* Posts by JCitizen

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Flaw found in Lhasa makes for compression confession depression

JCitizen
Trollface

Gotta love these headline eye catchers..

done in the finest tradition of yellow journalism - Oh wait!

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Israeli biz fingered as the FBI's iPhone cracker

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Re: Happy now ?

@Iowwall - EXACTLY!!

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Re: Lords and Masters

Pffftt!!! Any tin horn at a Pwn2Own contest could have broken into that phone, The FBI was just on another intimidate the free people push! US LEOs do it all the time. It is getting boring now. Any time you have physical access to a device, you own it! I've read they screwed up when an FBI investigator decided to take the initiative and reset the phone - that makes the cloud drive just about impossible to get into after that! Stupid-stupid-keystone cops!

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US bank fended off 513 trojans last year alone

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FAIL

Detections - that they know of..

If they are using Symantec to come up with these figures, they better recheck their servers for all the Advanced Persistent Threats(APT), that NO anti-malware suite is going to find! Only code white listing or locking the drive will keep these things off the servers! VM technology can only go so far.

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Patch Java now, says Oracle. Leave the Easter chocolate until later

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

What does Oracle have to do with it???

Java is an Apache project now - right? Red Hat done bought out the coffee mug a while ago.

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Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Temporarily removing power

from the hard drive during a reboot can also defeat the safemode block - won't help you with encryption types of ransomware though.

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US taxmen pull plug on anti-identity-theft system used by identity thieves

JCitizen
Terminator

Give the whole job to WATSON

Let WATSON be the overlord of the IRS - they could fire at least half the staff and still get a better job done, because IBM's genius boy could figure out when he's being scammed from a mile away. Just like the Hollerith engine came to the rescue of the US Census Bureau in 1890, the new kid on the block comes to the rescue of the entire US tax system!!

In fact - what the heck - he could even DO your taxes for free! There go the bloody tax lawyers! HA!

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: TCO-ish

Exactly what I thought - they'd do it better, and cheaper too. After all Google already knows all abouit who we all are and what we do - hell they know more about us than the government does!

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Alien

Dear earthlings..

Ugly bags of mostly water! Please leave us alone, we can't take it!

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FBI v Apple spat latest: Bill Gates is really upset that you all thought he was on the Feds' side

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Exactly!!

Just as I see it!

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Comodo's 'security' kit installed a lame VNC server on PCs on the sly

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

I never install Geek Buddy..

Any IT security technician knows you never leave any program or application on the PC that is not needed. When installing Comodo's firewall, I always uninstall the ridiculous Geek Buddy. Say what you will about Comodo's products, but their Dragon browser is the most reliable browser I've used in Vista x64, and easily outperforms them all. On newer MS OSs, not so much. Also where are you going to find a free firewall that passes all GRC leak tests. Last I checked ,On-Line Armor isn't free any more. I trust Zone Alarm even less that Comodo's firewall. So there you have it, their certificate system and anti-virus suck, but we still need some of the other things they provide.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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Coat

I never thought I'd become an Apple fanboy.

Thanks to Tim Cook, I now can be counted in that number!

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

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Headmaster

Re: Steel Fuel Tubes

From that film, I'm left with the impression that you Brits are way ahead of us Yanks in the MSR field. All of our scientists that worked on the last project for the nuclear bomber are dying off, and no one is teaching this stuff in the universities over here. If you ask a physics major student about MSR technology you will get a reaction much like a deer caught in the headlights. They don't know what you are talking about.

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Cunning Greek lizards seek skin-matching rocks

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Pirate

The brown recluse spider..

definitely seems to know what its background color is, because I've never found them in environments that weren't dark brown, or at least brownish leaves and wood trash. The funny part is they act like they are blind the way they react to stimuli, but then they have an odd defensive act that includes playing "opossum".- they do have eyes, however, and they know how to use them. I got a bite from one that simply made a home in my work boots, then waited until I got to work to bite me. It felt just like a mosquito bite despite the fact that I discovered the whole pack averaged individually larger than a silver dollar in diameter - when measuring their leg extent. There were at least three other individuals in my apartment when I went hunting for them. I found it was better to lay a trap with water in a bottle cap. They have to drink sometime!

That apartment had dark brown rug throughout. When I was a kid, we were constantly trying to rid the farm house of them, because we had dark brown wood flooring. In houses in similar surroundings, we never saw them in evidence when the floor was bright colored. Despite the fact that I have always had a clean house, and even my great aunt - we both had brown floors and would occasionally have to rid ourselves of the pesky critters!

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Boffins celebrate 30th anniversary of first deep examination of Uranus

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Coat

They should never have named it that..

How can anyone have an intelligent conversation about it once you say that word?

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Commuters slam UK rail operator c2c. You slow, late, er... privacy violator

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Angel

Re: Encrypted form, shame about the protocols

HA! That's not surprising! Good link Bob Doe!

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

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FAIL

Here's a couple..

A friend of mine brought his MRI DVD to me to view it on the computer. Just as soon as I put it in the tray and ran it. Up popped my anti-virus saying it was infected! I wasn't a bit surprised. They wouldn't hire me at the hospital because I was over qualified. Jeese! Where else was I going to run off to in the desert?

The second incident was receiving a few used PCs from the hospital which were being salvaged. I hooked it up to a monitor to see if it would boot, and guess what? There was hundreds of patient records still on the hard drive! Needless to say, I destroyed the hard drive, but I still said, "Why am I not surprised?"

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

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: F**k LogMeIn

From what I understand it is Chrome's insistence in using viewport in the browser that make it particularly easy for the attackers. What I'm trying to find out is if the spoof is separate from the browser session; if it is not, then IBM's Rapport end point security could defeat it from happening in the first place. If it is separate malcode throwing up the box, the next question is will Keyscrambler work against it like a keylogger? This is what I'm trying to find out from Lastpass. They have an obligation to notify users of these threats, and they fell down this time. I'm going to hold them to determining of there are any other mitigations besides the improvements in version 4.0 and 2nd factor settings in the vault.

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LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover

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Mushroom

I'm too lazy to check it out..

but does it encrypt all passwords on the hard drive and/or cloud? Does it synch between devices? Is it free? The GUI in the picture looks like a carbon copy of the new Lastpass 4.0 vault. The only reason I can think of going over to them is the fact that the password criminals haven't figured out how to spoof it like the did Lastpass with the new Lostpass phishing attack ( which was discovered by supposed whitehats that didn't mind publishing the details so all criminals could now figure out how to code the attack. BTW - Gee thanks guys!

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After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

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Boffin

Elon Musk...

we already have part of the answer to the space debris - the returnable rocket. Now we will see what Space X does with the 2nd stage of the Falcon system. The DSCOVR mission will be the 1st time a Falcon 2nd stage left earth orbit - sounds like the safest plan ever! Eject them into the Sun!

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

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Coffee/keyboard

Actually worse...

Norton is not as bad as it used to be, but I sure would not pay money for it - AVG is much WORSE!

After reading a news item about AVG issuing bad updates, I got a call from two clients that their machines were hosed so badly they had to send them in to the factory to be repaired!

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Oh gawd!

I forgot about McCr@ppy! Don't let any of your friends or clients near either of them!

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: IT Crowd

@jjason 7 - substitute the free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit utility for EMET, and run as a limited user, and you got a pretty good line up. I would include Secunia PSI to alert to vulnerabilities, and File Hippo's Application Manager to help keep your apps updated before zero day.

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Me too!

For hundreds of the computers I've worked on, including those hosed by AVG, it was usually CCleaner that helped put them back online!

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FAIL

AVG

Friends don't let friends do AVG - I don't know how many of mine have trashed their computer using it. Using any other free AV is better.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Trollface

Re: One wonders ...

I'd bet a 7 of 9 Barbie would be popular - umm, with kids that is!

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FAIL

Re: Physical security

The local pervert doesn't care about that - he(or she) only cares that a Barbie SSID is in the neighborhood, and they would take great interest in that alone. What they would do with it, is only in the mind of evil people; as they have great imagination I'd wager.

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Stop

Re: The Great Unwashed are not so paranoid

It doesn't take removing your tin foil cap to realize that perverts will be highly motivated to cruise the neighborhoods looking for the SSID of these things; or for that matter breaking into the cloud data base to sift for data regarding local customers.

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Devil

Re: The whole problem is the cloud mentality

You could make a mint modifying bird cages and calling it "Jail House Barbie" or maybe get a license to put an orange jump suit on it along the lines of a popular TV show we all know.

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: chrome?

@Thrud61

If you have MBAM Pro installed, it will block that link when you click on it. I guess since it is Bing, it makes sense to put a malicious add at the top of such searches. I never hear promises to cleanup the links, like Google does. A wink and a nod from Redmond!

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

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FAIL

Ahh! So I see!

They must have taken pointers from the earlier days of Dell and HP?! That used to be the 1st thing I'd do after a client got new PC from them. I'd remove the ad-ware, and sometimes you had to use the digital equivalent of a crow bar.

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T-Mobile US megahack cost Experian $20m, class actions coming

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

How are you going to regulate?

I've read in the past that regulators have held off the credit reporting agencies on promises to improve service. However - how do you regulate a world wide service? Sanctions - or the threat thereof?

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Rocketeers aim for the Moon with first-stage £600k tin-rattle

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Go

I have a feeling..

that if they actually got a working rocket even partially built - suddenly some science project or another will want to go on board as well, and the memory project will take second seat to the new one. Of course, this would have to add negligible weight to the launch - but I'm sure there is always something science is curious about on the moon that could include a simple experiment. Can you fuse moon dust into some kind of concrete using an even simpler process not tried by the original moon studies? Just one idea that has useful future plans. A very small lightweight test machine could be added to the memory spike.

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Big Brother

Re: Impressive, but...

Not if I'm going to give them my money! I might be wrong, but I would think it would be cheaper to simply hitch a ride with one of the Space X launches, and go from there - they could put the last stage on the rescue portion of the vehicle, which is not present on unmanned flights. However, if they actually think they can do it with 600,000 pounds(or dollar equivalent), then it may be cheaper to go their route - but I can't see how. They could make huge money launching satellites for 3rd world countries that can't afford communications launches.

They are right about a failure - if they actually get one on a launch pad, I'll give them money for the next adventure, because even if it blows up - I will be gob smacked they got that far on the cheap!

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Rosetta probe delivers jaw-to-the-floor find: Molecular oxygen

JCitizen
Pint

Well..

if we would bomb Mars with enough of these comets, and the watery kind, we would soon replenish the atmosphere there. ----- For a while...

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Anonymous hack group plans to out anonymous hate group

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Gimp

And a ray of light sends the rats scurrying into the dark..

I say if you are a racist - it is only fair you be outed. If you don't openly back your beliefs, then they are not worth having. Not that I like bigotry in any form what so ever.

However - you could also say the same thing about Anonymous, even though they may have good reason to stay in the dark. I say it is better to openly defy tyranny in public; but then I don't live in a country that can have you shot for what you say. Does that mean I don't have a right to have an opinion on it?

Sometimes I think Anonymous is a modern day replacement for the secret Masonic traditions.

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

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Alert

Re: Tether

I heard it was 1 inch and either 1 quarter or 3 quarters of an inch in diameter. Either way, it is going to hurt if it slaps you upside of the head!

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'Death star' reaches out invisible hand, rips planet apart

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Coat

Re: It's a Holocaust!

Seems like that would depend on the rotational speed of the "dwarf" planet. If it in fact is rotating at all. The bugger may not even be on a regular axis in relation to the dwarf star. Perhaps it rotates the opposite direction of a "normal" planet, like Venus's retrograde spin?

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Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: My Seagate has excellent encryption

You do know that Seagate and WD are the same company, don't you?

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UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US

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Terminator

I for one..

welcome our auto driving overlords!

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Terminator

Re: Arms race coming?

You can bet the Secret Service is gonna want one for White House duty - they've been embarrassed every since they didn't know what to do when the last accidental drone incursion occurred - now they at least have an excuse that they can fight the problem head on.

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El Reg lecture shows the merely human how to live forever

JCitizen
Terminator

Zonbies!!

Yeah! That's the ticket!

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Mysterious brown spots and a different kind of mouse support

JCitizen
Devil

Re: @DougS was: (Human hair leash?)

Sounds as bad as the pranks we pulled on our English teacher, by pulling the wings off flys so they would scurry about his desk.

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Avast antivirus hole patched after public Project Zero slap

JCitizen
Pint

I wondered..

when my favorite AV company would finally slip up!

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US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Of course they contract out..

They don't have a clue how to actually build a "secure" network - if one even exists!

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JCitizen
Pirate

Although that is hilarious

it is actually no joke. From what I understand the Chinese already run many of the contracts around Washington D.C.!!

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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IT Angle

Re: WTF?

Plus, they already have cars on the road right now that have radar that can see two vehicles or more ahead of the driver, and warn to stop or slow down. You add a central communication system to that run by AI, and you are already 1/3rd there!

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

We are almost there already..

My truck has radar for self parking, and the cops can take it over and shut it down remote control in a vehicle theft case; it really isn't as big a deal as this article makes it out to be. Just add a LIDAR sensor , and a vehicle to vehicle, wi-fi communication system, and run a city central master control with AI - something like IBM's WATSON - to keep up with an entire municipal area, and you have enough data to run the cars we have now totally autonomously. The central master control would act like a giant control tower for watching all the individual vehicles and planning their routes as each destination is entered into the system.

If I were a city planner, I would be the one that is in a hurry. Autonomous traffic could end many of the expensive headaches city planners have for traffic congestion, and make unnecessary building just more, even more expensive transit projects to try to end the problem. I'd wager that today's roads could easily take five times the traffic at regular speed limits, and get people to work and back in 20 to 40 minutes, instead of the mind numbing 2 hours many big metropolises suffer from now.

I for one, welcome our autonomous overlords!

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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH fossil find with BONUS BISON BONE BONANZA

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Big Brother

Re: Digging in the Dirt

'' The fossils would be kinda rare, and their deposition site, probably in some ancient flood-prone river that no longer exists"

Maybe in that particular strata that is true - but in the Great American Desert, the mammoth bones are as common as dirt - I've dug up a few of the giant tusks and leg bones myself.(along with camel and rhinoceros bones) Just thought I'd put that in the pot for consideration here. Thanks for posting!

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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

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Holmes

Perhaps another tactic?

Use the robot to collect one of the starfish's natural enemies, one of which could be very effective, if the proper genus were known. A large polyp of the Pseudocorynactis is known to eat this starfish whole scale, but is apparently poorly understood as to which one of this genus is the true natural enemy. With capture by the robots, their DNA could be discovered and more of this specie spawned to combat the starfish as well. This could put a one two punch on the problem. The robot to zap a singular starfish, and capture any polys feeding on one in the area, then release juvenile forms of the polyp to eventually attack any Acanthaster planci that were missed during the initial robot hunt.

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