* Posts by Anne-Lise Pasch

135 posts • joined 31 Jul 2008

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Crypto guru Matt Green asks courts for DMCA force field so he can safely write a textbook

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Or he could move

> Also as an American I haven't seen a country that much better than the US

... Too easy.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: eh?

GPS off ... check

Wifi off... check

Bluetooth off... check

NFC off... check

data plan, non-existent... check

cell tower triangulation... bugger.

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Phones exploding in kids' hands, shares tanking – but it's not all good news at Samsung

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Re: Indeed

Or a Vauxhall Zafira

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Samsung spills beans on mystery username, password emails to devs

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If you know my password, its not secure. If you know a salted hash of my password, I smile upon you.

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

Anne-Lise Pasch

Is that you, mom?

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

Anne-Lise Pasch

I thought Nu was STRAAT (https://icannwiki.com/.inc) who buy up hotel domains?

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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Re: Loads of other apps too

> maybe there should be a OS level icon

And then something will bypass that, and so the game continues

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Small broadband firms aren't fussed about getting access to BT's ducts and poles

Anne-Lise Pasch

Is this progress?

Ask the residents of Hull if they preferred Kingston Telecom to BT.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: "literally" "decimates"

Maybe they're using the medieval Latin version, and stealing their tents. That would be kinda awesome.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Anne-Lise Pasch

Embracing change

I would actually welcome cell phones in the cinema, IF (and only if) they have cell-free showings which are actively 'policed'. that way the self-important millennial with the phone can legitimately be told to turn it off, and not get aggravation in response.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: It's almost as if there were a specific software vendor involved in all of this

Yep. Adobe.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Anne-Lise Pasch

Krod Mondoon

Really needs a second series.

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: A new internet needed, sooner rather than later.

Don't need a new internet. Just put adverts on a new tld (.advertising) and enforce metadata for sizing. Then, if you opt out of advertising, your pages are still the same size. Then browsers can flag if your advertising is on/off for the purposes of paywall checks for those websites that use a freemium model.

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Is this Romanian man really 'GhostShell'? If so, he risks arrest

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: My desk doesn't look like that!

Its a function of getting older. You wake up one day, look at the clutter on the desk, and grab a bin bag. Then you realise you're 40, and haven't done a 3-day coding stint in 20 years. As you wipe the sad glass panel with a cloth (accidentally smearing it worse with your tears) you vow to get a white-oak desk (possibly with Tuscan legs) to match your furniture.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: A familiar smell

I work in such an environment, and it can work very well. DevOps thrives where your staff is experienced, multi-disciplined and professional. You don't need to be a DBA to maintain a SQL system, or promote a deployment through environments, but you do have to know when you need your DBA, or when to allocate resource from your most experienced server admin. And that distinction is where DevOps can fall down if you sacrifice any of the trinity (experience, knowledge, professionalism). There's a massive difference between having a professional senior developer supporting a live deployment, and a junior cowboy developing in production.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

Anne-Lise Pasch

So... if you map the power button to 'hibernate', all your troubles go away?

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CIOs: Tell us about your biggest disaster and how you survived it

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: CIO response in a nutshell.

Took the credit for the working bits, delegated blame to the BAs. Made a PM cry once. Swapped the BAs and PMs around by calling them both Scrum Masters and pretended to understand ITIL while calling everything AGILE. Sacked half the ops team and made the developers do their job too, which worked for a while as they were then able to code in production, like it was the Wild West. I just called it DevOps. Once QA complaints reached high decibels, I sacked the QA resources and offshored their function to three countries in the same timezone, while pretending we had follow-the-sun by making one team work night shifts, then took a job at a competitor before it all blew up underneath me, with glowing references. Repeat.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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So this is Boris' plan to solve the London housing crisis?

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Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Any compassion?

I wonder how bad it would be if his actual evil twin performs another robbery in the next couple of years... Proving he wasn't lying, just strange. LifeTime would have an awesome TV movie on their hands.

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Microsoft drops rush Internet Explorer fix for remote code exec hole

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Re: Pro Tip

My pro tip, for what its worth, is to browse within a vm that has its hard drive set to refresh on reboot. I have IE11 (I do a lot of web testing with various browsers) within VM workstation set up that way, and with Unity switched on can access IE as if its part of my desktop. If I get hit by a virus, a reboot will kill it. It has no permissions to my real desktop at all, (runs in a seperate virtual network, seperate user account.) Brought this method of working across from my VM Fusion days on my mac, and am happy with the extra layer of security it provides.

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Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Cassette

We had cartridge games on the C64. We just hardly used them because we all had an Action Replay cartridge for cheating on tape games that we used Action Replay to clone onto a floppy...

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CODING PEEP SHOW offers chance to hire devs as they program

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Script kiddie

If they capture themselves coding the script, might even be worth hiring them. (head explodes from too much meta)

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: .gitignore

Which is that same thing as saying not to use any cloud, co location hosting, or possibly even the internet.

Github is over SSL, and is stored encrypted at the remote end.

If the story had been Dropbox spewed man's financial credentials in bad app update, the story would be focused on the tool and service, not how stupid the user was for using the service. The user had an expectation of security AND privacy.

A private github *should be* no different to using any 3rd party cloud provider.

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Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: .gitignore

Because its a *private* repository he was supposed to be uploading to. In private repositories we do things like store keys and binaries because we abuse Github for non-build purposes, like the ability to git pull remotely and have a complete working copy of our code. Despite Github not being a backup service, our own private repositories where we work contain private keys, license files, database backups, all sorts of dll binaries. Convenience, ne? Until something like this happens.

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Not necessarily as silly as it sounds.

Totally agree. The idea of a gaming machine that I can still use as a commuting device appeals to me.

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French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Bravo !

We do, now.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Anne-Lise Pasch

"How in hell is Microsoft not spotting these? I'm rolling back."

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

Anne-Lise Pasch

Looking at the remaining data, I have no problem with them retaining 90% of the data. Height, age, weight, etc. I can see how that would be useful for firmographics. I just don't know why they need to keep the town, longitude and latitude which can identify a person. (Especially in a small town.) And this is why they are culpable.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: How nice

Maybe the accent was fixed with a 3d printer? ;p

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Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

Its one thing if it makes it slightly gibberish, but another if the accent changes the meaning to "Welcome to Penisland, Population: You." So I'll give the councillor the obligatory hat doff on this one and let it slide.

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Carders fleece $4.2 million from Victoria's MyKi transport agency

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: The Law of Unintended Consequences

it IS a hassle (and a con) that you have to use Pay As You Go on a bus to get to a tube station to activate the Weekly ticket that should have covered you for the bus journey. And you cant claim that back.

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Even 'super hackers' leave entries in logs, so prepare to drown in data

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Teeth grating

But only in this incidence.

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SPUD – The IETF's anti-snooping protocol that will never be used

Anne-Lise Pasch

This is true, but a separation of the routing information and payload would be beneficial. For instance, assume the entire payload was deeply encrypted, adding a tag to say the payload contained encrypted video traffic would allow for as much information as an ISP should need to know for rate limiting, without having to deep packet inspect every last byte.

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Anne-Lise Pasch

Good start

As an application developer, I want the protocol to do all the heavy lifting. I don't want to have to code a lot of stuff into my app that shouldn't have to be there, and potentially get it wrong. I just want to be able to either create a connection, or receive a connection, and know that what I pass down that pipe will get there in a fast and secure fashion. Today, I find myself using API after API; MSMQ, signalR, IOCP->ImmutableStack, because the heavy lifting is bubbled up to the application layer. But its not like my requirements are fundamentally different to 99.9% of everyone else doing TCP development, who just need to get the data to get from A to B, or A to Many. If this means losing the 'value add' of rate-limiting protocol-massaging that my ISP believes is 'helping me', then so be it.

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

Anne-Lise Pasch

Some days I wish we could just have 802.11zz - Use ALL the spectrum (yes, all of it) for a single world network. And then run everything on top of that network. No more not-spots. We could call it Skynet...

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Oh well at least

I would pay to watch Jeremy Clarkson test Windows 10.

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Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: In other news...

Well, we do have a Clegg who needs a job.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

Anne-Lise Pasch

Ignorance of the law is no excuse...

... unless you charge for copies.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Trump

Am I the only one who giggles at trump because its a colloquialism for fart?

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: The real question is...

In some ways they share a lot in common, but the Ant-Man is a better popcorn movie. I disagree with most of the reviewer's commentary; I liked Paul Rudd's direction. I had issues with the science. (When you're small, you have the same density as when you're big... so why can I carry a tank in my pocket again?) But otherwise it was amusing fluff in line with Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

Anne-Lise Pasch

Can you claim copyright infringement if someone repeats a line from a public Github?

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Four Brits cuffed as global cyber-crime forum Darkode busted

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Low hanging fruit

This would not actually surprise me! :>

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Anne-Lise Pasch

Low hanging fruit

I'm just embarrassed those arrested called themselves hackers; they didn't go to a hacking-orientated website via an anonymising VPN service (iPredator, etc.). This is a bit like the London Met hiking the crimes-solved numbers by fining speeding drivers on the A40.

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It's 2015 and VMware tools break VMs if you open two browser tabs

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Hands up

All of us.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

Anne-Lise Pasch

I walked through Kings Cross 4 minutes before the bomb, and got to work on the Macmillan helpdesk on Crinan street. It was just me, and the white-haired security guard. As an hour went by, and nobody turned up, reports of 'electrical surges' on the tubes came in, I joined the security guy at the front desk and scanned BBC news on the old PC. The news slowly changed, and we got more worried. We pulled out the dusty tome of 'what to do in an emergency' and started handing out orange juice to the three others who'd stumbled in by that time. Then the directive to 'go home' came through and we made our way on foot to London Bridge through the gauntlet of police waving us towards zone 2. That was my memory of the bombing, and a chapter of my life that got dusty right up until this morning when I got stuck at Aldgate waiting for the memorial to end, so I could finish my commute. I don't believe we do compare what happened here to 9/11. If you visit new York, the whole city feels defined by the attack. For London, its just another bad episode to be momentarily acknowledged, and then moved on from.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

Anne-Lise Pasch

If the Greek government had taken the 1.6bn repayment and bought stocks, then announced they would actually pay up the 1.6bn after all today, they'd have made enough to pay off the whole 240bn debt. Just saying.

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Time to write our OWN antivirus program

The dream of Open Source endures!

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Not as urgent as an issue as MS would like

This. The lack of urgency is just that; total apathy to upgrade. The PM attitude is: "Most business boxes are not externally facing. They do not need the constant security arms-race upgrading. They do their job, and they work. And unless there's a damned good reason to break something that just works, you don't do it because there's a penalty. Nobody wants overhead (testing, regression, pilot) and all the hassles unless you tack on a separate project for new functionality, and there's rarely any internal project worth doing a system upheaval over." That's why the Code Red virus years ago was such a big deal, it hit us inside the firewall. But we didn't learn from that, we just treated it as an isolated incident, and hey, at least now we have whole-machine backups in our shiny virtual environments. If the quake hits, we can roll back to yesterday, etc. I don't like it, but I find it hard to come up with the business case at the same time.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

Anne-Lise Pasch
Mushroom

Southwest, good

Northwest, and the only wild Penguins in the Northern Hemisphere would be endangered. (Little known fact; there are penguins on the Northern tip of Isabella island, and that's in the Northern hemisphere.)

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

Anne-Lise Pasch

> Perhaps google employees should start spending less time pratting around

Completely disagree. This is one of the few areas I applaud Google for: Allowing developers to do fun things and research projects. You forget, doing this sort of thing is how a developer *learns*.

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