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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: The hypocrisy is astonishing...

No, it's not "different" - they've been doing it for years, it's just that the politicians are suddenly caught by surprise when it's revealed that the "other side" has cottoned on to it and is doing the same thing. That's been well known too in the inner circles of organizations that have no names - it's just that nobody told their masters in the West. So now the public is aghast - the rest of us are yawning.

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The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

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A better solution?

How about everyone starts thoroughly testing code before it's released? Instead of rushing code out the door and telling everyone that it's now over twice as fast as six months ago, and built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology - wouldn't it make sense to be able to say that it's now more secure?

If the code is now twice as fast as it used to be, are you still checking inputs for buffer overflow?

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Old News

It's been well known (but ignored) for years that the agencies can legally target anyone who is in contact with a foreign national, or is associated with someone who is in contact with someone who is in contact with a foreign national.

I work with many people overseas and so I assume that they are reading my email (and this post) and also the emails from everyone that I contact ... in my line of business that's about 5,000 people.

But this came as a complete surprise to a certain politician in the US.

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Re: Wow

This article was heavy reading... read it when the wave comes through, it's a bit lighter then.

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Add to the list

Sounds like yet another cause of the wife's headaches, first it's flashing lights, then it's the weather (is it going to rain?), then it's the air pressure ... soon it will be ... "Sorry honey, not tonight, that gravitational wave has upset my stomach..."

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Faster? So what?

The 56 version was plenty fast enough, I don't see the new version as any better although the new layout is clearly chasing Chrome to the "mobile" end of the market ... if I really cared that much I'd use Chrome more.

I really only care about Faster, Slicker, Smoother, More Convenient when I take a shit.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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WTF?

I'm starting to think that the entire software world is written by idiots on opium. Clearly we're going to be patching forever - maybe we should consider retreating to FORTRAN, COBOL and Pascal - it couldn't be any worse ... to rephrase Dijkstra, "Programming Considered Harmful"

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Augmented reality: Like it or not, only Apple's ready for the data-vomit gush

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They make phones too?

I didn't realize Apple made phones ... I thought they are a tax accounting company.

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Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

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Publicity

If I was starting a service and needed the publicity, these days I'd set up a database with fake names and credit card numbers and leave it open to be discovered ... then just issue the usual disclaimer and equifax-like apologies (we fired the teddy-bear that ran IT) and it would be business as usual.

It's how the world works these days - there are no consequences any more.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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users can customise the precise trigger phrase...

Now if we could just do that with Google ... "Hey Shi'Thead, where's the nearest Loo?"

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: leave no tragedy unexploited

Wait until the Fake news starts circulating that these mass shootings are being staged by the government to persuade congress to enforce backdoors in iPhones.

I hesitate to even suggest this, but it's the USA - no idiotic story is too stupid for Facebook in America.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: A few comments...

So now write an app that takes the keyboard input and "standardizes" the key stream to remove the identifying characteristics - add an option to add typos at random. Every app that collects data, creates an opportunity to create an app that obscures the data.

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

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NoScript ?

Looks like noscript is a "legacy" add-on - I wonder if it will survive this?

Realistically, Firefox is a web browser - "faster" is not a big deal because everything is still bottle-necked at the pipe. Does faster just mean that we can all be pawned by some script run by an advert on YouTube faster now?

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Caveat emptor

Note that the general opinion seems to be that the code released is outdated and no longer in use - it's all been replaced. Some of these toys may look shiny and cause a few little problems but the real actors have all moved on.

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Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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Re: What is Google?

I find Private Eye's malgorithms sum up the how issue of computer driven news ... you can flowchart it, code it and test it and you'll continue the cycle until it's right, and then something new appears and it's wrong again...

The Google "News" page has only one useful function - testing if your internet connection is "live" and not displaying a cached copy. ... other than that, it's complete rubbish.

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Goggles

Google's search and ranking algorithms went to pot several years ago and have been accelerating downhill since. Once they made money by finding you useful information based on your search query and displaying adverts - now they make money by trying to sell you stuff. I don't go to the Internet for news, it's all crap.

I stopped trusting all news feed aggregators in the run up to the US election and now subscribe to newspapers that I trust, or at least have clear biases that can be seen - and thus filtered out, when I read their stories.

Fake News? Mass shootings? Biased news? Manipulated POV? It's all become the new normal in the US.

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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Simple accounting error

What happened is that they invoiced their customers to the tax that they should have been paying on their profits. Somebody referenced the wrong cell in a spreadsheet and applied the full tax, not the tax that they negotiated after passing the money through half a dozen virtual countries on the way to the bank.

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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So this wasn't Kim?

Think how much fun Kim Jong-un could have (or any other malactor) if they did this a little harder. We are a only an Level 3 outage away from empty shelves in Tesco, and hand-to-hand fighting over the last potato... (Thanks Della).

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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Voting Machines vs ATM

If a hacker can Jackpot an ATM, what hope is there for voting machines?

Here in the US the debate is running in tiny circles, there's no way that the Republicans will ever admit that they might have lost the election without Russian help.

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More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

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Sounds like someone I know ...

"More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant." - this sound like every boss I've ever worked for in my life.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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This tells us a lot

So ... just how much testing did the current release get?

Did the developers finalize the release and then take off for a long liquid lunch? After much discussion, about four in the afternoon, one of them called into the office and told the secretary to send the code over to production for release because they weren't going to be back today?

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

I'd check those £20 notes ... they may have been printed at home.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Re: Live by the sword, die by the sword

"Mr Putin is very disappointed in you"

No doubt why "V" took a lot of trouble to remove all traces of the intercept from the logs.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Re: Stop blaming the Russians...

I've been wondering about BigJohn ...

The fact is that our "open society" has past its "sell by" date. I don't mean that we should abandon it at all - but we have to stop the rot and secure Democracy. We are under attack ... our own technology is being used against us.

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Re: And here's one you may have missed

That's a very good story - Thank you, I've just passed it to everyone I work with!

It seems that we need to go back to payment by paper cheques - sure there are fraud risks there but the banking system is well versed in detecting them. It's starting to look like the entire financial system technology is effectively broken for day to day use. You can be as secure as possible, but when your client is hacked We're all screwed.

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Re: How is a mistake like this even possible?

Google's phones are going down the toilet ... once they were usable, sweet devices but since they started pushing the products up-market they have become crap - the latest update is screwing all the older models.

How long have we all been at this software game? And code security is getting WORSE EVERY FRICKIN' YEAR ... You would think, given the continual release of exploits and security hole discoveries that the programmers and companies involved would up their game - but instead code quality is going the other direction.

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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Re: All Apps Good?

It's not available on the Play Store ... but there's an app that developers can use to make sure that their apps get good ratings ... it's called ClickBot.

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Re: Yeah...

The store algorithm probably strips unprintable characters before it parses the strings.

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Re: 'two bytes at the end forming an invisible space'

Further evidence (not that any is needed) that our appetite for adverting will doom us as a race - let's just load up the Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B with anyone who has ever worked in Advertising.

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Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

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Do we need any more information?

Equifax deserves the commercial equivalent of the Usenet Death Penalty. It's that simple.

And anyone working with them or using their data should receive the same - it's the only way to be certain because nuking them from orbit is now just playing with the little rocket men.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Cull them all.

Culling doesn't work - what will work is a good recipe ... cockatoo cutlets, curried cockatoo, blackened cockatoo or similar ... humans get bored shooting and killing things eventually but they never get tired of a good meal.

Here in Louisiana we used to throw Red Drum back when we caught them as a trash fish ... and then Paul Prudhomme invented Blackened Redfish ... Red Drum is now on the endangered list...

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

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Digital Scamvertizing

I do not have a Facebook account - they turned me down when I applied in the early days because my real name wasn't a real name.

I do everything I can to avoid responding to any adverts on-line other than the occasional fat-fingered click. What's the return on digital advertising? It always seems to be that it's crap.

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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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Hardware vs Software

When I first go into this business, I was told on the first week that one good hardware engineer could keep ten programmers busy ... after a few months, as I moved over to code writing, I was told that one good programmer could keep ten hardware designers busy.

OK - it's been nearly 40 years at this game but I think both statements are true.

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Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

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Re: I love Fitbit

The neat thing about trackers for geeky folk like us is that it gives decent information about activity and calorie intake and output ... so right now I'm having a Newcastle Brown Ale (2:30pm) and not feeling even a little bit guilty - I'll go run a couple more miles in another hour.

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I love Fitbit

I bought one (Charge 2) to play with and wasn't expecting too much from it but it's been very reliable and is far more accurate than I expected ... I like playing with biomedical sensors (my day job too) and the combination of sensors and software in the Fitbit product seems excellent. There's always room for improvement of course but for a basic fitness tracker, it does a fine job. I just bought the internet connected bathroom scale too.

And no, I don't work for them of have any interest in the company - frankly I didn't expect it to work even half as well as it does.

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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Re: Remember how this got started?

The removal of the editors was fairly widely reported at the time .. here's a link to a story in The Grauniad

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Remember how this got started?

This happened after Facebook removed the human moderators from the News feed and replaced them with automation at the behest of the Alt-Right in the US ... who were then able to manipulate the news feed with help from Cambridge Analytics and other malevolent actors.

Bring back the human moderators and start taking responsibility for the corporate stance.

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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

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Who Cares?

If it was up to me, I'd shut the company down in the UK and forbid anyone to do business with them. If these companies face no real problems after loosing everyone's data why should they care? Shut them down and maybe the other companies will notice and start to care about security.

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Google remembers it has an air-fares API, takes the usual action

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I like this kind of behaviour ...

Could we persuade Google to buy the Republican party?

“How cool would it be if you could type "get my fat white ass elected" into Google and get not just a set of links but also sponsors, Putin's email address and a link to sites where you can actually create fake news quickly and easily?”

And then 5 years later ... OK, guys ... let's take a walk behind the woodshed...

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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ALGOL

ALGOL, I hates it still.

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Bring back Nexus!

Motorola Nexus 6 with wireless charging - they have not built anything better since.

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Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

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SaS

No big surprise, I always thought it would all end in tears.

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Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

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Nice boost for "Small Business"

So you completely escape the regulations is there's just the two of you with an account on the Cloud ... I can see how to organize my way right out of this, just spin off a little "division" as a separate entity, whole owned by another larger company.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Re: Modernise apps?

Has anyone checked to see if Microsoft are copyrighted the word "Modern"?

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Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

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Re: How do domain names expire?

Person who registered the domain has left or been fired and reminder notices goto their email address.

Why does this keep happening? There is no way that anyone with half a working brain cell uses a personal email address for significant notifications - you never use john.blogs@bigcompany.com for this - it should always go to domains@bigcompany.com which is aliased at the main server to whoever's employed to handle it.

Further evidence (if any was needed) that Dell is asleep at the wheel again ... or maybe just texting while admin'ing.

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Holy DUHK! Boffins name bug that could crack crypto wide open

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Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.

- John von Neumann, 1951

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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

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I alway lie

Every time I get a political phone call I always make up stuff and tell them whatever I feel like - certainly never the truth ... if it's a call from a real human being then I wink at the wife and she comes in with "Are you talking to that bitch again, I'm going to catch her and skin her ..." they usually end the call at that point and never call back ...

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Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Kill them all!

This is why I strip all Microsoft documents (and a great many other) attachment file-types at the mail server - the email is allowed through but the document is removed. It's a minor inconvenience as the users can go to another place and retrieve the complete email if they really need it but it makes everyone think before they open those malware gifts that arrive every day.

paymentdetails.docx = paymentdetails.pdf.js = paymentdetails.iso = paymentdetails.doc.html

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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Since it's yahoo, it would probably be simpler to look up the account on the list of pawned accounts.

Problem solved.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Mr Bell, your child is dead.

I rarely answer the phone these days if it's not a call from anyone that I know. In fact, I rarely use the phone. Spam calls have destroyed all trust in the phone services and the phone companies appear to have zero interest in fixing the problem. That's the problem with the world these days... everywhere it's "I made some money, now it's your problem"...

"Cat's foot, iron claw, neurosurgeons scream for more, at paranoia's poison door, 21st century schizoid man… "

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