* Posts by BillG

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France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

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Pirate

Re: Meanwhile

We're still waiting for that one piece of evidence against Huawei.

You might be too young to remember the demonstration of the values of the Chinese government at the brutal Tiananmen Square Massacre.

If you are skeptical, visit China and type in "tank man" in Google search. Sit quietly and wait for the knock at the door.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Megaphone

Lien on Google

Does anybody think the fine will actually be paid?

About 10+ years ago a bank in Boston MA incorrectly foreclosed on a house & evicted the occupants because of a clerical error. The homeowner sued the bank & got a judgement of about $50K which after six months of excuses the bank still had not paid.

So the homeowner got a lien on the bank branch. One sunny morning a group of moving vans showed up at the local bank branch & started inventorying the contents of the bank (including the cash) & putting it all in the vans. The bank manager hastily cut a cheque for $50K.

I suggest the same strategy.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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Mushroom

Re: Always blaming Russia

I get the same thing, on a weekly basis I log attacks on my websites from IP addresses allegedly from China, Russia, and the Philippines among others. Nothing to see here, move along.

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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Devil

From The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

"29. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less"

Low-power chips are secret sauce behind long-life wearables

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Headmaster

Fixed It For Ya

"MyKronoz takes advantage of Fujitsu's Ambiq embedded micro controllers, which allow the manufacturer to dispense with expensive, power-guzzling SoCs. The Apollo2, for example, draws less than 10 μA/MHz."

o Ambiq is not owned by Fujitsu, Ambiq an independent Texas company. Fujitsu Electronics is an electronics distributor that resells Ambiq MCUs.

o "Microcontroller" is one word

o SoCs are not "power-guzzling" unless this is 1995

Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

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Boffin

Re: I'll have the super large bucket of popcorn

All app companies obey strict rules.

However those rules are the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Go

Re: People stil falling for the fake email.

@AC wrote: Also bring a clip board and you will be invincible.

Used to be a clipboard and a frown would let you leisurely stroll past any security. I wonder, in the age of computers does that still work or will people stop you to ask "Hey, what's that"?

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Facepalm

Workplace Darwin Awards?

Even in the 90's, wouldn't be common freakin' sense to not surf dodgy websites at work? From the very first time my workplace computer had internet access (1995?) my co-workers and I knew enough not to surf anything we knew we didn't want management to see.

Appropriate icon chosen.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Devil

Re: Paranoia?

There has never been published even the slightest concrete evidence that Huawei kit is backdoored for the benefit of the Chinese authorities.

If you are a manufacturer (Huawei) building your own stuff, coding your own stuff, with a large budget and extensive examples of (stolen?) reverse-engineered HW and SW at your disposal, it's only a matter of time before you can come up with a backdoor that is undetectable.

Years ago after Chinese Lenovo bought ThinkPad from IBM, people were initially satisfied that Lenovo laptops had no backdoors. Later it was revealed some Lenovo laptops had a monitoring program that was loaded into Windows from BIOS memory and silently ran in the background ("to improve the customer experience"). It's that type of creative thinking that has people nervous of Huawei.

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Atheist vs. Bigot?

When I was in college I met my first atheist. Interesting and open discussion. I was blessed in that he gave me this wisdom so early in my life that has guided me the rest of my life:

"If you do not believe in God, then you are an atheist. But if you attack people that do believe in God, then you are also a bigot."

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Devil

Re: Overlords

"The conference had never actually said it was a real robot. And the audience was schoolkids"

Allow me to translate from the Russian: "It's okay, we only lied to children." Or to put it another way:

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Vladimir Lenin

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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WTF?

Working from home???

"Unfortunately, this laptop contained payroll information, including employee name, monthly salary amounts and bank account numbers for Asia Pacific employees and was not encrypted."

Even if it was encrypted, IMO this information has no reason to be on a mobile platform like a laptop. No one in HR should need to work with this information at home for any reason.

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

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Meh

"Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer"

Makes me remember when my neighbor had to put down his elderly hound, the use of euthanasia on the dog was called "humane ".

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Devil

We're Just the Guys to Do It

Disconnecting students randomly just to see if it works is a dumb waste of a hack. Better to just carefully test it under the radar, then just tuck that nice hack away for a rainy day. Sooner or later you will come upon a situation that "absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part". Then you can use what you have learned for the betterment of all mankind (IOW crush your enemies).

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Mushroom

Huawei in Hot Water

According to rumors the allegation is that Huawei violated U.S sanctions against Iran by buying sanctioned goods either directly or indirectly from the U.S. and then authorizing the reselling of the goods to Iran.

Certain types of technology (for instance semiconductors with strong encryption) can be purchased from the U.S. only under strict contract conditions that they not be resold to embargoed countries which includes Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, and Somalia.

To make an arrest there is probably a paper trail, like something with her signature on it. Huawei might have resold the embargoed goods directly, or sold products with the embargoed goods inside.

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Re: the Canadian president Justin Trudeau

Shirley Trudeau is the Canadian Prime Minister.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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Trollface

The Trolls of Market Research

Gartner is in the business of selling reports. Nobody buys a report that says a market will fail - Gartner reports are bought, in volume, by desperate directors and senior managers trying to sell a dodgy marketing plan to skeptical management. For that reason it's said that Gartner never met a market it didn't like.

They are the trolls of market research.

Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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Happy

Re: But only if ...

Oddly enough, according to the security alert, this doesn't seem to affect Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Megaphone

Galileo, Galileo

...Europe made it clear that following Brexit, the UK would no longer gain secure access to Europe's new Galileo GPS system despite years of assisting in the system's development and deployment.

I don't know the history of Galileo GPS, but this seems spiteful for the EU to treat the UK like this.

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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Mushroom

Re: the potential risk posed by the traveler will be recalculated

@Fruit and Nutcase wrote: ..I am sure there are UK companies who will sell you an armoured personnel carrier.

Why bother when Amazon can deliver your tank for you!

Amazon.com: JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank

From Amazon: "The JL421 Badonkadonk is a completely unique, extremely rare land vehicle and battle tank. Designed with versatility in mind, the Donk can transport cargo or a crew of five internally or on the roof, and can be piloted from within the armored shell or from an exposed standing position through the hatch, thanks to special one-way steel mesh armor windows and a control stick that pivots up and down to allow piloting from the standing or seated positions. The interior is fully carpeted and cozy, with accent lighting and room for up to five people. A 400 watt premium sound system with PA is mounted to project sound both into the cabin and outward from behind the windows. The exterior is a steel shell with a rust patina, and features head and tail lights, turn signal lights, trim lighting, underbody lighting, fixed slats protecting the windows, and a unique industrial-strength rubberized flexible skirt that shields and protects the wheels to within an inch of the ground, while still allowing for enough flex to give clearance over bumpy and uneven terrain. Master power, ignition, all lighting, and stereo features are controlled from a single switchboard to the left of the driver, again accessible from either the seated or standing position. Standard drive is an air-cooled, 6hp Tecumseh gasoline (unleaded only) engine, with centrifugal clutch, giving the Donk a top speed of 40 mph....Price does not include shipping and handling."

As always, you should read the Amazon reviews first before purchasing.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Joke

Re: country & western singers

In western Europe and further west to the Americas, we tend to be wary of cleverness. We believe smart people are up to no good, being deliberately and revoltingly smart all the time, trying to catch us out and being undeservedly satisfied when it turns out they were right all along. It's only fair that we beat the shit out of these spotty, bespectacled kids at school.

Another name for people wary of cleverness: Rednecks. They should be #1 on the list.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Happy

Ask your Doctor

So what's a ghost hookup like?... "I feel them though, their weight against me, their touch, the warmth and energy that just sinks into me."

I feel the exact same thing! But my cardiologist has a different diagnosis.

China tells Trump to use a Huawei phone to avoid eavesdroppers

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Angel

China tells Trump to use a Huawei phone to avoid eavesdroppers

Reminds me of when Pres. Jimmy Carter built a new embassy in the Soviet Union: "Russia tells Carter to build embassy using Russian labor to avoid eavesdroppers".

An inspection months later revealed eavesdropping equipment burrowed deeply into walls, the foundation, light fixtures, floors, ceilings...

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Go

FoxIt Reader

I left Adobe Reader earlier this year and installed FoxIt Reader instead. WOW - what a difference - fast, easy to use, and FAST!

And FoxIt doesn't "helpfully" hook into the rest of my computer. No more does my CPU and hard drive churn when I just single-click on a PDF in Windows Explorer (I don't even open the damned PDF and Adobe still likes to get involved.)

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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WTF?

No Power Voting?

So what happens if a precinct uses electronic voting machines and there is a power outage on voting day?

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Happy

Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

"Come work for a 'socially conscious' company" = "We pay shit"

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Devil

DS9

Yes, this is silly.

Actually, instead of master/slave, I've seen Host/Device (capitalized)

Of course Host might be offensive to the Trills out there...

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FAIL

Re: A silly issue, distracting from real work

Unfortunately there is a generation of US students who do get offended.

And they need to understand that one can be offended and still be wrong.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Re: Please stop thrusting the "news" at me

Too much white space. Other than that I'll get used to it.

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Mushroom

LinkedIn?

It's a lot better than the disaster of a design LinkedIn groups pushed out this week. Their website finally jumped the shark.

The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Angel

This Title is Blank

According to the course, 300,000,000 pages have been stolen since 2010...

...including 25,233,447 pages that say "This page left intentionally blank".

Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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Mushroom

Re: The best part about ThinkPad X280?

Once you remove the annoying Microsoft bundle cruft - and I cannot believe such garbage is bundled in business machines in 2018

And it's important to remove all that bundled crud, adjust your privacy settings, uninstall all the telemetry updates, and install a privacy manager BEFORE first connecting it to the internet. Of course if the laptop has Windows 10 you have no privacy anyway.

Brand new Windows laptops are persistent in wanting to phone home to Microsoft, like mosquitoes banding up against a screen door.

Yada yada, take my money: Firms do not scrutinise software support spend – report

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Headmaster

Re: Contract renewal

Someone needs to please grammar check this entire article, starting with the very first sentence:

Companies waste cash by failing to scrutinise software maintenance and support spend, with contract renewal seen as the line of least resistance, the Campaign for Clear Licensing has said.

Give yourselves a pat on the back, top million websites, half of you now use HTTPS

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WTF?

Re: Let's Encrypt Certificates

@Tomato42 who the hell said they nickle and dime me? I've been with them for 20 years hosting more than a dozen sites off and on, and their hosting has been excellent - more importantly their tech support has been amazing. A choice of Windows and Linux hosting, SmarterMail and SmarterStats (much superior to Google Analytics), cloud services, and a lot more. I'm not going to pout and run off just because I'm charged for installing SSL certificates when technically they are absolutely perfect.

I'm not one of those people that throws a tantrum because I'm only satisfied 99 out of 100 times. People like that are never happy in life.

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Re: Let's Encrypt Certificates

@Tomato42 that's fine if you own the server. But for those of us that pay for hosting that means we need to pay for installing a new certificate every 90 days.

If I can pay $29 for a one-year Commodo certificate, installed, that makes better financial sense.

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Let's Encrypt Certificates

Let's Encrypt stats show 53.5 million active certificates issued, with an average of 600,000 more issued every day.

From what I've seen Let's Encrypt only offers free 90-day certificates. At the end of the 90-day period you have to have a new certificate issued. So the 600,000 issued daily includes some churn.

Does anyone offer a free 2-year SSL certificate for general public use (not privately signed)?

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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Mushroom

Outboarding

I had a similar situation. 'Bout 15 years ago I was in charge of tech marketing for a fun mid-sized company and we were going to have a one-evening event to promo our technology in San Francisco in a hotel two miles away from a major trade show. We had everything set up when I got a call three days beforehand from the hotel manager telling us that the contract they had with major trade show prohibited them from holding our event and they were cancelling.

I mentioned that our lawyer was going to call him. Lawyer later called, told them that since this was his (the hotel manager's) decision that our action would be against not only the hotel, but also against the hotel manager, personally. Meanwhile I called the PR director for the major trade show, who was apologetic but she said in a semi-evil voice "this is how its done". Very politely I told her that we had about a dozen members of the press confirmed to attend, and when I called the press on the phone (not email) to tell them I was being forced to cancel our event should I give the press her name?

Well she stuttered like porky pig and said she'd get back to me. A few hours later I got calls from both the hotel manager & the PR person telling me my event was on. After that I invited our lawyer to each event with the promise of good food and a fun time.

If I was IGEL, I would have brought my lawyer just in case, and when their goons started tearing things down I'd have my lawyer, business card in hand, identify himself to the minimum-wage goons and ask to see their badges for guaranteed PERSONAL legal action.

Can't fight a big company, but you can take down their people one at a time.

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Megaphone

Re: Trumpet

THE ERUPTIONS WERE HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!

If you have to simulate a phishing attack on your org, at least try to get something useful from it

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Holmes

The secret of blind phishing simulation, then, is good blind phishing simulation, which means following a few rules. The first of these is that running the test should generate useful data, both for the testers but also the people being tested.

Or to quote Spock: "Before performing a test, decide what you will do if the results are positive or negative. If the answers are the same, don't perform the test."

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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Holmes

Semi-Captive Chinese Market

I wonder what the numbers for Huawei are if you remove the Chinese market from everyone's sales?

China is a semi-captive market for Huawei.

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Devil

VAX/VMS Hacker Fun Times

VAX/VMS had so many holes, even with a non-admin account you could do some nasty things, such as reading coworker's emails (child's play). Or spoofing other users on PHONE.

This Reg comment is for those of us with a non-admin account that exploited holes in VAX so freakin' outrageous, that I/we won't post them here for fear the statute of limitations might be eternal. And/or, we never got caught and we are afraid old co-workers might be on El-Reg.

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

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Flame

Re: All Verizon need now is a fire...

"We made a mistake in how we communicated with our customer..."

"... we told them the truth."

Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Happy

Re: What happened to "serverless"?

Remember "Thin Clients"? It was all the rage with college grads who bragged it would be the best thing since sliced bread.

Unfortunately us old farts had to remind them that it was another name for "mainframe".

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Facepalm

Re: I wish Gartner would Vanish!

Edge Computing is alive and well.

Anyone remember Dataquest Dataguess? They reached peak entertainment value in the mid-90's when a map of the USA in one of their reports put Detroit squarely in Tennessee.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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FAIL

Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Minimum wage security people.

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Joke

What About The Pron On Your Computer?

Clip from The Man Show - cleaning up after you die for the single guy:

The Rest Assured service - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_QA7M2vQBw

"Your family will remember you by what you've left behind... when you're gone, it's too late to hide any evidence of your hedonistic lifestyle (get that goat off the bed!)"

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