* Posts by as2003

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nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs

as2003

Wasn't the network supposed to somewhat future-proof? And it's fallen over before it's even out of the gates? It's not even present-proof.

Besides the fact that gaming uses a fraction of the bandwidth that video streaming uses. Some games require less bandwidth than even audio streaming. Hilariously, this is even published on the NBN Co's very own website

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Softbank have had over a year to fix things since IOActive revealed a bunch of problems back in Jan 2017.

Speaking of which:

> The researchers [...] decided that while there have been various one-off stunt-hacks of the robot, they weren't aware of any systematic assessment of Pepper's security

So they weren't aware of IOActive's work, and they don't seem to have made any attempt at responsible disclosure?

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Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting

as2003

Does the Patent Office have no obligation to check the patents it issues are valid?

Seems they'll just had out a patent to anyone with a check book, and let the courts pick up the pieces.

They are doing everyone a disservice if that is the case.

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

as2003

So, Cisco thought they'd try to capitalise on the recent YouTube hate bandwagon, and then either realised that's targeting the wrong demographic or, more likely, Google had stern word with them and coerced them into referring to Google by name?

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

as2003

No thanks

Privacy concerns aside, I doubt any of the big players will be bothered to implement this.

Besides, the average Joe typically stores their passwords in their browser of choice. This would be a much better place to detect and warn about password reuse.

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

as2003

Liberty*, Equality*, Fraternity*

* for those in charge

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Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

as2003

WTF

4k screen resolution = 3840 x 2160 = 8,294,400 pixels,

2 x 4k screens = 16,588,800 pixels,

3 bytes per pixel = 49,766,400 bytes ≈ 50MB

How TF does that balloon to >4GB of memory usage?

I've always said Skype is a piece of garbage.

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

as2003

I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting and issue a patch?

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Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007

as2003

I seem to have read a lot of articles that contain words to the effect of "IBM declined to accept responsibility, stating that...", but it's always IBM. Hmmmm.

I wonder if any redundancies have been made in the sales and legal departments. I doubt it.

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Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

as2003

Re: The History Goes Back Further Than That

> The Auditor General however noted that the government of Queensland had pulled the plug much sooner

The project which was originally projected to cost A$6m was canned after the costs had ballooned to A$1.2b (yes, billion), and thousands of health workers had been paid incorrectly, the after-effects of which are still being felt years later.

It was a monumental disaster in every regard, and if that timeline is what classifies as "much sooner", god have mercy on Canadian souls.

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Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle

as2003

When is someone going to sue the patent office for issuing bullshit patents in the first place?

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New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

as2003

It's not the first time it's been said

Realistically, the only thing randomising the privacy bubble's width will prevent is security researchers writing blog posts.

Bike thieves tend to be more into bolt cutters and opportunity than statistical analysis, APIs and geometry.

If you value you your privacy, just set the entire ride to private, or just don't publish your GPS recordings at all.

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Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

as2003

Just to be clear...

This is not a change in direction. They are only reverting for 18.04 LTS, specifically because it is an 'LTS' release. 18.10 and onwards will be Wayland.

Like it or not, Wayland is the future, and a number of distros have already made the leap.

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Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: EVs simply pay more for electricity

> I can drive 370,000 miles on the difference in price...

Indeed, but you're forgetting that the two cars retain some of their value and you can eventually sell them. You still make a valid point though.

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Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

How long have you been yelling at the pro-Eastenders set for simultaneously putting the kettle on after an episode?

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Re: Off peak?

Isn't that already the case?

Here's an idea: abolish "peak" hours and have cost inversely proportional to line frequency.

Then you can set your fridges and car chargers to pause when the frequency drops below 60 Hz or 50 Hz. In fact, you could do that without the pricing changes.

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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Re: Hmmm. Wonder about --

They wouldn't know what you were doing over your VPN, but obviously you'd only be allowed to use a VPN if you had subscribed to their "ExtremePro™" or "BizzPro™" packages, at a considerable premium.

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

as2003

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'

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

> 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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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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as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

"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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

> 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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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)

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

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

as2003

> 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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