* Posts by DrM

113 posts • joined 30 Jul 2009


Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'


You picked our "never pay policy."


My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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May I add?

May I add any household appliance with a color LCD touchscreen?

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)



"Basically, the cryptographic keys used to encrypt and decrypt the data are not derived from the owner's password, meaning, you can seize a drive and, via a debug port, reprogram it to accept any password. At that point, the SSD will use its stored keys to cipher and decipher its contents. Yes, it's that dumb."

And who would be dumb enough to think it was otherwise? You can change the drive’s password in a few seconds – how many people thought it decrypted and re-encrypted the whole drive in a second?

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you


Anything can be done if you just tell the engineers

Musk will just tell his SW engineers to fix it in software.

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Torrents never steal from you. :-)

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be


OMG, what ever will we do???

How can we survive without real plastic physical sims!?!? How would it work?! I’ve had a cell phone since the bag phone days, with two networks, Verizon now – never seen a sim card in real life.

I love it when people ponder how the future will be if xxx happens, when the “new” situation is already around, open for full observation. OMG, how will Great Britain survive without the EU!? Ah – like it did for several centuries before the EU?

What tickles me is in this age of The Cloud, of everything interconnected, when you can set your house thermostat and pay bills from Antarctica, when you can share all your photos with friends online – you need to carry around this little piece of plastic? LOL!

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!


Polly want a cracker?

"At the time she was stopped, the Trump administration was cracking down on Muslim people traveling into the States."

Why does an otherwise high quality article in a top notch publication print nonsense like this? They were cracking down on visas from countries that couldn’t properly vet travelers. From 6 of the 50 majority-Muslim countries, 12% of the world’s majority Muslim countries, plus N. Korea and Venezuela.

And she was a citizen so the whole visa issue didn’t apply.

Please don’t just parrot this “Trump hates Muslims” misinformation?

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption


Consider motivations

Everyone is assuming that these politicians really want to help law enforcement. Politicians have but one goal -- re-election. They need to be saying to the voters, "We did everything we could, look at this law." They can't afford to say nothing can be done -- that is suicide for a politician. Someone else will immediately say they can fix things and they will be replaced.

Besides -- the ongoing war on terror is the greatest watershed since the Iron Curtain,

Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'


Ho hum

Boring, as common as a suicide bomber story from Iraq, We're all used to ASIC, the programmers and managers involved will get bonus checks. It's the new normal.

ASIC - GUI (All Software Is Crap -- Get Used to It)

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb


Life Imitates Art


Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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How much do you charge for not practicing?

So, you have to pay them to not update your WIN10 features?

How much do you charge for not practicing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhaDA7TneL4

Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

Black Helicopters


Second Writer: Splunge.

Larry: Did he say splunge?

First and Third Writers: Yes.

Larry: What does splunge mean?

Second Writer: It means it's a great-idea-but-possibly-not-and-I'm-not-being-indecisive!

Larry: Good. Right. (to third writer) What do you think?

Third Writer: Er. Splunge?

Larry: OK.

First Writer: Yeah. Splunge for me too.

Larry: So all three of you think splunge, huh?

Writers: Yes!

'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors


Let's just skip that step

"The Department did not completely and properly test Phoenix before its implementation, which is contrary to recognized practices for developing a system," the audit stated. "Phoenix executives cancelled a pilot project with one department that would have assessed whether Phoenix was ready to be used government-wide."

In the automotive assembly plant world, this would be going with production tooling and skipping prototype tooling.

Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

Big Brother

Ah ha!

Now I know why my pet bat Eric didn't like the smartphone I got him.

Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter – they may need to update their room key software


Good luck

Hotels are expected to run around and reprogram each and every door lock by late never-ever.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST


Re: I know that military aircraft...

The problem is in a small non-fly-by-wire aircraft is the control stick and the surfaces are directly connected mechanically. The autopilot can't tell if movements are taking place due to the pilot or due to air on the control surfaces. The pilot simply must turn off the autopilot if they want the aircraft.

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Hookup classifieds ad sheet Backpage.com seized in Feds shutdown



So, where do the ads move to next? Overseas websites? Dark web?

Oh, all prostitution will end, will it?

Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why


Hey, we're safer!

How Many People Have Died From Falling Down Stairs?

https://ellisinjurylaw.com › Blog

Dec 13, 2017 - According to the most recent data on stairway accidents in the United States, an estimated 12,000 people die from falling down steps each year.

OK, so if I was an elevator maker, and I showed statistics that our elevators only kill 6,000 people per year, I could say we were twice as safe as stairs and everyone would be satisfied?

That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it


Does not compute

Well, the government says the only thing on the chip is the passport number. They say nothing is stored but an index number for your data.

So are they lying, or is this fake news?

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer



The “rolling code” instead merely increments codes.

Ah -- yes, that is how rolling codes work, the whole idea behind them. They roll, they don't hop.

You think a randomly selected code can work with a one-way data link? If you can use a random number for the next key, why not just use the random number? What do you need a rolling code for??

Rolling code hacking is nothing new. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_code#Vulnerabilities

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION




Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride



.. developers from Silicon Valley whose backgrounds are in general purpose software – software that, of course, crashes with reasonable frequency.

Am I the only person that thinks SW sliding into pure unreliable crap is a global problem in all parts of our lives? Or I should just get used to ASIC, All Software Is Crap?


What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit


Oh no!! Old software!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!

Oh no! Old software!!!! They are running WIN-XP!!!!! How can anyone use /old/ software, you /must/ have the new version!

Can the IT crowd who specialize in always-defective SW always in need of repair ever understand fixed function appliances? These will be working perfectly as ATM's running XP till they crumble to dust.

There is *no* reason to change to the newest OS, none. They are on VPN's and not on the Internet. They don't need to support some new application or anything new. They run as ATM's, period.

Look at the attacks on ATMs, the compromises in the article? Any have anything to do with XP?

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court


Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

So, why do you hate people because of their race/sex? :-)



Yes, and we are going to cavity search anyone who visits a bathroom. Hey, using our bathrooms is voluntary!

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full



What if Google fired a bunch of make employees, hired female replacements to get the numbers (politically) correct.

And then a number of the female hires announced they now identified as males. Would they have to fire them and get more genuine females?

Could they just offer a bonus for any male employees willing to identify as female whilst at work? That would fix things.

Such nonsense.

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim


Birds of a feather

I'll bet Google buys them.

IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban


Re: stupid politics

You miss the whole point of the article -- Trump bashing. The role of modern journalists these days.

They have to complain about the Trump Travel ban. Not only is it great alliteration, it has been vilified, the definition warped into Islamophobia and away from vetting. It gets people to read articles, tickles the group-think.

Some long-winded piece about the pros and (major) cons of searching computers. just isn't sexy. You have to explain why customs can look up your arse for drugs, but should leave your phone untouched.


Sounds good to me

Canada is welcome to all the travelers from countries that cannot properly vet its citizens (per Obama's standards). If the tourist dollars are worth the risk to their citizens, OK. Perhaps they will take a more careful approach if they get a building or crowd bombed.

For that matter, if a full 15% of the attendees are from the list of six countries, it's a great idea to move it out of the USA, excellent.

If the 15% are not on the list of six countries, then either they perhaps they believe the hype being pedaled about how horrible it is in the USA? Or they think themselves SJWs and are saving the world?

Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course



"Either way, the case is an ideal opportunity for the authorities to flag that people may want to reconsider making money from renting out their rooms or properties if they are racist."

Or they may want to consider being honest. She should have simply said the plumbing broke.

We must accept other cultures and their belief systems – and if you believe differently then you’ll have to change. She is a bad person for thinking someone is a bad person, her lack of acceptance was not acceptable.

Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal


Software is licensed

"Modifying the firmware of a DJI drone is not recommended,...and we strongly condemn any user who attempts to modify their drone for illegal or unsafe use."

Isn't modifying the software a violation of the license they supply it with? Why doesn't DJI take legal action?

One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail


Cha Ching

But we’ll keep throwing money at them. I mean, the IT world is so random and unfathomed, incomprehensible. No way you can expect better rates, it’s a crap-shoot with Mother Nature. Like gold mining.

Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: Cut it out!



Schumer and I agree on an issue? OMG, have my thoughts become confused? How can this be?


Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!



I'd use two tiny tin cans and a string.

Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts


Not clueless

He's not clueless -- he's disingenuous.


What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years


Ben Dover

Hi, we're Google -- bend over.

Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough



Good article, provoked my thoughts.

My customer's main solution tends to be printing paper trails.

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Yes, it may not block native or embedded ads -- but the non-native, let me interrupt you or distract you -- are the ones that are bothersome.

Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go


Opting Out?

I use a VPN. Many websites such as Ticketmaster notice I am popping out of an IP address used by VPN's and block me, I must turn off the VPN to access these websites.

So, #1, a VPN isn't a complete solution.

#2, can the Invizbox be easily bypassed for Ticketmaster and the rest, or must one give them up?

Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers



Torture numbers -- they'll tell you anything.

If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz


Neuralink experimental video uncovered!


Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Never has an El Reg article hit home like this one. I really thought I was the only person who was being driven crazy by all this.

'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges


Selling it

I don’t think the guy sold it hard enough, “You f_cked up my computer! My password won’t work, what did you do!”

User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired



That is even a question? How about if they were only stealing just a few laptops?

US-Europe Privacy Shield not worth the paper it's printed on – civil liberties groups



Ah, more privacy complaints from the kingdom where i would be jailed for not revealing my PIN.

Yes, the US foreign policy is about to change. Our citizens will begin to be a higher priority then people in other nations. Oh no, how non-world-citizen and non-PC!

But that is the plan now, to make rights and well-being and safety a higher priority for citizens then those who are not. If some issue like immigration or privacy is a trade-off, then we will decide and act in favor of our citizens.

It's just that simple. Don't like it? Stay home. Visit Iran or China, see how they treat you.

Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy


Apples and Oranges

Pence was dumb and lazy, just using AOL was laziness, a shortcut.

The Clintons made a major effort to set up their own sever. It was set up to hide away the dealings of Clinton, Inc. and their pay-2-play influence peddling scheme.

Let's look at motivations?

Jesse Jackson to Apple CEO Cook: Hire black


Re: Math

Torture numbers! They'll tell you anything!


Hiring based on skin color

Ah yes! We must become color-blind and stop treating people differently just because of the color of their skin.

So carefully study the skin color of every applicant and make it a determining factor in whom you hire. Even if less qualified, select based on skin color.

Right. Sigh.... And you wonder how Trump became president?


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