* Posts by teknopaul

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What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Re: Photorec

Some work has been done recently into hacking sd card firmware. This is done by legitimate retailers to indicate a drive manufactured as 32gb sd with lots of bad blocks is only 16 gb in size. Miscrecreants can increase the size. I suspect with similar software tools you could get access to data on bad blocks that would never be presented to the OS for deletion or wiping running standard firmware.

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Re: Photorec

I suspect writing from /dev/zero to an SD will not work 100%. I think this will write zeros to all the good blocks but skip the known bad blocks. You might have to hack the controller to get access to the bad blocks and odd bits will be missing but I think is normal for SD to have a large percentage of bad blocks so quite a lot of data might be available.

Better to physicaly destroy SDs if the have ever contained sensitive data.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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Re: Facebook a critical service?

The fact that something is not here now, does not imply it was not important when it was.

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears

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This is Huawei vs Cisco not capitalism vs communism. If it were the US would shut up and let the market decide. Ho ho.

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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flight mode

Airline authorities should insist devices have a *shutdown now* option without installation delays during takeoff.

Then we can use that option for a few weeks untill the public has tested Microsofts code for them.

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun

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Re: Does this Oort Cloud look big on me?

Way off. Its friday there are 3500kg of dunks on each London bus.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1

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Re: I would think ...

No point in a sata port, you can connect hd via usb 2 for a nas. The ports are not what limits a rpis performance.

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Re: Mint?

The fact hat Linus considers rpi a standard platform is weight to the argument that Mint should support it too. But does not help with the effort needed.

Fan boy 3: Huawei overhauls Air-a-like MateBooks

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Re: Stop, just stop

Book is a pretty standard suffix for a keyb + monitor clamshell.

E.g. Ultrabooks etc.

Laptop was always a silly name.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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Re: If you think that this device is expensive

Re "solution waiting for a question" How many people have a phone and a tablet? Potentially thats your market?

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I wonder how many companies send employees into the field with a phone and a tablet.

Postie often has two devices.

2000 might make sense if you are currently buying two flagship devices. Especially if you are writing software with support for two form factors or code to sync the devices.

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I dont like working on a laptop without two screens.

A laptop that has a fold up and a fold out second screen would be great. Bonus is while folded in and down it would be in tablet mode.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Re: Wrong way round

I still dont grok why any company would invest significant money porting server hardware to Arm and all their developer laptops to Arm?

Thats expensive in hardware.

Probably a lot of software work even if you can "just recompile". There will be lots of code that needs rewriting/upgrading.

Significant work package managing for arm servers since its not 100% ready yet for most distros.

Years of supporting two architectures in the transition.

Some stuff will probably never get ported.

What is the money saving? Is it just electricity in the datacenter?

Anyone got any numbers?

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Less bits

If you are going to rollover there is something to be said for _less_ bits and rolling over more often. Imagine a system with 3 or 4 digit day counters that rollover. Systems with 27 years until the first rollover are more likely to end up with some broken code, perhaps written by consultants, or "temporary hacks" that need fixing before rollover. Even if they dont have bugs they have 27 years of code without testing the rollover so when it looms they will have a y2k type effort to be on the safe side.

Those with 3 year rollovers will have code tested earlier, more often: less bugs and cheaper to fix.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: Backups?

Thats like saying you are to blame for lax personal security if you get shot.

Its possible to take all due precautions and still get shafted.

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Another theory

Got one too many demand to expose everyones data from the government and decided to get out of the email business. Small player not able to push back.

It has happened before. Altho never officially.

Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more

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Re: Firefox 65.0 - and the increased internet googlification

I've started using yandex and bing. Just to diversify.

Its scary when Google flexes its muscles.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Proof of ownership?

The idea that criminals have no rights is disturbing.

If I hear someone is a convicted criminal I dont presume they are a bad person.

If DNA testing was involved in the conviction I dont even presume they are guilty.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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It will be a long time before automated vehicles are permitted to drive without a human in charge. Plenty of tesla drivers think their cars are automatic including some dead ones.

Automated taxis service will have a backoffice 24hr and a towing system for breakdowns.

Tesla owners wont so they wont be allowed to circle their cars with no one responsible for it actions or lack therof.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: I like JavaScript*

Re: "It's MEANT for browsers"

It was invented for serverside scripting before its use in browsers. Via nodejs, its still pretty good at that job.

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

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Re: There be dragons here!

"Cant do anything yet" exactly, they can recognise brain waves made by external sounds. Nothing a microphone cant do. I dont grok why they think this is close to anything interesting.

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Systemd-journald

If you are wondering what systemd-journald does its a bunch of high priv c code that replaces writing files in /var or the venerable and very fast syslogd that has no problems. I.e. journald is more, new, pointless systemd mission creep.

UC Berkeley reacts to 'uni Huawei ban' reports: We unplugged, like, one thing no one cares about

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Re: UC Berkeley Stazi

I'm all for zuperfluuz zeez in ze german zounding wordz.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

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I've heard it said you can do that with laser on glass to listen to what is going on in a room across the block.

Trouble with doing that with water molecules is you need ones that apart from the sound are otherwise stable.

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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Re: It's safe to kick a dead horse

If you hire someone else to pull the trigger you shouldnt get away with murder.

Google have been making big of money out of lots small scale criminals. Knowingly. For years.

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Re: copyleft lunatics?

"Generally, the gimme gimme gimme 'Peanut Gallery' types never produce anything themselves"

Citation needed. The whole copyleft movement came from software devs very much into giving some of their work away while working for a living by selling other works.

I have never met a copyleftist who isnt into publishing their own work.

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Why is the fact that it is heading towards us a problem for visibility? Surly position of the sun relative to us is, but presumably thats fixable with a satellite in a solar orbit?

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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I have huawei kit. I prefer to be hacked by the chinese govt than by the US.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

POTUS does not necessarily get what he wants no matter how much he rants. You're vote is not represented by one person alone.

Thank god.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: html in email...

Email should use *markdown* or _commonmark_

* No need for two copies

* Viewer can be fancy if you like

* Editor can be fancy if you like

* It easy to see where links go

* No option to hide content ordo sneaky embedding

Or font tricks for that matter

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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Re: There is no real option to turn off Location History once it has been enabled;

"The correct way would be to leave it off unless I start using an application where I specifically want it to know my location."

When you buy a phone you should be able to use its location features without sharing your location to advertiser's and without being tricked into doing so by deceptive wording.

If you accept Google being tricky you hand too much power to them in return for to little to consumers. The more power Google have, the more money they take from you via the advertising costs that form part of the price of what you buy.

If Google give you a location tool in return for location data and you are fairly informed about the cost benefit this is deemed ok by GDPR. This is not the case because you are not faily informed. Neither the cost nor what you get in return. s. I don't think consumers are aware of the hidden cost of Google's tracking to product prices so I support the EU govt fighting on our behalf.

All Google have to do to comply is be honest.

If they are incapable of honest trading they should be fined.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: Brittle software?

SPDY was pretty close to that. Made all browsers comparatively slow if they were following standards.

I know we have HTML/2 but Google over chrome implemented SPDY way before anyone else was able to do it.

I'm for reulation of some sort that creates a level playing field. The internet is not just a product these days, it is the market.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Ahhhh shoot!

"if law enforcement fired on the drone from outside the airport, into it..."

Clever! Wait till it enters the same airspace as planes taking off and landing and add bullets. Planes were grounded because of the drone not beforehand.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Re: Shafting as a Service...

Google docs/sheets et al. Its free. Microsoft will find it hard to compete with that for consumers.

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Re: Never guessed...

Subscription Windows will be great. Open shiney new PC no Microsoft tax paid yet. install Linux.

OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu

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Re: Still a mystery?

TAGSAM is an uninspired name. The "Noodly apendage" would have been better if we can find an appropriate backronym

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Why so long??

Simple and cheap ph test should have been done. Love to know what the road side test is that can be so obviously wrong.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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i n c r e m e n t a a a a l b a c k o f f f f f

Err heard of it.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: This is good.

I thumbs up using standard usb 5v to power a pi. Wish my phones all did that.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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63 billion

Thats too much money.

Talk free market, walk Monolpoly.

Selling phones is not a natural monopoly. More and more the device that uses the internet _is_ the market.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Re: Another step

Heartily agree. What privacy do we get by using ssl to to dns via 8.8.8.8

Whoever we use we go to the ip on port 443 shortly after the dns lookup anyway.

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Re: Remember Kasperski Labs...

Re "Kaspersky seems to find security issues that no other security researchers find or report."

All security researchers find issues no one else has found or reported.

Otherwise they would be called security pirates.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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Re: Still not what customers really want

I seem to be regularly a couple of days parted from the bloody type c usb charger this phone needs.

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Re: European data market

"Since the EU tends to frown on the marketing of personal data, Brexit would increase London's importance in this sector"

If uk biz knew how to make money out of such data uk would be a buyer.

As it is uk gives data to google and facebook and they make the money.

This is the digital equivalent of having your natural resouces sold off cheap.

Your not "in the market" if you are the product.

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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good idea

The "Rare Groove" of publishing.

I'd get a reprint of 10 different. Wired editions that predicted AI is about to change the world.

And private eye 1 thru 100. See if anything has changed.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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news designed to distract?

Stupid issues like this neatly cover up the ongoing real modern daybslavery issues in US prisons.

Take time to inform yoysrself on the strike if you have seen this and not that.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Reg

El Reg without comments? I shudder at the thought.

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Re: Full URL

Re"No one even checks if it matches."

I very rarely dont check. I start typing into ff address bar. check that the url is found from history and then select. I rarely write full urls. I dont let fake urls into my history and i clean my history if it happens.

I dont use chrome because they send off what ever you type before you get a chance to correct a typo.

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

Lots of US readers on the reg these days. :)

What do you need a gun on a mars rover for, that in case you find life?

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