* Posts by Brad Ackerman

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UK code breakers drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex simulators onto the web for all to try

Brad Ackerman

Re: Explain like I'm five ..

Designing the Enigma to never encrypt a letter as itself is a boneheaded move that shows up in large organizations' password policies. (Can't have more than x lowercase letters/uppercase letters/numbers in a row, for example.) Reducing your system's work factor is rarely a good idea.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

Brad Ackerman

Re: Proves that Cheltenham

Burger Burger was quite good but IIRC it closed unexpectedly with a four-figure unpaid gas bill. (And, one would assume, an even larger VAT bill.)

Brad Ackerman
Pint

Re: Proves that Cheltenham

As far as the high-street chain pubs go I'm partial to Copa. For non-chain, The Gloucester Old Spot is in town, Seven Tuns is worth a drive, and plenty more.

On the gripping hand, Wagamama stays in business despite 288 being roughly eleventy million times better, so there's no accounting for taste.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

Brad Ackerman

Re: The US: a first world country...

If the US actually had third-world infrastructure, we'd have better phone coverage at a tenth of the price.

The solid state of storage in 2018: Latencies, they are dwindling. On-premises, the kit is glistening...

Brad Ackerman
Stop

Great stuff, were it not for Amazon announcement in November of its Glacier Deep Archive cloud storage, priced at $0.01/TB/month.

$1.01/TB/month, which isn't quite as magical but still inexpensive.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

Brad Ackerman
Holmes

Re: I actually did the reverse once..

If it's really necessary, the storage funds will get approved, but usually it's not necessary at all.

The closer you get to the end of the fiscal year, the more important spending money becomes.

Brad Ackerman

Re: Access Denied

That one's bogus, but presumably too funny to fact-check.

Brad Ackerman

Re: And that's why...

Proxies can also be set to only permit categorized pages, in addition to blacklisting pr0n or whatever.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

Brad Ackerman
Boffin

I was expecting a Galaxy Death Note 7 joke somewhere in this article.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

Brad Ackerman
Pint

Jimmy's Farm makes sausage with bacon in it. There's no question that Britannia rules the waves when it comes to pork products.

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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Black Helicopters

Her helicopter should be an excellent platform for sniping, assuming some sort of stabilized mount.

The great and powerful Oz (broadband network): Revs rise, but nbn™'s exec bonuses don't

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Facepalm

Buried lede

The monthly ARPU for NBN, which is a wholesale network, is about what Bahnof will charge (retail) for real gigabit FTTP (or 10G for MDUs in Stockholm). I don't think Bahnhof will even sell a service as slow as NBN's fastest FTTP.

NBNCo's shareholders should be fucking ecstatic that they can take such high rents. Or is it they're annoyed the rents aren't as high as in Canada?

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

Brad Ackerman
Pirate

This story makes me want to download a car.

Damn right I would download a car.

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

Brad Ackerman
Devil

Re: "Seems there's a trend with cooling not being taken as seriously as it should."

The fire department can open that door faster anyhow.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

Brad Ackerman
Black Helicopters

Re: As long as they run a 3G service ...

I'd bloody well hope they're killing off 2G; setting phones to disable 2G entirely by default (which won't happen while 2G is in use) makes it more difficult for any rando to run an IMSI catcher. They haven't yet taken it out behind the barn because of all the fielded devices that have a 2G-only modem and need to be upgraded. (ATMs, soda machines, whatever—not all being so easily accessible, of course.)

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

Brad Ackerman
Coat

Re: Sense of humor

At least in Canada people don't have the right to bear arms.

Given the subject of this article, Canada's laws on arming bears are the relevant ones.

Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Mushroom

Maplin isn't anywhere near as pants as Greggs, but a German invasion would still be welcome. Conrad would totally destroy them—if Maplin weren't already destroying themselves, that is.

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Brad Ackerman
Trollface

Re: Dvorak keyboard (@ Handleoclast)

The Linotype in that story was displaying GIGO, which I'm not sure counts as intelligence. Artificial 4chan?

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

Brad Ackerman

Feh. Cat are too lazy to write code.

They prefer to acquire humans to do it for them.

Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

Brad Ackerman

Re: He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

The crime is life; the sentence is death.

US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

Brad Ackerman
Holmes

I'd have gone with the Threatbutt map; it also comes with pew-pew noises.

Systemd wins top gong for 'lamest vendor' in Pwnie security awards

Brad Ackerman
Devil

Re: Devuan smugness

FreeBSD. Don't just come for the DTrace and ZFS; come for the tequila.

Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

Brad Ackerman

Re: What about other measures?

Bypassing such a device is allowed—that question has been settled law for decades in the US. See e.g. Sega Enterprises Ltd. v. Accolade, Inc., 977 F.2d 1510 (9th Cir. 1992).

Cisco patches switch hijacking hole – the one exploited by the CIA

Brad Ackerman
FAIL

There are idiots still using Windows XP; unencrypted HTTP for login (hence the Firefox changes); ridiculously out-of-date web browsers; Silverlight; and for all I know SSHv1 and LM authentication. Cisco used to charge extra for SSH support.

Think of this as the Rule 34 of infosec: if it's possible to configure a system that way, no matter how dumb, some asshole will do it.

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Brad Ackerman
Childcatcher

Re: It is not that clearcut

You do realise that the VT52 keyboard was part of the main unit? (see pic at top RHS)

Yes, and that's what screwdrivers are for.

Spock, because there's no Doctor in the house.

Brad Ackerman
Boffin

Re: It is not that clearcut

Let me guess: your version of vi does not support noob things like arrow keys?

Bonus points for implementing a device that sits between your VT102 keyboard (VT52 acceptable; VT220 is right out) and NOPs the arrow keys using 7400-series ICs and nothing else. Some people have an iron will, but if not it's okay to reinforce your determination with TTL logic and wire-wrap.

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

Brad Ackerman
Childcatcher

Re: Expensive Laughter I wonder

Depends who the judge is. If Mentok the Mind-Taker's court is in session, nothing would surprise me.

Printer blown to bits by compressed air

Brad Ackerman
Boffin

Re: Dangerous

Anyway, I highly recommend a real compressor for cleaning out dust bunnies in old desktops and for regular keyboard maintenance.

Did that once with a 10 kW compressor... outside, with eye protection. Learned why ear protection is advisable when bleeding it afterwards.

Spy satellite scientist sent down for a year for stowing secrets at home

Brad Ackerman
Pirate

The rules are stricter for military [personnel].

On paper, yes. In practice, that's where the phrase "different spanks for different ranks" comes from.

Brad Ackerman
Mushroom

Petraeus received probation and a $100,000 fine for bringing home classified information. (Which would be a fairly severe fine for a GS-11, but Petraeus probably earned that back fairly quickly from his corporate board memberships; also, a GS-11 would have gotten a full-on jail sentence.)

The only political appointee or SES member to receive a serious punishment for mishandling classified information AFAIK was Sandy Berger, whom the DC Court of Appeals disbarred in 2007 for removing classified materials from the National Archives, destroying some, and setting up a dead-drop with others. (The NARA OIG did not identify the intended recipient of the dead-dropped documents.)

Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

Brad Ackerman
Trollface

Re: CCTV coverage, where is the line drawn?

Standard EN 1317 guardrail rated for very high containment; they're designed to "redirect" 30 t HGVs.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Brad Ackerman

Susannah Harker, Judi Dench, Marina Sirtis, Lena Headey would be my additions to the list.

Brad Ackerman
Alien

Re: Next Timelord

But all the other time lords are dead, which makes it a bit hard without major reboots.

So were the Daleks, and we all know how well the Doctor genocided them.

Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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FAIL

Re: the eff is way out of line here

there's no right to the source code of deere's software (aside from any bits covered by license requiring disclosure)

Who is demanding that JD provide their source code? The EFF certainly isn't. This is all about whether JD should be allowed to send government employees with guns to stop people from repairing their own property.

The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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FAIL

The TPP doesn't get rid of the Buy America Act or the Jones Act. It won't remove US tariffs on foreign trucks for 25 years. The TTP doesn't reduce our excessively long copyright terms. Just what the fsck does it do for the US?

It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Brad Ackerman
Pirate

The difference between MS and a government

Is that MS benefits from you continuing to use their products and therefore has an interest in fixing what is clearly broken; whereas governments can be much harder to divorce, and $om€one ¥ou failed to vote out of office bene£its from those bad la₩s.

AT&T pilots dedicated IoT mobile network

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Big Brother

Re: If your IoT things...

1080p60 traffic cameras would be nice to have—assuming the field is static most of the time so we can get down to 100 kb/s average data rate (SWAG), that's 33 GB/mo/camera.

Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

Brad Ackerman
Black Helicopters

Re: "the International Earth Rotation Service"

It's now the "International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service", but clearly the old name was better. (Especially the implied consequences for short-changing its budget.)

Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Brad Ackerman
Thumb Down

Re: Darwin award??

Paperwork for the police, transit agency, and tram operator; delays for a rather large number of people. I'm sure the smombies can find a venue to receive their awards that doesn't have quite as much collateral damage.

Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

Brad Ackerman
Holmes

Re: Hmmmm

In order to survive, bricks and mortar shops really need to be able to win on at least one of the following:-

Good as far as it goes, but misses one major point: in order for customers to hand you money, you need to be present to receive it. Lots of high street shops don't seem to have noticed that trading hours were deregulated, and they no longer need to close before their customers get off work.

Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

Brad Ackerman
Stop

Re: Pushing it ? Why ?

Not in any sane jurisdiction you're not. You're not in the UK unless the crime is terrorism for example.

Misprision is still an offense in Northern Ireland. Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967, §5.

Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Brad Ackerman
Alert

Re: Good to know

And if the phone bricked itself, you can buy really good selection of budget phones for £180 (SIM unlocked)

And those would be the ones that will never get any security patches, no?

NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

Brad Ackerman
Alert

Re: Kudos

802.1x? Corporately-owned devices get on the internal network; anything else (assuming a location where visitors are allowed) goes to the guest network. (Of course, if you don't already have appropriate physical security controls on your wiring closets, you've got bigger problems to take care of first.)

Brad Ackerman
Facepalm

Re: Flawed car analogy.

I'm generally surprised when I see a facility that isn't vulnerable to the yardstick attack.

Behold, Backblaze’s public B2 beta blast off

Brad Ackerman
Facepalm

Re: Backblaze is an amazing company

Code42 doesn't seem to have any trouble offering a Linux client for CrashPlan, and your hypothetical nightmare scenario applies just as well to Mac or Windows.

Chicago and LA teased with promise of Google gigabit pipes

Brad Ackerman
Boffin

HTTPS is great as far as it goes, but hostnames are still looked up over (unencrypted) DNS.

Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?

Brad Ackerman
Devil

Re: American citizen? for security reasons?

Dubya already has his hideout, and he'd be more General Midwinter than Doctor Evil.

Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

Brad Ackerman
Mushroom

Re: Maybe not

Judges do tend to get upset (and inclined to impose sanctions) when they're frakked with. Can't imagine why.

High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Brad Ackerman
Black Helicopters

Not X10s, then?

Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Brad Ackerman
Boffin

Bought a Pioneer PDP-427XG in 2007 (yeah, the 8th-gen were out at the time, but AAFES was a bit behind). It still kicks ass, despite being only 720p, and I'm still mourning Pioneer's passing.

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