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Revealed: Numbers show extent of security fears about security biz Kaspersky Lab

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Re: It's not just Kaspersky

There never will be any solid evidence - given the way that AV software works I doubt that any state actor would leave any crumbs of evidence - in many cases all the AV software would have to do is "fail" to detect an approved Trojan arriving via some method. It would be hard to "detect" that.

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It's not just Kaspersky

These days it would be surprising if the Russians didn't have their fingers in the Kaspersky AV but let's be realistic here - the chances are very good that Uncle Sam has his fingers in American AV products too. It's all about surveillance and trust ... not quite an oxymoron but it's getting close.

Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude

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Re: The royal WEEE ???

"Oh really? Who's "we"?"

It's all of us and it was you too in the days before you seriously looked at security and examine the methods of hijacking a processor. We've been putting performance over security for years - the issue is endemic - sure we're talking about processor cores today, but the same structural failing exists in the Internet, in Politics, in Society, our Military, Brexit, Remain, the EU, etc etc etc etc etc...

We're living in the B Ark when we spend more money annually on pet grooming than research into carbon-free energy.

Windows Subsystem for Linux adds pop to release, SAC-T sacked, crypto-jacking apps: It's Microsoft's week

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Crypto mning is not optional tomorrow?

It seems that everything can be hijacked these days - Windows is easy of course and now, with Javascrypt slime it looks like open source code is going the same way. Maybe it's time to bin all the current operating systems and build a new one from scratch with safety first? Otherwise the future does not look good ...

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way

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Re: Dark matter/Dark energy

There's a chance that it might help that theory - certainly it's interesting, I wonder if the stream of stars is a result of a collision with another galactic cluster some 5-6 billion years ago? A collision that might have lead to the formation of our solar system.

I think it's fascinating that we know so much about the universe these days compared to when I was a kid and it's a safe bet that when our kids are heading into retirement, they will be saying the same things about us.

The algorithms! They're manipulating all of us! reckon human rights bods Council of Europe

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Re: Ha

And what do our government ministers think about business? "Fuck business" is the current view isn't it?

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Re: Ha

"Politicians can be outvoted" - but so what, it doen't make any difference these days does it? They just keep steaming along and planning vacations. Once upon a time, if the ruling party lost a vote in Parliament then we had a general election but not any longer, they just say "ops" and try again, and again, and again. You really don't need to bother about making an effort any longer.

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It's been going on for a long time

The Brexit vote was a classic example of very sophisticated micro-targeting techniques - sure, the bus with the Big Lie was driving around the country and there was quite a lot of financial shenanigans running money around under the table but voters opinions were being manipulated all over the place by Facebook and virtually every media platform. Being "neutral" and reporting lies as if they are just alternative views of facts in an attempt to make it look like the reporting is fair, means that virtually everyone is guilty.

It's not going to be an easy thing to fix, 50% of the evil is the crime, 25% is the criminal, and 25% is the people standing around watching and doing nothing.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Hmmm...

A significant part of the vinyl revival is that people are digging out their old stereo systems with decent speakers, well separated in a room and driven by a plain clean amplifier - and it sounds so much better than just listening to a pair of crappy earphones.

As for CD's being better than LP's - no frigging way. You can't roll a decent joint on a CD cover - you need the workspace that an LP cover provides.

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Re: MiniDisk? Bah!

I recently ripped a few of my old shellac 78's (parents and grandparents collection) using a new USB turntable and Audacity - no problems at all and most of them sound great. One of the interesting things about the physical 78 format is that it's a lot more rugged than 45's and 33's.

US man and Brit teen convict indicted over school bomb threat spree

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Who/what created these people?

They are just one or two in a crowd of criminal idiots that we see around the place these days ... where did they come from? What makes people think that they can get away with this kind of stupidity? I think that our education system and society are to blame - education is just about "passing tests and making the grade" these days, morals, right, and wrong play no part in it while society thinks that Austerity is a blessing and will provide a huge bonus without causing any harm. The British ruling class had the same basic education and training as the criminals - we're just getting what we paid for.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Love it

And a marmalade sandwich

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Sumptuous pro PC that gets a tad warm

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Re: Terrible customer service

Unfortunately all true - in IBM's hands they were wonderful machines that outclassed everything else but these days they are just junk. Sadface because I recently had to junk my T40.

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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Re: Cloud fraud

When you are poor you are always worried about where you next meal is coming from, when you are rich you are always worried about where your next million is coming from.

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Re: Reap What You Sew

Windows 95 was actually pretty well architected and built as well and, at the time I used it - but I would not touch Oracle with a ten foot long turd. Smoking crack is far less addictive and does you less harm.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Re: Clangers...

Love that! I still love watching The Clangers - I have the DVD!

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Sounds like a nice boost for hard drive sales.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: I think that viewing terrorist propaganda is good

impressionable minds from being led astray and do things to harm people oh, dear - are you referring to the ERG?

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Re: 1984

on the other hand he wrote her textbook. - sure, but that wouldn't help him, he'd still have to leave.

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Re: 1984

Technically English, although these days May would have probably sent him back to India where he was born because he didn't have Leave to Remain and wrote things that annoy her.

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Goodbye Youtube?

There's quite a lot of stuff on Youtube that's legal to view in the US but would fall into this hole in the UK - I will not go into the details to avoid incriminating anyone who reads this comment.

Former DXC Technology veep accuses 'toxic' CEO Lawrie of bullying staff in lawsuit

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Nobody "earns" $20M

It's really just daylight robbery with the rest of the management team grabbing their "share" - let's face it, these days in the corporate world if you are not on the manglement team (sic) then you are just grass in the field for the sheep to eat.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Big uptick in infections recently

I clear out the filters on our mail server every day ... we're not a big company but recently I've seen increasing login attempts, every couple of seconds someone somewhere in the world attempts to login in, and we are getting a lot more viruses and trojan deliveries since the start of the year.

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Sales Dept Memo

"Get manufacturing to release a new round of patches, it will boost sales of the new version that we're releasing soon." Yes, it's time to upgrade to the new version .... yet again.

Everyone runs around wringing their hands about the latest round of patches but nobody asks how come the code is so damn buggy to start with? The next version will not be any better. We were saying this back 20+ years ago, "If Architects designed buildings the way that Programmers write code, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."

First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

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Re: Blackface?

It's just America chewing its own backside - they are just nuts these days ...

Earth's noggin took quite a clockin' back in the day: Now a second meteorite crater spotted under Greenland ice

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Re: The cratered Earth

how many craters have yet to be discovered ... they've been recycled - the late heavy bombardment peppered the planet quite thoroughly but in 3-4 billion years since then most of the crust has been recycled except for a few places like Greenland.

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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I started writing 8080 code and getting my hands on Z80's was a big improvement ..."Exxon essentially choked us with money" sounds about right, the Z8000 and siblings had more power and complexity but were not as easy to work with. Intel stayed far more focused of usability than Zilog.

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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617M real account details?

Watching the spam emails at the mail server I find that less that 1% of the incoming spam is using valid addresses - the vast majority of incoming mail has completely fake addresses - email addresses that have never existed. I suspect that's going to be the case here too, the vast majority of these "account details" are probably fakes generated, and inserted into the database, to make it look big and saleable.

Never mind that naked selfie scandal... Brazil lights the, er, kindling, dot-Amazon saga roars back into life

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I love these new TLD's

It makes blocking spam so much easier - I just blacklist the entire TLD at the mail server with a spam-assassin score of 50.

Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

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Follow the money

They setup a company, annoy and hassle a couple of million people, breaking the law and what happens? They get fined and shut down ... and the fine goes where? Not to the people who had to put up with the hassle. Essentially they formed a business that generated money for the government so the chances of anyone jumping on them for starting up again are small ... they will start again, stash their profits under the mattress, get caught, get fined and it all starts again.

Accused hacker Lauri Love tries to retrieve Fujitsu lappie and other gear from Britain's FBI in court

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Re: "Britain's FBI"

It works all ways - Brits always run into problems over here because they don't realize that American states (and counties within states) have different laws, let alone law agencies. What's legal on one side of the road and get you busted on the other side.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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IT Angle

Slow News Week?

El Reg - I got to hand it to you, you manage to get an IT angle into everything! Amazon shopping fill all holes.

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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Potato Rule doesn't apply

It's just a pile of rubble, things need to be a lot larger before gravity rounds it all up - it would have been really strange if it had been round.

Alleged SIM swapping crypto-crooks cuffed, iOS app snooping, ad-fraud botnets, and more

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Are Internet users part of a "Criminal Enterpise"?

While I've been a firm supporter of free access for all to the Internet for years, I'm starting to think that it's a lot like frying bacon in the nude these days. Yum, nice crispy bacon, oh damn another spot of hot oil just landed!

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Re: "Is it worse to have a 0.01% chance of the kids watch being hacked"

but it must exist in a safe form - and the chances of that happening reliably are vanishingly small. You are far better off teaching your kids about the risks of the world and that most of the time it's easy to avoid them ... when I was a kid I would take off after breakfast and be all over the countryside until late afternoon ... than I'd return home and wait for my mum to walk me across the main road. My parents never knew where I was - on vacation I'd climb cliffs, run parkour-like in the 60's over all sorts of places - it scares me now to know what I did but as a kid I didn't care, I just knew not to break a leg when the tide was coming in. Kids are a lot smarter than adults.

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Re: "But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

Has anyone ever built something that can not be hacked? Let's return to hourglasses .... oh wait, someone heated it and pulled it a little and the hourglass is running slow - it's been hacked!

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Re: "regular" people wouldn't be able to do it, and if they did, it didn't really matter.

Sure, but is this actually happening? Yes it's a problem but what's the actual immediate risk here? Is it worse to have a 0.01% chance of the kids watch being hacked or a 0.01% chance to the kid getting lost in the wild woods? Are the risks even this balanced?

Personally I think any parent would be dumb to rely on technology to maintain a kids safety but given that the parents almost always know where the kid is and the chance of the watch being hacked is quite small then this is just another bit of shouty internet junk.

Life is a risk ... get used to it.

German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

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Re: "Facebook's position is that once they have the data, it's their data"

Exactly - this is the way the world works these days - They all say, "We will DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS" ... but they make sure that your rights are always compromised in the small print to generate a few billion in their pockets. I'm starting to suspect that Google, Facebook et al will be all standing together against the wall when the revolution comes.

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It's mine, mine, mine!

Facebook's position is that once they have the data, it's their data, not your data - you have no rights to their data.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Re: Representing himself

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Re: Google news aggregation

No - Google shows you what it thinks will benefit their advertising revenue - OK so this is politically neutral but you're only seeing what they want you to see.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: 10203

Supercalc please ... I once ran an entire corporate accounting system (including state tax calculations) on Supercalc .... then they "upgraded" to Quickbooks which crashes every January and tell you that it can be fixed by buying the current version.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: "it would have been inconceivable that one may need to switch off or restart a device"

I run a Windows 95 system for compatibility testing and maintenance - it's notable that it boots up as fast as the W10 system but shuts down cleanly way faster. And in general operation, running applications, the 486DX system is not much slower than the W10 i5 boxes.

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Re: Redmond

Don't worry about the mud, when the Cascadia fault pops off, everything in Washington State will be scrubbed clean.

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

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Re: Confused

Everyone I know is using Python in biomechanics data analysis - a lot of old code has been rewriten ... I must admit I'd forgotten that it was once used for web sites.

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Re: El Reg interview time?

It sounds like the registry is completely automatic, needing no maintenance and just sends him a cheque every few months ... and it shut down because a bill didn't get paid or some certificate expired etc etc. It would be a good story for El Reg.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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Since they are watching "social" media ...

How will this "no border" idea work with all the laws that NI insist they have in defiance of the laws in Ireland and the rest of the UK? We'd probably see more NI citizens arrested for considering an abortion than for smuggling anything. "You can't have any borders but we're going to keep our borders."

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Re: WTF?

In Ireland you can already get into trouble for posting a picture in social media with a vehicle license plate number visible.

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Re: Technological Solutions

Is being signed up as an El Reg commentard going to count in Fujitsu's eyes? Darn it, we're all in trouble - no more Irish vacations and maybe we'd better stay away from Gibraltar too.

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Re: Definition of "hard border"

And we all know how well that worked out don't we ... if we get a hard border then all the pubs in Birmingham will close ... no customers any more.

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