* Posts by Cipher

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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My biggest fear...

... is that Government sez "You have to do this and provide that" and the ISPs reply "Fine. But we gotta charge more..."

I really feel the consumer is gonna be the one taking a hit on this. "Equality" advocates will make middle class paying customers subsidize the poor because the Comcasts of the world are not going to foot the bill...

Better plan is to say to TWC/Comcast et.al. "Advertise and charge for a certain speed, deliver or else." The "else" being prohibitive fines or loss of rights to provide...

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Fancybox WordPress plugin reveals zero day affecting thousands

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Re: The same principle applies as to services

Excellent advice...

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Re: True Holography??

@ Sandtitz

Maybe the name HoloLens is a clue...

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: Monkey tennis

Yes, maybe the Michael Jackson Orangutan tapes will inspire an new generation of game developers...

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If cities want to run their own broadband, let 'em do it, Prez Obama tells FCC

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ahem...

I forsee a massive, bloated bureaucracy unable to deliver on the great promises that will be made. I see taxpayers being hit in the gut for this, and pitiful service delivered.

Now if the city contracted with Google to come to their city... Maybe...

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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Wertheimer:

"... In truth, I can think of no better way to describe our failure to drop support for the Dual EC DRBG algorithm as anything other than regrettable,"

Regrettable that the flaw was found is what you really mean, correct?

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Re: Waiting to see the same effort to bring more players under 6" in the NBA...

Geoffrey W:

No, hiring people based on race & gender instead of skills will be "Tragic" and "Dangerous." For Intel...

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Comey has no such proof, what he has is face to be saved.

"I'm right, 'cause I have info you don't." Childish bullshit. Produce it or STFU Comey...

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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

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@kartstar

Agree.

This work by the good academics has a certain revisionist smell to it, a bit of down playing - move on nothing dangerous here - kind of ring to it.

Cherry pick a weak element and hope the entire NSA system is tarred with the same brush...

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Snooker WPA secrets with this Wi-Fi tool

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Re: "Bad guys and security testers "

"PenTesters" is another one...

A chap I know offers free shell accounts, potential new users are vetted on IRC. Tunneling is unvailable, but these types come in, request an account and ask about tunneling capability as they wish to do pen testing.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Re: Microsoft's good software

linicks:

On a systemd distro, it'll open in half that.

Of course it will open 12 other things as dependencies as well, and fire up an http server for deity knows why...

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Re: Microsoft's good software

Chivo243:

I recall 2000 the same way. BSOD with 2k vs. NT4 saw an amazing drop. Also, they occured mainly after updates or software pushes, and a reboot cleared them, no more looking up stop code fixes for an hour before deciding it was faster to rebuild the machine.

Our seating deal with Microsoft allowed IT staff to put 2000 on home machines. What a pleasure 2k was...

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: Have you applied leeches and vented the phlegm?

Having read MS forums for years, I have to agree. No matter what the problem, and often it is buggy code, MS staffers post the scripted "safe mode, AV, chkdsk, it is likely malware so cleanup your machine" bullshit instead of addresing user problems.

Windows users are lucky that some folks write free workarounds to these problems, ShellFolderFix comes to mind...

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

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Re: Own your data

Yeah but...

No one sez you have to give them the data. Fire up a hardened, access controlled LAMP server and share with your real friends. Shouln't be much of a bandwidth hog once you trim those 250+ FB friends down to people you really know...

Alternately, use email, make a listserv thing for your family. Or even better use your phone or arrange, gasp, to meet people in real life at the pub...

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Re: @DKKp (Morally wrong?)

Well I suppose its about time our betters legislate how much wealth one can accumulate. That should stifle innovation nicely, once you've reached your cap, why go on?

Oh wait... better idea... Make all you want but have the state give your surplus to those who haven't maxed out yet. In fact, if the state determines you are capable of making more, it would be codified that you had to.

From each, to each. Yeah, that's the ticket...

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: Let me be the first one to say

I posted this, 5 days ago....

The North Koreans didn't do this

But the FBI doesn't want to waste a good crisis in the advancement of the police state.

Next up: More draconian cyber laws, its for the children...

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Re: Herr Bunter, please expedite your return to the US

Clearly state sponsored astro-turfers need better training...

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Online armour: Duncan Campbell's tech chief on anonymity 101

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@moiety

All valid, sadly, points...

I simultaneously see glimmers of hope and despair at the scope of the problem. Recently on a favorite IRC channel a fellow made a point to get several people to install Thunderbird, and setup GPG, sign keys and send test messages.

I was amazed at the trouble a group of tech 1 percenters had with this, folks who run linux, test distros on spare machines routinely and compile source to install software with ease. They all got it done but the level of hand holding was mind boggling considering the skill set of the group...

Nothing to do but keep on keeping on I suppose...

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@moiety:

The answer to that is ubiquitous use of encryption then...

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Re: Android Apps

Liberte Linux is also systemd infected...

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Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

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Apparently Re-Education Camp worked for you, congratulations Comrades!

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Great, as ususal, thanks...

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

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Re: Hmm.... the hijackers* have been strangely silent...

The North Koreans didn't do this

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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Orientals?

Asians is a better term, yours is considered derisive. Don't believe me? Ask your Asian friends...

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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Re: Keurig

"Blimey. How good is that Keurig machine that it's worth hacking the bloody thing in order to use your preferred coffee in it? "

Hmmmm... Letting it be known that you hacked your coffee maker to save money is certainly worth the admiration that would come with it. "Geek Cred"

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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

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Well, if we're going old school...

"Welcome to the Machine" the second song on Pink Floyd's 1975 album Wish You Were Here...

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Re: Spotify web player is flakey

All this in the same week they killed Regina Eggbert...

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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I suggested no such thing, I just find it odd that the CIA would be visiting an entity like Sony, nothing more.

If the CIA wanted Sony's data, they wouldn't ask or have to...

I feel there is more than meets the eye here, and North Korea is a convenient target to blame. I guess we'll see what the alphabets ask for, what their allies in Congress call for, and what we are foolish enough to fall for in the coming months...

Somehow I suspect that "thinking of the children" will be a part of this, as well our security from terrorists.

I'll stand by my premise that, if given a choice of targets, the North Koreans would pick something that would inflict some real damage, say power grids, or banking. Its not as if anyone in North Korea was ever going to see this film, and they know perfecly well what the world thinks of them. This movie does them no harm, why go after it?

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GSystems may be on to something here.

If, a large if, the North Koreans had the ability to pull off an intrusion of this magnitude and avoid direct implication, would Sony really be their target? Knowing the attack vector would likely be closed, would they waste a one off on this? And the groups nick, GOP, isn't a dig at Republicans?

I ask myself who would benefit from such an attack? An attack with large headlines, but no real damage to anyone's national security.

Then I read that the CIA visited Sony weeks before the attack. Are visits like this common? Has McDonalds been advised on how to keep the secret sauce under wraps?

I seem to recall an outfit ready to blame a video for terrorism before, something about Benghazi...

All too convenient to me...

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Re: Any fule knows its the music

Add to that the rift in the Space-Time Contiuum caused by the introduction of Interleague Play in Americen Baseball in 1997...

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

The filtering of events to the logs is the key problem with journald.

What is filtered out, and why? Sending the logs to syslog doesn't overcome the filtering.

Why filter? Who benefits from this?

I don't expect an answer from the systemd cabal other than "trust us", which I don't...

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Re: play the ball not the player?

Not everyone, a sizable number actually, would agree with your "demonstrably better" remark. Many sysadmins have stated their opinions all over the net about their dislike for systemd AND the lack of any listening by Poettering and crew.

And be clear, systemd is not an init replacement, it is consuming everything in sight, to the point of becoming a second kernal in userland. Logging, cron, bite by bite it is eating everything.

I do agree with your last point, Linux sans systemd will survive somehow. I am sending money to Devuan, and anyone else who will move forward without the systemd OS. Poettering did say that systemd 's eventual goal was to become an OS, did he not? Systemd is far more than an init replacement...

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Re: play the ball not the player?

Well put Trevor, well put.

IMO, Poeterring and the systemd crew are the exact opposite of what I thought Linux to be when I started with it: Freedom.

I am so tired of the "roll your own" comeback they make. That will be hard when more apps are systemd dependent, like say the latest version of Gimp. It won't be long before apps sans systemd will be hard to find. They know this and couldn't give a shit about anyone's opinions/wants/needs but there own...

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Re: Lost me at 7.

AdamWill inquired:

"Why? What's the point of that entirely artificial restriction?"

Hen House, Fox Guarding?

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Re: Why install when it's going to be obsolete in a few months?

AdamWill inscribed for posterity thusly"

"I've been posting here since it was a useful tech news site and not some sort of weird climate change sceptic (sic) backwater, and long before I worked for RH...."

My, My, now anyone who doesn't drink the systemd koolaid is global warming denier?

Surely you can come up with a better ad hominem than that...

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Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

DrXym:

Nitpicking aside, answer my original questions about the necessity of a qr code lib and a http server for journald. Replacing text with binary, a binary that filters what you get see is bad enough. And the oft quoted "just replace it with syslog" is not a workable option, it merely sends the filtered events to it. What purpose does a qr code lib and a http server serve here? Take your time composing your answer, I'll wait...

Of course the broader question is why does so much of systemd, which is replacing the OS incrementaly, need to reside in user space? Why the single point of failure in PID1?

The article I mentioned destroys all the arguments currently being made as to the need for systemd. If it is not needed, why use it? Are you also a fan of PulseAudio, another Poettering epic fail?

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Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

Here is a non-rant, detailed look at what is wrong with systemd:

Jude's Blog

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No to gnome, no to systemd

Anyone else wonder why the new binary logs in this systemd monstrosity require a qr code lib and an http server, just to deliver filtered log events? Even when bypasing journald and using syslog?

Distros without systemd

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Citizens United also covers labor unions, they are afforded the same rights as the "evil corporations."

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Re: Sorry ...

0 for 2 from where I sit.

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Armouring up online: Duncan Campbell's chief techie talks crypto with El Reg

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Re: a nice try....

The real answer, and it is mathematically proven secure, is the One Time Pad.

This what a bad actor subject to state sponsored analysis should be using.

There are rules for using a OTP, rules that cannot be broken. Additionally, a nice added trick can be found in the One Step Beyond subheading of Christoph Wille's examination of the OTP.

There are problems with the OTP, mainly physical security of the pads, but the crypto is 100% safe. A good site: to read about the main rules.

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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and not a word on mitigation...

...via software or the group policy editor.

A solution

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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Re: Super Strike Force

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is a std::make_error_code(std::io_errc) in your language application module.

Please have a human being look into this, OK?

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The best part of the week...

His Waterloo, or the Grand Alliance?

My money is still on the BOFH...

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Infrastructure Crumbling

You do know who has been running almost every major U.S. city for the past 50 years or so, right? Conservatives? Hardly...

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

In 1983 I took a day off from work and went to see "War Games." Stopped off and bought a Commodore64 I was so enamored of the idea. BBSes and AOL in the late 80's. The first real ISPs, Mindspring at the time was one, didn't appear until the early 90's, IIRC.

1987? I don't think there was anything we could call the internet then. In '89 at the school I worked at, it was all one could do to install Mosiac, later we got Netscape, and make a slip connection to a University account for some real WWW stuffs. Not very many web sites to visit in those days...

Home computers in 1987 were very rare. No one I knew used one at work, all that was just starting with 8088/8086 machines with 10MB HDs used for word processing mostly. Engineers still had drafting boards, there was no AutoCad, if there was it was such a small number of users as to be virtually non-existant.

I'm always wary of stories of how much some people claim to be involved with computers in the early to mid 80's, most of these stories are BS...

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No worries...

...Poeterring has the answer: d windows, as soon as the Linux Registry is complete, he'll release it.

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Re: No surprise here

Title II is not the answer. Title II would give the government a foothold for command and control, dictating the hows and whys of the net. My bet is the NSA loves the idea of a Title II internet...

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: Poor coverage is sometimes a blessing

Go outside?

I tried that the other day. The construct was shaky, character development weak, but the graphics were awesome. I may have to this more often...

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US Ass. Commerce Sec hits back at claims global DNS is DOOMED

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In other words...

...we're fucked.

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