* Posts by Brewster's Angle Grinder

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Re: Yawn

There's one built in to your browser. It's normally labelled "url".

Paris, because she's a gURL.

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Re: its not about money, its about the disguises

Or the updated version, "The Government considers these people "irrelevant". We don't. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You'll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number's up... we'll find *you*"

(Speaking of which: why wasn't Root on the list?)

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Re: JMcA obviously!

They stacked the deck by including the photo; it triggered a ROTFLMAO flashback.

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Bruce Schneier fact: if you need to hire him, you can't afford to. Because this is a man who can dehash your password from the "x" in /&c/password without looking at /&c/shadow.

El Reg fact: I had to write "/&c/" because, writing "/etc/" before "passwd" or "shadow" triggers blocking from cloudfart.

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Re: Everything or nothing

"Comparison sites are so universally bad even Google can put together something better."

But the cost of doing it, on top of what Google is already doing, must be tiny. Trying to do it from scratch must be far harder.

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Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight

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I Am Spartacus "Citation needed."

Oh, the irony.

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NASA's Dawn gets intimate with Ceres

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"...the brightly streaked slope with bright streaks."

Ahhh, Doctor Tautology, I'd know your work anywhere.

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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"Yes, it's turtlesblack mini-dresses all the way down."

The point of a minidress is it doesn't go all the way down.

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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Re: I don't see the difference

Perhaps they deserve to be dumped. But it certainly shouldn't be a hanging offence.

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Security fears arise over body-worn plodcam footage

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Heads, you lose; tails, you lose.

Relax, it's a privately run IT system; want could possibly go wrong? What's that you say? Ashley Madison? Y'know, you're right.

So let's go with a publicly run IT system; what could possibly go wrong? What's that you say? Edward Snowden? You're right, we're fucked.

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Whence the nonce?

Why is it not a vulture of vulns? Or possibly a "vaulture" -- because identified viruses are put in a vault-ure.

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Re: Hatstand

I didn't vote for it, because I knew the rest of you would. Coincidentally, that's how secure coding works: I don't check for vulns because I know the rest of you will spot them for me.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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FTFY

As a grammar pendant, I have to say they're not "shortcuts"; they're efficiency savings. Please use the correct term.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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I've been doing this for a while - adding a extra couple of digits on either end on my pin.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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x86 code pages are typically 4KiB -- so its only the first 4096 bytes that need to be mapped.

And C++11 onwards has a genuine nullptr (of type std::nullptr_t) although it still ends up referencing address zero in any real situation.

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175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

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Re: Things look better than they did last week...

"...a case of paranoia that would keep many shrinks in business for years."

The paranoia is fully justified. If anything, they don't seem to be paranoid enough.

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Twitter EMBIGGENS users' inboxes to THOUSANDS of CHARACTERS

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Re: Welcome to reality …

I've emailed you the reasons why I think you're wrong.

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: One solution ..

Yeah, I called my first "threey" (short for 3e6af845-4fa9-4a59-bb7a-326e29e03121.)

The second's due soon and I thought we needed something a bit more complex. Maybe a sedenian?

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Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

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Re: Secure documents attached to email?

As I follow it, "Top Secret" means "not for the plebs". Everyone in the elite has TS clearance.

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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Other meteor showers are available.

Competing with street lights, I've been seeing 4-5 in half an hour. But every night I've seen at least once Kappa Cygnids (started in Cygnus and headed across Cephus into Cassiopeia). Last Friday I was still seeing Beta Cassiopeids, too.

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Beaming boffins feel the rhythm as neutrinos oscillate over 500 miles

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Re: Okay, that's like a chiuaua morphing into tibetan mastiff

"People who doubt dark matter..."

But Pauli didn't have an LHC. Which is not to say there aren't gaps, but they are getting ever smaller. And Pauli didn't ask you to believe that neutrinos compose 85% of all matter or buy into Dark Energy. And come to that, it only took 14 years from proposing a neutrino to detecting it; whereas we've known about Dark Matter for, say, 35 years. Against that background, I think its right to start to be sceptical, particular as modifications to gravity are known to be necessary and have form.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: WTF

"They counted sunspot activity, and 68 years later you decide the data was wrong?

How is this possible?

I've got to page two of the article. And sunspot number, properly called, relative sunspot number, is defined as

R = k (10 Ng + Ns)

So it's not a dumb count of sunspots but a weighted sum of sunspot groups (Ng) and single sunspots (Ns) scaled by an arbitrary constant, k, "...usually called the personal coefficient of the observer..." which compensates "...for the differences in the number of recorded sunspots by different observers [and] depends mainly on the ability of the observer to detect the smallest sunspots (telescope aperture, local seeing, personal experience) and on how groups are split by the observer."

So, the sunspot number is a blend quantitative measure with qualitative opinion of an observer. Do you begin to see how this might suffer some bias and why astronomers might want to revise it?

I do agree that, once again, that El Reg's reporting could have made this clearer.

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Remember Impero, the school software biz that went ape over a vuln? Someone's got revenge

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Leeming != Slipstream

And you seem to have a bit of an understanding-the-article problem, if I understand correctly. Because, the "legit security researcher" who pulled this stunt (Leeming), wasn't the guy who found the vuln (Slipstream). Slipstream may have been an arse, but it wasn't his arse that farted out a copyright infringement sue ball.

If you're selling software, and get outed by a teenage wannabe, we can reasonably expect you to smile and gently chastise the irresponsible "researcher", rather than cry havoc and let loose the poodles of law.

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: Visible

"I suspect "visible to the naked eye" only applies to those unembuggered by light pollution."

I know; will somebody please turn off the fucking moon.

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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Re: Solution?

"HTML pages have morphed into apps which have access to a ton of sensitive local system state...*and* users are expecting to be able to connect to random sites safely,..."

Given that, it's remarkably safe. Most of the holes come from legacy plugins. *cough* Flash *cough*

It's almost as if there's a security dividend from forcing people to use an interpreted language with no low-level access to hardware where every API has been scrutinised by a committee.

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Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

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But I never claimed it was frozen Greek yoghurt!

To decode this joke recognise that pre- comes from the Latin for before while pro- happens to be the Greek for, um, before --- specifically, according to my OED, "before in time, place, or order: proactive." Thus I feel the sophistry in my original pun out-smarted your pedantry. :P :P :P

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'Finding the compounds listed has boffins excited: they're considered “prebiotics” '

So what we're saying is that comets aren't dirty snowballs -- they're frozen Activia yoghurts.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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I'm not a Californian, but they have a rather complicated legal framework where people with water rights from before 1914 can mop up all the water in a river. That system needs to be sanitised.

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Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins

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@Little Mouse

Well one was made by some journalists (in order to sell their article) and the other was made to some journalists (and some scientists, who we don't care about) and then amped up to, uh, sell articles.

That difference in context is vital in determining which is acceptable.

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Re: Total Confusion

So are neutron stars actually stars? And what's the difference between a moon and a captured asteroid? :P

At the moment, I'd say that an object formed via cloud collapse is a (failed) star (which means if there's no companion, it's definitely a star) but if it accretes round a rocky core then it's a planet. At the low mass end, I would expect the different formation mechanisms to produce different properties, even for the same final mass.

Anyway plenty of stars don't actively fuse hydrogen. And most brown dwarf's generally have fused deuterium at some point in their life.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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There's nothing that gets the commentariat excited as a good porn story. :/

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>"It would be easier to set up a little Internet for Ravey Davey and his pals to play in, that only has the BBC, Daily Mail, and an official My Little Pony site..."

They're working hard at getting rid of the BBC, too.

Now, if you excuse me, I need to sell my shares in My Little Pony.

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I want to be reasonable but find myself foaming at the [BLANK].

I have no objection to making it difficult for under 18s to look at porn. But as ISPs are already filtering content, why do we need additional age restrictions on pornographic websites? Could it be the filters aren't that good? Could it be some parents aren't enabling the filters and the government nevertheless wants to control what their children see? Or could it even be that the government finds porn morally objectionable, thinks age verification might stop some casual viewing by over-18s, and is using children as an excuse to introduce it?

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: 12 Years a Wage Slave

Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Just one thing left to make it good

"Is it that hard to remember that Visual Studio is in Programs->Visual Studio 2013? Is it hard to remember that you saved your spreadsheet in My Documents?"

Yes, I could remember that. But why should I have to when there's no need? I can still remember memory maps from 8 bit micros and yet I can't remember to pick up the shopping list before I leave. I would like my brain to delete the useless memories and reallocate the storage to tasks that matter. Since the brain doesn't apparently work like that, I don't want to be filling it up with ever more clutter when the computer can remember for me.

We need an icon for "old fogey's post". :/

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

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If the technical tools don't work then the next step will be the to turn to the legislature: outlaw ad blockers...

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Ooh! Aaahh! Arggghhhh!

With all the oohing and aaahhhring over Pluto, it would be funny if the really ground breaking discovery turned up on Ceres.

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Are smart safes secure? Not after we've USB'd them, say infosec bods

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Re: Unbelievable

But how else are they going to run their diagnostics? They rely on Windows autorunning the on-disk tool and writing its results to the disk so that their engineers can examine the post mortem on their laptop.

I'm making this up, by the way. I'm sure, in reality, they use the USB port in a completely sane way.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Re: Eny fule kno

"...he was the last Christian poet of any significance before it all descended into hymn-writing; from then on the best poets with the best tunes were not very orthodox."

I thought this would be easy to refute, but you're broadly right. Big narrative poems on religious themes die out around that time. The romantics are very unorthodox (Coleridge nearly had a career as a Unitarian minister) or are areligious. And when the Tractarians trigger a resurgence in religion, those poets who write narrative works and are deeply religious don't reimagine religious stories.

I do wonder how much this is cause and effect. What poet would retread Paradise Lost unless they had a radically new vision?

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Gamers Steaming over dumb Valve password vuln

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It does make me feel better about the critical bug I've just uncovered in my code. It takes 700 words to explain what's gone wrong.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: Nonce?

> Another term? "Social Undesirables"

Or 'opponents of the regime'? *gulp*

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: Ayyy LMAO

I suspect the file is left open deliberately in case of additional error messages (e.g. from calls to <tt>dlopen(3)</tt>) but I may be wrong.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: OK Say you get to Mars

To get the water you've got to be at the poles or have equipment a bit more complicated than "suck in air." Wikipedia is suggesting 4% water down to 60cm. That's going to take churning up soil and probably means a rover rather than a static base.

And correction, Wikipedia suggests 15 ppm H2. (And for those who were asleep in chemistry: you need hydrogen to make methane which is why we're talking about it.)

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Re: OK Say you get to Mars

"Mars has a Carbon Dioxide Rich atmosphere..."

But a very poor hydrogen one. H2O is at 210 ppm and HDO at 0.85 ppm. [Source] And forget H2 or H+.

You really need a source of water.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: More Plutonian mountains

Or liquid beneath the surface that pushes up as it freezes. (Same effect with rust on steel; you get lumps because rust has a greater volume.) Anyway, with perihelion at 30AU and aphelion at 49AU it's plausible something is melting and refreezing.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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@Hollerith1

"...no actually, I am not one of those who validates by personhood by my vehicle..."

Well then you're accusing people smart enough to build a self driving car of being naive enough to think the world is entirely covered by trivial road layouts (while presuming it's designed entirely by Americans who are so insular they've never visited another country). Even if they really are that dumb, every time we have an autonomous automobile post, everybody points out these problems. I'm sure they have a full list of test cases by now.

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Re: Scotland?

We get it: you're only validated through your ability to drive a car. If that's taken away, you will be less of a human being.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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"Name a threat, I can architect you a solution."

A state level attacker who has the capacity to subvert the firmware on hard disks, routers and the like in transit, if not before they leave the factory.

Other than that, I agree.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras brings the EU to its knees

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Re: "This live broadcast cock-up is a failure of democracy by the EU"

Well, Paul Krugman opened a recent post by saying:

It’s now clear...that the Greek program was doomed to failure without major debt relief; no matter how hard the Greeks tried, austerity would shrink GDP faster than it reduced debt...

Then there's the graph in this post which shows that, if you control for all the variables, Greece has the biggest surplus in the Eurozone.

And while we're here, the graph in this post shows what the IMF predicted would happen to Greece (mild recession and then sustained growth) compared to what actually happened (massive slump that bottomed out).

The situation post crisis is not Greece's fault; they are victims of expansionary austerity. What they should have done was quit the Euro in 2009. By now they'd be doing fine. Of course, it would have shafted the Eurozone, but who cares about other countries' voters, right?

Personally, I think they're behaving like Germany's battered spouse. But if they want to stay they need first aid. They fell down the stairs and walked into a door to keep the Euro marriage alive. So give them massive debt relief and a sustainable deal.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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"...experiments....suggest that it is rather difficult to get life going on its own..."

Exactly. And if life couldn't get started on this perfectly habitable planet then where in the solar system did it start?

"Frozen solid inside half a kilometre of ice would also nice..."

You're conflating comets with planetary ejecta (small meteorites).

FWIW I didn't downvote you. That was the downvote bot.

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