* Posts by Buzzword

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: SSL version

For my https-only server, this works:

curl -I -v https://my.server.name/realfile.png -H "Range: bytes=0-18446744073709551615"

(The file requested must actually exist.)

Before patching it replied "HTTP/1.1 416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable"

After patching it replied "HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request"

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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QNX surely?

Why didn't they choose QNX? It's specifically designed for the embedded market.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Compared to Nexus 5

For similar money you could pick up a nearly-new Nexus 5, which would be better than this in all aspects except perhaps the speakers.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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Re: Microsoft is dumping 18k workers

People aren't fungible. The ex-Microsoftees are jaded middle-aged workers, accustomed to working 9 to 5 on a decent salary with decent healthcare provision. Companies would much rather hire naive young workers, willing to work 24/7 for peanuts and minimal healthcare coverage. If you were a CEO, which would you choose?

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Dailymotion staying VousTube thanks to Vivendi offer

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DailyMotion: the place to go if the video you want has been blocked by YouTube.

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Ex-XIV execs expeditiously exit to expectant E8

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Tech takeovers - who really benefits?

So you've developed a new product, one which (in the current storage environment) is "new" for about three months. You sell out quickly to a big company, take the money, and run; leaving them with a rapidly-depreciating product and no staff who know how it works. After a year the product is discontinued, support ends, and customers are shafted. IBM tries to persuade customers to "upgrade" to the latest shiny storage product and this time the customer tells them where to shove it. Neither IBM's shareholders nor their customers benefit. Meanwhile the startup's founders rinse and repeat, while laughing all the way to the bank.

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Mozilla project spits out threat modelling tool for sysadmins

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Have you tried using it? It works, but I can't help but feel that a desktop version would have been much easier to use.

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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Attack surface

"Use more than one technology: A single vendor cannot cover everything and represents a weak link in your security chain."

For security products perhaps; but the inverse is true for the rest. If you only run e.g. Windows, your network will only be exposed to its vulnerabilities; whereas if half the office has Apples or *nix variants, your network is exposed to all their foibles too. Same applies if e.g. half the company uses Chrome and the other half uses Firefox.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Pope may be Catholic

Small countries have less bureaucracy than big countries. (Usually.)

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Pure CEO dons cheerleader outfit, harangues world, dog

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Pure

They make nice DAB radios too.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Not just Outlook

All email clients have an autocomplete functionality. Outlook was the tool in use on this occasion, but I've seen the same mistake made in other clients, in web-based mail, in phone apps, etc.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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> "the San Francisco-based startup said"

GitHub has been going since 2008 - the "startup" label no longer applies.

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How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

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> "the one-hour interview [...] is still the norm"

Try telephone pre-screening. Saves a lot of time, particularly for the interviewees.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Speed vs security

Unfortunately one of the biggest bottlenecks on pre-3G speeds is the HTTPS handshake setup time. By the time client and server have agreed on encryption protocol and keys, you've already used several seconds.

It's not too bad for apps, but it is particularly problematic for secure websites which grab resources from many different sites: each host needs a new HTTPS handshake, and you can't have any HTTP or the browser complains about insecure content. Without 3G you really need a browser like Opera Mini which renders content remotely.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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One and only

This can only work if there's just one robot, and preferably just for the manager. You can drive around the remote office, see who is in, see who is chatting to who, and cut in for a quick chat yourself. But once your employees have robots too, the system falls apart. Are they really at their desk, or is that just where they last parked their robot? How can you tell if they're chatting on the phone, if you can't see the handset glued to their ear? You can't even tell if they're actually working or just surfing Robot News Daily. Ultimately the damn thing is going to spend most of its time parked at its desk, so it's a waste of money.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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Re: Still fair compared to other countries...

And where exactly does a 17 year old find £40,000 to pay the fine?

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UK.gov crackpots: Let's build vapourware-based sharing economy CITIES

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Sharing

> a UK "sharing city", shared transport, shared office space ...

That gives me an idea for a Bong! venture: Needlr, the needle-sharing app for sophisticated heroin users.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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A/B testing

If scenario A is the classic Windows desktop, and scenario B is the Metro interface, I can guess which one will win...

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Patent madness

I can't patent the fuel cell (already exists) and I can't patent the smartphone, but I can plug one into the other and suddenly it's patentable?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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The Lads from Lagos will Like this

> Millions of individuals will have the information the Revenue needs automatically uploaded into new digital tax accounts.

I look forward to the emails from HMRC's outsourced office in Lagos telling me how to register for the new system.

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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Productivity

"They present a huge opportunity for productivity..."

I notice he didn't provide any examples.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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"... Apple has no problem finding our phone number [...] when we're ABOUT TO write some bad news about them ..."

How on earth do they know you're about to write a bad story? Are they in cahoots with the NSA? Do you write all your stories on Apple computers which have a built-in backdoor to Cupertino and a keyword detector? ("fanboi" must set it off)

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

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According to one Mr E. Snowden, the U.S. federal government has access to both her work email and her private email. So she didn't really break any rules.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Who do you fear most ?

It depends on who you are trying to hide from.

If you intend to commit crimes in one country (e.g. the USA), then it makes sense to buy a "spyproof" phone from a country which doesn't have a Five-Eyes style intelligence-sharing agreement with that country (e.g. Russia). Even if the Russians have hacked your phone, they won't tell the Americans what you're up to, for fear of divulging their intelligence capabilities.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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There are plenty of Android phones with full QWERTY keyboards. If you don't like any of them then there's you can get a BlackBerry with a keyboard and which can run Android apps. Have you tried searching online?

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: And once it's in a suitable carrier

That is (in part) the plot of Orphan Black.

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This one weird script continually crashes Android email

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Re: What's best in life?

It's nothing to do with the mobile providers. Do you expect the Highways Agency to service your car too?

What about people who have wifi-only tablets, no mobile provider involved? It's up to the manufacturer to provide support (or not). That's the risk you take when buying hardware made by a company with a poor reputation for support.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Microsoft hardware

You wouldn't find this on an Apple computer, because a single company controls both the hardware and the software. Microsoft's reputation is being undermined by crap like this. They need to copy Apple and start shipping their own hardware.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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What are the consequences of treating it as realistic? It's not global warming: we don't all have to cycle and knit our own shirts and recycle hemp nappies. In fact there's pretty much no way to defend from such an event, short of building Dutch-style dikes (levees) around the entire coastline. Which isn't going to happen.

Without consequences, there is no cause for concern. It's as harmless as the movie 2012 or War of the Worlds.

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

If Bob suspects that Alice has been, umm, "communicating" with Charlie, then Bob can pop his pill and when Alice gets pregnant he can be certain it's not his.

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Tax and government...

It's called eating your own dogfood. If a private company complains that the employment legislation is too onerous, or that another increase to employers' national insurance will mean layoffs, then the government can just stick their fingers in their ears and ignore it. But when the same message comes from your own side, from schools and hospitals and the civil service, then it's harder to ignore.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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What's the second factor?

I only have one Apple product, an iPhone. What second factor am I supposed to use? An SMS sent to the same iPhone?

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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Photo library

Seriously, where are you getting these stock photos? They're awful!

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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They said black was chosen for the app's UI

"Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you've done it."

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Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

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Re: Here's a question for your lawyers

Yikes! This sort of thing is why I haven't popped the question yet, despite months (even years) of decreasingly subtle hints.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Re: I've seen and bypassed this message.

Can't they just detect intranet sites and adjust the message accordingly? If the address resolves to 10.*.*.* (or any of the private IP ranges) then make the security warning less intense. Now, where do I collect my cheque from Google?

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Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

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It's a bit slow

Bitter Lake could have been condensed into less than half the runtime. There are too many scenes where the camera languishes over a subject, plinky-plonky music in the background, maybe some text on screen. For the SnapChat generation, it's unwatchable.

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

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Try Inbox Pro

iOS users could do worse than use the app called Inbox Pro, Outlook Edition. It's still pretty insecure, but at least it doesn't hoover up all your mail into the cloud.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Pinteresting employees aren't whiter than white

According to some stats I dredged up, Pinterest's workforce are 50% white and 42% Asian (there's no further breakdown into Indian, Chinese, Filipino, etc.). Those figures are remarkably close to the figures for San Francisco as a whole. Assuming the company mostly hires local workers, where is the problem?

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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It's the app store, stupid

Forget the browser - it's the app store that needs back-porting to Windows 7. Look at Google - they don't own the operating system, yet they've managed to get their app store (Chrome) installed on millions of PCs worldwide. It even works on Windows XP. Microsoft haven't a clue about strategy.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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£200 a head

How the fuck does a tax computer cost £200 per taxpayer?!

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Axe the axe!

Seriously, find another image to decorate your articles. That one has been overused to the point of cliché now.

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Really?

"We’ve heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes..."

Are you sure, Zuck? Judging by how many people *like* and *share* these stories, it seems they very much do want to see them.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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Re: unclear if ...

Under NAFTA, most Canadians can already work in the USA without much difficulty. The fact that most choose not to implies that it's hardly equivalent to winning the lottery.

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

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Linked Out?

It's just a clone of LinkedIn, surely?

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

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Not all Nexuses (Nexii?)

My Nexus 7 (2013) with 4G still hasn't received the upgrade. Only the Wifi-only model is on Lollipop.

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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Re: What about pre-payment?

Because the last thing you want your customers to see is "Sorry, this site has been suspended because they didn't have enough credit in their account." People are wary enough about buying stuff on unknown websites, without having messages like that pop up.

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NoSQL pioneer to inject your database with ACID

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Vapourware

That's all very well, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

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Re: No numpad?

Every 15" notebook? Not if it has an Apple logo on the back! Even the 17" MacBooks don't have a numpad.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Why do people keep buying CDs?

Because my car only has a CD player; and because I can afford to.

I have enough disposable income that it's just less faff to buy a CD. With any other method, I have to find blank CDs, fire up my dusty old computer that still has a CD burner, work out which illegal source of music hasn't been shut down this month, work out which illegal filesharing client software isn't pumped full of adware. Then I discover the ink in my CD-labelling pen has dried up, or the blank CDs themselves go wrong.

Yes, I could probably buy some MP3-playing gadget that I could wire into the car's CD player, although DIY isn't my forte. I suppose I could pay somebody at a garage to fit one. Or, much simpler, I could just keep buying CDs.

Then again, I'm talking about the kind of CDs you find near the tills in petrol stations. I don't think my purchases of Eddie Stobart's Keep On Truckin' are keeping the charts alive.

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