* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

3582 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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What am I missing?

"<snip> make withdrawals "on numerous occasions that totalled $4,653,333.02" between July 2014 and April 2015."

"Although fraud cops began an investigation into the matter in 2012, it wasn't until March this year that an arrest warrant was issued"

So, the cops knew that she had access to this money two years before she did? I'm confused.

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: a bloke in the pub told me that...

..it was the Judean Peoples' Front.

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Re: Technology is a tool

Every authoritarian government creates their own demise.

By treating everyday citizens as terrorists they are pushing those people into becoming terrorists. And then...Sparticus.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Are you trying to suggest that only black people eat fried chicken?

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Re: Wrong subhead IMHO

I don't think it was a breach of law as the cops sought, and obtained, a court order. Whether that should have been granted is the real focus of the article.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Reality check

In a world where we are all destined to die and nothing we do really matters one way or another, why bother pissing on someone else's fireworks? It's not like they're harming anyone.

Get a life :)

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Sounds like a case of Grandma's slippers to me.

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Re: Reality TV Stars

I don't know, I love watching Geordie Shore - if only for Scotty T's amazing one liners :)

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Re: I've

I've always thought of him as the US version of David Bowie.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: I went to university down in Brighton...

I don't need to be an actor to spook them. I just answer them honestly*.

*A bit like that guy who was asked to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth**

*"What, not THE Arthur Dent? Hahahahahahahahahahaha"

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Re: Last question should have been...

Is this like "How do you do?"

Which should never be answered with anything related to your health, either good or bad.

Eg.

Q-How do you do?

A-Fine thanks.

Bzzzt wrong!

Q-How do you do?

A-How do you do.

Q-No, How do *you* do?

A-No, How do you *do*.

etc.

...profitzzz.

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Re: 'Ow Yorkshire?

"Is a 'Mexican' like a 'Brazilian' but with a bit more burning sensation?"

OMG - I spewed out of my front bottom...and it buuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssss!

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: Cert logs?

I suppose their IPS might be configured to white-list specific URL's in the cert exchange - access to other URL's could then be flagged.

Seems a long-winded way of doing it rather than issuing certs for each site, but I've heard rich people are often the tightest :)

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Re: I'm not quite buying the "previous security researcher" story

What you said was the first thing that crossed my mind, but then I'm paid to be paranoid :)

Without any actual evidence, we will have to accept the scripted answer. Who knows, it might even be right.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: (zealouts also said)

"7) 640k ought to be enough for anybody"

When I think about it, I think it should.

Observe, now that we have loads more memory to play with there is a lot of inefficient programming.

MS Word on Win3.1 for WG runs faster on a 486-DX than MS Word does on Win7 on a Core-i7-920 with 16GB RAM.

Now, if he had said "640k *is* enough for anybody" - then that clearly isn't the case :)

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Re: The real universe doesnt care

The Earth isn't round, it's an oblate spheroid :)

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Re: question

From what I read, the wavelength is so long that it is smaller than the smallest 'unit' of conservation of momentum.

So if it takes 10 sillybits to move mass the smallest amount possible (let's call it a moviebit), and this drive generates only 5 sillybits - apparently the Universe is obliged to still move the object one moviebit (even though the EM drive has only paid for 1/2 a moviebit*)

*It's nice to know the Universe doesn't deal in small change :)

One of the questions being asked is if they will still get the same output from *even less* energy :)

Apparently this theory is holding up due to its prediction that if the shape of the drive is different, the thrust would be generated in the opposite direction - I recall reading that this would explain some of the results being observed!

FREE ENERGY! Woot.

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Re: Impossible EmDrive Thruster

Just enough time for another bath then...pass the rubber ducky first mate.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: A legal work around?

Back in '98 I and two colleagues were building new desktops with FreeBSD (over the wire from Sun hosting servers :)

Each time one of us started the build process, one of the others' borked. Turns out all three machines were shipped with NIC's that had identical MAC addresses.

What are the odds of that eh?

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"Surely pedophiles are people who like to walk?"

Pedant.

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Re: A legal work around?

It is possible to spoof a MAC address.

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Re: Dear Ferals

"He's a judge, not an IT guy. Heck, he probably has to call his niece when his iPhone acts up."

You've basically stated that he is a judge who isn't qualified to judge (when it involves IT).

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: Nothing to hide

"Three people (and counting) don't understand the troll icon."

Just running with a theme, no misunderstanding required.

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Re: Nothing to hide

If you don't understand, you don't know enough to fear.

Ignorance is bliss.

Security is safety.

Overlords are always benevolent.

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US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

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The tone changes quite a bit from one section to the next doesn't it?

And as you say, an impressive lurk if it's the same person :)

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Re: Make it hard for the Gov't to protect us, and less difficult for thieves to take our identity

Yeah, the post on 10th July 2008 is a doozer in the current context :)

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Re: Make it hard for the Gov't to protect us, and less difficult for thieves to take our identity

Once in a blue moon I come across a post I wish I could upvote a thousand times.

You have introduced me to the reverse of this concept.

All this stuff going on behind closed doors - no oversight - secret courts, secret orders, public treated as the enemy - no accountability - numerous abuses of power etc. ad nauseam and your response to the freedom of every person you know being jeopardized amounts to:

"Yeah, but it makes us safer dunnit"

You Sir, are an ignorant twat and a prime example of why we are in this fucking mess.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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I hate the way these things are reported...'Kent Police gave...'

No. Someone working for Kend Police, an actual person (an individual if you like - passed this information on.

What were they thinking?

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: "Math cannot frustrate court orders"

"Nor, clearly, did you, or you might know how to do a bit of basic research."

Wow, who stole the jam out of your doughnut?

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Sir

Does any of this have an impact on actual codes rather than ciphers?

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Re: "Math cannot frustrate court orders"

"use small words and things like 2+2."

Have you ever read the proof that 1+1=2?

I couldn't follow it - way beyond me.

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Re: An analogy perchance??

"Or maybe it's like demanding that Ma must be able to turn her delicious apple pie back into a couple of Granny Smiths and a block of Jus-Rol"

That's do-able - they just have to pass a new motion!

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Considering all the timings of Phorm etc. I always wondered if it played any part in Snowden's subsequent actions.

This is the reason why whistleblowers are supposed to be protected by law, so that others are encouraged to do the same (no idea if Snowden was even aware of Phorm btw).

However, any action to suppress whistleblowers is, by default, authoritarian and totally insidious - it should be killed with fire - stamped on, and then consigned to the abyssal depths of the Atlantic.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Re: The government [of USA] can lead by example...

"Why did the chicken use weak encryption?"

Because it wanted someone to use it's back door?

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Re: Evil one time pad

Ah, I think I see your disconnect here.

In reality, the encrypted message does not 'contain' the decoy message as such. You are creating a fake translation matrix that you apply to your encrypted message to make it look like the decoy message when it's processed.

Does that help?

Actually, thinking about it, couldn't this process be used to fake evidence if someone refuses to reveal their passwords? It might be limited to creating incriminating evidence rather then magically conjuring up actual useful data (which is still hidden by the encryption) - but who is going to argue that the prosecution has 'incorrectly' decrypted the file? The only way to prove that their information was fake would be to produce the *real* key, and hence reveal the real data.

Oh dear.

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" they are completely diluted."

To what degree? 10%? 5%?

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Re: long-in-tooth

If your password is 'incorrect', maybe it is 'expired'.

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"And for the none americans living in America?"

There aren't any.

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Re: 2 thoughts

Get real, Davros was a genius.

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Re: ORLY?

"Interestingly, the use of encryption in https is not to hide anything, merely to prove that it really is you"

Wait, what?

I agree that there are two uses for encryption keys and that one of those is to digitally sign data to prove it was written by you, but I'm not sure you understand https as it isn't implemented like that.

The certificate exchange and verification process is to create an encryption key for the data flow between you and the web server. Anyone else looking at that data stream wouldn't know what it contained unless they had the key.

Unless I've totally misunderstood your point :/

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Re: Evil one time pad

"but wouldn't that make your "evil message" (now being used as the one-time-pad and containing structured data) easier to decrypt?"

I don't see why it should. If I've understood correctly the fake pad is just to convert something you know (the encrypted message) into something else you know (the fake unencrypted message).

The original pad will will decrypt the original encrypted message to the real one. All the fakery stuff only relates to the faked message so should reveal nothing about the real pad or message.

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Re: The government [of USA] can lead by example...

Nice analogy there Harmony, and not a car in sight ;)

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Re: Amazing

I think the US should put this bill forward for a vote immediately.

That way, anyone who votes in its' favour will have shown themselves to be unfit for office - right down to the point where they shouldn't be allowed to make the tea.

Sack anyone who votes for it and ban them from ever having any more authority than over their own bladders.

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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Re: InstaFacebookTwittergram does it again!

People said that about the PC, the mobile phone, the internet etc. etc.

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Re: REX HAS SEEN YOU

Or even Elite

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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Re: It's Good...

That was me.

When I saw the first Harry Potter film and I saw his living conditions, I thought "lucky bastard - he's got a door - and a LIGHT!'

Although to be fair, his door was lockable from the outside, so I can't really grumble. But then again, he was living there rent free - my Mum was charging me £120 month!

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Re: fire hazard

"including the ability to get out fast *in the event of a fire*"

Surely if the room is smaller it would allow for a quicker evacuation?

Perhaps I should sue my Mum for renting me the space under the stairs for £120 month - no lights and just a curtain for privacy.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Question

"Because in the US, you're innocent until proven guilty."

No. This sentence presumes guilt, but you are classed as innocent until they can prove your guilt.

The correct phrase is:

Innocent unless proven guilty.

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Well, I don't think he is actually accused of a crime in the UK, it's the US that's doing the prosecution.

The US knows it can't compel the passwords out of him, and the UK has been asked to do it for them -but the UK doesn't have a legal way to do it, so they are trying to bully him into giving the passwords over.

I might be wrong, but it sounds about right :)

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Also, encountering any un-mapped mass will put the probe off course and it will lose it's home address in the process (i.e. it's no longer directly behind it!)

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