* Posts by Charles 9

11166 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS

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Re: So essentially...

Not really. If you look at bigger firms like Combat and Cox, you find their infrastructure is pretty much FTTC, with coax only covering the last mile which is easier to keep up. All these microstations need to do is break out of the existing cabinets.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

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Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

No there isn't because the average person is too stupid to make the connection, and You Can't Fix Stupid. It has to be so blatantly obvious even an idiot can see it, such as these things leading to actual kidnappings.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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Re: VPN

Server-side drive-by attack. Once they nab the endpoint, they can follow you no matter which network you use. Server-side attacks have been the traditional way to penetrate NATs since the client establishes the connection him/herself for the attack to exploit.

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"...assuming that all communication mechanisms are compromised/hostile."

Including word of mouth? Then how do they communicate at all given they must assume all methods of communication are not only hostile but capable of being intercepted and decoded (not even one time pads are immune as plods can intercept the pads before they're used)?

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: RE: Linux driver support.

"Yeah. Never experienced any problem with graphics drivers on Linux myself, but I've only tried two dozen distros on ... um ... 6 different machines. I do hear that some people have problems, though."

That's you. Me? I've had nothing but. An old Dell notebook with an nVidia chipset. The FOSS version chugs and the blob driver refuses to work no matter how much tweaking I did, no matter what the distro. It's simply incompatible in spite of all claims to the contrary. It had to go back to Windows just to run properly.

Radeon HD6850 a number of years ago. Tried to use it, honestly, but ran into too many panics and spontaneous reboots to be comfortable with it. And it wasn't exactly cutting edge, then. If it had problems then, I'd hate to think how the cutting edge fared.

Now, I had better luck with Intel-based graphics like when I was using an Acer netbook, but it's been the exception to my firsthand rule.

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Re: The year of Linux desktop was a running joke

"Was" as in it's no longer a joke. It's gone beyond that to a sad state of affairs.

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Re: Games

Valve's been trying that for years. There's even a version of Steam for Linux, so they've got the egg matter done, but mainstream developers simply won't bite, for various reasons (incomplete graphic driver support, lack of environmental uniformity, et al).

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Re: Fighting yesterdays battle

But some apps simply CANNOT be moved online because (1) they're too performance-intensive, (2) they involve local hardware, and/or (3) they involve confidential data that, for legal reasons, cannot leave the premises.

For these kinds of applications, local computers will always remain the go-to option. And most of the applications for that end remain Windows-ONLY.

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Re: Widespread Linux on the desktop remains elusive.

Yet there is still one holdout: games, especially in the PC-exclusive scene like WoW. Why hasn't there been any real headway in mainstream Linux gaming in spite of pushes from the likes of Valve?

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Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

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Re: @Kiwi - BD-R

"The point I was making is that who uses such limited mediums to back up to these days, when you phone automatically does it to this "cloud" thingy anyway?"

Many of us don't trust clouds to stay where they are over time, plus there's the matter of data caps, which ARE stricter for mobiles than they are for landlines (due to sheer physics).

"For that matter, as usual ( :( ), who does backups even when it is automatic?"

It's not on Android. I don't know of any automated mechanism where Nandroids (complete app and data backups) can be done automatically, not even with rooting (AFAIK, only Recovery Mode can do a Nandroid). If Google were smart, they'd include a mechanism for such a backup into the standard Android so that any user can maintain backups in case Murphy strikes. It's not like it's that difficult, and you can even encrypt them if you're scared about data leaks.

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Point is, its mere existence also means the ability to enable it with the right sequence of events. And the law MANDATES its existence. Ergo, you can't win.

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

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"Their ability to mount an operation against the USA significant enough to imperil it's existence is nil."

Yeah, right, and no one thought it prudent to consider that airliners can be hijacked and turned into suicide vehicles. I trust those SIGINT whatevers about as far as I can throw them. Plus, even after 9/11, some suicide attacks still occurred because the instigators were the actual, licensed, etc. pilots.

If the plods say they don't have a chance, they're looking in the wrong place.

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Smartphones and the Internet also encouraged ways to make law enforcementbuseless, though. What does a cop do when their only lead runs smack into a foreign power who doesn't want to cooperate?

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How do you know they lack the power? Perhaps they're just just biding their time or waiting for a force multiplier, a domino effect, or a decapitation strike.

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Then use the <Sarcasm> tag if you can't use the icon. Otherwise, always consider that Truth can be stranger than fiction and that what you think is a joke really happened somewhere.

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Re: LEDE

But if they don't make money, they bleed out and disappear. Put it this way. The first priority of any human is to obtain sustenance; otherwise, they die. Money, as they say, makes the world go round, and money is the lifeblood of any enterprise. Econ 101. You gotta pay the bills.

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"Your post is informative to those who do not know otherwise, but... that was the joke."

Then where's the Joke Alert? Otherwise, I consider this a very bad case of "Dude, Not Funny!" unless YOU want to be one to argue with someone who insists on using a device that can ONLY use WEP (like a D-Link DIR-604, which is too weak to use WPA, believe me I've tried firsthand) and refuses to take, "Start from scratch" for an answer.

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Re: LEDE

"Hardware manufacturers. They have a mutual interest in cooperating."

Not necessarily. If a market is mature or has significant government involvement, like plugs with their legally-binding safety standards, then yes, the manufacturers find it's best to come to terms.

BUT if a market is competitive, like it is in the SoC markets, then they DON'T want to cooperate because they're instead out to conquer. THEY want to become the standard-bearer instead of The Enemy. And governments usually don't set a standard until the smoke has cleared for fear of being chided for doing it wrong and wasting taxpayer money and possibly getting voted out.

"Somewhere along the line we seem to have missed out ensuring that public interest is looked after."

Of course not. The first priority of any business is to make money. Otherwise, it has no real reason for existing. All else is secondary, and part of the aim is to manipulate governments to maintain the status quo. If a government moves to mandate businesses cater to citizens first, you move to change the government to not make it so anymore.

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Re: Has to be within range

And that's not counting wardrivers and other dedicated radio hacks that can use directional antennas and other equipment to get longer range and stay out of sight.

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WEP is trivial to crack these days and attackers can simply poll the devices that connect to your base station. Since you hide your ID, the clients MUST by necessity keep polling for them just to connect. Dead giveaway which is why it's considered good form not to rely on obscurity here. It's better to be known but hardened.

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Re: LEDE

The problem becomes when the ONLY devices out there rely on vendor patches because, for example, there are patents involved.

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Re: MAC Filtering

No, because they can spoof an existing whitelisted member.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Re: DoJ is insane.

"That's basically same thing as putting car owner in jail because someone who leased it, broke the law. Even when the person who leased, is known."

UNLESS the owner leased the car knowing that doing so would result in a crime. It's called Complicity.

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"If a US court ordered you, Charles 9, to divulge that data under penalty of contempt, could you oblige?"

Other side of the coin, if an Ireland court rules that divulging that data counts as a privacy violation under penalty of a huge fine, could I NOT oblige?

This is what I mean by a no-win situation. If I follow the US, Ireland and the EU fine me, if I don't, the US fines me, and there's no in-between. If I were Microsoft, I'd be bitching to BOTH of them, "COME ON! It's impossible for me to stay legal with BOTH of you! One of you's gotta give!"

"Consider that employee's liability under Irish law. I expect Ireland has legislation broadly similar to the UK Computer Misuse Act."

But then the US can counter that attemtping to extradite would violate existing US policy. And in extraditions, the housing country takes precedence and they reserve the right to refuse. Again, no-win situation because of diametrically-opposed standing laws separated by sovereignty.

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"Perhaps you were missing school on the day your civics class explained due process of law."

But what happens when two sovereign due processes clash? If Microsoft USA is ordered by the courts (under the law) to divulge the data on penalty of contempt, but the only copy is stored on foreign sovereign soil whose law prohibits divulging the data on a different penalty, then Microsoft can possibly claim entrapment: they break a law either way AND claim it's through no fault of their own.

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Unless the Irish court is not cooperating, in which case it's this way or bust.

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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

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Re: "but there's no convincing defence systems."

"Let me see first a working hypersonic missile in combat-representative conditions... also, I would also like to see something flying at very high speed in very dense air (skimming the surface).... first, it requires a lot of energy, second, a lot of that energy turns into heat.... also I would like to know what happens to the water in front of it due to the shock wave... you have unbounded optimism also...."

There's also the fact the faster a missile flies, the harder it is to turn (matter of sheer inertia, a known issue in dogfights), meaning a faster missile is much easier to lead and track. Technologies like the Phalanx only need a few seconds, and even at 1 mile a second, it's going to take a few seconds for it to reach target from the radar's horizon (even longer with an AWACS deployed to extend that horizon).

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Re: How current is this? @ Charles 9

"Sorry, mate, you need to think more about the weapons and tactics, which was my point. Phalanx is a last ditch defence, because it is short range, max 2.2 miles."

Phalanxes are pretty small shipwise so can be put on many ships, INCLUDING the ships on the edge of your group. Heck, put a few on ALL the ships in your group and you have defense in depth.

"Now move on to the cream of the crop weapons, and think about the fact that although 4,500 rounds per minute sounds great, a Ruskie Zircon moves at 5,300 mph. How good is your radar, your gun control motors, your barrel accuracy etc?"

"Chances are that it'll splash the water behind the missile a treat."

Ever heard of LEADING the target? Targeting computers have been doing this since World War II and are much more capable now. Since in closing range a fast missile is unlikely to turn, it's actually easier to predict its path. It's not like a missile at Mach 5 can turn on a dime and maintain its structural integrity. You mention a missile's mass. A few hundred slugs of solid tungsten are no slouch, either.

"Now play out a more complex scenario where an adversary mixes a few hypersonic, supersonic, and subsonic missiles from different angles, to arrive at similar times."

Have a whole bunch of Phalanx units spread along your numerous screening ships. It's not like it has to be exclusive to the carrier. About the only way you can overwhelm a carrier group with Phalanxes all around would be to employ a Missile Massacre or to go nuclear, both of which have their own strategic problems (you're unlikely to stealth the former, raising the risk of being pre-empted, and only an omnicidal maniac would dare to let out the nuclear genie).

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Re: How current is this?

"A swarm attack needn't have to overwhelm the defence radar systems by force of numbers - it merely needs to exhaust the (usually) cassette based missile defence systems, using relatively cheap, old tech missiles until the escort vessels are out"

But dumb missiles lends itself to "dumb" defenses like the Phalanx, which is gun-based so is much easier to keep stocked with ammunition and harder to evade since slugs are dumber then missiles (no tracking at all) yet can still fly PDQ and can come at the missile more from a head-on position, meaning the missile's speed won't matter as much (meaning it'll probably be as effective whether the missile comes at mach 1 or mach 5). It would be an interesting question whether a swam of Phalanxes could outlast a swarm of ASMs without something else happening like a retaliation strike of Tomahawks from the carrier group.

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Re: How current is this?

"No defence against ballistic missiles. Carriers are dead, they just haven't noticed yet."

Large ballistic missiles tend to be used against fixed targets. Terminal guidance for a ballistic missile is tricky (hint: the term describes it's trajectory). Carriers move. Surprisingly quick for a weapon that takes a manner of minutes to get there. Trajectory makes it hard to stealth. How does an ASBM compensate for these differences and still go bang on target with enough force to ensure a carrier kill? Has it been demonstrated yet?

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Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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Re: take back control

And THEY fire back by simply denying you access to their services until you allow them access on THEIR terms. Combined with the increasing necessity of these services (to link with remote family, maybe even get a job), this becomes the the "Walking on the Sun" retort.

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Re: It's not *their" data it's *your* data.

So the GDPR specifically and explicitly takes precedence over all other regulations, including those of copyright? I say that because at least the copyright mandate is part of the US Constitution so therefore really can't be overridden without an Amendment.

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Re: It's not *their" data it's *your* data.

Rights clash. Which takes precedence? In America, copyright would likely take precedence as it is a Constitutionally-enumerated responsibility of Congress (Article I, Section 8).

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Re: An offer I can't refuse

That's pretty much how they set it up. It's called a Captive Market. Otherwise known as "You Might As Well Be Walking on the Sun."

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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I believe breaking WEP took a little bit of effort back then. As you say, computational capability moved on since then, meaning in all likelihood WEP is even MORE trivial to crack than the WPA2 problem.

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Re: Explanation Please?

"For the attack to work, access is needed to the physical wi-fi signal so this attack can't be delivered via software, webpages etc."

Correct. Don't worry about drive-by attacks so much as wardriver attacks. Someone has to be physically in the vicinity of the WiFi point to pull it off, but they can be hidden away or use more-sensitive radio equipment to work from outside the normal range since they don't need to physically touch any of the devices.

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

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So what about a filtered connection that blocks VPNs?

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Re: Is there a pattern here?

Doesn't work that way. Transactions have to pass through several middle agents first to verify the transaction. Only after enough agents verify the transaction does it become official. These middle agents tend to take a cut.

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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Re: 14 days long nights on the moon?

"The position of the earth may be endlessly stable in the Moon's starry sky but there is definitely a 28 (earth) day light/dark cycle."

The point is that it's always the same half of the moon getting lit by the sun. If you were on the moon, wherever you stood would either always be lit or always be dark, because its rotation and revolution periods match practically perfectly.

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I think the big issue will be dealing with variable but LONG times of flight. No real time stuff possible between planets, so things have to be taken into consideration.

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Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin

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Re: Does the Ecuadorian commissary accept Bitcoin?

A lot of "it is said"s in that entry. Lots of conjecture, nothing in the way of solid evidence, though.

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Re: Does the Ecuadorian commissary accept Bitcoin?

Are you sure? Without solid backing, e-currencies like Bit coin are prone to severe fluctuations.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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What'd so obsolete about it? It's not like you can measure things in degrees Celsius that you can't in degrees Farenheit. If you wanted to get REALLY serious, you should be pushing for Kevin stead.

After all, Brits are still using miles, stone, and Roman rail gauges. If they can't go all-in, why should we?

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Re: OTA TV

Audio skew can come from a few things. At the source end, bad encoding can do that. At your end, if the TV overprocesses the video, it can cause lag (thus why there's "Videogame Mode" in many TVs that force it to pass the video through with as little processing as possible).

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Re: ATSC 3.0 fixes a lot of problems with ATSC 1.0

Lack of extendability was probably a feature to prevent creep. They would rather have the forced transition to ATSC3 than for things to creep and people to complain about extension support. They probably figured things would move on (and they did from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 to AVC to HEVC) and that it would be better at some point so draw a line.

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Re: "The more you tighten your grasp, the more systems will slip through your fingers."

Seriously? As in you can tear through 2TB of downloads in a single month and get no repurcussions at all? I'd love to read the T&Cs of these contracts, then.

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Re: 3D

But at 1080p you start getting a creepiness factor. Do we really need porn that detailed? Perhaps it's an acquired taste.

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Re: Who pays to use YOUR internet connection?

With the major appliance makers behind it, they'll MAKE it work.

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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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Re: First rule of management

"There is _nothing_ protecting irresponsible management from personal liablity for negligence or recklessness."

No, you use corporate bureaucracy to deal with that.

As for Adam Smith, did anyone ever ask him what the alternative was if no one was willing to invest due to the liabilities involved? That's the main reason we have corporations in the first place: to encourage investment in an environment where investors were reluctant enough to make the money flow too slow for economic viability.

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Re: third party assurance

No need for additional laws. Simply require it in the terms of any government contract. Since agreeing to the contract would mean expressed consent, they'll gain legal permission to do the testing.

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