* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

5066 posts • joined 29 May 2007

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Most people are not just thick.

"Yeah, but it's a dry wet"

/Hudson

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

As time goes by I realise just how special the comprehensive school was that I went to.

I had several teachers who actively encouraged you to discover new things about the stuff they were teaching. My history teacher taught us how to research, my Physics teacher taught me how to think from first principles.

My German teacher taught me the benefits of inviting attractive exchange students over to teach us, and my Chemistry teacher taught me that just because people are older and have degrees, they can still be stupid and biased.

One form tutor taught me about tolerance and understanding, another taught me about encouraging people who are on the wrong path to channel their energies into more constructive activities without it having to be boring.

My woodwork teacher taught me how irresponsible a teacher could be when they'd had enough and was buggering off round the world*.

Bloody hell, the more I think about it the more I realise just how lucky I was.

*This involved letting 30 kids run loose in the local Spinney and engaging in stone fights across a railway crossing just as it crossed a river.

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Whilst passing round the fags?

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Engineers build things, technicians service the things that engineers build, imho :)

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Re: "I did read Hamlet all the way through"

"Saracen and Roland" -> Blank look.

And there was me wondering if it was safe to look up whilst at work - quite disappointed I must say.

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Re: Thanks

Weird, I would have understood Deosil, but Deasil left me blank.

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Re: That takes me back

"hey that's poo" - doesn't seem to have quite the same impact. Possibly because it doesn't have a hard sounding consonant at the end?

How about 'sphincter bile'? Too long?

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Re: Sounds a good idea

You're missing the liability piece - if they buy the company they buy everything - IP, debts and liabilities - including past misdemeanors which have yet to come to light :)

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they were virtual

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Re: Where the bodies are...

Beware of men barring strange gifts

What, you didn't want them or something?

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A Likely Story

having accidentally been bcc-ed in on a private email exchange

I wonder how (and how often ) that happened? :D

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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compatability

Many companies running ipv4 routable addresses inside their network could release addresses by running IPv6 at the border and IPv4 internally. Basically turns their assigned range into a private network block. Not suitable for all, but should help migration timelines.

You append your internal v4 addresses to your v6 address block and away you go (almost).

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

The only way they could know any of that is if they were watching it on a honeypot. Even then they still have to attribute the source connections - but I'm guessing they just skip that part, probably skip the first part too.

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Re: Why?

I used WireShark to extract usename/password.

Which pretty much means anyone else can get it too if they really want it.

Best bet is to shove your own firewall in behind and treat it (the ISP router) like a dirty whore hub. Your connection may get owned, but you should retain control over your inner network and systems.

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eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

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Re: Just wait...

Let me get this straight..I register a company account and tell them its address is the same as 'person x'.

If I then run that company below their thresholds they will also suspend the account of 'person x'?

DoS anyone?

I wonder if it works the other way round (get a personal account suspended and affect a company account)?

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

What are you doing working in IT, then?

:) Looking for horse shoe nails.

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

What put a bug up my arse, is that you decided that a theist would do the right thing, but an atheist would not, choosing the easy road instead.

I didn't say that, I merely said that on balance I thought an atheist might feel more pressure to not blow the whistle when taking into account the potential real-life impact. I in no way meant that as a slur on the character of atheists, just that I would understand if the prospect of retribution from authority figures was a bit more daunting.

I'm not a Christian, but then again I don't adhere to any kind of dogmatic approach to understanding my relationship with God. That is something between me and God and I have no expectation of it having any bearing on anyone else's beliefs whatsoever.

I've read a couple of Dawkins books, and he makes a good argument. As always I believe ultimate truth to be mutable (not facts, but what those facts mean) the best truths are the ones that help you grow and move on to another level of awareness. At that point old truths may need to be revised or even discarded if they no longer serve to help you progress.

I hold no permanent views, I am always open to new truths, yet it amazes me how much core information gets re-inforced over the years and how much 'stuff' becomes more and more irrelevant as time goes by. Peace.

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Re: Really annoys me when....

One word: corruption.

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

"so when you wake up to another cold morning with frost on your woolly hat, and decide its time to make that 200 mile walk south for the warmer weather for the winter you will think about your decision to blow that whistle on your boss who broke the rules to get his friend a lucrative contract...."

'A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come. <W.S.>'

"if you believe in a deity who is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction..<snip>..then you will be just fine if you blow the whistle on some wrong doing"

Not quite sure which belief system is being portrayed there, but it doesn't match the one I adhere to.

"but you expect the suspiciously absent space mage to protect you.....

wake up and smell the coffee...."

Not sure I expect anything of the sort, I'm pretty sure I didn't say anything of the sort in my post. You seem to be a bit upset by my post, you might want to consider the underlying cause of your anxiety and sort that out, you'd be happier I reckon.

For what it's worth, when I was faced with the choice of blowing the whistle or not, I found that it wasn't really a choice and the decision flowed naturally from my state of being. I suffered consequences, fortunately not so much that it ruined my life in the long term. Would I do it again? Of course. Would I do it differently? I certainly would.

Perhaps my good fortune was based on my faith that it was the right thing to do and that the Universe saw fit to shift me out of the blast radius before it destroyed me, who knows. I'm certainly grateful.

Let me state something for the record: There is no power on Earth that will make me throw my lot in with those who are seeking to make everyone else's life a misery - whether by action or inaction.

The coffee I have sat in front of me smells great by the way :)

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

"People need ask themselves, is it worth the years its taken me to get to this point? Because they will fuck me over and unless I wish to whore myself out to the media, I wont have any protection no matter what the law says."

I suppose it depends on how principled a person you truly are whether you go ahead and blow that whistle.

No doubt that the world is a hostile place, but if it weren't for people focused on the good (and prepared to stand up and be counted) then it would a worse place than it already is.

Seems like a losing battle alright, however I don't see that as any reason to throw in the towel and bow my head in subjugation. If you believe in some higher power and the immortal soul etc. then that makes the decision a bit easier. For a devout atheist I expect the decision will be much harder and pragmatism would most likely prevail.

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: "...attackers could install malware..."

Infiltration is a separate risk from ex-filtration and so often treated separately.

In order to secure your data, it's usual to assume that miscreants already have access to the devices but have no easy way of getting the data out of the environment, so you limit the opportunities and closely monitor the ones you can't shut down completely (because they are needed for some reason).

To be honest, it would make more sense to infiltrate the system with a spy with an eidetic memory.

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

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Re: Cost analysis

You get over VR sickness within a couple of weeks. I certainly did and I'm extremely prone to motion sickness but now I can immediately turn off all comfort settings and just play (such as Omega Wipeout - and that's some insane shit right there. I lock my view to pilot (rather than cockpit) and it's still fine for me).

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Re: Why all the flash?

@Lee D: You have heard of PSVR haven't you? You can find them in the UK for as little as £280 new.

If you already have a ps4 then you're good, if not then you can pick a new one up for about £230, even cheaper second hand of course.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Re: Stamp it out.

This IS The Register. Stories like this are what make El Reg special. It's all about balance

I don't know what was going on behind the scenes, but a couple of months ago there was a disturbance in the force, and El Reg started taking on overtones of unnerving nature. That all seems to have died down and normal service has resumed - would love to know what actually happened.

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Re: There is God given right to privacy

To which the honest answer should be yes seeing as how, information wise, we are way beyond their wettest dreams already.

Can't disagree with that, but it might be useful to point out to someone what it was like before they were slowly boiled over the last 17 years, they might not actually realise.

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Re: There is God given right to privacy

Next time anyone says that line I'm going to ask them if they approve of the methods used by the Stasi in East Germany during the cold war.

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I don't know why you are so confident that they don't understand the issue.

Let us, for arguments sake, assume that they *do* know what the issue is. What can we surmise from this premise?

Well, let us first look to the intended consequences of the situation by first establishing a couple of parameters..

- There can be no back-door to encryption

- There is constant pressure to implement a back-door to encryption

- Most people are ignorant of the ramifications

- TPTB blame lack of ability to decrypt key devices for crime 'x'

All of this contributes to a dynamic state of fear in the population that has no resolution (much like the war on 'drugs' etc.).

Fear in the population makes them easier to control.

What was your question again?

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"Key 1 is owned by you and is relatively unique"

You might want to revisit your information sources on the definition of one of those words ;)

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Re: There is no God given right to digital security

Pro-tip (from Bruce): Perform all your encryption activities on a 100% off-line device before transferring said files manually to your communication system for transmission.

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Re: Criminal Defence

Considering the US is the country in which an accomplice burglar was convicted of murder and sentenced to 95 years after a police officer shot the other burglar dead when they were trying to escape.

I'm not excusing or condoning burglary, neither am I criticizing the Police officer who shot the suspect dead, but the courts thinking that it is logical to find the other burglar guilty of murder? That's bat-shit insane.

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Re: Embarrassment of Advisors

"Let me guess: The Russians?"

I'm thinking somewhere warmer, where there are plenty of technical experts in the field of security.

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'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

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Re: Need help with a cyberstalker

Whatever evidence you secure, ensure to get as accurate a time-stamp for it as possible (UTC).

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Nasty

This guy sounds seriously psychologically disturbed to me.

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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Re: So, what would be the point of hiding the DNS query?

As far as we know ICR is a trawl-able database, especially for known dodgy end-points.

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Re: So, what would be the point of hiding the DNS query?

@TRT. not in the UK they don't - they only need to look at your ICR. (Internet Connection Record)

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Re: The diagram isn't clear. The .odns stub isn't attached to the ISPs DNS but to the client.

To originating computer, the IP address for l33th4xerr.org is 12.43.128.12

At which point the client presumably opens up a connection to 12.43.128.12 using port 443 with the data 'l33th4xerr.org' in the header.

So, what would be the point of hiding the DNS query?

Much better to run your own VPN server and DNS proxy remotely and connect to that.

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It would make more sense to code the .odns tld details into the client side part, at which point this is just moving the trust model to odns from the ISP/whoever. i.e. no real difference to now.

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Re: Missing the significance here

Yeah, since we now have ICR's in the UK all destination connections for web traffic is exposed, DNS snooping or not. However, I'm not sure ICR's track non-http/https connections - anyone know for sure?

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Re: Oh Good Grief

The point here is that this solution is in *addition* to existing services, if you don't want to use it, don't.

However, if you prefer to make it more costly for tptb to snoop on you then it's nice to have options.

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Azure needs extra security controls before it's fit for government use, says Australia

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Considering that MS staff will have access to the data stored there, perhaps additional measures are required to ensure confidentiality etc.

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Re: "additional configuration and security controls"

MS initially designed this for the US government market, it's not surprising that it doesn't necessarily meet more stringent requirements of other governments.

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Cisco mess from 2017 becomes tool for state-sponsored infrastructure attacks and defacements

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Re: Question

I'm glad that was the first question, exactly what I was going to ask, although ISP switches are, by necessity, on the internet (although their management IP's should not be).

El Reg is slightly behind the curve on reporting this as I saw it on RT yesterday (I know the vultures are at their watering holes at the weekend ;)) - RT did report that this hit a number of ISP's - I can't imagine why any ISP would have to rely on such an install process in the first place, not withstanding that their management IP's are exposed.

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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

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Re: It is not just lost VAT ...

"Amazon doesn't need a bank account... just a debit card/credit card. "

Ummm, you did know that those debit/credit cards are typically associated with bank accounts, don't you?

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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They clearly copied the idea of using The Blue Danube from the docking music in Elite.

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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You'd think that, having bought a washing machine, you would be more likely to start getting adverts for detergent and fabric softeners etc., rather than assuming you are some kind of washing machine collector!

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: "...a [Lidar] blind spot low to the ground all around the car."

Exactly how much will depend on how high above the roof it is.

Also whether it is pointing downwards or not.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: Re : "described Wylie as a charlatan"

"as soon as you resort to name calling in a public forum or debate then you've already kinda' lost the argument."

Or just getting started on the character assassination.

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Re: From the desk of /dev/null

To be fair to JJ that's probably a first :)

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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#thinkofthesneakypoliticians

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