* Posts by Nunyabiznes

91 posts • joined 6 May 2010

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Nunyabiznes

Re: In other news. Windows 98 is easily hackable.

MS has committed to provide free updates for all major software for 10 years. The phone manufacturers haven't been allowing and/or pushing updates for phones past 1-2yrs, even in the rare instances the code has been updated. How is that equivalent to your mind?

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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Re: Possibility

I was assuming this included all the el cheapo "routers" that can be bought to extend the capabilities of your home internet connection. I just installed DSL at home and the router I bought that was CenturyLink branded came with a random strong password, but you had to connect it to the home office before setup could continue. Mixed bag. The little wifi extender I bought to accompany it had a generic password - not cool, but I could change it before connecting to my ISP router. The question is how many typical home users are going to do that and the answer is not 0 but certainly not a statistically significant number.

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Possibility

RE: Class Action

This is probably only specific to the US (because that's the legal system I "know") but the best way to do it would be to remote kill the US based rogue routers remotely and force the manufacturers to replace the equipment *and* refund the original MSRP of the device. The replacement routers should stop setup at "change admin password" screen and not allow internet connectivity until the password was changed to something with a base level of complexity - which is how they should be sent out to start with.

I know this would dramatically increase the calls to support and returns of product because people are too stupid to RTF setup instructions, but we all have to take responsibility for the parts we played in what the internet has become.

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Re: Serious question

Give it about a month. Now that the black hat antenna are twitching and they have a direction to look at it will not be long.

It could be there are multiple vulns being accessed but if none of the current crop of antimalware products for OSx are catching them - how would you know until they get turned up by white hats?

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

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I certainly hope this works better than some of the other technology-related bills that have had bipartisan support. CAN-SPAM, DNC list, DMCA...

The first thing I noticed is that the bill has nothing in it about reforming the US Patent Office or how patents are awarded (that I saw in my brief skim). That alone makes it a fail in my book, but it is possible it will be slightly less of a fail if it does reduce trolling.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: El Reg has contacted Apple...

Best book your reservation at the Restaurant just in case.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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That might be the local vernacular where you are, but it is not US-wide. Everyone I know in the biz calls it "cashing".

We have a strong hunting culture here though, and we cache (cash) supplies for extended fall hunting trips during the late summer scouting trips. That might explain why we know the correct pronunciation. ;)

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: @Manolo ...Varmint?

You just have to be careful when cleaning them. They are actually quite tasty, with a dense red meat. I like them better than rattlesnake myself. I grew up in rural Texas where armadillos and various poisonous snakes were abundant and cash wasn't so we ate a variety of foods not on the menu at many dining establishments.

The best way to dispatch an armadillo for eating is for one person to get their attention by tapping a stick or similar on a rock in front of them (20' or so, any closer and they'll bolt) and the other person to sneak up behind them and grab their tail, yanking them off the ground quickly. Whack'em in the head with a hammer and BBQ.

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Trade body, universities row over US patent troll act proposals

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Nailed it.

This. Let's reform the Patent Office first. Then we can go after existing patents that should not have been granted in the first place. That will destroy the patent troll industry without making another law that can be twisted by unscrupulous attorneys (redundant I know) and various greedy non-producers.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

Nunyabiznes

Re: Who gives a fuck?!?!

A. Troll

B. Hacked account

C. Dickwad

D. Facetious

E. Pwned really hard in WOW.

Take your pick.

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

Nunyabiznes

Re: Hydrogen loss?

Are you thinking of Helium?

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Being late

I am one of the unfortunates that never had the chance to meet this rare soul. I also came to know his writing rather late, about 2005 iirc. I'm not sure if that makes me luckier because I have several of his writings unread and waiting for me to devour or star-crossed because I didn't get to enjoy them as they came out. His writing is so far beyond most of the scribbles that get published it is hard to fathom.

RIP Sir Terry.

Hopefully you fully realized how much you gave to us and how much we appreciated it.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Re: Tone is usually set at the top

Unfortunately I've run across people that just won't listen until you get loud. Usually it is not good for the team or for the individuals directly involved. Generally is sows discord and someone (who might be talented but clueless) ends up leaving. However, I have seen successful teams that operated on "wall to wall counseling" methods. It takes a special touch to keep the lid on long term, but can have excellent results.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Duh, I dunno know boss

It would be a lovely position, but as evidenced above I can't match the dynamism and tongue-in-cheek sophistication of The Reg.

I are prety gud at prof-reddin and fax checkin tho.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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It is just you. If you look at the XL pipeline project, anything involving ACA, etc he is still on his warpath. Actually, it isn't so much that he is partisan, but that he seems to think that whatever his administration comes up with is solid gold and no amount of facts, logic or evidence will sway him. Even the private unions are starting to give him subtle hints to ease up. Several democrats are doing the same thing - but I will discount the ones who are positioning themselves for a presidential run.

Congress certainly has its fair share of buffoons, but Pres. Obama isn't some messiah either.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

Nunyabiznes

FTFY

"The possibilities for hilarity are endless"

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Pint

And another Kudos!

Seriously, thumbs up and "have a drink on me".

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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piracy

I've always been a pretty vehement opponent of piracy. If you want to have a copy of someone's artistic output, buy it. However, I didn't know about the EU's (-UK) stance on fair use (US resident). I can for the first time see the argument for "piracy".

I paid you. John didn't. Go after John and leave me the f**k alone - I'm busy making a backup.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Other issues

Something being overlooked is the artificial increase in housing that is being perpetuated by California regulations. I have a friend trying to build a garage (approx. 9x10m) that after 4 months is still in the "trying to get all the permits" stage. He is a carpenter so the building is easy, especially with his contacts in the industry. He estimates at least 30% of his original budget will be spent just getting the actual construction specific permits, soil tests, engineered drawings, etc. Then he has to get it past planning committees, historical committees, heritage committees, etc. with their fees.

This is going in a subdivision that has virtually identical houses and garages already in place, all he is doing is catching up. He ended up giving up on having a sink and toilet in the garage because of the extra environmental assessments that would have to be done.

I'm not saying it needs to be a free-for-all building climate, but I think a little pruning of the existing regulatory environment is in order out there.

That would allow housing to be built out quicker and cheaper and put some downward pressure on the ridiculous housing market.

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FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

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Re: what we have now is segregation by wire type

"there is no competition, there are various oligarchies dictating your lifestyle"

I read that as "voracious".

Good comment, swschrad.

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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

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unionization

I would really like a comparison of the non-union wages and benefits to union ones - with the union dues pulled out. I've seen a couple of local shops quit their unions because they just weren't doing anything for the workers. A rep would come down once a year and make sure negotiations included a backhander to the union and would accept whatever management declared for the worker wages and benefits. End result was that actual earnings (after increases in dues and COL) decreased. The workers all decided to vote themselves an immediate wage increase by booting the union and not paying dues. So far they are getting at least the same % increases as they were as union, and generally more. YMMV.

Usually bus drivers are considered unskilled workers. I've done it to make ends meet between real jobs and it isn't that tough. I've had a variety of manual and/or unskilled labor jobs as fillers or to support myself through school and there is a good reason I got out of that rut. Certain jobs are exceptionally hard on the body and others are just so phenomenally boring that I couldn't stay. Honestly, if I could make the same money doing something trivial as I can doing tech work, I would be sorely tempted. That being the case, shouldn't jobs that are mentally challenging, that not everyone can do, require extensive training/school/OJT, etc be compensated better? I don't expect to make what a licensed doctor of medicine makes. Bus drivers shouldn't expect to make what degreed professional positions make.

Additionally the Teamsters can take a flying leap. After having to work with the local on a pretty simple project I'm over them. Any time you can do the work yourself, pay the union "workers" to stay home instead of coming to the jobsite and come out ahead simply because of how much faster things got done, done right, and with less frustration there is something wrong.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

Nunyabiznes
Coat

This long and nobody has gone there?

It is just a new miles high club with no sharp corners to interrupt the proceedings.

Yes yes the grubby one.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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@ DaLo

"The new consumer division will wallow in a sink-or-swim (probably sink due to fewer people using printers and fewer using PCs) turmoil as the try to monetise every new hype that raises its head before being swallowed by Lenovo for a few bucks."

BINGO.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

Nunyabiznes

Re: I suspect

"Are you sure Texas doesn't have any inactive volcanoes?"

A ways north and west in the Davis Mountains range. Bit of a commute at almost 1000km.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

Nunyabiznes

Re: Water / splash proofing is so handy in so many countries

And a plastic bag is a smidge cheaper.

I am impressed with the claimed battery life with the toughpad. We use Panasonic Toughbooks for our LEOs and I have to say they have held up to a group of people that collectively treat their equipment like hammers much better than any other piece of technology we provide them with.

I like to say if you put a deputy in a rubber room with a marshmallow and an anvil that the anvil doesn't stand a chance.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

Nunyabiznes

Re: Security through Obscurity

I re-read the article looking for where it specified the OS of the ATM and I couldn't find it. Maybe it is outed in some other article. However embedded XP is run on the vast majority of ATMs currently, and is being supported until Dec 2015 iirc. That being said, is your little whine just due to being a sheep and baa-ing every time you comment about any security compromise or did you actually know something not stated?

This instructional intrusion was solely capable because of poor security habits/philosophy not the OS. I don't care what door you have, if you leave it propped open it isn't going to deter a thief.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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MPAA

I wonder when the coppers will arrive with the cuffs and a piracy notice?

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

Nunyabiznes

Re: Read the McCain letter linked by Musk

McCain does have his moments of clarity. They just seem to be getting fewer and fewer, especially since 2008.

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Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

Nunyabiznes

Hey little guy, there's just you and me here. And your balls, and this vise.

FTFY.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

Nunyabiznes

blade fuse

Honest question:

Why are you using a glass fuse instead of a blade style? The whole fuse assembly would be lighter (not much but it all counts) and less sensitive to shock damage.

You could even go mini blade for the amps you are looking at.

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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

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hackerz

So none of you would hire a black/gray hat to test your network security?

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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What he said.

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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

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How's this?

You should be able to write a murder mystery even though the genre is chock full of examples. You should not be able to re-release Agatha Christie's Marple stories with the name changed to Mabel.

Same with code.

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

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Facepalm

Re: NSA has no boundaries

Did you really go there?

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Re: Yay - but if it's coming from orbit

We'll dig up Slim Pickens.

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

Nunyabiznes

Re: Go full redneck.

I don't think it was his beer he wanted her to hold.

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Nunyabiznes

Go full redneck.

Hold my beer and watch this!

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

Nunyabiznes

So IKEA is closed now? The Security Industrial Complex (borrowed from a comment on Bruce Schneier's blog) thinks we are all possible terrorists based on their collection schemes.

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If you reckon Google will never tap into Nest's Wi-Fi thermostats, guess again

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false data

This might be a good time to install the thermostat outside of the house (not connected to your furnace of course) and let them suck up as much data as they want.

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Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

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Chrome

As long as Google is throwing rocks they might as well pitch a few in their own house.

ISSO alert for Chrome with several vulnerabilities that can allow remote code execution as the logged in user was issued today.

I am giving Google credit for actually having a security team and testing all sorts of different software.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

Nunyabiznes

The opposite of gentrification is Detroit. If you want all a real good look at what keeping the money out of an area will do look no further. You can have the roving gangs, pot-holed streets, slum areas etc and I'll put up with higher prices (that bring more taxes without raising rates or making up new taxes) and decent infrastructure that the moneyed class brings. It always astounds me when every problem is resolved by make a new tax/raise taxes instead of telling people to STFU. How much do you want to bet SF is trying to figure out a way to tax renters who don't live within x miles of their job?

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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Styrofoam

See Title.

Use a Sharpie on a cup and throw it in the ditch. That'll be there when Beeblebrox shows up at the Restaurant.

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COMET DIAMONDS from SPACE found in Libya's glass desert

Nunyabiznes
Alien

Re: Vessels

You completely missed the 3 ornaments in the bottom row that look amazingly like the Apollo capsules.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

Nunyabiznes

Robin's egg blue

Or powder blue if you prefer. I race off road (hobbyist) and this color has proven to be the most eye-catching on video against an earth background. Might be tough as it is coming down, but I was counting on the cliche gray English sky until I saw a comment about Spain. Should still stand out against an azure sky though.

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New online banking Trojan empties users' wallets, videos privates

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Re: Move Along Linux Users

So, the low% and fragmented user base is a valid argument for WinPho but not for *nix? But isn't Android an offshoot of Linux? According to the article Android is targeted.

Welcome to the breakover point for justifying malware for android, linux, etc.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Skyfall or perhaps Skyfail?

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Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Joke

What if your Google glasses go dark while you are driving your Google car?

Better, what if your Google glasses don't show that "unregistered device" coming at you as you cross the street?

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

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With apologies

This just proves we ARE evolved from the Golfrinchians.

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: Windows Warp screen saver

So that's why the dang thing always needed a reboot.

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

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MIT

I agree with Synja and JStor shouldn't be getting the heat they are. MIT wouldn't drop the case even when JStor agreed to.

So, one of the consortium members was basically overruling the consortium. They need to sort out who should be the predominant voice in these situations. Although, MIT is where the actual "damage" took place so perhaps they should have more say.

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