* Posts by Tomato42

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Didn't

you think UK will get access to common market without a deal like Norway? ha! not if French have anything to say about it (psst: they do)

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

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Re: I doubt it

@ckm5: UK is not the whole Europe...

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Just another good example...

of course it's a take-over attempt

there's no objective reason to run BSD over Linux. Features, speed, programmers, either Linux has it all, or can simply run BSD stuff

but BSD doesn't have this pesky GPL business so when they decide it's enough of this OSS lip service, MS can just close it up

(See also: core Android applications that are no longer developed in AOSP)

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: They already have

> Heck, Microsoft might pick up the ball and write in support for Bing and sell their own

> Android that is freer than the one Google offers. Wouldn't that be a crazy turnaround?

with current Microsoft and current Google, that's not exactly inconceivable...

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Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

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Re: I'm flabbergasted

@Unicornpiss: in letting it go.

Once you start using it, you basically will use it forever. So you need a Windows Server to host it.

I was referring only to the addictiveness of it, nothing more.

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Re: I'm flabbergasted

Active Directory is worse than crack cocaine...

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Re: Right of abode

Sorry, but I see this whole aversion to national ID cards in US and UK to be completely irrational.

Government already knows well where you live (birth certificates, taxes). Universal proofs of identity don't change that one bit. On the other hand they are useful to prove your identity to other people - employers, banks, your UK citizenship when you're abroad

Actually oppressive communist governments don't use ID cards to oppress the population!

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Re: The Internet is an internet

those are press junkies, they use Macs and those have case insensitive FSs too

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Internet? Generalized?! What the hell are they drinking?

Friday is as generic as it gets, yet we still write it with a capital F.

More arbitrary "rules" from AP.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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For one, Putin wants to rule something more grandeur than nuclear wasteland...

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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

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Re: This is why Japan prefers to fire refurbished WWII dreadnoughts into orbit

questioning people with time seniority in the company is frowned upon in Japan

we can just hope that this will be a Challenger moment for Jaxa and that they will get their Feynman on it...

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Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

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@Pseu Donyme: they will do that right after they switch to metric and stop using their brain-dead electric sockets

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FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

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and if I have a PBX in my business, no one can call my desk phone without me telling them the internal number

damn, more ways in which telephone and Internet systems are alike

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You know what else is an old law? The constitution and its amendments.

I only see "It's the end of the world, cats and dogs living together", etc.. No explanation WHY equating IPs to telephone numbers is bad. No explanation WHY making ISPs just dumb pipes that pass packets around is bad.

So to me this looks more like a list of people being paid by the cable industry.

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Re: That's eminently reasonable

> Someone will have to pay for managing and hosting this data. Who will pay that bill?

you mean who pays for arxiv.org? Cornell University Library. In all honesty, hosting one such site is probably cheaper than subscribing to 2 or 3 journals in only one of the fields covered by arxiv (yes, subscriptions have outrageous prices)

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Re: How to get in on these scams

Why are you talking about the Fontus? it's not in the article!

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Paris Hilton

Can somebody remind me, why exactly do we listen to Gartner?

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Inevitable

"Exactly. Considering there are already competitive alternatives like the HTC Vive, it could be really bad for Oculus if games could be modded to run on alternate VR headset."

Yeah, that would mean direct competition and that's bad for business. If only those pesky customers didn't demand Vaseline for shafting, we would have pure profit!

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SWIFT moves on security in wake of hacking attacks

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FAIL

That's what happens if you consider IT _only_ a cost centre: you get an even bigger bill at the end of the day

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Zombie crypto still rules smart grids: OSGP vendors need to kill RC4

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If only they knew earlier that the RC4 may be insecure... /s

but that's IoT for you, until you beat them with a heavy rod, they won't do anything

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Fla-what?

it's been so long I had it installed I forgot it exists

those were very blissful moments

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Re: sigh

EU law allows you to simply return the device after 2 years if it does not match advertised feature set or breaks down in normal use.

Some things should really have longer terms, but the basic framework is in place.

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Re: I am (perhaps naively) hopeful...

I would say that your optimism isn't completely unfounded, Tom Wheeler was quite effective up till now

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Re: sigh

To fix this we really don't need much.

The first thing is that software defects should not be excluded from warranty (that includes disclosed vulnerabilities).

Then we just need a label that clearly, in standardised manner, informs the customer:

1). how long is the warranty for all defects

2). what is the manufacturer designed expected lifetime of the device (that means, at the minimum, that replacement parts, including software, will be available)

3). what (if present) is the length of time software updates of the device will be provided

allow for paid/free options on top of that, and then there's _some_ chance that the market rights itself up

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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

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and that's why you should always deploy code only after it goes through upstream review and merge

but some ARM device makers still "know better"

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Too Many bad Movies

passwords are more likely to be guessed the more they are used; but it is offset very easily by making it longer

the original advice of the 30-day lifetime of a password assumed a fairly simple password (essentially a single word selected uniformly at random from greatly reduced English dictionary), double the password (use two words) and the 30 days suddenly become 80 years at the same level of security

oh, and another thing often forgot: the original advice included mandatory rate limiting on incorrect logon attempts

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How 'flexible' can the UK actually be on EU data protection law?

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Flexibility?

given their ability to suck their own jingle bones, I would asses the government's ability to be flexible as "extraordinary"

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Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vuln

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Re: Oh, good, more bullshit from the Reg

It's because the fact of branding a vulnerability doesn't mean anything.

There are severe vulnerabilities which are not branded and irrelevant vulnerabilities which are (Grinch attack as an example).

By focusing on branding you simply focus on the wrong thing. You should focus on the security and vulnerability parts.

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All software has bugs. Software that is highly scrutinized will turn up a lot of bugs.

It would be far more worrying that if after Heartbleed we wouldn't be getting a semi-constant stream of security fixes for the library.

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AWS outgrows its own resource numbering scheme

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Statistics

Because of the birthday paradox, if the identifiers are assigned at random (and they better be or the whole system is insecure) that after assigning about square root number of all available means you have a 50% chance every time you assign a new one to pick already selected one.

In other words, they prepare for a more modest number of about 1.69266 * 10^13 (16 trillion short scale, 16 billion long scale) tracked items.

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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any more of the malware campaign by MS for the 10 and people may really start going back to XP, as you won't get them there... security be damned ("it worked before, so why it won't work today")

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: That's why you should always avoid complexity

Here, have a rock, it has all your computing needs covered.

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Re: GWX Control Panel might help here

> There are reasons not to?

you may need Win 7 for the occasional application that doesn't have Linux native version or doesn't work in wine

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Re: Do what I've done

at least Linux problems don't require an army of people hunting all the updates that normal people do not want, and even with that the little buggers get through

while if you install Gnome Classic desktop, you won't see TIKFAM forced on you next restart after update

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Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm

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what? GCHQ donating patches to open source projects used by millions of people. US Congress unanimously voting in a bill requiring warrants for accessing email, photos and all other documents stored in cloud.

Did I wake up in an opposite world today?

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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"Cyber"

No wonder they were hacked to death. They are experts in "cyber hacking", while they were brought down by a garden variety "computer security" shortcomings.

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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> then _also_ proving who knew what.

ah, right, because the ignorance of the law does not protect proles, but does protect the inner party

Manslaughter and paedophilia, crimes that cause real, long lasting harm to very specific people have less severe penalties than this new law.

Piracy hurts only big fish in distribution, don't even try to give me the shit that it hurts artists. Artists get peanuts from MAFIAA for their work. (not to mention that there are hundereds of artists that release their work for free - ever heard of The Martian? the ebook was released for free

so, please, have some effing perspective

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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

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Re: Consumer Watchdog...

@Michael Habel: well, they could rule that it's illegal for Google to require an "all or nothing" approach to Play store. And rule that google can't revoke a phone manufacturer access to Play store just because they released a device with CyanogenMod preinstalled.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: WHAT Constitution?

well Oceania, pardon, USA, has always been "at war". Just look at the homicide rates, it's a literal war zone.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

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@Dan 55: yes, and it's a better place than we would be otherwise.

Even though we dropped it, there still are multiple exploits related to this broken "crypto" getting, well, broken. Look up: FREAK attack, DROWN attack, in part also LOGJAM attack. All because software had support for export crypto.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: Wonder what this kind of news means for AMD

Remember that AMD is selling both processors and GPUs for all the consoles.

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Belgian boffins breed 'digital canaries' to test your random numbers

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Re: Uh ... harmonic discordance here ...

I don't think the idea was to expose this numbers anywhere near end user code, and rather have two modules - one HWRNG and one verifier. This way you can have independently designed RNG and the thing thing that performs the runtime checking.

This is rather good idea, as we know how to design whitening functions that pass all statistical checks on the output while fed no entropy at all. In other words, RNGs passing statistical tests doesn't mean it's a good RNG, it just means it's not horribly broken.

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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Re: It's Friday

can't believe that anyone is stupid enough to make servers _push_ data to backup servers instead of the backup server pulling the data from the server.

Not only a troll but a stupid one at that.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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what? no latent cyber pathogens?! inconceivable!

this whole ordeal was pathetic on USGov part...

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Theological Canons

example? The whole "666" thing referred to the contemporary Caesar Nero, with many scribes knowing the "joke" better than being able to read and transcribed it "616" instead.

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Re: HERESY!!!!

Exactly! What next?! That the religious texts weren't written by human hands with the guidance (inspiration) of His Noodly Appendage?

Seriously, all religions were created by humans, if "being created" is the disqualifying property, I want to see Christianity and Judaism next on the table.

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Look who's here to solve the Internet of Things' security nightmare – hey, it's Uncle Sam

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Re: Stricy liability would help

the problem is that "reasonable lifetime" for them is a year tops, after all the PHB responsible would have changed department at least twice by that time

also, the vulnerabilities should be fixed not exceeding 6 months of them getting to know about, not the public

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: You learn something new every day

To be honest, Bush wasn't so bad. He was stupid, but it was the stupid we knew. It was predictable.

Trump is a complete wild card.

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FAIL

or if you have any text written in Linear A

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Re: If Stupidity Were a Crime

don't worry, a bill legislating that pi is equal to exactly 3 is in the pipeline, no one has the time for all this .1415... rubbish!

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