* Posts by Ole Juul

2578 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

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Re: Sorry...

"You've been reading George Orwell's nineteen-eightyfour."

There is a huge number of people in jails all over the world. Freedom is a thing.

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Re: Sorry...

"For me, Free means it costs nothing."

How do you regard yourself? I like to think of myself as a free man. Seriously, what kind of greedy person thinks of freedom only in terms of money?

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US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

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"Chinese companies are not at the forefront of development in many fields . . . "

However, we're talking electronics, and as it turns out Huawei has turned the corner a few years back and are pouring lots of money into R&D. I can see a wakeup call on the way here.

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Re: fake facts

And this is different from the USA exactly how?

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fake facts

""Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it's more than capable of stealing information from US officials by hacking its devices,"

Wasn't there a previous story about that here on El Reg where we learnt that Huawei is quite distant from the Chinese government, and in fact there's a government electronics company which is a direct competitor to Huawei? Of course I wouldn't expect an American Senator to research anything before opening his mouth.

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Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

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Re: Who needs security

A malicious cat could potentially redirect you to dog videos.

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do the senators know?

An American company is providing back doors that are available to the Chinese and Russian governments. No political mileage there though.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: "raise property taxes slightly"

And what would be the name of the line item on the property tax bill? I have a few suggestions.

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Facebook users are Zucking off, but that's what Zuck wants

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geriatrics

I'm not actually sure Facebook is an age related problem.

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

I have 5.25 floppy tech and your choice of DOS version already set up to go here. :) There's actually a lot of vintage buffs around with all the fixins.

But 2005 is hardly vintage. Surely NASA can manage that one on their own, or are they just trying to show off how fashionably up-to-date they are? I would have hoped they were masters of that technology.

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If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

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Did Pai come by?

I just noticed that most posts now have exactly one down vote.

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Re: Can we lobby AT&T ...

He's already working for them, and currently on assignment.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Re: There's no magic encryption tree

Those who don't know math are doomed to repeat it.

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Bell Canada Canucks it up again: Second hack in just eight months

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business as usual

Bell Canada doesn't care.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: Why are the patches so late?

"What have they being doing for 6 months?"

Discussing the path of least liability.

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Logic

"We're prepared for it, so we know it's coming."

Shouldn't that be the other way around?

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India denies breach of its billion-strong 'Aadhaar' ID system

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What was the name of the show again?

Yes, lets start an argument about whether breaching is hacking or not.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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and not based on their individual merits?

"Damore, who has remained unemployed since leaving Google . . . "

You'd think he'd be able to find a job based on his "merits".

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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really?

Well it'll certainly be nice to not have those Trump tweets any more.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 sandbox leaked TLS certificate's private parts

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some time

. . . the hole was plugged on 5 December – quite some time after his original notification to Microsoft on 17 August.

Hey, some of us are slow readers.

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VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

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outrageous

So after all this, the company is still going to be in business? They should be shut down. On the other hand, any company to take its place probably won't be any more ethical, just perhaps more lucky.

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Australia to probe Web giants' impact on news, ads, competition

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impact of advertising isn't new

Imagine what the car industry would look like without advertising. Political campaigns have always been won by the amount of spend. And so on. These government probers aren't going to even touch the root problem here.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Re: 67?

I don't know either, but if he's referring to me, then no doubt the old NSA guy is indeed likely smarter. And I can make snide comments questioning what's going on with a home machine used for work, but the bottom line is that I'd never qualify for that guy's job in the first place.

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Re: 67?

"I'm probably going to tick off a lot of people here but..."

I'm older than that and I'm quite capable of running machines that are virus free and pretty damned tight security wise. So yeah, you tick me off. :)

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The mind boggles.

That an NSA hacker is running Windows on a sensitive machine is one thing, but that it's also virus infected is beyond belief. You'd think that a professional would be on top of such things.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Conflicted?

nah, that's all good - apparently

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Facebook bends to pressure, opens German center to löschen abuse, gets yelled at by spies

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Re: Mentioning the unmentionable

Good ideas there. :) But I disagree with your statement that "Facebook is open to the public". One has to become a member to get access. Getting a membership is actually a big deal. You will be asked for a lot of personal information and promise to agree to a very long a detailed set of rules. This is actually quite a high bar to membership notwithstanding the fact that many people are willing to go to such length. Facebook is still a membership only site and not at all like the open internet.

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Re: disgusting to me

And you think most people are blocking Facebook spying?

No. And I'm not either. I'm circumventing it because I'm acutely aware of how it works. But you're right, it's a bit more complicated than the average bloke is prepared to get into.

However, my point is that Facebook is not the internet. Regardless of one's possible concerns about tracking, it's a private silo and as such is not presented to the general public unless they wish to join up. This is similar to porn sites in that regard. There is no obligation to go there.

Perhaps I'm taking this sort of privacy issue for granted and thus didn't make myself clear to many people. The reason I find this particularly disgusting is that Facebook is not even a public site. Just how deep is the German government going to go in the depths of internet communication. Will they be censoring email next?

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disgusting to me

But luckily Facebook is a private silo, and even as a heavy user of the internet I have little reason, and no obligation, to go there. Germans don't have to go there either.

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Facebook notifications to reveal who saw dodgy Russian election ads

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Coming from a US entity

“It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust . . .

That's pretty rich.

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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

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another kind of SEO

But most of the comments sent to the FCC appear to have been faked.

One might call that voter optimisation.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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reasonable

"No reasonable person questions our right, and obligation, to access the phone," Rosenstein said today.

Him and I obviously have very different ideas of what "reasonable" means.

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Re: @Ole Juul

That is indeed a bonus in an area where it's below freezing for more than half the year. A few hundred watts in computer usage gives me better value than the other electric heaters around here.

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Re: damn posted to early, it should be

I do use a separate computer for my privacy needs. It's built with an Intel Pentium 4 511 2.80GHz 533 and a 915GEV motherboard. Actually it's surprisingly fast for what is 12 year old technology. It makes me think that for most use cases, there's not much gain in running the latest CPUs.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Sixty years later

As a kid back in the early 50s I had a typewriter that was missing the letter "r".

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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substitute?

banned the importation of Soylent on the grounds that it isn't a proper meal substitute

I wonder if there would be a problem if someone was to advertise beef roast with steamed vegetables and salad as a substitute for Soylent.

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Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

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Re: Won't work Redmond

Indeed, Microsoft would rather you use a pirated version of their OS than use Linux.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: "has never had a system where evidence...

You are right. He is wrong. There have always been many situations where some kind of evidence is totally impervious to detection. He is deliberately confounding the issue and should probably cut back on the cool aid a bit.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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competition

So browsers have to get a highly restrictive license in order to display popular video? No doubt the corporates are snickering over that win. Open source takes yet another hit. This whole thing is just so uncool.

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Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

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down the rabbit hole

The definition of intelligence is obviously in the eyes of the beholder.

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Re: I would have thought...

I'm tempted to agree with you, but actually I think fear is the biggest security risk.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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I think he got it wrong.

“The networking ecosystem is too fragile and slow, too hard for users to participate in,”

Yes, it's hard for users to participate on the deeper levels, but the networking ecosystem is not so fragile. That's how it got the way it is. However, if this guy gets his way, we'll certainly learn the real meaning of fragile.

As for slow, well that's mostly a political problem, at least in North America. Talk to your politicians about some anti monopoly controls.

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EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

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Re: Resilience lacking.

I know the average user has difficulty finding DNS settings, if they even know what that is, but whoever sets them should set a failover server.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Intel back doors

Positive Technologies in its blog post acknowledged that it would be typical for government agencies to want to reduce the possibility of unauthorized access.

I'm not too adverse to reducing unauthorized access myself. What gets me is that if Intel didn't advertise this as a feature, then they probably know a lot of people don't want it.

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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is this for real?

Real names are often so common that there is not much identity in them compared to the colourful nicks that people use, so presumably there will be something like social insurance number or passport involved in this identity scheme. And you probably won't be able to connect with Tor either.

If words are that hurtful and difficult to deal with, then it's probably a good idea to lock yourself in a quiet room, turn of the TV and radio, and disconnect the computer and phone. Seriously - these guys are sick.

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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

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I have a sinking feeling

The kinds of companies that do this will not be listening to the public anyway. Someone that puts autoplay on a site is far too into themselves.

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Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

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Re: Self-important little pricks

As for ethical guidelines, normally any university has an ethical review board which is required to pass all research projects. In this case either the university is not up to snuff, or the researcher made an effort to bypass the review.

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Re: "malicious"

It does look like this was less research and more trying to prove a point. The fact that he didn't make the effort to read the rules would also indicate a lack of professionalism.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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A click is just a click

Very few users would even know if they're connecting to a "foreign target". I bet the NSA knows that too.

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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

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upcoming conflict

What will happen to the Aadhaar database of scans that they have collected? How willing will they be to let go of that?

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