* Posts by as2003

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Are they saying that because 'only' a third of people would consider sharing their car, congestion may increase? A third of people willing to share seems to be a lot higher than current rates of sharing.

And sure, people don't want to share their cars, but what if no one has cars because the self-driving fleets operated by the ubers of the future are so ubiquitous, convenient and cost effective?

Just going by the press release, it sounds like they are drawing some pretty wild conclusions that they have no right to be drawing.

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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Re: Hmmm ... I'm begging to sense a trend ...

So bad that the Queensland government implemented a ban on any new contracts with IBM

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

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Re: Farewell Sonos

I was strongly considering taking the plunge last year. I'm very glad I didn't.

> It's not like if you don't accept it, we'd be shutting down your device

They say that, but I can guarantee you that in a year or so, their app will start saying something like "outdated firmware detected, please update your Sonos."

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: TWO PAGES ?!

It's so you can load each page in a different tab and read them concurrently.

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Dismayed by woeful AI chatbots, boffins hired real people – and went back to square one

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> The abusive conversation lasted nearly three conversational sessions till (sic) the user realized it was humans.

What does it mean when a human fails to pass the Turing test?

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Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud

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From a technical point of view it makes a lot of sense; a common framework will allow all sorts of beneficial features, like instantly sharing the emergence of a new pothole with all other road users, (including the robot built to go fill them). My car can tell your car that my front left tyre just burst and I'm about to veer into your path, all within a few nanoseconds of the type bursting. It could also be used to more safely organise car drafting each other for better fuel efficiency.

I wonder if Ericsson will be pushing Erlang.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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If only we could put this much effort into fighting things that actually pose a threat.

Heart disease, dementia, global warming, etc.

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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Re: Just curious...

No, not possible.

How does your decryption algorithm know how many attempts I've made? I'm restoring from a backup every time I get it wrong.

Besides, your decryption algorithm is public knowledge (because no one in their right mind is going to use it unless it's been peer reviewed and is well understood), so I'm currently writing a program to do the decryption and just skip the bit about deleting (or 'scrambling') the message when I get the password wrong.

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

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Re: Eh, give them a break

I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure this would be covered by fair use, especially considering how much the original design has been altered, so I don't think you can call it stealing.

As I said, I really don't think it's worth getting riled up about.

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Eh, give them a break

I can't even find it on their website so its clearly not a core design element, just a quick bit of throwaway design. Besides, the value of the reg is in it's content, not its design.

And who is stealing design from whom? The 'red masthead' style of tabloid existed long before El Reg ever did. It's even been stated by Reg staffers that the design intentionally apes the British tabloid.

Just take it as a compliment.

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In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production

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Maths is hard

In what universe does 123.456 get rounded to 123.47?

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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It's important to do research like this, but I feel they may be overstating the seriousness of this attack.

An autonomous car is going to rely on more than the reading from a single LIDAR; It's going to be combining readings from multiple ultrasound sensors, multiple optical cameras, radar, wheel position and speed sensors, etc, etc, etc.

This attack seems less of a threat to human safety than just shining a laser pen into the eyes of a more traditional meat-based driver.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Why though?

Why is it so important to encourage people to look around? If I'm sat on a sofa, the last thing I want to do is have to look at something directly behind me.

You know what they want you to see back there? Justification for this latest boondoggle.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: I'm in charge of me

You set an impossibly high bar. Automated cars will never be 100% error free.

There are 35,000 road deaths in America every year. If automated cars could even halve that number would it not be wise to mandate the use of automated cars? How many human lives is driving autonomy worth?

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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Re: I just hooked it to the DMZ, and it's fine...

The joke's on the hackers: it turns out that all the vulnerable Pis were actually honeypots run by security researchers.

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Phiendish phisher gets phive years in phederal for $2m phlights phraud

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"cyber hacker" - the worst kind of hacker

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Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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Calling it early

Strong contender for headline of the year.

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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I can't help looking at that sack and think of The Matrix.

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Colliders, containers, dark matter: The CERN atom smasher's careful cloud revolution

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Re: in the control center photo

I've found that photo being used in articles from as early as 2010, with the photo possibly taken on 2009-10-23. Which incidentally is 6 months after mainstream support for XP ended, but about 5 years before extended support ended.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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> 40 (yes forty) GPU cores

How does that compare to an Nvidia graphics card that has thousands of 'CUDA' cores?

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Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

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If the decision (and subsequent appeal) had gone against them, I wonder if Apple would have just ceased iPhone sales in Australia rather than re-architect their security model and hardware. It looks like very roughly 3% of iPhone sales happen in Australia.

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: Is this some James Bond-esque fantasy ?

I'm hoping this article is a satirical look at the recent surge of papers being published on rather ridiculous out-of-band attack vectors.

"researchers have shown they can exfiltrate data by blinking an HDD led."

"researchers have shown they can exfiltrate data by vibrating a cd rom in a certain way"

"researchers have found they can exfiltrate data via ultrasound, assuming speakers are attached"

All of which assume they've compromised the computer in the first place, and are close enough to pick up vibrations and sounds from it. Thus making it all a bit redundant.

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

as2003

All the three-letter-agencies rubbing their hands in glee. Looking forward to the day they can float a few motes of dust into the beam-path and eavesdrop on the comms with some binoculars.

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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

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I'm imagining comically enormous powerline adaptors plugged in at either end

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This bot shorts stocks when Trump tweets (don't fret, the profit is used for good)

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Animal cruelty?

If you're going to donate your profits to charity, wouldn't the ACLU be a much more appropriate recipient of said funds?

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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I doubt it. This is a truly terrible way of responding to criticism, and I think most companies are smart enough to realise the negative PR would cost them far more.

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Ye Bug List

as2003

I don't know is this is a recent configuration mistake, or it's always been like this, but HTTPS isn't available across the site; even login is posted across an insecure connection.

No excuse to not be mandating HTTPS in this day and age,

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Netflix flattens bug that allowed account p0wnage via voicemail

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Voicefail

Seems to me carriers not adequately protecting users' voicemail is the bigger problem here.

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$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

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Re: Good.

> I don't see anyone ... end their use of their products because of a new vulnerability,

Ok, so Microsoft isn't a great example, but just off the top of my head, give Mt. Gox or Ashley Madison a call, see how much they would have been willing to pay to get their hands on the bugs that wiped them out.

Every other week I read a responsible disclosure of some bug that could have wiped out or seriously damaged a business, and then in the footnotes it'll say they got a bounty of $2,000, or $10,000, or they broke some rule and the company decided to not pay out anything.

> yet again a US vulture that is quite happy to make a profit ... because capitalism trumps decency every time

Until bug bounties are competitive, these pig-dog-capitalist bug-brokerages that you despise will thrive. My point is that bug bounties programmes need to offer more. A lot more. This will also have the fantastic side-effect of compelling software producers to give much more of a shit about security. Maybe once bug bounty programmes start paying (what I would consider to be) reasonable rates, security would no longer be an afterthought, but a primary concern.

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Re: Good.

> I don't think you understand how supply and demand works.

Bud, I'm not sure you do either. The maximum a black hat will pay for a vulnerability is not determined by how much Microsoft is willing to pay for it; it's determined by how much they think they can make from the exploit.

We have to assume there is already an efficient market for these exploits and that the prices already discussed represent close to the maximum that black hats are willing to pay.

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as2003

Good.

The bug bounties offered by these billion dollar companies is pitiful. $10,000 for a flaw that could ruin your company overnight? What are they thinking?!

The sooner they start offering more realistic bounties, the sooner we can shut down the black market for these exploits, and stem to flow of these zero-days to criminals and governments with malign intent.

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Zuck covers up mic and webcam because sharing isn't always good

as2003

Bad CMS! Bad!

Your CMS is cropping out the two things the entire article is about.

Here's a link to the uncropped image which shows the offending tape over the camera and the two microphone holes that can be found on the side.

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How ING Bank built a bank-in-a-box in its private cloud and deploys it weekly

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> To view the webinar, which is streaming now for you to watch at your leisure, click here.

... ERROR 404: Sorry, this page doesn't exist!

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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Re: I wonder how

I wonder too.

If they begin blocking known VPN endpoints, that'll only be partially successful because I can still VPN to my brother's apartment in Manhattan. And existing commercial solutions will inevitably adapt too.

Locking the catalogue to the country the account is registered to would be the other option, but what happens when you then travel abroad?

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Node.js Foundation gets a small sprinkling of Yahoo!

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Re: There seem to be a number of uninformed commenters out there today.

> It is expressive, fast (yes, really), powerful, scaleable and easy/pleasant to code. ... It's biggest issue was the organisation of large scale project code

With respect; if speed is a priority, JavaScript is the wrong choice. You should shouldn't be using a dynamic language, you should be using Java, Go, Scala or maybe even C/C++.

If "expressiveness" is a priority, JavaScript is the wrong choice. It's really not that "expressive", when compared to PHP or Ruby.

It's powerful? What does that even mean? Any language that's Turing complete is "powerful".

Yes, it's scalable, and yes it's easy to get started in because it's so basic, but pleasant to program in? If you want a language that's pleasant to program, you'll find Ruby, Python or Perl a lot more fun.

The fact that you need Lodash (or one of the clones) to get basic tasks done, or the fact that coffeescript even exists, belies the fact that JavaScript is not a great language. It's not bad; there are just much better options for back-end available. In my opinion.

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Compared to front-end development, the beauty of back-end development is that you get to choose the language you use. Why some people are choosing to use JavaScript is beyond me. Stockholm syndrome perhaps?

(speaking as someone who has been writing JavaScript for the last 15 years)

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Re: So when

There's no excuse not to. It can even be free: letsencrypt.org

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Whoever hacked Uber's driver database wasn't our CTO, says rival Lyft

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I'd say it's a pretty tenuous link

Maybe Lyft did steal the data, maybe they didn't, but I think it's a stretch to imply Lyft's CTO did anything wrong.

If I was CTO of Lyft, and I read the news that Uber had put their codebase on GitHub, of course the first thing I'm going to do is git clone that repo. It would almost be remiss of him not to. It's quite possible he picked through the code and didn't even realise the database key was in there.

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Ridiculous highlights

as2003

Correct! I am down under right now.

I noticed a fresh story filled the headline spot this morning, so whatever you did seems to have worked.

Thanks.

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Back to "D-Link spilled its private key onto the web" this morning. I read it weeks ago and yet it lingers like an unwanted guest.

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Ridiculous highlights

Looks like you've implemented some algorithm to decide which story gets the headline position on the main landing page.

Right now I'm seeing either D-Link spilled its private key onto the web – letting malware dress up as Windows apps or BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE. It seems to randomly alternate between the two.

The problem is that both these stories were published on the 18th. 12 days ago.

When I load El Reg, I'm left wondering if there some aggressive caching going on somewhere along the line (its not), or there has been nothing to publish in the last 12 days, or the register has gone under and disbanded its staff leaving only this semi-sentient website behind.

Whatever the case, the front page looks stale.

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URRGH! Evil app WATCHES YOU WATCHING PORN, snaps your grimace

as2003

It's not really a "vulnerability" in Android if: you have to manually enable installation of unverified 3rd party software, then ignore the blatant red flag that says "this app requires access to your camera".

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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> Really? Then why are we having this discussion seven years later? Not everyone jumped just because Jobs said 'jump'.

Obviously we're arguing semantics here, so let me re-phrase and explain a bit further.

There were plenty of reasons to drop Flash; the constant security issues, the poor performance, the terrible UX, but I'm arguing that the single biggest blow to the success of flash was when iPhones were shipped with support for Flash, and Steve Jobs indicated there never would be.

If you've worked in tech over the last decade, you'll have noticed that a very significant number of your colleagues have been using iPhones and other iProducts. When iPhones were shipped with flash, suddenly web developers were compelled to make websites that worked without Flash. And if they worked without flash then there was no need to use Flash in the desktop version of your website.

Any ecommerce website that popped a polite "This site requires flash" notice silently lost business. CEO's with new iPads were calling up their CTOs, demanding to know why the website was broken.

We are still having this discussion seven years later because when I say a technology "died", I'm not implying that it literally died over night and disappeared. It'll just slowly fade away. At 15 frames per second.

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I'm surprised flash has persisted this long. It died the day Steve Jobs decided iPhones and iPads weren't going to run it, (around 2008?).

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NSA-resistant email service Lavaboom goes BOOM! (we think)

as2003

Re: Shit out a bucket of kittens

I doubt encryption is a major concern of theirs. Especially when they'll have a library of zero-days for every major OS, many popular apps, programmes and firmware. And why use your valuable zero-days when you can just coerce Google/Apple/Microsoft/etc to just hand you the keys to the front door?

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Telstra's Netflix downloads get EVEN SLOWER

as2003

Re: VPN

Time for some investigative journalism...

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The Register WHEELY needs YOU to help raise charity funds

as2003

Ok, I'm in!

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Pretty tempted to come along for the ride

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Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines

as2003

What are your sources? This is worse than the time The Times published that piece claiming Russia and China had obtained and decrypted the files Snowden stole. At least The Times attributed the story to anonymous "senior government sources".

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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Ohio is a "one-party consent" state, so this ruling seems to be in line with that.

Presumably the "two-party consent" states like Florida, would have ruled in favour of the prosecution.

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