* Posts by Alan J. Wylie

278 posts • joined 12 Jul 2008

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Evidence?

But Vangelis got there first: Albedo 0.39

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

Alan J. Wylie

Years ago the ICO were absolutely useless - reports of abuse disappeared into a black hole.

These days, they want to give the impression that they are trying harder. They are at Glasgow Central Station today giving advice on Nuisance Calls.

https://twitter.com/ICOnews/status/907210589684019200

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

Alan J. Wylie

Re: I tried placing a fraud alert for myself with TransUnion

https://www.equifax.com/cs7/faces/jspx/login.jspx

Request Attributes

Name Value

_HKHACK_ yes

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It's so secure

that if you're called O'Reilly it won't let you enter your name.

Nor Mountbatten-Windsor

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.UK domains left at risk of theft in Enom blunder

Alan J. Wylie

Surely if both victim and thief have Enom accounts, you just use the same trick to steal the domain back again?

Step 5 of the M group's advisory (linked to in the original article):

(optional) Immediately transfer the domain elsewhere by changing the IPS tag and registrant email address making the domain extremely difficult if not impossible to recover without a manual intervention

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Alan J. Wylie

$ units "10 million trillion trillion joules" "tonne tnt"

* 2.4284104e+21

Kim Jong-un - eat your heart out.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

Alan J. Wylie

Re: A man is not dead while his name is still spoken ...

El Reg still puts out the overhead I believe

Indeed. Lester Haines too. I just hope the FF extension keeps on working with Multiprocess and WebExtensions

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

He's the polar opposite of Stephen Donaldson who is also a hilarious fantasy writer but much less deliberately so

Two words: "Clench Racing"

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"steamroller named"

I think there's something missing there: steamroller named Lord Jericho

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

Alan J. Wylie

"Not a movie prop, honest"

Obviously. If it were a movie, there would be a ring of lights around the edge of the visor shining onto the actors' faces and blinding them.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

Alan J. Wylie

And does the radar have sufficient resolution to differentiate between cones and pyramids?

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Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Roll your own?

I roll my own, but as well as the geographical aspect, using a big VPN provider also means that your traffic is mixed in with everyone else's, rather than a single IP address being solely associated with you.

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Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

Alan J. Wylie

Copyfish too

Our Copyfish extension was stolen and adware-infested

Exactly the same. Phishing attack, credentials compromised, "Copyfish was updated to V2.8.5", "started to insert ads/spam into websites"

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Don't make Aug 21 a blind date: Beware crap solar eclipse specs

Alan J. Wylie

Don't be like the gullible and superstitious

Knock pilgrims warned of eyesight damage

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

Alan J. Wylie

T Shirt?

but no vest (waistcoat). That would make an excellent addition to the kickstarter.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gene-kranzs-apollo-vest-9045125/

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Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

Alan J. Wylie

"Tears in rain"?

Surely "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"?

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

Alan J. Wylie

Seeing as I'm now several chapters into Charlie Stross's "Delirium Brief", I wonder if they can be upgraded to SCORPION STARE capability?

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

Alan J. Wylie

Re: The Delirium Brief

but frankly the current news cycle is (Neocon) Delirium Brief enough for me

Charlie had to re-write it: "BREXIT broke my next Laundry novel"

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The Delirium Brief

On a very slightly related note, Charlie Stross's "The Delirium Brief" came out yesterday, and mentions The Register within the first couple of chapters.

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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

Alan J. Wylie

reductio ad absurdum

If an animal triggers a (concealed) wildlife camera to take a picture - who owns the copyright?

+1

My thought exactly.

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

Alan J. Wylie

Re: There's a Cog Railway up Pikes peak

An 875bhp Peugeot 208 would be a little more exciting

To bring this thread back onto a computing topic:

Audi’s Robotic Car Climbs Pikes Peak

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Alan J. Wylie

Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

The Mount Washington cog railway in New Hampshire climbs from 2000 ft ASL almost to 6280 feet

There's a Cog Railway up Pikes peak: 14,115 ft (4302m)

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Alan J. Wylie

Oracle "Recycle bin"

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/B28359_01/server.111/b28310/tables011.htm

The recycle bin is actually a data dictionary table containing information about dropped objects. Dropped tables and any associated objects such as indexes, constraints, nested tables, and the likes are not removed and still occupy space. They continue to count against user space quotas, until specifically purged from the recycle bin or the unlikely situation where they must be purged by the database because of tablespace space constraints.

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Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

Alan J. Wylie

But there *was* a breach, just not customer data

https://twitter.com/troyhunt/status/879289823835639810

A follower just advised they recently notified @TheAA_UK about 13GB of exposed DB backups. It's not clear if they ever notified customers.

https://twitter.com/troyhunt/status/879323722963968001

https://twitter.com/TheAA_Help/status/879334595828883456

This incident was related to the AA shop & retailers’ orders rather than sensitive info. It was rectified and taken seriously.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

Alan J. Wylie

Is it related to last week's news that Russian hackers are trading MP's credentials?

Russian hackers trading stolen email addresses and passwords of 1,000 British MPs and top officials online

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Hang on... Nuclear

Charlie Stross:A Colder War

"The Convair B-39 Peacemaker is the most formidable weapon in our Strategic Air Command's arsenal for peace. Powered by eight nuclear-heated Pratt and Whitney NP-4051 turbojets, it circles endlessly above the Arctic ice cap, waiting for the call.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

Alan J. Wylie

Ariane 5

lander rotated at a faster acceleration than expected

Some similarities to the Ariane 5 Explosion, where an accelerometer value in a 64 bit floating point value overflowed when converted to a 16 bit signed integer.

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GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

Alan J. Wylie

Re: What's a tensor?

+1 - exactly what I was going to post!

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Alan J. Wylie

Re: So to get zero stars

turn planet earth to a blackened cinder

That would be a Class 6, to totally eliminate the stars would be an X3

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Dell BIOS update may be a security fix

It is generally acknowledged that BIOS updates should only be applied to fix a known issue. In this case, however, for some Dell systems, the issue is the Intel AMT remote security vunlerability: CVE-2017-5689

This affects at least one laptop to my personal knowledge: Dell XPS 15 9560

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

Alan J. Wylie

His address will be public

He seems to have had several addresses, all in the same area of a certain university city. The question is which is the most recent and whether it is still valid? Has he been renting accommodation?

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

Alan J. Wylie

"router overload"

$ telnet bofh.jeffballard.us 666

Your excuse is: Root name servers corrupted.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Program for a puppet

Program for a puppet (Roland Perry)

<googles> - Ah - not the Roland Perry who worked on Amstrad computers, but an Australian author.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

Alan J. Wylie

Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

WIll the front page look like GeoCities, but when you click through everything is the latest HTML5? And will there be diversionary gratuitous extreme obscenity?

CensorDecoy

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

Alan J. Wylie

British Rail and their legendary sandwiches

Don't forget the cans of Ruddles County

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

Alan J. Wylie

Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

Alan J. Wylie

Cheap USB flash sticks

As well as a couple of on-line backups of my data, for several years I've carried a LUKS encrypted 64GB USB flash stick around with me. New photos have caused the amount of data to grow, so I recently bought a 128GB drive. It encrypted OK, then formatted as ext4, and the rsync worked OK for a while, then it started throwing errors and became unusable.

I can only assume that recent cheap USB sticks concentrate the wear levelling of erase blocks in the areas used by the FAT, and having file metadata stored anywhere else, as any other filesystem format will do, will cause rapid damage.

A quick google later, I've just found this site: How to Damage a FLASH Storage Device which confirms my suspicions.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Alan J. Wylie

Re: HOUSEPLANTS OF GOR

Is it safe for me to click on that link at work?

Should be safe enough, so long as the phrases "muchly watered" and "hanging basket" aren't going to trip a content filter.

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HOUSEPLANTS OF GOR

I can't hear mention of Gor without chuckling at the memory of Houseplants of Gor

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Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Symantec's response

https://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/symantec-backs-its-ca

So close, so very close.

Not "completely baseless", but rather "irresponsible" and "exaggerated and misleading".

Also: "remain committed to the security of the Internet"

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

Alan J. Wylie

Cheyenne Mountain Complex

The State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado, has mile high (5280 feet, 1609m) elevation markers on its steps. Most of the more populated areas, e.g. Boulder and Colorado Springs are at about 1600m, but the Air Forces Cheyenne Mountain Complex (NORAD, and where the Stargate is kept) is at about 7200 feet / 2200m. We don't want that bursting into flames!

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Twitter app pwned by pro-Turkey hackers: Users' accounts sling 'Nazi' slurs

Alan J. Wylie

Will we still be sending our F35 fighter engines to Turkey for maintenance?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/11/uk_f35s_heavy_overhaul_says_us/

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Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

Alan J. Wylie

Re: You've come a long way, baby

That brings back memories. It's not quite 30 years (June 1987) since Tim and I started porting 1st Word Plus to the Archimedes.

Who would have thought it, especially after MS dropped support for MIPS, etc. after NT4.

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WordPress photo plugin opens 'a million sites' to SQLi database feasting

Alan J. Wylie

Lots more WordPress plugin vulnerabilities disclosed yesterday

At the Summer of Pwnage site: https://sumofpwn.nl/advisories.html

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KCL external review blames whole IT team for mega-outage, leaves managers unshamed

Alan J. Wylie
Joke

"multiple copies with identical hash sums"

I hope those weren't SHA-1 hashes.

shattered.io

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