* Posts by Version 1.0

2038 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Dial S for SQLi: Now skiddies can order web attacks via text message

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

I send a lot of time keeping these bastards out of my systems but I think it's good for all of us that they are trying to get in - because otherwise nobody would every bother auditing security.

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Gotta love Kali - I take my laptop with me every time I visit the clinic for a checkup in the US, I figure I might as well check them too ... I always seem to come out of it much better than they do. They always ask me why I don't use their on-line medical account ... I tell them I can't remember the(ir) password.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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The Kennedy effect

Trump probably put the idea up at debriefing with the CIA after he met with Putin and then retracted it after they asked him if Melania was friendly with any Greek shipping line owners.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Women will love sex robots ...

So long as they can vacuum, clean the toilets, pick up after the kids, make the bed, clean the cat's litter box, and cook a decent meal. Until that happens, forget it.

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"men find the idea of sex robots more appealing than women, by about two to one."

Basically men want the price of a sex robot to drop to the price of a battery operated boyfriend powered by a couple of AA cells.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Maths anyone?

If we know the mass of the fridge, impact velocity and the mass and velocity of the asteroid - shouldn't we know what's going to happen?

Realistically, if we have a big lump of rock coming at us, does anyone think that 3 years is enough time to get ready for it? Nobody even spotted the Chelyabinsk meteor - had that been a nickel rock, somewhat larger, we'd still recovering (if we were lucky). Does anyone wonder if there are bigger lumps in the meteor streams that we pass through every year?

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: School boy mistake

"LSD-laced sleep deprivation studies" ... which my eyes read as

LSD-laced sheep deprivation studies. which I think makes much more sense.

Seriously, we elected an idiot and people are acting surprised when this sort of crap surfaces? I have completely given up reading any on-line news source in the US,.

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

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Re: Legal Liability out weighs the value.

Sure, but the liability would depend one what Google tried to sell them - post a suspicious message and start getting adverts for ammunition, flak jackets and apps to securely erase all data from your phone? There could be a bit of liability there but Google would probably skate on the defense that the adverts were algorithmic ...

When it comes down to liability there's always an excuse - that's what you retain lawyers for.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: Giving things "intelligence" is a bad idea

Smart elevators? Every time I get in one these days I think of this - https://youtu.be/MNuFcIRlwdc

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Re: WiFi? No problem.

"WiFi is off" - that's dumb, a bit like sticking a big red flag on the house.

These days, with so many phones connecting to open WiFi automatically, it would be simple to just log every connection so if I were to get burgled, I'd have their MAC.

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WiFi? No problem.

If you are burgling a house then the first step is to knock the WiFi out these days.

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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

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It's all on Facebook

Not a user myself, but my Mother in Law is (a very sweet lady, 78 years old) because all her friends are on it and she recently complained to me that her friends even post of Facebook that they are going to the toilet... WTF?

And we're worried about the Russians spying on us?

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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

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SNAFU

This is the USA, these are large corporations, the law doesn't apply here. Essentially (and this has been the case for many years, Trump is only trying to make it even easier) if you are a large corporation, with the power to offer favours to local politicians and civic leaders, then you can pretty much get away with anything.

Getting caught isn't a big deal, nobody goes to jail, the case is settled without anyone admitting responsibility and a small fine is paid.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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It only gets worse

I'm starting to think that it's so bad over here that if Travis Kalanick were to run for President of the United States things would actually improve and everyone would be happy again.

What a friggin' train wreck.

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Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

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This is a new idea?

I discussed this method with a programmer during a plane ride from Melbourne to Perth in the 90's - it was a new idea then. I guess I know where he's working these days.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: The Liberals...

Clearly this poster will be blaming Hillary for the hacking with the cry that if she'd been locked up as Trump demanded then none of this would have happened. All those RNC voter details, they came from Hillary's mail server.

An entire country of Idiots, who would have thought it could happen...

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Re: re steal £66,000

Dear Bank,

Take advantage of our Special Offer this week only - a complete security scan of your Bank for only £100k guaranteed to discover security holes.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: Yes, a social media ban is just too wide-ranging these days.

Since when was Linkedin social media? I guess if you ban people from "social media" all that's left is anti-social media like stormfront - this could explain a lot of the NC news that we read about.

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But what about Bank Robbers?

Why are Bank Robbers still allowed to have bank accounts and use money? Shouldn't North Carolina ban this too - the logic looks good to me.

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: Hillary

You think the FBI will investigate this too?

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Re: Data mining?

" the real voter fraud in the US" - is that fact that you always have to vote for the lesser of two evils.

The best way to swing an election in the US is to simply remove people from the voting rolls based on ethnicity and voting history - the RNC have been doing this for years in many states using the type of information that this database contained.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: Stupid but?

In the USA, color (sic) has everything to do with it - we just pretend that it doesn't.

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Re: 6 months away at most

"She'll probably be out in 6 months or so for one reason or another..." - No, you do the whole time for killing men, had the gender roles been reversed you'd probably be correct.

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Re: Evil Bitch

"I wonder if 20 years will change her for the better?"

Everyone I know who's spent time in jail come out with a much better knowledge of how to stay out of jail while continuing their criminal behavior. One mate went to jail for a couple of ounces of weed and came out with a list of wholesalers and contacts for distribution. He's happily retired now.

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Re: Stupid but?

I'd agree with all your points and I have sympathy with the downvotes that I'm getting but what good is twenty years in jail going to do? They were both sick and neither one was getting the medical attention that they needed - but then this is the USA so nobody cares until you kill someone.

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Stupid but?

Looks to me like this was two sick people interacting - this is rarely going to work out well but did it rise to the level of manslaughter? This is the USA ... would the verdict have been the same if the positions had been reversed and the boyfriend had talked his girlfriend into it, or if the two weren't both white?

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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cloudy snake oil

This is the world we live in these days - the carpetbaggers turn up exactly like this, selling the same old snake oil with a shiny new mobile app in the cloud guaranteeing 99.999999999% availability 75% of the time with exceptions for third-party incidents - e.g. when the office cleaner plugs his e-cig charger into the server USB port and fries the entire system (hello B.A..)

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Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood

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Re: Not crisis enough yet.

Given the numbers of systems out there, if we're down to only millions of unsecured systems then we're doing quite well.

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Jailed fraudster admits running same cold-caller con from behind bars

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Hard work pays off

Clearly, had the lad been better connected, he could have been doing this sort of work legitimately for a banking or stock broker enterprise - I'm off to see my pension and retirement advisors in a day or two for the annual "review" and the difference between them and this lad is very small. Except they invest my money legitimately, it's just my bad luck that makes them wealthy.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Re: Astonishing lack of robustness

It doesn't even require a drone - in the original Italian Job, the lad just threw a bicycle into the substation ... how times have changed.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Conservatives + DUP = IRA?

So it's all about keeping North Ireland separate again - this does not look good for the future since the DUP are going to be able to twist May's arm on any policy involving Ireland. Brexit + DUP guarantees a return to a hard border again.

This is not going to end well.

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Re: Interesting use of statistics... "lies, damned lies and statistics"

That's the conventional theory - homo sapiens arrived ate all the large animals and then decided to switch to a healthy vegetarian diet once they had eaten all the meat. The problem is that there's no evidence to support it - homo sapiens was around for tens of thousands of years prior to the extinction and then, in one year, ate everything?

Fact is, nobody actually knows why, it's just a guess.

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Re: Interesting use of statistics...

A meteor strike? No way, that'll never happen but we going to keep buying lottery tickets. We only believe statistic when it suits us.

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Re: Interesting use of statistics... "lies, damned lies and statistics"

The Quaternary extinction event was quite recent and while there are meany theories (including a comet strike), nobody actually knows why, approximately 11,000 years ago every large animals went extinct across North America.

We know that we have had very large meteor impacts in the past but for some reason we don't believe that it could ever happen again.

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Infosec guru Schneier: Govts WILL intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

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Re: Liability

We have met the enemy and it's us - we're the ones demanding cheap webcams, we're the ones buying the cheapest and not bothering to look at the standards that it is supposed to comply.

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Re: Regulation

And the IoT manufacturers will just print the FCC, CSA, CE marks on the equipment to sell them, and once sold they will run. Go look at cheap network gear and other electronics - a good 20% doesn't even try to comply with the regulations these days.

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Re: Others problems first

You can hope that consumer routers will fix the problem but that's not going to happen - it could happen at the ISP level but that would require a policy that strictly limits the consumer traffic to only permitted packets and destinations. And that requires inspection... and you can guess how popular that will be.

Basically, the problem's not solvable with the current state of networking. At some point in the future we will need to rip everything up and start again.

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Golden handshakes of almost half a million at Wikimedia Foundation

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High School Math question

If an executives base compensation is $342,050 - then how are they paid to take a crap during working hours? Show your working.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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That's why I use a credit card

I used a credit card to pay a hotel bill in Australia some years ago, when I got back home we received a statement from Amex indicating that I had ordered $20k of commercial UPS's from the US, and paid airfreight charges to ship them to Singapore. I called Amex, had a 10 minute conversation with them and have never heard another thing about - the charge disappeared.

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Re: never use a debit card for credit ?

Some people don't want to inadvertently get into debt... but that worked so well in this example didn't it?

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

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But is this News?

I think that anyone who's looks at the issues here would have assumed a long time ago that the information in the report was accurate - certainly the electoral systems in the US were penetrated but so far no one has come up with any convincing proof that the results were compromised. At this point is seems that we simply don't know although, from what we do know (and this reports demonstrates) is that they certainly could have been changed.

Let's face it, if you can jackpot an ATM, is electronic voting a real challenge?

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Just go to the source

It's way past time to go after the paymasters of ISIS and radical Islam - the Saudi's ...

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The yanks are drunk texting again.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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This was Feynman's point - the managers were generating the numbers that they wanted, not the numbers they needed - reality is a bitch and it always bites eventually. You can learn a lot by taking Feynman's approach to calculations.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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There are two types of people in this business

Those who have lost vital data, and those who are going to - this is what I tell everyone working for me.

I think, if we're honest, we've all been there at one time or another - I know I have.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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The problem is Google, Fabebook et al.

The real issue here is the way that Google, Facebook and the like show you the news that they think you want to see, this needs to be banned outright. We are all being manipulated by the advertising strategy of giving the customer what they want ... search for "cat proof sofa" and it pops up everywhere in the news feed and stories.

This is harmless but when you start talking a walk on the less stable side of life, the Internet reinforces these things and that's what we have to stop. It's like going into the toilet with a newspaper to read while you have a crap, and just because Facebook knows you are heterosexual, single, under 30 and a five figure income, you like animals but don't have a pet, you own a house, a new car and an Uber account, the news becomes all about sexy single women, living close to you with with a pet cat named Robert who likes to ride in a car.

The same algorithm will happily serve up extremist views and stories of other madmen - we need to say NO to manipulation by the Internet. The Internet is not the problem - it's the companies that manipulate us that are being evil while they try to sell us soap.

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Re: Book stores.

The sums. They don't add up.

The sums never add up with politicians because their numbers are all based on getting reelected and staying in power. How can you tell if a politician is lying ... their lips are moving.

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Re: "Does the idiot woman realize how bloody stupid she sounds?"

Some years ago, in the days before the Internet, I was told that the police had visited the company that I worked for and we were all advised to take a different route to work each day - no problem, if fact I still vary my routes to and from work (it makes life interesting) although I never figured out why driving different routes helped when the end-points never changed.

Most of the "advice" from the authorities is for public consumption to calm everyone and give the impression that "something" is being done - if seems that the authorities never bother to put themselves in the terrorists shoes and think how to get around the new laws and regulations. It's never very difficult.

If the end it's society that has to change - hate and discrimination, on all sides, has to be eliminated - it's no good just suppressing it or pretending that it doesn't exist - America proves that doesn't work.

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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Vultures

The CEO's at IBM, HPE, and Yahoo are all doing an excellent job - at extracting large sums of money from a sinking ship - it used to be called looting but these days it's standard operating procedure. The common thread is that these company's care nothing for their workers or the shareholders - and once the last dollar is plucked from the carcass, they will move on to the next.

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