* Posts by Ivan 4

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Isn't it called Windows for Warships?

No, no. We were told years ago that was only a name .

What they are showing us is just to cover that fact up and keep the secret.

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Working in maintenance? Stop reading, we need you in the server room

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It appears to be impossible to instil the idea that regular maintenance will prolong the life of machinery, computers, roads or railways, and therefore will reduce costs long term.

There you see the MBA thinking which has taken over most board rooms. When they then add the marketing wonks is it ant wonder companies go downhill?

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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I recall someone saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics and anyone that relies on statistics is a fool.

In the real world t is better to rely on actual facts (numbers) rather than some guesswork based on assumptions that mat not be provable.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

@big-D,

It is amazing what a pair of side cutters and a sharp pointed scriber can do to help personal security.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

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Re: Correction

Ah! The best government money can buy.

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

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They were looking at computational propaganda, which is defined as the way algorithms, automation and human curation are used to purposefully distribute misinformation on social media networks.

Question, who defines misinformation? After all, one parties 'truth' is most probably another's 'misinformation' and vice versa. It all depends on your own political viewpoint.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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At this rate there will soon be no IBM worth talking about.

Unfortunately the rot started a long while ago when the MBAs and marketing wonks got control in the board room.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Only 1080 high?

Hear, hear.

+1000

Why is there a fixation on 1080 height, 1200 should be the minimum. Height wise more is better.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: Only a piffling $628,000?

I assume they are following the usual practice of moving the decimal point five places right to get the figure they publish.

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If you haven't already obliterated your Jaff-infected comp, there is an antidote available

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Re: Don't trust email.

I would add to that, set it show all headers as well.

Better still NO WEBMAIL ever.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Can't help wondering how big a hit the BREIN account took when they bought this ruling, or maybe better by how much did the judges accounts expand.

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Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns

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Re: There are fundamental technical reasons for it

Hear, hear.

+1000

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Maybe we should all use the same encryption that the governments use. Then when they put a backdoor in it we can all check up on what they are doing.

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Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Hence two computers. We should get the same results from each, if we don't then the warning flags are flown.

I will say that there are other checks that we don't talk about for obvious security reasons.

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Ah, someone that understands equipment and site security.

Yes, we are aware the 'programming panel' is usually a windows PC in disguise - we have converted those we are responsible for to Linux, but even then they are never removed from the equipment lan on pain of instant dismissal. any updates are done by unlocking the access cover (two keys again required) to the active USB port and using a thumb drive that has been checked on two stand alone computers (not connected to anything but the mains and that filtered with a 50hz notch filter.

We do take security very seriously and get paid for it because in the end if anything goes wrong we are responsible.

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Have you read and absorbed ANY analysis or commentary on Stuxnet and successors?

Yes I have. The question is do you have any knowledge of standard equipment security?

I also know about 'sneakernet', hence my comment about keeping certain people away from the equipment. In the factories where my company has IT over-site it is impossible for anyone unauthorised to plug anything into the control system computers (USB ports either disconnected or filled with epoxy, no CD/DVD drive, no floppy drives) and to get at them requires two people with keys to unlock the door and the security person goes with you no matter what.

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Assuming this is spread via the internet the the big question is 'why are these controllers connected to the internet'?

One would think that by now the company security people would be demanding dedicated secure lines to all substations and all marketing wonks and non techies being kept away from the control units.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: Technical competence

He's not a lone academic - his views are representative of many analysts in our field.

All that says is that there a lot of people that most probably won't meet the required standard for technical excellence in the legal field.

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Re: Technical competence

but it would certainly drive small companies and the "lone academic" out of the industry.

Maybe that is why a 'lone academic' is making such a noise about it. Such people should get out into the real world and see how people live before mouthing off.

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Kremlin hackers' new target: Montenegro

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FireEye, the company that always sees reds under the bed without looking. Anyone would think they have a contract to stir the sh*t to keep the weapon manufacturers in business especially when one of them has over priced non working fighter jets for sale.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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it is quite interesting HOW did NSA get their mitts on the information

It was/is all in the Clinton mind, how else could the old bat lose.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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He didn't go far enough. He should have pulled the US out of the UNFCCC, that would have killed the Paris Agreement leaving requirements dead. It would also have killed the scam of calling an essential plant food a pollutant and forcing normal people to pay for it ('green' taxes to stop the very thing that makes the world green).

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Re: Trumpy the clown

worldwide coastal flooding will be fine as well.

What worldwide coastal flooding? With the seas rising at something like less than 1mm a year it's going to be a ling time before the coasts get flooded. Remember that if floating ice melts the water level doesn't rise and both the arctic and Antarctic are increasing ice extent at the moment.

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Re: Trumpy the clown

Or are you smarter than the excellent engineers and scientists at companies such as Shell, who accept climate change?

Like all big conglomerates Shell and its employees are only in it for the money. Just stop and think, if people reduce their using of the Shell fossil fuel products where does the companies bottom line go, therefore they hedge their bets and hop on the climate change band wagon scam.

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Re: Fingers in ears?

Why should he listen to those that want to rob the country of billions just to line their pockets, Musk with very expensive batteries that might give power for a couple of hours if the mains goes down because there is no reliable generators running, for instance.

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Re: Whack-a do lobby

@Tom Paine

I see your very biased

www.realclimate.org/

and raise you

http://www.bishop-hill.net/

http://joannenova.com.au/

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Re: Surprised?

Only problem with the xkcd 'graph' is that it is based on junk science data that tries to cool the past, medieval warm period went missing, data and un-validated computer models that are biased to warm the future.

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Re: Surprised?

from things like the scientific process and consensus,

Real science never advances by consensus, it takes real work and understanding.

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Re: Technological welfare queen

Fossil fuels are subsidized to the tune of several hundred billion-

Wrong, you are confusing reduction of tax with payment for nothing. This straw-man gets used every time someone points out just how expensive the unreliable renewable energy con is.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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Security

I note the article gives a passing mention to security but dodges any actual information on how lax the security really is - non of these things have good security and with what this is supposed to do security should be the prime information point.

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: Backhaul?

@Charlie Clark

Backhaul out in the countryside in countries like France is a big problem.

My village (Pop 850) is just over 5km from a telephone exchange and linked to that exchange with copper of dubious age that is reasonable most of the time (1.5 M ADSL) but can be rather problematic when it rains.

Now, if they connected us to the fibre trunk that is 2km away and provided fibre cabinet it would be a very different story.

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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a complex atmosphere that is going to take years to understand

Since they don't understand earth's atmosphere yet I would change the 'years' to decades because that would be nearer the mark.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Short answer is yes. Lots of people, almost certainly including you.

Adam, don't be so sure about the OP buying anything on the strength of a web ad. The Op, like several of us, may have all adds blocked on websites and, if they are like me, only go looking for something that I specifically want.

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

There's one retailer for garden machinery in my area that needs name, address, DOB and phone number for cash sales

The best answer to that is to use an odd name and DOB and the address of a holiday home in a different country. A French address really mucks the computer systems used in many UK shops.

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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

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Smart Elected Officials that don't waste money on vanity projects like smart cities

Now that would be very useful. A pity it would never work, even if we got real AI to do the job.

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

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The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees, like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems.

Now the BIG question is, when will those features be included in the version foisted on the rest of the world?

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Re: First, identify the constraint

Way back in, I think, 2008 the French gendarmerie did a risk and cost assessment and decided that MS and windows was the big risk (their machines were using XP at the time). By the end of 2013 they had converted all their machines, with the exception of a few that ran specialist custom programs, to use Linux (a tailor made version of Ubuntu if I remember correctly).

There is no reason, other than bribes from MS, that the NHS shouldn't do the same, again with the exception of the specialist custom programs for the expensive equipment which should be on its own network anyway.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Consequently, there is no basis upon which to continue the investigation.

Someone found out where the bodies are buried.

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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"Focusing"

Maybe they should be "focusing" on getting an operating system that is designed to work on PCs rather than phones.

They need to get a GUI that is simple - W2k or XP - and not something that causes eye strain by being all white. They also need to stop using the people they have foisted this abomination on to as beta testers and drop all the telemetry and spying.

The OS needs to be able to do what people and business want in a clear, easy and repeatable way.

I could go on but it is just too depressing. Thankfully I don't use windows.

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

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On site backups

Are they a thing of the past in this cloudy world?

I would think when you have critical applications that it is necessary to have an on site backup with maybe a parallel and older backup to the cloud - that is me as an engineer talking not a bean counter.

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

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Re: Cost

If you have to ask that then you can't afford them ;)

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Re: It would be nice...

More like 2030.

Otherwise I totally agree.

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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Re: the french??

"...Facebook should stop tracking the web activity of non-users of the service without getting their consent"

That does raise the question about how they are supposed to track people if they don't visit facebook. Where do the tracking cookies come from?

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: It is the apps tied to ActiveX that cause the problems

I feel sorry for anyone running a milling machine or centrifuge which is controlled by XP, otherwise in perfect condition.

So do I but from experience there are very few of those machines in industry that are connected to the outside world and the few that are are very carefully managed.

As I see it the main problem with the NHS and such places is that they were/are running the full fat versions of XP rather than using a cut down version that just does what is needed. There is also the problem that it is very difficult to slim down windows no matter what version. Because of that the two engineering works we support use tailored OS/2 and custom written software for the machine tools control and since those machines have at least another 25 years life there won't be any changes there for 20 years or more.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

If your MRI scanner, for instance, relies on a no-longer maintained piece of XP-only software do you simply put your hand in your pocket for a few million to replace it, commission a rewrite and take the risk that it may fail in some respect to emulate the existing product or do you keep using XP?

And there you have hit the nail solidly on the head.

In the real world MS did a wonderful PR selling job to get people to use their OS which was inferior to OS/2 at the time and quite a lot of industrial equipment control systems were converted from OS/2 to XP. In my book that makes MS responsible to keep their OS 'safe' as long as said equipment is kept in use or pay the full cost of upgrading the equipment to allow it to use their newer OS.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

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Re: Can we stop using the term AI please ?

+100

The marketing wonks have grabbed that term for their own use (it carries the implication that what is produced by the expert system is somehow correct).

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Re: Transparency...

OK, everyone can call me naive and shoot me down in flames, but is there any reason why an AI CAN'T tell you why it has made a particular decision?

The answer is simple - what they are calling AI is not an Artificial Intelligence, it is just a dumb expert system and therefore only follows the rules the programmer installed.

At the moment AI is a buzz word of the marketing wonks that has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with selling a product - a computer program.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: So, just another day in the office...?

Given that Macron had a 20 point lead in the polls,

Are those polls like the ones for Brexit and the US presidential election, i.e. totally meaningless?

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How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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Re: Not the only remote "god mode" AMT bug

Are you referring to the NSA back-door?

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Re: Sales and Marketing reality distortion field

Its not exactly rocket science is it

Obligatory xkcd ref. http://www.xkcd.com/1133

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