* Posts by Version 1.0

1893 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Strange Mirai botnet brew blamed for powerful application layer attack

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Movie remake?

I'm waiting for the Hollywood remake of Independence Day where, instead of flying out to the alien spaceship and logging into their system via RS232, our hero launches a botnet to reprogram the IoT thermostats on the alien refrigerators causing them all to die of food poisoning.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Looks good!

<sarcasm> I would bet that with continuing progress like this, Windows 10 will be ready for release within the next few years </sarcasm>

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

No, No, No, ... It's "land of the fee, home of the slightly brave"

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Welcome to Trump.UK

Looking at the Brexit situation from the US, it seems that nobody in the UK has thought this out, words are one thing but this has unimaginable consequences that nobody wants to talk about. The whole vote was about borders - and the UK is a country without internal borders, walk in and out of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland freely. That's going to end.

You can not leave the EU and own Northern Ireland unless you want a war - Ireland's only hope for peace is going to be to unite and stay in the EU.

Scotland barely missed voting to leave a year ago and voted then overwhelmingly to stay in the EU - the Scots, as Renton points out have never liked being "...COLONIZED by wankers." and will almost certainly vote to leave the UK.

So that leaves the UK with Wales, the UK will give up the EU and be left with Wales?

You can talk all you like, but nobody in the government seems to be listening. It's time to admit that the Brexit vote was just a trial run for the recent US election - you were duped, just the same way that we were.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Re: "can and must do more,"

At least Google and Facebook stopped him sharing MP3 files - Lord only knows what he would have done if he could have shared terrorist music and disco with others, The Daily Fail would have had a fit.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: It's quite a small object

Could it explain dark matter - depends to the population size which could be significant. The data so far points towards this being formed very early in our universe's history and possibly remote from the initial burst of star formation.

Dark matter is how we make the measurements that we can make, agree with what we can see ... we don't know that dark matter exists, but we do know our numbers don't work without it.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Re: Seriously?

Good point - at least one country in the middle east has used cell phones to kill people for years.

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I have a fix

Have YouTube replace all potentially offensive channels with videos of kittens.

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Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

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Twitter?

I thought that Twitter was something that Trump used while he takes a crap?

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We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact

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Re: My solution...

SPAM calls are killing phone usage - where I work at least 75% of the calls every day are junk or drop immediately the phone is answered. At home, everything is sent to the answering machine because our junk percentage is about 90%.

The FCC plan will not work until it's impossible to fake caller ID - that's the real secret to fixing it.

1. When a call is made the caller needs to be verified before the call goes through - is it a real number?

2. When the call goes through, the recipient can flag the caller as spam.

3. When a number gets 10 spam flags it is disabled for review.

Don't tell me that this can't be done.

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

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No Flash here

I've eradicated it from all office systems and my systems at home. I really wish that the rest of the web would jump on the bandwagon - there are some sites like Jacquie Lawson e-cards that I really love that still use Flash.

As a result I've had to cancel my subscription which is a shame.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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Who watches adverts?

The Theory of Advertising predicts that these companies leaving the advertising platforms will suffer a drop in sales ... but what happens if their sales don't drop? It's my belief that 90% of the money spent on web advertising is completely wasted - most of the time nobody watches them, they are a major annoyance and the fact that Ad-blockers are so popular should tell you something.

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Fake mobile base stations spreading malware in China

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Probably already in use in the US

If you were a large government body without a name, you could just push out a security update or app update to the phone via the base station.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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More like a puppy

It looks adorable ... until you start to live with it. Then it eats the sofa and pees in your bed.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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"consider that Great Britain still has a number of countries under its commonwealth"

Probably not even NI or Scotland soon...

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UK vuln 'fessing pilot's great but who's going to give a FoI?

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See Cure itty bitty

It's a lovely idea, that we can somehow post peoples personal information on the Internet and it will be absolutely safe - but realistically, all the evidence to date suggests that it is simply not possible. We can maintain the illusion for a while, but inevitably it fails. I think that we have two options (three actually):

1. Stop posting private information on the Internet.

2. Accept that nothing is private and live our lives in the open.

or just continue doing what we're doing in the belief that someday it might just work (it won't).

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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The Bad Guys win again

Looks at all the little ants running around - basically nobody needs to do anything bad - all you have to do is make the TSA et al "think" you can do something. Much less effort and quite cheap to implement.

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I bought a ticket a week ago and was tempted by the travel insurance - $56k for only $80, it seemed worth it until I read the small print, liability of Electronics was limited to $1500 with a $300 deductible on each item claimed.

I didn't buy it.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Meh

You can get through customs without your bags - just move them to another convenor belt and tell the airline that they haven't shown up, walk through customs and the airline will deliver the bags to you when they find them, usually about 1 day later.

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Re: I'm sorry for my country.

When the results of an Election are announced, you get the Government you deserve - not the one you want.

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How UK’s GDPR law might not be judged 'adequate'

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Re: "intangibles"

Given the current direction of "negotiations" and May's Trump-like approach to Remainers, I can't see any possibility of the UK retaining any kind of data-sharing agreement with the EU post Brexit. This will force most of London's businesses to either move to Europe or work through an intermediary outside the UK (Ireland anyone?).

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: New technical terms.

"Otherwise it's only half-ASCII..." - I think that would be half-ASC'ed

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Facinating

Looking at the videos you can see the ones that worked well and that some of the detonations were imperfect and therefore probably inefficient ... not surprising that these have been classified for so long.

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New disk drive maker? No such luck

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Disk Drives?

Are those things still around?

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: Marketdroids?

Not to worry - I'm working on an El Reg commentard using AI, pretty soon I'll be able to sleep in every morning and AI will write El Reg's stories while my chatbot comments on them. The advertising money will roll in and we can all stay home.

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IoTElReg

Can we get this running on an Arduino? I'd just love to see every fridge, vacuum cleaner, thermostat, garage door opener chatting with me every day like an El Reg story ... it would be just like having my own Marvin ...

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Why are creepy SS7 cellphone spying flaws still unfixed after years, ask Congresscritters

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Just checked with the NSA

That's not a bug, it's a feature. It will be fixed just as soon as they've invented a better "feature"

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FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

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Re: It's just the naming nonsense virus that hits more and more companies today.

Delphi Seattle? .... oh you mean Pascal.

To the marketing doids, if you can steal it, and rename it - then you own it.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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Does dark matter?

Maybe they are finally on the track of proton decay?

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

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Re: Mitchell&Webb "identity theft"

Darn it, why do I only have a single upvote! That's classic, Thank You!

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"I am the rightful head of the British monarchy" - so you are actually Richard IV?

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It's NOT "identity theft"

This is old fashioned fraud - a criminal goes to the bank (physically or digitally) and pretends to be someone else. When the bank falls for the scam and hand out the money they blame the person who the criminal impersonated.

This is the bank getting scammed, but they find it convenient to blame someone else - it's not their fault is it? It's someone else who has problem.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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@ brain bleach

Upvote on that and I'll stand us both another round. I do wonder sometimes if El Reg doesn't post these stories to do a little "research" on the commentards.

But it's a worthy discussion point from some angles - when I got into this industry I did think along similar lines but back then the question was "Does a working class boy stand a chance of climbing the corporate ladder in the UK?"

Times change, but it doesn't matter if all you've got is time.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: Unicornpiss @GATTACA

"he's unemployable because he has a genetic defect"

LOL - I misread that as "he's employable because he has a genetic defect" and immediately thought of the X-Men ... could this be the real reason for DNA testing?

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Re: When I was a kid I couldn't wait for the movies to become real life

The Handmaid's Tale ... coming soon to your State.

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Re: Thanks to the laser-like precision of gene testing

It save them the trouble of getting Big John to drop his pants so that we can check that he's going to the right bathroom.

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Spy satellite scientist sent down for a year for stowing secrets at home

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Re: Shoulda gotten a slap on the wrist

500 pages under the stairs in nothing - you don't know these people. Yes, it's stupid to do that when you are working for them but by itself it's not evidence of malice. Very smart people on the spectrum often make mistakes that you or I would think are very stupid but they do it because their minds work in different ways. And that's why they have these jobs in the first place.

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Shoulda gotten a slap on the wrist

And probably would have done had his name been William Brewster.

Sure, he "broke the law" and given his racial identity he should have know that he would get hit harder than his cow orkers for this sort of thing. When you work for these people they always want your heart and mind, and the record is full of employees who get caught taking stuff home to read and work on. We can all make an estimate of the efficiency of the goons in catching violators - so how many people are there out there who could potentially get busted like this?

I wonder though, given my occasional visits to WikiLeaks, how many document I have on my PC that are in violation of the Law?

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Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

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Could this happen by accident?

I have machines working with a large pool (200 Ph/s) and have noticed that my rewards are slightly higher when solutions are found quickly, within an hour or so, then when the pool takes longer. The long it takes, the lower the reward - something that could be explained by a large number of low power miners repeatedly attempting, but failing to solve the math.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Some years ago they closed down Midway Airport in Chicago after one coworker greeted another in the airport after going through Security, "Hi Jack, glad to see you made it - let's get a move on"

OMG - a hijack!

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Re: Thanks for pointing out the problems with this system, El Reg!!

If I were a naughty boy wishing malice, I would have the cleanest social profile imaginable and pictures of the kids in my wallet. So basically all this policy will do is catch the amateurs - not a bad thing in itself but probably not the effect that they are looking for.

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Re: What if you don't buy into the whole social media thing?

"if you want privacy, don't put your sh!t out in public."

Of course if you do take a dump in public, people will avoid you like the plague.

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'Nigerian princes' snatch billions from Western biz via fake email – Interpol

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Let's give them a hand

I continually get real valid invoices and purchase orders from real customers and even banks as .html, .xls., and .doc attachments etc. It's no wonder people open this crap without thinking. What in the world are organizations thinking when they expect any of these attachments to sail through our email system?

For the record, they don't - I quarantine them all. It's a pain but it's kept us safe for years.

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Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

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The 3 factors that affect code

Experience, Experience, and Experience. Basically the entire programmer employment model is designed these days to get the job done, get paid and get on to the next job. Given this environment, I think that having only a 40% crap rating is pretty good.

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Google to Chrome-plate our shops with creepy mood-sensing AI signs

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Quick hack

Chrome will update the prices, yea right - fire up my favorite tool ... clicketty click, that just lopped two zeros off the 300" curved screen TV price, mine for $40.

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Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck

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Typo

"Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck" should read:

Shock report: 92 per cent of websites totally suck

There, fixed it for you.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: Who...

"Hook the TV's LAN up but don't give it a gateway, leave that box blank."

You really think that will work? Because it won't - read the hacks.

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"W" is quite a decent guy, his presidency was ruined by the same bunch of idiots currently advising Trump.

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Re: Claim drain

Move along, there's nothing to see here. It's been a known fact for 40+ years that the NSA listen to all phone calls made from the USA to other countries - this is not fake news, it's old news. How Trump and his people could not know this beggars the imagination.

As for the latest Wikileaks dump - it all looks pretty accurate to me, I'd guess this was hovered up a while back and released now to buttress Trumps old news claims. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the Kremlin, it's starting to look like any plan that they had is coming unraveled.

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Time's up for SHA-1 hash algo, but one in five websites still use it

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Re: That's all I need...

"refuse to talk "

I've had that happen on a couple of sites but each one fixed it very quickly. This fix isn't difficult, it just that they were too lazy to do it until Google held their feet in the fire.

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