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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

Joe 48

Re: Ahh, to assume that support are competent

@BIlla Bong

This is why I run a second firewall (IPfire) in front of my home LAN as I don't trust my ISP!

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Joe 48

Re: Not for me thanks....

None of those put my house at risk in quite the same way as providing visual insight into my house.

Ok, so you didn't say you were running defaults, my bad. But you still imply its not that big a risk, when in fact it is.

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Joe 48

Not for me thanks....

@Jediben

IP geolocation would worry me, not hard to locate someone from IP and getting more accurate all the time.

Add that to cameras around my house so they can instantly work out blind spots. Like the bathroom windows.

You can think of a lot worse with default passwords? I can't, leaving my home and family vulnerable is much much worse imo.

General non technical peoples ignorance I can understand, but you seem to grasp the problem, and yet still choose to ignore it. That imo is even worse!

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Joe 48

Re: Doing my bit

Had it been the only pub in the village I'd have never purchased it. Not cutting off my nose to spite my face!

Hope your pub gets resurrected again soon.

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Joe 48

Doing my bit

I've just purchased a Pub and turned it into a house.

However, the Pub I purchased was in a lovely remote location in a small village. Unsure how this will help the high street, but I've got a stunning house!! Plus they had a another pub in the village so I still have a watering hole.

Win win!

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

I'm taking myself to the nearest police station right now, either that or phoning my Russian 'friends'.

Its been a fun debate and I can see your reasoning. Still, given the whole threads those comments aren't quite the same context at the first examples you posted, which were much more direct. I said I wouldn't joke about something serious, not that I wouldn't joke, as yes that would be complete tosh, I think you're taking it to the extreme a little, although I suppose thats the point you are making.

Either way in the full context everything I've ever posted on here I'd feel comfortable defending, assuming I don't get same defence lawyers as that Chap posted above!

Last post for me on this one as my down votes counter is back to normal levels and my Dad can't defend me right now, he's busy still beating the Dad from my comments a few months back.....

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Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

@ElReg!Comments!Pierre - I can't help stupid people. What did those people think would happen. I'm not stupid enough to joke about something that could be serious in the same way I won't walk into a bank with a plastic gun. I'm not a numpty!

@John - No I can't imagine being framed. To be fair I can't imagine being in a terrorist attack either. But I have seen Terrorist attacks happen. Can't say I've witnessed anyone being framed. Not to say it doesn't happen though. Googled Stagg. Again he did silly things in the effort to strike up a romance. Not nice what then happened as a result though and to be fair quite obvious looking at it now he wasn't guilty!

I think I need to reiterate I'm not all for mass surveillance. I just think at the moment it maybe is needed. In light of no better options. I agree lots with other peoples comments about policing it better and trying to restrict it in some way but I still think its a hard balance to get right. That at the end of the day is what my view comes down to. I can at least comprehend how difficult it is. Maybe I've seen things others haven't, maybe I'm looking at it from a different point of view. Just thought I'd at least put something else on here to show a different view point. Got everyone talking.

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Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

Are people really this paranoid about this happening? Ok so a few readers of Elreg are, but we're not exactly speaking for the masses. Most of us are geeky types who are most likely over thinking it all. Either that or your all so dodgy its untrue!!

I'd love to know what they'd gain by imprisoning me, so can't see an example of when this would happen. Yes If I was slightly dodgy, and they wanted an excuse to get me, they could, in theory, make something up. It all just seems a little too like something you'd see in a hollywood movie. Maybe they could go old school on my ass. Getting my fingerprints putting them on a gun, getting a body from the morgue and setting up good old fashion frame.

If everyone on here is that worried about this, the only thing I can suggest is you put down the mouse and keyboard and leave the internet alone. Unfortunately this sort of mass surveillance is here to stay, for now, no amount of us debating it here will change that. Unfortunately I don't think the general non tech savvy public, either know, or care enough either.

Waits for next random reason I'm going to get arrested for......

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Joe 48

Re: @Joe 48 - Facebook and Tor

@John H Woods - You're assuming we all had any rights in the first place..... Logs out of lotto account and buys house insurance.....

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Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

Ha ha, I'll give you air-rors :)

Group hug?

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Joe 48

Re: @Joe 48 - Facebook and Tor

A very good example. I can see how it could happen, I still can't see it ever happening to me. Might be a blinkered approach, some will say an ignorant one, either way I'll take my chances.

I appreciate everyones views, concerns, worries, about what they say being used in someway to lock them up for eternity but will/does this happen, very rare I would say.

Heads off to post about my lunch on Facebook.... Interpret that how you will, its a tasty looking lunch!

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Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

Jeez, are people really this paranoid these days.

If my drivel is code, its damn good, because even I can't break it! If I'm ever arrested for a Facebook post I'll be the first to admit I was wrong.

As for the Err-Head comment, nothing constructive to add, so time for the personal insults. Bravo.

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Joe 48

Re: Facebook and Tor

Its on Facebook.... Nothing, and I really do mean, nothing, gets posted that would be of any interest/concern. I'm in no doubt the Government are interested in what I post on social media though.

I always get in shot down on these topics as I still see what GCHQ do as necessary. Do they do it correctly, well thats the part open to debate, but as I've said before on these topics, damned if they do, damned if they don't. Personally I'd rather they air on the side of caution and collect more data if it means stopping an attack and saving a life, because lets face it for a minute, thats the main reason of all this mass surveillance, the internet is evolving, its such a unknown about how to react to it and I think its surveillance will be constantly changing.

Down vote away fellow Elreg commentards. My stats had almost started to level out.

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Joe 48

Facebook and Tor

Facebook can now be fully access on Tor with nothing breaking out on to the open net. Other example of a company thinking about security for once. Of course you're still logged into Facebook though!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29879851

I'm still on the fence. Yes I understand people are worried about mistaken identity but on the flip side I want to know I'm safe and lets face it the world isn't all roses.

Hard balance to get right and one debate that will rage on for a long time.

I work on a simple principle. If I have something I want to keep private, I don't put it on the net. To be fair its very rare that I have something that private that I care about.

What I say on social media isn't going to get me into trouble as its just rubbish most of what I post. The rest is generally family stuff, photos etc, that I want to share with others. The internet is for sharing,and therefor imo has to be open by its very nature.

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

Joe 48

BYOD - Security

Do these young people not realise they'll still be sitting behind a proxy. I'll still be monitoring all web access. I'll enforce the end points have up to date AV and the correct security patches before they are allowed on the LAN, and that even then access will be limited to certain systems only and a VDI will be used for the rest. Hell at least I'm saving company money and I'll still sack them if they don't work hard. BYOD just got more tempting!!!

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Cisco: We made UCS secure but need your help to finish the job

Joe 48

You joke, but I bet if you check most UCS deployments not even half of that document would have been followed. You can lead a horse to water..... But that sysadmin ain't thirsty!

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Joe 48

Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

Irony Deficient, thanks for replying. I've tried everything. It works fine in safe mode. However even with a full wipe and fresh install the issue is apparent immediately after the the first setup, with no AV or 3rd party apps installed. Hard to tell but even the reinstall seems slower than it should be 5+ hours, where as on my connection it should be around 2 hours for a circa 5GB download. So the issue is even apparent whist restoring the system.

I get the same issue in Safe Mode too, and I've spent too much time trying to fix it and Apple were no help whilst in warranty, a touch less help now its out of warranty. I do have the default Apple AV product XProtect running but never found a way to turn it off. Firewall off I've tried.

I'm beyond caring. At some point I'll replace it with a later model but I'll be damn sure I test both USB and Wifi first to ensure the 'bug' isn't around any more. Seems to be quite common on the Apple forums with early 2013 models.

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Joe 48

Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

It gets worse.

On my Macbook Pro in all versions of Mac since Lion I get downloads that stall out after a few minutes and the worst USB copy speeds ever. Boot it to Windows 8.1 (with a 3rd party start menu I might add) bootcamp partition and all the lovely apple hardware works a treat! How the hell did that happen??? MS making the Mac hardware work better than Apple!

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Joe 48

Never seen the point in mobile enabled tablets

I don't get it. I still fail to see why anyone would buy a tablet with a mobile connection. Thats what my phone and tethering is for.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

Joe 48

What was Snowdens Role at the NSA?

Anyone know? I'll have a little dig around later myself but thought I'd throw it out there.

I'm only curious as some of these secrets are always very 'high level only known to a few' yet he knew and now he's posting about them.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Joe 48

Missing 9 - A bad idea, and here's why.

Microsoft are like star trek. Every other one is good. Might be a mistake missing 9.....

Or do they know it'll be crap???

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EMC, HP blockbuster Borg: Big potential or total CATASTROPHE?

Joe 48

Cisco?

It makes more sense than HP. They have 3 par. Cisco have Invicta/Simplivity but not much else in the mainstream storage market and EMC would fit.

Although with all this now shouting Hyper Converged, maybe traditional storage is only going one way, and thats to the grave?

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Kali turns Nexus fondleslabs into hacking weapons

Joe 48

Re: Eh?

Great work but can't see the real world use for that example.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Joe 48

Not sure about this....

Canalys predicted that "wearable band" shipments will grow 129 per cent between now and 2015, reaching a total of 43.2 million a year.

Of course, Apple is likely to still be sitting pretty on its iPerch by then, dominating this new market.

Considering Apple isn't entering the Market until 'sometime' at the start of 2015 I fail to see how they will get any of the market share between now and 2015....

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

Joe 48

Re: Shut up already

Or the Scottish, if they don't live in Scotland.

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Joe 48

Shut up already

Come on Elreg. Almost every other article is about the bloody iPhone/iWatch. Enough already!

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Joe 48

What a load of boll....

I'm guessing Stephen Fry is doing more IT based consultancy work for the BBC....

I'll continue to run a VPN not because I'm up to no good, but because its good security practice!

Oh and iPlayers been so unreliable lately I'm surprised anyone even bothers trying to stream from it!

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

Joe 48

Re: siri et al

I agree. I personally never use it but my daughter asks siri to do everything. Odd how a child who's new to tech (She's 6) uses this method rather than typing. Now in part thats due to the fact she isn't the best at spelling (Just like her Dad) but she choses it as Kids tend to find the simplest way to do things. To me this means Siri (Or Google Voice) are simple, its just us oldun's who feel like idiots using it, thus we choose not to.

As for the watch. I'll give this one a look. Unsure yet if I'll jump in but certainly the best looking and I still don't care about charging every day as I have to charge my phone that often. still don't get why people get so hung up on the daily charge!

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

Joe 48

Am I the only one

Who spotted the blatant Star Trek quote.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Joe 48

How is this fresh news. I remember seeing pictures of both devices on the net 4+ months ago. If an I watch exists I'll be impressed as Apple did a good job keeping it hush as everything else they do these days is leaked. Unless that was always the plan, leak iphone/iPad news to distract from the highly anticipated Iwatch.

To me it looks like apple stole the design for the new iphone from HTC if you ask me.

I'm looking forward to ios8, the hardware is all well and good, but the tie in between Yosemite and iOS 8 looks very good.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

Joe 48

Re: One password to rule them all

A trick I used a while back was to never know my passwords. Everytime I needed access I simply did a reset forgotten password. Added to 2FA on my google mail account and it suited my needs. I've since changed this as I figured my passwords bouncing around the net in plain text wasn't the best either. But for low risk websites I used at the time it did the trick.

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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

Joe 48

Cisco?

Maybe something like Invicta crossed with Simplivity.

Or better yet put Invicta inside a UCS mini. Ok so the package would be a touch larger than 2U but imagine the power of it. Connected up to some Nexus switches and you've got an amazingly quick hyper-converged setup. Must only be a matter of time before Cisco try something with their in house systems.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Joe 48

I had a gear 2 for a week and although I'd never talk to it walking down the street it worked really well in the car. Easily on par with the built in car system.

Tizen was limited, and its questionable how long Samsung will keep pushing it, but at the moment its still more feature rich than Google wear imo.

I don't get everyone harping on about batteries. If it doesn't work for you charging every day they buy a regular watch. Its like certain phone haters complaining about the lack of SD card slots. If thats an issue find another device that has those features!

Wearable tech is here to stay imo. I'm looking forward to some better designs.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Joe 48

Really, good looking???

Personally I think this will be the final nail in the coffin for BlackBerry. There is a reason people haven't done it since the 90's.

Unsure what other devices are CESG accredited these days but they can't be the only ones, can they? As that was the only reason we still used them a few years back but I don't deal with that area any more so I'm out of touch.

I used to be a big fan of the device for email but its just not kept up and has made too many bad devices in recent years trying to please both touch screen and physical keyboards. It doesn't work imo.

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VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down

Joe 48

Re: VMware and Partners

Answers my own question!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/26/vmware_emc_frenemy_cisco_does_deal_with_simplivity/

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Joe 48

VMware and Partners

Its not just internally that they might have issues, I wonder how partners will respond to this. Seems like VMware are now competing with them in quite a few markets. Cisco being a prime example of where VMware now have Networking and Compute tech sitting right in the same market. I wonder if Cisco will be shoehorning some storage into either the full UCS chassis or its new Mini using invicta

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Joe 48

Re: Other phones are available

Dear Kate,

As much as I disagree, I did chuckle.

Yours truly,

Sundar Pichai

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Joe 48

Its not just Kate Bush

My local strip club has the same rules.... Apparently... So my mate tells me....

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

Joe 48

Impressive

Sounds really nice. Very odd with no gear changes though.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

Joe 48

Did they discover this

By using a FOI request?? I wonder how the Russians plan to deal with the issue should it happen?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

Joe 48

I'm disappointed

No Zombie attack plan requests!!

I'm off to fill in an FOI request. Need to know I'm safe... and when the bins might be collected....

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

Joe 48

Yawn...

And in other news crowd funding buys rabbit a wheelchair....

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Joe 48

The guilty plea

Why oh why did they plead guilty if they were sent the images without request.

Very odd indeed and quite possible why they got such harsh treatment as they didn't do themselves any favours.

We must be missing something?!?

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Joe 48

Re: Some jokes... Well... Almost jokes

@Blane Bramble. Ha ha, fair enough :) I'll head $HOME now......

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Joe 48

Some jokes... Well... Almost jokes

So one day the sysadmin drove to lunch with a few Users that hadn't broken anything lately, a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a chemical engineer. On their way back to the office, the car stalled and wouldn't start. The mechanical engineer suggests an engine problem and that he might be able to fix it. The electrical engineer says its probably a wiring problem he can fix. The petroleum engineer thinks there might be water in the fuel, and that he should check the filter. The sysadmin speaks up authoritatively, sure of the solution, and says "everyone get out of the car and get back in".

Q: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None. It's a hardware problem

Q. Where does a sysadmin go after work?

A. 127.0.0.1

#thesejokesmayhavebeenstolenfromgoogle

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

Joe 48

Re: Just to put an end to this iPhone v Android

@ First AC, Ha ha, so he's not the best at teaching the english language. Spent all his time in the gym ;)

@ Second AC. My Dad is fine with that. After 20 years in Prison for beating dads he's used to it.

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Joe 48

Just to put an end to this iPhone v Android

My Dad will beat up all your Dad's.

End of debate.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

Joe 48

If target Ads 'apparently' enhance my internet experience

Why aren't they all simply adverts for more porn?!?!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

Joe 48

Irony not lost on elreg

As they kept giving me 404 errors whilst trying to read this......

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Joe 48

Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

@david Roberts

Its nothing to do with the interface. What PIDS (Car sensor information) can be read by Torque are depending on if the car has a sensor to monitor those items. The bluetooth dongle (EM327 iirc) is just and interface between the phone and car.

I've always had cheap ones and no issues. I currently have this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-Mini-ELM327-v1-5-OBD2-OBDII-Bluetooth-Adapter-Auto-Scanner-Blue-UK-Seller-/141245988611?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item20e2eabf03

I'm quite sure they are all cheap imported items but if it ain't broke....

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