* Posts by TheVogon

1549 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

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"the open source is in use because of the easy way of seeing the codes and working them out"

You know you can look at the Windows source code too via Microsoft? Publically available code might be of marginal assistance to a hacker, but they are able to quite happily find holes in closed source code too. I would also note that available source code doesn't seem to make software more secure as is often claimed - see the recent many years old holes on Open SSL, BASH, etc.

"We all have the Windows phones for best safety."

Don't disagree there, but it's got little to do with availability of the source code imo...

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Re: riddle me this

"Do we RICHTO?"

We do:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/24/report-97-of-mobile-malware-is-on-android-this-is-the-easy-way-you-stay-safe/

"How many times greater is that than known WinPhone deployments?"

Windows Phone total retail sales are something over 100 million. I will let you do the maths...

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Re: Phone Security

"Um, there'll be no publicly known vulnerabilities in M$A's moribund WinPho platform, if that's actually the case, simply because no one has bothered to analyse one."

They have sold over 100 million of them I seem to recall. If they were trivial to exploit we would likely have seen evidence by now.

"somehow proof that it isn't crammed full of exploitable errors and NSA backdoors "

Nope, but less of a worry than other mobile platforms that WE KNOW have lots of security issues!

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Re: riddle me this

"the other is without a doubt the most severe vulrability ever to have hit mobiles, and whilst now patched on some devices, the amount of data gathered by it is unknown."

Yep, you could drive a bus through the quadrooter holes. And Android patching is abysmal from most manufacturers....

We do have some idea though as there have been hundreds of thousands of known Android malware deployments.

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Re: I'm beginning to think carrier pigeon is the way to go

"I'm beginning to think carrier pigeon is the way to go "

Remember the story about the 4 carrier pigeons found by soldiers during the war? They ate 3 of them, and then sent a thank you message for the tasty meal on the 4th....

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Re: Safe and secure...

"Using my Microsoft Lumia 950"

Me too - 950 XL. Couple of orders of magnitude fewer security holes across all versions of Microsoft's mobile OS compared to Blackberry, Android or IOS...

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Re: Phone Security

"The NSA was unable to hack Angela Merkel's Blackberry"

Uhm no. They WERE able to monitor it. For years:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/02/wikileaks-us-spied-on-angela-merkels-ministers-too-says-german-newspaper

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Re: Phone Security

" you want to have privacy and security with a phone Blackberry is the way to go. "

It really isn't. There have been well over 80 known security vulnerabilities so far in Blackberry OS 10 - versus ~ zero in Windows Phone 10. For instance the US government apparently had no issues in spying on the Germans when they were using Blackberry...

And now Blackberry are moving to a "secure" version of Android - that's going to be like trying to keep water in a colander with a sieve....

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Re: A speedy patch release

"The last few years they have been VERY quick to release security patches, especially for something like this."

Presumably because jailbroken iphone = potentially lost AppStore sales.....

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Redmond reveals Hyper-V 2016 beats vSphere's RAM and CPU count

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"actually trust that this Hyper-V offering has been tested and isn't just beta software put out for others to test?!"

It' available for anyone to test (and report any bugs) and make up your own mind:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

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Re: In other news

"And those figures are totally as relevant as the ones mentioned in this story."

Except that Hyper-V has over 30% market share and Vsphere over 40% Market share....

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"The limits are mostly theoretical today,"

Quite - bragging rights - not serious a consideration for the vast majority of users.

Of more interest to me - Hyper-V historically has outperformed VMware on the same hardware for performance (IOPS) - so what is the relative performance like these days - have Microsoft extended their lead - or have VMware caught up - anyone published any benchmarks as yet?

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Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

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"That is still more expensive than GNU/Linux + support,!"

Not versus a commercially supported version like Redhat it isn't...

The Datacentre version also include unlimited Windows Server VM licences.

And don't forget that Hyper-V Server is also a proper standalone Hypervisor (like vSphere) that can run without an underlying OS and not just a bolt-on OS kernel plugin like say KVM.

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Re: Microsoft Tamagochi Gambit.

" suggest its critics look at the scoreboard, where it beats Hyper-V by about four to one!"

Hyper-V has had over 30% of the hypervisor market for some time now. Vsphere therefore only beats it by about one point five to one!

See for instance http://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2014/07/hyper-v-is-eating-vmwares-lunch/

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Re: MS Board Meeting

"And Redmond wonders why people are leaving its products for open-source alternatives."

As of yet they don't seem to be. Windows Server market share is still growing as are most of Microsoft's core application platforms such as SQL Server, Exchange, Office 365, Azure, etc, and Linux isn't making any impact on the desktop so far at <2% share - whereas Windows market share is stable at > 90%...

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The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

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https://xkcd.com/927/

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

"So detector vans do not exist and haven't for decades"

Yes they do.

https://lacithedog.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/tv-detector-van.jpg

However the vans are a visual deterrent only and not actually operational at all.

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Video surveillance recorders riddled with zero-days

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Re: Are there any robust systems out there?

"Are there any systems, available to the retail customer/general installer in the UK which are both physically and electronically secure, at least so far as can be reasonably determined?"

Suggest a Synology NAS / Surveillance Pro software and Axis (Linux based) network cameras are about as good as it gets...

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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Re: Climate change increases homelessness

"In our area at least, a warming climate is impacting the homeless population"

It's the same in London. The Scots that visit find it so hot that they have to consume vast quantities of drink and sleep out on the streets...

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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Re: Pull the plug...

" Look at how long MSFT put up with the losses from Xbox. "

Microsoft eventually made billions out of Xbox though - far more than they invested. And with the next Xbox Scorpio version they might well jump ahead of Sony as it is apparently far more powerful than the PS4 Neo.

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Re: The writing should be on the wall

"That drop in revenue would have sent any other companies share price tumbling"

They never made any profit to speak of on Mobile though, so it's of little consequence.

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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

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Re: Patching speed is probably the issue

"The risks of Android are routinely overblown – not to say that they don't exist – but the attack vectors are usually outside normal use patterns. "

You mean like say - playing a media file - visiting a website - or receiving an SMS message?

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: $1B?

Lol @ back up again already on http://kickass.mx

Whack-a-mole fail.

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"since TPB and now KAT are taken offline!"

TPB is still up.

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: Everyone seems to have missed the point here......

"The hierarchy goes like this:"

Not anywhere I have ever worked. Networks / telecoms = sewers and drains department = it should just work and no one needs to see it. Near the bottom of the stack...

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: K12? Google Docs

"first thing they did was scrap the idea of open standards that would promote interoperability, it all had to become Microsoft"

Microsoft software already supported most of the open standards that were proposed! And it worked.

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Re: K12?

"when my younger son went 4 years later they'd dropped all that .... and mvoed evrything to Google Docs."

You must have been unlucky with your local school - most still use Office 365 - it's now free for schools / universities. Relatively few businesses use Google Apps, and people want their kids to be learning a version of Office that's actually some use to get a job!

This book exists for good reason: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1535538481

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: Good thing world electricity production won't flatline until 2040

" rather than relying on intermittent renewable energy."

Hydroelectric and geothermal can run all the time, as can wave energy and tidal is at least predictable.

Wind and solar can be variable, but we can easily (and do) use these to reduce the use of non-renewable power sources when they are available.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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You will always be able to reinstall it - and you won't need the product key. The upgrade process records your hardware as licensed and future reinstalls will know it's the same hardware...

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: A degree is not a vocational qualification

This probably has more to do with the general lack of social skills (and often the appearance!) of anyone that would want to do a degree in Computer Science...

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Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

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Re: how do I get my country on the "no sale" list?

"aims to stop the sale of exploitation software to restricted regimes with poor human-rights records"

Won't the Americans and Israelis be a bit upset when they can't buy their favourite software?

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Re: Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit

"there's bugger all measurable difference in the IP stack between Windows and Linux performance on that (or any) kit

That's not my experience. Not a vast difference but at extreme bandwidth use, Windows Server is generally measurably faster and has lower CPU use.

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Re: Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit

"Yeah, because we all have sooo much experience of 40GB connections"

Just because you cant afford modern kit, doesn't mean everybody can't. A new blade chassis setup would likely be running 40gbit uplinks these days and 40 gbit cards in the blades themselves are not that expensive where required.

And there are cheaper ways to join the club if you can't afford new:

https://www.etb-tech.com/mellanox-m3601q-40gb-infiniband-switch.html

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Re: Took their time

"I always thought their stack was pretty rubbish"

It's generally the fastest. Particularly on very high bandwidth / low latency connections like say 40 Gbit or Mellanox.

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Re: Not holding my breath

"Unfortunately the great unwashed masses were not grateful for all of this effort, pointing out that in the real world of copying actual files, not only was Vista much slower than XP was (by orders of magnitude!), "

That was fixed long ago in SP1:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/markrussinovich/2008/02/04/inside-vista-sp1-file-copy-improvements/

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40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

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Re: How appropriate

"40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world"

When I saw the headline, I thought they must be referring to Jimmy Carter...

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: How about "Shoot McShootFoot?'

"No, that one's been reserved by Slurp"

What has this got to do with Google??

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Re: Apparently he was allowed to continue his journey

"In the UK, the cops don't carry guns"

Yes they do. It's just that it is restricted to specialist highly trained officers - so they don't all carry guns. And they also tend to use standard issue NATO weapons and not cowboy pistols like the yanks.

"but airport security sure does."

No they don't in the UK. The only guys normally with guns at the airport are the Police.

Who look something like this:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01798/police_1798383a.jpg

or this:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/7/3/1404375360548/British-armed-police-patr-014.jpg

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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

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Re: That's still "sometimes".

"Sometimes means 'occasionally' or once in a while"

It also means 'in certain cases but not always'.

Anyway I'm dubious of your claim of 99.7% of traffic seeing as Linux versions etc. are commonly torrented. 99.7% of hosted files on some torrent hosts maybe. A citation is required...

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"Er no almost all of BitTorrent traffic is piracy some say upto 99.7% of it is."

That's still "sometimes".

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

"Finally the agency excoriates Windows 10 for its poor security. People can use a four-digit pin to log in and purchase apps"

But you can CHOOSE to do exactly the same on Android or IOS. This isn't a Windows security failing, it's a user choice.

"and the CNIL notes that there's no limit to the number of times a PIN can be tried"

Also the same as Android / IOS.

There are also security advantages to using a PIN - if you’re using a Microsoft account to log in to your device, you’re entering a password that can be used to gain access to every single aspect of your account, including other devices and web services.However, by setting up a PIN lock, you can unlock a single device without routinely using your account password.

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VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack

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Re: Free like a puppy

"Virtual Machine Manager isn't free (or even cheap)."

But you don't have to use it. You can manage everything from the command line like KVM (via PowerShell). Or you can use third party products.

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You are comparing hypervisor host licences with Windows OS licences. Not the same thing at all. VMware charges for the fully featured vSphere hypervisor product. Microsoft doesn't - it's hypervisor is totally free with all features enabled in Hyper-V Server.

We don't know what the license model with Azure stack will be yet. but likely the hypervisor will remain free.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Article picture

Should have just added a pirate flag to this:

http://www.charterworld.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/USCG-Eagle-Photo-Credit-United-States-Coast-Guard-650x436.jpg

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

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Re: @TheVogon

"Yes because when the Tories got in, there was no Debt and then they crashed the economy....you utter fuckwit!"

On which planet is that? On this one the budget deficit has been cut by 2/3 and the UK economy has outperformed almost everyone of our peers since the Conservatives were elected.

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Re: Buy to let

"the deliberate lack of social housing and the fact that 40% of the council houses sold off are now in the hands of private landlords,"

Great. They should all be sold off and the money spent on reducing the national debt, or infrastructure investment.

"It's a national disgrace."

No it isn't. It's not the governments job to provide housing. The tax payer shouldn't be paying for any housing except in an emergency. The welfare state is meant to be a safety net, not a hammock.

Want a house? Get qualifications and a job...

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Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future

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Re: So a major price increase then...

"What you say might be true for Windows but it is not true for Linux."

Well yes, Linux vendors still charge per CPU socket, but that might change tomorrow. I doubt enterprise Linux will ever be cheaper to license / support than Windows Server except in very niche applications.

For instance see https://www.redhat.com/wapps/store/catalog.html

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Re: So a major price increase then...

"Not to worry, the Azure version will be just slightly cheaper (at first). The job's not done until it doesn't run - in your datacenter."

Azure Stack will run in your datcentre though.

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Cryptocat dev reckons WhatsApp is blocking calls to Saudi numbers

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Re: Morals issue?

"This sounds stupid I know but the Saudis make Baptists look like party animals."

You obvious haven't been there much. Or out in the expensive parts of London during Ramadan. When they think no one is looking, the Saudis make party animals look like Baptists...

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Software contains bugs

"Win10 has supposedly been re-written from the ground up."

Says who? Even Microsoft don't claim that.

What Microsoft actually said was "This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

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