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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Happy

When I was a kid, about 13-14, I got my start in electronics at the local radio club and I can still remember when a guy working on an audio amplifier screwed something up driving a dummy load, the EL34s all started glowing bright blue and we were all standing around looking at them when the power supply went TITSUP and a couple of 300V electrolyte caps turned into steam and confetti - YEH!

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Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

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I bet her wages were lower than her boyfriends would have been if he had her position.

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Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

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We just got AT&T fiber!

I had a conversation with an AT&T rep earlier this week - they are installing fiber in our area and will upgrade us from our cable internet (70/10mbs for $100/month) to fiber ... sounded great until they told me the spec and price .... (10/10mbs for $400/month with a 2 year contract)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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2018 - the beginning of the end?

Looking at the first weeks crop of crap, I wonder if this could finally be the year that the idea of desktop computers finally dies? I don't see any sign that it's going to get better ...

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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So let's start scanning ...

Given that the MyCloud devices prompt the users throughout the installation to install cloud access I expect that there's a lot of data out there for the taking. For a lot of casual users, even if they don't use the cloud features, it may well have boon turned on when it was installed.

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Re: WD firmware version

The current version on my box is v04.05.00-320 which has the backdoor - I just logged in. I am disabling all external access to the device but that still leave it wide open on the LAN.

Goodbye "cloud" I'm done with you.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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What's the hit rate?

It would be interesting to know how often inspected devices actually turns anything up? Personally I always travel with a clean laptop and a burner phone - although I'm more concerned with theft and accidental damage than the CBP.

If you have a mind to meddle in anything that might raise flags it would be much better stored on a server somewhere else and just accessed when necessary via public Wi-Fi. So essentially the only people CBP are likely to catch in their net are amateurs.

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Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

My money's on NSA/GCHQ already having a vector to replace the patch with code that enables the bug again but reports that the patch is in place ... if I was in their business I'd work on the assumption that every tailored access would be discovered and I'd have a "fix" ready to go.

Note that everyone is treating this as a "bug" and not a design feature ...

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How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

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Don't blink

This is simple, there's a energy differential here and free food (cpu cycles) for the taking - this is just the positive side of Darwinism in action, evolving to feed ... look on the bright side, it's not like the coffee shops have Weeping Angels serving the coffee.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Let's fund C0 CKUP for him and force him to use it.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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Kill them all

Let's face it - we all knew that software patents were a bad idea and if this doesn't drive a final nail into the coffin then we're all done for as a civilization. What isn't patent-able? ... Maybe taking a crap, so long as I don't use an app to post the results on Facebook?

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Meanwhile, back in the USA

I'm guessing that they will be banning Intel from government computers soon?

I'm checking the back room, I think I still have a few sticks of Z80's in the cupboard - this might be the time to put them on e-bay as "secure processors"

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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Next up?

This filter needs to be banned from a moving vehicle too? We can't be encouraging 18+ year old kids to drink and drive ...

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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The unnamed company

Possibly the unnamed company will release their version of the product soon - looks to me like Otto got taken for a ride by a VC.

As far as the lock goes - rich people love gadgets so why not sell them to them?

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

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He's a local US citizen collecting the cash and then transferring it to Nigeria.

I have to say that I'm impressed that this scam seems to still be effective - I got my first one of this via mail back in the early 90's and it's still running!

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Hmmm...

It seems to be an architectural bug from what I'm seeing - probably related to the need for speed being the highest priority for marketing while security takes a back seat. We never worried about "security" in the old days of processor design, we were far more worried about incorrect access causing a crash and that took priority - with the result that modern security issues were mostly nonexistent.

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Re: Hmmm...

Looks like the bug doesn't affect the J11 on my PDP 11/23 so I guess I'm OK.

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Best "kill switch" story ever ... (1953)

"overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out." - "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke ...

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Weed wish you a merry Christmas: Pot-toting OAPs tell cops 30kg stash is for pressies

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Pure coincidence?

"when they pulled over the pair's pickup truck for driving over the centre line and failing to indicate" - now how many time do you see the cops do this and not find drugs?

My guess is that they had emailed, texted or made a phone call to say that Santa was on his way.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Bowie beat them to it ...

We're painting our faces and dressing in thoughts from the skies, from paradise

But they think that we're holding a secretive ball

Won't someone invite them. they're just taller children that's all, after all

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Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins

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The odd thing about Hindu mythology is that it describes so many concepts about the universe that we've only just figured out in the west. Go figure ...

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Missed opportunity bingo: IBM's wasted years and the $92bn cash splurge

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Maths anyone?

This strategy is probably going to catch on with other US companies. By lowering their "profits" and moving income to a smaller number of shareholders by repurchasing their shares, IBM have drastically reduced their tax bills and paid their owners (the remaining shareholders) a lot more money.

It would be interesting to know what proportion of the remaining IBM shares are owned by entities in Bermuda, Panama, Channel Islands, and the Isle of Wight.

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

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It's the standard 'merican business model ... I think they cover this at the Harvard Business School 101 level courses.

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Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts

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When you regularly use many different browsers (I do) it's useful if the design is reasonably stable so that I know which browser I'm using without have to think about it. I have Firefox set up with noscript as my "safe" browser, Chrome for when I need to use Google Services (and only then), IE for generic news sites (locked down and delete all cookies on restarrt) etc etc.

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Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: Changes nothing

No, they are fully obeying the law - but you don't have clearance to know anything about it. The law is classified so I can't show it to you.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Well...

After he changed it to MTWTF he was fired. After Tuesday the week said WTF?

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Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

When I started work it was "A Long Weight"

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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Re: How many misroutings went through the USA or UK?

That would be too easy ... if Langley was doing it professionally you'd never know it, come to think of it you'd probably see a Russian IP address instead of Langley's...

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Also...

You think it might handle 10mbs?

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US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments

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It's a bubble?

" promises of enormous and rapid returns often prove too good to be true " - are we talking about bitcoin or the Republican tax plan here? It seems to be that they are both based on wishful thinking.

As far as btc go, I've recouped my original investment so I'm off to the pub.

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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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Re: If it's a bubble, someone blowing really hard

You can disagree with me all you like, I'm banking $800 every two weeks at the moment from my miners - Christmas is paid for already.

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If it's a bubble, someone blowing really hard

It's easy to say it's a bubble when you don't know anything but the predictions earlier this year of it hitting $20k by next year are starting to look prescient. The thing is, if it were a bubble then you'd see the price going up without any serious support behind it ... but look at the hash rate on some of the larger mining pools - it's going through the roof. The hash rate is based on people investing in the hardware that supports bitcoin ...

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: If you think that is stupid

The code word is "Queen of Diamonds"

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

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Re: History

The US is exceptional ... just not in a good way now. Trump was the iceberg and the Republican party is the ship of state ... we're hearing a grinding noise down low these days and I have the feeling that it's going to be a lot worse for a long time before there is any chance of improvement.

Meanwhile Britain has Brexit ... you're just lucky that it was just a practice run to test out the methods for the American election.

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Re: Anyone else? BB? BB?

Bob is just one of "A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Fix Brexit

It's easy to fix Brexit and solve the border issues, give Northern Ireland back to the Irish (this will make more people happy than unhappy), give Gibraltar back to Spain (ditto), give Scotland Independence (rebuild Hadrian's Wall as a tourist attraction) - see, that was easy - we're left with Wales...

"It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for Wales, Richard?" ... OK so we're not the UK any longer, but everyone's happy except the Welsh.

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Former US State Department cyber man: We didn’t see the Russian threat coming

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Re: nice words

The USA lost the battle before we even knew we were being attacked ... it's kinda (sadly) amusing watching Putin's sock puppet trying to keep him happy ...

On the plus side - nobody wins all the time and it will be fun to watch the Trump and the Republican party commit Seppuku in four years time.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Re: Unintended consequences?

It sounds like TECHEXIT to me ... I'm sure that after negotiating for two years, nothing will change.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

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Easy to fix this

We'll just put the data on AWS and run an analysis .... Oh, security? Oh, we'll get around to that but we need the analysis now ...

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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AI can take a running jump

The wife watches on-line and moans about the Ad breaks - me? I watch my old DVD's and last night I watched my favorite Christmas Movie again ... Brazil ... it's stunning how much it represents Trump's America.

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Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps

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Re: Renting a car Paul...

More like screwing a goat in my experience ... you return it to its owner after a day or two and hope nothing nasty happens to you (or your wallet).

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Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

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You can tell we're screwed up

The simple fact that the authorities thought that this might be a case tells you a lot about how they think in the South.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Chicken cannon

The last time I had anything to do with this they were firing the chickens into the engine at full thrust - a successful test spat out chicken curry (or a close approximation) at the other end. The average aircraft is in far more danger from Li batteries in the hold than drones.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Enigma

"credit where credit is due" - it was teamwork, a great many people worked on it and never sought any recognition - I knew a school master many years ago who worked on the project. But that was all he ever said about it ... on the other hand, he did the crossword every morning and never wrote down anything - just did the whole thing in his head. Needless to say - as kids, we were beyond impressed.

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Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

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Putin approved method

All we have to do now is hack the scanners.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Re: Pho no!

a good replacement for Kaspersky

Diagonal cutters - yes, I'm serious if you are working with tailored access.

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Oh I don't know, I moved house once and left a shoe-box in the attic - when I went back to retrieve it I found that the new occupants had already found the contents and were tearing up the cards to use for roaches - it was good stuff they had, so I said the heck with it and bought an ounce, went home and forgot all about the problem.

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No, he's definitely not a moron - they don't employ morons in the NSA. He's a most likely a highly talented professional who was so focused on what he was doing that he forgot what everyone else was doing. I see this a lot - very bright people who have such a blinkered view of life that they (and me too sometimes) make stupid mistakes.

This was obvious in hindsight ... come to think of it, I'll put that on my tombstone.

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