2169 posts • joined 29 May 2007
Re: Remote access
"but make sure it's still an RFC 1918 address:"
If you are being source NAT'd on the way it doesn't matter, unless you are trying to connect to an address that falls within the range you have used. Not best practice I know, but facts is facts.
I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible to utilise part of the udp/tcp header flags as part of the encryption/decryption process - there are quite a few fields that aren't used much.
You could also use port numbers in the process, mix up udp and tcp connections to obfuscate the stream further. That might mean you lose the odd connection, but it might make it trickier to intercept.
Last but not least, wrap it all up in what appears to be a typical unencrypted http session - that just happens to contain what appears to be random data. Imagine the overhead in trying to not only capture the data, but also the headers, and then work out if the payload is encrypted or not. Lots of extra CPU :)
There are bound to be flaws, I'm just speculating off the top of my head.
Sack him, give her the job. Tell him to go on the game. Sorted. Next!
Re: under investigation as to it's legality should be suspended
Sorry Tom, but whenever you hear about someone being investigated as to wrong-doing, they are generally suspended pending the investigation. I don't see why it should be different for a government department.
"why couldnt it stop one single lousy outside contractor with a USB pen?"
Find a professional builder and inspect the DIY status of his home and you'll see why.
Re: In the words of John Mckenroe
"Some people just can't be pleased!"
In a just world, any activity that is under investigation as to it's legality should be suspended until the legality is determined. Existing records notwithstanding.
Re: dirty bastards
Time to invoke the irresistible force against the immovable object..
Re: As usual ...
"You think the Israeli companies are going to be better? Not a chance"
Yes, Checkpoint, he's looking at YOU!
Re: Well humans where around 8000 years ago
"This study just demonstrates how easy it is for us to melt the glaciers"
Actually I think it gives us a hint as to how to slow down the ice-melt. If we can deploy metal spikes through the ice into the reefs below in enough places, it should slow the bugger down a bit.
Then, when we are faced with the man-made ice-age, we can remove the spikes :)
ISP Web page: I'd like your permission to terminate all your https connections on our proxy in order to provide you with a more streamlined service.
Mini-User: Mum! What's a Poxy?
Mum: Something you get when you're young, but you've already had it so you can't get it again.
Not to mention that table tennis involves a considerable bit more than just placing your bat in the right place in time to intercept the incoming ball. The addition, and removal, of spin is pretty important, as is being able to stretch to the net and extremes of the arena.
I will be truly amazing if it can pull this off - don't miss the follow up El Reg - I wanna see this :)
@Symon, I take your point, and PC'ness has helped move us away from those generic derogatory terms that were so prevalent.
However, when is enough enough? I agree that people should be educated as to the harm using such terms can have so that if they do use them, you know that they are projecting a personality flaw of their own (as opposed to just repeating what their forebears said in ignorance).
What I object to is the way in which it has become a form of self censorship of language, which in turn is a form of mind control.
I do believe that people have the right not to be persecuted because of their creed/colour/sexual orientation etc., especially when it is aimed at a person based on a stereo-type. However I don't believe people should have the right to not be offended by someone else's views.
Just as an example, if I thought someone was an arsehole and told them so I think that is fair enough. It's based on my personal experience of that person and not on a negative stereo-type. However, if they were black, or gay or whatever, then saying that they were a 'black arsehole', or a' gay arsehole' would not be acceptable.
The problem (in this example) arises when I call someone an arsehole, and because that person happens to be black/gay/whatever there is often a call of racism/homophobia simply because the person I believe to be an arsehole just happens to fall into one of those categories.
It is unfortunate that there is a general lack of subtlety within the realm of public perception and with every step that political correctness takes, we lose a little more. The media is often portrayed as the villian in sensationalising trivial matters, yet surely it is the buying public that is actually at fault. If no-one bought bad-news for example, how long do you think it would take papers to start running good-news stories?
"Easy to see why it appeals to a small sub-set."
Get back to your cabin, redcoat.
"yes but what if he had crashed into a nun?"
You can work out the bonus payment scheme later
@AC w/o humour
I'd like to employ you to take offence on my behalf please, since I am incapable of doing so myself.
That way, since you are so sincere in your veracity, you are probably more qualified to take offence than I am.
The hoops we have to jump through!
I have local admin rights to my company laptop, but the group policy has removed the ability to extend the length of time it takes for the company screensaver to kick in. No amount of reg hacking could fix it, and I'm not a windows expert so I have had to resort to a mouse mover program (that's actually quite neat when you get into the options!)
Since we have to be on instant chat all the time, every time the screen locks it marks me as unavailable and makes it look dodgy since I'm wfh a lot. Just because I'm kvm'ing to another machine now and again to look up stuff in places that the company laptop might not like I don't see why anyone should be given the false impression that I'm not working like a beaver.
I'm not a Thatcher apologist, since she got a lot of things wrong*, but you only have to take a look at the state of the country** just prior to her becoming PM to know that having a strong (if a little dictatorial) leader can be a good thing - especially when the country is on the verge of bankruptcy and unpopular decisions need to be made.
There are arguments to be made both for and against Maggie.
Blair has no such positive side as far as I'm concerned
*Bloody Sunday springs to mind
**Lots of strikes, power cuts, the 3-day week, high interest rates. etc.
Re: More proof, if you needed it...
"Where is that particular definition from?"
Curiously enough I just typed 'definition terrorism' into google. I wonder if Google are now sponsoring NewSpeak?
Re: More proof, if you needed it...
"I have no problem with anti-terrorism laws being used on actual terrorists"
Not trying to bust yer nuts or anything, but what you would define as 'terrorist' may not be exactly the same was what the vested interests class as 'terrorist'.
Accepting this, your statement is incomplete, since it should also mention a healthy skepticism towards their definition.
Terrorism - the unofficial or unauthorized* use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
*by whom we may ask? Therein lies the problem.
Re: Oh... So that's how it works!
Of only they had stopped and questioned him using anti-espionage legislation then we probably wouldn't be having this conversation.
As it is, it seems like the Judge has ruled that, since they found some secret stuff, the stop and search was justified.
n't* aware that legality of state operatives was only determined retrospectively based on their success.
Edited because I realised this would be a stupid statement.
Re: 1 file
Since most journo's (El Reg excluded - maybe) are techno-dumb-arses, it was probably a file with all the other passwords in it.
"When you are going to break the laws"
Did I miss something? I wasn't aware he'd broken any laws. I'm sure if he had he would have been arrested, surely?
"He as a foreign national was carrying just over 58,000 stolen highly classified UK intelligence documents"
You recall that the information was lifted from a server in the US right?
Re: There is a chance of a major win ......
Ok, I'm in. Put me down for a fiver on a chocolate covered health cereal for sugar starved kids advert
"by private companies"
I'm wondering if you are referring to the state sponsored East India Trading company there?
Please put some meat in your posts, all you keep saying is 'you're wrong - look it up'. I have looked it up, there is a big list of wars that were fought over territory with other colonial powers from the 16th/17thC onwards, up until the early 20th Century.
Give me one clear example of how the first British Empire was established without the use of force and I'll concede the point.
"You could try reading a history book... it might help with your lack of knowledge about and understanding of how the British Empire came to be."
Whilst I freely admit to taking a bit of poetic licence in my post, I can't see how Britain created an Empire based on mutual admiration and trade without killing a few fuzzy-wuzzies* along the way.
I'm pretty sure the Royal Navy had a lot to do with it and their ships had lots of guns on them if I recall. We also had a well trained army. I'm not sure a bunch of civil servants turning up with a clipboard and pencil would have had the same effect on cornering certain resources that funded our once great nation.
However, I am always ready to be corrected, so please do direct me towards your historical information that I may educate myself further on this matter.
*Since we all have to police ourselves and one another, let me save anyone saying I'm racist by clearing that one up..
Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem extolling the virtues of aforementioned tribe from the perspective of a warrior - so please be clear that it is not meant in any way to be offensive to anyone, no matter their nationality, creed or colour
"To be lectured on the norms of war or international conduct generally by a Briton?"
The American English definition of 'lecture' must be far removed from the one I'm familiar with I must say.
However, in the interests of fair play, I reckon soldiers from every country, not just the USA, have been guilty of killing children at some point in mankind's history. Since Britain once had an empire forged with violence I can be fairly certain that this country isn't exempt.
" I am sure they would bow to your moral superiority, wit, etc."
I'm pretty sure they wouldn't bow. In fact I rather suspect they would just rather shoot me in the head than think about what they were doing - much easier.
I wonder how much they'd like it if it were 'Uncle Sam, Murdering Children'
Re: "I'm glad the case helped reaffirm the right to lampoon our government"
The legal team in a company does not make decisions, they give advice to decision makers and carry out instructions from the decision makers, even if they are ill-advised standing ones.
Re: "... and reaping donations to the cause via PayPal"
"It's also kind of laughable that you'd make a watch-list for buying a T-shirt."
You can laugh yourself all the way to the library then. You aren't paranoid enough if you ask me.
Re: a tacit admission that they were wrong
"They made sure they didn't admit anything."
When someone involved in a legal case (especially a government agency with deep pockets and an even larger cynic gland) backs out and hands over money, it is a 'tacit admission'.
fyi "tacit admission"
-implied or indicated (as by an act or by silence) but not actually expressed
Re: "I'm glad the case helped reaffirm the right to lampoon our government"
+1 Lack of humour is a definite indicator of megalomania if you ask me. Cracking down on piss-taking is the early warning for cracking down on everything, so it just shows what kinds of attitude prevails at the NSA decision making level.
Re: $500? really?
I don't reckon he can claim any real damages since he didn't relent and had the added benefit of free publicity to sell more.
Any kind of payment and withdrawal of the case is a tacit admission that they were wrong - what more were you expecting?
It looks like they may try to force a new selling model on the streaming services.
In a weird way I can understand where they are coming from (as far as A list titles that fans are prepared to pay more for being bundled along with everything else).
Perhaps in the future we will see a tiered pricing structure from the streaming services. lower levels giving full access to everything but the A list stuff, and higher levels giving increasing access to more A list (i.e. expensive) stuff per month.
I don't think I'd mind this, since it would inevitably make expensive music less popular and give more attention to gifted, yet little known, artists, whose music can still be heard for a lower price (until they get big and price themselves out of the market).
I've always found something a bit screwy about someone making a song, and then profiting from it for every time it's heard, practically forever. I re-read my books all the time, but if I had to pay again I certainly wouldn't.
Every character he played, even if they only appeared on screen for a short time, was memorable.
Mark of a good actor. RIP.
Re: "It’s hard to comprehend...
"which required lots of concentration"
I think it was this, along with my undiagnosed adhd that makes this game a partcularly fond memory for me.
Me and a mate went off to Gt. Yarmouth and found this game in one of the arcades. My mate had a go and got mullered fairly quickly, so I sat down for my turn.
I suddenly went into hyperfocus* mode, and pretty nearly completed the game on my first sitting, barely noticed being thrown around like a rag-doll from wanging the joystick around like a mentalist :)
When I looked up in a foggy 'just come round from an operation' kind of daze, I discovered about 40 people crowded round the cabinet and my mate's jaw on the flaw...effing awesome.
Thanks for the reminder!
*This also served me particularly well on Robotron - which was like meditating for me.
@Boltar the ball-brained
It's one thing for a person to desire revenge upon someone who has taken away a loved one, but to destabilize your entire culture with knee-jerk reactions from the government is another matter entirely.
We have shown, here in the UK (and the other madhouse across the pond) that these kind of overly-emotional reactions result in poor policy and a tendency to let every single negative thing that happens put fear into the populace against 'the enemy'. This fear leads to nationalism, xenophobia and racism, which fuels the whole 'hate machine'.
Please explain to me again how this prevents similar atrocities happening again? (As opposed to creating a fertile breeding ground for fundamentalists of all stripes).
The grown up (i.e. emotionally mature) response to this heinous crime would be to treat the killer as you would any other criminal with mental health issues and not let your emotions put you in a position where you lose even more of your identity.
However, that said, you go right ahead and kill and hate and feel somehow superior to the 'weak' liberals. I expect we'll see you on the news one day eh?
For what it's worth, not being an angry, irrational, vengeance filled person doesn't mean you are weak and are unable to make a stand for the things you believe in.
Re: Pfft .....
"You really need to get out into the real world more often"
Why? It's a load of old shit and filled with miserable bastards for the most part.
Re: no robotic swiffas... it isn't worth it
How about a miniature gas compressor, then it can be used to blow the dust off
Sounds like a black-op to me.
Unfortunately any sanctions against China would send the global economy into the gutter. Probably so far that it would be easier to build afresh than rescue it.
"China at 175th"
News just in, China has dropped 5 places in 'shoots own foot' schoolboy error. Barbara, you have been summoned.
Re: The best part
It sounds like the guy is more of a whistleblower than a demon then, although I'm sure the innocent victims aren't particularly happy with his approach of highlighting the issue.
If it had been me that had been targetted and arrested it would be hard to decide who is more to blame, the hacker or the police.
Re: @Sir Runcible Spoon - crobots?
Thanks for all the links, there are so many variants!
"Luckily I'm not bitter. At all. After all, it's over 20 years ago now. Well maybe just a little bitter..."
I felt that way after mastering soul calibur on the dreamcast, only for my wife to come along and beat me by button mashing! I had to work sooooooo hard to work out how to counter her completely irrational moves - something she thought very funny :)
In the end she moved over to Tekken, and there random button mashing just couldn't be beaten - so she had the last laugh :)
I got my wife into gaming by letting her play DuneII back in the day - she became addicted and eventually posted an emperor scrore that I just couldn't quite beat - ever :) so she is still the champ at that. Mind you, when we played Zelda (Ocarina) together she would always get me to fight the boss for her because she'd be too scared! Happy days. She's 44 today !
edit: just found the variant I played..
One of the games I learned to code from involved programming a little kill-bot round an arena. You had directions, a radar and gun.
You set your bot against others and iirc it could run itself a hundred times pretty quickly to determine who's was the best.
I loved that game - anyone know what it was?
Re: Schol [sic] Reform
"Negative effects include teaching them how to pointlessly fill in hours at their future workplace and making them come home knackered and irritable."
In that case, perhaps we should motivate the little beggars a bit. Let's have an entrance exam for secondary school - any that fail get sent to a workhouse.
We'll be competing with China again in short order I'd wager and the scarce educational resources can be spent on those that *want* to learn.
"How do you guys see what transfer rate you're getting with netflix?"
there are several ways to do it, but if you lack specific equipment you could always connect your media player/PC/TV or whatever to a switch and use Wireshark on a PC to capture the traffic. Once you have identified the Netflix connections in the trace capture you can work out lots of things, including your bandwidth usage for that particular stream.
Re: So much negativity.
"So no, the big battalions are ranged against the people who object to GG because it looks silly."
I don't object to them because they look silly, I object to them because they are insidious.
Re: So much negativity.
"These things or their offspring, are going to be everywhere."
Which is a really good reason to put people off them now before they take a hold imo.
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