* Posts by Sampler

808 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

Sampler

At this point..

One has to ask, are there any Cisco products without hardcoded admin level accounts on them?

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DNSSEC in a click: Cloudflare tries to crack uptake inertia

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GoDaddy Confusing

Cloudflare link to GoDaddy's page on how to setup a DS record, however, like so many GoDaddy help files, it's outdated = \

https://ph.godaddy.com/help/add-a-ds-record-23865

One thing to note Digest Type shows only as a 1 or 2 in GoDaddy but Cloudflare say it should be SHA256 (the help page helpfully doesn't say what 1 or 2 is) - the long way around I found this means it's 2, when using 1 I got an error emailed "Invalid SHA-1 digest".

Timeout you can seemingly ignore, again, help page is of no help, but not entering a figure hasn't stopped me from being able to configure.

So, if you want to setup with GoDaddy as your host, that'll help. Now, to get my employer's to migrate to a better host...

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Testing

Using telemetry to see which users goof off all day on buzzfeed and flag them as the first to get the updates, so, if it doesn't work, at least a useful employee isn't impacted...

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: 6.5-inch OLED Screen

You mean like the last few years of Samsung models?

That said, I used my DeX to see what it's like, then put it in a drawer, as I have enough desktop devices that I really don't need it, as passable as it was.

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Re: Emergency call

Just imagine, it's the end of a long day, you've pulled a double to hit a deadline, exhausted you get home and flop onto your couch, asleep before your face hit's the throw cushions, only to be rudely awakened by the emergency services some twenty minutes later...

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Australia blocks Huawei, ZTE from 5G rollout

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Joke

You mean it's not national broken network?

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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

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Re: There's a worse place?

Last flat had 100/40mb NBN (and at one point Netflix said it was off-lining files at 120mb/s during peak times whilst the flatmate streamed the footy = \ ) and new flat has 100/40mb NBN and again performs admirably even at peak times.

Prior to NBN the ADSL was total shite: couldn't get it in my first flat (I moved here five years back) as the exchange was over subscribed, next I got 1.5/0.5, that double to 3/1 a year later as I moved again and then got up to the heady heights of 6/1 before I moved to a wireless broadband box that had a capped speed 10mb/s down and 1mb/s up but worked at that regardless of where I lived (and had unlimited data).

All of these cost more than the $60/m I pay for NBN - all located in the surrounds of the populous city of Syndey (I've lived in Bondi, Bondi Junction, Pyrmont, Brighton-le-Sands, Ultimo and then three different flats in Surry Hills) where ADSL should've been at it's best.

So, there's lots of problems with the NBN rollout, Turnbulls attempts to kneecap it, but, that the actual product in my experience is a vast step forward on the Telstra monopoly of ADSL lines before it.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: Unlimited; that word does not mean what you think it means

Coming to post the same thing - it's amazing that in the same breath they refer to them having unlimited data, up to a limit...

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Re: I love my Mac Mini

For the wife, get her an Intel NUC (or ilk) - we got one for work to run a 60" QHD TV in a meeting room and when we moved office and it was no longer required it found a new purpose as my home TV PC.

We got a middle of the road model (i5) and put 32GB RAM in it and a fast 256gb SSD (all that's needed for OS and apps, actually, a bit overkill) and it's a joy to use, would make a perfect every day PC for all tasks that don't require an enthusiasts GPU in the box and certainly less than the price of a mac mini.

You can pick between m2 or full sata drives and upgrade the ram yourself; chips are baked to the board but usually when I update a chip I need to update the board and memory as everything has a new socket anyway...

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Re: I have a "Smart TV"

I found a "dumb" version of the 4k smart tv I wanted right on the same website, in the same section, handily for sixty bucks less, seemed like a "no brainer" ; )

TV doesn't have to have smarts, why build something in that a $30 dongle can do just as adequately and can be replaced/upgraded when the time comes rather than wiping out the whole set, never mind IoT paranoia (whether it's deserved or not).

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

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Coat

hacky hack hack

What a n00b, everyone knows you call the folder Hacky McHackface...

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

Sampler

Most browsers allow you to clear cookies on close, so, maybe not when you navigate away from the site, but certainly when you've finished your browsing session, which minimises, if increases your own hassle..

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

Sampler

Hmm...

Not much to motivate me to move on from an Note8 then, was hoping they'd bring back more of what I missed from the Note4 when upgrading but it's much of a muchness. WIll wait to see if they bring out a 10 and what that offers..

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Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

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But we're not going to tell you..

..who's getting it first, in case they see no change in performance and complain about it online..

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

Sampler

underwhelmed

there doesn't seem to be a single thing in the list that's appealing, sans the "faster and more stable" that they promise on every os update from any company and I've yet to see one that actually was...

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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Re: How about

Next you'll be wanting communication with team mates to be done in audio or text format too...

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

Sampler
Joke

Alcohol Free Wine

Isn't that just juice?

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Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

Sampler

Opt out

https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/opt-out-my-health-record

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Oz digital health agency tightens medical record access as watchdog warns of crim honeypot

Sampler

Re: No worries, its all good, nothing to see here....

Was going to post the same, in case the article wasn't clear, opt out here:

https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/opt-out-my-health-record

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Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs

Sampler

Overwriting cells with zeroes

| the chip avoids overwriting cells with zeroes
Coming soon, the security leak no one could see coming...

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Two different definitions of Edge Computing arrive in one week

Sampler

On the Edge of my seat..

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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http://www.esreality.com/index.php?a=post&id=1215499

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PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action

Sampler

Re: What do I need to specify on my next motherboard?

A 2242 M.2 compatible port using PCI Express using NVMe.

More details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2

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Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage

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Woolies too, possibly

Not sure if it's related but Woolworths self-checkouts were down too (least the card only ones, implying they use Telstra backend for card payments). My phone was back online around half eleven (least, that's when I noticed it) but woolies were still out at one.

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Second wave of Spectre-like CPU security flaws won't be fixed for a while

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Re: Untrusted Code?

And your solution is? We're not running the javascript for shits'n'giggles, it's because it does something we need to do, how do then "trust" the code you need to do the thing you're after and "untrust" that which you don't (beyond current browser whitelisting of sites) which is trivial to setup when you disable javascript by default.

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I got 99 secure devices but a Nintendo Switch ain't one: If you're using Nvidia's Tegra boot ROM I feel bad for you, son

Sampler

Re: Nintendo vs Sony

Same Nintendo that sent let's play youtube videos dmca takedown notices?

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Re: Yawn

No so much you get hacked, but now you as a skiddy can hack your console to do cool stuff..

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

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Re: I'd pay...

Because that's not how you grow ARPU..

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'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

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Re: Need help with a cyberstalker

Locals might not help, a friend had a nude image of herself added to a 4chan page for local Brisbane girls by a former flatmate that had stolen it off her mac and posted it up, police wouldn't do anything as he was in Queensland and she was now in NSW, best she could do was get a report number so she could at least get the website to take it down (however, given it'd already been scraped a reverse image search shows it on many sites now).

Might be worth taking your evidence to US authorities in the area of the perpetrator, if they follow up like the cops in this article you may do better than than Aus. authorities.

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

Sampler

"I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth."

Just like a farmer cares for his cattle...

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

Sampler

Re: Avid user.

I don't know how you get from a CD you own to streaming back if Amazon doesn't sell it to you again.

Almost like that's their business model...

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First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Sampler

Point?

Why ChromeOS not Android? Seems the elephant in the room not addressed in the article.

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

Sampler

Great idea, rather than solve the problem of the car being able to actually identify a cyclist, trust a beacon, which, I presume requires power, something a homeless person with a bike wouldn't have access to*, but then, it's not like any of them have come a cropper with self driving cars.

*presuming a dynamo is insufficient power, given how badly they manage lights, and there's still the matter of pushing it rather than pedalling.

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

"how many average drivers would have seen her?"

If they were travelling 85 metres without looking at the road (the speed they said the vehicle was doing at impact for the duration the video shows him staring at his phone) probably none.

And this is the issue with the self driving car, people will zone out and not be prepared when the car cuts back to them or, in this case, needs to be overridden.

The idiot who hit the truck in the Tesla is a great example of that and his car had adaptive cruise, auto breaks and lane adhesion, not even self driving (though calling it autopilot seems to have confused some users into thinking it's more, such as the guy found asleep and drunk at the wheel as "the car was driving itself").

So, even having it as driver assist is dangerous, should leave people to manage the difficult bit, keep them alert, keep the busy. Where's my sabots...

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Reflection of a QR code on PoS scanner used to own mobile payments

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All your payment tokens are mine

Calls himself a hacker, surely "All your payment tokens are belong to us" would've been a far more fitting title..

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

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Trollface

Re: OOOPS! El Reg has just upset another ...

Almost like they're biting the hand that feeds...

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Sampler

Still prefer my Note4

Got a Note8 beginning of the year because new tech, and, shiny camera aside, Note4 is better all round.

They need to put the faster chips and camera in that case, would trade in instantly

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

Sampler

Re: as they use it the first time to download chrome

I did say or firefox...

Though, I probably should've used the "joke alert" icon given the number of downvotes = \

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To be fair to google

Only people using Edge will be affected, so, no real harm really - it's only a small window as they use it the first time to download chrome or firefox...

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When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

Sampler

I replaced the one on my Note 4 which gave me a year of better performance before shifting to the 8, which is worse in many respects that I still use the 4 alongside it.

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Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone

Sampler

Bradford?

As someone who was born and raised in Farsley my first reaction was "Bradford? Why not Leeds?" but that was when I was thinking drone deliveries, when I further read what drones could be used for, like police surveillance, it all made a lot more sense..

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Sampler

As a Yorkshireman...

Stuck at the far end of the world, away from the beautiful god's own county, and having discussed this glorious invention with fellow ex-pats (ejected from the Great Yorkshire and sent to sweat in Sydney for not drinking the minimum amount of cups of tea per day, a ruling we all have deemed harsh, but fair, and one day wish to return home once we've made recompense by catching up our tea dept) the only solution we have is to make our own.

Similar to our recent hunt to find a decent scotch egg in the uv blasted land and resorting to home cookery, we have procured the ingredients and next weekend we will be set to recreating what could considerably be a stroke of fusion cuisine genius or crossing that fine line into madness, we are yet to know.

That said, we will be accompanying it with standard pizza accompaniments fries, but, also stalwart Yorkshire companion, onion gravy.

Yes, chips'n'gravy...we're from the North, what else did you expect?

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

Sampler

Good guess but no = )

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Sampler

Good point, I don't share to social media as I see many do and I have security zones set around work and home to obfuscate to some degree where I live and work. Only "friends" can actually see my stream and I have to confirm each friend request (I believe by default the system allows anyone to follow you, it's an opt-in setting, but, shouldn't checking security settings be the first thing you look at when signing up to any online system, or is that just me?).

As my use is mostly for, well, my use again I can see where my usage diverts from the majority of users. That all said, I don't think most care and it isn't really a big deal, those in government positions and especially armed forces should really be given a briefing on securing their online presence though and to think through usage of such platforms.

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Re: Fail!

In defence, as someone who uses said app and has bought a watch specifically for the task of GPS tracking running & cycling (and swimming, but, it transpires GPS doesn't penetrate water that well, a mere seconds thought beforehand would've made the counter assumption obvious I guess).

It's not so much for it to tell you when to exercise, but to monitor progress, am I getting faster, slower, about the same? Where are those gains being made?

I also suffer from a terrible memory ("the worst case of sleep apnoea in someone of your age and build" means I literally spend half my time sleeping not breathing, so I never hit L3 sleep) so it's useful for tracking when I've been, how much I've done this month and should I do more. I admit my reasoning here is fairly individual.

Plus, as a nerd, who doesn't enjoy an abundance of stats?

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I actually follow one particular el'reg journo on Strava and can tell you they exercise rather a lot, putting some of us to shame..

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

Sampler

Re: Twisting the knife

Rape and murder will get you a twentieth and tenth of that, but fuck with big businesses money, oh boy, you're not seeing the light of day again...

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

Sampler

Re: Fake actors...

Most of it?

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

Sampler

As someone who's day job it is to keep an eye on such things, I'm deeply saddened by the progress.

I work at the tech side of market research and having computers read and categorise lengthy human comments is a goal of our companies, as our competitors offer it, only, our competitors use the tools available and not one of them, in my view, is capable enough to do this accurately enough for me to be comfortable selling it, but they don't care, as the old adage in market research goes "everyone lies, but it doesn't matter, because no one is listening".

I was hoping from the article headline we might be a step further, appears we're a step to the side instead..

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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Sampler

In defence of the sub-title

I do get 100 Mbps down and 40 Mbps up, but then I live in the city (well, Surry Hills) so should expect to get good performance.

So far it doesn't crap out during peak hours either, so, that's a plus..

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