* Posts by volsano

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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This invention infringes my own pocket-stowable, portable facial anonymization and ambient CO2 concentration device. My lawyers are furiously tying.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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There's spongers and then there's spongers

> Spongers. If you don't like their revenue model, don't use them.

Spongers wanting to run their scripts on my computer without contributing to the electricity costs - or having assured me they have indemnity insurance for any issues their scripts cause.

Now, if all their scripts came ISO-9000 certified, I may be willing to give them a discount on the electricity and insurance cover costs. Until they do, they can pay in full up front before I let their stuff run.

Just trying to be professional here.

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UK's 'Sir King Cash' card fraudster ordered to cough up £560,000

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Banker criminals

Now we have this precedent, I look forward to the return of our 1200 billion taken illegally during the "banking crisis" of 2008.

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

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Why not show videos like this during the pre-flight safety briefing? Then passengers have only themselves to blame if they can't land it in an emergency.

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How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

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> My password has twenty five symbols. Be my guest

If the bad guys were specifically targetting you, they'd know enough now to put the HTTPS attack on the back burner and break out some of the more specific tools.

Chances are, they aren't specifically targetting you, so they keep fishing for passwords that are short enough to break, and profit from that. That you have a long password is a tip off to them that you may have other defences, so it'd be too costly to focus on you.

It's no different to having a strong front door lock. You either divert opportunistic crimes to your neighbours; or you cause the person seeking to specifically burgle you to look for other weak spots.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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None of the scoffers so far have considered the practical uses when running in a (hypothetical) tethered mode: You re plugged into a power socket (perhaps your Tesla's cigarette lighter) via 50 meters of lightweight cabling.

You could now easily get, ohh, say fifteen minutes out of the current device, although not on a public road of course.

Plenty of time to poise as a low-flying acrobatic idiot with more money to burn that remaining IQ points. With enough make-up and some cross-over with synchronised swimming, it could be an olympic sport candidate.

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Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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FAIL

UK Not much better

Quantum or LIDS (the article isn't clear which system had the problem) not so much better for the UK prison service:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/6672800/Almost-200-prisoners-released-in-error.html

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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One Computer Scientist, he say:

"Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it."

--Donald Knuth

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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I would be happy to link to one of their pages.

But, in return for their permission, I would require to be informed no less than 21 (twenty-one) days in advance of any changes they intend to make to that page -- that includes but is not limited to embedded advertising, javascripting, visible text, invisible text, CSS classes attributes and tags, non-visible comments, HTML alterations, and images.

Otherwise, how can my overworked and under-ferrari-ed lawyers ensure that we are still linking to the information we originally linked to?

Fair's fair.

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Mal ad ware

A huge number of malicious scripts come via advertising -- bad Javascript, bad Java, and Bad Flash.

I would love to see all unsigned,untrusted, Javascript being simply rejected. Would really force the ad industry to do quality control on their stuff before they try to insist that I run it on my machine.

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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I would not run random code on a server. So why should I run it on my personal machine?

If (it's a very big if) that random code came with a certificate proving it had been extensively tested, that it was believed by reputable authorities to be harmless, and that I was covered by ad-industry insurance in case it did any damage, then only only then might I allow it to put a big flashing distraction in the corner of my screen.

But until that happens, Adblock is an essential layer in my security perimeter.

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Horrors of murky TrueCrypt to be probed once more

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> Unfortunately VeraCrypt does not currently support GPT partitions

There's hope:

"GPT support is on the top of the TODO list. It is a complicated feature to implement thus needing a lot of time. We hope to have it implemented between 6 and 12 months from now."

Veracrypt developer, 6-Sep-2014

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Forks and future

Truecrypt as a single project may be dead, but development of the codebase continues by other teams.

One such project is Veracrypt. They have already addressed the (mainly minor) flaws found in Truecrypt's first audit. And now they are making various useful enhancements.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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> I'm glad Snowden is releasing this info as a trickle

Snowden has ceded control over what is released and when to the media people he is working with.

That has several advantages, including the one you mention -- these guys are very savvy at timing and pacing.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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The pressure will also be on a lot of place names around the world. For starters, I'm looking at you, Kilkenny.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Half truths because much of what Mr Snowden has released is up to five years out-of-date.

The other half - what has happened since 2008 - may be even more disturbing.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Re: OMG!!!

Hello AC,

Some of us have extensive hands-on experience of the actual problems in prisons.

And we have watched for years as the government ignores the obvious, and ignores the expert testimony in order to pay for another study that will be ignored.

Cheers for sticking up with the man, but it's not much help long term.

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We already know there are two main uses...

1. Staying in touch with families. It is cheaper in prison to hire an illegal phone than use the usuriously charged payphones on the wing landings. And more private too. A better phone deal with BT would cut this usage at a stroke.

2. Sending money out for illegal deals (such as drug purchases). In a prison, most drugs come in via the uniformed staff, but the money transfers have to happen via a different method. In the old days, you'd get friends or family on the out to give money to people in pubs for you. Today, it is much more online. Reduce the drugs going in, and you reduce the need for cross-wall cash flow.

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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"I believe at the time we thought we had done enough"

As the ancient IT maxim says: you don't get what you expect; you get what you inspect.

Their shoulder-shrugging approach to being caught out in a major security flaw is not a good pointer for the future.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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A legally-enforced standard for power adapters in 2017 puts the EU where China was in 2006.

It's a sign of the changing times.

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Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures

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Privacy's a bitch, eh?

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Successfully knocking out Cryptolocker will stop new infections.

But does it leave a way for the infected to (should they choose to do so) to pay the ransom? If not, the end result will be much worse for the unbackedup.

A controlled shutdown would be kinder to the victims.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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The crazies, who will sit in their garden all day cursing the government that granted Amazon the freedom of the skies, still have options if they want to contest the airspace above their sovereign back yards.

Electronic countermeasures to mislead the drone. The drone might land in their garden or fly off in an wrong direction. The ECM could be mounted on permanently-aloft balloons.

Killer kites.

Suicide drone conducting a kamikaze attack.

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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Re: Selfie, Girl Crush, Twerk

That's 11 in binary?

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Re: New Security Application

It is, though, fairly easy to establish that a hidden TC file exists. They can then pester you for the passwords.

Better methods of hiding TC files are needed......Perhaps broken up and steganograpied across a whole photo album.

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The War on Partners

So partners are now legitimate targets?

Let us hope that ceases to be the case very quickly before terrorists learn that lesson.

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Bugs, features and no-nos

Odd. He had been specifically advised by facebook that the behaviour was not a bug.

So he used the behaviour exactly as facebook knew it could be used.

They then went all TOSsy with his ass, told him that Terms of Service trumps Security Team.

Tells us all we really need to know about facebook's technical priorities.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Unhappy

Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

Yes, they've cast their Baker's dozenth plus 1 or 2 (depending on who you count) white man to the part.

But there is hope yet. We have not seen his costume or make up. He may play the Doctor dressed as a Masai warrior with a ginger wig and in tasteful blackface.

That may not please the feminists I know, but it'd be a nod toward multi- culturalism. They have, after all, previously cast a Scot playing the part with a Lundunish accent.

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

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TOMATO

You say "TOMATO".

West Midands police say "SOLICITING".

That's quite a drift in accent.

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Apple wins documents fight with Google in Samsung case

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As any IT relationship manager knows, never try to search Google with Google. It could break the Internet.

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Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

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Socialists!

Hmm, the "enormous value" for culture trumps the rights of the individual?

Thought I'd never live to hear that as a mainstream American view.

Though, replace "culture" with "corporations" and I'd be less surprised.

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