* Posts by TReko

156 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011

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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

TReko
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Old vs New Bugs

Every new patch from MS recently seems to break something else.

We spend the days after patching fixing or reverting machines.

I get the feeling that they do not test as thoroughly as they used to.

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Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

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Hacker honeypot

I wonder how long it will take for it to be hacked and sold on the dark web like Medicare info is?

They've announced other changes to the law too: Given that Turnbull now intends to make it a terror offence to make terrorism “hoaxes”, perhaps Australians should question if our politicians will be subject to the same law.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

TReko

Given that Malcolm intends to make it a terrorist offence to make terrorism “hoaxes”, perhaps Australians should question if our politicians & bureaucrats will be subject to the same law.

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WTF?

States still have a use

the State system keeps thousands of bureaucrats and politicians "employed" and helps relieve you of your excess wealth via state taxes.

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

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Modularity

The problem is that the Android patches are so closely tied to the hardware. They often require a complete new OS image of a few hundred megabytes.

I'm not a fan of Windows update, but a Windows patch does not care much if you are running on a Dell or a Lenovo or a beige box. It just works, normally. So does PC Linux.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Destroying value

It is a pity there is no way to claw back the $55 million Marissa got.

Still in the scheme of value destruction her predecessors were worse.

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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

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Duopoly power

Two main manufacturers running a duopoly means no price drops until flash catches up.

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Ex-Intel boss Paul Otellini dead at age 66

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Getting out of Mobile was his biggest blunder

Intel's Xscale ARM CPU was widely used in Blackberry, Palm Treo, Sony Clie, most Compaq Poquet PC's and the original Amazon Kindle. Otellini's decision to sell it to Marvell and focus on the more profitable x86 series is probably one of the biggest blunders in Intel's history.

He made the wrong decision to get out of phone CPUs.

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Air traffic 'glitch' grounds Sydney flights

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Trollface

Re: So

No that's got to do with preparations for privatising it and selling it off to Macquarie bank, because they're doing such a great job with Sydney airport.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Lower frequencies only

All the active noise cancelling headphones I've seen only cancel the lower frequencies, below 300Hz.

For higher frequencies, which includes most of voice's spectral power you're probably better off with some earplugs or well insulated cans.

Here are the results of a scientific review:

https://www.lifewire.com/measure-noise-cancelling-in-headphones-3134548

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

TReko

Re: admin/admin

Seems like the incompetence was caused by ignorance.

It was reported on Slashdot yesterday that Susan Mauldin, the woman in charge of the Equifax's data security, has a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia, according to her LinkedIn profile. Mauldin's LinkedIn profile lists no education related to technology or security.

If that wasn't enough, news outlet MarketWatch reported on Friday that Susan Mauldin's LinkedIn page was made private and her last name was replaced with "M", in a move that appears to keep her education background secret.

So ignorance was followed by cover-up.

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Billion-euro Intel EU antitrust saga goes on and on and...

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No mention of the US case

Intel was fined a similar amount in the US for preventing suppliers from shipping AMD chips. Have the appealed that one too?

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Amazon has ol' fashioned 3D buttons

Amazon knows a thing or two - their "Buy Now" button looks like a good old X11/Windows XP button.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Unhappy

Re: Meh, same old same old

...and destroy the competition in any way they can. Here's how they attacked the Opera and Vivaldi browsers

https://vivaldi.com/blog/google-return-to-not-being-evil/

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

TReko

Re: Opium Wars, anyone?

Estimates are greater than "thousands".

Around 20 million Chinese died at Japanese hands between 1931 and 1945.

I countries like Malaysia and Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) the Japanese also targeted Chinese killing hundreds of thousands between 1941 and 1945.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Oops

There goes el Reg's search engine ranking.

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Whatchu doin' Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space

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The wheel?

So they've re-invented NFS and got $70 million for it? Good work

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: Intel back doors

AMD has a similar feature.

Both are sold as a "central management" feature, but also probably have some backdoors included by a three letter agency.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

TReko

Re: Yeah...

I actually like the separate PgUp/PgDn keys. One reason I bought a Lenovo over a Dell.

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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

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Smaller is better

Perhaps the feature phone users like a small phone that can fit in your pocket?

Personally, I'm tired of phones evolving into 5.5" screen fondleslabs. The Sony Z5 Compact with a 4.6" screen was about the biggest I was comfortable with.

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Flame

Ozzie cops and customs are the most expensive in the world to bribe.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

Indeed - he was "just following orders" something you need to do in a modern corporation, even a German one.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

TReko

Re: Puny fifth engine in that pic

The original 747's actually had a fifth engine mount under the wing for ferrying spare engines.

More info here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=747+extra+engine+mount

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

TReko

Re: Alternatives

You can use a better sync client like SyncDocs which will sync to Google Drive from any folders, not just a specific folder. However, you're still going to pay Google for storage.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

TReko

Re: R V Jones

There is a TV series loosely based on RV Jones' book, Most Secret War.

Some episodes are on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/fkCW4g8It_A?list=PLBYclEE4V19AiC_aSv3vbc6v0ms9o5qLV

Robert Buderi's "The Invention that Changed the World" is also worth reading.

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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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WTF?

Property is the best way to launder money in Australia

Meanwhile, Australia’s greatest money-laundering bonanza, property, continues to wash money for criminals and terrorists everywhere.

In 2015, the global regulator of money laundering – the Paris-based Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) – released its mutual evaluation report which found Australian homes are a haven for laundered funds, particularly from China.

Just consider “Highrise” Harry Triguboff’s comments in July in The AFR regarding Chinese buyers:

“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.”

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Following flat financials, Telstra pins hopes on NBN renegotiation

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A wireless future?

I expect 4G and 5G wireless to become a feasible alternative to the NBN in the next two years.

One can already get 100GB/month on 3/4G for around $100 from Optus resellers.

Expect users migrating not to the slow and sometimes shaky NBN but to wireless.

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nbn™ cracks the $1bn revenue barrier, cracks whip on tardy retailers

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Re: Morrow, what a clown.

And in today's Canberra Times the news of more jobs for the boys:

Malcolm Turnbull's former chief of staff Drew Clarke named to NBN Co board

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

TReko

Re: Still not going there

Windows 7 and 8 updates now contain telemetry - not as much as Windows 10 though.

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It's 2017 and Hyper-V can be pwned by a guest app, Windows by a search query, Office by...

TReko

Re: As a wise man once said...

Indeed - I wonder is MS has tested this stuff in detail.

We tend to spend a bit of time after every patch Tuesday helping users get stuff working again.

A patch here and a patch there and soon you have more duct tape than original product.

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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FAIL

Re: Big Money

No one is going to pay big fines.

CBA donates liberally to both big political parties in Australia. This is protection money.

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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

TReko

Re: Algorithms to the rescue

Yes, software has bugs, but Google and Microsoft seem to regard fixing their buggy sync clients as a low priority, probably because it ain't their core business.

There are higher quality third party sync clients around - we use SyncDocs to sync to Google Drive, and it does the job more reliably and faster.

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The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

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Great explanation

Excellent journalism, thank you!

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

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Other options?

Actually, the other three Samba servers (Samba Flesharing, Samba server and SambaDroid) that I've tried on Android all only support SMB v1.

I guess they are all copying the same original codebase.

Anyone know of an Android Samba server that supports SMB v2?

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It's an important ID, so why isn't the Medicare card chipped?

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Facepalm

Card is gateway fraud

The info on the card is useful to criminals because it contains all the identity points necessary to port someone's mobile phone number from most Australian telcos.

Once this is done, the typical SMS code verification used by most Australian banks is compromised.

Compromise the victim's computer or mobile with malware, and you have all you need to empty their bank accounts.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

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Holmes

Mediscare

The AFP now being involved, I half expect them to charge Farrell (the journalist) and the Guardian.

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

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Revolving door

and in corrupt Oz public servant fashion, they will be walking into cushy jobs at Telstra should they ever need another job

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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FAIL

Re: Crap quality

no, the Managers have a full Intel quotient, that's why they had tried to keep it as quiet as possible.

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

TReko

and right on your desktop if you run Windows 10.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

TReko

Great explanation

good, clear journalism!

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You didn't miss World Cloud Backup Day. It just kinda happened

TReko
Boffin

Encrypt Google Drive

A cheap external hard drive is the best option in most cases.

If you're going to use cloud backup services, then just encrypt them: VeraCrypt http://veracrypt.org works with DropBox, while SyncDocs https://syncdocs.com encrypts Google Drive.

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Identity management outfit OneLogin sugar coats impact of attack

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Facepalm

All your password eggs...

....in one hackable basket.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

TReko

Re: Google Docs great until you need to communicate with other businesses

There are quite a few apps that will convert Google Docs to Office and back again. After a merger, we decided to let users keep what they were familiar with and use Syncdocs (http://syncdocs.com) to do the conversion in the background.

Still, if you have complicated Excel macros you're best off staying in Excel for the desktop, and not trying to convert these to Google Sheets or Office 365.

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

TReko

Re: "The product uses blockchain technology . . "

A digital signature could be used in place of the blockchain.

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

TReko

Re: Ahh, I love the smell of competition.

Very well put.

The main reason desktop CPU's have stagnated in the last few years is the lack of competition to Intel.

I hope AMD is not destroyed by this.

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

TReko

Missing essentials?

Not only does it not have a headphone jack, but it is also missing an SDHC card interface, which is very useful.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Joke

Re: Several recommendations...

What they need is a spin doctor

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Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

TReko

Re: So how were they making money?

>surely this would have been picked up very quickly by the ATO.

They 4 had insiders at the ATO. The father of one of them, Michael Cranston, was a senior figure at the ATO, although there have been different reports as to the depth of his involvement.

Despite the insiders, it looks like the fraud was so big that others at the ATO also picked it up.

How it all worked will probably come out in the court case.

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

TReko

Re: Sorry

Indeed - they have all these fancy UI ideas when Windows 10 still looks butt-ugly of high DPI 4k displays.

I wish they'd fix the basics before adding new features.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

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Good reporting, el Reg

This is the only article amid the myriad in today's press that actually explains what happened.

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