* Posts by Mark 65

2700 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Re: The Forbes article on this suit

<quote>If they were seeking to charge EVERYONE based on the value of the finished product (or a specific set of features) then it is non-discriminatory and as such is okay.

Under FRAND Apple would need to show that Qualcomm was seeking to disadvantage one supplier or the other. And I think more specifically FRAND has to do more with the "Terms" than the "Pricing" anyhow. That is, everyone should have to follow the same licence restrictions.</quote>

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure that charging more for a more expensive model in the same lineup of any brand would also count as discriminatory. I believe FRAND licensing is supposed to end up with pricing based upon the number of units of product you which to purchase rather than where in your product lineup it gets used.

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Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

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Are any other regions about to fine them too? EU and UK would be mad not to, it's effectively free money. Stand-over tactics would seem appropriate.

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Cisco's WebEx Chrome plugin will execute evil code, install malware via secret 'magic URL'

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The "flashies" has a certain appropriateness, especially if the first one was a fucking disaster.

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Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

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Re: Don't update!!!! No, don't update!!!!

I seem to recall reading a guide on the webs that someone wrote detailing how to install Ubuntu with ZFS support.

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Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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Re: Not dumb enough

(1) I've always struggled with what exactly you put in an oven on delayed start that won't start to go a little bit rank before the oven comes on, especially in climates such as Australia. Garlic bread maybe?

(3) I'm not sure whether to attribute lack of Government action to malice (more data and attack surfaces, especially CCTV feeds) or simple incompetence.

The whole IoT nonsense seems to be driven by the "everything on my phone right now" brigade that unfortunately couldn't, in general, secure their own network in the least at are likely just unknowing botnet participants. The minimum is "no external contact, and I'll VPN in thank you very much".

Same with air conditioners. Guy at work is getting a new ducted system that "I'll be able to switch on to cool the house while I'm at work". That really makes the assumption that:

1. You've shut the house up when you left in which case why not have the system running all day on a low power setting, or

2. You don't mind huge bills as all that cold air pisses out of the windows.

Personally I wouldn't trusted an air-con company to construct a secure external facing API and I certainly can't imagine the fitters setting up a firewalled network with VPN access.

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Hacker cracks Facebook with remote code execution bug

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It's a sad state of affairs when "the tools could be abused to allow attackers to upload malicious images that grant remote code execution from where various further compromise, data exfiltration, and lateral movement may be possible."

Still, in 2017.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Please at least try to understand

They are not, on the whole, very highly informed. They are not big on the subtler points of international law or diplomacy.

Never underestimate your opponent. That's what got us here in the first place.

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Re: Dr. North

The EU is what it is because that's how most of its member countries want it, yes, even Greece

Greece would have agreed to anything to keep their basket-case economy trundling along for as long as possible.

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Re: Plausible

She cannot be bothered to be remotely honest: "Her logic, she said, was that UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders". Voted overwhelmingly? What was the difference between the "leavers" and "remainers" - a few percentage points?

About 1.3 million votes as I recall.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Jeremy Richard Streynsham *unt

Typical Tory *unt

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Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

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Re: halifax not working

It's not a technology problem of course. Much like cheque clearing, it is merely a desire to hold onto other people's money a little longer for the accrued interest.

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We asked if the cost-cutting in 2016 with 640 IT and back office staff stuffed into the redundancy meat grinder had impacted the bank's ability to recover from IT screwups. We are awaiting a response.

I suspect they redundoed the MS Exchange dude.

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IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains

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I was also thinking "aren't they confusing 'blockchain' with 'encryption'?"

Then I realised it's just IBM in search of another gravy train.

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Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy's bigwigs

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High-profile targets were targeted by a spear-phishing campaign that served a remote-access trojan codenamed "EyePyramid" as a malicious attachment.

Targets of the spying included bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals multiple idiots that would open any attachment sent to them thus proving that you don't need to be smart to get to the top. The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and two former Italian prime ministers, Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, were among targets of the campaign, according to a copy of an Italian arrest warrant obtained by Politico.

There, fixed that for you.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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The market is different...

Several areas where the PC market is different and hence more prone to stagnation vs tablets and laptops...

  • It's harder to make an off the shelf PC with planned obsolescence as the user can replace parts themselves
  • If I cannot find an off the shelf model offering what I want I can easily build my own
  • For the vast majority, CPU, GPU and RAM are no longer under the upgrade pressure they once were so the upgrade cycle is way way longer

As an anecdote, I am still running a 2010 machine doing photo and video processing and the only thing that has been changed in that time is the HDD -> SSD. I still feel under no pressure to upgrade it processing-wise but would only do so out of boredom and desire to have the latest high speed connectors etc. It still has ample power for running multiple VMs and processing media.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: Plausible deniability?

He's lying, most probably, but if we take him at his word, how can his position possibly be tenable?

Because, almost without exception, they are all duplicitous lying little expenses rorting weasels and we expect little more of them?

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Re: Communication

The guilty until proven innocent invoicing from a frankly retarded algorithm is yet more proof of how Government bodies in Australia regularly break the law with little recourse offered to the victims. State Governments are even worse as they are essentially Judge, Jury, and Executioner (and Appeal Court, Ombudsman and Regulator) and simply do whatever the fuck they like and should be abolished. They are just abhorrent ticket clippers.

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Re: Plausible deniability?

My thoughts exactly. The statement is simply empty rhetoric. You don't claim it hasn't happened, just that you are not aware of any occurrences. Makes you look an ignorant prick if you're the Minister in charge, but that's just confirmation of an opinion the public already held.

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Re: Where does the $4.3e9 go?

The Yanks will put it towards their $20tn debt.

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NSW bus Wi-Fi privacy, regulation: 'Move along, nothing to see here'

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Surprise Surprise

A State body that considers the law doesn't apply to it, how rare in Australia these days?

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Australia telcos warn: Opening metadata access will create a 'honeypot' for lawyers

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Re: Never

I can see where parking meters might be interesting, given a lot these days ask you to input your rego and don't print paper tickets.

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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2018!

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My prediction

Turnbull won't be there. They love a good back-stabbing in politics.

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Netgear: Nothing to see here, please disperse. Just another really bad router security hole

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Re: Since we're kicking Netgear

I always thought you bought Netgear because it's normally easy to replace the firmware with Tomato/Open-wrt/Gargoyle etc.

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Cloud-happy Oracle dodges rumors it is axing its traditional hardware ... as sales of traditional hardware fall

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Re: There are 2 types of high tech employees :

And accountants that recognise that the newly contracted ex-employee workforce will never again be entitled to severance pay so may be discarded abruptly come the next downturn without a moment's thought.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Re: Making facts the hard way

Well, unsavoury or not, when someone has decades of experience in a special field they do know what they are talking about.

In which case they can provide some evidence or just shut the fuck up and get over it.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Shouldn't be hard for Nikon to do

You either don't understand the issue, or are missing the point. The police have had a habbit of seizing photo-journalist's equipment under spurious reasons in order to identify suspects

And in dodgey regimes they'll kick the living shit out of you to get your crypto key. Your best bet is to have a device that enables you to backup your images from your fast camera card to multiple encrypted more easily concealed but slower to access micro-SD cards when you are unable to upload. In-camera encryption only works in nicer policed parts of the World (that don't have reveal your keys laws). Wrong solution to the problem.

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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

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Re: Command Option P R

I thinks it's because you couldn't just ask users to "turn it off, turn it back on again" for sure me thing that pricey.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Mixed feelings

FYI: new jobs are created but, typically, they have not been for those that lost theirs. There was an interesting doco on this a while ago discussing how, when big changes came about, you had a generation that lost their jobs and suffered great hardship and the jobs came about for later generations - it certainly isn't a straight up switcheroo.

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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Re: You just have to...

Wonder if that would then qualify for the Ministry of Silly Walks? Or would that be Willy Walks?

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HPE 3PAR storage SNAFU takes Australian Tax Office offline

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Update

Tax is replacing its end of life EMC kit with HP gear as part of a 2010 A$1.26 billion contract

Should have probably just updated to newer EMC under the threat of moving to HPE. Actually moving doesn't seem to have worked too well.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Arseholes

The sooner the fuckwit yanks are segregated from the rest of the internet so they can sink under the weight of their idiotic legal system the better. Given all the big services have data centres around the World I shouldn't think we'd lose much either. Barely even notice.

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Stupid is as stupid does

If Trump enacts doors forcing backdoors in encryption all it will achieve is the devastation of the US tech sector. Companies will relocate overseas, there's the potential for majors to offer overseas versions of apps that don't comply that everyone just ends up using etc. iOS "written" by Apple Ireland and downloaded from servers outside the US thus outside the law etc.The workarounds are endless, the law pointless, the damage huge.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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Re: if they bought concurrent

Maybe the brave sailors have put a very sophisticated license usage tracking system in place

Concurrent licenses are normally "checked out" and "checked in" by the application against the license manager (Flex etc).

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Re: I must be missing something

They are claiming they bought 38 "concurrent use" licenses. Mathworks offers similar licensing for their products. What it essentially means is that you can install it on a potentially unlimited number of machines but that only 38 instances of the software could be used at once (across the US Navy). Usually this sort of thing is managed by a Flex license manager. Another similar type of license is the "network named user" license. This also enables the product to be installed in many more locations but is then only usable by specific named users (specifically their network logon). Concurrent usage licenses are normally pretty expensive compared to single-seat.

As the OP states, if they bought concurrent then the vendor is fvcked and if not then the Navy is instead.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

If you have root and while you don't have access to the encrypted partitions... there's still some dangerous stuff you can do

Given the breach requires physical access I could:

1. Steal the drives and/or machine

2. Use a lump hammer on it

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you get the idea.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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@AC: I read all of that but couldn't find the punchline, is there one?

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

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UPnP

Not on my network. It'd be much nicer to just have things operate on the LAN and then have to VPN into the network - which my phone can easily handle. I have no desire to have my house hacked thank you.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Re: Shouting at clouds

Selfie sticks are invaluable to those of us who have developed, as a result of age and staring at screens all day, long sight.

Apparently there's this new invention called spectacles that achieve a similar thing. If you need to hold the phone further than arm's length away you should've gone to Specsavers.

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Re: Watson?

Probably such a system, if well designed and trained (curated by expert humans) would improve on the USPTO. I doubt it would reduce the job count much. They also need to charge more for accepted applications and less for rejected ones. It's the wrong way round right now.

Charging less for accepted applications and more for rejected ones makes sense. Think about it. Charging more for acceptance only encourages it and I think we have enough shitty applications. Charging more for rejected applications "encourages" better thought out applications, but this depends crucially on the extra cost. In essence the desired outcome is reflected in the pricing. To change it would encourage a worse result.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: And the problems are with the software...

There are plenty of choices but you'll not coerce Windows into anything. Why would they? The time for them to come to the party will be when the OS really starts to die a death, that's when interoperability will come to the fore.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: Just let Obama continue while they sort this out

It is an interesting point that Obama can pardon whomever he wants and that pardon cannot be challenged by any court. He could also pardon pre-emptively i.e. pardon Clinton for any crimes she may have committed. This also cannot be challenged. It is also worth noting that a president can also pardon themselves from anything but impeachment.

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Re: I sense political meddling.

@Kiwi: FFS, don't be a muppet. We all know Trump is a cnut, put it to one side and consider the actions of Clinton on their merits. She seriously did some wrong and didn't give a fuck for the consequences. The Clintons are pure poison. Billy boy flogging influence left right and centre. Hillary soliciting donations from foreign Government officials. It stinks to high heaven. Don't let the orange fraggle distract you from what is staring you in the face.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Re: So nearly $15 billion WITHOUT engines...

It's 138 right now but, just like every other customer, I believe we will never take the full compliment - or full shovel of shit to use the correct term. They're over cost and underperform. Scrap the order and just get some super hornets and various other bits of kit to keep the US military industrial complex sweet.

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@OP: UK military procurement has always been about what some pompous prick coated in medals who's never been in a skirmish wants and never about what the cannon fodder actually need to get the job done. One of the only parts of the military where this doesn't apply (as much) is the special forces who are a bit more forthright in demanding access to better kit than the rank and file but who still get short changed nevertheless.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU) Oi! Lars! Do pay attention

So you sold an overpriced property to move to a country with massive unemployment, a failing economy, and part of a destined to fail economic half-project? You think you picked the winner there do you?

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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At least you should be able to get good pricing on the current range (hopefully) as they try to shift stock before this tosh comes in

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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If there's one thing I've learned

...it is that big businesses do not like competition and will attempt to crush it or buy it as quickly as possible in order to keep the fat profits flowing. Google is no different. The new Microsoft with a thin veneer of altruism?

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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Re: the coding equivalent of design by committee

I can see the benefit of one person writing the tests and the other the code, maybe.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

Ok, so they broke the law for over a decade. What's the consequence? Fines? Jail terms? What? Fuck all, business as usual, thanks for coming.

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Oz gummint's de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared

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Re: Morons … ?

To answer the OP's question, Brandis is a complete cvnt.

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