* Posts by HMcG

16 posts • joined 8 Nov 2010

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Re: Note to self ..

If you allow people who don't know what they are doing to have access to your server firewall rules, you have bigger problems than you yet know...

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


Mushroom CEO's

I worked for a few years for an electronics manufacturer. The CEO was coming for an official visit, and we got much the same BS from the muddle management ahead of the visit: there was to be a big effort to present a management image of efficiency. Cleared desks, ongoing repairs to be hidden, everybody in smart dress etc etc.

CEO turned up in casual dress 2 days before the official date. Had the receptionist let him in unannounced. He wandered thought to the production floor and just started chatting to the techs. It was a couple of hours before the management even found out he was in the building.

Most effective way of really assessing what the local managers were trying to conceal from the big cheeses. He knew that any 'surprise' visit would leak out, so he his surprise visit with an official visit announcement.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Re: Dev was a twat

You know, normally I would agree with you, if this was a technical exploit, or in any way difficult to find or exploit. But in this case, it's such a stupid error, that it is highly likely the exploit is already know about in some black-hat circles.

There is also no guarantee that Apple would have come clean immeadiatly with this exploit, as it is going to severely undermine their reputation. This is not a "security is hard" issue, this is corporate negligence, and Apples lawyers would be loath to admit to it until they were forced to. This is 'class-action' bad.

This means there would be a risk of a severe exploit window between the knowledge being widely known in cracking circles, and the public being warned about.

No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court


Re: Luckily in Britain

No such thing as British law. Under English law, improperly gained evidence is generally admitted, however under Scottish law, although improperly gained evidence can be 'excused', in practice it very rarely is.

Due to conflicting and inconsistent case history in regard to application of the 'fairness' test to the accused, and frequent exclusion of 'excused' evidence on appeal, Scottish courts tend to avoid improperly gained evidence - for example, evidence of other crimes found during a warrented search of a property for another crime will almost always be excluded.

Zombie webcams? Pah! It's the really BIG 'Things' that scare me


It's not the big stuff, it's the big fast stuff I really worry about.

The big white elephant that nobody is discussing is self-driving cars or, worse, self driving lorries. We've seen the effectiveness of vechicles as terrorist weapons. How about a fleet of compromised self-driving vechicles? All the lovely devices required to avoid hitting pedestrians or other vechicles can just a easily be used to target them deliberatly. And Google et al have already proven that they can't make make a secure OS.

Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours


Re: Could be tricky

Unless they buy umberellas.

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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I for one..

I for one welcome our new remorseless human machine overlords.

Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life


Re: Sceptical

"Seen this posted elsewhere as well, still sceptical, they only have one reference point, our solar system.

I'm not saying they're wrong, just more information is needed."

It's worse than that, they are basing the conclusion on 0 reference points. They are comparing 2 types of system, one for which they have 1 reference point, and the other type they have no reference points for. So they can have no valid comparison.


NASA obviously have better space travel than they are letting on....

That's odd, I can't seem to find the bit where they have conclusively proven that the star systems they studied that do not have stable asteroid belts, also do not have any form of intelligent life. I'm sure they must have done so, because otherwise it would just be worthless and idle speculation, not a study.......

What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?


If anybody knows?

"Geoffrey Landis is a scientist at the NASA John Glenn Research Center, where he works on Mars missions and on developing advanced concepts and technology for future space missions. Helpfully, he’s also a Nebula and Hugo award-winning sci-fi writer. If anyone knows about this stuff, he does:"

The important point to take away from this is not that this guy does knows about it, but that currently nobody has the first clue about how to design an intergalactic spaceship. So as far as visual apperance goes, we don't have scooby. Streamlined design may or may not be important, for reasons we don't understand. Likewise 'up' and 'down'. So there is no point in pretending this guy, or anyone else, has a better idea what it should look like.

DARPA drops another HTV-2


They need a navigator!

Vnimanie! Oblegni se! Chui me!

Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time


Hacking - I don't think that word means what you think it means

Not to mention the very recent and radical change in meaning of the word 'honest', as in '"This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past."

Many parents are only on Facebook to stalk their kids


Oh, for the good old days..

Oh, for the good old days, when all parents had to do was sneak into your room when you were at school and go through your stuff. And read your diary. And listen in on your phone calls on the extension.

Regarding your children not 'friending' you on Facebook, isn't that what keyloggers are for?

Google Apps boss says cloud computing is your destiny


Barbers selling haircuts

As the old saying goes, never ask a barber if you need a haircut........

NHS enables Facebook to track surfers on health info website


We'll never share your data, except for when we do....


"In the same way that the NHS would not share you data..."

But they are sharing your data, with Facebook.

Scarlett Johansson unleashes voracious sexuality in steamy alien film


..and then suddenly all my clothes fall off!

Are you anticipating a guest appearance by Captain Kremmen?


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