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Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

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@Dan Paul (was: Re: I'm glad there are so many malware writers at El Reg....)

So basically, and in your mind, the officers of microsoft, apple, SAP, oracle, google, facebook, myspace, yahoo, twitter, youtube, et alia (waddimiss?) should be put to death?

I can go along with that. The fucking twats haven't contributed squat to humanity, and indeed are an anathema on our entire species.

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@ambiguous Coward[1] (was: Re: Damaging pieces of cyber financial malware ..)

"UNINX"? New one in my circle. Please educate us with your knowledge, Oh Great Guru. I'm absolutely certain it'll be enlightening.

Or perhaps, and more likely, highly amusing.

[1] ElReg: Please fix the b0rken time stamp. This is getting silly.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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@mahasamatman (was: Re: Only 382 ... ?)

According to http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/66387/

"mahasamatman" has made a total of ten posts, starting with this post 7+ months ago:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1945049

It seems it misses Eadon. Poor thing.

How about actually contributing to the forum, "mahasamatman"? If you have anything to contribute, that is. However, so far I see nothing in evidence that suggests that you contribute anything other than noise. Prove me wrong; it'll do you a world of good. If you are incapable ... well, what can I say.

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@ambiguous Coward[1] (was:Re: "he doesn't think his data is particularly useful")

Where did I say I was an "expert beekeeper", Coward?

My family has been farming here in Northern California since the late 1870s. We have been keeping bees most of that time. Keeping pollinators around is kinda handy when you grow almost all of your own veg.

Doesn't make me an expert, I'm just a farmer.

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@ southpacificpom (was: Re: "he doesn't think his data is particularly useful")

No need. She shaves. Not necessarily my choice, but she came that way. I don't tell her what to do, she doesn't tell me what to do. All is well at chez wifey-poo.

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@ambiguous Coward[0] Re: "he doesn't think his data is particularly useful"

Only 382, Coward?

Shirly you should use your singular ability to delve deeper into ElReg's archives. I'm almost certain I can do more than 382 things well.

Yourself? I dunno. You're a Coward who refuses to have anything resembling a face

::chuckles::

[0] Seriously, ElReg, that time stamp is kinda handy.

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Re: As a beekeeper...

Careful, Mr. Manning.

Admitting to being a beekeeper will get you downvotes ;-)

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jake
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"he doesn't think his data is particularly useful"

No shit.

The wife & I never wear "protective clothing" when harvesting honey & wax. No need.

Leaves from smouldering Eucalypt treesweeds give the bees something more important to worry about. Dried corn (maize) foliage also works in a pinch.

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Live coverage: Blood Moon looms large for North, South America

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@Tom 3: (was: Re: Boston, Massachusetts: true to form)

Here on the Left Coast, we'll take all the water you can ship us ... To hell with a transatlantic tunnel, how about a transcontinental water pipe? One man's trash is another man's treasure & all that.

Think a project along the lines of the Interstate Highway system[1]. Or trans continental oil & gas pipelines. Or the Rail System. It [c|w]ould put a lot of people to work, and move a hazard (flooding) to where people actually grow the nation's food in the desert. Win-win.

[1] After we fix the b0rken Interstates, of course ... gotta move construction equipment somehow.

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@ Euripides Pants (was: Re: me thinks dirty tricks are a foot)

And don't forget the Moon has rounded corners.

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Re: me thinks dirty tricks are a foot

Methinks Selene is doing exactly that as we speaktype, Denarius.

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Sonoma, Ca reporting in.

Low thin clouds, probably will be foggy by morning.

Moon red, Mars orange as always (why do people call Mars red, anyway?) ... took a few pictures, the water vapo(u)r in the air will probably make them look like crap.

The ancients would have been having conniption fits ;-)

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You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

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Re: "You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right?"

Wrong.

Fuck off, microsoft.

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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

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I have some tulip bulbs for sale ...

... want in? I can hook you up. You'll make a fortune, honest!

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US biz spaffed more dosh on internet ads than TV spots in 2013

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@ Andrew Fernie (was: Re: But ... but ... but ...)

My 3/470 "Pegasus" has been T1 connected since roughly 1988. Old and slow? Yes. But it works for my "friends & family" userbase quite nicely. Just as it did back in the day. (Runs email, ftp, Usenet, IRC, Gopher and the johnnycomelately WWW.)

I updated my last SLIP connection to something more modern when I stopped supporting UUCP in late 1999. Was (and is!) primarily a charity email link, with a proprietary Usenet messaging system.

I do, actually, listen to ballgames on a Philco tube (valve) radio when I'm up at my place in Fort Bragg. It's kinda nice, because it's the same radio that my grandfather introduced me to the SF Giants when I were a nipper in the late '50s/early '60s. Nowt wrong wi' nostalgia.

Why do people like you automatically assume that something that has been working nicely for decades is bad, simply because it isn't usable with your iFad/FanDroid, as configured by the factory?

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But ... but ... but ...

I don't actually see any adverts online. Ever. I don't see adverts on telly, either. MythTV is a godsend. Likewise, the button on the dash muting the radio broadcast for two minutes kills the idiocy of baseball advertising.

Aren't filters wonderful?

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Patched nearly a week ago by OpenSSL, on April 7th.

And by Slackware on the 8th. Half a week late, there, Akamai.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSSL

ftp://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/slackware/slackware64-14.1/ChangeLog.txt

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'Software-defined anything' is NONSENSE. Don't bother pitching it

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Marketing twadle is marketing twadle.

I'm surprised that ElReg allowed this article ... It's going to totally piss off the advertisers, but it is absolutely accurate.

AAAS (anything as a service) is complete bullshit.

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Ye Bug List

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As long as you are commenting, Drewc ...

Why does ElReg no longer feel a proper time-stamp on commentard posts is a good idea?

Seems daft to me ...

Just curious. Your site, your rules.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Re: Yahoo and DMARC

Email. You want it all. You can have it. For free.

But you have to learn something first.

You can spend all the time on your cause that you wish to spend ... but if you don't understand how the tools that you are using actually work, you are going to start stripping bolts.

Take a course in using email, from both a server and client perspective. It'll do you a world of good.

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@ Stuart Longland (was: Re: What legit email admin ...)

Yes, I run my own email servers. My systems talk to most of TehIntraWebTubes. But I avoid multi-national, billion dollar marketing companies with a passion. Talking to them is more trouble than it is worth. It's not "elitist", it's pragmatic.

As a side-note, you might want to get that chip on your shoulder looked at.

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@ a cowardly person of uncertain vintage (ElReg, fix the time stamp, already!)

"How about those whose organizations require the use of such accounts so any posts can't be seen as "official statements" ?"

Tabloid trash, at best, and completely useless.

HTH, HAND

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@ xperroni (was: Re: What legit email admin ...)

Has nothing to do with you personally, xperroni, it has to do with the folks you are rubbing virtual shoulders with. Not enough signal, too much noise.

Ironically, the email address I use for my ElReg account (and only ElReg, I might add, outside of a few ancient friends trying to find me) is a seemingly unkillable AOL account that started life at Q-Link ... It's supposedly been deleted a dozen(ish) times since 1989. I stopped trying to nuke it in 2004.

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What legit email admin ...

... doesn't bounce toys like yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc. in the first place?

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

After an hour ... 2 thumbs up. 10 thumbs down. QED :-)

(Yes, I know, correlation does not imply causation ... but I found it amusing nonetheless.)

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Underlying meanng of the data ...

85-90% of El Reg's readers use an OS from Redmond.

Kinda explains the quality of the commentardy.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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@A. Coward (was: Re: Only 200 people? @Phil W, Andrew Fernie, AC)

I'm not 14. I wish ... but only if I could be 14 again with the 4 decades(ish) worth of life experience since I was actually that age.

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jake
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@Smig (was: Re: Only 200 people?)

Uh ... no.

How about actually responding intelligently to my post.

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jake
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@AC (was: Re: Only 200 people?)

A. Coward: care to expound on "Either?"? And prove you are that particular Coward?

With examples? Maybe even a paragraph?

Thought not. Kids these days.

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@ Andrew Fernie (was: Re: Only 200 people?)

Ah, yes. Metrics. So beloved by manglement. And so fucking useless.

Why would the corporate network be allowed to connect to Facebook or anything providing Cat Videos?

Bonuses? You're not salaried? Again, move on. Life is too short.

Excel isn't an option here. I run Slackware on the desktops & BSD on the servers and Internet facing gear. (Rumor has it that Microsoft is thinking about making the Apple version of Excel run on proper BSD).

My bosses aren't imaginary. That's the wife & I. I don't have "reviews". I land contracts.

Yes, my clients pay my phone bill on a fairly regular basis. Think about it.

Paris is a useless bint who was disinherited by her Grandfather. But at least the teenagers of the world know what her shaved twat looks like. Something to be proud of, no doubt.

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@ Phil W (was: Re: Only 200 people?)

Front-line tech support is just that. They should have no other "work".

I agree that it's basically non-existent in the real-wold, alas.

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Only 200 people?

Use the fucking telephone!

Unless your network and employee training are both fundamentally completely fucked up ... in which case, all I can say is that I feel sorry for you & suggest you move on. Life is too short.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: @ A J Stiles (was: It's going to fix itself anyway)

In a nutshell: What we perceive as "heat" in mechanical/electrical systems is usually wasted energy, radiated out to the universe at large.

Here, with well insulated buildings, I use GSHPs and manage to contain a portion of the (lack of)heat/energy for future use.

For info on tiny transistors and heat, look up "overclocking".

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@ A J Stiles (was: Re: It's going to fix itself anyway)

You ponder: "(need the machinery really be cooled to human-friendly temperatures for the benefit of humans working on it, or could it run hotter with maintenance staff wearing special protective suits?)"

Talk about unclear on the concept ...are you really this clueless?

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@Adze

Your statement "Technically, all energy is 'renewable' since it can be neither created nor destroyed only transformed." is correct, kinda. Unfortunately, you are forgetting about signal loss (which is unavoidable).

Entropy is a bitch.

During the meanwhile, radiation sources are humanity's best bet long-term.

As for: "[omit]Some of those sources may require millions of years to 'renew'[/omit]"

Try billions (if ever). But thankfully, the universe started providing this energy over ten billion years ago, and we can harvest the energy now and into the future ... if we're not completely daft & ignore the concept.

The only question is, will humanity live long enough to understand reality.

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Re: What companies can and can't do.

"one thing I'd love to know is an equivalent of total cost of ownership, but for green-ness."

Me too. Gut feeling is Tesla (for example) would be a major underdog.

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@DAM (was: Re: I've said it before, I'll say it again ...)

Didn't I just say that?

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I've said it before, I'll say it again ...

There is no such thing as "green" energy. Ultimately, all energy comes from the same place. And that place is nuclear. Like it or not, that's a fact.

In other news, greenpeace has never been green, nor peaceful.

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: Not to contradict Vint, but...

To say nothing of the fact that the network which eventually became what we now call "The Internet" was designed as a research network to research networking. It was designed SPECIFICALLY to be transparent. As Cerf knows very well.

Cerf writes: "I worked with the National Security Agency on the design of a secured version of the internet but we used classified security technology at the time and I couldn't share that with my colleagues."

That's MilNet. Trust me, in the early days .mil had nothing to do with TehIntraWebTubes. Other than sharing various bits of technology, of course. The two were air-gapped. Still are, so far as I know (and sincerely hope!).

Cerf goes on to say: "If I could start over again I would have introduced a lot more strong authentication and cryptography into the system."

Note the "If I could start over". He's not talking about what was going on back then, he's talking about what is going on today. Hindsight is 20/20. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY worried about security outside of simple login/password pairs into individual systems until the Morris Worm in 1988. Security just wasn't an issue until systems started crashing.

A host is a host from coast to coast

And no one will talk to a host that's close

Unless the host (that isn't close)

is busy, hung or dead.

-- David Lesher

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: Why do companies love the Bay Area anyway?

The weather.

Redwood City's motto: "Weather The Best By Government Test".

Honest to gawd/ess, and no bullshit, there is simply no place in the entire United States that has better weather than the SF Bay Area.

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Re: Daft thing is ...

The acreage came after working for a while. I'm retired.

My advice to the renting kids is an 0.25 acre lot in suburbia. It's cost effective in the Bay Area for the yuppies who can afford to rent a small, decent apartment in San Francisco or Oakland.

My neo-luddite life isn't butterflies, rainbows & my little poney. It's 24/7/365.25 of mud, blood, piss, shit and everything else that goes along with ranching. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

My ruminative "why bother invent tech" commentardary should be obvious.

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Daft thing is ...

Rent on a small, nice(ish) 2br/1bath, no garage, in a converted Victorian on either side of the Bay Bridge is enough to pay the mortgage on a 3br/1bath/attached garage on a 0.25 lot in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale ... WITHOUT THE FUCKING COMMUTE!

What the hell are these idiots taking the bus thinking? Talk about a waste of time and money! Buy a fucking house, you clueless-about-real-life-morons! Why did we invent all this technology, anyway? So the idiots could be exposed to all and sundry? Can we spay/neuter them, thus protecting the human herd into the future?

FURRFU!

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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@ Kristian Walsh (was: Re: @AC (was: Whatever.))

I didn't write anything major by myself. Nor did I ever claim otherwise. But I did (and do!) contribute to several projects, and have over the last 40 years.

Desktops here are Slackware. Servers and Internet facing gear are BSD.

Please, do try to read for content. It'll do you a world of good.

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@AC (was: Re: Whatever.)

Uh, no coconut palms here. They don't grow well enough to produce in the Sonoma Valley, and I never plant food crops unless I know that I can get a good harvest. Not worth the time/effort/water.

HTH, HAND self admitted Coward.

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Whatever.

Me & mine are sticking with Slackware-stable & KDE for day-to-day use. It just works. No muss, no fuss. (Yes, I have a box running -current, as does my daughter & eldest niece. We all contribute to the Slackware project as we have time.)

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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When I were a lad ...

Lego was a "build it & break it" toy ... Am I the only one who built a floor-to-ceiling castle in the living-room (base roughly 24" square, spire tapered from 6" to as small as possible), tied the middle of the tower to the front door-knob, and laughed my ass off when Dad came home for lunch & destroyed the entire thing?

Rebuilt it the next day. Dad came in the back door. Lesson learned.

Me. Age five.

I still have the blocks. My younger nieces & nephews enjoy playing with my late '50s/early '60s collection.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: If you think that placebos for humans are bad enough

Other than the obvious "humans are animals" ...

The placebo effect does work on pet animals. But not for the reason that you might think. It works because the animal's owner see that their cute & furry are being given what the owner thinks are "meds", thus calming down the owner. The critter feels the calm from the owner, and so in turn calms down. Probably the most common example of this placebo effect is "rescue remedy".

Somewhat similar is physicians prescribing antibiotics for viral infections in children ... the parent/guardian assumes that "injections/pills will work", calms down, and the kids in turn relax & their body naturally fights off the virus without wasting energy on fear.

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Re: Nice.

Big-endian/little-endian is a whole 'nother kettle of worms.

^v^d

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@Stoneshop (was: Re: All I can say is ...)

Where, exactly, did I "point out" how it was "Back Then" here?

Most of the totally useless crap is people who can't read for content commenting on articles/comments when they don't actually have a grasp of the underlying concept.

Thank you for clarifying my point.

In other news, tabloids attract the uneducated Great Unwashed.

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Re: Nice.

Yes, you are missing something.

7-bit ASCII doesn't need the initial '0' ... The modern 8 (16/32/64)-bit systems use of ASCII should be obvious to the cognizant.

ASCII is still ASCII, regardless.

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