* Posts by Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

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10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

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It is probably worth reminding those with a short memory that the debts incurred around 2007/2008 were as a result of a global financial crisis, not one caused by the party in power in a country with around 1% of the world's population.

It is probably worth reminding those with a selective memory that in the years running up to 2007/2008 when the economy was in overdrive absolutely nothing at all was done to build up a reserve. Nobody of sane mind thought that level could last (though few predicted quite how hard the global economy would crash). When we should have been building up a reserve for the inevitable rainy day instead the government in power spent spent spent every penny coming in and at the same time reduced the reserves we did hold.

Which party was in power during that time?

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Re: Silky smooth?

Fuck silky smooth. Is it secure? Am I in control of it or is the mothership? Does it do the minimal stuff it needs to do with 100% reliability? Is it a power hog?

After that is all nailed then lets talk about the zillion functions it doesn't truly need, the shiny, the bells, whistles and other crap that diverts programmers from useful work.

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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On the other hand

Such a low rejection rate could mean that almost all the requests submitted are fair, proportionate and reasonable.

Now, where's that nurse with my pills?

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

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Re: Blow 'em a Raspberry! @Stuart 22

Cheers for the tip, pi-hole added to my to do list.

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Re: Glad I'm not a pedestrian in London @AC

That depends on your ratios. Per km travelled by the bike or car, bikes are about the same for pedestrian KSI.

That alternative truth came from the Times and just shouldn't be repeated even when followed by the meaningful version, which you did. Just let the BS twist of the statistics die. The full debunk is here:

http://road.cc/content/news/109269-are-drivers-and-cyclists-just-dangerous-pedestrians

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: 14th amendment

Time Reg updated their boilerplate to Land of The FreeBS.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Uncanny

Have one on me Mongo ---->

I am firmly of the opinion that eventually science will prove human stupidity is the only infinite resource in the universe.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Re: Useful article! ... But avoid DuckDuckGo

Thanks AC for that very interesting securityspread link.

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Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

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Re: The "hi tech" version of the old "pro forma invoice" scam?2

Er, he's facing a maximum of 82 years inside, Merkins don't do concurrent sentences.

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Zombie webcams? Pah! It's the really BIG 'Things' that scare me

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Re: Biggest is safe? Hah!

No I am not saying the Iranian centrifuges should have been fine, just the opposite. When faced with a nation state attack with resources that vast you are going to lose. Natanz was not internet connected, the attack was delivered on a USB stick.

The biggest facility to come under remote cyber attack over an internet connection is Saudi Aramco. Here the office systems were infected and there was a big cleanup to be done. But squiddly dot happened to the plant. Big plant, deep pockets, correctly implemented layered defences were effective in this case at preventing the attack reaching the systems that matter.

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Re: Crap security devices

MODBUS security can be done. Any system with MODBUS capability should support write windowing and any TÜV approved system must. So if correctly configured you should not be able to write to things that should not be written to. If a factory conveyer that can legitimately be written to tries to achieve 1000mph because there's no bounds limit on your motor drive then it is not configured correctly. No amount of added security layers will be enough if the ones that are there are not used correctly. If a device doesn't support write windowing use something else or add a MODBUS firewall such as a Tofino.

Really big stuff, refineries and so on, will be protected adequately. There are plenty of standards and networking talent in the industry. The risky ones are the medium sized installations where there likely isn't the budget. Where refineries have been hacked it has only been office systems affected. Stuxnet sure but that was exceedingly targeted, relied on massive target knowledge that could not all be obtained remotely and required meatspace delivery. I would argue that IoBT is pretty good so long as we don't get complacent.

Building HVAC and substations are perfect examples of the scale of stuff that is likely to be vulnerable. Internet of Medium sized Things. IoMT. And within that space there's little impact in an office HVAC trying to make the building a fridge. There is impact beyond the fence when a substation goes down. So the ones to worry about are a subset of IoMT.

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

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Re: I discern a few more things from this.

I agree with you on point 3 but only in respect to international sport. Most football, loathe it or hate it, is a private business. The businesses have a perfect right to milk the shallow minded for their cash. Sport between nations should be free to air. Besides, keeping most of it on paid for services means I don't even have to suffer the unpleasant moment of seeing it when channel hopping.

Which brings me on to the other part that should be regulated, service providers should be required to offer major sports as clearly defined and separately billed packages. You cannot get Sky, even the most basic package with no sport channels, without some of your money going to the FA. If I want a package without cretinball I should be able to get a package that does not fund other peoples watching of cretinball. Back in the late 90's the basic no sport package used to be £8/month, then they did the first of their £billion deals with the FA and my bill went up to £30 for no more channels. And my contract got cancelled. There's some good original content on Sky1 now, I'd pay for that if I were only paying for that.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: Great Concept

Lacks detail? Well maybe if you look at grid square SE833224 but NY235015 for example seems pretty lively. You can't search for those locations on google, but on streetmap.co.uk you can.

It would be nice if they added the 1:10000 scale maps though...

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Re: Not as good@ AC

This is about streetmap.co.uk not OpenStreetMap.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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@JDX & others

This is about streetmap.co.uk not OpenStreetMap.org

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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

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Re: Very timely article

I was just thinking about crafting a tweetybot group the other day, and this gives some insight on how to have it not look like a single group of accounts. Why even bother showing location info? As a human tweeter I never did.

I think if I had a Twitter account as a human or a bot I would set the location data of my turdspurts such that over a period of time it spelled out 'Mind your own damn business' in the middle of the north Atlantic.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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@Hans1

Did you RTFA?

Only one [clock] aboard each spacecraft needs to be operational for Galileo to function as designed.

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

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Re: Phopsphoro-organics

Thanks Idm, enjoyed that.

In the same vein: Ignition!

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Meh

Belt & braces

Where does this leave the whitehats I wonder. While it is good to see mitigations that prevent exploitation of vulnerabilities it is better to find and eliminate vulnerabilities anyway. Can a whitehat disable these mitigations, go bug hunting and then report (for reward) their findings?

If Microsoft are going to reject or downgrade reports of underlying bugs that are mitigated then the bugs will go unfound. Sooner or later they'll get used in a chained exploit. If that is the case these new mitigation techniques truly are a sticking plaster over untreated wounds.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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PTP doesn't work over WiFi

Why is that? I thought PTP was media agnostic and so came here to post much the same as cmannett85.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

Amazon used Silverlight before HTML5 just as the BBC used Flash but now claims HTML5 compliance.

Your criticism is fair I guess, my rant is not really with the Linux community it is with the software development community in general. HTML5 claims to be a universal solution, it isn't. Java claims the same, it isn't. The penguin community extolls how all my problems will be solved if I just free myself from the shackles of Microsoft. I'm trying, I really am but so far I'm just as frustrated as I am in a Windows world. Different frustrations, same result. I expect the open source notJava Mint comes with is better coded, more secure and more standards compliant than the Orrible original. I should rant at Maxim for somehow making their applet not write-once-run-anywhere.

I may wipe & start again this weekend, perhaps I got something wrong in switching Javas.

I'd be interested to learn how I can avoid being asked for my password every time there are updates to go on and the security implication of any changes to do so.

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Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

I'm in the process of trying to go Mint, it has not been painless.

Sure the OS install was a breeze, everything after that..... The daily updates it needs are a pain, I'm getting an awful lot of practice typing my password. The first job I tried to do with it required real Java not the pseudo good-enough-for-webshit NotJava that was installed. Getting that was a bollock ache. Then the applet (is that the right buzzword for a Java application?) utterly failed to run. Write once run anywhere? The only part that was easy was the USB driver (only part available in the package manager). Give up use a Win7 laptop instead.

Next the non jobs I use a laptop for when stuck in a hotel room, watching iPlayer (nope) or watching Amazon (nope again). I can watch FuckallworthwatchingTube though. All three allegedly use run anywhere HTML5. Give up and use a Win7 laptop instead.

There's no hope on earth of the applications (SCADA & PLC tools) I use in most of my day job ever finding their way to Linux.

I starting to even doubt my next SQL+Perl job will be as easy on Linux as the penguinistas would have me believe.

I haven't tried Libre Office yet, if the spreadsheet gets me a customisable experience anywhere near Excel, Visio & Terd 2007 I shall persist with the above issues. If it's as customisable as The Fucking Ribbon™ I may as well stick with the devil I know, learn how to use the Office 2016 deployment tool (fuckyou very much indeed MS for making the 2016 installer all or nothing) and give up on linux. When Win7 goes EOL I'll just be heading up to the roof, I may be a while.

I have 20 years of my working life left, I seriously doubt I will ever be as productive as I was on XP + Office 2007.

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Green, pink, brown, blonde.....

I couldn't give a flying f##k what colour it is, it's not coming near any hardware I own.

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Don't pay up to decrypt – cure found for CryptXXX ransomware, again

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Re: Follow the money. @emmanuel goldstein

Nice hyperbolae there, Tannin asked a reasonable question.

I'm struggling to think of a legal activity that can be conducted with bitcoin that cannot be done with traditional currency. Donations to causes such as TOR from persons within an oppressive regime is about all I can come up with and that's pretty tenuous. Not the method I'd choose in that situation, banknotes in an envelope are far more reliably anonymous.

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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: We'll let you give us your ship...

Alternative spin on the same news:

In keeping with a long standing tradition of RN operations in the pacific the HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail through the South China Sea on her maiden deployment in the 2020s embedded with a US fleet. It is a testament to the US navy's confidence in our brand new UK built 70,000-ton warship that she be permitted to sail in this naval exercise.

The cynical could question whether the US navy has similar confidence in the US built F-35Bs that the Queen Lizzie will be carrying. The UK's F-35Bs will be pretty much fresh from the shrinkwrap in 2020. In order to avoid the potential of Lizzie being toothless should there be problems, yet again, with our mind boggling expensive Harrier replacements the US Marines will be along for the ride. The US Marines are much higher up the Type B queue than the UK so their aircraft should be well proven by then. This is good for the UK as it ensures that the flight handling crew of HMS Lizzie will get a good workout. If our aircraft function as planned it will be a very good workout indeed as Lizzie will be carrying and operating far more aircraft than she will under normal circumstances.

The payback for the Marines of course is they get to practice operating from a carrier deck, something they wouldn't normally do as the US primarily uses cat & trap A variant F-35s at sea.

So all good then. US confidence in our new UK built boat, a guaranteed workout for her sparkling new crew, all bases covered should our aircraft misbehave and a favour owed us by the Marines.

End.

The truth of course lies somewhere between the extremes.

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Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

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Re: There's no coming back

Ah ha! after all these years the identity of Anonymous Coward is revealed!

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: To lock a Linux system down

Disabling installation of drivers on windows through group policy is exactly the same - works so long as the attacking device is not the same as one already installed.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: Pause for thought

What gets me about this article is Wardle complains of incorrect use of terminology, off is not (fully) off. Yet Wardle is equally guilty of incorrect use of terminology, El Reg too. Wardle found that the sound is not committed to any storage media, processed nor transmitted to the mothership yet the word 'recorded' is repeatedly used.

Recorded: to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence.

Sure the mic is on but the data is just going to /dev/nul.

I agree with xeroks, Shazam should call this state paused, give a proper off option too and explain the difference.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: Dryer prospects!

At last! Somewhere to keep 70's Fiat. Shame they all dissolved years ago.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Red! Red! R, E, D, RED!

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Definitely not another Stuxnet, researchers claim as they demo industrial control rootkit

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Re: "Management Engines"

Old school is indeed the way forward. Simple CPU with nowhere for the TLAs to hide their code, programs stored in EPROM, serial port talking MODBUS to the SCADA and absolutely, positively definitely no networks.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: If it has a 3.5mm headphone jack @ZSF

It does.

Ticks all my wish list boxes too so might well be my next phone. They have 6 months until my contract is up in which to prove they mean it about regular updates.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Re: Precious

It's ours! our precious Private Data, not for nasty Insurances! Blockum! Blockum!

Nor, clearly, does any of that data belong to the individuals who authored it. I hope there's a budding Max Schrems among the affected FB users, I really do.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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If you want the sound of the Vulcan vote Concorde, both used Rolls Royce Olympus variants

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Impressive..

At least BMW retained this part:

Issigonis was trying to design something cheap, small on the outside and big on the inside all

Unfortunately somewhere in the translation to German a couple of key points got reversed. How such an enormous hunk of metal can have such dismal usable space inside beats me. I had a Countryman on hire once, that's the estate version, 4 flight cases filled the boot. If you were transporting 4 people to the airport with a fight case and laptop each the laptops would have to go in the footwells. In an estate FFS.

As for the interior, it had all the style of Flavor Flav. Being a low rent version it didn't have much so there was an analogue clock a foot in diameter in the middle. Awful. It did have a USB port you could use to access music. Ever tried finding the track you want from thousands on a display that can show 2 lines, no search facility and just up/down buttons? Useless.

I left the hire ticket hanging on the mirror just so people would know it wasn't mine.

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Crims cram credit card details into product shots on e-shops

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Re: But is it news?

Feels like news to me. Sure it's not the most cunning of tricks - once you know it. I did not know that you can append random data to the end of a .jpg and the image is unaffected. I do know now. Obviously a sign of you've been hacked is unexpected changes to files on your system by unknown users but this is a change made by your own systems, harder to spot in logs.

You might also scan your logs looking for your systems unexpectedly making tweets or sending emails to check for signs of exfiltration. This method would see your data going out the door and the logs would look perfectly normal. Would you notice an outgoing product image increase in size slightly? I would today, perhaps not yesterday.

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Audit sees VeraCrypt kill critical password recovery, cipher flaws

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

I'm still on TC too and will likely stay with it a while yet. But it is good that one of the successors has now been audited. Before that there was no way on earth I would move off TC. Now a comparison can be made of the known low risk vulnerabilities of TrueCrypt and the known low risk vulnerabilities of VeraCrypt. I'll have known over unknown any day.

Anyone who dumped TC for Vera back when the ballyhoo kicked off should be feeling rather silly right now. Anyone who dumped TC for something else that hasn't yet been publicly audited should be feeling very nervous indeed.

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A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

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Re: Just trying to work out @ Neil Barnes

Does sir prefer the chips in a pile or Jenga'd?

(I think I can guess to be honest)

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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The other large difference is that hololens is attached to a honking great lump of computing power right there with you and under your control (as much as is possible with Windows these days). Glass shipped everything you see off to the cloud for Google to analyse. Everything seen on glass was kept in the cloud so it could be scraped by Google. I can't imagine NASA or Audi being happy with their proprietary data all getting sent up the pipe.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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I vote for the seats to go to Chris Evans and a volunteer armed for the purpose of putting a few bullets through the head of Chris Evans once at Mars. Because 54.6 million km is not far enough away for that loud mouthed bell end.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Yeah but.. @ Faszination

I like Elon Musk because he is as mad as onions in all the right ways. We need more like him.

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Just imagine...

.... the replacement for Hubble, or rather James Webb, that could be lofted on that booster.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Re: Potato @Gerry 3

Thanks for the link to the reviews, useful.

Slightly bothersome that the Pure comes out so clearly on top. I bought a Pure Revo for internet and NAS streaming and it is utter, utter, UTTER shite. The Mrs wanted something more portable than a laptop to listen to Alex Lester at a civilised time of day. Great sound but the reviews neglected to mention it has no pause, forward or backward ability. This has the knock on that when it drops out, which it does a lot even on a wired network, it restarts the broadcast/track from the beginning. It's never managed to get past 5 minutes of any BBC programme we've tried to stream on it.

It's a lot of years now and there have been zero firmware updates despite talking to Pure about it. It's just been a very expensive external speaker for something else. Even that is rare now as the power connector (in the unit, not the PSU) is so poor quality it needs cleaning most time I want to use it. Oh and the original PSU failed after a few years. [edit] On checking it was 6 years old, that doesn't feel good to me but better than 'a few'.

I swore I'd never give Pure my money again. Reading that review I was wavering but having written the above and reminded myself just how shit the Revo is, nah.

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

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Re: Gotta love that cloud

Yeah but... Citrix. The poor bastards who have to sit facing that abomination day in day out are probably dancing in the aisles at the sheer joy of reverting to pen and paper. Such productivity! Such speed!

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Report: NSA hushed up zero-day spyware tool losses for three years

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Gotta love the arrogance....

... of assuming no one else could learn from the tools they lost, adapt it and hide their use of it from the NSA. Absolute self confidence they are the greatest. Absolutely wrong.

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UK oversight body tipped to examine phone snooping tech in prisons

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A warm feeling..

Bravo Sir, bravo. ------->

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Fuck that

For most people it does - where else were you thinking you could put it?

Well to reduce the chance of the server getting pinched just putting it in the loft would likely do, no help against Torchy the Arsonist Burglar though. How about in the garage or at a mates on a reciprocal arrangement?

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: that really gave Star Trek muscle was, in a word: science.

Oh good grief. I'd forgotten all about Jar Jar Crusher, did you have to remind me?

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Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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Re: No, signed devices would be the fix @Adam 52

In the old days Windows would say "new hardware found, would you like to search for drivers".

It'll still do that if you tweak a few policy settings but as usual the defaults are set for convenience not security. See the link below.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530324.aspx#grouppolicydeviceinstall_topic3b

There is no defence as far as I am aware if an attacker uses a modified device for which the driver has already been installed. But if the attacker knows what devices you use and what USB ports you use them on you're hosed anyway.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Drivers

Southern had introduced an emergency timetable in July, temporarily suspending 341 services to cope with the shortfall in driver numbers - it claimed drivers were calling in sick, a point disputed by union bosses.

It's not the drivers calling in sick, it's the conductors. A point driven home months back when a train I was waiting for turned up at the station and sat there with it's doors shut. After several minutes the driver stepped out and proceeded to turn the air very blue indeed about his lying, work shy, good for nothing, lazy, feckless and above all absent colleagues as he walked the platform to t'other end so he could take the train back to the depot.

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