* Posts by Joe Harrison

560 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007

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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

Joe Harrison

Think this was meant to be a joke but logically it's the right thing to do surely. I am not trivialising the massive amount of work to somehow bodge together an AI that is just adequately smart enough to design another AI, but once that was complete just leave it running while you go to the pub.

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Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

Joe Harrison

So where to next?

Wosign was the only place I could find for a free email (S/MIME) certificate. Don't want to get involved in whether or not they should be black-holed but it does leave me without a paddle when my cert expires.

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UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

Joe Harrison

Nag them

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport had a target "to provide access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all from December 2015" which they failed to reach and had to revise. Until last month I was only getting 1.0Mbps which is totally not acceptable in 2017 UK.

https://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk/

"A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second." They really don't want to give you a subsidy; I found that after lots of loud complaining the magical Openreach unicorn fairy did a surprise upgrade of my local cabinet instead.

If you are looking for evidence of your slow speed I can recommend going through an EE broadband online application then screenshotting, as EE seem to be the most conservative in promising what your speed would be.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

Joe Harrison

Re: Fnord

Mods there is something wrong with this post. I somehow can't read it my eyes keep unfocussing away from the screen.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Joe Harrison

Uninspiring choice of name for the ship

I'd have gone for Shooty McShootface

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Joe Harrison

Mail readers

I doubt yer average Reg reader actually has any specific knowledge in depth about the years-long Assange story. I certainly don't. Of course as a handy substitute the media has provided a full-on Corbyn-style character assassination and it's frightening to hear otherwise intelligent people regurgitating that wholesale. Think for yourselves!

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

Joe Harrison

I loved it when Jeremy Clarkson did exactly that and got dinged for 500 squids.

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Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

Joe Harrison

"The capabilities that were once indicative of a nation-state actor are now an affordable commodity for the private sector," reports Cybereason.<p?

This tries to say that the state and the private sector are competing equally for talent. Which can never be true because the state can pay in a coin unavailable to the private sector - the state has the power to make any awkward criminal charges just go away.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

Joe Harrison

Re: How to switch it off

You HAVE to install Chrome if you want this to work. I use a different browser and the settings option is greyed out.

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Joe Harrison

Re: Why did I get a fragment of neocon central all of a sudden

RT is 100% funded by the Russian government?

That's terrible they should have a free press like our own BBC which is, er... 100% funded by the UK government.

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HMRC emits IR35 tax calculator onto the web for UK contractors

Joe Harrison

A decision at tax tribunal

www.thompsonstradeunionlaw.co.uk/information-and-resources/lelr/weekly-510.htm#checklist_approach

HMRC must avoid a "checklist approach" and look at the whole picture. Doesn't bode well for their checklist site then!

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

Joe Harrison

Who me? I'm just a regular tech guy

We spoke to Affinity's manager, Bill Collins, who checked out the page and pronounced himself baffled. They're a small computer repair shop, he said, with no links to the CIA.

He would say that, wouldn't he.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

Joe Harrison

Re: No spectrum analyser?

lizard1: "How can we get the MP mind-control surveillance laser into position without arousing suspicion?"

lizard2: "gahh make up some shit about bell bongs"

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Joe Harrison

Re: @Ellier ... This will impact others as well

only to realise a fraction of a second after he hit enter

The technical term for that fraction of a second is an "ohnosecond".

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

Joe Harrison

Meanwhile back in May 2000...

http://www.zdnet.com/article/open-source-is-here-to-stay/

"Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut?" - Bob Young, founder of Red Hat.

He thought he was making a ludicrous analogy but it turned out he was making a prophecy.

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Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

Joe Harrison

When are we going to stop

When are we going to stop calling video surveillance "CCTV"?

I'm guessing the term "Closed Circuit Television" comes from the 1950s so that people would not get it mixed up with Proper Television you know with the Test Card and Watch With Mother.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Joe Harrison

Re: "African American"

I have been caught by this when I worked in the US. A colleague sounded to me just like the other Americans but proudly told me she was Polish. I complimented her excellent English and asked how long she had been in the USA. Cue stunned confusion - she was born in New York but third generation people still adopt the nationality of their grandparents.

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

Joe Harrison

Re: Am I a killjoy

668 the Neighbour of the Beast

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

Joe Harrison

Re: Cunning plan...

>>Am I on the watchlist now?

>You've been on it for ages

Everyone is on it

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National Lottery whacked with £3m fine for suspect ticket win

Joe Harrison

They miss-sold their product to me

I bought a Lucky Dip but it wasn't lucky at all

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

Joe Harrison

Don't see the point

The cops in the warzone don't much care about finding out what's on your photos - they already know what's on them, they're photos of a warzone why else would you be there with a pro camera? OK they would still look at them for intelligence if they could but their real concern is not letting the atrocity photos out of the warzone so will confiscate your camera encrypted or not.

What these journos really need is an invisible camera or one that looks exactly like a camping stove.

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Joe Harrison

Re: @ Alien Shouldn't be hard for Nikon to do

Is there even a single device on the planet which can use the theoretical SD capabilities? All of my gadgets just use SD card as a dumping ground for data and that's it.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Joe Harrison

There is logic to saying that, if the animal will be killed for food, anyway, why not make the best possible use of all parts of it?

You may think you are making an original comment but in fact it's strikingly similar to the official policy of a famous European dictator of the 1930s.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

Joe Harrison

Re: Ryanair announces its internet charges

And absolutely NO per-megabyte charges*

<p style="font-size:1px">

*when connecting to ryanair.com. All other traffic 10 Euros/MB

</p>

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OVH's northern customers offered steamy southern summer holiday

Joe Harrison

I like em

I have one of their "kimsufi" dedicated servers, tiny thing and "only" 100Mb connection but 500GB storage, it's in France somewhere. 38 quid/year very happy with it.

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Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court

Joe Harrison

Fear the Russian airstrike

Vladimir Putin sounds confusingly similar to Victorian Plumbing. He won't mess about with no court order.

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Merkel calls for balanced approach to data protection

Joe Harrison

Translation

"Certain other agencies from certain other countries have had a quiet word with me and told me to weaken our data protection standards"

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

Joe Harrison

Re: @James

The Russians think everyone is FSB.

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'Trust it': Results of Signal's first formal crypto analysis are in

Joe Harrison

Complexity is the enemy

The review implies that the app's internals with its mutating keys and so on are just too hard to understand. This doesn't sound good to me because effective crypto is already (as far as we know) a solved problem even using relatively simple algorithms and key material. Somebody understands how this app works and what's to stop them putting in their own unfindable backdoor.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

Joe Harrison

Re: Tesco bank headers missing

The trouble with all this SSL mumbo-jumbo is that it just makes things more likely to break. Foillowing Globalsign's accidental revocation problems I still can't get to many sites for example wikipedia - certificate pinning won't let me click "yes I understand this certificate is technically invalid but I will take the risk".

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Joe Harrison

Re: The fraudster was interviewed and is quoted as saying:

A thread about it has been started by Tesco employees at www.verylittlehelps.com

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

Joe Harrison

Bloke was lucky

Anyone who has ever used a bow will know which is the "dangerous end" of an arrow - it's the one with a plastic notch to fit the bowstring. Eye injuries from this end are quite frequent. The other end is called the "lethal end" with good reason. It's simple to kill someone with an arrow and if this guy had shuffled off the burglar I doubt if "but he bent my car" would have kept him out of jail.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

Joe Harrison

It's still free

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/accessibility/windows10upgrade

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

Joe Harrison

Always been like this

I have TOTP PayPal authentication switched on but it has always been useless because the login screen has a link saying "Don't have a key handy? Try another way" and then lets you login without the TOTP. Sounds like the guy messing with the URL has just found a different way to do that.

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

Joe Harrison

A few years ago I installed a few Windows servers and diligently changed Administrator to something else because I read on t'internet it was good practice. It drives everyone nuts and they all hate me.

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Soz, folklore fans! Negligence, not Nessie, sank WWI German sub

Joe Harrison

Re: Chlorine.

As a child I had a train set with a 12v transformer. School helpfully informed me you can create chlorine this way so I attached the transformer leads to two forks and put them in a bowl of salty water. It works spectacularly well and I almost gassed myself.

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Skin tattoo will tell your phone when you've had a skinful

Joe Harrison

Cue all the "above average drivers" who are above all this rules and regulations nonsense and are more than capable of deciding for themselves what speed to do. You'll probably spot them easily but in case you don't they will self-identify using a special series of hand signals.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Joe Harrison

Our expensive PCs

People get used to consumer grade PCs with cheapo power supplies where you just plug in the mains cable and off you go. Our expensive "enterprise grade" boxes though have a not-very-visible rocker switch that you also have to turn on. Gets 'em every time.

I have to say I have given up being snarky with un-knowledgeable users. I used to get all frustrated about them "wasting my time" but what is the point.

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Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore

Joe Harrison

Re: A childhood? WTF!

I can say "OK Google what's this tune" on KitKat and it will identify it most of the time. Or there is a Google "what's this song" widget. Then they offer to sell it to you for 99p.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

Joe Harrison

Might be bigger pain than looks at first

On my work machine I regularly trip up on sites which Chrome tells me has failed to prove its identity and is insecure. What it really means is that I don't have a root certificate installed from WhateverCA Inc. I then click "OK go ahead anyway". Sometimes however Chrome refuses to let you continue to that site at all, which I think is called certificate pinning.

I certainly could not cope with an increase in this kind of behaviour, which would be the logical consequence if all sites used SSL.

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

Joe Harrison

It said I needed to have eight characters for my password

So I chose Snow White and the seven dwarves

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

Joe Harrison

why now?

When I was a kid people used to fly RC model aeroplanes all the time. They had 5cc petrol engines and I'm pretty sure they were bigger and heavier than modern drones. So why is it only a problem now?

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

Joe Harrison

double bluff?

If this guy thinks he can detect fake grammarisms then it would logically have been equally possible for the originator to be able to generate credible fakes to put people off the trail?

When I worked for an international company with its HQ outside the UK we were quite good at mimicking other regions' use of English when responding to the many "employee surveys"

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

Joe Harrison

The clever way...

The pop-up reads "Important security information - click here to read it (NSFW)"

Everyone would click that, maybe even bookmark it for when they got home.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

Joe Harrison

Re: quality..

I wasn't sure what a Sonos was either so had a look on the internet. I am still not sure but I have learnt that its prices are in the intergalactic range. For that sort of money I would want something more than "something which can play Spotify without bluetooth" because a 15 quid Chromecast Audio can easily manage that.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

Joe Harrison

Their control freakery drives you mad

Just spent part of the weekend helping a friend who had an iphone 4 with smashed screen but it still just about worked. Friend got a replacement iphone 4 from somewhere but wanted to copy 200+ phone numbers from the old one.

What a nightmare. Every normal phone from about the 1990s has allowed you to do this by copying your contacts onto the SIM then swap the SIM to the new phone. But no, this is not good enough for Apple. Instead had to do some complicated messing about with "itunes" and a laptop.

Did recover the contact records in the end but what are Apple thinking, that people will forever keep paying a substantial premium for their products "just because"?

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MPs reiterate risks of mega £10bn Aspire contract overhaul

Joe Harrison

wtf

Surely from the point of view of the government this must be one of their top five crucially intergalactically important computer systems. I mean it's where all their money comes from. Why are they even thinking of hoping to save a few quid by messing with it?

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Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

Joe Harrison

Simple to turn off tracking

By default the total surveillance tracking mode will be on, for your security and convenience.

No privacy problem though because all end users will have the choice to turn it off via a simple method of reflash with new ROM (instructions freely available in Chinese) then sideload a tty app to open a console window and enter a few 64-hex-digit codes plus one or two simple unix commands.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Joe Harrison

He said the F word

Freedom of movement? Going to work in another country? I thought 52% of the population was busy trying to get that stamped out :(

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

Joe Harrison

Not going to work because based on logic

Automated vehicle designers are aiming for a solution which will reduce driving costs, reduce journey times, improve safety, and all those other good and logical things. They assume that people with cars share their objectives.

However as we know a fair proportion of today's drivers have other priorities and their cars fulfil completely different objectives such as sustaining their self-image, defining their place in the pecking order, or merely having fun driving like a knob. Everyone knows the cocky bloke who looks down on automatic transmission because "as an above-average driver I require full control of the car" and somehow can't see him not immediately disabling a complete automatic driving system.

So I think the legislators have got it back to front - automatic driving will ultimately only work if all vehicles are automatic rather than leaving a few randomly unpredictable ones so they should really focus on not offering human opportunity to drive.

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