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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Re: PC-powered registers?

It's almost a 100% certainty it is Windows Embedded for Point of Service V1 or Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, both of which are types of Windows XP.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

The Man Who Fell To Earth

USA Freedom Act?

Maybe Google should read it. It just extends the Patriot Act & warrentless snooping. Oh yea, and shields folks like Google.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

This has been going on for a very long time

For example:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-08-22/news/9508220031_1_explosives-c-4-orlando-international-airport

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

The Man Who Fell To Earth
WTF?

I'm a little confused

The description of the error in the release notes is ambiguous.

" Even when marked to be encrypted, an email with only Bcc recipients is sent in plain text!"

Does this mean that the bug only shows up & sends mail unencrypted to the BCC recipients when the BCC field is used but the TO & CC fields are blank, or does this mean that the bug always sends mail unencrypted to the BCC recipients independent of the status of the TO & CC fields?

These are two very different behaviors with two very different probabilities of being triggered due to the way people often use BCC. My expedience with BCC both sending and receiving email is that the TO field is always filled with some address, sometimes a dummy address (such as the sender's). If the "only Bcc recipients" requirement is in fact strictly the case, then most instances of using BCC that I've seen would not trigger the bug.

This just underscores how describing bugs needs to be done with precision.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Business as usual

They are just following that age old pattern endemic to all professions which can be summed up in unvarnished form as "anything I don't understand must be trivial".

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Interesting times

Usually, when high energy physicists try to do optical measurements, it ends with erroneous results.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Alert

Hollywood

So doesn't this ruling mean that basically all movies & TV shows out of Hollywood are now copyright free?

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Li ion

The ONLY 9V batteries for use in unheated applications like parking meters are Li ion 9V batteries. Alkaline & carbon zinc don't work in winter. Same with 1.5V D, C, AA & AAA applications.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Fake

Didn't happen.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140813/ARTICLES/140819792/1002/news?Title=Media-mistake-goes-viral-Pedro-Bravo-did-not-use-Siri-to-search-for-spots-to-hide-a-body

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

The most intelligent discusion of this so-called experiment

https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/C7vx2G85kr4

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The Man Who Fell To Earth

Re: At last

Real Scientists, when they get the same result with their null control as with the DUT, look for flaws in the measurement instruments.

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

It takes

The real issue is criminalizing journalists publishing classified info. Despite all its faults, and a number of Administrations wanting to lock up journalists, at least in the US, Courts have upheld the 1st Amendment even when the documents being published have "SECRET" stamped all over them. (e.g. New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971) US Supreme Court Decision )

So far.

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Black Helicopters

Re: Hmm

Yea. My house needs more things in it for malware to perch.

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Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: It's nothing to do with rural!

Agreed. As Michael Lewis pointed out at the end of "Flash Boys", his book on high frequency trading, for long hauls, microwave links replaced fiber for HFT in the last year or two, because it has lower latency between Chicago & New Jersey. With the added plus of being cheaper & faster to install.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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DOA

My experience with NASes tells me that one with a Marvel ARM 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM is vastly underpowered for even a network with one user. Marvell ARM 2.0GHz processor and 1GB of RAM is the bare minimum. A NAS with something like a Intel® Atom™ 2.13GHz Dual-core Processor & 3GB of RAM is about right.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

The Man Who Fell To Earth

These cars are a lawyers wet dream.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Re: For added irony, on the story's page

Eh? According to Ghostery, on The Registers story page, there are 21 trackers. On the brw.com.au page, there are 34. On the Registers comment page for this story, there are 49 trackers.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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FAIL

his Romanian competition.

FAIL The blowout technique was invented in 1913 by Karl T. Kinley. Kinley's son Myron took over the business and later trained Red Adair and many others in the technique.

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

I think not

Seems not. I just logged into eBay.com with my old password. Also, the claim that eBay has notified users is false as well. I've not received any email from them, nor any message on the eBay internal messaging system.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Pirate

Brigitte Grouwels

Brigitte Grouwels needs to understand that to Americans, being called a "cowboy" is a complement. To Americans, being called "European" is an insult.

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Net tech bods at IETF mull anti-NSA crypto-key swaps in future SSL

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Steps in the right direction

Eh? The article did not say that PFS was becoming the standard. It simply said that Diffie-Hellman key exchange (DHE) and ‪Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman‬ key exchange (ECDHE) will be the two supported because they *support* Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS). But DHE & ECDHE are not synonymous with PFS. DHE & ECDHE are simply schemes by which two entities with no prior knowledge of each other can generate a shared mutual key over an insecure channel. You can use DHE & ECDHE without PFS. So the real question is whether TLS 1.3 will *require* PFS, or at least have it turned on by default.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Pension?

"In America CEOs still get pensions. The regular workers don't."

Sorry bucko, but that so far off, it can't even be elevated to the status of "wrong". And don't try to conflate a golden parachute with a pension.

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Pension?

Pension? At Apple? Are you joking?

Have you ever even been to America?

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Umm, not so sure.

Had Steve Jobs not been ousted from Apple, Apple would today be in the same place NeXT is - gone. I know a lot of people who spent 30+ year-long careers at Apple, starting in the early 80's. I also know people who were at NeXT. Jobs made mistake after mistake at NeXT, and those mistakes were fatal. While Apple ended up buying NeXT, that was really part of Job's return to Apple while NeXT was circling the drain. Had Jobs not been booted from Apple and founded NeXT, all of the lessons learned at NeXT, at NeXT's expense, would have been on Apple's dime (if they were learned at all), and Apple would have gone down the drain. I have no doubt that Apple would not be the company it is today had Job's not been booted and really broken his teeth on NeXT.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Not so unlikely after all

It took 2.5M hits in the servers. I hope Cloudflare servers not noticing what is basically a DOS attack like that isn't indicative of Cloudflare's product effectiveness.

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Agreed

The Bloomberg report is probably NSA disinformation.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Well, duh...

Some obvious points:

1. Running old versions of Windows or DOS within Virtual Box is pretty standard. My place of business has been doing it with Win 98 & Win 95 for years, due to legacy issues with needing to access old documents in discontinued file formats where the old applications will only run on Win 98 or earlier.

2. There's no need to run Virtual Box on a Linux machine, unless you like Linux. Running Virtual Box (and running your discontinued Windows versions on it) works just fine in Win 7 & 8, or even on a Mac.

3. If you are really paranoid, there are ways to allow the Virtual Box VM to access some things on the corporate network but not access the Internet.

4. Always keep an up-to-date backup of the VM's, in case they get hosed.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Re: Up the creek without paddle...

Agreed. There's a reason that French owned firms are building up their faculties outside of France.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

This article conatins a major flaw

This article glosses over the issue that the buffer overflow returns RANDOM DATA, not specifically keys or passwords. An actual attack would require, generally, a whole lot of queries each returning 64K of RANDOM DATA. Such an ACTIVE attack might be noticed, for starters, and is not assured of ever returning useful data. Having said that, I certainly don't want to downplay this vulnerability. But even this article is, as it's first sentence shows, overly alarmist rather than rational.

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Irrelevant

Even if one agrees with the statement that "... Edward Snowden is "under the thumb" of the Russians and that his revelations about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government, including the government of Syria...", it is irrelevant.

Just because a revelation of lawbreaking by the NSA may help "the bad guys" does not mean that letting the lawbreaking continue is not creating worse damage to the people the NSA are supposed to be working for.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Irony Definition

Irony - Linus Torvalds calling someone else a prima donna.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

Animals

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" is a two edge sword.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Mr. Worstall didn't read the book.

But I did.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

@ A Non e-mouse

"It might not allow one country to control affairs outside its own borders, but surely it gives the country the right to decide who it sells to and at what price*?"

If I were your employer, I'd show you the door for a comment like that, because it says you don't understand, and are not likely to honor, any of that paper you signed as a condition of your employment, such as NDA's,

When a country joins the WTO, they give up a whole bunch of "rights", such as the one you describe, and they gain the reduction of tariffs into a whole bunch of other WTO member markets. And as the WTO ruling says, once you mine a material and remove it from the ground, it enters the WTO ruled international marketplace. That WTO ruled international marketplace basically says that if someone has the cash at the going price, you have to sell to them. You can't give preferential (or discriminatory) treatment or pricing based on things like whether they are a domestic customer vs WTO member customer. It really is that simple.

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Jobs was a genius

At figuring out how to get Kool-Aid drinkers to overpay for hardware, software & services. It should not be a surprise that he'd not look kindly on TV. As he said, the hardware does not turn over, and the services had been crowded for years by the likes of Tivo, Roku, etc.

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Flame

More to the point

It won't distract folks from United's horrible service and outrageous baggage fees.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Facepalm

Kind of like a cannibal rallying against slaughterhouses as cruel.

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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Come on IBM..

The fact that what Twitter does is considered to have ANYTHING to do with intellectual property just underscores how broken the US Patent system is.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

IRS

Whether a settlement is taxable depends on the details. Which is why if you are ever suing (in the US) for a significant amount of money, it's a good idea to talk to a tax attorney before settling or before the court awards you anything. Even if the settlement or award is taxable, there can sometimes be ways to structure it to lower the taxes. For example, if the award or settlement covers your legal fees, often that can be structured so that you do not have to pay taxes on the money going to your legal team. But it has to be structured properly BEFORE the award or settlement is made. You can't play around with the paperwork after the check(s) is cut.

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Not sure what to think

"I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement?"

Typical "computer geek who knows zero about the law" statement.

The father violated the agreement the second he told his family. The daughter's post on Facebook simply provided irrefutable proof of his violation. The settlement's confidentiality requirement is no different than your employer's confidentiality requirement or a defense department confidentiality requirement. Disclosing to your family, even your spouse, is a violation.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Devil

Maginot

Wow, a Maginot Line-like thing at sea. Looks great in calm waters. My money is that it won't fare so well in a North Atlantic storm.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

Needs work

Propeller needs a cage, like an airboat's. The tires are too narrow for any real use on sand.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Megaphone

Probably the best take on this deal

Perfectly said:

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-monopoly-20140213,0,867041.story

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

Re: It should be blocked by the anti-trust authorities

That, in a nutshell, just underscores the lack of competition in the US cable marketplace.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

I've been with a number of startups in my career, as well as a couple of mature companies. In both environments, most of the people at all levels have mindsets that can be summed up as follows:

"Any job I don't understand & have no experience with is easy."

which is often seen in it's other form,

"No job is as difficult as mine."

The bottom line is that good companies require different talents for the different jobs, and they are all important. (Unless there are redundancies, in which case the place is over staffed.)

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

Re: A page from Google they can keep

No doubt that is the reason Mozilla abandoned Thunderbird without offering a viable alternative email client, thus screwing Thunderbird users.

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Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: It doesn't matter anymore "Sieg Heil" NSA!!!!

"I'm quite sure that they have the worst dirt they have on everyone at the top of their respective folders and will threaten anyone that starts to be a real threat to the NSA's ability to crack any crypto."

All the more reason that when the Standards Bodies meet, all members should be required to wear these: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/07/the-secret-world-of-men-who-dress-like-dolls.html

Then, it would be impossible for any intelligence agency to have worse dirt on them which could embarrass them any further.

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

The enemy you can see

Isn't as dangerous as the enemy you don't see. The bottom line is that all processes should be open and transparent so that "trust" in any participant isn't a factor. In other words, the processes should be designed as if every participant is untrustworthy.

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Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

The real issue with the Dodd-Frank Method

Is that it's trivial to fake the documentation as there is nothing objective to back up the paperwork. The refiner method, being a filter based on chemical analysis, would require the refiner to fake the results to cheat, and that is easy for a third party to monitor.

Dodd-Frank was written by NGO's to provide a revenue stream for the NGO's by providing source certifcations. It's also why the NGO's lied about costs to implement.

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