* Posts by Jamie Jones

1887 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: More reason to use Linux

I suspected as much.

Thanks for the clarification, AC!

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Re: More reason to use Linux

Could the national security service intercept a download request and insert their own malicious version? Inquiring minds would like to know beneath their tinfoil hats!

I don't know about Linux, but FreeBSD keeps sha256 checksums of all it's distfiles (seperate from the distfiles themselves!)

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WhatsApp chats not deleted

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Re: Very remiss

Noooooo! I was dragged kicking and screaming into SQL database programming for a while at my last job... left join this, select where this. learn to optimise your queries etc.... (even though this should be the database softwares job!)

Arrrrgh, database design is to IT as accounting is to maths.

I get cold sweats thinking about it.

Kill it.

Kill it with fire,

Kill it now!

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Re: Very remiss

I've only ever used it to debug/investigate other peoples code... I otherwise try to avoid SQL!

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Re: Very remiss

Dan, interesting.

I'm surprised that function exists, as I see a hell of a lot of apps fall into the same trap. "Delete history?" - if you're lucky!

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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The threat is over exaggerated

Yes, yes, http isn't encrypted and is insecure, but it still doesn't mean open the whole database is going to be readily available to the public!

Assuming the user isn't using a passwordless public wifi access point without a vpn, to get the session data, you'd need to tap in to the connection somewhere - preferably as cose to the server as possible.

I don't think you'd be able to bribe someone at an ISP/transit site with the details of a few redneck trumpies!

Anyway, it would then be only the users connections being eavesdropped on - hardly blanket access to the whole db!

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Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: There is a fine line between satire and defamation

Agreed.

Have you seen some of the so-called 'pranks' on youtube. Sigh.. They seem to think filming them makes them funny and OK.

Here's a hint for them: If you do something nobbish to someone, it is still just as nobbish if it's being recorded. The only difference is that you're now not just a nob, but are a nob with a camera.

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Re: "Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

To be fair, the last time I really looked at ED was when I was about 13. Then I discovered girls, alcohol, the outside world...

I've heard of people doing that... Could you tell me how?

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Re: "Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

Apologies.

I was getting mixed up with Uncyclopedia but it wouldn't surprise me if ED met the same fate.

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Re: Smith

Point taken. However, the site is clearly satirical and one would have expected thicker skin from an ex-councillor

Tough. He could have gone straight to court, but he first just asked them to delete it.

Any sympathy I may have had for them was lost when I saw how they reacted.

If you're going to play with adults, prepare to face the consequences. Laws don't simply vanish when using the internet.

I'm glad he won, but don't hold out too much hope that the basement dwelling geeks will be able to pay.

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"Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web."

Encyclopedia Dramatica is one of the more amusingly offensive destinations on the web.

Is it? I haven;t been there in years. It used to be good, but the site was overrun with brain-dead morons who kept replacing decent and witty satire with low-level toilet-stall graffiti.

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

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Like waterskiing, swimming, sailing etc. ?

;-)

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: coffee in the kettle...

:-)

You are, of course, correct Sir!

Thanks for the advice... I feel so ashamed now (even though it was damn fine coffee!)

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coffee in the kettle...

I've been known to shove milk, coffee, and water into the kettle, and boil the lot together (I was busy and thirsty, and didn't want to keep getting up to pour another cup!)

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

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Surely I'm not the only one to notice...

<b3ta mode>

Surely I'm not the only one to notice the big yellow cock-and-balls in the middle of the photo at the top of the article?!?!

</b3ta mode>

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Re: "scanty and scientifically weak"

Oh really? How come Jeremy Kyle states they're 98% accurate then? Unless you're calling him scientifically weak as well.

Yeah... And even going by his own figures, on average, one in 50 of his lie detector shows has come up withe the wrong answer...

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Zero day?

The identified flaws are patched in PHP versions five and seven released last month. ®

If they were fixed a month ago, how come they are still zero day?

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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

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Ad

This article sounds like an advertisment.

Is it mainly a cut n' paste job from a press release?

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No, Google you still can't have dotless, one-word domains

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And it could (will) screw up LANs everywhere.

Yep, it will do, in many places, and that brings up a security can of worms..

Basically, such infrastructure is not secure. There should be no way your internal network can be affected by external changes. Organisations whose infrastructure was affected by the verisign 'wildcard A instead of NXDOMAIN' fiasco of a few years ago should have seen it as a wakeup call, but alas...

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50 CELEBRITY SECRETS EXPOSED scores year behind bars

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“The crimes committed by this defendant violated the privacy of dozens of people, fostered identity theft, and endangered the safety of many others,” US Attorney Channey Phillips says.

"Further more, that's our job" - NSA/GCHQ

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Re: What could go wrong?

Nothing in your script requires bash extensions, so you should use #!/bin/sh for maximum portabiliy -- I only know of Linux systems that have bash in /bin , but sh is universal amongst unix(type) systems

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Re: Content and delivery

Background: Grew up on free TV in the UK and find it laughable that people PAY for TV and STILL have to put up with adverts? In the words of one Johnny Rotten: 'ever get the feeling you've been had?)

Paying for ENDLESS REPEATS and adverts!

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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What about the ISP's

All those unnecessary downloads would also add up for any ISP that doesn't have an onsite CDN...

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Re: I bought windows 7 retail

Oh come on Vogie, even you are capable of better trolling than that!

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Companies don't use FAT for its suitability, but the fact you can plug your device/card into any windows machine and it 'just works' without needing drivers.

Android using FAT for its sdcards causes all sorts of security problems, there's no reason to use it apart from compatibility

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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This is supposed to be evolution?

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Re: I'm in

Yes! When I buy something big from Amazon, or a google-analitics using site, invariably both companies then spend a few weeks targetting me with ads for equivalents of the very same product!

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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@Trevor: Re: Me too

Nice reply. A bit wasted here. I think it would make a good article.

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Re: regarding MS ignoring El Reg

Or, maybe MS are busy, or forgot, or whatever?

Thsy advertise all over the 'Reg, so I don't think they are in much of a huff with them!

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Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

MS hopes you're wrong - 1 in a 100 will cause a HUGE number of support calls!

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Re: I am guessing you use BT as your ISP

" A tracert even had me getting out of virgins network hanging for 3 attempts then moving to BT onto manchester (where website is hosted) then hanging at the last hop."

That is simply a router that doesn't respond to ICMP (*) but tracert waits anyway until timing out.

Annoying, but not weird, or related to any network issue you have if your trace moves beyond it.

As for your problem, are the MTU values the same? And have you filtered ICMP at the router, so stopping the OS receiving any ICMP 'need defrag' messages from being received?

MTU issues wouldn't affect the traceroute, but the website could be blocking ICMP - Did the tracert succeed on the machine which could connect to the website?

(*) MS tracert defaults to using ICMP probes, unix tracetoute defaults to using UDP

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Re: Me too

" Trevor , I thought you made your living by providing maintenance for windows users, does this mean that you are moving full time to Linux systems and completely giving up on windows ?

......because, of course, these are the only 2 operating systems in the entire world...

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Anorher Chinese firm...

I've been evaluating the budget Q8H_HD Android tablet, and it's actually a lovely piece of kit for under 30 quid.

However, it comes preinstalled with a hobbled browser that hard codes their search engine referral-url (to ask.com .... no surprises there) and home page, and also a utility that regularly phones home with a bunch of details, hardware id, google account details, and receives instructions for new apps to update/install, and those to delete (trend micro anti-virus) is on the list.

Worse, it's been flashed into the firmware to reinstall itself if deleted, requiring a complete reflash to remove (fortunately there are ways to disable it without reflashing)

Relatively benign at the moment, but basically a root-kit, especially as the Linode-hosted C&C servers are accesed over unencrypted http using non-DNSSEC dns entries...

I'm still not sure whether it's the shop, the distributer, or the manufacturer who is responsible for this, but like Sony, and now Lenovo (for the second time) it's yet another company doing stuff that would get an individual doing the same a custodial sentence

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Not just the internet..

Whilst UK politicians rally fast and loose with the term 'terrorist' (to intentionally scare the populace), in America, it seems to be used by many who simply don't know what it means.

Someone commits murder in the community, and isn't caught? Residents terrified. Ergo, terrorist.

Ditto, women scared to go out at night when there's a rapist on the loose? they're terrified. Ergo, terrorist.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: Alf Garnett - Respect!

" PhilipN Then your a complete and utter fuck wit"

His 'complete and utter fuckwit' what?

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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Sigh....

Are you after a job on Fox 'news'?

Even the bloody Republicans now admit that global warming exists (of course, they deny Human contributions)

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: This isn't science

" such an inane and fruitless debate"

Of course, that should technically be vegetableless debate.

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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erecting walls....

erecting walls and routing corridors like in Dark City

Or 'Thir13en Ghosts' - particularly the 'split lawyer' scene! [ Warning: Graphic / gore ]

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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But, no, that does not mean you can buy an old, damaged CD from a car boot and then download a copy off the Internet because you've "bought it already".

Why not? They keep banging on about the fact you are paying for a personal license for the media. However damaged that old CD is, originally the same full price was paid for it.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

" Since my last name is pretty unusual

Yep. The only other people I've heard of with your surname are those guys who used to be the band behind Cliff Richard...

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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" The radio wants to know how fast the car is going to adjust the radio volume and the radio also wants to connect out the world to stream music and/or get cd info"

But why does the radio need to be able to control the speed?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Re: Shibboleet

Well there you go then....

I'm now officially a right-tit!

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Re: Lawyer magic word...

"Automatic termination of contract because someone said lawyer? I don't think so."

He wrote contact - presumably meaning the phone call!

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Re: Shibboleet

... as posted by Christoph 2 hours before you, though it would have been easy to miss, what with all of 2 other comments to search through!

Though, I suppose you'll now tell me that the original post was stuck in pre-moderation, making me out to be a right tit!

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: The default was to use the surname field!

C'mon - Who here *didn't* successfully hack the school Econet system?

More holes than [ insert here something witty referencing something with lots of holes ]

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Google made Gmail unreliable

I've NEVER had real spam to my Google email address, but regularly have to check it to pull out false positives, so make that a 100% false-positive rate for me.

I was annoyed when I discovered what was happening, so went to disable it. But can you? Like hell!

"I know, let's add a feature that silently deletes peoples email..... and make it so that it can't be switched off!"

[ Yes, you can get around it by creating filters to automatically undo the spam categorising, but what's wrong with a simple "Off"? ]

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

" Those on rooted devices can get around this by manually backing up the apk file, but it's still a pain in the arse and it'd be good to have a better way of handling it - say a "test update" option that backs up the existing version & config to a separate location, installs the new one and lets you test it, but keeps the existing version until you fully accept the update."

Nice idea, though I suspect they don't want to have people running all sorts of old versions, otherwise they would make them available.

Though, after being bitten by that too may times, I'm now running a home-grown auto-apk backup on all my android devices.. Every version of every apk I install is safely archived on servers both on and off site.

Take that crappy BBC-News-App-which-used-to-be-fast-and-usable-offline-but-is-now-basically-a-reskinned-web-browser!

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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Whenever you see that an article is written by Kieren, you know you are going to get some quality investigative journalism.

[ yeah, yeah, cue the 'brown-nose' comments! ]

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

This article is ancient!

How come posts are still allowed?!

p.s. native Ipv6 on all my servers, and home devices ^including my android tablets/tv sticks)

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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16!

It took me the first sixteen words of this article to realise it was written by Lewis Page.

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