* Posts by Adam 1

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

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Re: yet another reason

The problem is with the TPG owned cable. If you connect to a VPN endpoint in Australia (mine has Sydney or Melbourne options), your traffic that would ordinarily travel across that cable won't. It will go via the VPN provider infrastructure from that point onwards.

Won't help you in Tassie obviously.

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yet another reason

to use a VPN service.

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Ducks, Lord of the Rings, movies and math: The GCHQ Xmas puzzle solutions revealed

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Re: Get on with your job.

They decided that French "phrases of surrender" would be a bit too easy.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: Has Mr Dabbs got much better recently?

> hyperconverged agile cloud flash devoops

I just won buzzword bingo!

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Does a PDF with embedded fonts count?

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Microsoft's malware mitigator refreshed, but even Redmond says it's no longer needed

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> With Windows 10 we have implemented many features and mitigations that can make EMET unnecessary on devices running Windows 10

Oh great! Now even EMET Setup.msi installs Windows 10 for you.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: Any chance of a solution?

Nothing sets the SUCCESS variable back to 0 so the while loop is infinite.

Hopefully getstatus method isn't too resource intensive...

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: Be like Nan

Was bingo played with the mystery KB numbers that reactivated that darned win10 upgrade?

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I prefer to call it kicking the bullet.

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Microsoft are mad

Where's that program to disable it?

(Don't get me wrong, I quite like it. That is why it is installed on the laptop I want it installed in. I don't want it installed on my media centre box because some Muppet decided to sunset arguably the most family proof PVR and replace it with a DVD player)

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No, George Brandis, telcos still don't want you taking the console in their networks

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Re: Way back when

@Frumious Bandersnatch

That is easy to fix. You are not susceptible to timing attacks if you use a random position within pi to specify the position within pi to read from ;p

Hint: pretty sure @maffski wasn't being serious.

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Re: Way back when

> And data derived from a quantum mechanical process are no good, either, if there's any possibility that an attacker might be able to observe the same process or intercept the data

At a quantum level, the observer would collapse the state. They can't passively observe because cloning is impossible.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-cloning_theorem

Quantum == weird

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That tells you that they are distributed rather than random though.

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Fire a photon through a semi transparent mirror. Use two photon detectors to measure whether it was reflected or transmitted.

Physics says you will get a truly random sequence, but a malicious adversary could of course attack the photon detectors directly.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Thunderbird 2?

> how did X get a patent for something they patently did not invent, merely copied from fiction?

You must be new to the way that the USPTO operates.

Step 1 - fiction

2001 A Space Odyssey

Step 2 - Copy and patent the idea

portable display device USD670286

Step 3 - profit

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Two-thirds of Android users vulnerable to web history sniff ransomware

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Re: Building their own coffin

> Google can't do anything about pushing updates to anything except its Nexus devices

I hate having to wait for Dell, Lenovo and HP to push out Windows updates after patch Tuesday.

If the system is modular enough, the OEMs can wreck their users'experience without compromising the OS's ability to be patched.

PS, smart move on the Nexus.

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Re: Bit unfair blaming Google

> Much of the Google infrastructure, including WebView, is built as apps and updated from the Play Store - to anybody.

Only since lollipop...

And how about that fix for stagefright. Did you get that through play store? Didn't think so.

Look, they are moving the right way but it is a long road.

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Re: Not really an security exploit

> Let me guess, is the only way to make sure you're protected to buy a Symantec security product for your mobile?

To be fair, this is pretty bad malware. I would almost prefer to have Symantec installed.

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

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See what happens when you let people copy/paste?

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: Fission expedition

Oh snap(per)!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: FaceWatch...

eyeWatch?

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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˙punoɹɐ ʎɐʍ ʇɥƃᴉɹ ǝɥʇ ʎɐldsᴉp oʇ ʇxǝʇ pǝʇonb puɐ ǝlpuɐɥ ʎɯ ʇǝƃ oʇ ʍoɥ ʍouʞ ʇ,uop I ˙uɐǝɯ noʎ ʇɐɥʍ ǝǝs uɐɔ I

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> turning summer 2017 into late December

ɹǝpunuʍop ɯoɹɟ ᴉɥ/

¡ǝɯᴉʇ ɹǝɯɯns sᴉ ʇɐɥʇ ʇnq

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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> Why the hell should they get a penny ?

Actually that sounds like the perfect amount for the said pot.

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Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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Re: isInAccordanceWithOfficialVersion(data) != true is Terrorism

That is sloppy code.

!isInAccordanceWithOfficialVersion(data)

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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On a technical level, it can't be done at the ISP unless the malware is stupid enough to communicate over HTTP or something. The c&c is probably behind some hidden tor service. The ISP can't see that. They just see random 1s and 0s going to the tor exit node.

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Re: Windows 10 EULA

Nothing new here. Windows 7 does it too. Just take a look at the "do not download windows 10" setting for example.

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LastPass in 2FA lock down after 'fessing up to phishing attack

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Re: KeePass Cross Platform Synching

> going back to the bad old days of recording passwords in notebooks/address books/on the backs of envelopes

To be honest, that wouldn't overly bother me, assuming the said notebooks/address books/etc are not in some share house or on airbnb or something. The more likely regression I can imagine is the bad days of using the same credentials for all their online services, meaning the moment that one of these does a talk talk, all your accounts are compromised.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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> does that mean it won't boot old Linux either?

No, Intel will just release 2 versions of their new CPU range. A Windows 10 edition and a wink wink nudge nudge alternative older operating systems version like Linux or perhaps something else.

I can already guess which series will have the higher run in the fab.

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Yeah. Can't see Intel sitting around and copping that one. If they mean that they won't extend the kernel to access new features on the newer silicon, that is fair enough, but if they cripple the kernel so it refuses to run on those CPUs, good luck to them. It won't end up where they expect it too.

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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very specific

$109,242 is a very specific amount.

Dev 1: How much you reckon we need?

Dev 2: bout 110 grand should do it.

Dev 1: 110? Why not just ask for a million billion squazillion. Come on mate, I need a sensible figure.

Dev 2: OK, OK. $109,250.

Dev 1: Well at least we are in the right ballpark, but I can't see us getting more than $109,242.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Re: Gotta wear shades

That's how you can have confidence that they believe it will work.

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Re: Delete unused files?

If you are deduping multiple backups together or together with production then "you're doing it wrong".

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IDKFA

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Bon!

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Self-regulation can address issues that arise in the digital economy, says Airbnb

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If your "self regulation" is effective, then you have nothing to fear from the "do something brigade".

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Improvements in the bowls?

FTTN anyway.

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How to build the next $1bn tech unicorn: Get into ransomware

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> scammers earning more than Yahoo!

Pretty sure I am as well.

Oh sorry, you are talking about revenue, not profits. My bad.

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: I've read all these messages and...

The older versions would record the conversations as text files in some subfolder. I can't say I have had the pleasure of using the more recent versions. I don't need a face full of advertisements while I am trying to work.

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Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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They're not going to infect the ones at Bonnie Doon right?

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Re: Close your eyes and make a wish

> that invariably begins with something like "Let's release spiders to kill the ...

Given we are talking about Australia here, the only reason you would release the spiders is to deal with excessive human population.

But that is just cruel because spiders are scary. Drop bears would achieve the same but their victim would never even see it coming and experience any terror. Much more humane IMHO.

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Not good enough, VW: California nixes toxic mix fix in strict interdict

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Re: On the hook

> And you and I are greenhouse gas spewing walking methane factories.

Quite, but we are rather less guilty of being NOx factories. They are known carcinogens.

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Wanted man sends selfie to replace 'terrible' police mug shot

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Re: Popcorn time

Clearly the solution here is to ban encryption.

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Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

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Re: "Tavis brought us a report of a possible vulnerability..."

Not least of which is a trivial command to add

127.0.0.1 trendmicro.com

to their victims hosts file while they think of something more exciting to do.

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Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

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Re: Drones...

> you can build an autopilot using Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi and any of the available auto-pilot stacks...

Why use an Arduino when you can just use a pigeon

Ban the pigeons!

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200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption

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I for one am happy to use this

I am quite happy for authorities to decrypt my messages that contain random bytes. They can wrap those with whatever encryption they feel appropriate during transit.

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> de-encrypt

That's a new one...

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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it'd be a shame

If some folk slipped on their cigarette lighters and some of these devices received their due respect.

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

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Re: Data =/= Information

EXIF is part of the JPEG header, so as long as copying it means digitally copying the file, not conversion to some other file format, it won't be lost.

For example, if you were to convert a JPEG to PNG you would lose the EXIF (which these days often includes geotag data.

It is definitely worth considering whether the various proprietary raw formats will be readable in whatever tools you may find in use. I would consider also storing a low quality JPEG of any raw photos you want to be able to access in the longer term.

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