* Posts by chris 17

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: OK, let me get this straight..

someone better let HMRC know they face a potential sueball then

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2015/06/05/hmrc_is_going_google/

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Attack of the clones

To add to your post, the chip in the card generates the ARQC which is sent to the card issuer, the card issuer verifies this as being genuine with an ARPC response to the card which validates it received a response from its issuer.

https://www.visa-asia.com/ap/center/merchants/productstech/includes/uploads/CTENov02.pdf

http://www.atmmarketplace.com/videos/arqc-and-arpc-generation-and-validation/

simply reading the card data with a reader should not be enough to clone it as you actually need the chip in the card to do do the encryption handshake at the point of sale.

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Re: Where are they shopping

i have several new (this year) credit cards that don't use 3D secure.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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@Velv

have you details of such a service

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could be anything listening on localhost port 4001 but,

http://www.speedguide.net/port.php?port=4001

ewOak, ICQ Client

OptixPro (Backdoor.OptixPro.13.C) - trojan horse that opens a backdoor on TCP port 4001.

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BT's Openreach plots G.fast end-user trials

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Re: fibre

Small company focussing on delivering services to concentrated accessible viable areas can offer astonishing prices. They can't provide that service nationally though and its not just because they are a small company.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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Re: lol wut?

Pssst, using the Internet, web browser or email does not mean you've used "the cloud".

The cloud is a resilient service hosted typically in 2 or more geographically spaced resilient data centres that you have no control over. Simply hosting stuff in a nominated data centre does not make it in the cloud. Having a service on the net available, regardless of the state of an individual data centre that may process that service, makes it in the cloud.

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Dyre times ahead: Zeus-style trojan slurps your banking login creds

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Re: Is it not a bit pointless?

I don't use 2 factor to login to Barclays. I need to use it to transfer to new payees though.

Don't need it with nationwide either.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Re: "Getting it right first time"

@ac

an ota patch does not mean it's not been tested. Just because it's released Tuesday doesn't mean they finished it late Monday night.

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Re: The more of this I read

@voland

They know if they ask customers if they want to update they'll get 99.9999% of customers being confused & complaining about being asked and a silent few who won't bother to update anyway.

Do you get a say when the websites you visit patch their systems? Would you care?

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Re: The more of this I read

@yugguy

You realise this is a tech site?

Do you want traction control, end, abs brakes, tyre deflation warnings, air bags, parking sensors, remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, auto on lights, engine immobiliser (anti theft) windscreen wipers, turn indicators to name but a few.

They have been on many "dumb" cars but require an amount of IT/CPU/software to work. You may not want them but they have saved countless lives, are mandated by law and the buying public want them too.

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

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Unions & pensions

the main advantage of outsourcing service provision is to reduce exposure to strike action by the unions and also stop new entrants to generous government pensions.

Once tupe'd over the crap workers are encouraged to leave and the good ones enticed to drop their generous arrangements. New workers are on worse terms than their long in the tooth co workers and the organisation generally has enough staff to cope with those that do go on strike.

One less headache for the gov agency to care about.

As a tax payer, I'd welcome the reduced cost of insourcing the work and the extra saved can go on training.

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@warmbrew

Times that by the number if gov departments with outsourced it.

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Cisco plays Victor Kiam to MaintenanceNet's Remington

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I do hope so

Cludgy with some commands blatantly from acquisitions just bolted on in there.

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

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Re: Yes, let's all praise IDS...

Surely that's the fault / failing of the department and not the Chancellor? No minister of any party would deliberately sanction a domestic program designed to help people knowing full well it would directly lead to people dying!!!

Deliberately lieing to the nation to go to war to further your mates and your own agenda killing 10's if not hundreds of thousands certainly does rest on the PM (Blair).

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Re: 2 things wrong with IPV6

@AC

(and letters beyond F, too).

the reason the letters go to F is because each digit is a Hexadecimal number (0-16) and expressed as a single character from 0-9 A-F

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal

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@ 1980s_coder

you need to understand a lot more than simply how an IP address works!

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@ Charles 9

The Hexadecimal numbering system is used which is why you see numbers 0-9 followed by letters A - F

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal

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@ Preston Munchensonton

its your router dishing out IP addresses not your OS.

no there won't be an ipv7, it'll likely be called ipv10 but we need something beyond ipv6.

enterprise upgrades are not stopping ipv6, they are the ones for whom moving to IPv6 would be easiest as they control more readily ingress/egress and can easily put in ipv4 to ipv6 gateways at their borders. Many enterprises are running dual stack internally right now.

NAT is great for enterprises as they get to hide all their hosts behind a handful of public IP's, IPV6 can expose all their hosts addresses to the net.

There are many many issues with IPv6 that enterprises don't like but they are not holding up adoption.

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Re: So how many get freed?

http://tinyurl.com/nzuhuoj

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Re: The market in operation

where do you get your facts from?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32826353

ISP Networks are layered by design with loads of expensive kit already balancing, proxying, billing, inspecting and securing traffic flows, if they needed to NAT its likely they have the kit and expertise already. I doubt so called carrier grade NAT will ever be deployed as its not needed especially with companies handing back addresses they don't need.

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Re: Multiplexing

load balancers, web seals, reverse proxies, will route based on url to back end servers so multiple sites can and do share single ip's

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@ Bronek Kozicki Privacy

yes the randomness is in place but it's optional, who's to say its not possible to decrypt the obfuscated address?

We need IPv7 with IPv6's issues resolved before we see mass adoption of IPv6.

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@AC,

it wasn't NAT that stopped IPv6.

There are fundamental issues with IPv6 which is why adoption is so slow. If it was somehow better than IPv4 everyone would have piled on it like all the other improved standards we use on the net (SSl->TLS, java, flash, xml etc).

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MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

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Re: Randomising MAC address

filtering by MAC was convenient, but as you should know, MAC's sent on the wire/less can be changed to what ever you want. Need a better way to do the same task like NAC (802.11x)

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Re: IPv6 addresses

@ Sebby

it is relevant.

1) if the ipv6 router assigns the IP with the MAC as the host part then all on the net will see what machine you are using, where you are using it, can check where you've used it in their system & compare against commercial lists from other organisations. Pop into M&S and your phone tries to connect to their wifi then visit their website when you get home they can then link your device & then likely your home network prefix too just for visiting their site, not even logging in.

2) If they have your MAC but don't use it in the host part of IPv6 they can track your visits and sell that info on.

please feel free to work out why that might not be such a good thing.

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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I have a www.smappee.com which i very very rarely now look at. The rest of the household weren't really interested in it and aside from the initial flurry of seeing what consumes when & turning off (the shredder consumed 60 watts in standby) our habits haven't really changed. Typically, new appliances use less energy in use and standby and is where we would make the savings over time, swapping a CRT TV for a Plasma / CCFL LCD saves a lot, moving to an LED LCD saves even more & Switching-mode power supplies are much better than the old transformers.

Smart meters will not have any significant impact on reducing power usage. The cost of energy will do that.

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Re: Or you could just...

that would actually cut household energy usage, rather than just giving people an opportunity to monitor their usage and perhaps cut it if they are not currently frugal enough.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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OfCom should let Sky should merge with VM on the proviso that they build out the network to match BT's universal coverage & they permit others to use their infrastructure. Permit Tax Breaks for 80% of the works to be completed in 3 years and permit another 3 years tax breaks just for the last 20%. We will then have 2 competing national operators for TV & Broadband & non of this blaming the other lot. May see some truly innovative solutions like high speed internet via the incoming mains (with a free smart meter), or street light wimax.

UK Gov don't want OpenReach in foreign hands.

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Re: WHO is paying for fiber investment?

@ Steve Davies 3

The Virgin network is a FTTC type system, the connection from your home to their street furniture is coax, not fibre, i suspect from their street cab to the up stream distribution point is fibre.

I wish OFCOM would ensure VM make that clear on their adds instead of letting them say their service is Fibre Optic, when its not to/from the home.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Re: Why do government projects fail?

@ Kubla Cant

the companies that bid for projects know the real money is made in the indecision of the customer and changing requirements. I've been on both sides of the coin and whilst its not an open discussion to deliberately confuse and cause indecision the opportunity is plainly there for those savy enough to play the game which they see rewarded in their pay, bonus and progression. Its often asked why the useless ones get promoted, its because they extract most cash from the customers.

The PM's are usually useless with no idea what they are doing and are influenced by those that speak their language and not those with the skills to actually build and or rectify the issues. Running a successful project in their eyes is not always the same as what you, I , the public or their customer would expect.

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First Microsoft, now IBM: Box deals are coming thick and fast

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what the hell do they do? do they package software into systems and send the boxed system to you or host it for you or what?

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Consequence

@AC a human may read and sympathise but the program assessing your history wont and the policy of whoever cares to check your history will likely not be flexible enough to authorise whoever it is your talking to to take that into account. It will require a lot of unnecessary effort on your part to rectify a blemish on your credit report. Also if you get 3 strikes before its a problem, you now only get 2 through no fault of your own.

if its your mistake to make that's on you, when your bank makes a mistake its still on you.

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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

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have you asked for IP addresses? maybe change your ISP to one that provides static addresses, they are still available.

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@ 1980s_coder

please explain what advantage you expect to have by having IPV6?

I think its a privacy nightmare just waiting to bite the first ISP that adopts.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Waiting game?

@ tempemeaty

my 2008 13" macbook is running the latest Mac OS Yosemite, how far back do you expect them to goto? PowerPC support was dropped sometime ago around the same time as 32 bit intel chips. if your machine can't support Yosemite its time to upgrade hardware.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: " write to us"?

@ Graham,

You'd have thought the post office would have some sort of email to post type interface for just such an issue, perhaps upto 4 sheets of paper plus envelope all for the cost of the normal stamp? Maybe a secure app or a secure web interface rather than just emailing them though.

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Taiwan incumbent adds G.fast to tech mix

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so we know its difficult to install anything new in almost any built up location in the first world. The answer must be to make better use of existing infrastructure, G.Fast, or develop some kind of new infrastructure that does not rely on having to install new cables to every building.

Most buildings have a phone line, mains electric & mains water, access to radio waves, some have mains gas.

so either use the electric cables as they conduct, or use radio waves.

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It's curtains for you, copper: IBM boffins push the LIGHT FANTASTIC

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Re: IBM is a strange company

@IBM is a strange company

seems their management want to move more and more into consultancy where there is huge profit and less expense like in research and development. Hopefully we will hear more of their R&D efforts coming to the foreground & maybe the other giants will pay attention and start balancing their income by R&D too.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Increased Government spend these days seems to go to either foreign owned companies or those that rely on off shoring jobs to provide the services for government. When increasing Government spending, the extra money should be staying in these shores not propping up another countries economy at our tax payers expense. Then and only then will the leftist view of increased government spending have some chance of abating a downturn.

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Re: What the...?

@nematoad "60.4% did not vote for all this austerity"

is it really so hard to understand that 60.4% of people voted for different parties with differing views & policies who did not want to join and form a coalition?

39.6% of voters did, however, vote for 1 party and their policies and views. Like it or not, that 39.6% of votes was enough to secure a majority Government in our electoral system. The country has spoken!!

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

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The day when RAM & NV storage become indistinguishable is almost upon us :).

I've been saying for a while its not far off, especially with the fast 2GB/s drives we see now (MacBook) being an indication of what is to come.

We only use RAM because NV storage is too slow for the CPU to do meaningful work, even RAM can be too slow so we have on cpu caches. Having a 1TB disk that's also RAM would be epic.

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SDN's dream: Use what you've got, not what you're promised

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How would you audit this for PCI/SOX?

How do you troubleshoot this when it goes wrong and the network guy has been let go?

if its all done in software who is able to look at what's getting configured and understand if its done securely and as intended?

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Vodafone IS talking to Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global

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BT+EE+TV = Quad play = dangerous to sky

Sky + O2 = quad play but only to try and cover BT

Oddly Virgin Media don't really feature in this battle between Sky ad BT.

VF risk being marginalised if they don't do something here. They either make a play to partner with sky (their former CW net could be attractive for cheap BB backhaul), or they join the Quad play battle by buying VM.

VF + VM quad play would be the only real challenger to BT's ambitions, but VF + sky would blow BT out of the TV & Mobile markets completely

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: Mamba?

The article just mentioned email and office apps, nothing about Ni numbers et al, although i am sure some will be sent in the general movement, its not like they will be hosting all the HMRC databases at google.

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NHS blows £5 MILLION on delayed Care.data

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if they really want to do this then they should rap it in law that says for confidential internal NHS use only, no sharing, any change in the law permitting sharing will result in destruction of the data.

Then they can gather data and get the research they want. If they want to extend teh project they will have a template to work from and experience in handling this data

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Re: Surely they should have worked out this fact?

how would you define a project like this, i'm fairly sure it'd be easy to write some words to infer new project is different to failed project that is banned.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Not enough USB ports

Blutooth Mouse & headset, if you really want to push the boat out get a blutooth keyboard too.

the anti apple mindset seems to be my pc needs this to do that and apple doesn't support this so i can't do that,

THINK DIFFERENT

Its a bit like the guy with the 17" MBP who spends all day connected via thunderbolt to a large screen complaining about how hard it is to replace the pcie disc expecting to replace it every few years. just buy a big disk at the start and have a bigger disc connecetd by thunderbolt for backups etc. The pcie disc is much much faster than the sata ssd's available now. if you need to send the machine off, just erase the disc and restore from backup on its return, & how often do you expect it to go for repair? I've had 3 macbooks since 1999 and only 1 has been repaired after i dropped it.

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Re: So, we play the waiting game...

Like a MacBook Air?

swapping the sata HDD for a sata SSD will not give as much speed as the pcie SSD's in the new MacBooks which currently achieve 2GB/s.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Impossible Testing Scenario

if this condition send error message [lang][51]

the reason for the error will be the same in every language. the letters used to describe the error to humans should just be mapped.

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