* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

1043 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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

Tom Chiverton 1

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!

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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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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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"they are planted deep in a server's system data stores "

E_PHB.

What does this thing actually do ?

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Leaky S3 bucket sloshes deets of thousands with US security clearance

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So many of these recently. Has someone got a tool that scans for open S3 buckets somehow ? Is AWS leaking a global list of S3 bucket names somewhere ?

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Rules

Everyone who upvoted: Your on The List now.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: Slippery slope?

"protected characteristic" has a particular meaning.Paedophilia isn't one.

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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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Re: To be honest,

But not on UK TV. Criminally.

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Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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So I can't "continue this" from Windows Phone then ?

Ha ha.

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Should you stay awake at night worrying about hackers on the grid?

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If you rapidly switch a whole bunch of stuff off and on again quickly, the local sub will probably give up. Most are only a dozen electric cars away from brown out anyway.

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

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Re: Good News

" The only thing it doesn't work for is Android phones (should a visitor have one) as they have Google DNS hardcoded."

I've never seen an Android ignore DHCP DNS server settings ?

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Are you willing to go to jail for owning a compiler, or running Linux ? That's where this will end up...

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

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Money talks...

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Re: Email this to your MP

Great idea !

You might want to join the Open Rights Group as well.

There may even be a local group in your area already - https://www.openrightsgroup.org/groups/ !

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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Re: Doesn't a proxy defeat the purpose?

What dedicated IP ? TLS has SNI.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Thank god get_iplayer still works fine, and is not limited to the "approved" platforms

"iPlayer to use their new "Nitro" API. To interact with the API the software needs to present a valid key, and "

And DRM has worked flawless in the past. Never been broken when motivated...

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A spanner in the works: Google's cloud database hits beta, gets prices

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Re: Cool

Hmm ?

I though it just sounded like an expensive version of AWS RDS ?

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Instapaper in 31-hour outage, says it needs a week to restore all data

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FAIL

Re: Hitting a limit without being able to scale up or out ? REALLY ?!

The linked article on Medium has the guy saying "I’m making a wager that it’ll be worth the cost savings over the next year to go with a cluster that is capped at 4TB."

Guess it wasn't worth it...

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Digital Transformation Agency deletes links to GovShare project, says it's still alive

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Why the screen shot black outs for the publicly available info at https://github.com/AusDTO/dta-website/pull/311 ? Are bjgordon or skpandey27-patch-2 somehow a national secret ?

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Human memory, or the lack of it, is the biggest security bug on the 'net

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: "the only available computer is communal"

Or use a deterministic password manager... then all you need is something you can run JavaScript on

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Sneaky chat app Signal deploys decoy domains to deny despots

Tom Chiverton 1

You misunderstand. You can use fronting with many domains. They will only ever use / release one at a time for Signal use in order to keep the pool as full as possible (and create more work for the bad guys).

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Still debating the same points, again

"All the above points have been raised and debated so many times. I really don't understand why the Government just does not go back and amend the act "

The *whole point* of the DRIP and IP bills is to legalised the (pre-existing) indiscriminate mass surveillance that Snowden and others revealed was happening, in absence of law, oversight etc.

As it turns out, those activities they seek to legalise are incompatible with leaving in a free, fair and function democracy. Never mind fundamental rights to privacy (remember, the EU rights just enshrine UN principles). But Our Glorious Leader has hitched her self to the "something must be done. Terrorist blah blah blah" wagon and so has no way out (such as an appeal to expert opinion).

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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Re: Backdoor

"So ZyXel have a backdoor into the routers they have sold? What happens when (not if) the bad guys get a hold of that?"

They just did...

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Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Too much cheapness

And ISPs that leave the management ports open to the internet...

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Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio

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FAIL

" a Chirp to a Wi-Fi router to authenticate and join the network. You may not want that to be audible"

The fuck. If the router can hear it, so can my phone !

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Have they fixed the "no way to disable a SIM" problem in Cyanogen 13?

"Now, when I'm in the US, I have no way to disable the UK SIM. "

Just take it out you lazy sod.

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Researchers tag new brace of bugs in NTP, but they're fixable

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Why not filter by comparison?

Linux's NTP already does that, no ?

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Three LibTIFF bugs found, only two patched

Tom Chiverton 1
WTF?

FAX ?!?!

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Joomla! readies patch for core vulnerability so critical it isn't talking

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Yup. It's bad. Anyone can register on any site. And it's probably as an administrator too. Oops.

This could be like that Drupal vuln where if you didn't patch within 7 hours or something you should consider your site owned.

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Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

Tom Chiverton 1

Something must be done. This is something.

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How a chunk of the web disappeared this week: GlobalSign's global HTTPS snafu explained

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What's the point of a wildcard, when you can have as many as you like for free as often as your want ?

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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But think of the bundled software ! Experience the joy of being part of a giant world wide botnet ...

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Realm – a database you may not have heard of but app devs have – touts cloudy platform

Tom Chiverton 1

Sounds like Pouch/Couch ?

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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Redmond playing catchup again

Sounds like Qubes OS

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WAN, bam, thank you... oh @£$%. We've gone dead. Drop the burger. RUUUUUN!

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This should have been posted on a Friday ! Much better than the normal ones...

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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VPN ? Are you *sure* ?

Last time they announced this, it was actually an SSL-stripping HTML man-in-the-middle proxy...

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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

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"Unbeknownst to most,"

Does no one read Little Brother ?

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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Re: What goes up...

Thus spraying shrapnel either on the target anyway, or the civilians under the flight path.

Nice.

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NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

Tom Chiverton 1
WTF?

So how does this work ? Patient data is held on the Spine, or a local PMS, and air gapped from the Internet. So how does an app on my phone get at it ? assuming you even want to get (yours ? your kids ? parents? strangers ?) patient data on line...

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FCC goes over the top again to battle America's cable-box rip-off

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Re: This is going to solve itself eventually

Except (ironically) the 'exclusive' shows on Amazon/Netflix, who were *meant* to be 'all you can eat, whenever you want, from anywhere'.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Only if it works.....

Had the 'no explanation' reboot here. You have to go though some hoops to launch the installer in just the right way so it shows you that acutal error (for me, it meant the anti virus needed uninstalling).

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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Swype has supported swipe-to-delete for ages...

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Tom Chiverton 1
Alert

What could go wrong ?

My voice is my passport. Verify me.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: I wait with interest...

Block SSL HELLO messages than use unknown keys.

Just one way.

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When is a refurbished server not refurbished? Ask this Dell reseller

Tom Chiverton 1

What's the UK equivalent then ?

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Gone

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: One-file rule

not a text file though.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

Tom Chiverton 1
Alert

And of course it could never happen here, under the IP Bill plans. Right ?

Now might be a good idea to put your concerns to a Lord :

https://www.writetothem.com/lords

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Hang on a second

" (though it may not run unless it contains a binary)."

Or a script

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Microsoft, Google cosy up in the Skia lodge: 2D lib added to build tools

Tom Chiverton 1
WTF?

"enabling developers to target iOS, Android and Mac using shared code"

So Windows Phone *is* dead ?

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Bing web searches may reveal you have cancer (so, er, don't use Bing?)

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FAIL

" they could get an accurate diagnosis between 6 and 32 per cent of the time"

I'll stick with tossing a coin.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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If this has got your gander up, and you can get yourself to Manchester, why not come along to this neatly timed event :

http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/231414773/

Or join ORG directly so we can work together to fix this shit.

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