* Posts by Khaptain

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Which OS / Platform ?

Which platforms are targeted ? And what was the method of distribution. ?

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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It would have been kinda funky to ioclude the Daleks even though they are from a TV series.

Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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I would argue that the poliltical value relates to the financial value of all those Google dollars being moved to Europe rather than in GooglesVille USA.

As a second thought, if the Euro politicians have some indirect "nudge nudge wink wink" relations with the search providers they then gain an extremely powerfull propoganda tool. As the moment Euro politicians have got no leverage over what Google displays as results and it probably drives them crazy.

Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Windows 7 is too blame

Something has happened in the OS space, everything has become "minor" regardless of the OS version.... W8 tried "major" changes and failed... W10 is going back to minor changes and yet I still don't see it as a runaway success. I don't have a Mac so I can't compare but if I have understood correctly there are no major changes there either.

If we have reached peak OS, or thereabouts, can't we simply stop all the version numbers and just have kernels where things will be garaunteed to run fro the next 20 years.... I can't imagine why we would need 128bit applications,, the 64 bit address space is "huge".....So that shouldn't be a problem. We don't really need Yet Another File System, so that should be OK.. The majority of people don't even use more than 5% of what is already available to them anyway....

Let's concentrate on security ( bye bye NSA), go back to keeoing things simpe, compatibility between platforms, anything other than the endless race to have the highest version and the maximum incompatibility.

[Please tell me that that screenshot is not using the default color scheme. I have not yet had the opportunity to actually see 10].

DoubleDirect hackers snaffle fandroid and iPhone-strokers' secrets

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Re: Ping me - don't ping me.

I would imagine then that the protocol is therefore only active during hotspot/usb modem functionning or does it have to be on all of the time.

Obviously if it is only on during hotspot/usb modem the attack vector is very much reduced.

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Ping me - don't ping me.

>on devices running either iOS or Android. Mac OSX users are also potentially vulnerable but Windows and Linux users would appear to be immune because their operating systems don't accept ICMP redirection packets that carry malicious traffic

Genuine question. : What is the requirement for this subset of OSes iOS, Android and OSx, to use ICPM Redirection but where Windows and Linux don't ? Is this based on various Ping timeouts being used to determine the shortest paths ?

Also does this mean that all Windows platforms are safe from this attack or only the desktop variety..

Interesting attack vector though.

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

@Lis Or

Kind of personifies what is wrong in contemporary society, "I'm all right Jack".

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Re: reducing energy consumption

>The big things we need for comfort

The crux of the problem lies within the above phrase. Who is willing to give up their comforts today in order that tommorrows generation can also have a minumum chance?

The consumer society pushes us towards the consommation of products, many of which we don't "need" but that are very comfortable to possess/use.. This is turn gives us a very comfortable lifestyle but has the negative adverse effect of requiring massive a mounts of energy....

We need to cut down on consommation, reduce the population, basically to stop dipping our hands in the cookie jar. BUT as long as the rich can continue to grow richer this will never stop. Be carefull about the evalutation of "rich", it is not necassarilly the top 1%. If you have a roof over your head, own a car and eat two meals a day, have a few pounds/dollars in the bank, you are already on the list of the rich.

It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Marketing Vomit

Strangely enough, from the list of all of these so-called high-market value domain names, I have never visited any of them.

The names are so generic that they become bland.

Which of the following sounds boring




See how generic just seems fruitless and unappealing... And yet they have deemed them to be worth a small fortune.


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Pentagon CCTV

Is this why we never saw the 757 striking the Pentagon ? Maybe someone had hacked all of the CCTVs except the one whose footage was shown.

No more plausible than the simpletons story that they came up with....

Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: Ask Asimov

The crux lies in the fact that at the end of the day the responsibility is always human.

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Ask Asimov

Wikipedia - Asimov's Rules.

1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law

Rule 1 : The robots(cars) should never be in such a position in the first place. They should have previsional awareness such that the scenario can always be avoided, exemple : very little forward oncoming awareness = slow down in order to be in a position to avoid anything that might arrive.

Rule 2 : The human being in the car would be screaming orders to save their own skin, rather than that of the on-comer, which the robot(car) would have to follow.

Rule 3 : In our driverless car scenario, rule 3 has no real bearing, so we can rule out this ethic.

In the event of a crash the blame would probably resolve down to the last command screamed out by a human.

As much as we would like to believe that everything can be coded within a well written algorithm, the final decision that one makes in order to "survive" will always remain instinctive. I do not believe that "instinct" can be written as a series of rules due to the fact that we, as mere humans, do not fully understand what it is.

Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie fired in three-way fsck row

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Re: Friday on my mind

>Why? You are in the mood to be prodded by one?

If my PHB was a Barbie I would probably consider the idea.

Friday . Time its time for one of these ->

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Re: Pink crapfest

@And why do you assume it's an aficionado and not aficionada?

Statistics + El Reg

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Re: Pink crapfest

@Sir Runcible

I had to read your comment twice before the penny dropped, then chuckled at the thought of how the OP could possibly have made that observation.

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Re: Hey don't go mocking the 'creatives'

Obviously someone didn't understand the subtlety of Dr Mouse's comment.

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Re: Pink crapfest

>Take a walk down the girls' aisle of any toy store and you'll see that the only change is the prevalence of pink LEDs.

Now why would an El Ref aficionado walk down the little girls aisle of toy-r-us... Is there something else you are not telling is......

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Friday on my mind

A pointy haired Barbie, now there's a thought that makes me shudder, where's my pink cattle prod.

BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

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Re: business model based on acquisition, not retention

>The issue is, they just want to sign you up,and roll you along. Loyalty isn't rewarded anymore

Loyalty is just a buzzword synonym for "you will get shafted in the long term".

Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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Re: Now let's clean up download sites.

I'll give a huge thumbs up to Trevor for this one, it was after reading one of his posts that I discovered who/what ninite.com is.

Just last night I was helping my parents with an issue and I guided them to ninite.com because it was the only site which I could be sure that they wouldn't by conned into clicking one of those damned false "download now" buttons.

With Ninite you get what you want not what you dont.

Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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Re: Say it ain't so Joe

Hi Christian ,

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I can easilly understand the difficulty that an article such as this can create for a team of developers/business and the pain in the arse consequences of repairing the damage.

As I mentioned though, this article was a little bit "trolly" on behalf of El Reg, who are sharing a little bit of fear-mongering whislt riding on the back of "An unnamed research group operating under the popular Hackito conference"...

And as much as it is always required to read certain El Reg articles with a pinch of salt, articles such as this do make alarm bells ring. As a recent example, we have all seen what has happend to TruCrypt....

I truly hope that the finding are purely hypothetical but meanwhile it is becoming increasingly difficult to trust anything web facing even when encrypted. Snowden has lifted the lid on practices far beyond everyones initial thoughts, we are now absolutely convinced that the 3 letter agencies have the capacity and do actively exploit weaknesses wherever they can.

I am sure that BtSync is used for many private files, although personally I have nothing major to lose other than a few ideas, I am sure that there are others who have a lot more vested interests in not having their work "perused" by others.

I fully sympathise with your teams position and hope that you can quickly overcome this "bump"...

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Say it ain't so Joe

Shit I switched to BT Sync after DropBox bcome a bit dubious. Please don't tell me I am going to have to go back to USB keys...

What I don't like about the article, which feels a little be trolly, is the fact that it mentions that BTSync "might" be leaking hashed, that there is a "probable" situation and as of yet everything was "unconfirmed"...

"Might", "probable" and "unconfirmed" are on about the same level of security as every piece of software every written. This actual article just "might probably" be a little bit pre-nuptial due to it's "unconfirmed" statements. I can understand that the El Reg hack might retourque that it is a heads-up but I would be inclined to disagree until something a little more substantial is included...

Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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Re: Freedom Act is Slavery

@DAN 55

Switzerland : Your privacy has been Pwned, it's expensive whilst no longer capable of garaunteeing it's own continuity....... They want the benefits of Europe without being part of Europe and have no longer anything to offer in return.

Unfortunately we have reached peak Switzerland : If I have understood things lately the new havens are either Singapore, Hong Kong or even the Isle of Man. ( I could imagine living in either of the first 2 but definately not the latter.)

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Re: Freedom Act is Slavery

>Uhm, emigrate to the LEAST fascist 1st or 2nd world country?

Greece, but the economy is shot to bits.

Ukrania , sorry but that will soon be shot to bits. ( thanks to Mr P..)

Spain, nope historically it wouldn't quite fit and nowadays you have to be Catalonian in order to get a vote.

Germany, nope have to work at two jobs just to pay your rent. They can pretend that all is Ok but we knwo better.

The UK, you must be joking right....the 53rd state....

France : apparently Serge Dassault has been handing out large sums of cash for votes, sounds promising, if you use your vote correctly.

You know what, remain where you are, it's just as bad everywhere else.

'Pirate block' proposal back on Oz agenda

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Come on Aussies

WTF is happening down under, since when did the Aussies become such a PC crowd ?

Come on Aussies , stand up to the man, let it be heard that you want your Porn, Drugs ( Silk Road), Dodgy videos like everyone else and historical episodes of Neighbours....

Unbelievable, this is the same damned country that invented Aussie Rules, ffs. Don't let Tony Abbott cow down to the Pommie way of life...

[Yes, there is a hint of sarcasm in the above rant]

Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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Yup and what will happen to that 19 meeeeelion.. Will the Feds buy some new equipment, set up a new "Silk Road FV" (federal version) or will they re-invest in some of the finest Columbian Marching powder.. ( The usage of the word "re-invest" was intentional).

'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Re: Awards to ACs

Sniff, sniff what's that, do I smell a small troll in the vacinity.......

Casually lighting up the dry leaves on the bushes as he nonchalantly whistles away down the road......

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Re: Awards to ACs


I concur, and I would hasten to add that there are a lot more than just the climate articles. There are a few others within which it is difficult not to use the AC option, not from fear but simply from the fact that PC crowd can become exceptionally distastefull. They lack argument and prefer to downvote rather than to rationalise or to objectively propose their own personal point's of view.

El Reg, like so many other forums, suffers from the false-consensus effect and being able to openly and truly express one's opinions is becoming a difficult task even within the world of IT. Although I am glad to say that El Ref still remains one of the few bastions of BOFHerey....

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Re: Awards to ACs

Nope, unfortunately it can't be based on a fixed number. If so myself and many others would permanently have a reversed badges. It would have to be based on a percentage of positive votes.

Even then, what would it really achieve. Eadon certainely didn't need a reversed badge and I can think of one or two others that might fall into the same category..

Reversed badge for 200 negative downvotes in 12 months, laughs to self thinking if I only had 200 a year I would ask for the angel badge....... I am quite sure that most of the silver badges and definately some of the gold badges have far more than 200 downvotes per year, more along the lines of 200 per month for some.. What you have may not have taken into account is that they also have a lot of upvotes..

Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Re: Doubt it

No, that can't be right as the usage of the word "labour" implies that work is actually being done.

Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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Re: Tracer Rounds and triangulation

Snipers often try to blend into their backgrounds. Would it therefore be an impovement to finds a means of "piggybacking" on someone elses packets... ie blending in to their network environment.

I have no idea if this is possible, nor any idea if it is even remotely feasible.

Theoretically : connecting via a FON connexion, spoofing an existing users MAC/IP address, creating some outgoing traffic, adding headers to the packet that would allow the returning packets to be filtered and returned to you. Idea being that it looks like someone else was TOR browsing.

[Edit : Just read further down the thread and it appears that the basic idea is already being covered, notably using TAILS as the client OS for even further anonymisation.]

You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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That should read as follows :

The top 5% of Apple users actually have an IQ...

Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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Paradoxical Satire

It's a very paradoxical and satirical idea that manages to introduce "Facebook" and "Work" into the same project.

BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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Re: Blackberry Classic

ïf you are going to connect it to a corporate network just make sure that you don't have to pay exorbitant telephony provider fees !!

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Too late

We are still running an early version of BES, 5 I think, which already didn't support the latest batch of BB terminals.

Our current terminals are reaching their end of life and I have difficulty finding terminals that are supported. Guess what, we will be leaving BB to slowly wither away and have already started moving towards an Airwatch( Android and IOS) solution (Echange on the rear end)..

As much as I like my BB for email I have not alternative but to forego it for an Android/Apple alternative...

As far as I am concerned BB threw themselves out of the market... So it doesn't matter what they now offer they are simply too late.

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: Biometrics

The most recent one that I have seen captures your DNA and Blood, sends a sample to a local Vogon spaceship, anaylses the results for any traces of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, calls up Zaphod directly, asks he was drinking with you lately and if not zaps you into oblivion.

Why the importance of this diatribs, simples, it's great to have highly advanced techniques but they MUST BE AVAILABLE before anyone can use them and this takes bloody years......

meanwhile as I reach for a bottle of good Ol' Janx Spirit.... ------>>> Yes it's Friday

Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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6 out of 10

All I got was 6,

Were the Pebl, MPX 300, Aura and Sendo really well known ?


Google begins to roll out Lollipop to Nexus devices

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Re: Longer battery life

A few years ago we said the same thing about laptops, look where we are today. All that changes are the manufacturers goals...

If the marketing bods came to the realisation that battery life sells better than biometric readers then they would push for better battery life than than some silly gadgets that fool the fools into buying..

Battery life will increase but it is simply not a current priority.

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Re: Longer battery life

2 does not equal 7

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Re: Longer battery life

>Go back a few years, and that would have stopped you from being a mobile worker. I remember members of staff whose laptops had an extra battery in place of the optical drive, plus they carried 2-3 extra batteries when they went on business trips. It was the only way to get the thing to last more than a couple of hours.

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree but that was several moons ago.

Now we have laptops with 13" screens that have 8 or 9 hours of autonomy so their has definately been advances within the battery technology ( Ok, I digress it is also due to lower Processor requirements and SSDs for the power consumption decrease).

But look at the smart phone market the screens are at least double what they were intially and yet the power duration remains the same. So there have obviously been advances here too, just not enough of them.

Larger screens, brighter screens, scratchless glass, fingerprint readers etc certainely are appealing

but it seems that the research is far to heavily biased on Marketing rather than on function...

The smartphone market hasn't really provided us with anything world changing in the last year or so, maybe we ahve reached peak gadgetry. I can only hope that it will go the same way as laptops and that they will now start to concentrate of developing durability rather than marketability

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Re: Longer battery life

Since the article is about Nexus 6, ie we are talking smartphones....

The idea of carrying an extra battery pack defeats the purpose...I wouldn't carry a laptop and 4 extra batteries either... The whole idea is to keep things as light as possible whilst requiring the minimum of gadgets/extras/chargeers/cables etc.... The more you need the more likely that you will forget/lose something.

Which smartphone do you know of that has a full weeks battery life and has a screen size larger than 3.5". And I obviously don't mean a smartphone that will remain unused, doesn't surf the web and doesn't receive email from either 2G/3G or Wifi.

I have had several Samsungs which I like but their batteries are certainely not capable of any more that 2 days without requiring a full charge and that is only with the lightest of usage.

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Longer battery life

I truly wish that the manufacturers would start playing a competition to increase battery life to at least 1

week, Instead of the race to have larger screens, thinner frames etc ..... Can't they make a true smartphone for the road warrior...

Whether I go on a trip for 1 day or for one week I always have to arm myself with extra cables and chargers. Sometime I can use my laptop as a charger, sometimes I can't, so it is always necassary to have at "least one" extra mini usb hiding somewhere.

Ok when you have the cables it's really not a problem but when you don't...... the frustration levels really rise quickly.

A new user interface, so what .... A new app, so what..... unlock with your fingerprint, so what...... We already have most of what we need, except the damned battery life.

5 day battery life, now we are talking...

Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Don't Panic!

The part about the fairy tales never changed..

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Re: "most important book"

I would argue that moral values have existed since the beginning of man otherwise we would have wiped ourselfs out a long time ago.

The fact that those morals were written down has very little importance other than as a means of propoganda ( albeit with an altruistic leit motif).

If that book had been written without all the Sky Fairy nonsense then it would have been a very good but very short book.

Everyone also seems to forget that Occident societies were not the only people on the planet. Moral values, I believe were well know and even documented within the middle kingdom..

Confuscious was around 500bc...

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Re: The bible is a book ?


>I'll get my primary school-age daughter to help you out, if you like.

That is a very disturbing statement. Whatever you do , don't let them grow up without first filling their minds with dogma.....

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The bible is a book ?

Personally I thought it was propaganda, can someone explain the difference.

PRAISE the $DEITY! Quantum preaches the joys of StorNext for religious video folk

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The other commandments

* Thou shall not create or record Porn.

* Thou shall not flame thy neighbour.

* Thou shall not venture into the Silk Road

* Thou shall not make religious parody videos.

* Thou shall not worship false idols( S. Jobs. is not a deity)

Stop coding and clean up your UI, devs, it's World Usability Day

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End of the line - Need new requirements

I think that there are only so many ways that one can create a UI before it simply becomes are re-mash of the existant..

We are after all limited to a 2d surface and regardless of which pointing device is implemeted, be it physical mouse, touchscreen or finger placement sensor the actions always resolve to the same end function -ie that of moving the cursor. Same goes for the keybaord and character entry.

Until such times as the needs arise for a new kind of entry, ie not a pointing device or character entry device, things will continue to remain kinda much the same.

Windows 8 tried to add something new but in the end it was just a mashup between borderless windows + active icons that were arranged in a new manner. It wasn't so much an improvement as a different way of seeing things.

Maybe what we we need next is a mood detector : ie the screen changes according to our moods.... Or an anger level management system, whereby the UI/OS automatically injects us with morphine or something pleasant whilst we fly of the handle...

In any event as long as we remain with the same material nothing much is likely to "truly" change.

MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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The whale has now been moved. It was removed by JCB digger and sent of to an abbatoir.

FYI : Removal by sea was a problem because of sand banks.

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