* Posts by lglethal

1486 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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Re: In the interests of fairness...

Fairness on the Internet? You're havin a laugh!

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Sooo.... your response to being threatened by a bully is to roll over and let them beat you up and take your friends lunch money?

The sanctions were imposed AFTER Russia annexed Crimea and invaded, oh sorry, sent volunteers (with heavy weapons and tanks) to support the "separatists" in eastern Ukraine.

I hate to think which "small" nation bordering Russia would be next on the list if everyone just rolled over and let them get away with attacking whoever they wanted - Poland probably.

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Not a helpful response from CommandPoint

Saying just "3 Outages per year" tells us nothing.

If the other outages were for say 1 minute, then you could conclude the System was working well, prior to the NYE TITSUP (Total Inability to Support Usual Performance).

However, if the outages were each 5 hours long, then the System is obviously not up to scratch.

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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

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How much money spent campaigning???

Meg Whitman spent US$144m on TRYING to become the governor of California! WTF!!!

To put that in context, (according to Wikipedia), Australian Public Funding for ALL PoliticaL Parties for the 2013 Federal Election received A$58,1million, which is about US$45million at current exchange rates. So Meg spent US$100 million more then ALL of the political parties in Australia received to conduct their campaigns, just to be come governor of one frigging state!

If anyone needed an indicator of all that was wrong with American politics, there is a big bright red indicator right there...

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: And so?

This means what, exactly, in the 21st century?

that someone in Flight Scheduling at Finnish Airways has a sense of humour?

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Shadow Brokers spew Windows hack tools after exploit auction flop

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I hear the new US Cyber Chief Guiliani knows a bit about Computers and Websites. These codes will work on his Website at least, it aint obsolete there. I'm sure if you offered him a bulk deal he'd be all over it!

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Re: "Do the Ruskies have footage of Giuliani also paying prostitutes to piddle on each other?"

Considering all the sh&t that Trump did and said on the campaign trail, and of which there is actual evidence, which didnt seem to bother either Trump or his supporters one bit, I have to ask the question - would the dossier (assuming its real) have any sort of effect on Trump? He seems like he has no shame anyway, so blackmail of the prostitute variety wouldnt seem to have much of a hold over him. Hell it might even increase his Support with certain members of the electorate...

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: There are two sides to this argument

Both the Press Council and the Press Complaints Commision were voluntary bodies with no actual legal Framework to work in. In other words, these were voluntary commisions which the papers could pretty much ignore if they wanted.

What I have suggested is a public Body with an actual legal Framework and a bit of teeth to it. Ofcom is the public Body for television and if you want to broadcast in the UK you have to play by its rules, and take the fines it gives you or you get prevented from broadcasting. A similar Thing for the Paper Business should have been the first step after the News of the World scandals. Why it didnt happen, I can only imagine (the words vested interest come to mind)...

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Re: There are two sides to this argument

How about Ofcom for Publishers? By that, I mean a publically funded Body with the ability to apply fines and determine acceptability of content.

Rather than a privately funded (either by anti-media or pro media groups) Body which cant be trusted to act impartially (by definition) and which no matter what happens will be accused by one group or the other as being partisan.

It's not that hard to come up with this simple idea, but because it would leave an impartial arbiter which cant be influenced by either side, of course neither would want it...

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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

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£2.50 per person - that really going to encourage them to be better!

See title.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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@ Vic

That's where Recording Equipment and an email of the resulting tapes to the CEO of the Purchasing Company are very effective.

You probably still wont get the contract, but at least the dirty scroat will be out of a job sharpish! And who knows you might actually gte the contract as, the purchasing Company might be terrified of the publicity, that leaving themselves open for not selecting the whistleblowing firm might attract...

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: They still have a couple of loyal customers here and there

Just curious (based on your comment), but are there a large number of loyal Chinese Nokia customers?

Was Nokia ever big in China? If so, then I can see what you mean, but if it was only ever big in the West then brand loyalty wont make such a big difference when the only planned market is China.

As I have no data either way, I will watch what happens in the future with polite interest.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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How on Earth did the Supremes come up with that interpretation???

My lay reading of that judgement is that the Supremes said, its ok to collect the data, but you cant look at it!

But since there is no point in collecting the data in the first place if you're not allowed to look at it, why would the data need to be collected? So effectively, the judges were daring the intelligence agencies to collect and use the data, and if they got caught using it, the judges could simply deny they ever gave them premission to look at it.

Gobsmacking really. Thank diety for the ECHR!

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Ad blockers on Android

Anyone have any suggestions for adblockers/javascript blockers on Android?

NoScript (my number 1 add-on on desktop) isnt yet available on firefox mobile version, and i havent found any others that work on any mobile browser (chrome, firefox, opera).

Suggestions?

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Netflix US Twitter account hacked

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Re: SMS isn't really "secure" for 2FA

Yes it can be done. And your right relatively trivially. But it does takes effort from the attacker. And lets face it, most script kiddies are unwilling to take that effort or accept the risk associated with doing something which ups your crime from simply "unathourised access of an electrical device" to "fraud" (completely with a long stay in the chokey if your caught).

Whilst SMS based 2FA is not going to stop a Nation state or a dedicated hacker, those parties are unlikely to be interested in taking over your twitter account. So SMS 2FA is good enough for some Tasks...

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Energy firm points to hackers after Kiev power outage

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Re: A serious threat.

I follow the much cheaper Option. If the power goes here, I head to the Pub. Even if the Pub has no power, they can still sell bottles of various tipples, and drinking enough of those will do the job of keeping me warm! :P

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Simple solution...

Could the hackers please expose Prince Phillip's browsing habits as the very first set of data that gets released? Follow that up with the other royals. I imagine Lizzie might begin regretting signing off on the Charter at that point.

Considering she is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter, and you cant trust the UK government to do it right, maybe it's about time she stood up and did her job!

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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And here was me thinking Santa had threatened his Elves for some reason. Elves are green right? So he probably wouldnt even need to add colouring to make his Soylent green...

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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We can all hope...

...that this follows the AI house model from the Simpsons, and does to the Zuck (successfully) what the Pierce Brosnan AI tried to do to Homer (unsuccessfully)!

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Re: not that it's relevant to you right pondians

If we're going to shill for our ISP's I'll join in here - Kabel Deutschland are terrific. Fast and efficient, with good customer service. Although I did just read that they got bought out by Vodafone, so I expect that quality to drop over the comnig years...

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Talk Talk had 8 complaints?

Wait... Talk Talk still has customers?

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Whats really insane in this situation...

According to the BBC, the cost of the Permit that Über are refusing to pay for is $150 for 10 autonomous cars. With, if i remember correctly, $50 for each additional 10 cars.

$150. Über are picking a fight over this in order to save $150. In a Company spending billions of Dollars a year. $150.

F$%king insanity!

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Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

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The old, "remember, someone, somewhere else has it worse then you, so you cant have it too bad, can you?" speech.

Anyone who pulls that sort of stunt needs to be taken out back and given a good whack with the clue by four...

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Whilst I sympathise with Edward's position, I didnt actually read anything in this article that makes me think we need to completely throw away the current System. It certainly needs refining. The fact that earning money costs you your other benefits is (and has been for a while) a problem. I experienced the same when trying to work whilst attending uni. It was extremely annoying that my uni benefits were eaten into because of me trying to earn a few more dollars to help pay my fees. In the end, it meant I gave up working during uni because I didnt earn any extra and I had significantly less study time.

But despite this, I'm not convinced that we need to completely change the social contract to fix this. Fix the regulations currently in place, and the main problems go away. Reduce the red tape and Edward could do some work without needing a contract, such that he would be much happier.

The Expression, throwing the Baby out with the bath water, springs to mind.

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FYI! – Your! hacked! Yahoo! account! is! worth! $0.0003!

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"Yahoo!'s value will never recover"

How hard is it to recover from Utterly Worthless to just plain Worthless? Or is this more of an attempt at recovery from Disgustingly Toxic to Utterly Worthless?

It's so hard to differentiate between Levels at the bottom of the pit...

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You can't trust news on Facebook – and (once again) you can't trust its web ad metrics

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How hard can it actually be for Facebook to make up plausible looking numbers? It's not like there is anyway (outside of Facebook) for sellers to actually check the figures...

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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It's actually not that hard to design a new plane. We did it in groups of 6 4th year Aerospace Engineering students over the course of a year at my old uni. Most of the hard work is already done and exists in the FAA and JAR Standards. Everything like the size and strength of gusts you have to design for, etc is all laid out for you. You just have to design to meet the Standards.

That being said, since this is a drone and not an aircraft, FB probably decided they didnt need to meet all of the safety factors that are laid out in the FAA regulations. And look what happens when you dont follow the rules... ;)

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

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Re: Cable Management

I think the pair of black cables poking out the backend are a bit of a giveaway that this is just the demonstrator. Unless of course they've found some convenient power sockets located on Mars?

4 years out from Launch, demonstrators dont tend to look like flight hardware, they're just there to show that they can do the main task the funding is for...

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Re: Why not just dollar value? @ Gritzwally

I'm not going to claim to know anything about Hawaiian tax arrangements, but with the Aus GST and British VAT, if you buy raw materials to turn into a salable product you get to claim back the tax you paid.

So if you buy raw materials worth $1 and 10% of that is tax (so 10c) and you then sell the final product for $10, $1 of that would be tax, and 90c would go to the government since you claim back the 10c from your raw materials.

You might want to suggest your mum goes and talks to a tax accountant if she is not claiming anything back... Sounds like she's doing it wrong...

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Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

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Re: Actual question

Well since I'm very happy with MalwareBytes on my PC, I will definitely give it a go on Android. Cheers for that suggestion! And I think I'll take the chance to get rid of AVG. Alas fair AVG, you once were good, but now your a stinking pile of Adware...

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Actual question

While I consider myself relatively computer literate, when it comes to Android, its basically a black box to me. So my question for you esteemed commentards - What are the best ways to protect your phone? Are there trusted sites from which i can scan my phone to check for any malware? Whilst I'm currently using AVG (which I'm beginning to consider to be an adware product in its own right, due to the number of ads I get begging me to upgrade it to the paid version!) and have the latest Version of Android im probably protected, but are there any othe programs I should be looking at? On a PC you never rely on just a single product for safety as they rarely catch them all, but on Android, what to do, what to do?

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Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

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Re: Disney is depicable

No-one (or Place) can be THAT happy without having some very dark secrets buried in the Basement...

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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Hey SAP isnt that bad! :P

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Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

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But he's learned his lesson...

Yep next time he will take more care not to get caught!

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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

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Re: Actually curious...

To continue my previous question, since the vast majority of answers from you knowledgable Folks is Cost - What costs are actually involved? I can think of the labour costs of getting the engineers to implement the various strategies, but what else? I dont work in IT, but it sounded from the article that it would not require updating kit or anything like that to implement these strategies, so I was just wondering what the costs would be?

And wouldnt this be offset by the cost of reduced data being passed along to your Backbone Providers? Or am I talking bollocks there? ;)

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Actually curious...

I'm actually curious, is there a reason that ISP's havent already implemented These "easy" solutions mentioned in the article? I know the obvious answer is going to be laziness, but lets be honest thats rarely the case. Usually it comes down to one of either:

- too expensive,

- too difficult to implement,

- too specialist for your Standard IT guy to implement,

- too time consuming to implement,

- conflicts with other Equipment,

- or a belief that it wont have any actual effect.

So what is the reason why ISP's havent implemented These Solutions on mass, so far? There HAS too be a reason...

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Could this be you? Really Offensive Security Engineer sought by Facebook

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"Crack Sniffing Team"? That must be the Team led by Zucks, right?

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Re: ha! - Brimstone is a bit dark as well - renamed Jellystone

To paraphrase from Sir Terry

We can call them Terrific, i.e. they inspire terror...

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No ones going to hurt them in the future, are they now?

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team to ID terror content

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Re: Very good initiative

You seem to have misunderstood the concept of what a "crime" is. A crime is something that is commited when someone breaks a LAW in their Country. Pornography is NOT a crime in most of the west, as it is not banned by LAW. You may have a moral objection to it, but that does NOT make it a crime. Hell I have a moral objection to your "holier than thou" Moral objection, but I dont consider that you've commited a crime.

If you consider it this big a Problem, feel free to head over to Iran, where fully dressed female models (who happen to have photos taken without their headscarf on) are considered to have broken the law on pornography and face years in prison. It seems like you would fit right in over there!

Muppet...

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: Who cares?

Telling someone to "go Boris Johnson themselves" is definitely reserved for after the Watershed...

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That's what happens when you let the Work Experience Kid do the editing unsupervised... Cheeky Little Scamp!

On another note, it's obvious that the newsreader wasnt from Newcastle, otherwise no one would have known he was swearing, because noone would have understood what he was saying... mind you, every time I speak to a Geordie I think they're swearing at me, even if they're just telling me the time. So maybe Ofcon couldnt understand him either and just assumed he was swearing because, well, he was a Geordie?

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Re: Mandatory Voting

@ Felix reg:

"Instead, go for the highest quality voters rather than the lowest."

Should we go back to only land owning White males get the vote as well? Since they are obviously the highest quality voters, no?

If you have mandatory voting, there is NO excuse for People to not care about voting. Because there vote DOES Count. And if they still dont care, they are free to spoil there ballot, or donkey vote, but that is a CHOICE they are making. To fob it off as saying "I dont think my vote matters, so I'm not going to vote" is pure laziness and those People deserve a fine. You have one primary responsibility in a Democracy, to cast your vote in elections, and direct that Democracy. If you're not willing to do that, then your failing in your duties, and you deserve the corprotocracy you're now living in...

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Re: Mandatory Voting

I totally agree. Mandatory Voting is absolutely necessary for a Democracy to function properly. The fact that the US election had a turnout of only 55,6% of eligible voters and yet it was accepted as a legitimate vote is something that I find absolutely incredible (crazy incredible!).

I also cant believe that anyone considers the Electoral College System to be remotely demorcatic. How can a candidate winning 50,1% of the people's vote in a state, count as if the candidate had won 100% of the votes? That is completely the opposite of Democracy to me.

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Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

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umm what?

"the security of running apps in Amazon's cloud rather than on a local device."

Umm what????

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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Fixed that for you...

"I expect cheap fusion reactors to appear before anything remotely resembling "intelligence" appears in congress.)

Fixed that for you...

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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

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Re: drones at 000s of feet

The very first drone i looked at on http://drones.specout.com/ (the AEE F100 - commercial grade Drone)is rated to 1500m (5000 feet)

The second I looked at (DJI Phantom 4 - very much consumer Level - only $1400) is software limited to 500m (1666 feet), but it appears from looking online that people have worked out how to defeat this, but I havent found a Maximum height yet.

So consumer grade Drones getting above a couple of thousand feet is as easy as pie, and they are still controllable there, so why would there be debris?

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

"finding 1 idiot a day in 30,000 people is so amazing?"

1 idiot, in 30,000 who happens to have installed the same program, NOT from the Google Play store, on there phone which get them infected. Yes I would call that amazing.

I cant really believe the figures. Maybe a Peak of 13k in 1 day, but every day. Nope that seems massively overestimated...

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Theresa Stasi May. A fascist right wing authoritarian nutjob.

You have to wonder how utterly shite the other candidates must be in Theresa May's constituency for the People of Maidenhead to constantly re-elect her (5 times!!!).

Can I suggest that perhaps Darth Vader should stand against her in Maidenhead next time, the People there seem to like despots!

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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I'm just curious from a technical point of view

I know that the ISP's have to keep a list of the sites you go to, but what about all of the subsequent links - what I mean is, just looking at El Reg, if I load it without No Script 7 different sites are contacted. All of those need to be recorded?

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