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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

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"PPTP with user authentication by MS-CHAPV2 Password "

The mention of CHAP took me back to the nineties (I think, a long time ago anyhoo).

First hit for CHAPV2:

Divide and Conquer: Cracking MS-CHAPv2 with a 100% success rate

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany @ Squander Two

"PS do you know Swiss Manufacturing is 20% of GDP ?"

No surprise here. When travelling around the place it's not uncommon to see high tech manufacturing companies in small villages out in the countryside.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Selfies can be good.

"And millions/billions of Wordpress users will have been exposing their usernames/passwords in plain text since Z80 Assembler ruled the world - mostly without incident. Its security with a hole that's really dangerous at attracting the hacking flies."

I imagine that the number of folks with access to the network traffic containing those clear text usernames and passwords is quite limited. In contrast the OpenSSL bug lets world plus dog have a go.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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WTF?

Re: Job Security

"About half the number of system administrators would be out of a job if there wouldn't be lots of compromised WinXP machines around."

High time they got a taste of what it's been like for the rest of us who've had to retrain into new technologies to stay employable then.

No sympathy what-so-bleedin-ever for them.

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Apple is IMMUNE from Heartbleed, it says. But don't check if it's true

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Re: 0.9.8

Stretch,

I did implied that but looking back at what I wrote I wasn't explicit enough. Thanks for adding the relevant link.

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Stop

"The reported "safe" version of OpenSSL is 1.0.1g released on 7 Apr. I'd take another look."

That's not the whole story. because the patch has been backported to previous versions.

My Red Hat derivatives and Debian are running 1.0.1e and the patches for that arrived pretty promptly.

Of course, anyone not running the latest will still be subject to other vulnerabilities which have been addressed in subsequent releases.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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software should be updated to use the new version, 1.0.1g.

"The mega-vulnerability was patched earlier this week, and software should be updated to use the new version, 1.0.1g."

Pray do tell what folks are going to tell the PHBs who take that statement at face value?

1. The patch has been back-ported to previous versions

2. Any sysadmin with the right skills can simply recompile their version of openssl with the heartbeat module disabled.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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"You can't use an OEM license legally in any VM."

I went into this with the OEM version of Windows 7 Ultimate and I was happy (IANAL of course) that the license did allow me to run it in a VM.

I did that on the box it was originally installed in though - I changed it from running Win7 as the main OS to running Linux as the main OS, with Windows 7 inside VirtualBox. I did a fresh install from DVD and it activated without problems.

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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

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WTF?

I can see the court orders on their way even now

"So that'll be an automatically renewing leasing model then."

Like the ISPs and telcos who carry on billing after you've cancelled your contract then?

And have the cheek to use debt collectors or court orders to pursue non-payment of services not actually delivered.

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Unhappy

>a management GUI that’s “intuitive to use for HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem server administrators,”

Why does that simple sentence fill me with foreboding?

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Queue Managment

"the approach to managing queues is a loud woman in a green tabard waving a large foam pointing finger on a stick,"

your post would be so much better with pics!

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Boffin

"Except for the platform requirement that all WP apps must be uninstallable or they don't get approved to the store, so you'd just uninstall the app."

Yes, that's the one.

Bet it won't work the way you expect it to.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: $1000 wouldnt be enough

"Clearly you need Clippy to give you advice on blood pressure management."

Clippy was the cause of high blood pressure for a former colleague.

He would explode with rage when the wretched thing made an appearance.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: This

"If I ate nothing bug eggs, milk, and veggies, I'm not sure I'd be regular.."

As a neighbour who kept chickens used to say, "Eggs for dinner again, I'll be bound!"

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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FAIL

You can downgrade to Windows 7 Pro and Windows Vista Business

"Windows 8.1 is priced £86 versus £171 for Windows 8.1 Pro. You can downgrade to Windows 7 Pro and Windows Vista Business."

Ah, but not to Windows 7 Ultimate, which is the only one of the Windows 7 range (apart from Enterprise) to support multiple interface languages.

I'd love to know what it is that Microsoft hates about multi-lingual setups.

Hint: supporting more than one user interface language on a single system is what the competition have been doing for years now.

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Re: El Reg, Tech site?

"Firstly, it is a very bad user shell. It has almost zero discoverability"

That zero discoverability was my main problem with Win8.

The earlier versions of Windows (Win98?) had excellent tutorials on using both the keyboard and mouse.

The whole Windows 8 experience would have been less frustrating if they had done the same.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: In Other News, Linux Is Still A Nonentity...

"And almost everyone in that number chose to install Linux, either on a clean machine or dual-boot. "

Not any more. I've got lots of Linux installations here but all apart from one of them are in virtual machines.

Just imagine, no more hassles with GRUB or Windows overwriting your boot block :-)

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: Assshat

Own up, who brought the incontinent donkey?

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Pint

Re: A question.

"Is anyone missing the simpler times?"

Aye, we had Rickets, Diptheria, Hitler, and

By we did look well going to school with no backsides in us trousers n

All us little heads painted Purple cause we had Ringworm

Tony Capstick Comes Home

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Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

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The technology is already there

"Allow customers to have a pin that can be 4,5 or 6 digits long."

My bank and credit cards have had 6 digit PINs for at least a decade.

Which IIRC predated the Chip and PIN thing in the UK.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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Go

"If you want security-upgrade details, you'll need to wait."

You don't need to wait if you subscribe to Apple's Product Security mailing list.

Details at lists.apple.com

These notifications often arrive in my inbox before the App Store lists the update as being available (though an App Store Refresh - Command-R sometimes does the trick).

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Installation includes support

"Bear in mind also that Dell will have to support PCs that have chosen this setup option and Mozilla issue automatic updates every other week."

That is a very good point.

Dealing with Firefox related support calls every time a new version decides that existing plugins aren't compatible could cost Dell real money.

Yet... If Dell could get Firefox's spell checker to stop reverting from UK to US English every time I turn my back I might be happy to part with 16 quid or so.

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It's the old power cable trick

This one goes back to the recession in the early 90s.

PC margins were apparently so tight that unless they sold you a mains cable for 20 quid they didn't make any profit.

Yes, that was the same cable you could buy in your local electrical outlet for about 2-3 quid.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: Never before?

"When does Server 2003 support end? (Basically Server version of XP)"

14th July 2015.

See the bottom of this page:

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=3198

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Re: Huh?

"most sensible people don't trade in their old TV just because there in a newer one with better features - as long as the features their current TV has are all they require."

I've been quite happy with my analogue Sony* Trinitron, but at the moment it is under threat from an "upgrade" to a digital-only signal. I really don't watch TV often enough to warrant lashing out on a fancy new TV.

* bought before before Sony did their silly trick with rootkits on CDs, in case you wonder

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Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!

'But the idea that a washing machine would think, "It's 1st January 1900, I haven't been invented yet, I'd better explode and set the place on fire" was pretty stupid though.'

Maybe, but my 2 year old video recorder refused to record anything by the timer once we got past 31st December 1999. Thereafter if I wanted to record something I had to be there and hit the "record now" button.

It wasn't a cheap model either.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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They've left themselves wide open here

Tax row turns to Microsoft over £1.7bn of online revenues

"The row over the amount of tax multinationals are paying has taken another turn after it emerged that Microsoft pays no UK tax on £1.7bn of online revenues."

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: Too confusing for some - which London are we talking about

"I <heart> New York

Oh, you're from Lincolnshire too?"

There's a spot called New York in Nidderdale too.

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Re: Great!

"The Cyber Streetwise campaign aims to effect behavioural change"

We want you to switch Javascript on.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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So was it 7 days notice or no days notice?

The user quotes mention no notice or 24 hours, rather than 7 days.

Oh well, there's probably no greater motivation for researching alternatives than having your service cut off with no notice.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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FAIL

Re: Internet of American Things

"Since the Nest thermostat only works in USA and Canada residents of the Rest of the World can sleep easy."

Oops.

"Use of the thermostat outside the United States and Canada is complicated by the software setting time and other functions based on the ZIP code."

When and if they eventually fix that, you will have to enter dates and times in US format,

And probably decide the interface language by your IP address.

What could possibly go wrong?

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Re: Online help

and more recently OS X Server told me it couldn't offer any help because "You are not connected to the internet".

Quite apart from the fact that not everyone has a 100% reliable internet connection, how the hell are all those non-Geeks who just want to set up a home network going to cope when they mess up their networking / OS X Server throws a wobbly itself*?

* delete as applicable.

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Re: Spot on.

"I'm also passworded out especially, the extra security password that some banks are tacking on to Debit and Credit card transactions...."

Then there's the dreaded Dual Authentication

Look it's simple.

The mobile phone signal near my computer can be a bit hit and miss so sometimes I have to go outside to get the SMS containing this vital piece of login information.

Please don't throw a "session expired" message at me when I've had to do that.

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WTF?

Telephone numbers too!

"It isn't difficult to strip out spaces!!"

It certainly isn't.

And it's really not at all difficult to insert spaces so that a phone number looks like it does in the phone book or printed on letterheads. Ditto for credit card numbers.

My latest online form filling adventure rejected my phone number because i simply copied and pasted it from elsewhere.

Duh!

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

One lot of patch installs even stopped half way through (not at the beginning or end but halfway f@cking through) to ask me a question so leaving it untended isn't an option.

Yes, a new version of MSIE has been the culprit there on several occasions.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Easy solution...

"Free delivery for 10 households in the same road. I say this, as every day in my little cul de sac *someone* has a delivery from Tesco.*

And woosh, back to my childhood when many folks didn't have their own cars and the butcher and greengrocer did their own deliveries.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Re: Harrassment

Harrassment indeed.

I'll never forget the bill they sent me just before Christmas in 1997.

It went something like "This is OUR money. Don't you DARE spend it on Christmas festivities. WE WANT IT NOW!".

My reaction was to make a point of paying them as late as possible without getting cut off.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Retail Win 8

Dunno if they still do this, but there used to be a version of Parallels* which came with a Windows licence bundled in.

* I might be thinking of VMware Fusion there, but the principle is the same: do a deal with MS and bundle Windows with your product so it's properly licenced.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: SBS

@Stiggy

"The scrapping of SBS was the start, Microsoft do not want Small Businesses."

On a much smaller scale, the same applies to Windows Home Server. Quite a nice product, even if they dropped drive extender support with WHS 2011. Nowadays they expect you to go buy Server 2012 Essentials. Yeah, right, I'll drop more on an OS than I did on the server...

Or do what I did. Add a bit to price of Essentials, and instead get a Mac mini and upgrade it to 16GB with third party RAM for less than $100. Add $20 for Mountain Lion Server if you want that capability and turn that WHS2011 box into a Linux server.

It's working nicely for me.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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Re: Time to get nuclear on some behinds

@Tim Worstal

<cite>So all rents change every tie the BoE changes interest rates?</cite>

Rents did change a couple of times in Switzerland when the local equivalent of the BoE rates changed. That was when renting through a large agency though, I have since rented direct with an owner and there has been no such adjustment.

But of course we are not talking about the huge rate swings we saw in the UK in the 80s and early 90s.

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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Re: For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.

"Why not code for the normal 99%? if you disabled javascript and cookies thats your problem"

What about the blind or partially sighted?

From 2009, UK government browser guidelines

Graceful degradation without scripting/ plug-ins and accessibility are required (paragraphs 41-42)

Of course the link there now gives a 404.

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For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.

Using Firefox 20.0

Methinks they are assuming that I have Javascript and cookies enabled.

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Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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Joke

" But windows installs dwarf Linux on desktop so new logic applied"

Do pray tell, where can I get dwarf Linux?

Is it any good?

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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Re: @ M Gale

@GitMeMyShootinIrons

'A bad worker blames his tools'

You never saw my father's toolbox. It was full of rounded screwdrivers.

I swore to myself that when I grew up I would invest in good quality tools, and I did so.

Ask any craftsman or mechanic what tools they buy, how much they cost and how much time they take looking after them for your answer.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

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Re: But, but...

can't we just store all the data into The Cloud?

If it takes 88 days to transfer a petabyte from one tape medium to another, how long will it take to put it in the cloud?

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: He's very good...

">> He's very good...

...at all that literature stuff.

But is he really? If his depth of knowledge of literature is on par with his technical knowledge then I have serious doubts."

Well I think a scholarship to Cambridge and graduating with upper second class honours demonstrates that he does know a thing or two on the subject (source: Wiki if that doesn't scare you)

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Ubuntu support periods slashed

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Re: With Unity being pushed down the throat, who cares

@The lone lurker

"It's been a while since I played with Mint but is there not a version based on Debian?"

Yes, Linux Mint Debian is here

"Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing."

So it depends on whether you are happy using the Debian Testing stream. I had a brief try and I might have been unlucky with the timing but I had several things breaking due to that.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Makes Torrent look good.

The “personalised and local experience” amounts to a message in cyber-speak that basically says "F#ck off!, we have you by the short and curlies".

I still get that sort of thing with languages. When I am doing international support I want my software in English please. I live in a German speaking part of the world but that doesn't mean I want the German version of a software product.

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Re: good for the soul..

As well as Freelance I remember Presentations which came with the WordPerfect Office Suite.

My copy of WordPerfect Office was bundled with a PC and I think it was the NT variant mentioned here, because it although it came with a Win98 system I swiftly upgraded to NT4 and it ran fine there.

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