* Posts by phuzz

2599 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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GPT?

So, if the encryption routine is written to the MBR, does that mean those of us booting from GPT disks would be ok?

I also assume that SecureBoot would refuse to boot the new bootloader that encrypts your files.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: All this has happened before

Not only does the Tornado use standard cassettes for loading navigation data, but the same tape player can also deal with audio cassettes as well, which apparently comes in handy on long flights when the crew want a bit of background music.

(Here's the nav info being recorded onto cassette, and later being loaded into the aircraft)

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Boffin

"The Space Shuttle suffered an appalling fatality/flight ratio."

The Shuttle flew 135 times, with two failures (Challenger and Columbia).

Soyuz flew it's 135th flight last October, and has had three failures (Soyuz 1 and 11 were both lost Soyuz 10TA had a fire at launch, but the escape system worked and both passengers survived).

Shuttle carried 833 people to orbit and back, and 14 died.

Soyuz has carried about 325-400* people and four have died.

So, I put it to you that the Shuttle has about an average safety record for a spacecraft.

* (I can't find a number, and i can't be bothered to count them all up, also, Soyuz has had some 'almost failures', such as Soyuz 18A)

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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

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Re: Will that be the same McAfee that lets most new malware infect your PC...

And this is exactly why this approach will be a success.

By the time Cisco and McAfee have both had a go at your computer, there's no way it'll be able to open any emails, let alone the attachments, and thus the attack will be stopped in it's tracks!

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

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I always answer unknown numbers, most of the time it's just an automated system that hangs up after a few seconds (I've no idea why it does this, or if it's even the same system each time).

The rest are usually spammers, and they get to listen to my pocket for as long as they like.

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

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Re: Racial slurp

"The "Irish people only eat potatos" slur only applies to Southern Irish catholics"

Which is why the other ones get so annoyed when they're all tarred with the same brush, making it an even more effective insult. As is reminding them that "it's all basically the same country anyway".

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Fifty seconds or three hundred, compared to a brute force attack they're both basically instant.

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Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

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'Blue Telecoms', any link to the fact that the traditional colour of the Tory party is blue, or just a coincidence?

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Re: Shown the Ecuadoor

At least he avoided ending up in the territory of that famously sycophantic, US-lapdog, Sweden.

Instead he stayed in the UK knowing that they never kowtow to the yanks, or bow down to their imperialistic demands.

Wait, do I have that the right way round?

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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

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Re: SNAFU

Fuck Yeah Capitalism!

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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There's another reason why the target might not have taken cover. Given how high the shooter had to aim, the bullet would have been coming down at an angle.

The target might have heard incoming rounds, and made sure that they were behind cover that blocked *horizontal* shots, whilst the sniper's bullet would have dropped down over this cover before hitting the target.

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PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

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Facepalm

I went looking on the ESA site and I've found my mistake. The plan is to launch a *single spacecraft*, with twenty six individual telescopes on it (all pointing in slightly different directions). The plan is to launch on a Soyuz-Fregat2-1b from Kourou.

Somehow I'd got it into my head that this would be multiple craft, each with a single telescope on.

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So how big are these new telescopes going to be? How are they going to be launched?

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Solution

1. Tell your boss you're voting Labour

(1b. Vote however you damn well please)

2. Get fired

3. Go work for rival

4. Sue previous employer for unfair dismissal

Profit!

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: What do Netflix staff do that requires all these not-brilliant stars?

"Netflix degrades the quality of the stream [...] iPlayer doesn't,"

It surely does, although I think it only goes between HD and SD quality, whereas I think Netflix has more different resolutions to step through, so I guess it's less noticeable.

Amazon also have multiple quality levels, although because they start on the lowest and it seems to take several minutes before they'll go up to HD, the first couple of minutes of the program are in fuzz-o-vision.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: Procurement Choices and Pork

To be fair though, the Boeing X-32 was UGLY.

Proper, 'fell out of the ugly plane tree and hit every branch on the way down' ugly.

Just look.

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: WHat I want to see in a digital rights bill

Why not just pirate the stuff you actually want to keep (after having paid for 'a license', of course)?

You generally get a better quality product, and you can store it for as long as you like.

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Re: The ironic thing

So what I'm learning from this is; as long as most of your customers are happy, you can fuck over your employees and break the law as much as you like.

Thanks capitalism!

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Re: That SEV mode looks really interesting

And this is why the safest way to run an OS is in a VM, because a lot of malware will refuse to run if it detects it's running in a virtual machine.

(Some can be stopped just by installing the VMWare guest tools)

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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"Steal £66,000 pounds from a bank, get a 16 month sentence."

Cause a global financial meltdown at a bank, get a bonus!

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Re: Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

Oh noes! Now you've blocked sudo, so my password stealing script dosn't work :(

Oh well, just need to rename it passwd, or ssh, etc etc.

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Himself? Herself?

Only if in this case HMS stands for Her Majesty's Son.

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Re: But.... Does it actually work?

"That's the beauty of the F35, by not having any carrier take off and landing capability a lot of stress on the airframe and pilots is reduced."

Well, seeing as the UK has bought them primarily for use on our carriers, I hope you're wrong about that.

I assume you mean that the F-35B doesn't have to have the larger wings and landing gear and the arrester hook of the F-35C (the naval version), so it's a bit lighter that it might otherwise be. On the other hand, the F-35B has all of the added complexity and weight of it's VTOL system, and might still be slightly lighter than the C version, but can carry much less weight and fuel.

Really, the F-35B should have been a unique design, leaving the A and C versions free from having to share a basic airframe with an aircraft designed for a very different role.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Re: That said ..

"What ever happened to atomic clocks!?"

They put them in satellites and used them to create a global navigation system...

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Re: Dead brand

Commodore was mainly responsible for it's own demise, although it's mummified corporate skin has indeed been worn by a number of different zombie companies over the years.

I suppose at the end of the day though, Commodore just made better hardware than Atari ;)

(I'll never be too old to stop fighting the Amiga vs ST holy war!)

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Re: Buck the trend

"Why not just build something new?"

Well, they could try and build a brand-new console, but that would take years and enormous amounts of money to compete with Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft.

Instead, they could aim for something less powerful, but there's not much point in building a new console that's as powerful as (for example) an original Playstation, because the PS1 already exists, and has a massive software catalogue already.

All Atari have that might help them make money, is the rights to a big stack of games. So perhaps they're going to create a modern-ish console, that can play all the different eras of Atari games, whilst still having modern features like HDMI output etc. A completely new console would be a complete waste of money for them (if they even have enough dosh to develop one).

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Games

It's good for films too (I've just got a 21:9 monitor myself so I'm trying to find all the justifications).

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Generally I let them talk, and listen with one ear, while I do my usual diagnosis (possibly with extra bone shaking and chicken sacrifices if I feel the user needs a bit of a show).

The user is happy because they feel they're being listened to, and potentially I might pick up a bit of history that helps me solve the problem.

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BAE accused of flogging mass-spying toolkits to assh*le autocrats

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Well hey AC, if it's not me breaking into your house, it'll just be someone else right? So by your logic I might as well come round and help myself to your telly.

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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Re: Uh oh..

"Capita don't have a great reputation for providing good quality service."

Can we have an 'understatement of the flipping week' icon please?

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger

I was under the impression that Facebook do remove posts that breach their guidelines, so wouldn't that make FB a curated service? Google have multiple products which are not treated the same, Gmail is not curated, but Youtube is.

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Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat

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Re: So someone has a 347 000 mobile phones in a 2 rented houses?

Nope, from the video in this article, it's just a big old rack of phones. Presumably they picked something with multiple SIM slots.

Also from the video, it looks like most of the SIMs were still boxed, either to be swapped in when the old ones were banned/out of credit, or perhaps they were planning to expand.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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Re: Lame redaction

"Governments around the globe are notoriously shy about using third-party IT solutions"

I can't imagine why that's the case, after all the success the UK government has had with Capita.

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IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

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"at the end of the day spinning rust will break"

SSDs and tape aren't 100% reliable either, which is why RAID (to improve uptime), and backups are just as important as they've always been.

Last time I checked (a few months ago), the price/capacity sweet spot for consumers was 3TB drives, unless you can find a good deal on a 4TB one (it's sometimes cheaper to pick up an external drive and pull it out of it's case).

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Assumptions

"Caveat - not religious, just know lots of bible stuff as unhappy (unsuccessful) exposure to church indoctrination as a kid,"

You should have realised by now that just because something is in the bible, it doesn't mean that religious types will pay any attention. "Turn the other cheek", "love your brother as yourself", lovely ideas, but not ones espoused much by many Christians.

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Re: Speaking from NZ

I think the main reason stopping that, is that a lot of their programmes are only licensed to be shown in the UK, and the NZ rights don't belong to the BBC.

(Because a lot of the BBC's programs are made by outside production houses, so the beeb only gets the UK rights).

(BTW, what/who is a 'Saffer'? Not heard that term before)

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Telegram chat app founder claims Feds offered backdoor bribe

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TCP/IP was mainly funded by the US government too, just saying.

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: Firfox on Linux removal of ALSA support

But isn't that only going to affect the five people who actually have working sound on linux?

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Discredit a journo? Easy, that'll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

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Re: How difficult would it be to fix a British Election Count? i.e. Amber Rudd's Count.

Careful there AC, those are the sort of allegations that get one sued into a hole in the ground if false, and lets just say that if they were true, one probably shouldn't mention them in public.

On a more practical level, there's twenty polling stations in Hastings and Rye (info here), and they're counted by (paid) volunteers who are watched carefully, and the entire counting process is designed to be transparent and audit-able. You can read the recommendations and regulations here.

Giving the instructions a quick read, I can't see any easy way to influence the count, without controlling several people, so no, it would be very tricky to rig a UK election, especially without any time for preparation.

In advance, the easiest thing to do would be to invent false voters, and have someone go round and place their votes, but again, this would be tricky.

It's also worth noting, that although you conflate MI5, and GCHQ and assume they could and would conspire, the employees of both are civil servants, at least some (hopefully most) of whom would fight against any attempt to subvert the democratic process, just on principal.

TL/DR It would be more difficult than just paying someone to smear the opposition candidate ahead of time.

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French firm notches up 50km unmanned drone inspection flight

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Re: BVLOS?

Perhaps we should retroactively change LoS to stand for Line of Signal, rather than Sight, so it makes more sense when talking about a radio transmission being 'within LoS'?

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Re: F-35 World's most advanced

The UK are kind of stuffed either way, because we need a S/VTOL aircraft to go on our carriers, and, well, the F35 B is basically the only game in town.

The only other option is to go back in time and start developing a "Harrier 2" (or similar) about twenty years ago.

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Re: O2 many issues

"Giving it a couple of Harriers won't give it any defence capability against any modern air power."

A Harrier might have trouble against a proper Gen4.5 fighter, but they've shown themselves to be more than capable against other aircraft of a similar age.

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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"Are there that many Raspberries out in the wild"

Pretty much anywhere there's screens displaying a slide show, if you look behind you'll see a RPi dangling from the wires. Museums, restaurants, bus companies, they get used all over the place.

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Jailed fraudster admits running same cold-caller con from behind bars

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IT Angle

Mate, he's from Glasgow, and they get a bit grumpy about being called a criminal culture up there.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Re: Next version will use camera

"the strange fad for holding phones horizontally"

Sometimes it's because the phone is broken such that speaker phone is the only way it will work. Sometimes it's because they're listening to music through headphones which don't include a mic, so they have to talk at the mic in the phone.

Still looks silly either way.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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"And yet the MS fans still wonder why so many techies hate that company so much."

Yeah, screw those guys for working to develop a file system and actually expecting other companies to pay to use it.

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ICO seizes phones and computers in nuisance call scam raids

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Well you start by complaining to the car repair centre itself (ask them to remove your details and not to contact you). If that doesn't work then you can take it to the ICO.

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Alert

Re: Interesting.

Well, you might think that tickets are just printed onto card, but actually they're made of depleted uranium, and hand lettered by monks.

That's the only way I can explain the prices big ticket sellers charge for postal delivery anyway.

(Although, can I plug Bristol Ticket Shop for not being money gouging bastards?)

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: All this vitriol for a little girl ...

According to this previous article, she was 17 when he killed himself. I don't know if that counts as being a minor where she is.

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She was 17 when she sent the texts, does that count as being a minor in this jurisdiction?

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