* Posts by Version 1.0

2369 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: "no redundancy in the internet link"

"Complete, utter and total project management failure." - but this is exactly how business works these days. Expect a big bonuses all round at the end of the year.

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How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

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Tell me this isn't happening!

JOKE - LOL - it's the Internet - everything is public and can be intercepted ... /JOKE

Seriously, anyone who thinks that anything you do is private has their head in the sand. Sure, we can encrypt ... but are you certain that someone out there can't decrypt?

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Re: This just underscores that patents are crap

The value of a patent is not to protect innovation, it's simple to have a piece of paper to wave at the VC when they want to invest in the company. Patents aren't crap, but they have no real function.

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The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention

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Re: "how about some positive, helpful, suggestions, instead?"

I think that banning Advertising (and I mean a COMPLETE ban) would improve things immensely - it would strip the financial rewards away from collating all the data. Look around you at all the "new products" ... it's all mostly crap sold by shiny advertising.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Welcome to America

This is just going to continue - given that the country insists that it is every Americans right to walk around armed to the teeth (Stephen Paddock was doing nothing wrong until he started shooting, it was all legal up to that point) then the only way to enforce every Americans right to bear guns is going to be to search everyone, all the time. You see it more and more - land of the free indeed.

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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

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Re: Facebook is a Fraud

"Doesn't help users though, as its a win for Google." - so you think Google's numbers are accurate? Face it, Internet advertising is all about lying about the numbers ... which is not that surprising because advertising is mostly lying these days anyway.

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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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Hack yes, I'd hire him.

For years our internet security was run by a company that was founded by a group of hackers at the local university. We've never been hacked and they taught me a lot - hackers aren't all bad.

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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

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Kill them all - it's time to admit that cookies are causing the death of the reason that we use the Internet. Cookies are just another way of giving your PC VD.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: Cushy job

Don't forget the trips to visit all the EU countries too - swimsuit and sunscreen? Put them on expenses.

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: Give it a couple of million years

10,000 years of corporations getting rich by selling us crap that makes them money and us sick? Icon? I'm checking for some cash to go and get breakfast ... a bowl of granola with a extra dash of Roundup please, and some milk with bovine somatotropin too while I read the FT and see how my shares are doing - going up again, wonderful!

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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Going a bit overboard, El Reg

It's simple, speed sells, security doesn't. Sure, we all pretend that we care about it but when given a choice between shiny, fast, cheap or secure - nobody asks about security.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Voting needs to be Convenient, Accurate, and Fast ...

LOL, "optically scanned"? Just hack the optically scanners.

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Re: Important to note

And all of the states sell the voter list details (name, address, party affiliation, and which elections you voted in) to anyone for 1c per voter .

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Voting needs to be Convenient, Accurate, and Fast ...

Pick any two, you can not have all three.

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Re: Obligatory

"At first I hoped that such a technically unsound project would collapse but I soon realized it was doomed to success. Almost anything in software can be implemented, sold, and even used given enough determination. There is nothing a mere scientist can say that will stand against the flood of a hundred million dollars. But there is one quality that cannot be purchased in this way - and that is reliability. The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay." - C.A.R. Hoare

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Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum

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Safe until ...

A The new backup overwrites the old backup with new encrypted files.

B. Someone walks off with the tapes.

C. Those old tapes in the cupboard? They're old just throw them out.

D. The offsite server location caught fire?

There is no absolute safe backup - the best that you can do is run multiple backups via different methods and strategies. Remember, there are only two types of users out there, those who have lost data ... and those who are going to lose data.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Nobody saw this coming?

Come on - anyone with half a brain knew that they were doing this. The T&C always says "no we don't" on the first page and about page 69 it mentions that some data may be needed to debug, aid your support, etc etc ... and we all clicked OK on the first page.

This is the way the world works these days.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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TANSTAAFL ...

... yet again - the collective wisdom of years has been forgotten.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Pie is sweet

I haven't tried the Samsung and probably will not - I prefer the bog-standard Android without the vendors little added email/browser/data collection apps added. Yes - I know Google has its tentacles in the Android but I know where they are and can live with them without having the phone vendor continually trying to up-sell me with more crap. The new Pie release has its AI component and so far it seem to work well for my convenience.

It's just a handheld computer that occasionally receives junk phone calls as far as I'm concerned.

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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It's the money

Every rich person I've known has either been a metal 'uckup or is spending their life worried/scared that they are going to fall from grace with Mammon. Having too much money is like having too much dope, a little is nice and entertaining, but if you get too much you OD.

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Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

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Looks like they were chasing Hispanic victims - another side effect of current American immigration policies, if you are an immigrant and you get ripped off then you'll probably just keep quiet and not complain to the police. These days, in the US, they can kick you out if you've ever committed or been accused of a crime - speeding, littering etc.

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Android ain't done until Samsung won't run? 9.0 Pie borks Gear watch app

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Android an't done until version x.1

I generally stay away from anything that is version x.0 ... Version n.0 of anything means that marketing thinks it is salable and the developers will be able to fix the bugs eventually - in real life we don't fix them, we just move them somewhere less obvious and make them harder to find. Which is why my handle here is Version 1.0

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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Regulations?

Sure, we're heard of them ... they are just a list of things to walk around but they look nice posted on the wall. Kinda scary in detail which is why I always walk around them.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: Too Complicated to Ever Work

Add in crap LED headlights too - this is why I'm still driving and paying good money for maintenance on my 12 year old SUV - no frickin' software in it other than the music player and the emission defeat system...

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: "the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

When you look at the world today, you have to ask yourself if adding more address space is actually a good idea ... who really benefits? Facebook I guess, and GCHQ, NSA, the great China Firewall etc.

I don't really want to be a stick in the mud but the fact is IPv4 is working fine, as it was designed to be - many of those "problems" that IPv6 are supposed to "fix" are really advantages these days. I like the fact that NAT means I can kill a lot of external access at the firewall.

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Re: I see now

"an O/S with no bugs." .... that was CP/M which they upgraded to DOS and then MSDOS, it's now called Windows 10.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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4Tb ... of what?

Yes, we're needing more storage all the time ... but for what? it's all buffers and application/operating system caches ... mostly we're just storing more trash.

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Re: Ah, but

Luxury! Mine was about 14" in diameter and stored 5Mb ... which I read through a rolled up newspaper.

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Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA's bonfire of phone records

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This is going nowhere

It always does - every time this comes up they all trot out the same old arguments and at the end of the day everything goes back to where it was. ZZZzzzzzzz

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: This probably be like all those uncountable Android security holes

"Project Fear" again would be Project Refear ... now when I was younger (and they were cheaper) I use to love reefers ... these days I've moved to (icon).

Sure, there are security holes everywhere and I take note of them but I don't let them rule my life. There are only two types of security vulnerabilities, those you know about, and those you don't.

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Putting the ass in Atlassian: Helpdesk email server passwords blabbed to strangers

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Re: Logging Invalid Passwords

We killed the majority (about 90%) of our botnet login attempts by implementing a geo-location check when a login is attempted.

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Security?

Yea, we've heard of it - the CEO's wife's going on a security course next week in the Bahamas.

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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Re: Piriform was purchased by Avast

Kids these days have never heard of TANSTAAFL ... (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch).

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NSA's crummy crypto crop Suite B binned, and other network nuggets

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Is AES nobbled?

Probably not, given that the NSA recommend it and use it themselves ... but if you wanted to convince everyone that it was safe - then isn't that exactly what you would do?

Realistically, regardless of whether it's cracked or not, it's currently safe enough commercially assuming that you're not doing anything that the NSA might be interested in - and if you are playing around in areas that the NSA think are naughty then it would be a red flag to not use it so let's keep using it.

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Security world to hit Las Vegas for a week of hacking, cracking, fun

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DEFCON has always been fun - it should be interesting this year given that we have the mid-term elections in a couple of months in the US and you folks have BREXIT soon afterwards ...

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: How it works:-

They are simply shifting the money around, you reduce the tax bill by this little share maneuver and, at the same time, boost your share price - thus shifting the profits from taxable to non-taxable locations. "Amazon" doesn't make money ... it's the people who own the shares who make the money. That's the way the company is designed.

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Symantec culling 8% of workforce to soak up slow enterprise sales

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I like this idea

It's all going pear-shaped, let's start firing people. Now if we can just get the politicians to take a page from business and start laying themselves off ...

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Web doc iCliniq plugs leaky S3 bucket stuffed full of medical records

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Dear El Reg

I'm waiting for a story on a Cloud bucket that hasn't leaked data yet ... you think you'll ever post that?

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Sometimes violence is the only answer

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Just remember, violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. The rest of us don't wait until it's the only option. (an old ASR sig)

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Hack America Great Again

At least this is putting Americans back to work ...

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Alien IoT?

This could be some Alien lifeforms IoT security camera hijacked by .... well, Aliens?

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The wheel turns slowly, but it turns: Feds emit IoT security tip sheet

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Re: election swinging?

If "corporations" have the same rights as people in the USA, then why not your fridge and security cameras? Fridges have rights too, if they are made in the USA then they should be able to vote ... of course they will be arresting those Mexican and Chinese made fridges that vote illegally.

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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It's not the problem

This story is about the symptoms, not the problem. We can tack up the holes, increase security but the fact is we have a significant number of people in the world now who are basically out to screw anyone and don't care who they walk over to get what they want. Social Responsibility has disappeared, who does anything for the common good any longer?

This is why we have politicians like May, Corbyn, Trump, Putin, Clinton etc, they are all in it for themselves and the bottom of the bucket is just scrambling around for the crumbs. Nobody cares about the world - the only thing that can fix this is a really good pandemic. Me? I don't give a top ten hit, I'm off to the pub.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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1Tb of storage ... what would I store if I had 2Tb?

Lots more data ...date of birth, contact information, criminal conviction information, ethnicity, medical information, religion, login information, signature, tax information, insurance information, informal reference, national insurance number, passport information, social security number, visa/travel information, CV / resume, driver’s license/vehicle identification information, seafarer information, bank account information, payment card information, financial information, address information and/or information concerning minors...

OK, so having plenty of storage is nice but it's a big potential security hole too - it would be interesting to see just how many of these "easy to create" free accounts are being abused to sling information around.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Think about it

If I was running that campaign, I'd setup a lot of accounts with different configurations and the expectation that a number of them would be discovered so that I could observe what characteristics were giving the game away ... so will Facebook try harder now? Or will they declare that they have saved the nation and take the summer off?

17 accounts? I'd look at what were the common factors and eliminate them from all other accounts and start creating new accounts.

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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Re: For how many years?

Our local newspaper doesn't allow us to read it because I installed an adblocker on every browser - the wife figured this out and turned it off. An hour later she calls me, "There a box on the screen saying that we're infected with 5,682 different viruses and it will cost $99 to clear them from the computer" - luckily she just panicked and pull the plug out of the wall so all I had to do was clear the cache and turn the adblocker back on when I got home.

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Re: How much does it all cost?

Chickens (customers) are for plucking ... customer satisfaction / service is irrelevant - the function of the customer is to make the company richer.

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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

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That Theme song ... that's The Chaps!

https://youtu.be/IWMDuRZBnnw

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: Dear ICANN,

I have no problem with new TLDs ... it makes my job on the mail server so much easier, I can just blacklist *.junk_tld domains and speed up the mail server by eliminating the junk TLDs from spam processing. Note, I've nothing against .islam or .halal, new TLDs are only be added to the junk_tld list when spam starts arriving.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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I think I still have the NT 4.0 kit - it's all on 3.5" floppy disks

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