* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Surely an array of redundant flash chips?

Surely someone could make a "HDD" that simply takes SD cards in an array, & handles the wear leveling at a higher level (as well as the in-built on the individual cards)

You plug in a few ?Gb, ??Gb or ???Gb (micro?)SD Cards, and the controller, in the form of a regular HDD sized thing, gets on with it. Uses JBOD architecture or some fancy RAID, according to your tastes, & presents as a standard SSD/HDD.

Completely removes a single point of failure too as if the controller dies just put the SD cards in another controller. If any one card dies, you get an alert and you swap that card.

This already exists, doesn't it? (It's too simple and obvious)

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Re: We use

Just avoid 3Gb drives - they appear to have far higher failure rates than 2 or 4Gb disks.

(This was tested across loads of disks, there's an article on here somewhere about it I think)

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Re: All of this also ignores...

I use different manufacturers now. Once had a RAID that died, & the second (paired) disk died literally two hours later during the restore! Cue data recovery required.

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Because SMART isn't. YMMV but I've seen discs that don't work, yet SMART says all is well, & I've seen disks with dodgy SMART results that have worked for ages after.

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Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

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To those screaming about OpenSSL again

And how often does Microsoft patch their version? Are you sure that the dozen or so MS lawye^wcoders are up to the same standard as the hundreds of eyeballs looking at OpenSSL? Or do we think that because the source is opaque there aren't any of these often very subtle bus?

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

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Aw...

Couldn't he have just done it "because he could"?

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: It makes sense for banks and some other companies

Well, that's the theory at least.

And besides, adding more domain names is weakening security - without certainty, people are more likely to be unconcerned with a slightly different domain name.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Just don't use disk encryption...

(How do I edit? Never figured that out!)

However, when downloading 55 million voters' data from the Philippines (apparently including fingerprint data!) with terabytes of data (which is what would get you done as proof of the crime!) TAILS can't help you. Because you have to store it somewhere.

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Re: Just don't use disk encryption...

Yes, TAILS. The Amnesiac Incognito Live System. Designed to leave no trace of booting and routes everything through TOR.

Still leaves certain clues behind but a great starter for ten.

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It's a subtle distinction in practise though. Extra-specially in rare cases.

The government simply has you arrested due to a new policy of being tough on alleged hackers, then while you sweat they change policy to be tough on *whatever they find out about you*. (Which affects no-one else - you're the only person accused of hacking the DoD and this week we are being extra tough on hacking them.)

For an example, look at the entirely disproportionate sentences handed out to the 2011 rioting kids! Far harsher than actual criminals ever get. Because policy was changed. But the government *didn't get involved in any individual case*.

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*Simples then.... give him the PC back. If he logs into it, they own him. If he doesn't, than he probably did forget it.*

After it has had whatever they've secretly done to them done? Plug it in, get password wrong a few times, then go smash them with a hammer. Then burn them.

(Maybe scan with a microscope and publish photos of very subtle electronic tampering before you do?)

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: Yup Denial

And he was dumb enough not to be logged in as someone else? Wow. Double dumb.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: OOh missus! - engineers carry tool cases

If you claim to be an engineer and have never used a spanner in your life, you likely aren't much of an engineer, truth be told.

If you've never had the inclination to follow the life cycle of your product from cradle to grave, & play with, or even build, the machines that make your machines, you'll never be best at what you do.

It's like saying you are a computer guru but never in your life touched a hard disk.

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Telling your wife why you were fired is the only punishment

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I bought a new HDD and did a full system backup, only to then find the thing was faulty on checking it. (You do check your backups actually work, right?)

It's lost money - no way is a copy of my entire electronic life going back to the supplier. Accounts, key codes, etc.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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Re: Been there, left that

Surely if you buy a decent company as a going concern, you *can* just leave it to carry on?

Only if you have to should you, as an investor, get involved in "wreck or rescue" operations.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Re: Idea for profit

It takes longer than that to get into Google+!

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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

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Re: When you don't even have...

That'll be why they're forcing people who can't afford electric or a phone line to claim their benefits via the Internet then!

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Re: Where to see it?

Fortunately, this film about predicting the internet will likely be available on the internet.

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Mechanic computers used to pwn cars in new model-agnostic attack

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Easier ways?

There's easier ways to infect cars? Is he kidding?

The garage will *literally* come collect your hacked car, infect their systems, & bring it back!

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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Re: not so Smart / grant applications

Absolutely.

No idea why some fool downvoted your comment!

There are indeed specialists who work with companies and, in my experience, non-profits, to get grants. And they are effectively self-funding, operating on a no-win, no-fee basis. They wrote their costs into the grant.

Tax payer money hard at work, at least keeping some in a job!

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Email?

Shocking. He may have used *email* to contact someone. If only you'd given him your phone number instead.

Seriously?

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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Tl;dr: you fidget more when engaged.

N/T

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Hijack wireless mice, keyboards, with $15 of kit and 15 lines of code

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Hardly new

This isn't a new threat.

What's clever here is the way they've used the mouse commands as a way in, & also that manufacturers have aimed for cheaper models' compatability so allowing defeat of the more expensive systems.

It's like not encrypting your backups because of the overhead!

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Re: Only 15 models ?

Just because they only tested 17 models, and found 15 broken, doesn't mean lots of other ones aren't also similarly flawed.

It costs a lot to test gear that you have to buy retail yourself - at say £50 a set that's over £800, & lots of keyboard/mice cost more than that!

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Bug bounty hunters score big dollars and the boom's only just begun

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Re: Easy money

@AC: well, perhaps millions of people are looking, but only a few will find what they seek. And get paid.

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: Other AI robot shockers

Building on the foundation above, I see what you did there.

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Re: Spoiler alert if you haven't seen 2001: A Space Odyssey

I was waiting for:

"Neo & Trinity die (warning: spoilers above)"

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Re: "In time you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love..."

Sadly, you are right.

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Metel malware pops bank, triggers 15 percent swing in Russian Ruble

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Re: Seems like banks are going to have to beef up at last

Seriously, it's a ATM. You could get a group to base one on an Arduino in a long weekend hackercamp!

The last ATM I used was so lagging on the touchscreen inputs that it wasn't fully usable.

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Alibaba security fail: Brute-force bonanza yields 21m logins

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2 factor?

2 factor gets trotted out all the time, but how? The cheapest imaginable device is free, on a user's phone for example, but the cost of 99% of users not installing the app and not using your site/store is still too high.

And sending a 2 factor device would cost millions at least, for 99 million users.

2FA isn't the answer in 99% of use cases.

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Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

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Re: Typical Tory MP

56000? Hardly.

You can get an idea of the actual data rate every time Big Ben sounds.

The Scottish MPs think it awful how they all have to get up and wander to a lobby for herding and counting, instead of just pressing a button!

Personally, I prefer it takes them all day to vote on two things. Slows them down from banning what little fun there is left!

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Dodgy

As others have said, how can LastPass decrypt with no backdoor?

I'm out. Sub is up in 5 days, so I'll be going to something else.

At this rate it'll be an encrypted text doc in Dropbox!

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Facebook must face furious shareholders in class action over IPO

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Indeed not. Anyone unhappy can give their Facebook shares to me, right now, for a full refund of the initial IPO price, + 10% as a goodwill gesture.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Re: Indeed, where are the police?

The whole abuse of the legal system in respects to the Naked Rambler is horrifying.

Yes, pretty much the only man in the country who wants to be naked all the time has had what is essentially a custom law (for that's what an ASBO is!) created just to create offences when he is naked.

Unlike the British legal system, you couldn't make it up!

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

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I've been suggesting people donate the fantastic exploding devices to their local hackspace/makerspace.

Get someone sensible to check it out at least, lest you burn the house down!

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Law against offshoring

@esme

Probably not at £8 a shift like they can pay a call centre in India for (UK) overnight cover, no!

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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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Re: I wonder what the latency of this is?

This will allow LIDAR on a chip and possibly tiny projector systems too (though whether the human eye can see the projection will depend on several factors like wavelength and having a lense)

Pretty major breakthrough.

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Great for the spies!

Oh look, a new exploit has entered the building. Photonic tap anyone?

Rather like flashing the network led to exfiltrate data through a window, except direct from the chip using one of the unused IO channels.

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Robotic exoskeleton market to grow 40 per cent a year until 2025

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Rice planting was just a shorthand way of saying "lots of (a billion?) Far Eastern manual workers".

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Except that won't work.

Where are these new jobs going to come from? There will already be a set of workers doing those. So the huge population of rice field workers head to the city to get a job with no skills, & do what exactly? Drive prices below what will sustain human life?

Of course, until the exoskeleton costs less than a few years of labour from a peasant, nothing much will happen.

As for crime, I'm sure some bright spark will figure out how to have one run a JCB. And just a few days after that some other minimum wage worker will be opening cash machines with it the 'fast' way.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Re: over sharing

Get a couple of layers of security, spend some money on Sold Secure Gold rated kit, & add some sort of alarm/CCTV/pager that'll tip *you* off about something happening, as well as the neighbours.

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

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Hmmm

They were very very lucky. $2500 got them a closed path for what could've been another Sony hack.

The idiots should've thanked the guy and paid him off, rather than whine he 'went too far'! Because that pissed off attacker who gets root? He'll not be pointing out the flaws.

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Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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Re: "Stealing"

Spot on.

The one side is claiming millions for damages that are in reality vanishingly small, & the other side is basically saying if you run the risk you can only lose a tiny amount if caught.

The sensible way is exactly what you just said: charge $200 USD for getting caught stealing a film.

I gamble and get caught, it's enough of a slap to make me get Netflix or whatever. Also, it would stop people with 10,000+ libraries of every film ever pirated, as it would, rightly, bankrupt them.

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Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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When they tried to blackmail governments with the threat of releasing everything at once if any of them came to harm

Glad you aren't a lawyer! That's not blackmail, that's sensible. "If you start killing us, we've got insurance."

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US State Department sicko pleads guilty to sextortion from UK embassy

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"Ford was charged under US law as the embassy is technically American soil. He will be sentenced in February."

That sounds like them justifying their jurisdiction. That's never stopped them before...

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is not a dick...

Telepom,

You are absolutely right! Redundancy is a very specific thing. By making him redundant they are legally saying they don't need him because they no longer need what he does.

What's great here is it turned out they did.

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Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe

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Re: You can share password on LastPass

Trivially bypassed.

Go to website so LastPass triggers the shared password fill. Press go so the box is filled. Press F12 (in Firefox). Search for "password". Delete the word password. Bingo, the hidden password in the password box is now regular text in a regular text box.

Moral: technology won't save you if you share passwords with those you don't trust.

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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

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Re: Couldn't someone clevererer (and meaner?) than me

That's backwards - the adverts are pushed to you, so you'd block the whole Internet, pretty much, as everything serves ads. A deauth on that simply knocks everyone local offline, even those with adblockers.

Meanwhile, the Web server(s) sending ads won't care one dot.

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Bank card fraud

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Have you absolutely ruled out ATM skimmers?

Correlation of the ATMs or other uses of both cards will likely reveal something useful if you only use one rarely.

Random number attacks are incredibly unlikely unless someone has figured out the algorithm for your card providers' generation process. (Are they the same brand/bank?)

Could be interesting, this.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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That would be epic.

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