* Posts by An nonymous Cowerd

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Has to be within range

I have ethically hacked, as in taken over my own wi-fi router and intercepted a client using it, from a Landrover parked >2.5 kilometres away on a hill. Because I was asked to do it, in writing, and then it was publicly published somewhere in IEEE proceedings or similar, never to be seen again. been there done that!

requirements:

£99 https://hakshop.com/products/wifi-pineapple or similar

£99 https://www.wimo.com/download/18686.24.pdf (1MB pdf) to get you >sixty watts EIRP

tho' many wardrivers, and I know some - they do exist - probably use the ebay £40 Alfa.com.tw adapters with a 9-dBi vertical (the wardrivers that I know have toured my area, and done a slurp on all open/WEP/WPS APs, plotted them on OS maps or equivalent, and $Deity alone knows what they are up to)

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

An nonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

Suricata?

Muppets, all of em’. In further news, more secret nork squirrel spies spy on spys, again.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/10/north-korea-hacked-us-war-plans-south-korea-reports

So, inevitably we should move to an open internet/society where ‘top-secrets’ aren’t hoovered up into a big heap, later for someone unauthorized to nick them all?, or should we just implement the May2018 GDPR, worldwide and even for dot mil?

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SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation

An nonymous Cowerd

air-freshener = increased asthma

I seem to recall from 'A'-level chemistry, that some of the 'air-freshener' fragrances are extracted from petroleum in the same factories as pesticides and fertilizers;

they allegedly contain phthalates (DEP, DBP) and other endocrine disruptors';

have been tested as subliming 1,4-dichlorobenzene (1,4-DCB) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1,4-Dichlorobenzene (febreze? - blocks your nose function!);

release nano-particles of ???$undefined into your local environment;

typically make asthmatic kids WORSE

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He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: We have had this QoS based contract exit law in Italy for a few years already

The idea behind this OFCOM-based 'real-Ookla' is that you can leave the lying Telco who has oversold their service, who is protected by very expensive leaving clauses - and move to another lying Telco who hasn't yet oversold their services. (I used to work in UK for a Telco - we refused to supply the whole region of Norwich/Norfolk because it wouldn't have made us enough money)

When I was able to leave the Telecom Italia contract, avoiding paying a couple of years for the no-service as a leaving penalty, I then moved to a DSL company that used a slightly more advanced DSLAM, they currently get nearly(*) 13mbps over the old degraded telecom lines. I also bought a backup 35mbs nearly(*) internet contract with a radio based provider from the local mountaintops, using Mexican hardware, metropolitan area WiMAX. And for third resilience, bought a 4G iPad with reliable but capped 75mbs up/down LTE.

(*)nearly! some days I get a 13mbps clock on the DSL, but with no empty buckets for the data, or just over-agressive deep profiling through a 100meg traffic-choke-point. Some days the 35mbps radio WiMAX is out, for hours, with no explanation but rarely together with the DSL.

Being based in an Italian village with slowly improving infrastructure, it's great to have the Apple iPad 4G/Wi-Fi hotspot as on the rare day per year when everything else is out, this has so-far worked - and has been needed.

The 100watt shortwave icom 745 with HF data is the 4th layer of resilience, and I think I could get a mobile tropo-EME system together in half-a-day as the portable long-yagis for 2M/70 are in the basement. lower datarate, but great LPI/LPD.

have a good day!

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Meanwhile in a crack den beneath NSA headquarters...

Er, well "Santa Claus" was (fairly) white until recently, but now . . ."Aziz Nikolas'un"?

https://gizmodo.com/turkish-archeologists-think-they-may-have-discovered-th-1819136539

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/noel-babanin-mezari-jeoradarla-araniyor-40565417

deffo NoFlyList + extra visa screening; potential furriner incoming in just 79 days

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: The Russians ate my homework

Yes R6, the famous room with 43 pc's running all versions of all available AV, tweak your code till it passes then Whooooosh . . . quickly deploy that cryptolocker apparently from criminalz.

But if any particular vendor-Z is now vendor-non-grata in country X (because vendor-Z's cloud-based Structured Threat Information expressions can potentially catch Malware Y)

this implies a few further things,

a) those paranoid should orthogonally run both CIA & KGB based threat detection (as was always suggested) &

b) if country X is banning vendor-Z AV from being widely deployed in country X, then just who is country X aiming their malware at? who is their target! Eh?

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: whats worse than ads is NO ads?

Fine Graeme, but I still remain shocked that VM with its very high subscriber base in the UK does not have any news outlets that are outside of the billion dollar covert and overt 'public diplomacy' communications bubble.

The list you gave, many of which require a subscription, still remain INSIDE the current news/views bubble! There are zero alternative voices in those broadcasters.

So to quote a certain UK government yechnical department : - slide 1

"control the communications channel" - seems that they are doing a great job!

After the repeal of the Smith-Mundt Act, the gloves came off, possibly helping to result in today's

mad confusion & furcups.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/

I watch RT, much of it is unusual/annoying, made by the highly corrupt RU government, but it is valid to watch as it does sometimes report items that are on the gap propaganda that the broadcasters listed above typically manifest.

I watch Turkish TRT world, an excellent station for all news (other than - of course concerning Turkey itself)

I watch Saudi TV, a great counterbalance to the BBC/Al Jazeera from Qatar.

worse for all the channels is that the next generation seem to watch zero tv programmes or news - I wonder how that will pan out! = control the internet, no, that would never happen!

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An nonymous Cowerd

whats worse than ads is NO ads?

on a recent trip to UK I scanned all 600? channels on my Virgin Media cable feed to discover no source of news other than BBC, SKY or CNN. Where's RT on VM? No, seriously!

I like laughing at RT propaganda as much as I like laughing at BBC propaganda, but on this scan last-month it seems that RT is not available. Rt was Russia Today and has been accused of being biased Russian state funded broadcasting, in as much as BBC is obviously also biased state funded broadcasting (ask a Scot!)

At home here in Europe, I get all the unencrypted Freesat channels and RT is included, but not on (some) UK cable services - I'm trolling, nach, but I'm also serious that unless you occasionally glance at what the 'opponent' is propagandising - then it becomes so much harder to get out of your own propaganda bubble, should it even exist?

BBC2 had a nice prog on yesterday about tourism in the taiga, looking for Tigers, but they spent half the program moaning about the FSB. I suppose that when/if RT or Perviy kanal films in UK they are also followed by the relevant agencies. Perhaps they are just banned as persona non-grata, like VM seems to do with an alternative, wacky, probably sometimes wrong, alternative point of view.

what's twitter?

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Mac High Sierra hijinks continue: Nasty apps can pull your passwords

An nonymous Cowerd

only "signed apps" mentality?

in the current level of 'web-of-trust' I suppose this is better than nothing, but as https://www.eff.org/files/colour_map_of_CAs.pdf (pdf 132kb) shows, there are quite a few interesting people who can and have signed malware. [malware laden CCleaner version 5.33.6162 was certificated/signed by a valid digital signature issued as a Symantec Class3 SHA256 certificate expiry 10/10/2018 ]

personally I set the mac firewall to "not allow signed software to receive incoming", and I further set the system to "only allow apps d/l from the app-store". [ctrl+right-click to allow the odd unsigned but plausible binary install, having usually thrown it at virustotal.com first for a check - one minority-report case where 56 out of 57 votes are sometimes wrong!]

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

An nonymous Cowerd
Boffin

Re: Why not fuck off and sort out Brexit instead

Breaking news from ISO crypto too, NSA has withdrawn a few weak standards

When the United States first introduced Simon and Speck as a proposed ISO standard in 2014, experts from several countries expressed reservations, said Shin’ichiro Matsuo, the head of the Japanese encryption delegation.

Some delegates had no objection. Chris Mitchell, a member of the British delegation, said he supported Simon and Speck, noting that “no one has succeeded in breaking the algorithms.” He acknowledged, though, that after the Dual EC revelations, “trust, particularly for U.S. government participants in standardization, is now non-existent.”

Trust, on the Internet-freedom vs. Terror balance also is tending to non-existent!

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Just when you thought...

but Richard, the OSCE monitors who witnessed the start of the Georgian situation, and wrote their accurate report - suddenly had to retire, one to Wales... propaganda that you complain about is directly included in your first sentence, perhaps unintentionally.

Some 'accepted truths' are simply wrong facts deliberately repeated over and over. I agree that Russia is very corrupt, but the more closely that you sieve the news, you more that you can begin to worry slightly that our "western values" are being slowly replaced with frankly "soviet values" of censorship & propaganda, sadly with more up-to-date technology.

I'll go and watch strickly or GBBO immediately and stick pins in my Putin doll, too.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: UK Poolice one step ahead

Datong is quite a good uk export success company.

I met Dr. David Tong on many occasions and have bought several of his excellent designs (not sure how much he's currently working there), but not their 'stingray' as they are fairly easy to make yourself!

Strangely, a village cop-shop near me recently used a (warranted) GSM tower data-slurp to solve a death. A jogger was killed whilst out jogging at night in a black outfit in the rain. No witnesses. The police requested the data of all GSM terminals that went through the village that night, then went to visit the owners. They eventually found a little old lady with a slightly crumpled ancient Fiat, she remembered a bump but thought it was a pot-hole. That's one valid use for warranted surveillance. I'm not so keen on the unwarranted snooping, but hey, Gladio hardly ever occurred , no?

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Interesting wording.

Yes, and this 'Celtic interconnect' is probably going to be ~700MW bidirectional for power, but seems likely to have a lot of data capacity too. Being planned/built rather quickly, according to an Italian newspaper , where I found the jpg. I wonder which counterterrorism interference agencies the data is supposed to bypass?

http://www.corriere.it/methode_image/2017/08/10/Esteri/Foto%20Esteri%20-%20Trattate/cavo%20online-kAI-U43350856924056GWH-1224x916@Corriere-Web-Sezioni.jpg?v=20170810220553

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

An nonymous Cowerd
Stop

Re: statistics say 'watch-out'

Or rather the US version of Which, have done some reliability crunching and have de-listed MS products as 'reliable'

https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/microsoft-surface-laptops-and-tablets-not-recommended-by-consumer-reports/

(they previously •were• recommended)

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SBU claims Russia was behind NotPetya

An nonymous Cowerd

France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: The End Is Nigh

adding further to my Bulk Personal Dataset, which must be several Terabuckets by now,

look at this /obviously/false/ URL

https://anniemachon.ch/annie_machon/2017/06/french-intelligence-exonerates-russia-of-election-hacking.html

if website comments are banned then I would not be allowed to post /ludicrous/ claims like the link above,

and we would all be happy.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Rage!

Yep, a neat font trick, by adding just a handful of fonts and by setting my FF52 to this user agent

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Fedora; Linux x86_64; rv:44.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/44.0

I was finally able to get 2 similar users, so three of us in total, that's a bit better than unique

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Duh, well they could charge you more for holidays/hotels

so only 48 others are using the single extension Privacy Badger on a locked-down chrome?

>PB logo.gif identified in only 49/~6000 Browser tests,

>whilst on FF 52 there were around 2000 Privacy Badger blocker users, so a bit more dilution

>Safari - a locked down Ghostery (without Evidon direct tracking) seemed OK - but I don't really trust it

however the standard fingerprinting, OS, resolution, fonts canvas etc individualised me in all cases.,

then there's server side cookies, evercookies, telemetry [Apple still get a packet with your UUID everytime you query "About this Mac" on your own desktop/laptop!]

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

An nonymous Cowerd
Flame

I have noticed an uptick in fake news last week

To solve this, it helps to put the fake news in context - something that simple AI rules can't realistically do yet

Consider these news stories, what AI or machine learning can put them into context?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4394216/PETER-HITCHENS-noble-cause-Bombs-Al-Qaeda.html

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159264981001/the-syrian-gas-attack-persuasion#_=_

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396138/Generals-taking-White-House-says-JOHN-R-BRADLEY.html

( notice that these are a rare exception of the Daily Wail seeming to make sense! )

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

An nonymous Cowerd

Thanks petef

perhaps El'Reg's macs are like mine and forgot to tell about any libreSSL sidechannel security updates to OS10.11.6, although somehow Safari upgraded itself today to 10.1 without me noticing!

next I bet the dishwasher will be upgrading its own firmware. . . ?

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Is bit-rot a real phenomena?

Bit-Rot seems to have really happened in the realm of RFID/ePassports from the 2006 era. Quite a few in my collection no longer respond, presumably their flash mem is a bit holey by now

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Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "Houston...we have a problem"

Latvia is potentially following the Netherlands in approving state pension liability solutions, an attempt in Lithuania in 2014 didn't succeed after this quote Jul 26, 2014 - Euthanasia might be needed for poor people. . .health minister

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "incentivised" THIS!

Until I read an article about it [being banned/blocked] I had never thought of using Kodi for streaming stuff:

I just bought the Leelbox for twenty quid , as streaming is defined as NOT ILLEGAL, I watched some great programs [not sport] that would have been very difficult to see/find otherwise - e.g. Peruvian TV playing a Bel Canto opera recital, don't get that form of content on the broadcast media, often, 'appen.

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: the phone actively sends out requests

Yes, all phones that I tested in a previous 'privacy lab' test environment were radiating at maximum power ~ 100mW @ 2.412Ghz 'can you hear me - come in please':- "Trump_Massage_Parlor_Party_WiFi_HotSpot";"Kremlin_OpenWiFi";"Fort_Meade_Hotel";"Vauxhall_Cross_Secret_WiFi";"Palace_Hotel_Tehran" etcetera, really!

I congratulate the , er. . . consultants, who put that in the WiFi spec! "Known networks will be joined automatically" (Laptops obviously do the same, check - for macOS - in Networks/Advanced/Preferred Networks and [-] those that you don't wish to advertise)

and wrt a previous comment, I was able to build an OpenBTS 4G->3G/2G for not that much (€500) for testing inside my indoor double walled screened tent, I think there are hundreds of similar very basic GSM basestations sold every year, according to a Dutch radio-ham who sold me mine.

Currently a russian group has developed a decent open source SDR £800 h/w for 3G/2G here http://umtrx.osmocom.org/trac/ which could easily do the WiFi 'business intelligence' market but with a bit of coding would also cover UMTS/GSM.

Other h/w is available, I think I even got a €25 RTL-SDR to sniff GSM fairly well, as in Kraken, 2TB rainbow tables and successful recovery of keys! Thank goodness I was doing this in a government lab as part of my day job. Interestingly, I found that several essential files , widely available on the internet had been appropriately 'adjusted' - to avoid the script-kiddie usage, more of those hard-working 'consultants' at work behind the scenes.

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Competition is good & Ryzen looks great

I'm building a few (cheap) home PCs at present and Ryzen is yet to arrive; best value CPU chip this week is suprisingly the Intel Pentium dual-core/4-thread Kaby-Lake G4600 @ 3.60GHz - combined with a KFA2-GTX1060OC 3GB and a few other bits.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

An nonymous Cowerd

what ads?

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WTF is your problem, Netgear? Another hijack hole found in its routers

An nonymous Cowerd

I recently upgraded from Asus to Apple, throughput went up, availability went up!

(hanging off a long distance 802.11A/WiMax mountain top ISP-company in the alps)

this shiny 2013 Extreme does do AC quite well, limit of about 50 clients, and I was able to find it refurb - Apple are about to drop making new ones, according to rumors. AMZN currently has them for £159.

Strangely, my ISP (often) cut my RT-AC56U off as it was pinging for NTP 'too-much' in their opinion, the previous Asus RT-N16 was perfect - but was taken out by the EMP of lightning hitting something in the garden.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

An nonymous Cowerd

stuff happens

some wellwisher recently sent me a mail message, with a small xml file pretending to be a "meeting.ics", this small file contained a list of 19k+ addresses, all in rsvp-mode

24 Apr 2015 17:26:01 +0200\n

From: remote.participation@xxx\n

To: an_onymous_cowerd@xxx\n

Reply-to:\n

Subject: Adobe Connect - Meeting Invitation to "Meeting Room L2"\n

MIME-version: 1.0\n

. . .

BEGIN:VCALENDAR

removed much stuff that is evil

. . . 19 thousand respondents

PRIORITY:5\n

X-MICROSOFT-CDO-IMPORTANCE:1\n

CLASS:PUBLIC\n

BEGIN:VALARM\n

TRIGGER:-PT15M\n. . .etc

good to see that it might have only disrupted services for a few hours, I post this info here as I've already described the event widely & openly and I've left the field of crypto/internet-security/balance-of-privacy-vs-security/ for something more peaceful!

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: corn syrup instead of sugar

No, it is now prevalent: check everything that you buy in your local supermarket - from Austria to New Zealand - everything now seems to contain high percentages of glucose-fructose syrup GFS aka (enzymed)corn-syrup or HFCS (high fructose-corn syrup) or fructose-glucose or isoglucose or . . .

and I can't see that it should

Sucrose just ain't what it used to be https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2546703/

p.s. allegedly the EU market for isoglucose will triple next year https://engineeredignorance.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/isoglucose-fake-sugar/

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Simple solution

and hi-res images of the TSA backdoor key were published, meaning that anyone can get in . . .

do you feel even safer?

similar to the FBI/NSA bulk personal dataset super profiled databases of our overcollected private stuff - where it is presumed the crims/vlad have third-party access to it all . . . or have crims/vlad stopped paying & perverting (several/hundreds of) the million squirrels with secret access . . . sigh

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US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

An nonymous Cowerd

Crypto AG is/was in Switzerland

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/01/nsa_backdoors_i.html

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Thermals

I'm happy with my Bulgarian Olimex boards, no USB3 yet, but gig-ethernet whilst cool & silent running.

I used the SATA interface for rotary HDD without problems, stuck a LiPo on as nano-UPS. can run Android or Debian. [Cortex-A7, DualCore, 1GHz, DDR3 1GB, 4GB NAND] ~75$/€/£

https://www.olimex.com/Products/SOM/A20/A20-SOM-EVB/open-source-hardware

https://www.olimex.com/forum/index.php?board=30.0

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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

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Pirate

The inevitable DDoS-aclypse is one thing, stealing a USN drone is currently more entertaining!

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/chinese-warship-underwater-drone-stolen/index.html

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: If only they made batteries removable...

but then your phone couldn't simulate being off (in certain circumstances). . .

many German companies use biscuit-tins as phone homes for confidential meetings

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Apple obeying now in some of the EU. . .

I've had a two-year old iPad Air recently repaired under the italian SOGA, iOS10 completely trashed it, revealing some underlying glitches that had been present in iOS9 - but not terminal until the '10.

(there was a bug in the initial iOS10 OTA rollout, according to the 'Genius,' that required a special type of reset), but combined with a background component fault - earned me a complete replacement.

Fruity were fined €0.9M in 2011 and threatened with a further €0.3M in 2012 if they didn't start respecting the SOGA. http://www.reuters.com/article/apple-italy-antitrust-idUSL6E8I2FRD20120702

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Flame

Re: About that server...

If I recall correctly , there was a thread or two on Reddit about the actual server, including a hilarious request from the PFY mail server technician who allegedly asked the Reddit community 'how to permanently delete emails for a very important person'

I think the server was kept in a bathroom, but I might be completely wrong , if I get 27 down votes from agency robots then I'll presume I was right!

According to the Daily Mail it was a hosted server, really stored in a bathroom closet

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3201367/Hillary-s-email-firm-run-loft-apartment-servers-BATHROOM-raising-new-questions-security-sensitive-messages-held.html

and Reddit mostly helped the PFY to use 'bleachbit' according tho this

http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/21/house-committee-orders-reddit-to-preserve-hillary-email-technicians-posts/

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Qatari hack: Bank 'investigating' leak

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Re: Why bother with security?

this smells a bit of Spy vs Spy antics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onR7PD3Grc0)

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Correcting slightly 'beefier MacMini's"

The entry level is now a low speed dual-core i5, with soldered RAM. People have been buying remnants on eBay/other resellers of all of last years' quad-core minis. It's obvious that Apple don't wish the potentially powerful mini to steal sales from Mac Pro and 5K iMac.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

An nonymous Cowerd

when I first tested ultrawideband in my lab

I got reliable 20 metre distance 100's of megabit/s comms, but even though I knew the UWB-RF was there I couldn't find it on my Tek Real-Time Spectrum Analysers - until...

a) I brought in a 1.25 metre diameter gibertini TVRO dish focussed from 1 metre away at the UWB access point

b) added a Miteq SOTA WB LNA and wa5vjb PCB LP antenna at the feed point.

The UWB RF grass then finally started to become evident. I guess modern TLA agencies use this sub-nanosecond RF pulse-formed data-comms, possibly in addition to the standard piezo exotic audio frequency air-gap bypass.

My question of the day:Can you fit a very large parabolic antenna system on the counter-ELINT trolley in the warm corridor of a datacentre?

what does NYT mean by "trade institutions inside the European Union", EFTA?, DG RTD??, DG TREN??? - terribly radical places!

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Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

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I asked Seymour for a job

and he said "No, can't do that as you're not American"

but this chat was quite some time ago in Switzerland

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

An nonymous Cowerd
Mushroom

in the antiproton collector at CERN

with a stable beam in the PS, we could see the Mediterranean but mostly Atlantic tides slightly moving France on our beam diagnostics. And that was on the other side of the country, behind an Alp or two.

With linear colliders, they're rather less subtle than stochastically cooled circular ones - you generate a current, and launch/accelerate it in a straight line down an evacuated tube for a single 'bang', each run might well be different, whilst with synchrotron colliders like LHC you get to see nearly the same bunch of particles 27km/c =~ every 90 microseconds and can so prepare the beam 'density' a bit better?

I suppose I'll have to read the design report and see how it might be a good linear design? Last I heard it was hoped that the big interesting linear collider might go to DESY near Hamburg... are you still designing it Nick?

Oh & BTW , hadrons are multi-quark fuzzinesses - eg protons, pbars, neutrons, mesons, pions - not exactly e's and ebars - which are leptons, so might El'Reg be referring to the Huge Lepton Collider?

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Courageous and principled

I am personally limited by the PRISM and related activities. I can't tell you how I'm limited, but I am.

PRISM by its very existence is destroying democracy by not allowing many world societies to ever change. It has the potential to lock the society at the current level.

The PRISM technologies are used, including using the PRISM APIs, by every tin-pot dictator and undemocratic monster out there - Iran, Syria Russia, all the 'stans (inclusing those that boil people alive) etc

PRISM type technology allows targetting individuals, communities, by keyword searches in a database. It allows 3am boot-down-doors, it allows more subtle denial of renewal of housing benefit to category X (who PRISM knows are its enemies) it allows bad things to be done by not necessarily the current US government but by a future more sinister one, it allows these bad things to be done by any state that implements PRISM technologies, which last time I checked was most worldwide states from Netherlands to Malawi for gods sake.

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

An nonymous Cowerd

apparently the next show will be Mars in 2014

when Comet C/2013 A1 may (or may not) smack into Spirit or Curiosity or..

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BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"

quote "Must be scope for some geometrically-creative dish design there. There's no reason a dish has to be receiving only from the satellite it seems to be pointed at."

There's a nice garden lamp available in Switzerland which has a concealed 50cm sat tvro dish inside some plastic-globe thing. It wouldn't be much use at C-Band but great for Ku-Band. (It gets around some Swiss planning laws)

last time I tuned around the shortwaves I couldn't actually find the BBCWS - all the famous frequencies 648 5975 9410 15025 seemed to have gone, the obscure freq chart at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/schedules/frequencies/ shows that they are however still broadcasting targeted areas. A quick check on Glenn Hauser's band scans (at http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld1308.txt) show that China is playing loud "crash & bang opera music" all over the place....but mostly aimed at anything Tibetan/Formosan

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Mobes with monster 72-core GPU to debut in China

An nonymous Cowerd
Happy

Tegra 4i

I'm looking forward to the Tegra 4i, (which is more related to the Tegra 3 than the Tegra 4; The Tegra 4i has similar QuadCore plus the lite CPU to the Tegra 4, but they're ~2GHz Cortex A9 cores; the 4i manages to lose 12 graphic cores - down to just 60...... something else needs that tiny space on the silicon)

So why do I look forward to the 4i?, well it's explained as featuring an British designed Icera software defined radio as part of the SoC single chip package.

SDR History: Icera made a '450 Espresso' HSPA+ modem in 2011 thruput-28MBPS, an Icera 410 LTE Modem thruput-50MBPS (which gained AT&T LTE certification) in 2012, now this upcoming QuadCore Tegra 4i SDR will debut at 100MBPS and will be upgradeable to around 150MBPS LTE/4G.

The Tegra 4i is is expected to power mid-range Android smartphones manufactured in 2014

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

An nonymous Cowerd
FAIL

Quality? I recommended a colleague buy a Nokia Lumia 710

as I was having fun with a HTC Mozart win7.5 'Mango'.

After a year with the Nokia Lumia 710 - my mate emailed (for reasons that will become apparent) and said "great smartphone; lovely screen; snappy browsing; excellent maps; only problem is that when I phone people they cannot understand a single word that I say"

wurfle-snuffle-spludge-zxhuu-zhuu (was the sound)

we tried a proved-good external headset-mic: wurfle-gnurfle-snuffle-spludge-zxhuu-zhuu (again)

seems to be a minority but endemic problem on the 710, minority - sure, but devastating on a phone! The forums seem to indicate that if you can get the phone to a Nokia authorised whatever then they will just swap it, it's some sort of motherboard codec hardware or software failure, there are spikes of digital noise and all sorts of garbage on the voice channel. He's now hunting down a HTC Mango Radar something or other that will probably get the update to 7.8 tomorrow...

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Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon

An nonymous Cowerd

I'll happily pay for Applecare + I live in Italy

sorry that should be "I'd pay for Applecare+" as this extended warranty plus actually has a few micro-pay out of warranty incidents. I asked at Carosello/Carugate Applestore and it's still not available other than in USA. I had to negotiate with the geniuses for quite a while to get my iPad2 screen repaired free OOW. I did mention Warranty/Applecare/Italy a lot during my negotiations and that seemed to help!

(OK its $50 per incident, not that micro - but cheaper than the €250 OOW charge)

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