* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

1091 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Shocked

One approach would be for Apple to send a target print to all the phones and ask the secure element to match it, then report back the phone id and result.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Metal works well on Android as a main FB client, and allows FB Messages too.

The outfit where the NHS England Digital boss is headed? Turns out their code is 'not technically suitable' for the £6.4m NHS App

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No Vue love? Even now its got Ionic back on board?

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Stored on S3. Globally redundant single name space. Seems fine.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: Just dumping the stuff in a cart wouldn't be a terrible option.

Our printer already emails finance with toner low emails.

and the home HP (yes, I know) orders it's own replacement ink.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Because you shorted the stock ?

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Re: "Unix-like systems use a inode file system. This allows an open file"

" unless you use some of the mechanism that could replace kernel code while running. The tricky part is "

Cough : https://www.ubuntu.com/livepatch

Boffins manage to keep graphene qubits 'quantum coherent' for all of 55... nanoseconds

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1k qubits ?!?

Unless something changed recently, we can't even do 100 : https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/03/06/google-reclaims-quantum-computer-crown-with-72-qubit-processor/

Better get cramming... Xamarin University due to close early next year

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Fully embraced. Extended. Now extinguished.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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So why's he got a Barclays hardware dongle / mugger's PIN checker ?

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

You should go to your neighbours with food and water, not guns.

more achieved together than apart.

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Re: Storing PII Data in AWS (S3)

"EU-West-2 is the UK"

Not for long!


'Cuddly' German chat app slacking on hashing given a good whacking under GDPR: €20k fine

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Keeping it within the hash table space of TLAs...

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Re: Hmm

Ahh, the Zimmerman method.

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Re: There's an easy solution to this stupid law

Vs. quietly backdooring it and keep making money?

What do you trust Facebook or Microsoft to do with Messenger or Skype ?

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It's likely they have traffic meta data which may be enough to prove conspiracy for instance, even without access to the content.

Signal just rolled out meta data encryption as a defence - "sealed sender".

Arm kit vendors snuggle up around the Windows 10 Autumnwatch bonfire awaiting supported OS

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Re: License issues

How does a cock up on "a" single machine cause "major data loss"?

me thinks you just leant backups are worthwhile...

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

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Re: Damn batteries ...

Surely sensible LOS procedures would be to hover until contact is restored, or critical battery, in which case a slow descent to last-known-good zero height ?

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?

Or just overpressure the safe and blow the bloody doors off

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Re: The Spy Game is changing

You don't need to fake the passport biometric. Just the identity it's linked to. Hand matches passport, all is good.

NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project

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alias yourprogram='npm install && yourprogram'

That wasn't hard now was it...

Microsoft adds Windows module support to PowerShell Core while Amazon unleashes it on Lambda

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"Redmond is vague about what is in that data"

Breach of GDPR, right there....

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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"not carry any third-party code"

And how do you enforce this ?

As soon as you start putting a red box in the address bar for 2nd or 3rd party access, or not showing a green tick, admins will be aliasing media.domain.com and/or domain.com/media to some.thirdparty.com...

Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges

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Re: Nice story

Users can't update their mobile phones. Almost all Android are locked (and all iOS ones)

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Going a bit overboard, El Reg

Maybe if RIM didn't hand over the BBM keys to any government who asked they'd still have a business

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: I don't understand why they need it

This weekend is the 12th as well...

TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Re: Off means I opt out

Illegal not to in Europe...

Google unwraps its gateway drug: Edge TPU chips for IoT AI code

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Hope Pi are getting a kick back for that base board design...

Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

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Prior art abounds in SciFi, as always.

Can I get Johnny Cab around here ?

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

Because you shouldn't have to be rich to be informed.

Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

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Well, I'm ready to go cashless. Anyone else? No? Really...

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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Re: Idiots...

"What happened to critical thinking / analysis of what needs to be made secure and what doesn't?"

Lusers happened.

Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative

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"state-level cyber shield"

That's guaranteed to be used to restrict their own people from accessing parts of the Internet, of course. If the UK and China can do it...

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: Micropayments

Micropayments exclude the poor from (essential) services like news and search.

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Gandi for instance

Container orchestration top trumps: Let's just pretend you don't use Kubernetes already

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AWS Fargate

... Makes containers on ECS simples

Use of HTTPS among top sites is growing, but weirdly so is deprecated HTTP public key pinning

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Re: I only just noticed...

"I'd like https a lot more if there weren't a potential "tollbooth" designed into the protocol (i.e. having to periodically pay a 3rd party for a cert)."

LetsEncrypt is free.

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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Tell me again why I can't pay ElReg ~1/month and skip the (blocked anyway) ads?

If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Re: CVE-2018-1383

" extensive knowledge, priviledge and time "

Like governments

Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

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Re: A dash of salt

"I expect this to be debunked shortly. 3.8 billion light years is just too far to see planets."

Which is why they didn't. RTFA

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biohazard's were a brand new thing hardly anyone knew of when WOTW was written. Just another case of SciFi reflecting society.

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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Don't raise the spectre of that!

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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"Then there's Skylake, and that generation of CPU cores. For complicated reasons they actually end up being vulnerable not just on indirect branches, but also on a 'ret' in some circumstances (such as 16+ CALLs in a deep chain)."

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Real excitement is where they mention RET is busted too.

That's new.

Probably embargoed vulnerability they are trying to address without saying so explicitly ?

Boffins split on whether Spectre fix needs tweaked hardware

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Re: Interesting fix

And their goes energy efficiency and throughput.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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Re: Surprised...

GMail supports plus addressing too.

Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

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Re: Choose your phone with more care..


Nokia 7, or LG Q6 ?

GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

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".. per cent of final 9-1 grades"

Wot ?

'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

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Re: but where were the spiders?

I knew a girl from Mars. I don't know if you knew that? Oh we'd stay up late playing cards!

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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echo "firefox hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections


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