* Posts by moiety

3230 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Re: Cynical bastard's observation.

When the story first ran, I also wondered if it was a "fallen down the stairs" dead or "hanging from own belt" dead.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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Re: This vuln would have added a whole new

Doesn't have to be tarmac....could be a fountain or the top of a slip'n'slide.....

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: I see your invite and raise you, moiety ...

"Why does it seem that folks around here seem absolutely rabid to take a poke at religion?"

Symon's post pointing out Aynon Yuser's use of capitalisation was fine up to a point (although it didn't cover the -valid in my view- edge case of deliberately spelling what would normally be a proper noun without capitalisation as a political statement).

But then he finished it off with "and He'll know if you get it wrong." If you threaten someone -however implicitly- with an imaginary construct then be prepared to have your bluff called.

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Oh come on. A deity? Really?

Deleted the above because it wasn't polite.

I do not believe. Your deity is cordially invited to bring it.

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"you're falling victim to sampling bias"

My tongue was so far in my cheek when I made that post that I looked like a hamster. I quite enjoy the times he tells like it is. If you consider that half the Reg readership moves to DEFCOM 2 at the first mention of systemd; I suspect that he is somewhat annoyed by it but either considers it outside his remit; or is tempered by the fact that he's currently got nothing to slide into it's place without messing up a lot of people, so "going Full Linus" at this stage wouldn't be that sensible.

Plus, from the sound of things, the systemd guy probably wouldn't take criticism well.

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"Torvalds' likley ire"

Odd. Usually it's quite easy to tell if he's pissed off about something.

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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Re: "No Back Door" you say?

"China" "Encryption" "Control centre".

Nope.

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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

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Re: Yagi?

Yagis are indeed directional, so presumably the base station is off to one side of the area they intend to service, and ideally above, looking down. In some scenarios that would work better than an omni in the middle because it's a more efficient use of your broadcasting power. The customers would have another Yagi to catch the signal from the base station.

I can't see them hitting 95% coverage over the whole UK with that setup though.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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That's the yogurt industry bolloxed then...if the ads are to be believed women hold regular yogurt parties whilst men are unable to recognise it as food, despite looking at a fridge-full of the stuff.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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I note this is only for US citizens. And maybe green card holders.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Probably the panic downloading will have enough of an effect on bandwidth to tip them over...

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A home NAS is for private shunting of goodies. A musician is likely to be talking about considerably less volume, so a couple of hundred quid for a website would be the way to go for musicians.

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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GMT is clearly and self-evidently the best system.

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U Vlad bro? Docker accidentally cuts off Ukraine

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The cloud. Your data is totally safe etc...

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: This was not the Panic Mode I was looking for.

...or for Samsung models, self-destruct in 5...4....3.....

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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Also, there's more options. A phone and bluetooth keyboard is just as effective for comms as a laptop and will fit in a pocket. Similarly, if you need a low-powered server, then there's Raspberry Pis etc

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: “legitimate interest”

Socialist or conservative liars....is there any real difference? I honestly don't give a flying fuck about what colour tie or badge or whatever....I just want people to stop lying to me.

Our country is not in a good position because these grandstanding cunts have given it some "love me or it'lll get worse" bollocks. And I'm very proud of all of you for not caving in to it.

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Re: “legitimate interest”

My spellchequer also had problems with it. I have opted for a government stance....if it's not covered by existing standards (to whit the spellchecker) then whatever I type in is correct because it's me wot is typing it. So there.

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Re: “legitimate interest”

I should imagine that legally a train would count as a public space where your expectations of privacy would be limited.

Being slightly paranoid, there is a security aspect to this, namely that a train (or bus, or uber, or whatever) journey stands a good chance of being a regular occurrence; so outing people in the image could go badly wrong because you're letting world + dog know of a person's movements; which could go wrong in all sorts of ways. Stalkers and burglars would find the information useful, just to start with. They should have pixillated the other passengers and -quite rightly- got slapped for it.

You have the defamation of the company angle; which the company has a rright to be able to defend against; but you also have "public figure lies glibly" aspect which -again- it is in the public interest to debunk.

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Re: "whom do you trust?"

Agrree with h4rm0ny. You're far more likely to have problems with local surveillance simply because there's a much higher chance that someone geographically close may have a grudge and be in a position to cause you inconvenience. And even if the Russians are tagging you, at least they'd have to stump up a few quid for a translator.

The exception would be if you regularly handle public data/trade secrets; in which case you'd have to think carefully about connecting to anything anyway.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Re: Soo

I downloaded their entire discography just on general principles at the time. Listened to a couple of tracks; then deleted the lot later because there is better things to be doing with diskspace.

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Looks at title

Thinks: "I bet me a pint I can guess who wrote that"

Looks

"Yup"

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I learned dad dancing precisely because of this.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: Sir Tim is 62

UHD BluRay has been holding up just fine.

You clearly haven't looked at any torrent sites recently. With the current state of the internet and storage prices etc, though, 1080p does the job for most people. 4k stuff is definitely available...it's just a bit unwieldy for anyone who isn't an enthusiast.

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Re: Sir Tim is 62

"And the computers can be instructed not to make things easy."

You can get an external blu-ray player for about £35 on eBay. Now the DRM may prevent you playing the content using an "unauthorised" player; but what it cannot do is prevent you from copying the data onto your hard disk. Once it's there the DRM can be stripped out...sooner or later (and my guess would be sooner) the key will be leaked or the DRM will be cracked and about 10 seconds after that point-and-click tools that anyone can use will be all over the net.

Intercept the signal or work directly on the ones and zeros....DRM will fall in the end.

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Re: Sir Tim is 62

Yes it can because the analog hole produces significantly inferior results.

No it doesn't. Well, it does if you aim a camera at a video screen, but some people have computers.

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It is dumb and nobody is 100% happy with it; but it does sort of work for the man in the street. I've got portable drives containing only work data, for example, that I have been "unfairly" taxed on because the copyright is 100% mine. On the other hand I have other drives full of films and music. So for me -a hybrid consumer/generator- it sort of works....definitely cheaper than buying CDs and DVDs and there's no chance of MPAA et al shenanigans (if I stick to private use and don't share them on the intertubes) or worry about the police kicking my front door in; which is nice and worth the money and being unfairly taxed periodically for me.

Most people are predominantly consumers, so it definitely works in that situation. Organisations that need large amounts of storage for their stuff aren't going to be thrilled; but I should imagine they'd treat the tax as an expense that they write off against other tax anyway; or simply buy their storage in another country that doesn't have the tax; or both.

Ironically, it's probably the rights-holders that are worst hit...in their greed to grandfather themselves a state-mandated income, they've effectively dropped a whole country-full of consumers off the map. And the small independents are even more hosed than usual. Amusingly, the rights-holders did try a "piracy is rampant in Spain" salvo; presumably as an opener to renegotiating but they basically got laughed out of the room.

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As others have mentioned, it's just not going to work. You have to display the content at some point and people can then just hit "PrtSc"; or the audio/video equivalent. Even without that, though, DRM systems have a lifetime of mere hours when they hit the internet.

An interesting theoretical situation in Spain; whereby we pay a tax on blank media and are allowed to download films and music for personal use. (The money goes to the rights-holders in theory). I bet what'll happen is we get blocked anyway; which will open the doors for class-action lawsuits because we're being blocked from stuff that we have technically already paid for.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: My first thought..

...and if it's a set it always seems to be that last one that's fucked. So you don't know you're hosed until you've had 2 days of listening to "the tape-streamer song"

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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Re: What is the GCHQ/NSA take on this ?

I wouldn't be totally amazed to hear that they organised and funded the project. They could claim to be making people safer with a straight face, so it'd look good on the budget; and they'd be in a perfect position to MITM whoever they felt like.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Good point. The car knows the speed limit if it knows where it is. Letting some bugger in Germany know where it is is not an essential part of the operation.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Re: Why it's an issue

At $400/year, they probably are going to just disappear.

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Re: $400 per year

Any forums that allow images, I always assume you have no privacy anyway. It's simple to embed a 1x1-pixel transparent tracker gif. By matching up the server logs for the server hosting the gif with posting times it's fairly trivial to extract IP addresses for forum members over time.

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Re: That reminds me..

Ah, but the person who is actually guilty gets moaned at. That's crowdsourcing, that is.

There are more subtle options, of course.

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Re: $400

https://lowendbox.com/blog/woothosting-cpanel-reseller-hosting-openvz-instances-kvm-vps-los-angeles-and-miami/

$5/yr with cPanel and 75Gb storage. You could have 80 of those for one Photobucket account price.

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Re: $400 per year

I wonder if it would not be cheaper to have a Wordpress site with a copy of the images.

Why bother with wordpress? If you're just wanting a bank of images that you can throw into forum posts, just upload them into a directory. Make sure the directory has a blank index.html file in there so it can't be indexed and you're good to go.

If you own a domain called domain.com, just make yourself a subdirectory called, say, grafix (don't use images...there's LOADS of things that have an /images/ directory) and just throw all your piccies in there with FTP. Then the path to a particular image would be:

http://domain.com/grafix/image.jpg

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ISP freebies are best avoided anyway. You're probably going to move at some point and using the freebies can make that a nightmare. Especially email. Skip past the ISP entirely for your web empire and that way you don't have loads of work to do to extract yourself and -probably more importantly- no interruptions to service if your old/new ISP fucks things up. You'll still be in the game, even if you become resident in the local coffee shop or have to be nice to your neighbours.

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Re: That reminds me..

Well remember that you may be hosting the images, but it's the other guy that's publishing them It makes a difference. If you're after one-size-fits-all though, images might not be the way to go. .htaccess to open an iFrame/div/table containing text would probably be better (and use less bandwidth, if that's a concern)....with images your one image is going to get squashed to the proportions of your various hotlinked images, so it won't look very good most of the time.

Ironically, it's often people who have a moral agenda who nick your stuff. Which makes it all the more rewarding when you goatse them.

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Re: That reminds me..

I love it when people hotlink:

1. Change name of image on your site

2. In place of the original, put another image with the same name and path. Same size for best results. The replacement image should be something to thoroughly infuriate the hotlinker...gay/furry/whatever porn is usually good. Opposing political viewpoint. And there's always image editing for custom abuse.

Not only do you get to exercise your inner bastard, but they're stealing your bandwidth, so you can feel all righteous about it too.

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Probably going to serve ads instead of 404s.

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Re: no more bandwidth theft. just host it yourself!

I got censored for the following...

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"Fighting copyright today requires a persecution complex, because concrete examples of real oppression are fleeting and trivial. The unfairness of copyright must therefore be imagined.

This is almost Trump-esque in it's "I'll throw so much steaming bullshit into one sentence that people won't even know where to start refuting it" style"

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...once. If it hadn't been censored, I probably would have forgotten all about it by now. As it was censored, and that irked me a bit at the time, I feel it's my duty to mention it at appropriate intervals, just to be annoying.

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Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech

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I hate twats in another country thinking they can tell me what I can and can't fucking say. {Hate speech}. I bet they are, to a person, fat bastards who sleep with close family members. (Defamation). We must take action, brethren and sistren! We must bitch about the ugly tosspots on the internet until they are slightly uncomfortable! (More defamation; sedition, and rabble-rousing...hat trick!).

Think that's the bases covered....

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

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Re: This is news?

Surely any drug baron worthy of the name is going to be using burner phones and chucking them at intervals? Repair isn't something that would happen.

Might be worth doing for the shop if they could extract identity/financial data to sell on.

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Why would hysteria come into it? Obvious technique is obvious.

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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Re: "...................car could reverse the decline of the country pub."

If you have to be ready to take control, it's not an autonomous car.

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work the pub

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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

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Looking at my webserver logs, does that mean I'm officially at war with everybody? Don't think there's many countries I haven't been attacked by. And what about attacks from inside the country; not to mention other NATO members?

Oh well. I'm up for it if everybody else is. Just send your declaration of war by email, and I'll add your country to the list.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Isn't porn illegal in China? Really allowing one country to dictate what is allowed internationally is a very very bad thing.

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Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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Typical bureaucratic response: doesn't believe expert advice that it's just not possible and tries to dump the problem in someone else's lap. Twats.

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