* Posts by Kurgan

142 posts • joined 15 Sep 2009

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Kurgan

FLAT UI SUCKS

Flat and grey-on-grey no-contrast UI sucks. That's all. Simple as that. Case closed.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

Kurgan

Stay CLEAR of the USA

As usual, if you work in security, stay AWAY from USA (or Russia).

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Kurgan

I use Devuan since older betas - it's fine

I'm a long time (since versione 3) Debian user, and now I have both Debian Jessie (with systemd removed) and Devuan Jessie beta installed in about 50 servers total. They both work fine. On my desktop I use Mint. I will end up using systemd on my dekstop distro, I suppose, and I can live with it as long as it does not crash too often. But I don't want it in my server.

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

@VanguardG:

"Except avoid *US*".

LOL!

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

Kurgan

I did something similar once

I had this very very old and very dusty PC from a rock grinding mill control system (yes, very fine rock powder everywhere) that needed to be cleaned. I had an oversized air compressor. I have TRIED to be kind, regulating air flow by gently pulling the air gun trigger, and it sort of worked. No components flying around. But I forgot to hold the cpu fan in place, so it went spinning at about 100.000 RPM, generated a lot of current (a motor is a generator, too) and totally fried something. The PC never booted again.

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Schneider Electric still shipping passwords in firmware

Kurgan

Reminds me of some routers

I have found a similar flaw, almost 20 years ago, on Telindus routers. You could get the password by sending a properly crafted packet to the routers. Remotely.

Their fix? Xor the password with a fixed key.

LOL.

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

Kurgan

Like the old WD Raptors

I remember the old WD Raptors, that had a glitch every 57,6 days of being powered on. Mirror sets failed synchronously. History repeats itself. At that time, WD would not acknowledge the issue. They did later on, on a private basis, and never made it public. But then you could find the relevant information by googling.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

Kurgan
FAIL

systemd SUCKS!

Simple as that. Systemd SUCKS. Use Devuan, without systemd by design.

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Could a robot vacuum cleaner monitor your data centre?

Kurgan

Security considerations

I wil only buy connected "things" that do NEED a VPN, my OWN vpn, to work remotely.

NO cloud.

Because cloud is not secure (security costs money) and is not reliable (seller shuts down service and you end up with a brick instead of a connected device).

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'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

Kurgan

Re: Absolutely

Your "expensive professionals" just outsourced the job to cheap indians.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

Kurgan

Old Debian boxes had issues

3 in about 15 old (2.6.26 and 2.6.32 kernels) Debian boxes crashed or got one or more cores in soft lockup, had to reboot them.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

Kurgan

Disappointed by shipping costs

I was on the verge of buying 3 of the little ones (from Italy) but then I have seen that shipping costs 12 pounds, which is definitely too much.

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Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

Kurgan

Bought it

Nice to see an affordable price for the ebook edition. Just bought it.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

Kurgan

WTF?

A home battery? For what use? How do you recharge it? Why do you need it? Is it basically a 3KW UPS?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Kurgan

Death to systemd

I am one of the anti-systemd rebels, and all I can say is that I can confirm that I like the init system that I currently use, and that I don't want systemd to be mandatory in a Linux distro that's aimed at servers.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Kurgan
FAIL

Stop destroyng Linux, Poettering

Poettering should simply STOP trying to destroy the Linux ecosystem by imposing systemd, which is absolutely non-compliant with the UNIX philosophy.

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

Kurgan

Was it a MITM or what?

Was it a MITM job, or were the social security numbers taken from server memory by exploiting the bug? How can they know how many (and which) numbers where taken?

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

Kurgan
Black Helicopters

Suicide?

Yeas, sure, it was a suicide. Just like Roberto Calvi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Calvi

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

Kurgan

Telecom Italia had such junk before...

Telecom Italia, in years 2000-2003, gave their BUSINESS users a router from "Telindus" that exposed its password in plain text to anyone that sent the right "request" to it. Both on LAN and on WAN. So hacking Telecom Italia business users was as simple as sending the right request packet (simple and identical for every router, no MAC address hash involved) to every Telecom Italia public IP address, and you could collect all of the router's passwords in plain text. Then you telnet to the router and you are in.

I discovered this vulnerability while trying to access a router (locally) for a customer who lost the password. (http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/bugtraq/2002-06/0028.html)

When I told Telecom Italia (and then Telindus) about it, they asked me if I was going after a ransom, if I was some sort of criminal. I just wanted to warn them. Anyway, 6 months later, they changed the firmware so that now you needed to apply a XOR to have the password in plain text.

Double Fail!

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Dying HealthCare.gov bagged JUST SIX registrations on first day

Kurgan

Re: So something like $400M-$500M has been spent on this website....

So we italians are not alone. Our government spent 45 millions Euros on the useless "italia.it" website.

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Build a BONKERS test lab: Everything you need before you deploy

Kurgan
Unhappy

Asus mainboards?

I have had a lot of bad experiences with Asus mainboards (and with quite every consumer mainboard I have happened to use under heavy load). These mainboard are usually slow. Their buses are full of bottlenecks, so you don't get to use all fo the speed of the CPU or of the disks or of the RAM you are installing. I know that this is not a proper techical description of the issues I had, but I am no more "up to date" with modern hardware design. What I know is that I have seen more than one Asus-based "very fast workstation" perform very poorly at various I/O intensive tasks. I have seen the latest and greatest hardware (Asus mainboard) run terribly slow when compared to hardware that was 5 years old (Intel mainboard) at the same task (mechanical 3D CAD that needed to load hunderds of little files to create the entire project in RAM). It was not a video card issue, but definitely an I/O issue.

How does your setup feel? Does it feel fast enough, considering the CPU and RAM you are using? Have you tried using different mainboards?

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AT&T relaunches walkie-talkie style service Push to Talk

Kurgan
FAIL

PTT could have been a great idea...

... but it was a failure in Europe because of the greediness of the operators, I suppose.

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Report: McAfee founder wanted for murder in Belize

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CoC RPG?

Belize, stormy night, homicide, lunatic millionaire, home-made drugs... it really seems to be the beginning of a Call of Cthulhu RPG session.

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Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

Kurgan
FAIL

Bing had malware sites as sponsored pages!

Some time ago (six months, maybe) I was installing some new Windows machines (which I usually don't, because I am a Linux sysadmin) and after installing them I wanted to install "security essentials", so I opened up Explorer, and searched (in Bing, it is the default search engine) for "microsoft security essentials". The first two links (sponsored, I suppose, because they were on some gray or blue background) where for malware sites, the first non sponsored link was for some dodgy download site that puts spyware in every download, and the fourth result was for the right site.

If I run the same search in Firefox (same windows box, same day, just installed Firefox and tried the search on Bing using Firefox) , the sponsored links do not appear at all.

I have confirmed this behaviour for at least four or five times. I don't know if they have fixed it now.

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Cisco backs down on cloud control of routers

Kurgan
FAIL

Nice fuckup!

Now I don't trust Cisco anymore. They have lost a customer. Maybe more than one, since I am a consultant.

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Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

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Re: I do use Facebook

You are a wise man. But a lot of idiots happily abuse their contact's data (phone numbers, email addressess) by giving them away to every spammer and every dodgy app in the world.

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Diablo III

Kurgan

Re: Nice game, but...

Not only to play Diablo, but we also play Diablo. We eat, chat, drink, then someone goes to sleep and someone pulls a Diablo all-nighter.

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Kurgan
FAIL

Nice game, but...

... but I like to play Diablo 2 offline in coop mode with some friends, on a LAN with no internet connection (at a cottage with flaky cellular connection and no phone and dsl line). This "online only" mode, that is not actually required (except for DRM purposes) when playing solo or in a LAN environment will spoil our Diablo nights at the cottage.

So I', not buying it, at least not until we find a way to play offline in our LAN, which may be possible by cracking the DRM, or may not be possible at all, if the game can only talk to its servers to setup a multiplayer coop game, instead of talking to the other local installations.

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AOL sells Microsoft 800+ patents for over $1bn

Kurgan
Trollface

IP Bubble?

I really HOPE that there will be an IP bubble, with patent trolls paying millions for patents and then going bakrupt in the most gruesome way.

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

Kurgan
WTF?

"digital path"...

... does it mean that you have to enter www.something.com/smut/ instead of www.something.com?

How technically difficult. How hard to explain. It must be kept secret and undisclosed. Just say "follow a particular digital path", do not help criminals understand this technology.

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Crap mobile networks shamed by Carrier IQ API

Kurgan
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If the operators were willing to share all of the informations gathered with the users, then I'd consider installing such a spyware on my phone, because it would be useful to me, too.

If they don't, or they just share half of what they gather, then it's a big "NO, THANKS" for me.

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Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

Kurgan
FAIL

Patents...

Software Patents: a complete failure. That's all.

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Boffins embed electronics into fibres

Kurgan
WTF?

Not just lock-in...

While such a solution can be nice for a fibre patch cable (that you buy already "terminated" with such opto-electronic integration), it is quite useless for longer runs where you have to lay the fibre for hundreds of meters (or feet, o furlongs, or whatever) and then cut it and connect it. You should have the fibre pre-cut and pre-terminated at the right lenght, before you buy it.

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European revolt over ACTA treaty gains ground

Kurgan
FAIL

A little too late

It's a little too late, isn't it?

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System Shock

Kurgan
Go

A great game

One of the best games I have ever played.

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Year of the Penguin - el Reg's 2011 Linux-land roundup

Kurgan
FAIL

Canonical will not be missed

Well, when someone really thinks that a big non-touch monitor needs to run the same interface as a small touch one, I think it's time to say "sure, go on with this madness" and promptly choose another distro or another desktop manager.

I like the Android touch-friendly interface on my phone and on my tablet, but I DON'T WANT the same interface on my 28 inch non-touch monitor.

Interface designers in commercial products think that users are stupid, suffer from attention disorder, and cannot focus on more that one simple task on one big window that covers all of the screen, with no more that two big buttons at a time. Everything more complex is absolutely too hard to use. And while there are smarter users in the commercial software world, there are also a lot of brain damaged users.

But, if we keep helping the brain damaged users, sooner or later the smart users will die of boredom.

Have you seen the movie "Idiocracy"? It is a perfect example of where we are headed.

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Seagate matches and raises WD disk warranty cuts

Kurgan
FAIL

Those pesky disk manufacturers...

What we need is reliable disks, not 10-terabytes disks. They should focus on reliability, and the do exactly the opposite.

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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Thumb Down

Crapware

Uhm... too much crapware, and too low screen resolution.

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Apple stores getting close to overload

Kurgan
FAIL

Here in Italy, too.

My wife went to the just opened Apple Store in Bologna, Italy and she also told me that it stinks. Too much people, not enough air conditioning. An enormous, new and beautiful store, very nice to see, not very nice to smell.

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Mars probe crippled by buggy SSD successfully jury-rigged

Kurgan

Fixing IT problems is boring?

If you have a severe failure, a day or so of data that could be lost, and 150 workers that cannot work, well, this is NOT so boring.

I believe that being a BOFH is like being a passenger airline pilot. You get months of boring work and then some really terrifying minutes (or hours) now and then.

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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

Kurgan
Unhappy

I'm sorry

I'm sorry for being italian. Please, come and conquer us, and hang all of these idiots.

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WHSmith launches e-book reader rivals to Amazon Kindle

Kurgan
Happy

I hope not so pointless

Good and cheap(ish) e-readers other than the Kindle series do not exist, and I'm really happy to see that someone is trying to offer some alternative product. I'm just waiting for the first touch screen e-readers to decide which suites me best. And I am taking into account the flexibility of the reader, as opposed to the closeness of the market that Amazon is trying to obtain. (sorry if I express myself as a monkey, my mother tongue is not English)

So, if I can buy an e-book reader that is as good as the Kindle, but with added extra formats support (epub, mobi, html, pdf, rtf, text...) then that is my preferred choice.

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German hackers snare wiretap Trojan, accuse gov of writing it...

Kurgan
FAIL

So badly written...

... that it is likey made by a government! LOLLASTIC!

By the way, do terrorist still use Windows?

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Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing display toxic ads

Kurgan
WTF?

Bing sucks soo much...

Try also to search for "microsoft security essentials" on Bing using IE. The first two links are malware sites. If you use Firefox it behaves differently...

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

Kurgan
FAIL

So Debian it is...

I have always run Debian on servers, and I have run Ubuntu on my desktop since 6.04 if I remember correctly. Now, given the fact that EVERY new interface looks like Barbie's kid computer, it's time to switch to Debian also on the desktop. Maybe I'll look at KDE4, but it's time do say bye bye to Ubuntu anyway, I don't like its philosophy any more.

I'd need an EXTRA-FAIL icon...

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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So ribbon is OK for disabled people...

So what you are saying is that the ribbon interface is OK for people with cognitive problems, and is annoying for "normal" people. This post says it all about what Microsoft thinks about its customers.

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Phishing email used in serious RSA attack surfaces

Kurgan
FAIL

Unbelievable

RSA uses Windows (fail), does not have enough in-depth security (fail), has never trained staff about basic security (fail). Or worse, a top manager opened that email. A manager of the kind that WANT to have admin access to everything, and is so dull and gullible that he is the perfect target for every phishing scam in the world. Either way, this is an EXTRA SUPER DUPER FAIL.

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Nokia dishes out $10m in developer prizes

Kurgan
FAIL

Apps for what?

Apps for a dead OS? Why bother?

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Better ATM skimming through thermal imaging

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Citizen, be paranoid!

I can see that quite all of the comments are from paranoid enough people. I keep the fingers on random keys while waiting for the ATM to show me a lot of useless information that cannot be skipped, then enter the pin at lightning speed (I am good at typing fast), and then I keep the fingers on random keys again. I do all of this while keeping my wallet over the keypad with my other hand. (I suppose that we can all enter the pin without looking at the keys, do we?)

If my atm pin is hard to get, and everyone else's is easy to get, guess who will lose his money? Everyone else. It's "security by being such a bitch". If stealing from me is hard, and stealing from someone else is easy, why should the thief steal from me?

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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

Kurgan
FAIL

I suggest...

I happen to know a little about the history of pinball machines (a friend of mine is one of the bigger pinball collectors in Italy). In the fifties, pinball machines had scores that advanced by one when you hit some target. In the sixties, they advanced by ten. In the seventies, by one hundred. The latest ones, by thousands. I call this the "score inflation". It's psychologically pleasing for the player to score "1 billion, 234 millions and 9 thousands" points instead of "12.349" points. But if you look at the pinball machine code (or mechanical relays, depending on the year) you will see that the two scores need the same effort to be reached.

Now, it seems a little silly, but I believe that later on we will see version numbers increase by ten, then by a hundred, and so on.

Now we have Firefox 6. In 6 months we will have firefox 12, then Opera could switch from 12 to 22 to play "catch up" with Firefox, and IE from 9 to 19... then Firefox will release version 23, and Opera version 40 (to make it even, they will jump over version 32), and eventually Firefox vill release version 100, and so on.

I suppose I will see somebrowers release "345K" (as in 345.000) before I die.

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