* Posts by yossarianuk

498 posts • joined 3 Sep 2008

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Worst Government

In living memory.

Makes the new Labour era look almost liberal

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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Linus didn't accuse them of breaking a license.

He just accused them of writing joke code (i.e what their entire business is about).... which should have been worse.

I hope open source (a term he originally helped coin) companies fund Peren's legal costs against these uber dicks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Source_Definition

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Welcome to the Rise of the Machine-to-Machine. Isn't it time to 'block off' some data ducts?

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Re: Web 4 all, web sees all.

> I no longer seem to have full control or understand of what is happening on my computer or phone.

Which is why you should run Linux

Aside from systemd where no one seems to understand how it got there or what its really doing.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way? No!

A famous Finnish programmer also had a Sinclair QL ///

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05pgVwzAZ6k

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Women Linux Lord ?

Will the new Linux Lord be a women too ?

(the Dr Who thing seems to have upset a certain type of person..)

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Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

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> What would happen if Linus or a similar person got knocked down by a bus?

Greg would take over - he's almost the polar opposite personality.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/17/now_i_can_die_happy_what_linus_didnt_iquitei_say/

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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F*ck Atari

Signed, an ex Amiga user.

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Re: FFS!

> Trouble is it was New Labour who were pushing for the ID card linked to a totally over the top database

However Corbyn's Labour have promised no further loss of civil liberties to fight terrorism, it is only right wing c*nt parties, UKIP and the Tories that are actively promising LESS rights for all

Perhaps you missed this interview the other day

https://www.channel4.com/news/corbyn-criticises-may-over-police-funding

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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2. Mint users

3. kde-neon users

4. Xubuntu users

5. ElementaryOS users

Etc....

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Re: Won't install properly

If you want the latest stable Nvidia driver just add this PPA - no need to manually install the binary

https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

info -> http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/08/ubuntu-nvidia-graphics-drivers-ppa-is-ready-for-action

Anyone running Nvidia really should be using the latest drivers or you are missing out on many performance fixes (vulkan in particular )

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Petition to make Plasma (KDE) the default DE

https://www.change.org/p/canonical-ltd-make-kde-plasma-the-default-desktop-for-ubuntu-18-04-instead-of-gnome-shell

I'm sure it won't lead to anything, I really wish it would.

Plasma is a far better desktop than Gnome, for power users and newbies.

I cannot imagine a newbie coping with Gnome, for one in order to use the mutant tablet/desktop you have to 'adjust your workflow', the lack of such luxuries as a taskbar and minimise button will not go down well (you have to use memory to remember which windows you have open rather than a visual aid).

Also most KDE applications are far better, take Dolphin for example (the file manager).

Personally I would advise everyone to use kde-neon which is Ubuntu LTS based but has latest stable KDE/QT

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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They should have chosen Plasma

The latest version(s) of Plasma are more than enough for the great unwashed. It is stable, its fast, and arguably pretty. And unlike Gnome Plasma has the normal things you expect from a desktop, i.e a taskbar (so you don't have to rely on memory) and such luxuries as a minimise button (you need extensions to get those things in Gnome).

Newbies could pick up Plasma easily, with gnome you need to 'change your workflow' to use it.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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opensource protocols

How could the government mandate backdoors in opensource protocols which have no company to mandate/talk to?

I wonder if Amber Rudd has heard of PGP?

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If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

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Poor nazi snowflake

Didums

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: Where's Linux?

Also Sparrowhawk - keystroke logger works on FreeBSD, looks like they didn't get Linux support on that one

https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_524321.html

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Re: Where's Linux?

BaldEagle - effects Linux + BSD BTW

https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_9535850.html

However looks like it used HAL which I believe is no longer included in modern Linux distros.

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Re: Cheers Tory voters - United kingdom = worst kingdom

The mass surveillance system will never sleep.

(I'm no Labour fan either..)

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Cheers Tory voters - United kingdom = worst kingdom

If you voted Tory you voted for this regardless if you knew it or not.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/government-it-strategy/24471/general-election-2015-how-parties-tech-policies-shape-up

Yes Labour were shits also, but they did actually back down from the utter worst planned laws.

The Tories are seeing it through.

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Xen Project wants permission to reveal fewer vulnerabilities

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Yet another reason to

Use KVM

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: What happens

You can read tweets without an account.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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get_iplayer - radio ?

Will the changes be needed (i.e login, etc) for listening to radio shows (Live and previously recorded) ?

As I don't give a toss about TV shows, I do like to download various 6 Music (Craig charles, Gilles peterson, Cerys) and documentaries on world service and radio 4.

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'Completely offended' Sheila calls cops over price-gouging ganja dealer

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Re: This:

This backward Britain making whipped cream is now a drug offence.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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VPN usage will go up,

Well China this week announced a crackdown on vpns (making them illegal) -> https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/23/china-vpn-illegal-internet-censorship-government-approval/

Only a matter of time until Theresa copies the idea.

I would say everyone should learn how to connect via Tor bridges/pluggable transports as soon as possible (so your ISP isn't aware you are using Tor and will also get around DPI)

https://www.torproject.org/docs/pluggable-transports.html.en

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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Re: Another major change no one is asking for

But people have been crying out for the end of X11 for a long time.

For a start there are inherent security issues with X11 that will never be fixed (like Windows its the design itself that can not be fixed - see atom tables, an unfixable Windows security flaw)

i.e

https://blog.martin-graesslin.com/blog/2015/11/looking-at-the-security-of-plasmawayland/

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Sounds like Theresa May's UK

Not too much different from this country

'As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations noted their alarm at section 217 which obliged ISPs, telcos and other communications providers to let the government know in advance of any new products and services being deployed and allow the government to demand "technical" changes to software and systems.'

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/30/investigatory_powers_act_backdoors/

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Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

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Re: "we may have to do without Linux 4.10 until March 2017"

There are the LTS branches also..

https://www.linux.com/news/44-linux-kernel-long-term-support-release-now-available

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Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon

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Re: That's nice

There are plenty of people like this.

They generally work on Linux/opensource projects however.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: GYO

I didn't think we were talking about weed?

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What about HMRC, DWP, the food standards agency, the environment agency, the NHS and various other organisations?

Do we pay them so they can monitor everyone's browsing history ?

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Re: Canaries

Even the Stasi didn't spy on everyone.

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Re: Food Standards Agency given power to read everyone's browsing history

But the food standard agency really do have access to your browsing history now.

I miss your point.

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Re: This is the last backdoor

Before the Blair government

You used to get naked 16 yr olds in tabloids regularly, the Sundam Sport has a countdown to Linsey Dawn McKenzie's 16th birthday when she was 15, when the countdown was over they showed her tits.

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Re: Open source

> they could ask a UK based company to modify the ones distributed not to match the source but that might get caught.

They would do, the md5sum would be different, many package managers using gpg signatures (yum, apt, pacman) would not even allow you to install the package unless forced.

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Open source

How can they force open source protocols to code to make it easier for the UK government to spy on its citizens?

Take Tor for example

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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However on Linux..

On linux however most opensource packages have been ported to the ARM repos for major distros, there are 50 000 freely available for Ubuntu ARM for example.

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New Ransoc extortionists hunt for actual child abuse material

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Re: Just when you thought they couldn't sink any lower.

However if it is just searching for strings in file names there are going to be many false positives.

An e-book of the book Lolita for example

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Re: UK is doomed!!!

Me too.

However the fact that police, schools, hospitals, councils, etc use Windows means the taxpayer will pay more of our tax on Microsoft.

Migration to Linux for all public services would saves money over years, decades.

Yes there would be a need to re-write apps (using open standards so we're never in the position of having to stick to an EOL OS to run in the future) and re-training but give it a decade or so and we would be saving money (whilst probably having a more efficient/secure system), it would mean not having to upgrade hardware in order to run the latest Windows (which the tax payer will be forking out for WinXP/7 -> Win10 upgrades) and has the added bonus of taxpayers money being used for the public good - the improvement of technology for everyone.

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Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

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Re: People in other countries should sue the US government

And our government..

GHCQ has even less respect for privacy, a human right (until Theresa May takes our basic human rights way.), with Tempora they hover up everything coming over the transatlantic 'tubes'

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Blackhat wannabes proffer probably bogus Linux scamsomware

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Re: Two words

Or even better - Ossec.

Like fail2ban but works on multiple sevices, i.e postfix, apache (for site login), etc as well as ssh.

Also has more IPS features, remote syslogging and interrogatory checking .

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Re: Did anyone else read "NSA recommended"...

They are in many ways (along with GHCQ).

However don't forget they use Linux themselves along with SELINUX

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Obvious solution

The obvious solution will be for the government to give access to the 'internet record' stored under the investigatory powers bill so auntie can see exactly what (non vpn/tor, etc) users are up to.

After all what's one extra organisation given the amount of bodies that will also be able to access the data (with no warrant needed)

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: What to do

Another reason to migrate to Linux.

Any costs involved would be offset my money saved over decades,

They could easily run a low resource desktop on XP hardware without having to upgrade also (saving the taxpayer even more money)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: What is it with Windows and MacOs

This is why you should try Linux out.

You have Windows10/Mac like desktops (Gnome3/Unity) if you want, but you also have actual real desktops you can do work with such as KDE (i'd recommend this), cinnamon (XP like), Budgie (nice and minimal)

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Surely easy to fix...

Can't you just load a live CD and recover your OS from there ?

Or enable boot messages in grub so you can actually see what your computer is doing ?

Oh, no of course not its an OS where ultimately you cannot control unlike say Linux.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: Yes, the Linux repositories are safer. Sigh.

Not more (validated) opensource available,

Linux audacity seems to have a fair amount of plugins, its lacking some VST plugin's sure, however has plenty.

Also using the jack plugin in Linux with a realtime kernel gets you as close to 0 latency as possible, something Windows cannot really do (using software alone)

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Re: More reason to use Linux

Can Microsoft really put GPL applications in their 'windows store' without breaking the GPL ?

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More reason to use Linux

Installing Audacity on Linux is genrally done via a centralised package manager where it is far far far harder for an attacker to upload a malware version - you are much safer that finding the same software on Windows.

Opensource of windows involves visiting random sites, which often have about 20 different download links (most are not real download buttons but just a link to another random advert).

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

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Windows

Note, it was a Windows based service that was down for so long.

Pretty sure if the underlying OS was a sane one it would never have been offline for that time.

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Meet Riffle, the next-gen anonymity network that hopes to trounce Tor

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Useful for ms May

Good timing !

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