* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

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*rolls eyes*

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

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Special Forces Charlie Foxtrots coming to a server/server farm close to you soon.

Turns a server farm into a sewerage farm with no effort on your side...

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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Re: Wake me up

If they can find a way to have the ntbackup frontend on the new windows server backup thingy, then it'll be a sure winner.

Setting it up (windows server backup) takes a tad longer than setting up a backup job in ntbackup. And you don't have a drill-down approach if you just want to restore one file. (unless I'm mistaken).

But for now I am forced to use WSB to back up VM's and data, as ntbackup just can't do that.

New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

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I get the feeling that something big is going to happen soon.

I mean, look at the various vulnerabilities coming to light (spectre, meltdown etc).

Then the amount of malware out there (crypto-malware etc).

And things like these Mirai botnets sniffing back orifices all over the world...

China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Memories of Skylab coming down in '79.

And ManicMiner's Skylab Landing Bay...

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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I want to get off this planet.

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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What about a nice game of chess?

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Hats off to an old-school admin who runs a physical server under his stairs in his spare time as a hobby project, and as a public service to boot.

That's how you learn how these things *really work* and keep your own hardware skills up to date.

Agreed, plus it is fun shutting it down and listening to the cries of outrage

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Ahhh, the good old days of OS/2 vs Windows... Good fights and flames all over the place :)

Nowadays I just use what works for me OOB-wise. Smoothwall for firewalling, ClearOS for VPN and routing between subnets, Windoze for ms-word and ms-excel, linux mint for libreoffice and exploring risky, suspicious links sent via email (on a physically different network).

I prefer nowadays just to stick the CD or ISO image in, and install whatever I need, apply patches and harden it, and that's it. Not in the mood to waste time anymore, just quicker and easier going the OOB route than to sit with some arb linux distro, and battling to get things to work.

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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Re: I learned a new word today

Bah, I learnt it yonkers ago on darwinawards.com - and will not post the details of that here on this family-friendly forum, because of special snowflakes. :)

Beer, because we all need it.

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Re: And still...

Everything is totally contained, uninstall the offending app, you uninstall its effects. Its not like windows where it's modified your phone and left it's payload.

Can Sir tell me what happens in the case of an offending app rooting your phone? How do you get rid of that without a factory reset?

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

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Our NAS runs on an Intel Xeon - so it will be vulnerable - especially when it is converted to a NAS, and world+dog have access to it.

Patch it? Non. I don't want a degraded NAS.

However, access to it will be tightly controlled, so any ne'er-do-well trying to get in will have a fiddly time doing so.

So. The risk is there, but it is one I'm willing to take - sacrificing security for performance this time round.

Remote desktops/VM's etc - all patched, not taking chances there.

BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Now we can have a proper start to 2018. And we needed it, after this Spectre and Meltdown malarky.

Rita sounds like a team player (on the BOFH's side, mind)... this need more episodes to confirm! :)

Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

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>swipes left<

>crashes into tree that magically appeared out of nowhere<

>gets surrounded by shit hot nubile young women<

>imagination<

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Demolition man sex scene?

What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

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Dabbsy at it again :D

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/12/self_driving_cars_still_do_not_exist_even_if_we_think_they_do/

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Being passed out means "no" at any time.

Wonder how many people got burnt by having sex with a passed-out partner...

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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New military equipment was also a challenge for The Green Machine's ranks of BOFHs. He gave the example of the F-35, which he called the "flying mega-computer," that requires secure data stream to send information and receive commands from ground controllers and defense systems. Lynn also said his agency had developed systems that allowed fighters on the ground to watch live video streams from drones on mobile phones.

*cough*

Can I interest Sir in a copy of "Superiority" by a Mr Arthur C Clarke? Highly recommended.

Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

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Re: Sad wanker watches wankers wank

New tongue twister?

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Should be interesting to read on how they managed to trace him.

But law enforcement will not give out that side of the story.

Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity

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Re: Why bother?

Then they'll have to change from IBM to IPM - International Patenting Machine...

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Re: So this IBM'er cold-calls me yesterday...

Beautiful!

'ere, 'aff a bakers' dozen on all of us!

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A Bainmarie then?

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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Cortana = sexed and souped up version of Clippy?

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First WinMo, now Cortana... Hopefully Windows will be next.

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Wahahahahaha

Ahahahahahaha

-ex OS/2 user

Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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Refer to "Superiority" by Arthur C Clarke.

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Thunderbirds?

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Anybody watched The Dark Crystal?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Crystal

With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

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Not if the hardware it resides on can have an extra back orifice or two baked in...

Or some silly poofty vulnerability is included as standard, like telnet to a management port, for example.

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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Pinky and the Brain?

Of course Brain hijacked Zuma, but Pinky fudged up something (as usual)...

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It's in geosynchronous orbit over Nkaaaaaandla at the moment.

Of course, it's a Zuma, what did you guys expect?

Apple, quit milking tech-addicted fruit of our loins – shareholders

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Why would I want to update to the latest iOS in order to mitigate Spectre and Meltdown attacks?

Mnaaaaaaarh,.

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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What will it take for Amazon et al to create their own, secure CPU?

Or chuck out their current CISC infrastructure and switch over to a RISC-based one? (unlikely).

RIP John Young: NASA's longest-serving 'naut explores final frontier

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Hamba Kahle Young.

First shots at South Korea could herald malware campaign of Olympic proportions

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Why not just have hacking and the such include as an Olympic event then?

How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

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2018 is going to be a lot more interesting than previously thought.

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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Bah, humbug and fol-de-rol

My Win10 install on my work laptop is still churning away with windowsupdates.

Luckily I have another PC running Linux Mint.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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Maybe their techies installed patches against spectre and meltdown, but buggered up something in the process...

Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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Lovely news. Getting better all the time.

Bets on who'll be next, and what the next security nightmare will be?

Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: Back in the day.....

Forgot about other viruses, but a good up to date AV kept those pesky buggers away.

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Re: Back in the day.....

Good old DOS and WordPerfect 5.1 and SuperCalc5...

Only boot sector viruses to worry about.

Macro viruses was virtually nonexistent as was Nigerian scam spam (and any other type of spam).

Goatse was unheard of, as well as tubgirl and the other assortment of shock sites.

No fake news.

Best of all, no facebook or twitter.

Programs was small, not bloated.

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Re: I have the cure for SPECTRE

And latest gadgets from Q utilizing Intel chippery? :)

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Re: CPU comparison web sites

Will they also test the 8086, 80186, 286, 386, 486, and early Pentiums as well? :p

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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We need a Mustrum Ridcully. Or somebody like Vetinari.

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Re: No Mention of AVG!

I also have two P2's - one @ 266MHz and the other at 350MHz.

Only need a case, got everything for a fine and purdy compootah.

Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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Re: LInk?

Most probably you'll need to have an account with them, or else you'll have to ask somebody else to download it for you.

Never knew Cisco was also in the virtualization game as well...

The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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I think we all are deprived of our regular OnCall fix...

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