* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Linode SSH key blunder left virtual servers open to man-in-the-middle fiddles for months

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Re: Finger trouble

I knew that somebody would say something like that. I accept the principle but I was hoping for better grammar. I wonder if you type command lines with the same care as you type sentences.

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Finger trouble

Why did they put the 'f' (force, no prompts, ignore nonexistent files and arguments) in 'rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*' ?

A simple finger slip could give 'rm -f /etc /ssh/ssh_host_*'.

For something so important, I'd have thought that 'rm -i ' (prompt before every removal) would be more sensible.

Bitcoiners are just like everybody else: They use rubbish passwords

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Re: "...I'll be back"

I'd never be able to remember how to spell his surname so it's not "all-too-obvious" to me.

How about "all-too-obvious1" as a password?

Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

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Which came first, the acronym or the meaning?

Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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"... without deviating from the behaviour of the version of Excel in which it was created, ..."

That's the problem right there. The vast majority of people who use computers for things that are useful, imporant or essential to them have got used to using the MS Windows suites and all their characteristics, as well as the characteristics of the underlying OS. There's also a massive installed base of computing software assets and associated data files with their ingrained ways of working.

You could say the same thing about Photoshop vs GIMP etc. for doing the things that most people do with them (not counting pro-level graphics people of course).

The other problem is lack of general awareness of the availablility of SOHO Linux solutions and the learning curve associated with getting them up and running and doing what you need them to do. Most people don't "know about computers" because they're interested in them; it's something they've had to learn because their job demands it (and did so slowly, over time) or they want to surf the internet, send e-mail, etc.

Windows has massive presence and inertia and I can't see how that situation will change in the near future.

We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Re: Ahem...

The Networking Security Association strives continuously to protect all consumers. Rest assured, citizen.

Ready for a nostalgia kick? Usborne has put its old computer books on the web for free

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Ah, Memories (and registers)

I just had a look at Machine Code For Beginners :) I remember the Z80 and the 6502 very well. I used to be able to do mental arithmetic in hexadecimal.

These are wonderful - a big THANK YOU to the publishers.

LIGO boffins set to reveal grav-wave corker

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Is it a test?

Let's hope that the Director doesn't open a sealed envelope that says, "It was an injected test signal". This has happened before.

Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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re. "wily manager"

A truly wily manager would have a friend who ran a PC maintenance company and they would be paid $10,000 a year over several invoices.

It's 2016 and a font file can own your computer

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re. Libgraphite 2-1.2.4 is known vulnerable,

My package manager says that I have libgraphite2-3, so I'm ok?

Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

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From the linked report

"But one Virgin engineer who contacted us laid the blame at the feet of developers.

He said: “I see this all the time, developers will not allow Virgin Media onto new build developments even though Virgin Media are willing to pay the costs involved." "

That's interesting. Does anyone have any idea why this might be so?

Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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Where is ....

.... 'Data security is our top priority' ?

Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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"... wildly overestimate what constitutes a “knob” of butter."

It depends what you're used to handling.

MapR claims big-data wrangling Hadoop patent first

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"... a patent filed using open source ..."

I think that needs to be re-worded. Perhaps it's open source code that implements a patented technique or method? I assume they intend to charge license fees for commercial use.

What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: Olympic Archer

As I remember from his book, the Colonel told the idiot, "Stop boring the arse off tired soldiers with your stupid fairy stories. By the way, I'm a friend of Lord Northcott and he's never heard of you."

Fired Norse Corp CEO blames the media

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Management basics

"... some staff were promised a significant bonus upon completion. ..... and the bonus wasn't forthcoming. ..... Norse agreed to stop withholding the bonuses after one of the programmers threatened to sue."

Every competent manager knows that it's money which motivates people to do a good job and that it's easy to lie to technical staff and get away with it.

NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

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Re: I want that

That would have been £38 on ebay + £24 p&p from the USA but the supplier has sold out. I also felt the urge to own one.

Note: If the event is only for US people, then it's the ability to 'soder' that they need :)

Row over GCHQ-built voice algo MIKEY SAKKE rumbles on

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re. "... backhanded compliment."

That was a clenched fist compliment.

It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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An analogy?

If I store my private documents under rocks in the park, I can't complain if people find them and tell other people where to find them. I should store them under lock and key somewhere.

I realise that it goes beyond this with 'unauthorised' copies being made and stored under other rocks in different parks, but when will people learn not to store stuff on public facing websites?

College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

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Isn't this normal for Google, for everyone?

I'm sure that all Gmail is scanned, automatically, and targetted ads are placed according to keywords. The use of the word 'intercept' implies that Google somehow went out of their way to get their hands on the emails. In fact, Google 'handles' everyone's Gmail. Is Apps For Education somehow supposed to be different?

German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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'Mutti' is the German word for 'Mum'. Can any German commentards tell us if this is used affectionately or in a different way?

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Wasn't he a pizza delivery boy/man?

I get media/tv people mixed up all the time.

When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: Any chance of a solution?

"while(status == SUCCESS)"

That's assuming that getStatus() returns a 1 or not_1 as appropriate. Often, it's assumptions all the way down, especially if other people have been writing/modifying other parts of the system.

ABC storage project adrift in 'brown ocean'

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Re: wtf is 'brown ocean' ?

Wikipedia! it tells you :) It's an weather phenomenon involving cyclones moving from sea to land and getting stronger. It could be that he means that any problems intensify when the kit is installed in its final site. However, I suspect that the spokesman was using the expression as a euphemism for a vast quantity of crap.

Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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I'm surprised/disappointed

I'd have thought that a Vulture brand saddometer would go up to 11.

GCHQ’s Xmas puzzle proves uncrackable

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Re: or maybe...

The Patrician used to pay very careful attention to anyone who scored well in the Ankh Morpork Times crossword puzzle, for that reason. He sometimes went so far as to 'persuade' the compiler to put certain clues/solutions in to see if any spies allowed their pride to overcome their caution.

Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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@DainB Re: What's all fuss is about ?

After three years of using only Linux Mint, I've found that Windows 7 Pro (I bought a recycled OEM license) is not a replacement for Linux Mint and is also a pain in the arse.

A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

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I'm wondering

Did they use Tor and Bitcoin for all their interactions and transactions or did they get careless and sloppy?

Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Re: Silicon solution

This has been done. I raised a similar point some time ago and it is available in the form of a USB 'dongle' that contains a noisy zener diode (if I remember correctly). I can't remember when and in which article someone gave the link to its maker's website.

If you Google "USB random number generator", there are lots of hits. The bits are out there.

T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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Free is good?

If many people on the same mobile network are getting 'free' mobile video, isn't that a strain on the network, giving poor quality for the video and poor delivery for other applications? Does anyone have experience of this service?

Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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"... the majority of those younger than I are utter twats with no ability to see anything outside of their own narrow experience."

Like the ones who shut down the account of a woman called Isis, because she was obviously a terrorist sympathiser?

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@geresj Re: Lingua Franca?

"Cookie is an English borrow word from the Dutch ..."

Actually, it's called a 'loan' word. That's ok though because (as I understnd it) the Dutch language use of "lend/borrow/loan" doesn't map onto the English usage.

Then again, we did take it, with no intention of returning it, so is it a theft word?

US police contracts and private forum posts dumped online

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This is why why need strong encryption!

Oh, .... wait a minute.

Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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Re: How bad?

Not frozen, no.

Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

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re. January 2015

"Dictaphone ... encrypted .... locked to remote access."

They have some fancy dictaphones nowadays. (Am I behind the times?)

"lost in the home of member of staff"

The kids didn't need a Christmas present that year.

We Googled the ex-Google guy and Google said he was clean, says Wikimedia

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Oh yes

A quick Google and a look in Wikipedia will tell you everything you need to know. We live in interesting times.

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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I've been caught out by that. Why doesn't the compiler or some pre-processor spot it?

Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

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@Solid Squid Re: The judge should apologize

"Unless a judge has explicitly allowed it you aren't supposed to publish any of the court proceedings from within."

Criminal trials are public events (in the UK) and what is said and done there (if "newsworthy") is reported in the newspapers the next day or sooner. Jeremy Hunt didn't report what was said; he gave his public opinion of the case in such a way that the judge decided it might prejudice the trial.

Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

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Re: Try doing that on Linux Mint!!

I have the Dropbox client on my Linux Mint machine and also have Insync (an independent Google Drive client). Both of them give me a synchronised folder on my machine. I used to have a Copy client which is a similar free cloud storage offering but I never used it so I took it off.

I have the Dropbox folder inside the Google Drive folder so that the contents of the Dropbox folder get dual cloud storage backup.

I tried it three years ago; it worked and it still works.

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: Victoria's Secret v Mujahedeen Secrets

Let me get my codebook........ 'If the decorative bow is pink, you attack at dawn'. Send me another message!

UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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"One force lists the colour maroon which other forces don’t recognise, while others disagree on whether a hair colour is brown-auburn or simply auburn," she said.

I think that Dulux, or Crown or B&Q could help them out with that. (He had Autumn Glade hair with a touch of Moonmist at the sides.)

UK police have 43 separate IT systems and it's putting you at risk

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I smell an opportunity

"What we need is a network of networks, allowing information to be transmitted more easily.”

It's called .....'the internet'. Go cloud, get failovers and multiple redundancy with geographic diversity and sign-on anywhere with VPN and world-class security. My consultancy invoice is in the post.

Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: How long?

I make my own paint drying videos for private parties. They show a variety of paint types of various colours on different surfaces in different environmental conditions. They're much more interesting and can be quite exciting.

PayPal patches deadly server remote code execution flaw

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Re: Not the headline ...

When I signed up to Paypal, about thirteen years ago, they made a point that you needed two items of information to log in: your sign-up email address and your password; hence it was very secure. I soon realised that they give your Paypal sign-in email address to whoever you send payment to, so they can contact you I assume. (As far as I can tell, they no longer make that statement on their website.)

Eventually, you'll get advertising spam and phishing attempts directed at the email address you used, depending on which people you send Paypal payments to.

Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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Re: The problem with the health care industry

"... take a back seat to improving the health care."

I think you mean, "take a back seat to increasing the profits."

See this:


It mentions how Fiat Chrysler 'saw the light' regarding vehicle systems security.

'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

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"... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

Does anyone have a link to this list? (I want to put them in my hosts file to protect myself.)

Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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"... retailer’s smart phone app. "

I'm not surprised that these exist but who in their right mind would want to install it?

Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

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Re: "...another memo worthy of Oscar Wilde"

The unreadable in pursuit of the unprofitable.

"I will be partnering with him day and night ..."

Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet

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"All commercial TV in Sweden is actually broadcast from outside Sweden and the companies based outside as well."

Is that because of tax advantages or other reasons?

Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

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All bananas in any kind of office go mouldy and funny after a couple of days. It's good to get some use out of them.

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