* Posts by rjmx

37 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010

US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

rjmx

Good question

> What possible excuse have they got for holding the verification codes and card numbers in a database, and in plain text too?

I wondered about that too. Reading the article again, it's possible that the data was captured while in transit.

Still should have been encrypted, though.

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Naked and afraid: that's how Telstra's Wi-Fi security makes you feel

rjmx

Telstra unaware?

> Although Telstra makes their money mostly from mobiles, they - and many others - seem to be unaware how these devices work, or why people need secure connections - especially in public.

Knowing Telstra (having worked for one of their predecessors), I think you're giving them too much credit here. More likely they just don't care.

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Trollface

Re: HP disagrees

> and they don't believe at least that Red Hat has the resources to do it (right)

I don't believe that Red Hat has the resources (or even the will) to do *anything* right. The only thing they seem to be good at is producing badly-written implementations of poorly-thought-out concepts, usually by individuals who have the social skills of a newt.

Examples (over the years):

linuxconf

dbus

systemd

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

rjmx
Pirate

Re: So-called "piracy" high on the priority list in Nigeria?

Anything you like -- they haven't got a leg to stand on.

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Western Australia considers ban on R18+ games

rjmx

Ah, Western Australia. Lived there for 25 years, nice place, nice people, but they keep electing stupid governments.

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Devs: Fancy a job teaching Siri to speak the Queen's English?

rjmx
Coat

The Queen's English?

Now there's a surprise.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

rjmx

Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"

Ooooohhh ... nasty.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

rjmx
Trollface

Re: A tard...

> However I think the ME109 was probably more his style and that had a stick

I see what you did there.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

rjmx
Pirate

Re: @AC @ 02:10

If it is indeed a closed system, where do you extract it to, pray tell?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

rjmx
Pint

Re: Just the other day

Thank you. I hadn't thought about uniselectors and step-by-step switches in years.

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rjmx
Pirate

Re: "...the numbers were arranged clockwise on the dial"

Yes. And that explains why they were the other way around in New Zealand (see above post).*

*Yes, yes, I'm aware that Australia, for one, had it the same way around as British phones. I worked** for Australia's overseas telecommunications entity long ago. They had to add special stuff in their exchanges to handle NZ phone numbers.

** if that's the word, of course.

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Speech-to-text drives motorists to distraction

rjmx
FAIL

Re: Whittering Lesbians Groucho Sheep

My wife's car has one of those Onstar thingys that supposedly includes a phone. The thing point-blank refuses to understand me (although, to be fair, I _am_ an Australian living in Massachusetts). Sometimes I've been reduced to flat-out screaming at the thing, to no avail. Lucky I wasn't driving at the time.

The silly part is that all it has to do is recognise numbers from zero to nine, and it can't even do that reliably.

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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

rjmx
Joke

Re: "We may scoff at Harold's fear of Halley's Comet"

You mean "hAROLD" (well, that's what the tapestry says).

Looks like somebody had caps lock on when they made it.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

rjmx
Pirate

Re: There was a redback on the toilet seat

Ah, Slim Newton's best.

I've been told that the original words were "There were footprints on the ceiling when I got home last night"..

(use your imagination from there on)

Pirate icon, 'cause it's almost TLAP day.

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

rjmx
Pirate

Oh, really?

"this whole business of News of the World is a serious blot on my reputation".

That reputation was already so tattered that it would have been hard to find anywhere to put the blot in the first place.

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

rjmx
Flame

Re: @Norfolk 'n' Goode

"Call it vengence, call it revenge, its a primal human emotion"

- much like the "primal human emotion" that caused the perpetrator to commit the crime in the first place. Face it, you're no better than they are.

I like to think that humanity should be above that kind of thing. Put the perp away where he/she can't hurt anybody else and leave it at that. The right to live is the most basic human right of all, and nobody -- nobody -- has the right to take it from you.

If you want revenge, you're perfectly welcome to take it out on the perpetrator. As long as you're willing to face a murder charge yourself, of course.

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HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee departs

rjmx
Headmaster

productised??

Is that even a word?

No bloody wonder HP's going downhill fast.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

rjmx
Pirate

Re: Lost in Translation

Worst movie ever made. Should have been called "Two Actors In Search Of A Plot".

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US entertainment lawyer casts doubt on Megaupload case

rjmx
Pirate

They never were ...

Remember, it was "Truth, Justice AND the American Way". Three separate items there.

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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

rjmx
Boffin

Loss of height

I've read that some of that is due to some (FAA?) requirement that stall recovery should involve a specified maximum loss of height -- to the point where some pilots undergoing checks got reluctant to push the stick too far forward, lest they exceed that maximum. True, stall recovery should involve losing as little height as possible, but specifying a maximum height loss gets counter-productive.

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It's ALIVE! Broken Russian Mars probe finally answers calls

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Go

(untitled)

"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that."

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'Morons! Zuckerberg, are you listening?'

rjmx
Coat

> smutty pics of Justin Bieber ... and photos of dead animals.

What's the difference?

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Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past

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Go

(I can't enter the compo- I'm clueless, though I look forward to finding out what the plane with the asymmetrically-placed hole on its nose is.)

It's an English Electric Canberra, if I'm not very much mistaken. Stuffed if I know any of the others, though.

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Astronomy crowd spots PLANET KILLER!

rjmx
Coat

30 million kilometres????

Thirty gigametres, surely?

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US breakthrough in Oz bomb hoax case

rjmx
Pirate

Australian for fucked proper mate ?

Up sh*t creek in a barbed wire canoe without a paddle.

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Scotland Yard probes News of the World computer hacking claims

rjmx
Pirate

More to the point ..

Why do they have code names at all? Is it to impress us poor members of the public? Or is the average cop too stupid to remember what he's supposed to be doing when he rolls in to work unless he's got a code name to look up?

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Kiwi gals swig shots of horse semen

rjmx
Coat

That explains it ...

No wonder New Zealand horses run so fast!

And we'd always thought it was because they'd heard what happens to the sheep.

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Rare metals found in Cornish tin mine

rjmx
Boffin

Indium vs Iridium?

Looks more like a kerning problem to me. Depending on your font, both words look might similar.

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Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic

rjmx
Thumb Down

Well done, that man

If you're going to make up numbers, you might as well make up some *good* ones ...

One to three million times a year, indeed.

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Aussies demand Poms cough up first 'Australia' map

rjmx
Go

Orrite ...

... but only if you take your bloody queen back.

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Police DNA test plan to put off prostitutes' punters

rjmx
Flame

So?

Like a lot of pithy sayings, it's just a little *too* pat. How can the speaker presume to know whether the person he's talking to knows such a little girl?

(Note that I'm not suggesting that such a thing would be good, especially for the girl: I just don't like presumptuous twits).

But if, as you suggest, women are coerced into prostitution because of their economic situation (and I'm not sure that that's always true), what do you propose they do instead? Starve?

Would it not be better to help them find better ways to cope?

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Renault fingers three for spying

rjmx
Troll

Bad car electrics?

Do I *have* to mention Lucas "electrics"?

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Cell phone search needs no warrant, say Cal Supremes

rjmx
Coat

Pshaw ...

In the unlikely event that those turkeys have actually heard of Jodrell Bank, they're probably planning to rob it.

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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

rjmx
Boffin

Photoshopped?

I don't think it's photoshopped; if it is, someone's put a *lot* of thought into it. If you look very carefully, you can see the propellor-tip vortices.

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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

rjmx
Gates Horns

Deja vu all over again ...

Does anyone remember the last time Microsoft came out with a free antivirus system? I think it was back in the DOS 6 days (give or take some), and was quickly found to be pretty vulnerable (word was that you could disable it with a couple of assembly-code instructions).

Even if this one isn't badly-designed and/or badly-implemented (which would be a first for Microsoft on a V1.0 product), the danger is that, being from Microsoft (and therefore good in the eyes of the Great Unwashed), it could become the de facto standard. And that's dangerous.

I believe that, bad as the malware-on-Windows situation is, it would be worse if everybody ran the same AV program. Microsoft's AV team misses a 0-day attack? Great, the whole world catches it. An update crashes the system? Everybody crashes.

There's a certain hybrid vigour to having lots of different AV programs. If one of them misses something, the odds are that at least some of the others don't, and some of us will still be safe.

Now, I don't know if the other AV vendors are arguing along these lines, or are just bitching because they see the gravy train departing at high speed (I wouldn't trust Trend Micro as far as I could throw them, for a start, after the Barracuda debacle). This time, though, I agree with them.

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rjmx

Re: Nagging

You do know that you can turn Avast's voice announcements off, don't you?

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