* Posts by phuzz

3715 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Yes, I'm running LUKS encryption on top of my BTRFS partition

Right, I'm not an expert on this, but I've learnt there's no better way to learn, than to be wrong on the internet.

LUKS is a full disk (or full partition at least) encryption system. Surely the filesystem (BTRFS in this case), is on top of LUKS, not the other way around? After all, if I run blkid then it tells me that the encrypted partition is TYPE="crypto_LUKS", instead of ext4.

Contrarywise, as far as the running OS is concerned the filesystem is vanilla ext4, so I don't see why Dropbox would have a problem running on it. Indeed, I've yet to get a warning from Dropbox on any of the machines I'm responsible for, most of which are using ext4 on top of LUKS.

Still, I don't see why Dropbox can't continue to work on any file system with extended attributes, especially as it's been working on (eg) BTRFS systems already.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: The Holy Trinity

So you're ultimately left with a dilemma: anarchy or the police state?

You might have noticed that while some countries are effectively anarchies, and some are police states, there also exist many (ie most) countries which manage to strike a balance between the two. Very likely you live in one of those 'middle' countries.

So really the dilemma is; anarchy, a police state, or a sensible compromise between the two.

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Re: Double Plus Good

"You asked her the wrong things."

Should have asked about her Tindr/Grindr account...

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It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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Re: Look out in Australia

It only protects the data in transfer, presumably the Aussie government will concentrate on access to the data when it's at rest. Either on the end users device, or on the server they were communicating with.

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Re: no-brainer for sysadmins

It's looking like most devices/OSes etc. that support 1.2, should also be able to support 1.3 as well.

Of course, that still means you have to convince the customer that you really really do need to take their load balancer offline to patch it.

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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Re: Dissing Contest

I can see where you're going with this. If you wanted to destroy an organisation like Wikileaks, that was proving so embarrassing to the US government (and others), what better way to derail all their plans and sink them into disrepute, than to put a narcissistic arsehole like Assange in charge?

So do you think Ecuador are in on this plan, or are unwitting dupes?

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Re: Business as usual

Yep, but most people seem to think it's impossible, hence the full dress panic when the owner of our company got spam purporting to be from someone else in the company. "OMG we must be hacked" etc.

Cue my boss patiently trying to explain how SMTP works for an hour, before giving up and pointing out it's about as secure as a postcard.

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Wasps

Use ant powder to kill wasps nests. Not fucking petrol!

I can't believe it's taken this many replies without the obvious solution:

"Take off and nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: ?

Since that arsehole shot a bunch of people last year, apparently Las Vegas hotels are sending security round to check all the rooms on a regular basis.

Some info

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The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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Well, it's similar, in that it was added to chips as a feature for certain users, but it's very much un-useful for consumers.

These Via chips weren't intended for home PCs, they were for industrial applications where having a RISC co-processor might have been handy. Intel's ME was designed so that large companies basically had lights-out management on their desktop machines. Both were fine for their intended purpose, but in the case of Intel, they included it in consumer machines for some reason where it was very much not a good thing.

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: Or you could ditch cable ...

That's not bad, only about twice what it would cost in the uk.

(I'm assuming that's some kind of vDSL)

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Spelling!

Muphry's Law:

"If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written."

(and yes, it's supposed to be spelt like that)

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

If it doesn't make money for Donnie, what's the point?

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Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

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Re: Vermin media

Every time I get pissed off with Virgin I remember having to deal with BT and they seem slightly better by comparison. Sure, their customer service might be just as terrible, but at least the end product is good once you actually get it working.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Pillage of the Open Source projects

So people using open source software is bad?

Or is it just because they're charging money for it?

Apple use CUPS in OSX, in fact, they're actually the lead developers, does that make them even worse?

Practically all the servers where I work are running Linux, should I wipe them and install Windows instead?

FFS, the whole point of open source software is for it to be used. As long as companies are abiding by the license, what's the flipping problem?

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Re: FUSE?

sending out units like this should be an embarrassment for RCL

I'd have thought taking half a million quid from people and wasting it should be an embarrassment, but apparently they're beyond shame.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Re: Apple Watch works pretty good without a phone

The latest Apple Watch (with built in LTE) can fully work without a phone.

At this point it's not a smartwatch any more, it's a small smartphone, with a wrist strap. Congratulations, Apple got you to buy a second (concurrent) phone from them, I'm sure the ghost of Steve Jobs is very happy.

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Aren't smartwatches basically pagers? They display your messages, but you can't easily reply to them without resorting to a phone (it's just the phone is in your pocket now instead of being a landline in a phonebooth).

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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Re: Business Appointment Rules

Do you mean this bit:

the risk of a former official improperly exploiting privileged access to contacts in government

Because for starters, that's not listed as a rule, it's something that the rules are intending to avoid, and the way that it's avoided is by limiting what he can do for the first two years in his new job.

Secondly, if you read carefully it applied to the "former official", which he isn't, yet.

So, if he doesn't keep to the rules which the Civil Service chooses to place on him, then he would be in breach of the code, but as he hasn't started that job yet, it's a bit early to tell.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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I've been wondering recently if the people who complain about "clickbait headlines", do so because they go for the bait.

It's generally pretty obvious just from reading the link that something is just clickbait, so I just don't click on it. It seems pretty simple to me but some people get so het up about it, is that because they're embarrassed about being caught out?

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GitHub looses load-balancing open-source code on netops world

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Time to dig our the old classic explainer:

(not aimed at you AGS221)

Lose: What you just did.

Loose: Your mum.

Loess: An aeolian sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt.

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Microsoft to hackers: Finding Hyper-V bugs is hard. Change my mind. PS: Here's a head start...

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors ..... for When All is Far from Well and Hell is just around the Next Corner?!

"ITs AI Leading Currency"

Speaking of which, can I borrow a fiver, oh quirkiest of alien intelligences?

Oh wait, that says leading not lending doesn't it, carry on.

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Stress, bad workplace cultures are still driving security folk to drink

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Re: Curiously American @AC

Ditto here. a new hire asked for help getting his work email on his private phone. I refused, partly on the grounds that his email might have sensitive information, but mainly because he's only paid to work 38.5 hours a week.

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Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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The people I know who get a big salary mostly didn't get it from staying in one job and getting regular pay rises, they did it by leaving and getting a new job with much better pay.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Dear el'Reg

You know what would be really helpful? If you rang up all of the main UK ISPs and asked them what they're doing about IPv6.

The latest information I've heard about Virgin is this.

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Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities

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Re: "discovered by..seven researchers poring over source code without the use of any

Could the NHS use it?

Only if it benefit any friends-of-MPs who can then give them a cushy 'consultancy' job?

>>>> Joke icon, because of course I'm only joking about our fine Members of Parliament being on the take...

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: I think I'll..

The kids can keep their answering machine-message length ditties, clearly suited to the short-attention span types.

Average length of a chart single in the 1960's was two minutes, that rose to almost five minutes by the 1980's, these days it's down to around three minutes again.

Three to four minutes has long been the preferred length of a single, although of course many genres are partially defined by songs which go on for (sometimes much) longer than that.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: Where's my

Faster, Cheaper, High capacity, choose two.

If you don't care about speed then stick with your cheap harddrive.

If you do care about speed then you'll either have to pay more for the 1TB SSD, or buy a smaller capacity one.

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Re: Ah, but

What’s wrong with home NAS or cloud? *Somebody* has to have the HDDs, but it doesn’t have to be in the iPad.....

Sure, but as a consumer (the article is specifically not about enterprise gear), when you're looking for a storage medium for your archives, where speed and IOPs don't matter much, are you going to pick up some 1TB spinners for ~£35 or a 1TB SSD for £180?

Once the SSD price is down to maybe £70 for 1TB (ie only twice the spinning rust), then people will start using them more for bulk storage.

(Or take the middle road and combine harddrives with an SSD cache, but we're getting above a normal consumer level then)

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Re: Where's my

Here. You'll need at least £180.

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Of course, if the cost of making an SSD suddenly drops by half

Currently SSDs are eight to ten times more expensive per GB than harddrives, so the cost of making an SSD is going to have to drop by more than half.

Of course, SSDs are fast, quieter, smaller, and use less power, so I don't think the price will have to reach parity with hardrives for them to totally take over. Perhaps when an SSD is only twice the price of an equivalently sized harddrive?

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Re: Ah, but

Did you mean 512GB?

Yep, in fact every time I wrote MB, assume I meant GB.

My excuse is that I'm old and out of touch, my first harddrive was eighty whole megabytes, that's room for almost eighty floppy disks!

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Re: Ah, but

I'd not looked in a while, so I just totted up the prices and capacities of some SSDs and HDDs.

SSDs are now around the 16p/MB level (the 512MB drives are the sweet spot), up to about 22p/MB for the biggest ones (small ones are also poor value).

HDDs are down to 2p/MB (for 3/4TB drives) or about 3p/MB for very small/large drives.

So If Samsung think their new SSD is going to compete on capacity with hard drives, they're going to have to sell it for about 8-10 times less than their current generation of SSDs. That's unlikely, so the age of harddrives for bulk storage is still with us, and probably will be for a few years yet.

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Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers

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Re: "ISMI is or ISMI ain't fake access?" (with apologies to an ancient TV advert)

In my head I just get "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" as sung by Dinah Washington.

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Re: Three?

A phone with a Three sim in it isn't going to connect to a Vodafone tower if it can't find a Three tower.

Unless you've turned Network Roaming on in your phone's settings, because that's exactly what roaming entails.

(I assume most phone allow the user to change this, but I don't know for sure)

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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Re: It beats me why some gun-happy Yanks haven't terminated him!

Shooting is a bit over the top. However, I did hear that someone was trying to buy up all the ISP's in his local area, so they could throttle fsck out of his home internet connection. Now that's justice.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

It's debates like the above that make me wish I wasn't (slightly) too young to have had them in real time.

You sound about the same age as me, and we have the old Amiga vs Atari debate, and there's still poor misguided fools who continue to support the ST.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Just a beer?

This is your regularly scheduled reminder that some of us millennials will be forty in a couple of years, so using the word as a short-hand for 'bloody kids' is increasingly inaccurate.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: False flag attack

Why would anyone want to be such an idiot

Because some people stand up for what they believe in, even if what they believe in is basically fascism-lite? Because they think that lots of other people secretly agree with them? Because some trolls actually have the guts to try to troll people outside of the internet? Because being an idiot in the US can get you elected?

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: as if we were the only country on earth with such a problem

Both my grandads were anti-facists, one was in this organisation known as the Royal Air Force, the other was in the army...

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

The fun can be amplified when attempting to figure our how to manually feed envelopes

A few weeks ago I had to print an address onto an envelope, so I carefully worked out where the manual feed was in the printer, and which way round the envelope had to be, and then checked in the printer driver for all the correct settings.

It only bloody worked first time.

Realising that I was treading in a realm where few have trod before, I sensibly decided to go home early. There was no way I was going to top that.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

I was looking for an alternative to Amazon for ebooks

I use kobo.com, they seem to have 95%+ of all the books I'm after. Amazon still has better sales (ie cheaper) though.

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

Imagine the commission that the original sales-person from Oracle received.

Just think of all that cocaine!

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DEF CON plans to show US election hacking is so easy kids can do it

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Re: The Solution

When turnout is so low, it turns out people can't even be bothered to rig their vote.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: It will be the end of puns as we know them

Why not simply develop an AI to write the text in the first place?

Have you met amanfrommars?

More seriously, AI is already being used to do the boring bits.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: How much do we need?

There's even a somewhat working Linux sync client for OneDrive (for Business) now. It's a slight faff to set up (systemd only) but it does sync ok.

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

1. I do not trust Microsoft [...]

Well don't use their software then, there's plenty of choice.

Libre/Open Office both work great. Thunderbird is a fine email client. Linux and OSX both work. There's plenty of other cloud storage providers if you need that (although you might have to pay a subscription, that's how renting something works).

Why would you continue using Windows if you dislike everything about it?

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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

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Re: 'Don't route the messenger'

No, it comes from the French "route", and kept the pronunciation.

Err, the French pronounce rue and route in the same way, and clearly both words come from the same root.

(and now I'm wondering if root and route share a derivation)

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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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Re: Text message?

I have a friend who's recently moved house, and doesn't have internet yet, so, she keeps going over her data allowance and has to resort to texts. I have other friends who have old phones that can't run a messaging program, again, texts work just fine.

Texting works in some situations where other messaging programs don't, hence, it still has a place.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: A Collaboration Of Liars

I'm always impressed by the "but both sides!" argument coming out of the US comparing Trump to anyone else.

It's like putting an elephant on one end of a see-saw, and human on the other and saying "it must be balanced because there's someone on both ends!".

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