should be measured by the performance of those they are monitoring. It is important to set up the correct processes that encourage the actions you desire.

So often these things seem to be set up with 'status-quo' and 'unaccountability' as their core values - time to change that. It's worth a go.

In this particular context the more people praise Obama for this stance, the less likely he is to renege on it. If enough emphasis is placed on these promises he is encouraged (for his own gain i.e. career) to follow through. The more you can hang on it, the more his reputation will suffer if he reneges.

Encourage him to believe that this is a major step forward in personal freedoms and encourage the belief that it is all his idea.

Personally I don't give a monkey's toss who takes credit for us securing personal freedom against the state, as long as it happens. Let historians worry about the why's and wherefore's - I just want the job done and done well. If that means sucking up to the US prez. who thinks this is a PR stunt to quieten the masses then so be it.

Let's all join together and bring these bastards to their knees with good-will and positive publicity - followed up by repeated requests for concrete laws and public oversight with teeth.

Power to the people.

(*metaphorically speaking of course)

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Re: Not much changes...

"each individual monitoring request will have to be approved by a judge"

This seems like it could be a different game, if they aren't lying like a cheap watch that is.

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

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Re: *There is, as always, a better way.

and if you specify download to computer rather than kindle, you don't need to remove any drm either, you just have the book.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Still waiting....

loving the name :)

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Re: Remember it's a low probability event *until* it's actually happening

"backup to GPS ( not satellite based)."

Map & Compass?

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Yes but

At least you aren't trying to put Gas in your tank.

I often wondered how Americans managed to stop it escaping into the atmosphere, but then I guess their Gas is heavier than air.

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