* Posts by Christoph

2513 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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So where will DEF CON move to?

Which country will the next DEF CON be in, since it is no longer viable for them to hold it in the US?

Maybe Canada?

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Re: Already exists

"I have had email accounts I have just created receive spam because the senders are sending out to random addresses"

They might just be able to hit some of the individual addresses I have set up, but the one I gave my bank is far too long and complex for them to hit it by chance.

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Australia's .au internet registry chair quits amid no-confidence vote

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They should revert to the original TLD

Junk the whole .au setup and revert to the domain that Australia used in the early days of the Internet before all the TLDs were standardised.

.oz

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Chess champ Kasparov, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

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Re: Kasparov ... was creamed by IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1997

It would also need enough actual awareness to avoid changing the cake and baking the baby. Doing that as a general solution is not trivial.

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Confessions of an ebook eater

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"Foyles' quixotic system of trading"

But you first had to find the book you wanted. By Subject? No. By Author? No, not that either. The books were shelved by Publisher.

(Someone claimed this was because it made it easier to put the new books on the shelves)

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SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

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"a quantum noise source ... acting as the input to a deterministic RNG."

That reads as if they are merely using the quantum source to seed the RNG. Which means it still has the same problems with buggy software, and possible predictability if enough samples are gathered.

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Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

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Re: Extra-territorial control

Saudi Arabia might also demand the removal of links to obscene content. There are pictures on the web of women with their faces exposed in public - even pictures of women driving cars. Do the Saudis have the right to censor those pictures worldwide?

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Fewer Frickin' Lasers

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Fewer Frickin' Lasers

Jordin Kare, expert on Launch Lasers and many other Laser applications, died yesterday following heart surgery.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Wrong Startup code

The initial test code is supposed to say "Hello World", not "Goodbye Cruel World".

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Guns

"More than likely, these poor people who are probably now facing federal criminal charges completely forgot that they even had a loaded gun in their bag."

Which is exactly the problem. They actually forgot that they were carrying a loaded gun? And this is what the USA considers is responsible gun ownership?

A loaded gun is something to just shove in your bag and forget about? When you are checking through your bag before travelling to make sure you have everything, the detail that there is a loaded gun in there doesn't even register?

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Always wanted to be Ginger? Is the Doctor actually a reincarnation of Greebo?

(But would that have limited him to 8 reincarnations?)

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Re: Necrophobic

I can remember when he was first announced as the next Doctor, and I was contemplating the smuggling possibilities of a Time Machine with CPO Pertwee in charge.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: See me...

Does 'Suspected Evader" = household without a TV licence? There are a large number of people who do not have televisions and who are repeatedly harassed by these dodgy shyster salespeople.

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: You're being downvoted

"(Despite history showing that Sicentists are usually always wrong)"

In that case there's no need to respond to you, since there is obviously no such thing as the Internet (which depends utterly on many different scientific theories being extremely accurate).

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Not all that much actually - it's a pretty clean fix. The released males all die off, the next generation is much reduced in size, and that's about it.

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Re: Having had Dengue Fever,

"It’s an invasive species originating in Africa" so getting rid of it from there just puts things back the way they were.

But this could be (and has been) used elsewhere. It may have side effects, but it's far easier to do than trying to replace with an engineered species. For a start it would take huge amounts of money and time to create such a species and then get approval for its release into the wild. And there would be massive protests at the release (from people who don't live in areas those diseases affect).

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Re: stupid politics

"Besides we shouldn't really care about people from the handful of "banned nations" when it comes to the internet anyway. After all, do we really want THEM dictating or affecting any kind of intarweb policy for the rest of the world? I don't."

Thank you for confirming the attitude of the USA to the rest of the world. "We own the game, everyone has to play by our rules, anyone who disagrees doesn't count." "We define ourselves as the goodies, so that proves that anyone who disagrees with us are the baddies."

The people from those banned nations just happen to be human beings, just the same as americans. Yes, that's right - people who happen to be US citizens are not special super-beings appointed by god, with the divine right to piss on eneryone else and sneer at them while doing it.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Why is an Indonesian monkey suing in the courts of the USA? Is it not Indonesian copyright law that applies?

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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"proprietary content decryption modules (CDMs)."

To download and watch our film you have to install our CDM.

To decrypt your files that our "CDM" encrypted you have to pay us our ransom.

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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Re: A new standard in intergalactic warfare!

It's still probably easier to wipe out their home planet with a Nicoll Dyson Laser

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

We don't know what we might learn, we'll only know if we go looking and find it.

We do know that if we don't look for it we certainly won't learn anything from it.

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Inmarsat flings latest Wi-Fi-on-airliners satellite into orbit

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"HELLO, I'M ON THE PLANE!"

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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They are already putting the fix for this in place. Once strong encryption is outlawed and everything is backdoored, there will be no need for anyone to bother with brute-forcing passwords any more - problem solved!

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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men in hi-vis jackets shouting "left hand down!"

In correct Naval tradition that should be "left hand down a bit!"

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

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Alien

That's an infra-red laser. A Heat Ray. Being fired at anything that looks vaguely interesting. What could possibly go wrong?

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PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

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That looks like they are using both the transit method and the doppler method to look at each of these planets. I know that both methods are successful and have found each huge numbers of planets, but I wasn't aware that any individual planets had been found using both methods?

I would have thought that would cut down the useable number of targets a lot - does anyone know roughly what proportion of the known exoplanets have already been found using both methods?

Plus of course the difficulties of finding earth-size planets with the doppler method if the system also has Jupiter sise planets pulling the star a lot more.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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How did the bank manage that? All the checking should be built in to the operation 'transfer funds' so that it simply cannot take place without the checks. If there's a way round that it implies there's loads of other loopholes waiting to be found.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Re: Seems difficult to accept

Why do you assume that a star that has been drifting away from us for billions of years must be a close neighbour? It's not only been moving away that long, it's been pulled differently by other stars by being in a different place. Add that all up and it might be on the other side of the galaxy by now. If someone drove away from your house ten years ago, would you expect them to still be in the next street?

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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Re: Too much information

They didn't redact the heading properly - I wasn't able to read the redacted text by highlighting it. The proper way to do redaction is to make it trivially readable just like everybody else does.

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

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"Yahoo! as a legal entity is no more"

Will El Reg be holding a sale of all the excess exclamation marks they no longer have a use for?

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AWS launches celebrity-spotting-as-a-service: What a time to be alive

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So anyone who has the misfortune to resemble a celebrity closely enough to fool the recognition will be endlessly stalked by people who are convinced that the computer can't get it wrong.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Blazing Saddles

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NASA brainboxes work on algorithms for 'safe' self-flying aircraft

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Re: The problem is what to do if things go wrong...

And what happens when you hit a flight of geese during take-off - can the auto-pilot make the decision to try to land on the Hudson River? (Though it may be able to do the actual landing once the decision is made).

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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IBM makes some rather large machines for some rather large companies. If something goes wrong it can be extremely expensive and may need someone on site immediately.

"Sorry sir, can you wait a few minutes while the bloke who has to sign off the travel gets out of the toilet?"

"Oh dear, he's now signed it off but it looks like the delay meant that the engineer missed the next flight."

"Stuff it where, sir?"

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: Windows 98

We saw a computer when I was at school. We went on a school trip to this company that had a very large room filled with machinery, that all eventually ejected a pinched paper tape that was taken into a side room and run through a machine that printed the contents out on paper.

#WhenIWereALad

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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It's going to be really interesting for 18 year old adults who are required to detail all their travel at the age of three, including sources of funding. Especially if their parents have since died, or a divorced parent is out of contact.

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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Warrant Canaries

I expect to see a lot of researchers putting up warrant canaries if this ever happens.

And what happens if they are asked a direct question about vulnerabilities? Are they legally required to lie? Even knowing that people will suffer loss due to their false reassurance?

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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Sensors on the target sent back “target acquisition and tracking data” to command

You what? They managed to hit a target that was shouting "HERE I AM, COME AND GET ME!"?

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Ransomware realities: In your normal life, strangers don't extort you. But here you are

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3. Discover that the ransomware has been there for months, has encrypted everything and then decrypted on-the-fly so you don't notice it's there, and has now deleted itself leaving all your files and all your backups encrypted.

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Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing

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Re: Watch the windows

"Now you can have a thief sitting in the comfort of their own home monitoring tens if not hundreds of houses."

They don't need to monitor it. Just have software monitor the streams for the pattern of someone going on holiday and then send an alert to the local operatives. It can also include the details of the security systems it's identified. If the house has been sold in the last few years it can include the floor plans and internal photographs from Rightmove. (photos will be out of date but still useful for familiarisation).

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Gurerfn Znl vf Jngpuvat Lbh

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Trump is already trying to strip reporters of legal protections - maybe he'll add a law that makes it OK to assault reporters who ask questions you don't like.

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DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

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That video shows the rocket getting itself and the satellite up to orbital speed, and then releasing the satellite and at least four other chunks of junk - at orbital speed.

It's no wonder they need a fast launch capability if they are going to be dumping that much rubbish in orbit to knock out satellites.

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Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

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"We use an established outside vendor to monitor for websites that use our name and brands without authorization, and the vendor routinely sends out notices to those sites. That is what happened here"

A big boy did it and ran away.

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

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Simpler answer

So don't do business in Eastern Texas. Boycott the whole area. Don't have stores there, don't sell over the web to anyone living there. The tiny loss of trade would be trivial compared to a patent troll case. If the people there don't like not being able to buy nice things, then that is their problem and the solution is in their hands.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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How about reading some actual information about what has been happening? He has not been charged with anything, he was wanted for questioning and the prosecutor deliberately delayed that for many years. That's the second prosecutor, who took over the case at her own insistence after the first one said there was no case to answer.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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By 2020 people will be able to identify themselves on all government online services via the Verify ID portal. It hopes to make the platform more widely available, so that people can safely verify their identify to access non-government services such as banking.”

Oh joy. A single point of failure, so that when it (inevitably) gets compromised it's the key to everything.

The Tories promise to reduce duplication personal data held by government in order to follow the “Once-Only” principle for central services by 2022 and wider public services by 2025.

So they can easily tie together everything that each department knows about you (and promptly have it hacked - see above).

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Who is going to do the maintenance?

To provide full support for all its old systems MS would have to have large numbers of programmers trained up in those systems (no one person can know more than a small part of code that big).

How are you going to persuade that many skilled programmers to take on a dead end job with no future? What are they going to do to keep current when there's no known bugs to fix? What are you going to do with them after the product is finally killed off?

The motor car analogy is not directly equivalent - the engineering skills can still be used on modern cars. Detailed knowledge of ancient code is not transferable in the same way.

Of course the motor manufacturers may run into the same problems as the cars get more computerised, and a car crash can be rather more serious than a computer crash.

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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"with much infrastructure being adapted at KSC."

Like the Space Shuttle launch pad at Vandenberg ?

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