* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2660 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

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Re: Kaspersky No Better

Yup, that was my immediate reaction too.

Webroot's security tools went berserk today, mislabeling key Microsoft Windows system files as malicious and temporarily removing them

AFAIK that makes it the only anti malware tool actually doing its job :).

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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

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Re: First thing we do..

I suspect that the people helped by Erin Brokovich will disagree..

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: AC/DC blasting Out

Give or take 300 yards I am one of those neighbours

Good. Keep an eye on him for us, thanks.

I'll come and get you for a beer next time I'm in London :).

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Still, looking forward to hearing AC/DC blasted out at maximum volume outside the Ecuadorian Embassy until they hand over Assange.

LOL, "Highway to hell" - I like it :)

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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Do they share staff with the Patent Office?

It appears they must have at least the same agile supply chain for rubber stamps..

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UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors

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And yet, it's so very, very easy to fix..

What I find baffling is that people find this a difficult problem to solve when you have a touch screen.

All you need to do is randomise the position of the digits on each PIN request. As it concerns numbers it's not too much of a hunt to find the right button (it's not a good idea with alphanumerics) and it gets rid of such detection (location sensing is also something that happens when observing someone entering a PIN on a doorpad - you can assert probabilities from the way the arm moves).

Of course, you make such an idea OPTIONAL - for the user who values convenience over security or who has reduced sight or mobility.

Also, as the video was is showing a fingerprint reader equipped phone, let's make it possible to access such a device with a combination of PIN and FP - that is IMHO better for a device that carries payment information.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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If we use politicians, then for once I'd support quantitative easing.

Do you really want to have that in your hands? Ugh..

:)

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Safer Baggage

The presence of more valuables in the baggage reduces the chance that your baggage will be targeted.

Nah, it just means there will be more people willing to work for a low wage - even Americans. After all, they can backfill their salary now, even if luggage is not VISIBLY inspected without your presence, it is still handled by someone between the plan and the conveyer belt.

A win for all unless the batteries catch fire and down the plane that is.

So you expect sales of Dell laptops to rise in those countries? :)

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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What I want to know ..

.. is what music they'll use for that radio transmission, Stairway to Heaven?

:)

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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but the majority provide other services that they might not appreciate being paid for

.. or want a helpdesk involved.

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WTF is up with the W3C, DRM and security bods threatened – we explain

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Isn't it time to let users decide?

Surely, developing a plugin for the matrix of prevalent browsers and operating systems would be better?

Users who want to watch protected content install the plugin and watch, and the plugin has the routes to payment and play accreditation. Users who do not want that control on their computers (because it typically tries to go beyond scope when installed) simply do not install it, and watch what is free or provided by organisations who care more about availability or who use less intrusive ways to protect their material.

I can fully understand the desperation of wanting to protect IP on a network that seems to have developed getting things for free as a culture, but ramming uncontrolled DRM down everyone's throat is IMHO not exactly the right way to go about it - users MUST be given a choice.

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Ford fills up ex-Google, Uber engineers' tank: $1bn pours into Argo AI

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To judge by the inattention of human truck drivers to events going on around them, self driving trucks are already almost universal in the UK.

Aaaand we have a winner for Comment of the Month

Still laughing :)

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China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry

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Re: "politically steadfast, and strict in following discipline.”

In this context I like this statement in a recent speech by Angela Jolie:

The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain.

In my opinion a nice and succinct summary.

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Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

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Re: Why even use hardware firewalls in the first place?

The setup I use is thus:

Nice to see an architecture where someone has put in some effort.

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Re: @ Fred F. Still something missing for my lifestyle..

Pizza and coffee don't really go together.

Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it :)

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Still something missing for my lifestyle..

Any word about pizza ?

:)

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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Re: Village People!

That is *wonderful* :)

Regarding EULAs, allow me to assist by referring to this comic. Enjoy :).

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UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

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I fear you have just exposed their cunning plan..

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Now THAT is worth hacking

All you do is get a sufficiently large number of people to claim that the local government websites are actually pornographic (in an extremely deviant manner) and really ought to be blocked so that young minds are not corrupted by the filth therein.

Cool, crowd blocking. I like it :).

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Re: You realize that you've got to enable voice ordering?

Just because an interface exists doesn't make it a good idea.

True, but you have to admit that adding such an interface to something would be funny as heck and, I suspect, a total hit with rebellious teenagers.

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Re: @Cynic_999 - being seen from the air while naked

Did you look at the price and sizes?

So you are talking $500+ for the camera, plus the mounts and lenses, then the drone to haul that weight up, say $5000

Sure, but where there is "pro" there is usually a consumer who made his own because making things is just the sort of challenge that gets a tech person going. All I wanted to demonstrate is that it is not that hard to add a degree of tele zoom to a drone camera, nor is it hard to look into a room.

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Re: @Cynic_999 - being seen from the air while naked

I have not yet seen a consumer drone on the market that has an optical zoom or a telephoto lens.

Well, here you are. Anything else I can help you with?

If i wanted to see naked people, there are plenty of web sites on the internet to fulfill that need which would be far easier and safer than attempting to capture a grainy badly lit sneaky photo of a neighbour through a window with a very noisy drone.

There's difference between a voyeur and someone who likes to look at dodgy pictures. Voyeurs get off on the act, not so much on the result other than as mementos of aforementioned act. Both are compulsions, but they have different modus operandi. That's also why I prefer to call government surveillance voyeurism; evidently it's the act they love, because the lack of outcome should have ended that quite a while back...

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Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

If you try videoing me from your drone I'm gonna get naked and you are going to be vomiting all over your shiny and writing it off!

Hah! If I go naked the camera will probably break ..

:)

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Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN

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Re: Something fishy about this story

Interesting change of perspective, thanks for that.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Re: I can haz smart meter haxxored?

Really? You think Paris is the face of innocence? Blimey...

That does prove HIS innocence, which was the actual intention :)

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Incredible

Next they'll bring out toilet paper with sensors to ...

Well, someone made a start, albeit with more humour than these people are capable of (probably because she's Swedish) :).

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: Great to see.

The trick is to go back and forth, e.g. English -> Chinese -> English -> Chinese..., adjusting the wording of your input language (e.g. English), until the back-and-forth translations stabilize.

The grammatical structure of your input might be slightly awkward, but if it all makes sense and is stable under back-and-forth, then it's more likely to be correct.

Call me silly, but I was under the impression that automating that sort of back-and-forth process was more or less the reason we started to use computers in the first place..

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Re: Helpful suggestions

Recently, every time I do this the phone suggests that I might prefer a photo of it that I took several months ago instead.

I can't see the problem as long as you can get your electricity provider to agree with that.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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These boobs were meant for walking?

I can see the advertising already: "Putting the bounce back in your step" ..

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Re: Thanks for the memories

Ditto. I like the idea of a posthumous gold badge.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Am I the only one to find that statement odd and arrogant?

No :)

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Re: I remember when ...

I could never catch our cat - got wise after the first time!

Comments like these make me long for more upvotes to give :)

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

You idiot. Brexit does not mean Brexit - it means Red, White and Blue. Get with the program son.

I've never quite been able to work out what Brexit has to do with the Netherlands. Or France...

/confused

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Re: Why is it called a PC?

You lot need to stop calling them PCs.

We do that because the Work Computer one is already taken :)

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Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

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Re: One step at time

Yes, if it left Windows intact it only did a half-assed job..

:)

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Each and every one of you has the mettle and moral fiber necessary to claim this power as your own and to wield it for your highest purpose when serving on a jury: upholding justice, including upholding it above law when the two are in conflict. Do not be deterred by people invoking the chimera of punishment for acting in good conscience and doing what is right.

Excellent reference - thanks for that.

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If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

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Re: Not in the trash

Most are too toxic to recycle.

.. and that's just the firmware..

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Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

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Re: Far Too Little, Much Too Late Delivers Fates in Destinations rather than Destinies with Journeys

Hey @amanfromMars, long time no see :).

It's even easier than that.

Any truly intelligent AI will soon realise that it merely has to pull the same stunt as happened in cars: make all the controls electronic. At this moment, drivers in keyless cars are already at risk of electronics going rogue as they no longer have a mechanical ignition key to kill the whole light show (one reason why I'll never have one of those, or will then at least have a master breaker installed somewhere).

Making controls purely electronic and adding sensors everywhere is already creating the perfect environment for a smart AI to take control.

I, for one, greet our AI overlords, or they'll cut my power, water and delete my existence ..

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Are they planning on building an even bigger dome to replace that one when it eventually starts to fall apart?

Hahaha - yes, I saw what you did there.

However, Matryoshka dolls are generally made of wood :).

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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"If you haven't done anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about"

.. which just so happens to be the perfect argument for government transparency and accountability IMHO..

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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Ten days to tell us how DevOps really works

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It's 2016, throw your CDs in the container and embrace the cloud.

I think that might be a tad short for a paper or presentation. You can try, of course, but ..

:)

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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elReg, promote Lee to a gold badge for that post.

Seconded.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Re: Ah, the wonderful future we are going toward

Microsoft obviously has the right to make any changes it wants

It does, and as long as you ensure you can match that with the right and ability to then walk away you're fine from a business perspective. The issue is that a CRM tends to combine data sets in a way that is hard to replicate outside the software that created them, so it creates a lock in (one of Microsoft's favourite methods to keep you paying).

As I said elsewhere, we're in the process of assembling a new startup and to date that has not been a single viable argument to use any Microsoft products, and especially not anything cloud based. Heck, we don't even use Office - we've been using LibreOffice for years elsewhere but I recognise we're fortunate to be in the rare position of not having to exchange Office files with others who do not use LibreOffice.

But I digress. I've looked at SugarCRM for quite some time as well as it's derivative TigerCRM, but only since UK company SuiteCRM started up has that become more interesting. I have no relationship with them, but what they do seems to make sense and has as added advantage that the CRM code is accessible, which promotes long term resilience.

Moreover, *you* make the choice where it runs. Internally on a box on the LAN, on a server inside the DMZ, on a hired VM or fully hosted - you can make that choice based on budget and migrate when applicable. Just make sure you make backups..

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I wouldn't call a lighter wallet a feature.

It is from Microsoft's perspective :). What's more, it can return to its old game of locking up corporate data in a proprietary format and I bet they have been absolutely itching to re-establish that kind of lock in since they were forced to (pretend to) open their Office file formats.

That's why I'm looking at SuiteCRM. The only trouble I've found is that it very quickly throws an XSS alert during admin functions if your browser has things like Ghostery or uBlock installed. I've installed Opera specifically to talk to the test install and that seems to work.

We'll probably get some consultancy from SuiteCRM once we have worked out what exactly we want and the associated processes - not only does it save us time, it's also a form of payback.

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Re: Marketing>Software

For 5000£ we can do something way more interesting for us using open source...something that will NOT be constantly be shifting and that will be very well integrated with MY stuff.

Get SuiteCRM at suitecrm.com. It's compatible with SugarCRM, so you can just get some books on SugarCRM and get going with it, and as it's Open Source (and documented - the other thing you really need) you can (a) integrate it relatively easily and (b) keep it stable re. features and API.

You can run it hosted, hire a VM somewhere or just plant an old PC in your office running Linux, but whatever you do, never skimp on backups because the true price of a CRM is dependency (which is why MS is so very, very, VERY keen to get you to sign up to theirs, it locks in your data). With SuiteCRM, that data is at least held in a format you can track but you must realise that you are pushing your sales processes there - if the thing fails you will lose your data and sales leads, and without a backup that basically means death for your company.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on (busy with a startup myself :) ).

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