* Posts by Khaptain

3254 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: API incomplete

"NoScript has to wait until 57 launches before it can access parts of the API "

That depends on whether or not the Firefox team has already given them access to the API... as many of the larger houses can and sometimes do. It all depends on the deal that they have, if they have one at all.

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: 'tell us the 'data-monster' dies'

"Almost by definition, big companies lose "

What's really worrying here though is what they will be replaced by, in general they will be overtaken by someone even more evil....

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: "Try digging a hole for the body with a gun..."

"It's quite hard to kill in a few minutes 28 or 59 person with a shovel, and people around have far better chances to stop you, especially because you need to be very close."

Now if that shovel is attached to a large piece of Yellow Caterpillared Machinery, my shovel could do a lot of damage and on top of that is could provide me with protection.. The SWAT team are going to have a hard time taking me out.....

Alternatively there have been several recent cases involving vehicles causing max damage in very little time...

Guns are a means not a cause..

It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: Nameless

I'm not at the coalface but found this article interesting too.

It made an otherwise boring bowl of cereal into a worthwhile read..

Now I'm of to move over to SIP from ISDN on our telephony system.....

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Les Bronzes font du Ski

Félicitations : As those French accents and their humour are not always easy to interpret.

As you probably also know this film has a cult status along with the other Bronzés.. They really are funny films.

Évidement vous parler Francais.

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Les Bronzes font du Ski

Loved the reference video to the "Les Bronzes font du Ski". I had no idea that it had been translated(subtitled) into English..

And was that green stuff a bottle of Chartreuse Verte. It's not actually too bad...

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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The real reason - Please

Why are we never given the real reasons for outages like this. It could possibly help with the avoidance of further incidents by others. Why do corporates always want to hide their failings, can't they trusted or is it just an ego thing.

Datacentres are built around redundance; offsite locations, backup, power supplies etc so what is really happening here when entire banking systems go offline.

Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Re: Probably gone down

"No proof he was killed" :

Personally I never understood why the body was so very quickly dumped at sea... The greatest terrorist in the 21 century and we simply dumped his body... very strange methods here. Why didn't they use the body as a propaganda tool, or at the very least try and study its DNA in order to establish if there were scientific reasons behinds acts etc..

"The family are big business partners for the Bushes", was it all a money game from the very outset, probably part it was ?

I have not read any full verifiable reports and from what it available it is indeed very difficult to know whether the real Osama Bin Laden was actually killed, whether it was a setup etc etc.. The conspiracy theorists definitely have point and I personally don't know how to determine what is truth from fiction. None of us we there and nothing remains to establish proof.

Just like 911 we will never be allowed to learn the whole truth.. I won't argue about any of this though as those that actually know probably don't want the rest of the world to know the whole story.

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"I'm leaning more toward bestiality. Goats and stuff..."

Could be worse:

Goatse and snuff

F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

"That's how you win a war: you don't develop all the weaponry in advance, you wait until you know who you're fighting before you decide what you need to beat them".

And just how does one qualify the clusterfucks in Vietnam or Afghanistan.

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Possible Solution

Since I drive a Nissan I sometimes have problems locking/unlocking the doors. I have one of those keyless systems and if I have my keys near my telephones it creates some kind of force field that inhibits me from starting the car/locking/unlocking the doors..

The other mention of opening/closing all the doors, including the tailgate is also something I have to do occasional. I will driving away and I can hear the doors trying to lock/unlock every few seconds. I have to pull over and do the opening/closing procedure and magically it goes away. ( magically being a synonym for some kind of pressure switch that is not fully engaged...)..

Technology is great, when it works...

There's a battle on over two US spying laws: One allows snooping on citizens – one bans it

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What does the president say

I can only presume that El Trump has done his fair share of collecting information on his business enemies. So for him at least it will be quite normal, hence I imagine that he will personally not object to spying on one's own people.

The administration wants to keep their data secret but not yours.

It will also be interesting to see what comes out in the Kennedy papers...

Holy DUHK! Boffins name bug that could crack crypto wide open

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What would it actually take to obtain K ? How would they retrieve it from a running system ?

Is this a script kiddie possibility or more of a serious black hat challenge .

Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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Re: Don't open unexpected attachments

"User education is key "

This phrase applies to "everyone" in the company, from users, to admins, to directors. Keeping people aware can make a huge difference, it has a cost but it far outweighs the cost of repairing a comprised system.

Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Alternative Comparison

Has crime gone down since the Govts started putting CCTV all over the cities.. If not then why bother with BWCs.

I could imagine that it runs on the same premise that because you are being watched you stop being nasty... Or you learn how to avoid the cameras.. and it works both ways for the Bad guys as well as the Good guys..

Status Quo ?

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Forbidden Excitement

Do AppleDroids also get a ticket when they run out the shop screaming for joy when they get a new Ithingy.

Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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No it wouldn't make any difference because regardless of the method/address/spoofing that is used as soon as one of them reaches one of these servers it will create an alert.

The idea is actually quite simple and is just a "honeypot" is disguise, instead of offering HTTP/FTP/Telnet services it is offering files related services..

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The servers will probably exist as VMs so I presume that the ARP will resolve correctly..

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From my understanding, it will create file links/mapped drives ( probably hidden from normal usage) etc that will point to VMs that don't actually do anything other than inform that they have been accesed.

No-one in the network would ever need to access these files/mapped drives/servers on a normal basis. Therefore should an attack occur, the hacker's script, which is unaware of the false files etc, would likely lead him to one of these servers. Any access to these servers would therefore infer that the system us currently under attack and "potentially" help the Admin to shut things down before "too much" damage can be done. I presume that the links that they create would simulate root drives in order to gain precedence over simple files.

At least that's how I understood it.

Something is disturbing though about allowing third parties so deep into the system though....

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: MIRV missiles being constantly launched from China

I suppose that would should pay attention that the country of origin is not North Korea then...

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Minuature Version

If he could only create a miniature version in order that all those products, from Hong Kong etc, could therefore be sent overnight or within the hour... now that would be a fantastic selling point.

I just can't figure out how to catch the damned thing as it lands...

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Re: The universe will now disappear

How can we prove that the universe actually exists outside of our own minds ?

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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The year of Linux desktop was a running joke.

The year of Linux desktop IS a running joke. TFTFY.

It must be at least 10 years old by now, the running joke that is...

Anyway at a 1000 €uros, they have no chance... It actually makes Windows seem cheap...... I am not sure that providing all your details to Google is better than providing them to Microsoft.

Linux seems to be the obvious solution to all these DataSlurping problems, it's just that <insert your own dislike of Linux here>. Personally I just don't like the interfaces and Deity know that I have tried hard to find one that I like, everything else is fine....... but that damned interface is what I look at and use all day and when it doesn't appeal then I simply wont use it... An interface is not just a desktop background and lovely icons, it is far more than that, it is also the same reason that I don't like MacOS... I don't care what anyone else thinks, I do believe that MS easily have the most mature, user friendly interface currently available, it my personal opinion based upon my personal needs...

Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

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What about the inbuilt speaker

Don't some of the servers already have small inbuilt speaker that can be reversed ?

Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?

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Bring on GDPR - Vive l'Europe

Let's hope for once that our European overlords will bring us a modicum of privacy with the new GDPR laws. Lawyers are going to have a field day suing companies that don't adhere, class action law suits will bring many a CEO to his knees. Or am I just dreaming, well, I will continue to dream, at least here in Europe,

Unfortunately I can't image that those across the big pond are ever going to come close to establishing honest GDPR laws. At least not until Uncle Sam manages to find a way to shaft the users at the same time...

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

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Re: Nice article.

Prince2 and SSADM:

Strangely enough these are the only two methodologies that I have studied/certified for.

In a small shop neither is truly applicable unless they are severely chopped up into a fraction of what they represent.

I have never developed in a large shop so I can't say if they are actually usefull or not..

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Re: New tropes...

"do away with the subject matter "experts" and let the developers learn the subject, from the user"

Isn't that how things actually get none regardless of the methodology ?

Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

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Re: Damn, damn, damn, damn. Sorry!

The easy way to remember, as long as you are driving a car which has been kitted out for the country your are in, is to simply remember that the driver side is always the middle of the road and never the edge... At least that's how I do it on the rare occasion that I visit GB.

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Re: Imagination

"It's a cowboy, a fireman, a policeman, an American Indian, two shoreditch hipsters and a vinyl record deck listening to rose royce"

Alias : The Shoreditch Village People

I can't think of many valid reasons for them not dressing up whilst they do their rounds, although they might want to remove their costumes when going for a pint later on....

When Irish data's leaking: Supermarket shoppers urged to check bank statements

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Re: Ouch

"TL;DR it doesn't have to be "data at rest" that was snaffled."

Effectively a Man In The Middle approach could have been used.... A slight modification to their Web code could have indeed slurped the CC Numbers on their way to be the Bank/Clearing House. If this was the case I would have presumed that they would have slurped also the Name and the CIV..

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"malicious software was discovered in a centralised IT system"..

Well and truly Pwned.... One wonders how long that Malicious Software had been there because there customers might want to check back through their accounts for a lot more than just last week...

Would also like to know why the Credit Card numbers are stored in complete form.... why have the 1st/last (n) numbers not been removed.... There is no need to "keep" the full number.

Shhh! There's a new BlackBerry and... no, we've said too much

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If it had been IOS then would it have been the BlackApple ? Not very appealing either..

Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: Pop, pop, pop, pop

The Samsungistas might have some sympathy.... I am willing to share my popcorn with everyone else..

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Re: @ WolfFan

Doesn't the "Red Cross" count, they are neither political not religious ?

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Re: Direct link to Deity

"Arguably it was a human who was driven to their course of action by their belief in a deity that shaped their moral values."

I could counter-argue by stating that anyone in search of self improvement has made a positive decision to improve oneself. The merit lies in their decision to self improve, not in the means by which it was done.

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Re: Direct link to Deity

"It was only the local priest who would take time and talk to me"

Then it was human not divine intervention that saved you, two very completely different things...

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Re: Direct link to Deity

"Look not at the religion itself but on the effect it has on those who believe in it".

Do you truly believe that religion has only positive effects ?

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Direct link to Deity

Why do "believers" need computers ? Doesn't their Deity already provide them with a direct link to all that they need to know ?

I am always amazed at just how much coercion/publicity etc that the "pushers of belief" require to spread their particular version of dogma.

From my point of understanding : If a Deity truly existed there would be no need for religion..

Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

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Public Theatre

Within a week, 98% of Australians began wearing their anonymity masks, although there were a little hesitant to wear the standard Guy Fawkes mask, instead they opted for the eponymous "Bruce the Sheep" mask..

3 weeks later the Australian Government, wondered why their facial recognition program was always returning 5 Million results regardless of the name that was searched.

Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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Sickbags should be automatically made available to anyone reading these kinds of "justifications" to what amounts to not much more than a small, almost unnoticeable, update to a logo...

Man with 74 convictions refused permission to fling sueball at Google

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Self Made Publicity

The ironic side to this is that the fact that now that he has been denied the right to sue Google will automatically entitle him to receive all kinds of non-wanted publicity. This article being a perfect reference.

We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda

Just the fact that he poses the question, is enough to make me believe that that is exactly what it is intended to be ... isn't that part of the CEO's leitmotifs

He's probably also trying to achieve some personal credibility at the same time but for that first you need a character.....fail.....

BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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If you don't own it

If you don't own it, you can't control it, if you can't control it, it will eventually control you....

EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

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On the right track but.....

The tech giants are making Billions of Euros and yet seem to be capable of bending laws as required... I agree that sometime things go too far, freedom of speech should not be the equivalent to freedom to say anything at anytime.. But where should the line be drawn..

I am probably as much, if not more against a multitude of what is happening in this "global" world but I usually know when to shut my mouth.. In the past I have paid dearly, and I have the physical scars to show what opening one's mouth to large can result in... In other words I am probably like many of you out there..

The difference lies in the fact that I am not profiting from the system as many of the tech giants are.. I don't throw my weight about as though I don't care and I certainly dont have the means to pay the lawyers who somehow manage to wangle the courts as required.

But, I digress, the internet has become a free for all, whereby is it Ok to be a keyboard warrior, where it is Ok to destroy the lives of others without sanction.. and this is where the Tech Giants definitely have a role to play.. Their billions should not be made from the sufferance of others, they have the means to avoid many situations and yet they react only when financial impact of laid upon them...

I am not for Stalinist totalitarianism or dictatorial procedures but at the same time I don't agree with the free for all approach that means profit for the giants at any means..

The giants do have a responsibility to take a positive attitude towards governance, without stifling the masses but at the same time retaining a modicum of level headedness.

Can the EU push their agenda forward correctly, maybe, maybe not, but I definitely recommend that something is done to avoid a total catastrophy and the eventual governance by some "governmental agency numpties".

The solutions are not obvious but that should stop us from trying...

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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The interface is terrible

There is something just terrible about the interface, it's difficult to pinpoint but it just feels uncomfortable...

It's almost as if it is too bare, or void of something... Personally, I prefer IE11/Chrome even though I know that Edge is more secure ( or at least that's what we're told)...

Flat is boring and it feels like it is being shoved down our throats....

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: A back button

"Top left of you iPhone will show you "<Mail" next to the Signal indicator. Tap that to return whence you came. Happens pretty much anywhere you are kicked from one app to another."

We obviously have different ideas about what constitutes a back button. That tiny little link is not available in all applications and is not constant among anything...

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A back button

The first and foremost reason I "hate" the iphone(IOS) is due to the lack of the back button.

I have an Iphone as my professional ( provided by the company) and an Android ( provided by myself). This has been the situation for the last 4 or 5 years, so my real world testing is real....

Why is there only one damned button on the Iphone, for me it has been it's poorest feature since the outset..... THe lack of the back button forces you to be in and out of applications without the means of returning to the original simply... It0s just so much easier with Android, or at least in my humble opinion...

Iphone, the telephone for those that don't need to get things done efficiently....

Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 million hashed passwords

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Re: That's lovely, but

After your dead, identity theft is no longer your problem ;-)

Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

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Maladie cher maladie

Here I lie in my hospital bed

Tell me, sister Morphine, when are you coming round again?

Oh, I don't think I can wait that long

Oh, you see that I'm not that strong

( Rolling Stones, 1971)

Kidney Stones are extremely painful, I don't wish that on anyone and morphine truly is your only friend at that moment... it's just a shame that that know how to dose it enough to make the pain go away without allowing you to profit a little :-)

So much data, so little time: How to not flip your wig processing it

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Re: Extra software licences for reporting

That same cynic would probably also suggest that IT Budgets, Time frames, lack of staff/resources are common elements that MOST of us have to endure on a daily basis..

The perfect IT department is a myth otherwise we wouldn't need all these "miraculously expensive " products...

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