* Posts by herman

158 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

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Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

herman

Basically everyone now needs a dedicated keyboard with encryption built in so that a simplistic key logger will only log gobbledygook. Then you can use a different keyboard for each application. One for Excel, another for Word...

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: That does it!

Wall Street runs on Linux actually.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Dry DSL

You certainly can get dry DSL with no dial tone. You just have to call customer service and insist on it. Simply don't take no for an answer and it is cheaper than the package deal. There are lots of business DSL lines with no dial tone.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Siri/Cortana/Bob/Clippy

They are all about equally useful.

Presently I use a Mac as my main machine at home and I used the speech functions once, to see if it could be useful - and - well - no - it isn't really and I never tried it again and I don't know anybody that use it either.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Commercial use forbidden?

Nope - doesn't do Domain log-on.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Intertubes

Finally the Intertubes of Senator Hatch may become a reality.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

No, there are quite a few more countries like that, e.g. the Vatican and Saudi Arabia to name two of the best known.

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Re: Ironic

The police were too busy trying to decode encrypted pron traffic, to notice the Kouachi brothers.

Therefore, the obvious solution is to outlaw encryption so that they will have more time on their uhm... hands....

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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I want some!

"As it turned out, it was possibly the best sounding source yet. It could sustain pace and drive, and gave body and richness to music where the Kingston SSD, for example, had been heard as limpid and lightweight. Maybe higher frequencies still weren't as insightful as direct CD playback at its best, but the sound had a relaxed quality that this listener has found quite enticing enough to plan a migration of all music onto it — pending a test of other NAS combinations!"

I don't know what they were smoking, but I think I want some...

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: As a cyclist

Bicycle, walk, skate board, horse and buggy - you will still have plenty of freedom,

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Most big planes do auto landing. That is the only way to land in fog.

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

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Tor RTFM

https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-manual.html.en

ExcludeExitNodes node,node,…

A list of identity fingerprints, nicknames, country codes and address patterns of nodes to never use when picking an exit node---that is, a node that delivers traffic for you outside the Tor network. Note that any node listed in ExcludeNodes is automatically considered to be part of this list too. See also the caveats on the "ExitNodes" option below.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

herman

Coming out party

Dabbsy in an Apple store? Seriously? What has the world come to?

At least, I buy my Apple kit online, to keep a safe distance.

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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

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Clueless admins and management at Sony (Whitehouse and FBI)

Sony was hacked via a SMB exploit. This harks back to 1995: Clueless home users putting Windows PCs on cable modems and script kiddies having fun over ports 135 - 139.

Sony was clueless in 2005 when they released a root kit on millions of CDs and infected thousands of government departments with their crapware (and enabled many opportunists who came along for the ride on the new exploit) and now they want us to believe that a dumb SMB exploit was an attack by a foreign nation?

Occam's Razor tells me they left a bunch of unpatched Windows 2000 servers online with no firewall and a script kiddy gang went to town with it.

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

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SMB

According to CNN, the hackers got in via SMB. I guess they had ports 137 to 139 open and WORKGROUP and p@ssw0rd set as well...

It sounds to me like a comedy of errors, not a sophisticated attack as some people are trying to make it.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Anthropodermic bibliopegy

Anthropodermic bibliopegy was the practice of binding the trial notes of a murder with the skin off the back of the murderer. So once they are bored with sheep, there is another weird source for research.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

herman

"That was Leningrad, sorry.

No, it was Stalingrad. Leningrad was supplied over a lake under German fire."

No, it was St Petersburg, you dum dum...

;)

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Sextant

So, I take it that sea captains don't learn how to use a sextant anymore? LORAN is good for ships, but not so great for aircraft, since it only provides 2D position.

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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Stolen

Sounds more like 'stolen box networking'.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Re:The simple fact is

Rarely? How many of these engines reached orbit, vs the ones that blew up?

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Re: Depressing

These engines have a proven track record and are well known to explode spectacularly. So if spectacular explosions is your prime objective, then they sure are a good choice.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Jimmy Carter

With a simple 185 million expense for a new cable, Brazil now forces the USA to spend a pile of money on a new cable tap. It amounts to a tweak of Uncle Sam's nose, but it also opens up bandwidth for new data centres based in Brazil/Spain/Portugal.

Ancient American Proverb, circa 1990:

"You can never the rich enough, thin enough, or have enough bandwidth in your network connection."

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Linux market share

Well, on my web site, Linux visitors consistently ranks about 60%. Well, it is a Linux web site. That may skew things a tad I suppose...

Anyhow, there are likely waaaay more Android Linux cell phones out there than MS Windows clunkers, not to mention all the Linux embedded machines. Linux won. Winders just has to shrivel up and drop off still.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

herman

Adblock took swift care of the damn dancing beejeesus...

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

herman

Fuse wire

I apreciate that aluminium is lighter than copper, but the high positive temperature coefficient of copper is an important safety point. Aluminium doesn't take kindly to being overloaded and once burning, it cannot be extinguished easily, so this car is in danger of going up in smoke one day.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

herman

Well, if anyone could make it work, it would be the likes of Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics and the first use will likely be in a military ship or a submarine, not an aircraft or any commercial system.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

herman

Re: Cut'n'paste

"more difficult" - You think so? Pretty simple to fake and every time I successfully faked it, you would have to go for plastic surgery to change your face. That would get tiring rather quickly I'd think.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

herman

Busybox

Embedded devices such as routers and countless other kit do not use Bash, they use Busybox.

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CloudFlare ditches private SSL keys for better security

herman

Uhmmmm.... did he really say OpenSSL?

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

herman

Time

I got one of these incredible, new fangled, self winding, mechanical watches. Most geeks cannot fathom how it works. They think there are magical little fairies inside pushing the gears around. It tells the time. Approximately, plus or minus a few minutes per day. That is all. It doesn't do email, twitter, facebook, google, outlook, or anything that needs an internet connection. It doesn't even need a NTP server. Being a few minutes this way or that, is not a problem either. Since I'm the one that calls the meetings, it is everyone else that is always late, not me - tardy bastards...

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Securobods warn of wide open backdoor in Netis/Netcore routers

herman

How much did GCHQ pay them to insert that backdoor?

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

herman

Vienna Airport has free WiFi

Vienna airport is the only one I know of that has truly free WiFi that also doesn't require any special moves to use it. Dubai airport also has free access, but it is little more of a hassle to connect.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

herman

Mil Spec Security

Ideal phone for use in military areas, since it has no camera.

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

herman

Essentially, this is just a different delivery method for a trojan horse. Damage will be limited if user and administrator privileges are separated and if MAC or RBAC is used. If everybody would use enterprise versions of their favourite OS, be it Windows, Mac or Linux, then trojan/virus problems will mostly go away.

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

SD? Those also contain little ARM processors that can be reprogrammed.

http://www.zdnet.com/sd-cards-hacked-7000024686/

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Dinos

For a moment there, I thought the US is going to round up Oracle and Microsoft and repatriate them to Gitmo or Guam...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

herman

Central European abandoned farms

Huge areas in Central Europe were abandoned after the fall of communism and trees literally sprouted like weeds in the farmland. After 30 years they are huge and difficult to remove.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

herman

Skype

A smartphone with Skype helps a lot in these situations, except that you then need to support the smartphone too...

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

herman

Re: Thumbs nose at NSA?

This forces the NSA and other spy agencies to abide by the law and not just hoover up everything without any warrants and without paying Microsoft anything for services rendered - especially that last part...

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Re: So as a potential terrorist...

If you are a terr, please go ahead. I'm sure the NSA and others already have lookup tables for your book codes, but don't let it stop you.

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Re: So?

"pay MS to provide the data, not just suck up the data for free"

BINGO!

This innovation is to 'protect shareholder value in MS intellectual property'.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

herman

Non-authoritative

I have seen that issue many times in the past. MS uses a BSD name server, with a GUI on top. Down below, is a config file, same as in UNIX. To fix the problem you got to run Wordpad and edit the config file by hand to change the authoritative setting - the GUI cannot do it. If you use Notepad, then it will screw up the config file with carriage returns, causing the name server to barf.

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

herman

Parking garages

So I take it that in San Fran, the parking garage still needs to be invented? Maybe I should do a Kickstarter campaign to build one.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

herman

Awww come-on, that picture with the story headline was titsdown...

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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

herman

Well, what is Google+? All it seems good for is the occasional spam message in my inbox.

I don't know anyone that uses it, which could actually be a good thing, maybe I should sign up...

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

herman

As secure as HTTP

Woohoo. I hope he at least knows someone that heard about encryption.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

herman

Re: To be fair to the CIO...

Bingo. That is how I understood it too. That CIO actually knows something.

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Re: school days

He is neither illiterate nor wrong. He is American. They actually speak like that.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

herman

'jammed on one of the kid's balls' - Damn, that would HURT!

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