107 posts • joined 8 Jun 2010
From the detailed breakdown from Bleeping Computer, it appears that the encryption doesn't take place until the virus is able to phone home to one of its many servers, which have their domains automatically created using a Domain Generation Algorithm.
Is there not any software that can block all domains which are obviously gobbledygook and are therefore likely to have been automatically generated by a nasty? It appears DGAs are used by a lot of viruses to phone home, so such a blocklist could be a reasonably good last line of defence for a multitude of arseholery (obviously not getting a virus in the first place is the ideal approach).
Haven't upgraded yet. Was at the pub with a friend yesterday who has updated and thought it looked pretty slick. One thing I realised was that after he'd unlocked the phone a few times to check Facebook / football scores etc. (I'm a pretty boring pub companion evidently) that I unintentionally knew his pin.
The large numeric buttons flash white when pressed, and you can't help but pick up on the pattern even in peripheral vision. Think that needs dialing back pronto.
Re: Why use Tor?
If you're after security and privacy, then you'd be an idiot to use a free VPN
Considering their email services are still getting hacked left right and center it doesn't really make much difference.
Tried Mint on an old P4 machine the other day. Cinnamon kept crashing as soon as I booted. Installed Ubuntu 12 - works like a charm. I'm sure my experience was unusual, but first impressions count.
I have no problem with the Ubuntu interface either. It's just a desktop with a sidebar as far as I can make out. I never actually tried Ubuntu before Unity so really don't see what all the fuss about it is.
I've always felt my lead pencil didn't have enough input lag
So if I find an 'orphaned work', am I allowed to add my own ownership details to the metadata and sell it on iStock? Could I then sue anyone else using the original orphaned work (or perhaps even the poor schmuck who originally published their photo online without knowing anything about this law and the need to digitally sign your work).
That's when you get to do a 'back to basics' rebranding exercise a la Windows 7, so it'd be Xbox 4
Can't see that logo being legit. It looks like a fallen over Windows 8 logo, which would surely be a bit too close to the bone for Microsoft.
"The Anti-Terrorism act was massively miss-used." - so they've already shown us we can't trust them with this power. Nothing to think about.
Totally agree. Really appalled by this article. The tone of it is actually worse than the shite you expect to find in the paper rags. "That evening came to blows" - LOL.
Domestic abuse is always funny right Reg? Oh those crazy transgendered types, they deserve everything they get. Poor violent, bigoted bloke getting duped. Chortle chortle.
This article is a huge editorial oversight, and to be honest you've probably just lost a reader (depending on whether you're actually going to rectify this error with a retraction / apology).
Amazing article. The time sheet audit bit made me chuckle.
Re: Ho hum
"Turn encryption on in torrent, run peer guardian (or modern equivalent)"
This does absolutely nothing to hide your IP address from others in the same swarm, it only stops your ISP seeing what kind of traffic is running through your torrent port of choice. Peer Guardian can never guarantee to be blocking all rights holders tracking specific torrents (it's most likely that they would track using standalone lines, as opposed to their corporate masters' IP addresses).
Makes me think of Newcastle
Re: Just 'cos this is a Win8 topic
Or just use Internet Explorer as a one off?
Ha, exactly what I was going to post about
Read the article
"The £10m that the council planned to plough into Birmingham's broadband comes from a £150m pot that George Osborne set aside to fund broadband in 20 cities across the UK, part of his "super-connected cities" initiative"
Councils don't get to just decide to spend that cash on something else if they feel like it.
I'm finding I'm spending a lot less time on the site than before as a direct result of the lack of Most Commented. My boss is probably happy about this but not sure that's El Reg's intention. Wonder whether the behaviour of other users will show a similar pattern.
It was great for dipping in and out of content on the site. I mainly read for the comments so like being able to find 'hot topics' quickly.
Re: You got that right mate
It's coming in 2016 last I heard. Please don't make any new web sites or services until then.
Re: Just fix it quick please
Goes to Chromium page -> Clicks link to Windows build -> http://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/build-instructions-windows
No thanks. Yes, I could spend the time going through the instructions and feel very satisfied with my new found knowledge and achievements two hours later. Or I could just download another browser, right now.
Is it seriously too much effort for them to put an actual compiled version on their site? Do they want people to use the software? Crazy.
Port forwarding's not that useful anyway
As in the Peckham Multiplex? Ha. That's my local. You're in for a treat. Be warned, patrons of the 'Plex tend to enjoy shouting along at the screen. As in, proper shouting. Especially during any quiet bits (I noticed they were showing The Artist there, so god knows what that must have been like).
I haven't been for years as I found the interaction quite grating after a while (although seeing Mean Girls on a matinee viewing was a laugh). It used to be £3 for any film, any time, which made the experience bearable. But since the price went up to a fiver I now opt to get the bus to the hoighty toighty Greenwich Picture House instead.
Why would anyone want to buy a digital episode of Inspector Morse for 99p when they can get an episode on DVD, plus a magazine and ring binder for only £5.99 each month?
Re: It's not cool to bash IE...
"Really? be careful what you wish for - the great thing about browser and now HTML5 fragmentation is the extra work and money. Write once, run anywhere, earn half."
I'd rather have twice the number of clients and not have to waste half my time pissing around with IE's fucking MENTAL bugs.
has been making me bash IE(7 &8) this afternoon
Weirdly written article Reg. Shouldn't have to click an external link to find out who a particular quote is attributed to (Prince Charles apparently)
My Be connection was fine yesterday. I even successfully completed my download of every episode of Knightmare.
Perhaps ICO should be fined for not having an investigative team ready in time? They had a year's grace period to get ready for the new enforcements to take effect after all.
Considering the amount of UK businesses' time and money they've wasted the least they could have done was get their shit in order before the agreed date.
Nice mildly NSFW link there Reg. Cheers for that.
HAVING TO CLICKING?
"click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"
Windows 7 already does this? Without having to clicking anything (Windows button -> type)
(also Launchy provides the same functionality for those still on XP)
Other than Sony, I can't see who could possibly be interested in buying this.
Here's my answer to any 'secret answer' / 'password reminder' questions on these sorts of things...
0gu9034n= 7b =30yperh erhg werhgp wehrgklwehrguipehrghekgdfbn.db ndb ddfjkdjdddfafg34349394tb
I then proceed to remember my actual password.
I can tell by the pixels
Re: Touch Paper
Upvoted because I can recognise sarcasm, even on the internet.
Re: I just guessed your top Google Alert string
I 'own' all the browsers actually. I find each one has its own strengths and weaknesses and I use them for different tasks accordingly.
I just guessed your top Google Alert string
site:forums.theregister.co.uk "web browser" -opera
Re: He's not "IT-literate"
Apparently lots of Reg readers are IT-pedantic. Who'd have thought.
Shh. I wish everyone would stop talking about all the other methods available to access the site.
IT'S OK BRMI, YOU'VE WON. NO-ONE IN THE UK CAN ACCESS THE PIRATE BAY, YOU CAN STOP WORRYING ABOUT TORRENTS NOW.
Get a fone-dle. They are good. You only live once.
Wasn't this data made public a while back? What's been fueling this awesome bus time app on my phone for the last six months then?
Re: You know how I know they have iPhone apps?
No, do tell
"The pocket tools allow officers to fingerprint a suspect while on the beat"
So they're all just going to sit in a cupboard gathering dust then.
So your point is that the majority of people are idiots and need things spelled out to them? No shit, that's why this is being done. If people weren't mostly stupid this wouldn't be necessary. But they are. So it is.
Unfortunately there's no magic cure to stupidity, and no amount of ranting on the internet is going to change that.
Re: Needs a purpose
Plug in a couple of USB harddrives and set up a cheapo NAS alternative for your household? Probably what I'll end up doing with mine, once I've built a box for it out lof lego of course.
Pesky family, using their favourite browsers instead of mine
Re: Just tried it.
The bloggy splash pages are Wordpress. The actual system looke like Microsoft Dynamics or something.
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