* Posts by Adam 1

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MIT brainiacs triple the speed, double the range of Wi-Fi

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Re: "consumers won't have to buy new hardware"

Yes. As long as you can mount your laptop on the moggie, this should work fine. Unfortunately, you still need a Roomba on which you can mount the moggie, so it is really turtles all the way down.

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Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

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Re: Microsoft as a hardware company

Mice...

And probably best not to be talking about webcams at the minute.

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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Re: Wow

Looking at a Nexus 5 as I type this. 1080p isn't that terrible.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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> Sadly, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 fondleslabs won't be invited to the Nougat party.

Boo!

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Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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Re: Australia Post's search for relevance ...

> (and what's wrong with the SMTP/POP/IMAP Internet mail service, I'd like to know)

Plenty, but nothing that I believe auspost has the answers to.

On a side note, lots of e-commerce relies on physical package handling to some degree. Why they can't leverage their natural monopoly to turn a pretty penny there shows a real lack of imagination.

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Google killing app format used only by The 1%

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Re: well that's annoying

Don't mind draw.io. it does have an XML format so it can be versioned but it's more definitions of points etc. This one had a simple syntax that worked nicely with diff tools and was much quicker to create a simple diagram in it than draw.io.

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well that's annoying

Don't use them much but there is a handy little tool for drawing sequence diagrams and the like which relies on it that I'll miss.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Re: Victorian Numberplates

The other ones have the humourous tag line "the place to be". Clearly a sentiment that wasn't shared by the drivers of the said vehicles who were elsewhere.

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

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Re: saggfwuepp53hlq%4k12h

Well your auth cookie is sent in clear text every time you login here because apparently TLS is too much effort or something.

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Re: Passwords need to be rethought

If you think password length is related to the required storage space, you're storing it wrong.

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Scared of mobile banking

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> Three out of four of these refuseniks (74 per cent) cited security as the major reason.

Well they are fundamentally correct on that. 2FA is useless if the SMS code for funds transfer is going to the same device.

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Baltimore cops accused of violating FCC rules with Stingrays

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naïve me

And here I was imagining these devices basically did a MitM attack, forwarding the traffic to a legitimate tower so as not to inconvenience anyone beyond the privacy implications.

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VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

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Re: One time pad

> it's illegal (in the UK) to send encrypted communications over the airwaves

Is it legal to broadcast the results of a long running game of heads or tails? Enquiring minds and all that.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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It's lucky that Microsoft never release patches that you don't want installed I guess.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Re: "eight pounds, or in modern numbers, 3.6 kilos."

> what's that in proper units

About 20 KiloBees

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Absolutely. Bee related puns are encouraged. You win one internet. Unfortunately, you immediately lost it after failing to use an apostrophe to indicate a contraction. Such behaviour must not go unpunished or society may tear itself apart at the seams.

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> she landed on the F-22 to rest

She was hanging around for the F-35 JSF but exhaustion set in due to another overrun.

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US extradition of Silk Road suspect OK'd by Irish judge

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wouldn't it have been easier...

to get Microsoft Ireland to hire the guy? Then they could just get a warrant from a US court.

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Meet DDoSCoin, the cryptocurrency that pays when you p0wn

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Leaving aside the more, er, questionable elements of this proposal, wouldn't the effort to validate that block chain exceed the ddos itself?

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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Re: Warning: Aussie census goon squad coming soon!

"International visitors

If you are visiting Australia on Census night, you are required to participate. Your accommodation provider will give you a form or details of how to complete the Census online."

- http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/getonlinefaqcensus?opendocument&navpos=110

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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

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Re: International...

True but not his IP address. Heck, you could identify me by my postcode combined with my employer's name.

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Australia's online Census collapses, international hackers blamed

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Re: Geoblock non aussie IP addresses?

They did. No doubt a good first step but it isn't that hard to circumvent. You're really just playing whack a mole.

"Earlier attempts to frustrate the website led the ABS to block all international traffic at about midday on Tuesday until midnight. But that geo-blocking mechanism ultimately failed, government cyber security adviser Alastair MacGibbon said."

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-defends-handling-of-census-as-privacy-commissioner-investigates-20160810-gqp45u.html

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the other one plays jungle bells ...

I have not seen any independent evidence that they were ddos'd. By now I would have expected anonymous to come out chanting something something legion something or other. All the media reports that I have seen this morning are sourced from abs alone who after a trail of fail have a lot of self interest to hide. Keep drilling. We haven't heard the last on this.

Scale is hard; really hard. A few small assumption errors can give order of magnitude load increase. A small config file error can cause load balancers to do the wrong thing even if you have provisioned the hardware on standby (just ask aws). A small query plan error can cause additional terabytes of ram to be allocated during sign in (just ask Microsoft).

Oh, and given IBM's track record in handling government IT services, it's not that you wouldn't trust them to organise the proverbial in a brewery, you wouldn't even trust them with the RSVPs to the said event.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

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Re: IBM, i shoulda known.

If El Reg couldn't see this coming then I would be changing news outlets. Blind Freddy could see that provisioning for a million people per hour isn't enough when most families will get home from work, eat dinner, kids in bed then log in. The saddest part is that because they make names compulsory, the results will be less than honest, negatively impacting public policy decisions for the next 5 years.

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Classic Shell hackers: We infected FossHub so ransomware couldn't (and yeah, also for fun)

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Rickroll homepage; black hat respect and kudos. This; you are a tool*

*My sincerest apologies to the tool community for bundling these guys with you.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: You forgot printers

> What is printer ink?

Unicorn tears.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: "Lightening"

>> "Lightning is weird, but calling it lightening is more weird."

> It is also not very bright.

Actually I would say that lightening is quite a bright way to spell it.

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Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

> Have you tried turning it off and on again

Possibly the best researched piece of tech portrail we have seen in years. Pretty much every techo has at some point heard that line from a telephone *ahem* support attendant only moments after telling them how you have just reimaged the drive.

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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I imagine this can be mitigated if the website specifies a CSP. That would even allow you to report on malvertising campaigns attacking your site as supported browsers report the violations.

If your not a website developer, you're stuffed because ad blockers and noscript doesn't exist.

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Awesome name: check

Logo: no. Wait, how can I take a HTTPS big seriously if it doesn't have a logo!

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: That last para-sentence

The linked article mentions a hearing date in the past week or so. Would be interesting to have an update to that case.

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Re: How long for theft?

Truecrypt used to have a plausible deniability feature whereby a secondary pass code would unlock a second volume. The actual volume would not be detectable from within this volume.

Seems like something similar for android/iPhone is needed.

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Shirley you are not suggesting an element of click bait....

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First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

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Re: Bravo!

If the rest of the world knew the sorts of 8 legged things living in our roof cavities or under the house then they would understand why we don't want to run cables.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

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Re: hash no good

Half an hour? Does that include unboxing the computer and plugging it in?

Relatively modest PCs can hash at "many billions per second" rates. Specifically designed hardware for bitcoin mining is measured in "many tens of billions per second".

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Re: Hashing won't work. Anonymizing data is impossible.

As an example of this, combining date of birth with gender and suburb gets you an average 90% match to one person.

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Re: I can't wait.

Maybe you can enter your surname as

'); DROP TABLE residentdetails;--

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What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'

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Re: "...printer ink worth $6,715,531..."

> "...printer ink worth $6,715,531..."

So, three cartridges then.

You can mock, but you can get about a hundred thousand new printers for that.

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Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

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what?

Where's c'dent?

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Re: HTML?

> Where's its full stop then?

It's between the table alias and column name. Also sometimes in the middle of numeric values.

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nbn™ switches on first Telstra HFC-powered broadband services

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> up to

The key words in that claim.

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Australian maps and GPS will align by 2020

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just think about it

In a couple of million years you will have to worry about our spiders, snakes and drop bears.

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VW's first US settlement nearly settled

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Sometimes things are convenient coincidences.

Other times, it looks more like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZSU1FPDiao

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> In Australia, for example, the company claims different NOx emission standards mean the engines didn't breach regulations. ®

Perhaps, but

https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/consumer-rights-guarantees/repair-replace-refund#repair-replacement-or-refund

“You can ask for a replacement or refund if the problem with the product is major.

Replaced products must be of an identical type to the product originally supplied. Refunds should be the same amount you have already paid, provided in the same form as your original payment..”

A product or good has a major problem when:

* it has a problem that would have stopped someone from buying it if they’d known about it

* it is unsafe

* it is significantly different from the sample or description

* it doesn’t do what the business said it would, or what you asked for and can’t easily be fixed.”

If I were VW, I would be avoiding the trying a bit more mea culpa in my response rather than try to argue that line, irrespective of whether it is legally the case.

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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Re: And there I was...

I seriously doubt that is a better idea. Unless lastpass are idiots, they aren't going to be able to decrypt your database because they won't know your master password. I'll be interested to see what the flaw is, but my guess is that it relates to a mechanism to trick it into auto populating the form on an imposter form delivered over an ad network, XCS or MitM attack.

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Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

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> allow owners who so desire to disable some or all of those options if they don't like the idea that their smartphone could be remotely tracked or accessed.Accessed? OK, I grant you that this is at least technically possible. There is that tiny problem of about 2/3s of active phones can be pwned by a malicious MMS, and let's not even get into the vulnerabilities inside the baseband chips. But is at least on paper achievable if security is taken seriously.Remote tracking though? Uh do they know how a mobile phone network operates? The operator knows damn well where your phone is because your phone talks to its towers, negotiates handovers and so on. That is why your phone actually rings when your number is called. The network isn't blindly broadcasting to every tower around the world to make your phone ring on the off chance that you are there. They actively track you (technically you dob yourself in). So you can't opt out of tracking. You can minimise the number of parties who track you but not opt out totally. Oh and if the tracking worries you, it might be an idea to switch off your WiFi. Even if your iPhone randomises your MAC address, you can still be tracked by your ssid hello messages.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Consultancy...

Well I'm just glad that this type of behaviour is restricted to dodgy people in Texan companies and not political parties on the public teat.

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Re: Hum?!

Be honest now. You just couldn't remember the adnim password.

Ah, my coat, thanks.

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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

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question?

> nbn™ has also blogged that it's already considering future upgrades to Full Duplex DOCSIS

Does one perform this upgrade by starting up some new SDN appliance at the exchange or have we got some poor sod driving a Hiace and opening a cabinet every 200m?

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Data retention grants still not flowing to Australia telcos

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That reminds me; my VPN subscription renewal is due.

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