* Posts by Ole Juul

2674 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Crypto gripes, election security, and mandatory cybersec school: Uncle Sam's cyber task force emits todo list for govt

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"And the first company to give in to the 3 letter agencies signs it's own death warrant, no-one will touch their products again."

That hasn't actually been the case in the past. Some people are concerned about this sort of thing and will act, but I don't think the majority of Facebook users would quit if they were spied upon. *coughcough*

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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And how many of those installations get wiped because the computer was purchased for the purpose of putting some other OS on it? OK, I admit that's perhaps not a lot, but I doubt they track that.

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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Re: If only it were that easy

@ Dave559 You seem to assume that only businesses use the internet. Lots of private people, hobbyists and even kids run servers and use the internet freely for enjoyment and general communications. Perhaps you're not a server guy (obviously) and perhaps you only use the net for corporate or business purposes, but please don't ignore the general public's right to basic internet freedoms.

"If the company which hosts your website doesn't already offer automated https certs via LetsEncrypt, get a new (and better) hosting company."

You're not talking about servers, you're talking about shared hosting. Not everybody buys that kind of package which is mostly (though not totally) aimed at beginners. Some of us prefer to run servers and enjoy the freedom of using the internet without paying somebody else to do the administration and telling us how to host a site. Perhaps the best way to explain it is to liken it to cooking at home. Some people like to just get the ingredients and cook for themselves whereas shared hosting is like eating at a restaurant.

Regarding moving to another hosting provider, people with dozens of sites aren't going to find moving all that easy. That said, hosting providers have a problem here too. No doubt they'll be able to do some fancy scripting to provide LetsEncrypt to each of their customers in some transparent way, but it's going to take a while for them to get it done.

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Re: If only it were that easy

Easy is a matter of perspective. Some of us like to just put up a page or two on random servers for people to see something and it's not appropriate to be doing certs for everything like that. Not everybody has one server that has everything they do on it. Some people have lots of servers that are just part of their personal net environment. Why is it that there is always the assumption that a site is some big deal that's "developed" and lots of time and effort is spent on it? Frankly, working on assumption is not a wise perspective.

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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"An email address is unique to a person. "

No it is not. Many people can share a single address and there are some high profile instances of sharing. Just sayin'.

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Google releases lite PC-snooper, 'cos full mobile management is hard

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Don't know why but

It’s billed as a reporting tool,

just get's my back up. Especially coming from Google.

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Re: Big Fuss over Interent Ads

I'm not surprised that Proctor & Gamble found no impact from cutting internet ads. The whole ad business is no more than one of selling prayers, particularly on the internet. You either believe it works or you don't.

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Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems

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Re: Not quite a master hacker, but still needs a harsh-ish term

"No email, no online shopping, no job resource access, no school resources that require you to go online to retrieve/interact with, no tv set top box/Netflix/Hulu/AmazonPrime/etc, no Youtube nor Porntube, no Wiki, no online mapping for directions, no online translations, no Alexa/Curtana/Siri/etc, nothing that requires "the cloud"... "

Also, no phone. Since they took out much of the copper it's all VoIP even if it's not always obvious. So essentially he likely will have no 911 emergency capability either. That's harsh.

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Rackspace starts renting its rack space

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Will they take Raspis?

Just had to ask.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Where's the line?

The proposal would see all companies that "store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works" obliged to "prevent the availability… of works… identified by rightholders."

With the explosion of cheap servers available these days, a lot of people run things that are very similar to what the, so called, large companies are doing. At what point do I, as an individual, come under attack? Words like "large amounts" don't exactly define my limits in any legally useful way. It seems like these legislators are only able to see part of the internet. I don't personally make copyrighted material available other than my own, but a lot of people do.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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so?

If you get rid of some TLDs the people using them will just use other ones. Those people are not going to go away. It's probably better to have TLDs like .men so they don't pollute .com or other more common traditional ones.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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EEE

So that's the first E.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Facebook chief privacy officer

Chief apologiser officer might be closer.

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Re: Anybody still have sympathy for those that use fb?

Not a lot. It's been like this from the beginning, but at this point it's more than obvious what's going on. There is one group I definitely don't have any sympathy for though, and that's the ones that think this is OK.

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US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Re: internet freedom @Ole re: alternate root

@tip pc We were doing it like dn42 but by using an IPv6 VPN to our own servers it's possible to use the whole IPv4 address space. Of course this means that one cannot at that point access the ICANN IPv4 address space, but that's also one of the reasons for doing this - to create a whole separate world. This idea of a separate network is not unlike what people do with Tor. But yes, it is often very difficult for people to grasp that there can be different networks that are unable to communicate with one another. (What, no Facebook!) I think the difficult thing for them is that they can see no reason for them doing that themselves - which is fair enough.

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Re: internet freedom @Ole re: alternate root

"It would be possible to use VPNs across the current Internet proper to tunnel a private address space, but you could not really call that an alternative Internet. At best, you would regard it as a parasitic network. relying on the thing you want to replace for it's existence."

Some of us have done that, and it does work. But yes, I'd have to agree that it does rely on the existing infrastructure and is somewhat parasitic. However it does manage to make ICANN totally irrelevant and it routes just fine. We did need the use of an IPv6 tunnel, but then we also ended up with a full duplicate IPv4 space of our own.

In any case I just wanted to point out that there are options worth playing with, at least for the small percentage of technical users. We're not completely out of ideas yet, and greater minds than mine no doubt have more suggestions, but being able to do these things represents some freedom.

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internet freedom

We already have lots of options. There is nothing stopping you from using an alternate root, or tunnelling to a whole separate IP tree. The problem is getting consensus and finding ways to include the great masses - assuming that's part of your goal. We, as individuals can function quite well outside of the established system.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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101-page filing

I hope Fox News does a 30 second story on it so Trump will get it. Though, perhaps not.

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Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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Déjà vu

I seem to recall MS Word did that once - going from 4.x to 6.0 just to beat WordPerfect which was at 5.1 at the time.

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Two scroll wheels?

That's the most informative part of this article to me. I've seen a lot of odd tech, but hadn't ever come across one of those. A quick Google and sure enough, there's a number of those.

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Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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They might indeed give that reason, but I really don't think they even have a clue.

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Re: Boss said leave it alone.

Wrong boss. Pai works for Sinclair Broadcasting.

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FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on

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Re: but

"something accumulates on mine until performance slumps. And a reboot fixes it. "

It sounds like you're using some crap software there. You might like to try something better. What you're describing is exactly the kind of thing which happens with proprietary software when they just want to push stuff out the door. Get something where the writers actually care.

And yes, I understand that only serious computer people like you and I will do that kind of thing. Hence my comment that I think that most people won't even hear about this and reboot their routers, let alone take some measure of control of their software.

So I think you might be a little bit optimistic.

Well I certainly don't think I'm immune to malware or attacks of any kind. Things are pretty tight here - but never say never. :)

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but

Probably not a bad idea, but I'm one of those people who looks at uptime and doesn't step on a crack. Not gonna happen. Besides I don't run proprietary code on my router and I have a feeling that the majority of those that do (barring professional installations) are not going to get this news nor care.

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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May I suggest . . .

Using antidisestablishmentarianism as the wakeup word?

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FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'

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wrong people

There seems to be a double standard here. If this was a matter of interest to the MPAA or other Holywood rights organisation, then the router makers would soon be found complicit and blocked from the market. I'm not suggesting they should be, but do think they have more responsibility than they're willing to accept.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: Not an issue if you already have an ipv4 address

There are indeed some simple issues with IPv6 such as they're difficult to deal with in the same simple manner as we've gotten used to with IPv4. But there are other problems for the end user. Because of the current state of adoption and sometimes broken implementation, IPv6 can cause troubles.

My ISP doesn't offer IPv6 so I need to use a tunnel, which in my case will mean that I'll be seen as coming from the US instead of Canada. That means that some Canadian shows will not let me watch unless I turn off IPv6. Note that Firefox defaults to IPv6 for sites where it is available - which also makes some misconfigured sites not load when they otherwise would. This sort of thing just makes me say, the *ell with it. I'll wait until this all gets sorted out. I'm probably not the only one who's starting to develop that attitude. If so, then we can indeed expect a downswing in IPv6 usage at this point.

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Re: What's the revenue angle?

People selling servers to the public will see an advantage. With costs reaching almost $20 per unit in a /24 quantity, it's a real cost which has to be passed on to the customer. At the same time they can offer IPv6 for free, making for a cheaper overall product.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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mystery

Is there something which actually prevents these people from understanding how the internet functions?

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Epic incompetence

I could go on.

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Re: Why bother

You might want to check out what ICANN actually does. Although they don't actually do what they're supposed to do, it seems.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Perhaps this latest will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

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DOJ convicts second bloke for helping malware go undetected

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Re: Missing detail

The link to the attorney's office document does give a little more:

Scan4you differed from legitimate antivirus scanning services in multiple ways. For example, while legitimate scanning services share data about uploaded files with the antivirus community and notify their users that they will do so, Scan4you instead informed its users that they could upload files anonymously and promised not to share information about the uploaded files with the antivirus community.

I personally don't think that is good enough, but the prosecutors obviously did. Does that show intent? There are lots of reasons for favouring anonymity, for example when working on proprietary software.

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is there more to this story?

Because the service allowed anonymous uploading and did not share any of samples

Is that the illegal part?

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Re: Web giants must be responsible for the content

Clamping down on what people say does not sit well with me. My solution is to not pay attention to the "vapid and the vile". Anybody who feels obliged to read that crap either likes it or is plain stupid. Mass censorship is not an acceptable solution.

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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Re: Typical ICANN

I'm hoping that there's a legal case for a class action suit by registries claiming that ICANN was acting irresponsibly. Perhaps there is no legal basis for that, but there certainly is a moral one. I'd love to see ICANN hammered down a notch.

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Did I say Chinese jobs? I meant American jobs says new Trump Tweet

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Re: Pot/Kettle.

"... without any court order or other review process."

National security letters, which apparently don't require the approval of a judge, obviously don't count.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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data use

... a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data."

Does misuse even have any meaning in this context.? As far as I'm concerned the fact that they gather it is in the first place is the big issue here.

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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

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at least they're competitive

I didn't realise until now that AFRINIC was actually competing with ICANN for the title of most dysfunctional registry.

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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priorities

Personally I think it's a bit odd to associate an advertisement with its context considering they're everywhere. It seems to me that reaching people who actually might be interested in the product would be a bigger priority.

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New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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laws vs laws

It's good, but I'm not holding my breath. This won't keep certain nefarious government organisations from setting up their own backdoor deals with product makers as long as gag orders are also legal.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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We protect bears in Canada

I see a lot of ignorant comments here by people who just don't know about bears and how to take care of them, although I agree this case is not a common situation. People in other countries where they don't have an issue trying to protect the wildlife should see how many bears get put down in Canada because they've become dangerous from people's unthinking interactions with them. The wildlife branch in Canada is very much on the side of the bears. We get them all the time where I live and we have to be careful with leaving food out and so on. However, here's a picture I took of a bear helping himself to the apples across from my house.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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each to his own

It also became a crucial dependency for many software packages, locking people in.

It's going to take a while before I embrace anything with lock-in.

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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so far so good

I've been using Devuan on a number of boxes for a while now, including a laptop, and it's been working very well. I guess it's time to do some updating soon.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Re: @Ole Juul

@Nick Kew, I'll accept your explanation, as it is indeed possible and perhaps even likely. That said, I think they should know better than to characterise something in any way that can get an innocent person in trouble. I'm sure they read all the same stories that you and I do on the net about how these things are typically misunderstood by politicians in this current paranoid atmosphere.

My take is that they didn't act responsibly, but of course I don't have all the details and wasn't there.

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Unisys

I agree about having no use for weasels who will never admit they screwed up. However, in defence of the public servants, in this case they were relying on information from a contractor by the name of Unisys. As it turns out Unisys lied about this being unauthorised access. Why they would do that, I don't know, but whatever the reason I think they're the ones who should be held responsible.

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Re: um details?

This is the link to the previous story.

There we will find this statement "A day later, an IT contractor behind the site, Unisys, dug through the logs, and let government officials know that 7,000 files has been slurped by a "non-authorized person.” Within 24 hours, police were tipped off . . ."

If that's indeed true then I think that IT contractor should be considered for swatting. There was nothing that would show them that this was a breach. They actually made that up, presumably to look clever or show that they were doing something. However, it was a lie and they should not have made such a dangerous statement for any reason.

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Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

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you can't win that game

But you can mostly avoid playing it.

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Kremlin's war on Telegram sees 50 VPNs stopped at the border

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Re: Good advertisement for it

"What's the Russsian word for 'Streisand effect' ?"

Telegram effect.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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laugh or cry

not sure

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