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* Posts by Evan Essence

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

Evan Essence

Re: Too good to be true...

Ouch indeed, if true, but the Campaign Description says (also quoted in the article):

100% of the proceeds will be offered to security researchers. Any leftover funds will be passed on to the OpenSSL Software Foundation. Bugcrowd will administer the bounty at it's [sic] own expense.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

Evan Essence

Re: Their web page is already snooping...

Another way: Ghostery.

Edit: I see it's already been mentioned, but here's a handy link.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Tragedy of the Commons

Yet offering even this limited free service has been an increasingly heavy burden for Dyn, Hitchcock wrote, in no small part because abuse of its free service by spammers, botnets, and other miscreants often leads to retaliations that also affect its paying customers.

So the tragedy of the commons continues, relentlessly. If there's some small part of the Internet to be exploited by scumbags, bottom feeders and fucktards, fuck it over they will.

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

Evan Essence

Re: I'm not sure what to make of that analogy.

Peanut butter and Marmite is the way to go.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

Evan Essence

Let's do nothing and see where we are in 1,000 years' time.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Evan Essence

Re: Get a life...

Wow, you're not wrong.

13:00: Experts say currents in the area are generally moving in a north-easterly direction, at about 24 knots a day, but different objects can drift at different speeds, according to the Washington Post.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26704101

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Evan Essence

Who are these clods?

I started school in the 1950s and I was never taught about poles – inches, feet, yards and miles were all we needed. Who are these people, so attached to this mediæval unit? Get with the plan, people, and use units everyone understands. That means square metres.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

Evan Essence

It had wheels, which you can see in the photo. They were remote controlled by Snowden. OK?

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Evan Essence

Re: Stay tuned...

@ JahBless - The report about MYSTIC was from the Washington Post, not directly from Snowden.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

Evan Essence

I'm sure James Clapper will explain everything, then we can all quit worrying.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

Evan Essence

Re: A few notes.

And he didn't only put the technical bits together. He sold the idea to management and got people to actually use his invention.

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

Evan Essence
FAIL

Meh

There's been a perennial so-called "skills shortage" for the last 50 years. And the CBI have done... what? since they were formed in 1965?

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Evan Essence
WTF?

They got their IPv6 site working then?

Last time I looked, a couple of years ago, accessing www.bt.com over IPv6 it just hung.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

Evan Essence

Re: Why does anything identifiable need to leave the GP?

@James Turner - I don't doubt what you say is true, but I haven't seen this explanation before, least of all on any NHS/HSCIC Web page, and I've been reading quite a few recently.

They'll have to get a lot more open and honest before they're getting my data.

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Evan Essence

Re-education.

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Evan Essence
Coat

III Communication ??

I had to copy the headline into a terminal window (one with a serif font) to work it out.

"Ill communication". Capital I, double lower-case L.

Oh, I see, it's a pun.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

Evan Essence

Re: The Bletchley Children

As has been said here, you can see Colossus for £2. See The National Musum of Computing Web site.

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Evan Essence

Re: Sad, sad, sad.

I'm sure they're very well aware of the shitstorm. The story's all over: The Independent yesterday, local papers, IT Web sites (apart from the venerable Reg, of course), etc. Google "Tony Carroll Bletchley", for instance.

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Evan Essence

From Wikipedia:

Initially, a wireless room was established at Bletchley Park. It was set up in the mansion's water tower and given the code name "Station X", a term now sometimes applied to the codebreaking efforts at Bletchley as a whole. The "X" denotes the Roman numeral "ten", as this was the tenth such station to be opened by the Secret Intelligence Service. Due to the long radio aerials stretching from the wireless room, the radio station was moved from Bletchley Park to nearby Whaddon Hall to avoid drawing attention to the site.

This agrees with what I was told on a tour some years ago, in the late '90s maybe.

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Evan Essence

Bletchley Park was also home to the radio listening station called Station X for the first part of the war. Do they still mention that on the NuTours?

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Evan Essence

Re: You're doing it wrong...

Short link in the tweet to TwitLonger

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Evan Essence

Re: Bletchley Park plan to “cull old and infirm”

Idiots.

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Evan Essence

Re: Its much worse than any of the stories have told so far

Thanks for the link. Shocking, disgraceful.

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Evan Essence

Re: I don't understand

Thanks for the link to the TNMOC trustees' statement. They're paying £100k per year in rent to the Bletchley Park Trust!

The National Musum of Computing needs money, and donations are matched, thanks to a generous donor, up to £1million.

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Evan Essence

Re: The Law of Unintended Consequences

(Too late to Edit: a later posting links to Visit the National Museum of Computing which says that yes, it is possible to visit just the Museum.)

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Evan Essence

Re: Need to know more detail, but...

I wonder what role the Heritage Lottery Fund has in this. They keep tight control of their projects and insist on certain things happening or not happening. He who pays the piper, etc.

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Evan Essence

I went to Bletchley some years ago, and they had a gift shop then. Par for the course, nothing wrong with one per se. I bought a couple of books and a Bletchley-themed tea towel, which is still in regular use.

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Evan Essence

Re: The Law of Unintended Consequences

Is it possible, though, to access the National Museum of Computing without also paying for access to Bletchley Park?

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

Evan Essence

Re: Surely it can be changed ?

I expect the Heritage Lottery Fund will have had a big say in this.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Evan Essence

Re: People still go to the movies?

Yes, the MPAA are doing everything possible to keep people going to the cinema, and to persuade people who've drifted away to return. Clearly.

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Evan Essence

Meh. He was treated lightly by American standards. He was lucky not to have been shipped to Gitmo.

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

Evan Essence

I imagine like a lot of things it would be: This is your default password, change it as soon as possible.

From the story:

We asked Hill if the engineer in question had advised him to immediately change his password manually, or if the system would prompt him to input a new one within a short time of the account going live.

"He handed me a card with my user ID and password on it that I watched him complete. Underneath that box it says: 'You will need this for logging in to KCOnline'. No mention of changing the password there either," the Reg was told.

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Evan Essence

Re: Where's the story?

Did you see the bit about the same password being used to access email? Would you want some random engineer knowing your email password?

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Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

Evan Essence

Be careful what you wish for. Every site in the EU displays a warning about cookies, and it's damn annoying.

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Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht 'teaching yoga' while awaiting trial

Evan Essence
Headmaster

Huh?

"Ross is now teaching an impromptu yoga class every evening [sic] in the prison [sic]," the post said.

What [sic] was wrong [sic] with the sentence [sic] that needs all these [sic] sics?

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Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

Evan Essence
Headmaster

Not a software

Lantern is not a software, because there's no such thing in English. The voiceover is American... maybe they should have had someone Chinese write the script, because I expect they teach English to a higher standard in China.

p. s. Reg: They said “bring light to corruption and injustice”.

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Rare BLOWJOB-GIVING APES 'face extinction from interacting with HUMANS'

Evan Essence
Happy

Bonobo intelligence outclasses humans

Well, maybe not all humans.

Actually, bonobos are amazingly, gob-smackingly intelligent, and can demonstrate it in the right environment. See the links here: http://www.iowaprimatelearning.org/ and check out YouTube and TED.

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Buggy software in need of patching? Hey, we got that right here – Adobe

Evan Essence

Re: Surprise!

You might want to read the friendly article...

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Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

Evan Essence
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Re: Frankly tired of USB

How much time has been wasted around the world, since USB came along, with consumers trying to insert a plug one way and failing, turning the plug over and trying it that way, then turning the plug over again and finally succeeding in inserting it the way they tried in the first place? FFS.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

Evan Essence

Re: robots.txt???

Since The Times and The Sun are behind paywalls, who cares anyway?

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Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative

Evan Essence

Re: Mistake in headline. (@ gazthejourno)

The Send Corrections link is just above the first comment here.

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

Evan Essence

Re: The problem is

Whoosh...

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

Evan Essence
Alien

Red Alert!

electrical failures created fiery explosions, melted metal and caused circuits to fail

Sounds like the bridge of the USS Enterprise when it's under attack.

I wonder if wannabe Starfleet Commander Keith Alexander of the Information Dominance Center has any involvement?

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Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

Evan Essence
Trollface

Re: "The only way to have it...

Taiwan?

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

Evan Essence

Re: The problem isn't that the sun doesn't shine

The DESERTEC Foundation has been thinking about and developing these ideas since 2009. Generate electricity where the sun does shine, and transport it to places like northern Europe using High Voltage DC.

http://www.desertec.org/concept/technologies/

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Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

Evan Essence

Re: Not ungrateful

OK, so license the Linux kernel under a more liberal licence.

What are you trying to do? Do you want Linus to explode?

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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Evan Essence

Free at the weekend

In many cases (e.g., 0845, 03), calls at the weekend are free using BT's cheapest tariff, Unlimited Weekend Calls, so I phone then when I can, which is usually.

Probably a silly question, but is it common these days for call centre staff to be paid extra on Saturdays and Sundays?

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

Evan Essence

Re: But.... but...

Irony detection failure.

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

Evan Essence

Re: Rogue states

3. New Zealand.

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

Evan Essence

Re: NSA is doing it wrong...

"And now a word from our sponsors. We at the NSA prefer Microsoft Windows because it's so easily hackable."

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