* Posts by g e

3224 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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I'll even buy it the gun

Presumably from Walmart

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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You'd think an all-powerful omnipotent being

Would be able to stand up for him/herself, wouldn't you

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Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

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Boo hoo, Schmuckerberg

Exactly.

If your cookie provides security for real users of your infrastructure (even when consumed by non-users, somehow) then you built it wrong you clown.

Obviously, though, it was neither worth 250k/day nor setting the lawyers loose. Just worth a whingey-whiny bit of mealy-mouthed statement. Nothing, in other words.

These megacorps are just like spoilt little children.

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Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

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Re: A Ridiculous Decision.

And Apple aren't at fault for not also taking a backup before wiping his phone as, oh I don't know... BEST PRACTICE ?

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

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Re: Move along

I tried the PS4 beta recently and the graphics were sumptuous.

But that was it.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

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Re: Leaving out the elephant in the room...

Yes, Skype did become backdoored quite swiflty after MS acquired it.

Makes you wonder if the ridiculous ($5Bn?) they paid for Skype was actually funded by the NSA in the first place.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Or, more simply

Make their complaint dependent upon stating the damages they intend to pursue.

Then force them to deposit half that amount PER CASE LODGED with the State to be able to proceed.

They win they get their cash back plus whatever they're awarded. They fail, the defendant gets to walk away with it.

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Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber

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Re: World domination

now, of course, everyone's going to change their COD name to jihadi_jim or xxAlouitiousAkhbarxx and start spaffing mockwah speech (if cockney can have mockney, fatwah can have mockwah?) - the sheer quantity of noise as it stands about blowing shit up on a gaming network makes the idea risible, never mind people KNOWING you're looking for it.

Devil's Advocate May Cry anyone ?

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HTTPSohopeless: 26,000 Telstra Cisco boxen open to device hijacking

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Re: Is there a workaround or isn't there?

Is it hardwired as in ROM or malleable as in Flash firmware?

Couldn't an updater potentially do something like read the device serial and mangle it with the current timestamp whilst upgrading firmware and write that key?

Disclaimer: I am very woolly on keys and things

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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The modern answer to the Clag-Gone!

http://images-cdn.9gag.com/photo/1750868_700b.jpg

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Let me at it...

Good luck with that, haven't been able to find a MagPi round here, including a WH Smiths.

BTW My Pi2 runs Kodi (Via OpenELEC Pi distro) and is powered from the AV amp's USB port so when I turn the amp on the media centre boots too :o)

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Re: No network?

There must be a USB-based RJ45 adaptor somewhere?

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Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

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Avoid Zyxel then

Would seem to be a start, they seems to be prolifically lazy

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Kim Dotcom slams 'dirty ugly bully' Uncle Sam as extradition hearing ends

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some companies "SHOULD choose to stop making films altogether."

FTFY

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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More about creating a 'Cyber defence structure'

You know, with network taps and fuckloads of buffered data storage with machine AI flagging and xrefing shit for you...

Coupled with backdoored encryption, natch.

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Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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'not known to Plaintiffs'

Impressive, they claim to know what they don't know. You'd think the judge, based on experience here also with his son, might have spotted that one, too.

Obviously there will be some quantity of unknown 'perps' which means the number will be higher but given that they've obviously been tracking the listed perps for a while they can't claim to know that the unknown number will be 'substantially' higher of large-scale naughty folk, as you'd think they would have blipped across their spying radar simply due to the volume of their activity.

And yes, I too would think that 'unverified' would be a reasonable cause for complaint. This judge has a strong whiff of backhander bias about him.

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WordPress.com ditches PHP for Calypso's JavaScript admin UI

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And..?

Am I the only one that (3-4 years ago, admittedly, when I last had to deal with it) has seen the downloaded install-yourself WP core code and thought it was written by a 12-year old?

A serious question, I promise.

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'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

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Re: Deliberately missing the point, or fuckwit?

Precisely.

This, sir has saved me making exactly this post and thusly you are rewarded a just, if virtual, pint.

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

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Re: Snowdon

They could appear to themselves everyday. On Closed-Circuit TV.

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Austria's highest court mulls class action status for Schrems v Facebook

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Perhaps it's a cunning plan

Seeing as most people paid more tax than Facebook last year, perhaps the govt's have found a ruse to get a shitload of it back whilst blaming it on the NSA...

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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I think not, dear Igor...

In this case they'll be billing a 'higher power' ...

Power. Geddit? Coat got.

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Who's running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

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Words you'll never hear from them

"Thanks for the heads-up, Mr McKinnon"

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Re: Android 6 Permissions

That's always been 'possible' but Google have held off from that for WAY too long as a standard Android feature. They even accidentally (seemingly) had the ability in a KitKat(?) version but a subsequent incremental update nixed it, IIRC

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Re: Android 6 Permissions

Perhaps some better 3rd party permission managers will appear now marshmallow at least has this much overdue capability

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: it doesn't bother iWatch owners if their charging matt doesn't charge Samsung phones...

That was a obviously typo, I'm pretty certain *** $ *** 80 was intended not '£'

Still, always good to be a strong singer in the apple choir, regardless, eh? You might get selected for the i-factor

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Tor wars: CMU says FBI came not with cash, but a subpoena

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Re: The thoughtless leading the learned

In an ideal world. Yes.

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Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

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Will add it to the reading list

But, in the meantime, who do I write to to utterly surrender my liberties like a good, right-thinking member of the electorate?

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: Huzzah. Badges!

Haha. Pillock.

Was looking for bronze. Didn't spot silver.

Extreme cognitive bias. now, where's my dingy lair..?

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Re: Huzzah. Badges!

Wait a minute, where's my steenkin' badge???

Our records show you have been a member since 2007-06-12

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Huzzah. Badges!

Must add this to my LinkedIn profile along with Hollowing out Volcanoes & Womble Wrangling

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

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Re: It was reported over the weekend

Ah.

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Re: Another angle

Or just have everyone leave for a private sector salary instead...

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This is all beginning to remind me of dealing with CSS

Other peoples' badly-written CSS, that is...

You end up writing ever more fiddly, stupid and idiotic clauses & conditions to catch ever more niche cases and the entire thing becomes an utterly farcical and unworkable pile of unfit-for-purpose shit.

All because someone doesn't wan't to sit down and re-draft the lot sensibly.

This is now how I think of HMRC.

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Re: I Don't Understand The Logic ....

Bloody hell. Just googled and *I* paid more tax than Farcebook last year, too, and I'm by no means minting it.

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This does not compute

Are HMRC saying that no job should take longer than a month and if it does, regardless of business sector and public/private sector, then the person doing that work must become an employee of the entity requiring the work???

I must have misunderstood because that does not compute in any market and it's obvious that it doesn't, even to someone as stupid as a bureaucrat.

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: And what about Somalian Pirates?

Not even that.

Steel nets to foul props (assuming it's not an impellor), tow rope & maybe a wideband jammer to interrupt C&C self-destruct, which presumably it has.

Tow it to a big metal box and get the screwdrivers out.

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Latest Android phones hijacked with tidy one-stop-Chrome-pop

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Re: Any handset? Not mine.

So what, then, Dolphin ?

Or do you mean you could actually still get by fine with a Nokia 6320 ?

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Got a time machine? Good, you can brute-force 2FA

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TOTP

Did anyone else read that as Top Of The Pops ?

(Is a UK thing)

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TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

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Re: Yesterday's stuff

Gunther von Hagens gets my vote for the job

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ProtonMail 'mitigates' DDoS attacks, says security not breached

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TOR nodes?

Presumably by spaffing known (but seemingly random) packets at enough TOR nodes you can start to fathom relationships between ingress and egress points and correlate it with other data?

Assuming you have enough nodes of your own to make the comparisons?

Just wondering, probably don't understand enough about the mechanics of TOR, not being a user.

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

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That Onan guy

Clearly lives in an unaccountable data fetish bubble. And is possibly a bit of a lunatic.

Did I spell his name right?

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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Re: So?

And another for a timely reminder of the bleeding obvious which people seem to need so frequently these days

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Former parking ticket bloke turns out to be cybersecurity genius

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Re: not really surprising that options/bad education has limited peoples potentials

Apart from being able to get rid of staff in a legally-compliant manner (and equal-ops stuff, etc) it's always seemed to me that HR is its own justification for its own existence... in its own view.

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Don't spose there's a free online version?

Just out of interest/nosiness...

You'd think that would be a good way to find people to 'invite' to take the full course, by crowd-sourcing your candidates from a cut-down test

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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Re: Yeah.. No thanks

What a massive fucking waste of battery.

I just ordered a SONY Z5 - FB really expected to be 'scanning' 23MP images for fizzogs? Piss off.

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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"no evidence that the NSA has accessed records"

So, the defence can show they weren't then?

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One Bitcoin or lose your data, hacked Linux sysadmins told

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Re: 3-2-1...

Yup, a month of offline daily backups on a separate system here.

Maybe if I fall victim (not that I use Magento), I should restore a backup and say "Your code is crap. 500 bitcoin to not release the decrypt exploit"

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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Not socialising?

Have you SEEN the people out there in 'the World'??? Jeepers, no wonder ;o)

I think the DK effect applies equally outside the workplace, also... much evidence.

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#2 FTW

Never suffer fools.

Glady or otherwise.

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Re: Asperger's has been very good to me

"Superpower", natch ;oD

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