* Posts by PacketPusher

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

PacketPusher
Megaphone

It takes two to tango

Yep. This is lousy security, but it is on the users as well as Facebook. Even if FB forced a PW change, that won't stop crackers from getting in. It might warn the user that something is going on or it might not. Either way, it reminds be about a saying about horses and barn doors. Users should also be held responsible for not keeping contract info up to date.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

PacketPusher
Headmaster

Where is Big Bear?

Do you mean east of Los Angeles?

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Facebook, Google, etc: Yeah, yeah, we'll work on the nasty stuff about bombs – but we ain't doing no backdoors

PacketPusher
Devil

Another way.

Censorship or surveillance? Maybe instead of shutting down hate content, we should leave it and note who posts on it and investigate them. These hate sites could become a honey pot we use to detect terrorists before they can cause problems.

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San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

PacketPusher
Unhappy

"How to make the network safe."

Sounds like content filtering. I don't object to the city building infrastructure, digital or physical, but I do care about them limiting what I can use it for unless my use would damage it or prevent others from using it.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

PacketPusher
Meh

Large Satellites?

By Stern's definition all of the large satellites would be planets too.

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Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

PacketPusher
Devil

The Fail is strong in this one.

If he was having an affair, then If someone rats him out they can be sued? That seems harsh.

If he was not having an affair, he could show her the logs so she can see where he is going, or maybe he is better off with out her.

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US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

PacketPusher
Megaphone

Get them from the account holder

It seems to me that they should just get the account holder to give them the mail. If he/she is in the US, they should be able to force him/her to login and give them access. If the police had a search warrant for my house, they can force me to open the door. How is this different?

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Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

PacketPusher
Pirate

Do Over

Anyone know at what point do they give up and have new elections?

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Last time

What happened the last time a democratic state tried to secede from the union controlled by a republican president?

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

PacketPusher

Tankers are there too.

Last time I looked, the USN used the S-3 Viking for ASW and as a tanker.

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

PacketPusher
Megaphone

Slippery slope

Even if this works, then what about air ports. Maybe we should add sensitive government buildings like the White House and the Kremlin. There are military bases. GitMo? Maybe that gulag in Siberia. Schools. Parks.

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

PacketPusher
Megaphone

Java

I can certainly understand being reluctant to update Java. It seems like every other update breaks some Java app that I use.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

PacketPusher
Alert

Car companies are not in this alone.

Generally, a company's first priority is its share holders, followed by its customers. Everyone else is at the end of the list. It is up to the rest of us to set rules through our government that more balanced. It is understandable the Mercedes will take this position, but it should not last.

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

PacketPusher
WTF?

112?

What is 112?

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

PacketPusher
Megaphone

Either or Both?

There have been some fascinating analogies about where the crime was committed, but it seems to me that crimes are being committed in both places. The UK should have first dibs on prosecuting Mr. Love as he is currently in the UK. If they choose not to or the US feels that the punishment is inadequate, then they should be able to push for their own prosecution. Of course the UK has the power to tell the US to take a flying leap, but there could be political or financial consequences to that.

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Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

PacketPusher
Meh

USA & Brexit

Well the USA is not part of Europe, and the UK is getting set to leave. So What do they hope to accomplish with this?

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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

PacketPusher
Meh

Re: Mitigation?

Rather than blocking the destination, you can block the source. You can control what address the DHCP server hands out to it so you can block that address from the internet. That would stop the e-mails too.

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Google deleting websites

PacketPusher
Black Helicopters

Re: Yet Again

They appear to have given a years warning. That is hardly "disappearing tomorrow."

That said, the fact that you can lose your site/blog/etc. because of some vague and subjective terms of service violation with no appeal is a good reason not to go to the cloud.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

PacketPusher
Go

Re: I wonder what they're planning to break

Your URL was cut off:

http://docketpublic.energy.ca.gov/PublicDocuments/14-AAER-02/TN210913_20160330T161602_Final_Draft_Staff_Report_for_Computers_Computer_Monitors_and_Si.pdf

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

PacketPusher
Devil

Re: Curious minds want to know

All your planes are belong to us

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Cosmo study: Middle-aged galaxies are rarer than you'd think

PacketPusher
Happy

Speaking of middle aged.

...green galaxies probably made up less than ten per cent of all galaxies.

It ain't easy being green.

- Kermit the frog.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

PacketPusher

Re: What law?

I don't think 'normal' porn is illegal, even in Utah, but child porn is. I suspect that is URL's primary target.

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US watchdog lobs balls of red tape at spy-in-the-sky drones

PacketPusher

>>Additionally, the drones may only fly outdoors (not inside a covered structure or a vehicle) and are not >>allowed to fly over any individual who is not aware of the flight and recording.

So, the FAA gets to decide what I do INSIDE my building?

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

PacketPusher
Trollface

Re: And pre-Millienials were tech savants?

My mother was born in 1929 and never touched a computer until she was in her 70s, but she was no dummy when it came to security. She wrote her ATM PIN, the only PIN she had, as a phone number in her address book. If someone stole her purse, they would have the PIN, but it probably would not be recognized as such.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

PacketPusher
Devil

Other Option

My response is not listed as an option. I would have left the message where it was and told the sender that while I am not the morality police, I am the network (or at least e-mail) police and he should not be using the corporate mail for these kinds of messages. These kinds of messages can come back to haunt you in the form of a harassment suit.

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Feds OK to stalk phones

PacketPusher
Go

Re: Note to self...

PPPS: Make sure the phone is purchased in a way that is not traceable back to you.

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

PacketPusher

Re: Voted yes for exact same reason

I don't know much about ECUs, but mine cannot possibly have the correct time. Last time the battery was changed, I did it myself and did not reset any clock. The log timestamp is at best an elapsed time since power up.

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Google gives ringing endorsement to US VPN providers with 'right to be forgotten' expansion

PacketPusher
Devil

Re: Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more...

The data did not leave Europe. The original case was about data on a news papers website. The right to be forgotten applies to search results, not the data itself. I agree that if you have the right to be forgotten, then the data itself should be erased rather than the search results. The search results will sort themselves out once the data is gone.

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Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by wireless jammers

PacketPusher
Trollface

I may be an idiot, but...

If you have the knowledge, skill, and cash to acquire such a device, are you going to be breaking into houses?

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Microsoft Trusted Root Certificate program getting a lot less trusting

PacketPusher
Unhappy

Re: Wells Fargo?

Oh Yes. I have a mortgage with them and I am starting to rethink that.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

PacketPusher
Big Brother

Windoze

Looking at the website, it appears that there is only a Linux client. Those of us required to use Windoze appear to be out of luck.

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Robin flies into storage aviary: Will it soar, or is it just winging it?

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Flipping the bird?

Is the picture at the top actually a robin? It may be a north america v europe thing, but all the robins I have seen were darker on top and redder on the bottom.

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Smartphone passcodes protected by the Fifth Amendment – US court

PacketPusher
Meh

But not on the border

I seem to recall that there was a supreme court case where it was determined that you had to give passwords to allow computer searches if you were crossing the border.

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

PacketPusher
WTF?

Somehow, these critters survive further south where the mosquitos already flourish My experience is with Alaska rather than Fennoscandia, but I doubt that there is much difference. The warmer climate will mean more vegetation for them to feed on. It seems to me that only real downside to warming for them is that farmers will be able to plant in areas that are now too cold. You can displace the caribou only so far before they have nothing but Arctic Ocean left.

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Thought Heartbleed was dead? Nope – hundreds of thousands of things still vulnerable to attack

PacketPusher
Devil

USA1

We're Number 1! We're Number 1! Oh, wait. This isn't a good thing? Dang.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

PacketPusher

Re: They won't steal my PIN

Not only that, but when using a chip & pin (or standard debit card in US) card at the store the amount is already known. The key pad is used just for the PIN

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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

PacketPusher
WTF?

Metric rifle

>>>(in the case of normal US-style clockwise rifling twist)

Do we rifle our barrels differently from everybody else too?

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, stop resurrecting our dead titles online

PacketPusher
Meh

Consumers

When was copyright ever about consumers? To my knowledge, it has always about rewarding content creators for creating with a monopoly on the content that was created. This is about as anti-consumer as you can get. It seems to me that there are two main problems with the copyright system, in the US at least,extending the copyright to preposterous lengths and no penalty for take-downs of fair use.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

PacketPusher
Megaphone

Re: Bah!

It seems to me that the problem, in the US at least, is that the banks are not financially responsible for fraud. If fraud is claimed, the money is taken back from the vendor. The banks do not have an incentive to do a good job of verifying the user.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

PacketPusher
Big Brother

It's all about power. They don't want to have to ask a judge and possibly be denied.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

PacketPusher
Facepalm

Re: Best solution is ...

The problem with these class action suits is the lawyers get all the money. The people in the class get a discount on their next purchase of the same or similar product.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

PacketPusher
Pint

Re: He's obviously dangerous

I suspect that you are right and wrong. I don't think they are there for his protection so much as the Embassy's protection. We can't have a mob storming an Embassy in a civilized nation. They could keep him from getting away with fewer officers.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

PacketPusher
WTF?

Why the search engine?

I still don't understand why this is even a google thing. Why mess with the search engines? If you get the source information removed, the information will timeout in the search engines. If I recall correctly, the original case involved information at a Spanish newspaper site. Spain is part of the EU. Why not sue to get the article removed there?

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

PacketPusher

Re: Its a planet.

Where the equator is drawn is not arbitrary. It is the great circle in the plane of rotation. The prime meridian is arbitrary.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

PacketPusher
Pirate

Wait a minute!

Suppose we were not talking about a hotel. Suppose you have some business using WiFi that has carefully place their APs and selected their channels so that there is no interference and then someone brings in a rouge AP that starts interfering with the network. Are you saying that they should not be able to tell people not to use their equipment in the building? Obviously, they should not be able to block APs outside their building, but inside is another story.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

PacketPusher
Happy

Re: standard units

As a 'murican and member of the elite few who uses Farenheit and other odd measurements,I second this motion and call for immediate implementation.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

PacketPusher

I am shocked!. Absolutely Shocked!

This is hardly a surprise. The US and Israel have been pretty tight for a long time. I do have to take exception to the idea that Israel cannot mount an assault without US assistance. Anyone can randomly drop bomb.

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Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

PacketPusher
FAIL

Back the bus up!

No. Not the entire state computing system. The California Technology Agency is setting up CalCloud, but participation is optional for state departments. The department I work for has evaluated it and chosen not to partake.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

PacketPusher
WTF?

Back the bus up

I came into this story late so I am not that familiar with how it started. Can someone point me to an explanation of why this is even a Google issue? It seem to me that the citizen should complain to the web site that publishes the irrelevant or obsolete information rather than the search engine that links to it.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

PacketPusher

An e-mail was sent out,but you had to sign up before April 23. I got the e-mail on January 15. I also remember getting a snail mail letter too, but I don't remember when.

creditmonitoring.target.com

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