* Posts by oldtaku

70 posts • joined 18 Aug 2011

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

oldtaku

'The researchers are also convinced the Chinese government is directly behind the Great Cannon's operations.'

It has to be. Besides the technical similarities, they wouldn't tolerate else anyone messing with their search engine like this. Especially not for so long.

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Google Ads go NUCLEAR, foist exploit kit

oldtaku
FAIL

AdBlock

Sorry to belabor this again, but since sites keep whingeing at me about it - once again, this is why we can't trust any ad network on any site. Even if I like the site and want to support it, I know they have no control over the crap that gets served up by their ad network.

I support many sites with subscription or Patreon (and variants), but ads will continue to be treated like the diseased filthy slags they are.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

oldtaku

You're more likely to kill yourself with The Anarchist Cookbook than anyone else.

Feinstein probably just became responsible for another hundred self-inflicted injuries and deaths now thanks to the Streisand Effect as every moron who hadn't heard about it yet digs up a copy.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

oldtaku

If there were any doubt at all before (there wasn't much), there's no way Baidu, the Chinese Govt search engine, could be 'hacked' for four days without orders from the Chinese Govt.

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

oldtaku

What a name

I'd like to note that even by American standards 'Carl Mark Force IV' is quite the outre name. Up there with Wolf Blitzer.

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Adobe lifts sheet on Dropbox-style doc sharing cloud

oldtaku

You might as well just put on your stuff up on github. It'll be faster and no less secure.

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OpenSSL preps fix for mystery high severity hole

oldtaku

The real question...

The most important thing - what catchy name will they give it?

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Patch Flash now: Google Project Zero, Intel and pals school Adobe on security 101

oldtaku

Better yet, just uninstall Flash entirely. I haven't missed it since almost everyone and dog supports html5 video now. It's not worth having a weeping security sore that no amount of bandaging can fix.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

oldtaku
Facepalm

Why not just use a decent app (Scrivener comes up often for good reason) then just export to Word to deal with the mindless drones?

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

oldtaku
Trollface

Dissapointed!

We were guessing the Reg headline for this, and I offered 'MARS passing GAS? Baffled Boffins give various theories the SNIFF test.'

Shall I send you my CV then?

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

oldtaku

When people say it's funky working at Google's offices, this is what they mean.

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#VultureTRENDING: YESS! It's Pantsr, the Sharing Economy super app that delivers on the BOTTOM line

oldtaku
Childcatcher

Someone at El Reg knows entirely too much about shimapantsu.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

oldtaku

Oxford Comma Me, Baby

It's so El Reg that an article about porn would result in a (mild) grammar flamewar in the comments.

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Verizon says 40-hour outage was outage to end all outages

oldtaku
Facepalm

They just don't care. They're Verizon.

It's just Verizon. They don't give a f@$# about their customers - treating them like crap is just a business principle, and they think that'll work fine in the cloud space too.

Since they actually have customers, and those customers haven't left over this, apparently they're right.

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FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML gaffe'

oldtaku

It's not like they were going to pay attention to them anyhow. 700000 comments count less than $7000 in (many) someone's pocket from Verizon.

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

oldtaku

Snowden Moment

So, a couple months of panic and outrage, then back to business as normal.

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Russian internet traffic detours through China's Frankfurt outpost

oldtaku
Facepalm

'errors'

Yeah, 'errors'. No honor among cyberthieves.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

oldtaku

Just catching up with Android

Almost all the features in this are things that Android had in 2012. What a totally uncool reason to upgrade. I'll just sit here eating my gluten free free range anti-allergenic peanuts till Steve's spirit touches my 5th chakra.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

oldtaku
Devil

Well what did you expect?

If you dance with the Devil then either you're going to be fabulously wealthy (and then he'll Get You later) or you're going to get burnt. You knew that going in. Suck it up. You gambled and you lost.

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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

oldtaku
Alert

Jobs got away with a lot of outright illegal activity. He just didn't care if it was illegal, because he was Steve Jobs. And then he died, pretty much untouched by consequences for any of it. As an evil CEO, Schmidt's gotta admire that. Except the death bit.

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Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

oldtaku

Pepe Le Pew

Ah, Mah Cherie! http://bit.ly/ZvA2bV

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

oldtaku
Unhappy

And of course it'll have content DRM built right in. That's the primary reason they want this. HDCP-alike right at the network and transportation layers.

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What's the point of the Internet of Things?

oldtaku

The point of the Internet of things is to collect more salable data on you, push more ads at you everywhere you look, and monitor every aspect of your life for productization and law enforcement purposes.

Google isn't doing this for your benefit.

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

oldtaku
Unhappy

Thanks, NSA!

Of course they knew about this but said nothing so they could exploit it themselves.

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Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

oldtaku
Unhappy

Re: WTF?

So they can track when you enter and leave rooms. More data to sell!

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Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

oldtaku
Facepalm

Whyyyyyyy?

Why would you put your cryptocoin (of any sort) in a third party 'vault' when these things have big red 'hey come hack me for big loots!' flashing signs taped to their doors?

None of them are secure or even /can/ be secure with determined enough hackers.

And even if they're secure enough, eventually the admins succumb to temptation and you get 'hacked' by the people supposedly protecting your coin.

It's just a bad idea.

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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

oldtaku
Facepalm

So, totally incompetent dev is upset at Amazon for decompiling his app, which anyone can do, and discovering he just hardcoded critical security stuff as plaintext strings right in the app.

Oh yes, Amazon is clearly in the wrong here.

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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

oldtaku
Facepalm

Sure, and I'm certainly 'willing' to sleep with Alison Brie and Kerry Washington.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

oldtaku
Meh

Probably better to just start with Debian or Mint these days (depending on whether you want server or out of box desktop) now that Ubuntu's gone off the rails so badly.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

oldtaku
Unhappy

Sadly, is there anyone who is even remotely surprised by this? I just assumed this was already covered. Good to have it confirmed, of course.

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

oldtaku
FAIL

Now over 110M

It's up to 110M now in less than 12 hours.

Just figure if you ever gave Target any of your personal info, or if they bought it from someone else for marketing purposes, it was stolen.

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If you're still waiting for Firefox on Windows 8, don't hold your breath

oldtaku
Alien

Re: What *other* apps are not available on Windows 8?

To be clear, anything (99.999%) that works under Windows 7 works fine under Windows 8 desktop, and Windows 8 is perfectly usable as a slightly upgraded Windows 7 by using Start8 or a similar app.

They're talking about a Metro ('scuse me, Modern UI) app here. You can see why that's not a high priority.

One more example of the incoherent clusterfrak that is Windows 8 positioning.

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

oldtaku
Mushroom

You'll notice they don't deny taking the $10M.

Dual_EC_DRBG was known to be weak and slow and suspect even before it was adopted as a standard.

RSA made it the default in mid 2006 in spite of the known concerns.

By 2007, both Schneider, Microsoft, and others had shown it was fatally weak and flawed.

RSA kept using it as the default till late 2013.

They were either in the NSA's pocket or stunningly incompetent at security, which is supposedly the one thing in the world they were the best at.

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Relax, Obama! Former Microsoft exec tapped to save sick healthcare.gov

oldtaku
Trollface

'You know what this website really needs to fix it? A ribbon bar!'

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

oldtaku
Facepalm

Looks like they got bit by their own byzantine circus of GPO settings which interact in (often) mysterious ways and make life hellish on the Windows servers.

I'm sure they even tested before pushing, but it only takes one obscure setting on the production servers, or something that only interacts with real requests coming from the real load balancers.

Now that's eating your own dogfood.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

oldtaku
Meh

I don't blame 'em

With IE9's CSS weirdnesses it's still a pain in the ass to support (though nowhere near as bad as IE5/6). IE11 is much cleaner, so they should be able to scrap a crudload of IE9 specific hacks and clean up the creaking code.

You should still be able to use the pure HTML version on IE9 if you're desperate and can't upgrade to another browser because the IT guys are holding your puppy hostage.

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How to spot a coders comment

oldtaku

I quote like 'this' because Python lets me and I'm lazy.

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

oldtaku
Windows

Anyone who knows enough to care about Windows 8.1 is not the sort of person who would be daunted at all by needing to upgrade to it. Hell, you might even be running RTM already.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

oldtaku
Pint

I'd certainly agree that Samsung's deprovements to stock Android probably take off about 10 points.

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BYOD for our staff? 'Career limiting' move, says Dell exec

oldtaku

Entrenched and defensive

Guess that's the sort of thing you have to do when you're a rapidly declining company in a rapidly declining market and none of your alternatives have gone well. Batten down the hatches! And buy our own stuff because someone needs to.

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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

oldtaku

We've still got quite a strong Italian American lobby (National Italian American Foundation, for instance) who send vigorous letters of complaint to any media that suggests that there might ever have been a Mafia in Italy and that surely this is a scurrilous lie and the Teamsters and New Jersey waste management companies are completely legitimate businessmen.

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

oldtaku

China has amazing levels of Internet border control (thanks to Cisco).

If someone's inside the walls and hacking someone outside, it's because China wants them to.

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

oldtaku
Go

Older devs at our company have no problem picking up new tech - there's no choice since we're not a government agency or big bloated corporation. Who knows what the next project will bring?

Our biggest advantage over the young guys - we've already made soooo many mistakes. And time estimation, triage, and other engineering skills seems to work across any tech.

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

oldtaku
FAIL

'Samsung’s TouchWiz code'

Well that would do it. One more excellent reason to root and clear that crap out. Of course I realize that most people won't or can't do that and it's ridiculous that they haven't fixed it yet for their tens of millions of existing devices. They've always been very bad about updates.

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Fujitsu reveals data transfer protocol 30 times faster than TCP

oldtaku
Facepalm

Good to know my physical links are now 2000% efficient

Wow! I just transfered a very large file at about 85 MByte/sec over GigE using TCP. You can imagine my elation to know that my Gigabit Ethernet NICs can now transfer 20 Gigabytes per second with only a protocol change.

So seriously, I imagine this is an alternate algorithm for lost packet retransmit over UDP with attempts to minimize TCP's backoff. There are dozens of schemes to do this with TCP already ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP_congestion_avoidance_algorithm ), but minus the hype codswallop anything new is interesting.

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Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

oldtaku
Thumb Down

Good lord, what a cesspit of buzzwordy twaddle. Your Indian outsourcers aren't going to get any more diligent or intelligent just because you follow them on twitter or friend them on teh faceboek. You're going to have to be on the phone screaming at them every day in order to get the basic services you're paying for, as per usual.

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McAfee ‘not a suspect’: CNN report

oldtaku
Trollface

Not sure how they do this in the UK, but in the US 'He is not a suspect, just a person of interest' means 'He is our primary suspect and we need him to turn himself in now so we can cuff him, taser him 20 times, and throw him in a cell under 24/7 watch (in that order) till his hearing, and we hope he is stupid or insane enough to believe that.'

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Dishonored game review

oldtaku
Happy

So good. Here's the best way to play (I think).

I love how open this game is, all the little stories you find off to the side, often not explained but obvious from the context. In addition to reading all the books, make sure you talk to everyone until they stop talking back, and use the heart on them till it repeats if you want the full story.

But here's what I suggest - play through once trying to sneak but just killing everyone when you mess up. Get the disappearing bodies skills and just blink, backstab, blink, or headshot with bolts. It'll go fairly fast, because if everyone's dead you can explore pretty quickly.

Now play again - kill nobody, don't get detected (ghosting). By this point your skills are good enough that you can slip through the levels with ease. You think killing every hostile on the level is badass? Having nobody even know you were there is so much more satisfying. And yes, they made it so you can play the entire game without killing anyone. The levels will take longer but you will feel so much more relaxed. You are now the ultimate Zen Assassin. Does a falling victim make a sound if it's not dead?

This game is the Thief 4 I've been waiting for.

P.S: I'm fairly sad that when they playtested the masquerade mission you mention none of the console players could figure it out without explicit directions on what to do, which is why the NPCs in that mission rub things in your face ('HEY MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO UPSTAIRS WINK WINK') even if you're a PC player. Oh well.

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Intel denies that its CEO thinks Windows 8 isn't ready

oldtaku
Megaphone

Though they don't deny that he said it.

Which it would be really easy to do, you know, if he hadn't actually said it.

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Apple urged to defy China's one child policy

oldtaku
FAIL

Yeah, that's what Apple really needs to focus on. Getting people to breed more. We just don't have enough people.

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