* Posts by Woodnag

42 posts • joined 24 May 2010

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Woodnag

Eh?

Since we don't have access to the source of "most commercial software", your assertion seems tough to justify.

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Mint

I agree with you in general, but I am far more productive with O2003 than LOffice or Ooffice, and can't stand the ribbon of O2007+. Which means VB in seamless mode, which is ok, but I'd prefer a Win which is TweakUiable and non-invasive like the good ol' days, that runs early apps fine line Win7 does.

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Microsoft drops rush Internet Explorer fix for remote code exec hole

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XP

I've always understood that the main security issue with XP/2000 is that Internet Explorer's default settings leave it wide open. XP is fairly safe if you can use Firefox or other browser, because you just lock down IE to be safe. Go into Internet Options under Control Panel. Select Security tab, then Custom Level and set the options to "don't". And update your hosts file with something like Peter Lowe's list at http://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers/serverlist.php?hostformat=hosts&showintro=1.

Most other security issues are escaped by not opening attachments that you are not expecting. People don't analyse these things with any common sense. A friend got an email purportedly from UPS saying they had a delivery for her (sender not named), and she had to fill in the attached form before they could deliver. Luckily I had beaten the friend up to call me FIRST before succumbing to temptation. Are you expecting a delivery? No. When has a delivery agent ever had an email address as opposed to a phone number? When ever has a recipient had to fill in paperwork conditional on delivery for domestic mail? People see something official looking and don't analyse before twitching that mouse finger to have a look... and won't do a gOogle search first with a clip of text from the email to check whether it comes up as a known nasty.

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

Woodnag

For those interested in servery type projects

FreeBSD has ZFS

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

Woodnag

A) not really

Classic Shell is your friend.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: Windows only though

So is there a patch for WinX to stop the BIOS being tested and executed?

Then could install Win with the machine internet-free, patch it, then connect and do the post-install upgrades.

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Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

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Re: Who's responsible?

Also, the law needs to reduce cover-ups by management. Perhaps have a central reporting station where possible leaks must be reported too ("I can't find that USB stick, but it may be at home") with in 24 hrs or suspected loss.

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: NETATMO Ts and Cs

No, it is yours to sell. It's also theirs to sell. That's what non-exclusive means.

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NETATMO Ts and Cs

Sure you want a company have to full rights to your security stream?

https://www.netatmo.com/en-US/site/terms

3.1 The User Generated Content (the 'UGC') is all types of information and material... includes all data transmitted by your Netatmo Product.

3.2 ... you hereby grant to Netatmo a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, ... on any of your UGC, in any media now existing or hereafter developed... You hereby waive any rights of publicity and privacy with respect to the UGC.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Two good answers to that

1. The Innocence Project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innocence_project shows otherwise

2. Khow any suspect, who happens to be a law enforcement officer, who tells all rather than shuts up and demands a lawyer?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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Being a noob on Linux....

"Being a noob on Linux I rely on the prescribed suppositories".

Er, updates are meant to be uploaded to your computer, not 'intimately' shall we say.

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Maybe

Except for emails to/from someone with a gmail a/c.

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UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

Woodnag

Good question

About 20 years ago, I had similar conversation with the top dog at a small UK company who built security cameras/recorders. He said that no compression was allowed if the recording was be entered as evidence to court. So analogue cameras, feeding VCRs. But if the suspect confesses, no need to present the recording.

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Sillinesses

...and vetting agencies for prospective employees still ask for a 'transcript' for a UK university degree, despite UK universities never having provided these.

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Re: "Housing is beyond belief"

You should see South Bay. Low spec new town homes selling instantly to cash buyers for $800k - $1200k in Sunnyvale and North San Jose. Add the few hundred dollars a month homeowners association fees on top of the property tax for a property that you can't paint differently withot permission.

It amazes me that people opt for the instant gratification of a new high density property, when they could buy a 50s or 60s house to slowly modernise at their own pace for the same money.

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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No thanks

Just for using the website and pre-ordering:

eero inc. Master Terms of Service Last Updated - 02/01/2015 "THE TERMS OF SERVICE INCLUDE A CLASS ACTION WAIVER AND A WAIVER OF JURY TRIALS, AND REQUIRE BINDING ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES."

eero inc. Master Terms of Service Last Updated - 02/01/2015 "We may share personal information when we do a business deal, or negotiate a business deal, involving the sale or transfer of all or a part of our business or assets. These deals can include any merger, financing, acquisition, or bankruptcy transaction or proceeding."

Again - this is just for using the website and pre-ordering!

So I would expect that the exit strategy includes all that yummy info the unit collects during operation, the scope of which can be legally covered by privacy policy changes, and technically covered by those automatic updates.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Still 100 MBIt and no SATA

Also, 100Mbit allows power-over-ethernet with the two spare TPs.

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

Woodnag

Yup

I do the same, but research the SKU to see what drives are inside. Look for 5400, low power, no auto park/power down, and ideally HGST.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Old bangers rule

Sorry, is it you or your car that's the old banger?

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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

Woodnag

What about OpenWRT and DDWRT?

Any reports on those images?

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Woodnag

That pretty much describes every class action...

"money grab by lawyers" is the mechanism for class actions to work, not a fault. Class actions were put into law to allow companies to be *punished* (by money) for pulling fast ones for small amounts of money on a lot of people. It wouldn't be worth each individual pursuing action. The lawyers work on contingency, and get a large part of the settlement.

Again, the prime purpose of the class action is not to get restitution for the victims, but rather to punish the offender by money. It is therefore more important for the sum to be large, than for the victims to be compensated, to stop repeat behaviour. Thus it is not too important where the money goes.

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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

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Re: "If you ate at 33 of these"

Yup, that's what it takes. Eat at all 33 restaurants, and your bank card is at risk. Even if you paid cash!

Have to confess, I've seen better written ledes.

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Another 'NSA-proof' webmail biz popped by JavaScript injection bug

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Why 128 bit AES not 256 bit?

Just asking.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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What does "after examining the blueprints" mean?

Did the auditers really use that language?

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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Re: The ultimate question of life the universe and everything.

No. The answer is "None, it's a hardware problem."

However, the are 10 sort of engineer: those that understand binary, and those who don't.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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That's not actually possible...

...since the UK doens't have a constitution. And Theresa May is proposing UK withdraws from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) after the next election, 'snot looking so good is it?

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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

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Re: Would make a nice filer

10 SATA please. That's 2x 5 disk ZFS RAIDs.

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Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate

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Lubuntu too

For those trying dists, if you quite like Mint then try Lubuntu as well. They are both fast and minimalist and being Ubuntu/deb based it is very easy to install stuff.

Two advices for newbies setting up a system.

1. Partition your system with a boot partition (eg 125MB), swap partition (eg 8GB), / partition (eg 20GB), /home (the rest) so you can change Linuxes by just telling the new install to reformat the / and install there.

2. Keep a text file with all the info you need to setup the system next time, eg:

# Install Samba, Samba Server configuration Tool

apt-get --yes --quiet install samba samba-common system-config-samba

# Install Application Configuration Editor, LIBREOFFICE, RHYTHMBOX, TCL and WISH, Gdebi command line

apt-get --yes --quiet install gconf-editor libreoffice rhythmbox tk8.5 gdebi-core

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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ZFS

As various posters have mentioned, ZFS (available as part of FreeBSD) is the only reliable FS available for free. Trouble is, Sun hasn't open sourced the version with native encryption yet, and alternatives (GELI) are frankly a PITA.

Honestly, setting up and using FreeNAS on some old machine with ZFS is dead easy, gives plenty of early warning when a drive is going dubious. However, you do need 8GB of RAM as practical minimum.

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

Woodnag

Actually my only question needs improvement

The question Skype needs to answer is:

"Can Skype directly monitor and/or record audio and/or video calls of Skype users, and/or can third parties such as law enforcement do the same?"

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FAIL

The first sentence doesn't describe what Skype discussed...

"Skype has issued a formal denial to reports that it has been allowing law enforcement to listen in on users' calls following a change in its system architecture."

Er, no, that's not what Mark Gillett said. The questions all had qualifications:

"It has been suggested that Skype made changes in its architecture at the behest of Microsoft in order to provide law enforcement with greater access to our users' communications."

"It has been suggested that as a result of recent architecture changes Skype now monitors and records audio and video calls of our users."

"It has been suggested that the changes we have made were made to facilitate law enforcement access to instant messages on Skype."

The only claim Skype made is that THE CHANGES don't improve monitoring and access. He doesn't say that Skype doesn't monitor or records audio and video calls, have easy L.E. access etc.

Mark Gillett is deceiving by omission, and it's sad that most readers leap to the implication and not the facts of his very careful choice of words.

The ONLY question he needs to answer is:

"Can Skype monitor and/or record audio and/or video calls of Skype users?"

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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Re: Passwords

Yes! And if their followup response is that they expect (or for the purpose of the interview, presume we expect) employees to provide this info on request, the interviewee's response should be to re-iterate the request for the policy, since if that's the case the company is probably not an attractive employer.

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Re: Flat NO.

Why would FB want to do this? The applicant is not a useful source of revenue to FB. The hiring company could be easily such, if FB adds features quite different to your suggestions.

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Toshiba readies zero Watt standby mode telly

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..er, no

You simply don't understand the problem. It's easy to step down from 12V to 3.3V at 100mW or so (google TPS62120 for a high efficiency buck regulator example).

To make a 100mW *ISOLATED* supply from 230VAC involves running the switcher directly from the supply (at least for startup) through a resistor... and for a modern chip needing ~50µA startup current, that's more than 10mW wasted continuously. We haven't even mentioned magnetisation losses in the transformer yet.

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Council not fined after 7,200 sensitive files dumped in skip

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...why is no-one asking why

"The information stored on the computer and the papers included details of ... any past criminal convictions".

Councils keep details of criminal history? Er, why? And if so, doesn't that come under (presumably stricter) misuse of police data law?

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Councils keep details of criminal history?

"The information stored on the computer and the papers included details of ... any past criminal convictions".

Councils keep details of criminal history? Er, why? And if so, doesn't that come under (presumably stricter) misuse of police data law?

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Floopy days are here again

1. The person doing MSBACKUP only put one floppy in, and just pressed ENTER when asked to replace with enxt disk.

2. New software is purchased, IT person makes a master backup floppy for the office safe, and working backup floppy, and working copy floppy for user. Orig floppy goes home with CEO. Loads of redundancy, multi site, gold stars all round.

One day, the user's machine says bee-baaaaar, bee-baaaaar etc - can't read the disk. Ok, we'll make you a new one from working backup floppy. Oops, same problem. Try master backup floppy. That's duff too. CEO's copy is brought in, bad also. Of course the problem was the floppy drive, which has now killed all copies of the software...

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Judge orders turnover of woman's deleted Facebook posts

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Actually this is useful...

...because since FB is obliged to cough up what material they can, and the details will be public, we can found out exactly what FB caches despite the privacy policy.

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Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503 32in LCD TV

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FAIL

Contrast ratio?

David - you show a spec list with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio near the bottom of your piece.

This spec is not at the Sony page you link to:

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/t32-nx-series/kdl-32nx503/tab/overview

This TV uses CCFL backlight, so cannot use zone dimming. The contrast ratio will be that of the matice LCD panel, around 1000:1

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eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

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How to bid on Ebay...

Put an initial bid on at starting price, unless no-one has bid yet. Then bid your limit plus a silly amount to beat someone with a round number (put 41.23 instead of 40.00) 15 secs before the end.

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Mozilla dons grass skirt with near-ready Thunderbird 3.1 release

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This is why I'm stil on 2.0.0.24

Nothing on 3.0 was useful to me, the indexing was a complete pain, so I reverted...

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Hitachi Maxell demos 50TB capacity LTO-class tape

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Not "400% more"...

Yeah yeah, engineers ARE pedantic, and I am one. 400% times would be ok, just a slight exaggeration.

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