* Posts by Khaptain

3223 posts • joined 4 May 2008

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

In which case we need to correlate all the results into one location for easy identifcation. We could call it arse-book........

Or alternatively Facebook, there are already a lot of arses to be found there....

What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Time to do the porting

The porting itself must take a lot of time, especially when there are many DLLs. I can't really see what the true advantages are. And then dwbugging something outside of its home environment must yet again add an overhead.

Admiteddly Linux has better and a mire extensive range of tools but many of them exist also on windows..

The article appears to be adding a bit of fluff.....

The most important tool is not the OS in any event, its the grey stuff between the ears.

EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

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Stop feeding the Data Troll ( El Zuk)

Here is a photo of something completely without interest, that I saw being posted by someone to which I have absolutely no connection and that I probably don't even "like". It is a lovely cat/dog/train/coffe cup though...

Who in their right mind would ever have believed that that would become a monster of a business model. ( OK it's the data mining/publicity behind it that makes money but this is after all the input)

That pittance of a fine will do nothing but give El Zuck even more publicity making his balls swell up even further.... Good on the lad for making his billions but what a sad state of affairs the "public" have become....

The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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No Skins please.

If the manufacturers would simply stop adding their "improvements" then there would be no problem.

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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From what I have known in the past, on long haul flights the Pilots spend most of their time doing crosswords or sleeping..

I wonder if this robot can also do a crossword whilst sleeping ?

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Linux

I wonder if it will run "The Weeping Angel" distro that Samsung/NSA was infamously know for ?

All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Re: Unexpected footnote

Worse still, Google are actually being paid to provide the service, and they in turn pay the users who upload the content via the Ads...

Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Re: Has anyone actually got the Creator's Update?

I was offered by Windows Update the Anniversary Edition but it refused to install......

So I did a clean install using an Anniversary Edition ISO and very shortly afterwards was updated to the Creators Edition, which broke Remote Desktop, as mentioned above.

Which version are you currently running 15xx or 16xx ?

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Updates yes, but please stop breaking working programs

Lets hope they fix the scaling for Remote Desktop which they have completely botched up for HDPI screens.

Especially on their own damned Surface Pro....... Remoting in to a server on 2736x1824 using a 13" screen is a nightmare.. Mstsc.exe can no longer use, or ignores the Manifest files ( + the Side by Side Regkey) The MS Remote Desktop adds a French keyboard layout which I can't make disappear, and the other alternative solutions are no where near as useful as mstsc.exe.....


European Investment Bank tosses €25m to MariaDB

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Re: "just last year they invested half a billion euros in a Scottish wind farm"

Shouldn't that be the DK - The Divided Kingdom

Email client lib blown apart by CC: list of death

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Says it all

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

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Re: Question

"No, it's bound by the same security as a reasonable Linux distro"

I presume by that you mean BSD and not Linux.... and the fact that it requires "sudo" is just semantics really...

So in other words, I can see that it can indeed be done..

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Will a Mac ( OSx) actually allow a user to execute any of the following..... I presume that it "should" but considering the results it might not...

rm -rf /

rm -rf .

rm -rf *

Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: And some are ...

If you truly want a decent dry white then it has to be a Pouilly Fuissé ( Maconnais/Burgundy) or a Pouilly Fumé ( Loire).. Even though we might assume that they are from the same region they are not but both are excellent..

A slight preference for the Pouilly Fumé though...

China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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Re: On the plus side, instant familiarity

"...except that biological concepts of "race" have been obsolete for 150 years :)"

So you would also consider that races exists such as "European", "American", "Russian"..... I think not...

Grouping the entire Chinese population into one race, 1 Billion people spread over a very very large area.......

If we no longer consider Biological concepts as being part of what defines a race then the concept of race has no value. Unless of course your definition of race is the one that the "Media" loves to use when calling someone racist.. ie it can mean anything that anyone wants it to mean depending on the situation.. ie Race become a variable ......

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Re: On the plus side, instant familiarity

Xenophobic maybe but certainly not racist...

Chinese is not a race, Asian or Mongoloid could be classes as races...

Microsoft says: Lock down your software supply chain before the malware scum get in

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Re: So ultraedit ehhh?

I was thinking Notapad++.

Inquiring minds would like to know ! Cmon El Reg name the editor, I am sure you already know ..

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Apple make money from UBER.

UBER make money from APPLE.

Enough said

SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac

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“We made the decision to focus the go-to-market strategy of SAP Anywhere on the US market as well as mainland China for the next few years,” she confirmed.

The company mouthpiece said the “decision to narrow our focus” was “not made lightly, or due to any performance issues with the solutions. We do not plan on replacing it with any alternative solutions”.


Or in other words, it has been a complete failure and no matter how hard we throw the proverbial shit at the wall it just wont stick..

Or, they believe that there are more "Fools with money to throw away" in the US and China..

Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

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Re: AI vs Greed

Charles 9 : I agree with you, now imagine that those Rube Goldberg types have access to AI which is capable of determining the best Social Engineering technique to use, or that is capable of finding material suitable for blackmailing the Email/Domain Admin , you get the point...

Malware isn't necassarily written/used only by the "bad guys"

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Re: AI vs Greed

AI is only in it's birth, it has the entire lifespan of humankind waiting to nurture it... and it will eventually be capable of making a decision, equal to that of any meatbag..

We are the creaters of AI, but unfortunately it is likely to pass us by. When I considers that the best chance of human survival it to destroy 98% of the population because statistically that it was we programmed it to do, then, and maybe then, we might begin to understand just how relevant we truly are...

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Re: AI vs Greed

Never underestimate the lengths to which people will go to when they have something to gain !!

And never forget that those doing the nasty might actually be on the "good" side of the law....... NSA, Mossad, FSK, MI6 etc etc I can easilly imagine entering an American Airport and your computer being analysed by some AI system that determines on it's own whether or not you have "terrorist" tendancies.... and that that same machine leaves some nasty malware ( virus) behind after it has calculated that your AntiVirus solution is not updated regularly and that you credit card details show no subscriptions to similar services.

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AI vs Greed

The next logicial stage is that those greedy bastard Malware creators will use AI to their own advantage..

Cynical, who, me, definately..... The "dark force" has the same availibility to AI tools as everyone else , why would they not use them ! There is so much money to be made that it is impossible for them to resist... and some back-handers to the legal companies will ensure the continuing availibility .

Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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George Carlin apart from being cynical was a very rational man..

He was hard hitting and simply put to the fore-front societies weaknesses. He has probably told more than the any first world "gaggle" of politicians could even even begin to hope for....

Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

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Re: Once the US and Israel sent out Stuxnet everyone felt they could play this game.

Do the Saudis actually administer their systems or are expat doing it for them...

If it's expats that I would "presume" that they do actually have some kind of BCP/DRP in place, it's not like there are too many budgetary restraints.

French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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Marine Le Pen is definately not her father. Some of her speeches are actually well thought out and interesting.. she is no worse than Sarko....but she is definately not a world class politician, nor is she a Billionaire, so she won't be able to pull of any of Trumps stunts.

I would probably prefer a Marine Le Pen to a Hilary Clinton, Hilary is far more dangerous character...

I doubt that MLP will get through though, it's far more likley to be Valls, Macron or Fillon. Although Polls have no real standing the Wikipedia poll is interesting and probably close to the truth..


It's impossible to know what way any potential hackers would swing as the hacking could come from anywhere and anyone with sufficient political/personal interest... Bascially any 1st world power... ( USA, Israel, Russia, China, UK)

Building IoT: Early bird tickets ready to fly in days

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Cheap ?

Even the cheap Early Bird tickets are damned expensive...

Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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"The committee also hopes robot designers will take responsibility "

"Hope" being a very important word in that phrase..... ( Are you listening Mr Trump)

Robots are like guns, in and of themselves they are not dangerous.. It's only when a meatbag puts it's finger on the trigger, or writes a nasty little subroutine, that things start going wrong.

What next, Prison for Robots.....

The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: I'd love to see a top 20...

2016 was my biggest year ever for downvotes, a few thousand,, I even lost my Silver Badge... And unlike Jake etc I don't intentionally troll....

It just appears that people have different points of view, of which many seem to be more about " a false sense of poltical correctness" or ideals that stream from the typical mass concensus rather than from personal convinction.

It's interesting to see how the Up/Down votes have changed the forum.. I get a feeling that far too many posts are just made to intentionally gain Upvotes rather than for adding anything that actually furthers discussion..

Nowadays, I just read the main article and maybe the first couple of posts before the flamewars start.

Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Windows Key + Keyboard

Since Windows 7 I have become so used to hitting the Windows Key + plus typing the name of the program that I want that I almost no longer use the Start Menu as such..

Even if they do bring folders back or whatever marketing catchphrase they will name it, I presume that it won't really change anything that will truly make a difference, at least not for me..

I like W10 a lot, even though it absoultely refuses to install the Annivesary Update in my "Microsoft" Surface Pro .....gggggrrrrrrrrr And from what I have gleaned from the various forums I am certainly not the only one..... Whether I want to or not I am stuck with 1511-10586.713

I wish they would sort out the update nightmare before adding folders........

Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Gooligan spreads when victims download and install an infected app. Crooks are slinging the malware by tricking victims into following malicious links in phishing messages.

What's amazing is that 13000 people per day are falling for this kind of phishing scam.. Are there really that many people installing apps on a daily basis and falling for a "Click on this to win a million or whatever". Those figures seems incredibly high... ( Yes, I know that there are a lot of stupid people but honestly 13000 per day is a hell of a lot)

Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Are your 18 years old or more

If Yes, click on this bug Button to enter site.

Oh and that kind of scenario will help keep kiddies away from websites !!

You really do get the idea that politicians have a lot of spare time on their hands if that's considered vital.. How about creating some jobs, or controlling the economy a bit more...

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: Is this any sort of "solution"?

I just had a quick look on Amazon for the 100 deadly skills. If that's what the terrorists are using then we really don't have much to fear....

Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Voyeurism !

On top of that one must ask what they did with the videos afterwards, YouTube , youporn, revenge porn etc .

And I would hate to think that the police now require helicopters in order to record dogging, it seems a rather overboard method for such a banal "crime"....

Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

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1000 real people

Is that 1000 real people or just the equivalent of 1000 "people" with FB accounts.

What will this future total of 1500 people actually do ? Sift the pre-truth, post-truth posts ? Remove FB accounts showing pictures of war victims ?

I don't have an FB account so it is not easy to imagine what these people will actually be employed to do. The fact that 500 new jobs being created is excellent, I just hope that their jobs involve more than creating new posts.

Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: "unless they are "dumb""

Generally referred to as PHBs..

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Re: TWO days to get the Domain Administator password.

Yup, just as silly as the companies that hand out little pieces of paper with the Company Wifi Password written on it, it is easy to determine by the age/general state of the paper that some of them were printed a long time ago....

Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Can I be fist to say...

When you are "fisting" I believe that you have the right to say whatever you please....

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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You are not supposed to ask "that" question.....

Mines the one with the red-faced penguin on the back.

Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

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Alternative Solution

Since board members consider security as just another expense, why no publish the details of their private lifes, tax returns, backhanders etc. It might help them realise that yes security is an issue and that it can/does have an impact on those concerned...

Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Person of Interest

As much as the series if full of hyperbole, the authors were clearly up to date about what was possible even several years ago..

Big Brother is not just watching he is Geo-positioning, Recording, Tracking, Establishing, Analyzing ( Anal being the operative word here) everything and anything wherever possible... Even though the majority of this information is just being used for eventual advertising(spam) it really doesn't require the need for owning a tin-foil hat in order to be paranoid...

Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Google's entire fortune is based solely in the objective that they can display advertisements. Essentially those very expensive "adwords" are just pure advertising.

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Hasn't politics and religion always relied on this condition, whereas most people will not take the time, nor have the desire to educate themselves.

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Don't forget the Calories

Let's not forget that these boots would probably be heavier than normal boots and that would require the consumption of more calories..

These calories would also require energy to be used for them to be produced. a Hamburger for example would require lot's of energy before it went into said Pedestrian-Energy-Makers mouth.

If we reduce the amount of energy created by the amount of energy required to make these calories we would probably achieve a negative creation rate..

Self Defeating goal...

Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

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Re: May I just say...

All that I manged to retain from this article were exactly those two words.

They held my interest for far longer than the "surprise shock horror " that someone made a prediction that IT continues to evolve ....

Dog Toffee , I wonder how much the market for it will be in 2027 ?

Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

"He was merely defending his property."

As much as I don't care for Trump I can only hope that our Merican friends don't vote for Hilary as she will make sure that no-one will defend their home ever again, at least not with anything more lethal than a loud voice...... ( and a quick email from your secret server )

Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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What's the real advantage

Ok less bloat, but that can be achieved on many distros.

Breaking ones balls just to install the system makes no sense, what the point ? Being able to master the install does not make you a Jedi, it just means that you are spending your time doing something not very productive, oh and when things break you are left feeling very much alone.....

There are far too many distros available that are lean, easy to install and get you up and running without the ball breaking attitude of the purists....

Ransomware victims screwed

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extortion demands.

"The Russian security software firm urges users not to give in to extortion demands."

Once your files have been encrypted, and since most folks probably don't have a backup, what would the security firm actually suggest ?

There are very few solutions available , except for the few passwords that have been made available, but the again a lot of folks would still not be capable of understanding what is going on.

Encryption is a mysterious and scary word for many people..

Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

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Do people really buy them

I always wondered who actually buys Fujitsu PC,s . Im my various travels I have never actually been in a company, nor have known any friends who actually posses one..

Amongst the El Reg crowd I can only presume that some of you know who actually buys Fujitsu, hands up anyone ...

Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

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Re: If you want security, don't use cellular standards

The big problem is not knowing which encryption keys are being used...

If there are only two keys being used and they are both created dynamically for the session, then we have a fighting chance, if however there is a third unknown key involved then the encryption becomes null and void...

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