Feeds

* Posts by Nifty

257 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012

Page:

Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

Nifty
Bronze badge

iTunes

"At this point no further hacking is required and cybercrooks can load up Critroni just as easily as PC owners can install iTunes"

phew! we're safe then

1
0

Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Nifty
Bronze badge

No oil

so they left

1
1

Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Nifty
Bronze badge

Munich taxicab experiment

The way the stats come out, this sounds a bit like the The Munich taxicab experiment (around the 1980s) where it was discovered that once cars had ABS fitted, the accident rate tended back to where it was to begin with, without the ABS

http://www.chapmancentral.co.uk/wiki/road_safetyrisk_compensation

The analogy being, you tighten up on the regulations/technology and the accident stats end up where they started.

However I still don't want to return to a pre-ABS world.

0
0

Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

Nifty
Bronze badge

hacking the horn

For the Chinese market, the horn will in any case be programmed to sound automatically whenever the vehicle comes within 1.5m of another.

4
1

US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Ovivo

After receiving 0 days notice from Ovivo when I was cut off, on a very busy day where key incoming messages went missing due to my Ovivo number being deactivated, I would never again use a freemium service for my main number.

But... very much looking for a decent occasional user tablet 3g solution since Ovivo went titsup and Vodafone reneged on their legacy non-expiring credit SIM deal where I had kept my SIM & account alive.

0
0

Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

Nifty
Bronze badge

Not just WiFi - live footie too

Check out the last episode of Click on the BBC iPlayer, shows a planeful of passengers watching the World Cup live on the plane, alongside the WiFi and other goodies like an app to select your flight meal.

And NOT exclusive to the A330

0
0

Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

Nifty
Bronze badge

The French have enough living space

to own physical BOOKS?

I've given up wanting to own physical anythings considering the cost of upsizing my home in the UK

1
0

Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

Nifty
Bronze badge

I had to uninstall Flash from my PC yesterday as it was crashing with Firefox every minute (massive list of FF crash logs) and locking up my entire PC 3 times a week. Been through the reinstall cycle previously btw. The discussion forums on a solution go round in circles, one thing is sure: It's FF and Flash together, plus maybe some interaction with 64 bit OS and video drivers that lock up a machine. One of the warning signs of trouble is a jumping cursor.

What will happen , as before is that eventually I'll hit a site - be it internal corporate (e.g. interactive training) or an external essential service - that demands Flash. So will have to switch to IE for those reluctant moments.

Flash, begone forever out of my life (I wish).

0
1

10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Learn the lessons from Bell Aliant FibreOP

Exactly,. And as I pointed out in an earlier post here, our gas mains were recently expensively dug up and filled over so that 100% of homes get a new gas termination. And guess what? Our UK BT/Openreach are completely uninterested in using this once-in-50-years opportunity to lay either fiber, coax or a could-be-anything future-proof conduit.

0
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Dumb concept - stop being lazy and just run the fiber to the home

For a yardstick of how investment-averse private ISPs are in the UK, consider that Virgin Media will not even connect to a new block of flats that is adjacent to an existing Virgin Media junction box.

Meanwhile, our entire housing estate recently received new gas main pipework. Done by digging holes at intervals and pushing new smaller flexible piping through the old ones. Every home in the street had a new gas termination. Now this estate was already covered by cable internet to compete with BT/LLU ADSL. Did BT take the opportunity to put a small future-proof conduit though the same route to replace their 60 year old telegraph poles and wire?

Nope. Which shows how entrepreneurial THEY are.

0
0

Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

Nifty
Bronze badge

Facts, please

As heard on Radio 4 this morning, where the Google spokesman was interviewed, the article is not delisted even from google.co.uk

What in fact has happened is that the search result is delisted for one or more specific search terms.

These terms do not (at moment of writing this) include "Sean O'Neal".

So Robert questioned why the email he received strongly implied that the article had been delisted from .co.uk

In answer the Google spokesman stated that in their email they could not reveal for which search term/s have been delisted, but confirmed that the complainant has been one of the commentards below the article.

So reason for the ambiguous and publicity-generating email to Robert Peston was to "protect the privacy" of the complainant.

I leave the following high tech sleuthing exercise to you:

- Test every plausible search term - using the commentards' names for instance - and make a list of which ones DON'T return a result.

- Now you know who the complainant is!

To quote Mr. Bumble: "the law is a ass"

3
1

NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Not just hum

So wrong. Have you ever listened to speech radio on a HiFi with a proper Subwoofer attached?

Lots of near-subsonic rumble to be heard/felt when listened to on a half reasonable FM tuner.

And 1970s Philips or Grundig cassette recorders could very nicely capture deep street rumble from outside of the building, down to say 50Hz using the built in mic, as was audible on my old Sennheisers in those days.

1
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Not just hum

In London the low frequency vibration from underground trains - operating on a timetable and predictable routes - not audible to humans - will be a giveaway. At many other locations - aircraft.

0
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Damn - now I need to go off-grid as well

Nah, even if you do, you're still left with the existential hum

4
1

Analyst: Chinese buyers shunning IBM, EMC, Oracle and Cisco

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Somewhere along the line PEOPLE get involved

Assumptions that come from the fact that I know a number of Chinese planning emigration from China, they are typically engineering postgrads. Also that the best Chinese patriots seem to be able to earn well in China without necessarily being engineering geniuses. So indeed, they will stay in China.

0
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Somewhere along the line PEOPLE get involved

Were Chinese companies to flock to home grown hardware/software solutions then there will be a home-grown skills shortage that will thoroughly stifle tech progress in China.

Why? Because the first thing an IT grad/professional in China does on gaining a few years experience is start scouring the global job market for opportunities. Next step is to scheme how to emigrate taking young family with.

Only in genuinely free markets and free cultures do top pros want to stay and work forever.

So China will still end up having to import hi tech from countries where brains want to live.

1
4

Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

Cost of watching front door: £50,000

Cost of monitoring all IP traffic + voice comms to & from the premises: £5,950,000

2
0

Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Deflation is great

The UK base rate now reflects accurately that you get nowt without risk, that is, without actually DOING something with your capital. And long may it last.

0
0

Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

Nifty
Bronze badge

The decrypt app Its in the Play store and costs...

260 Ukrainian hryvnias (£13)

5
0

Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Nifty
Bronze badge

If I vote UKIP will that fix it?

9
0

Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

Nifty
Bronze badge

A standard plug but

let's hope Apple don't bring out an electric car

12
0

Satellite 'net hype ignores realpolitik

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Politcs

Were a true universal high altitude internet to really appear that can cross borders, you can be 100% certain that regimes will jam the uplink reception to enforce local censorship. For example the way Iran has been jamming satellite TV services. Has the collateral damage that it blocks numerous channels aimed at other countries but that did not stop them.

1
0

Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: the actual cost of the electricity isn’t that great

" the government wants the flexibility to charge whatever you use for motive force."

Er does that mean the govt will charge my battery?

2
0

UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: You could be right

There is already a plethora of car sharing apps like Carpooling on the market. For longer inter-urban journeys, once a critical mass is reached, this would out-compete Uber on cost. It's an interesting thought that typical alone-in-a-car commuters could stand a 100% increase in the cost of petrol - without a fall in living standards -just by sharing the vehicle. It there's even another oil crisis this may happen.

0
0

Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

Nifty
Bronze badge

Was it one of those 1-hour German-style strikes where they politely hold banners then go back to work refreshed to work a bit harder to catch up?

0
0

iDevice gizmo-snatcher Oleg... you must be taking the Pliss

Nifty
Bronze badge

Please confirm...

I thought that valid iCloud login credentials

a) Allows you to not just lock but also remotely wipe the iThing

b) With IOS 7, iCloud login credentials are essential if you want to factory reset the phone (Activation Lock, locked to individual devices, thus making them worthless to steal?)

Also, nowadays some rich folks who want to pay for a lot of iCloud storage choose to back up only to iCloud so restoring from disk may not be an option.

(a) would mean that there really, really needs to be 2 factor authentication in order to do a wipe

(b) would make the statement above that the victim can simply reset to factory "not true"

0
0

Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

Nifty
Bronze badge

Google wants do dominate yet another internet service

by putting "We fix your search results" companies like reputation.com out of business.

It's so unfair!

1
0

How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Interesting points above but...

"as a photographer I don't actually put huge watermarks across all of my photos. I watermark the bottom right hand corner. I accept that this would be trivial to photoshop out but I do this on good faith that if this preview or sample image is provided for sharing on Facebook"

Nice to see a photographer totally validate my post#2. The author of post#3 just doesn't get it.

1
1
Nifty
Bronze badge

He's shown that there is the need for a CHEAP pay upfront low-res 'social' version of the pics.

And the need for a service that links to these pics so that wealthier relatives can buy hi res copies.

Shame on the current grasping photography business model.

14
33

TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Nifty
Bronze badge

"There's a list of TrueCrypt vulnerabilities here..."

Had a read and if that's all they can find, it gives me real confidence in Truecrypt compared to any other similar tool. Yes the vulns might be relevant in an online networked environment but for home use with offline USB drives, Truecrypt seems perfect.

2
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: smoke and mirrors

"TrueCrypt worked. It cannot unwork, so much as to find that it didn't work"

Not Conspiracy Enough. What if Microsoft decided (with a little nudge from the NSA) to break it through a Windows update? MS could demand politely ask for a ransom paid for run-once maintenance tool to unlock your data again.

0
2

About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Ahhh Monte Carlo - Cost Modelling

Did the model include the fact that after the project costs rose due to a property boom, the developer gazumped the prices to the buyers?

0
0

Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: What a load of left wing crap

Did the energy study take into account DVDs being watched multiple times/being passed to friends/relatives and then passed to charity shop? If the same is done via streaming the energy gets consumed multiple times...

0
0
Nifty
Bronze badge

Blocked at every turn

I stopped my Lovefilm (DVDs by post) subscription after the 3rd breakage when the postie jams them through the letterbox.

Tried streaming via iTunes and Blinkbox as I really wanted to switch to online.

- ITunes gives you a mere 3 days after sampling the film to finish it

- Neither iTunes nor Blinkbox have subtitles which are near essential for my non English mother tongue OH to interpret regional accents. And I like 'em when the house is noisy.

So I now rent DVDs from the local library but watch far fewer rental films than I might.

plus ça change

1
0

Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Gnu/Linux?

"my own infrastructure including my work PC (BYOD) run Gentoo"

Thanks for telling us that Stuart

1
0

How about printing your electricity?

Nifty
Bronze badge

It was all working perfectly until...

An auto firmware update stopped their non-HP cartridges from working

2
0

Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Tethering

I read rumours that the latest iteration of Three SIMs have tethering detection in their firmware. FUD?

0
0

Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Less than one second?

RE; How does it deal with verbs in German sentences being at the end

- It recognizes the joke from a database and tells you the punchline in good time.

5
0

US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

Nifty
Bronze badge

Private Eye will have to take this item off it's Xmas spoof adverts now as it really exists

2
0

Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

Nifty
Bronze badge

What about voice calls?

All the family mobiles get about 2 PPI recorded calls, with number withheld, per week.

How do you forward these?

0
0

After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

Nifty
Bronze badge

Example: Router DNS hijacking

There's a fresh thread in the Plusnet forums where Plusnet sent out a warning about well know brands of router being vulnerable to having the DNS settings hijacked, to create a vector for a 'You need to update Adobe Flash, click here" attack, we recommend you buy a new router, how about one from this list.

FUD?

Lo and behold someone posts back they have found their router of suspected brand was compromised.

0
0

NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

Nifty
Bronze badge

Re: Black cabs are extortionate

Actually this may what the London authorities subconsciously want. If cab prices were more affordable the number of vehicle miles in London would increase and the road speed drop from 7 to 4.5 mph.

0
0

China ponders ban on IBM servers

Nifty
Bronze badge

System x not involved then?

Presumably System X servers are not in the Chinese critical chain?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/23/lenovo_buy_systemx/

0
0

eBay says database leak dump offers are fake

Nifty
Bronze badge

99.99%

I beg to differ, this offer must be genuine because the seller has excellent Ebay feedback

0
0

EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

Nifty
Bronze badge

The users' personal info database should be stored in a distributed way, so that the distributed pieces can only be stitched together in an interactive session that takes a certain amount of time. This way any purloining of personal info would have to be done painstakingly and interactively one-by-one, not by a bulk download that in Ebay's case seems to include all users' data neatly packaged.

Actually I am beginning to think there's a inside job element to this.

1
0

BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Nifty
Bronze badge

Electronic tickets please

So that you can buy ANY UK rail ticket, even for 1 stop, at last minute or during 1st 5 mins of journey on train grace period, keep favorite journeys on the app, include ticket for traveling partner, use GPS intelligently to prompt for the journey just starting, display ticket on demand to inspector.

Like I used in Switzerland years ago on holiday.

Etc etc etc.

To replace those silly machines that don't accept cash, take ages to print tickets and have queues or are out of order again.

Catch up, UK!

1
0

Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

Nifty
Bronze badge

Is this not a bit like the 'remaining stock' on an Ebay item or an online shop?

When I ran an online shop site we only used to set this value to 10 or 20 then reset it once it hit zero.

As much to give the customers the feeling that stock of their item was not infinite, as to fool the competitors about our turnover!

9
0

Titsup Russian rocket EXPLODES, destroys $275m telly satellite

Nifty
Bronze badge

Here's another one I prepared earlier

A large proportion of the cost of a satellite is the custom design and build. Is it not standard practice to build at least one identical spare alongside the original?

1
0

Page: