* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

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Re: how much is twitter paying for this?

Not a lot.

Twitter (even with pics and everything) is not a major consumption element in the daily data menu for most people.

It is a clear case of Twitter doing a deal to try to stay relevant.

Meah... excuse me while I yawn...

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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Re: Inhouse IT

Even if it was, it should not have anything to do with the canteen payment system. It should be self-contained.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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The only case where you cooperate with the designated enemy

Is when there is an even bigger enemy to deal with.

Russia is the designated enemy. It never stopped being so. In the last 30 years USA, UK and to a lesser extent some other NATO countries invested billions into regime change operations, "freedom fighters" of the variety that take children primary schools hostage, propaganda, media, political parties - anything you can think of. In vain - in fact it backfired. If we just left them alone in the 1990-es the natural course of events would have taken course and they would have been ruled by an adorable drunk while slowly slipping into irrelevance off the world's stage. They would have handed their nukes for more loans and more bribes to the ruling class by now just the way Ukraine did.

But no, we had to keep poking the wasps nest and instead of an adorable drunk we have Putin, T14 Armata tanks, Circon/Bramos-2 hypersonic missiles and plenty of other toys like Leader class nuclear destroyers enqueued in the pipeline. And just to make things clear - we are the designated enemy on their side.

So, back on the topic. The only way these two sides will grudgingly agree to share toys is if some green lizard men from Gliese enter orbit tomorrow and we need to deal with a bigger threat.

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Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

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If you know the right people, there are plenty of opportunities to make money on a dead horse.

Concur - your local supermarket is always in need of cheap hamburgers and/or branded frozen lasagna.

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Re: DAFNI and...

Provided that they do not ask Scooby to manage it, it should all work out.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: It us just you

WPP is a huge, British success story

You forgot the gigantic "Sarcasm" tags on that. Or at the very least "Joke Ahead" sign.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: let me guess...

With the latest results the tocamac designs look like ~ 10.

Realistically, 50-es did not have the material technology, magnet design and most importantly magnet control technology to do fusion. While the principle has not changed, we got there on the last two within the last 10 years. So 10 lapsed, 10 more to go for the tokamak designs.

At that point we run into another wonderful non-proliferation issue. Fusion reactors produce fast electrons, which can be used in a classic breeder design (in fact they are too fast - you have to slow them down a bit somehow). Anyone in a possession of a working tokamak fusion coil can potentially stamp out Plutonium by the ton as a byproduct.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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mutual self-destruction

The Day After, the director's cut. Something ABC never dared release and probably will never release (it came under immense pressure by a number of US administrations to keep that hidden somewhere deep in the cupboards).

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Re: wonderful

They don't tell you how they feel,

The old soviet block joke comes to mind:

What is a pessimist? A well informed optimist

What is an optimist? A well instructed pessimist

That looks like it will be part of the core programming.

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Tesla, GitHub, tech bro VCs... Silicon Valley sexism row explodes as more women go public

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Re: Harry, you're a beast!

über-cool Bay Area

What exactly is uber-cool about an area where it is an essential career requirement NOT TO HAVE A LIFE.

Corollary: Do you expect people who do not have a life to have normal social attitudes and being capable of normal social interaction.

This just comes with the territory. It does not matter what companies do, what companies claim. As long as the employees are expected to spend all of their life either in the commuter vehicle or at their desk, the issue will persist.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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You seriously underestimate just how ridiculously empty are the Southern Indian Ocean and the Southern Pacific. There is practically zero communications coverage so even if the transponder equipment was not off (that is where the whole thing started) it would have failed to upload anything.

There is one clear takeaway from the whole debacle - aircraft must have connectivity to the new low altitude broadband constellations being launched in the next decade. These do not do anything above the vast expanses of the sea deserts anyway so the operators are not likely to have any objection to a regulatory mandate for the airlines to use them.

As a corollary to that, China can go f*** off on their regulatory requirements mandating any aircraft to turn off broadband connectivity entering their airspace and MH370 and the number of Chinese citizens who went down with it is a good enough explanation of why this should be the case.

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Re: Go find it

Do not underestimate 2.

To put it bluntly, I am thankful that the retarded monkeys that try to stuff their pants with acetone peroxide have no chemistry education. An airplane has at least 50%+ recirculation of air while at cruising altitude. I am leaving the rest as an "exercise to the reader". As an ex-chemist I have done that mental exercise around the time of the liquid panic eight years ago and I'd rather not share the results as they are subject to criminal prosecution according to the UK thought crime laws.

Though if it was the case of 2 someone would have assumed responsibility. Taking out a 777 is too juicy of a morsel for the lunatics not to brag about it on Telegram and Twitter.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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There are already, they are usually used only for display brightness, not color adjustment.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: The Bible

Esteemed Author» The issue appears to be a small rainbow featured on the website.

You are not very observant.

Two rainbows, second one on the badge worn by one of the adults which may or may not be both female (the cartoonist needs to learn to draw first before taking on serious political topics).

So in total 3/4 characters in the cartoon.

IMHO, the cartoonist needs to learn to draw, my 8 year old daughter draws better. There is nothing worse than using a very proper political cause to get preferential treatment for very shitty workmanship.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: Well it's known...

Come on, not the perennial joke about the electron on the shrink's couch.

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For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

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Surely Linux didnt get 50x as much as apple?

Not clear if flash, pdf, etc are counted as separate or only for a particular platform.

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Intel AMT bug bit Siemens industrial PCs

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Seems like the only way ought to be down for INTC..

According to an 800 pound gorilla acquaintance of mine - size matters.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Time to go PaddyPower

Bets on:

1. The "asteroid" will fire thrusters and get out of the way

2. The CIWS will obliterate the "refridgerator" long before it gets anywhere near.

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

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Someone in the US military authorised the use of Russian...

They have authorized use of Russian missile engines (ULA uses them to launch military hardware) and have authorized the licensing of Russian VTOL tech (F35B licenses Yak-141 designs). So there are precedents of cats sleeping with dogs.

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German e-gov protocol carries ancient vulns

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Hanlon razor

It's a backdoor - by mandated design.

Not even Hanlon actually. ‘Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.’ is a saying by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: School boy mistake

Really, where did this Robert David Steele guy get his education?

More interesting question is wtf did this guy do @ CIA and how many more lunatics are left there. Frankly, I am no longer surprised at its tendency to sponsor lunatics. Fruitcakes sponsoring fruitcakes.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Natural result of IP certifications.

Early on I changed the batteries and did repairs on the devices in the house myself. That was quite easy on Sony early on. Samsung was more difficult, but possible as well. I do not even try now. It is worth it to wait until the next holiday and use a market stall somewhere in deepest, darkest Eastern Europe. They do not repair them themselves, but send them off to someone who does it for a living. 20£ worth of labor will get you a screen change on most devices (just make sure you wipe the device securely after that just in case).

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Re: I've no problem with this if the general was fulfilling required flight hours...

Unless the said general is current in a flying instructor position, I fail to see the need for him to keep himself current.

Want to tell it to this guy?. He happens to be a president of NATO country and is still flying up to the required limit for a fighter pilot.

Not on alpha jets either - he uses the board number 29 - the one seen banking out of formation on the photo and can fly it like probably only a handful of people can. Officially Mig-29 cannot do the Pugachev Cobra or a Bell. Unofficially, if you have an outright nutter at the controls - it can. So I suggest you convince him to push a pen as he should as he has been a "pen pusher" according to your definitions since 2000 (last 17 years).

It is not like the Duke of Edinburgh and the First Sea Lord practice A.S.W., the Chief of Air Staff goes on strafing runs with an Apache or the Chief of the General Staff goes for sniper practice.

Maybe that is the problem in the first place.

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There is a venerable tradition here

A friend of mine went to ask for the hand of his future bride in his army "vehicle".

As you might expect when the question is asked with a T72 parked on the street in front of your house with the gun pointed at it, the answer was a resounding "Yes of course".

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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It will take 1-2 more WannaCries

Fantastic news, but IMHO it will take at least 1-2 WannaCries before this happens.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Apocryphal tale

Dunno about Telex, but I have run into the classic "Secretary, nylon underwear, nylon tights and polyester pencil skirt" more than once. Bzzzzt... here went one more motherboard.

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Re: History disagrees.

Until the tools are leaked and incorporated in the malware du jour.

Location is of little interest for malware du jour. It becomes of interest only if the meatware attached to the laptop becomes a target. That is definitely not part of the malware du jour repertoire.

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Re: There's an opportunity here

Make it big enough to accommodate a hoverboard and I think you have a product.

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Wrong Pic

Should have used Green Wing. Specifically, some of the scenes with the HR department and the computer guy come to mind.

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Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

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Re: Well, MAYBE this will get their attention

an idiot user was using a work PC to do some personal business and a friend e.mailed him the virus

That is exactly the point of having a secure network. Any number of users can do it and the infection should remain contained to them only (ideal case) or a very small pocket which can be surgically removed and replaced.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: Last I read...

... planes had yet to be fitted with bomb proof holds.

There was an attempt to bomb-proof containers (as used in a lot of airports for loading and unloading) shortly after the Lockerby investigation concluded. The attempt was successful - the container contained an explosion with high explosive of the same quantity as the one which was used at Lockerby. The incremental increase in weight of the container even with that level of technology was minimal.

It was not implemented because:

1. The whole chain for loading and unloading of luggage would have needed to be modified and containers which are optional today would have become mandatory.

2. The containers today have canvas sides - that would have had to become hard requiring extra maintenance and once again changes to loading and unloading

3. Probably the biggest issue. There is no way to design a fire suppression system when fully enclosed containers are in use. So while the explosion was contained in the experiment, further experiments with LOWER energy explosives which are easier to obtain and result in both fire and explosion were failures all of them - no fire suppression system could effectively mitigate a fire inside the container.

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Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttime swoop

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Clarification needed

a firm that has publicly prostituted

You are mistaking prostituting (taking payment for carnal activities) and whoring (doing them for fun and pleasure). Those two are not equivalent. While the former may be a form of "for fun and profit" of the latter, it is usually done as a last resort - when there is no other source of daily bread.

I will leave which one MSFT and nearly all large US corporations excluding Apple(*) specialize in.

(*)disclaimer: I am not an apple fan and I do not own any apple devices or stock

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McCarthy Lives

The Reds Are Under Our Beds.

All hail the congressional committee on investigating the anti-American activities.

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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Did I just see that "asteroid" firing thrusters...

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Dixons Carphone stirs PC Curry, reports 10% profit gravy

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They have their uses

If your washing machine fails (which it always does on Friday night)...

If you cannot wait until Tuesday when Amazon or Coop electricals will deliver a new one, because by that time you will need an archaeologist to find anything under the pile of dirty clothes piled up by the offspring doing 3+ contact sports...

That is the only time they are useful and they are quite useful indeed.

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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CaaS

Creepware As A Service

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UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

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Re: Get the popcorn

Umm, but isn't that a Russian company,

No. German company. Telegram is registered in Germany and run out of there too.

So, in fact, this is exactly what we will see one day (especially if Teresa continues to get things her way).

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Re: Get the popcorn

Same way as here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/27/telegram_warned_by_russian_regulator_roskomnadzor/

Why do you think UK govt has been pushing SPs to implement blacklists for various "good causes" so much? It is first good causes, then compliance and at the end outright censorship.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Hey...

Look further. Up and back.

Ben Bova, Asimov, Clarke, Lemm had this figured out.

Increasing the speed of an aircraft is diminishing returns. The true solution for high speed travel beyond 3000 km or thereabouts is going ballistic via suborbital trajectory.

The main issue there is not so much technology. Wwe are going in that direction with Space X and ReactionEngines and will be there in a couple of decades well before quiet supersonic aircraft is productized. It is the fact that with the current level of paranoya and militarization nobody will allow you to lob a payload the size of an airliner cabin on a ballistic suborbital trajectory to LA, NY, Moscow or Berlin.

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Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

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Re: "he said Roskomnadzor had demanded Telegram give keys to decrypt "

This is about Telegram 1:Many services aka channels which IS NOT end-to-end encrypted.

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Re: This is not about person to person communication

So, under the point of view you just outlined, is twitter also a "news service"

Yep, twitter, facebook, the lot fall under this law and most of them have complied. LinkedIn tried to be funny and pretend that Russian regulatory regime is a S.E.P., got a hatchet, not sure if they are or not compliant now.

Perhaps even a busy IRC channel might count, for that matter...?

Actually - yes. Even a website.

I have not read in full the relevant parts of said law (it is all online by the way). However, this portion appears solely about "who is the controlling interest" register - similar to the one in UK Ofcom keeps about all TV and Radio stations. In fact all countries have it for TV, radio and in some places printed media - it is part of your permission to operate. Russians are just the first to extend it to the Internet. Que for our politicos to copy it (to deal with "fake" news) in 3, 2, 1...

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This is not about person to person communication

Durov is being slightly disingenuous here.

This is about the one-to-many function in telegram which is deemed to be a form of media and according to RossComNadzor subject to their regime for media registration. According to their law they can request anyone to supply information about the controlling interests in the company and if the company fails to respond block it from operating in Russia.

The law was originally phrased for TV stations, radio, news, etc. Most countries have similar laws, they are however "behind the times" and have not expanded them to cover Internet news sources. Yet. AFAIK it is the first time a law like this has been applied to an Internet service.

So Durov refusing to answer is refusing to admit that Telegram is operating a news service, which it actually does - there are channels with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. It has nothing to do with what he is saying. His argument is entirely about the "communications" aspect of telegram, not about the "news dissemination" aspect of telegram.

Now, is the law right or wrong is a different story. As they say - the law is an ass and then we copy the Russians and implement the same law. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. Putin put in the metadata collection program in 1999. We screamed about it being undemocratic, then copied it after 9/11. And so on...

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Idea to encrypt stuff on the web at rest hits the IETF's Standard Track

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It's at rest - it will annoy the hell out of anyone trying to riffle through the web cache on your machine to see what did you browse. Police, Best Buy's bounty hunters, etc.

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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By illuminating the LIDAR with a strong light of the same wavelength as that the LIDAR uses, we can actually erase the existing objects in the sensed output of the LIDAR.”

So how does this work reliably when every car has one and they are all using sensors at the same wavelength. Even if different manufacturers use different ones, ending up in a stretch with all others using the same wavelength as you is simply a matter of probability.

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Not only missing 2FA

But does this mean it's one rule for us, and a different one for them?

I thought Animal Farm is part of the national curriculum.

Remember? All Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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Re: If it did not have 2FA or certs it was asking to be hacked

"determined and sustained" search for "weak passwords" sounds like a bog-standard brute force to me.

It sounds like "a day in the strife" for me - there is a constant trickle of brute force attempts in my logs. The current fashion is to try SMTP auth for that.

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If it did not have 2FA or certs it was asking to be hacked

No 2FA? No certs? No failed login limits? In 2017?

What f*** state sponsored bullshit are these cretins talking about? A kid can assemble the scripts to mount the attack on this on his desk. It is 20 years out of date in terms of security policy - this could be attacked by a scripting kiddies in 1997 same as it can be attacked by anyone today.

I thought the parliament bought into Office365. If that is still the case which cretin DISABLED the failed login limit which comes by default with the cloudy version of Exchange and Outlook? Can the idiot be named, shamed and publicly take responsibility.

By the way - this is literally a reprint of what Graunidad and other news outlets have already posted. I would have expected el-reg at least to be able to update us on what are they using and which idiot did they outsource the maintenance to.

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

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Re: ugh

I have a laptop given to me by IT sitting in the corner. As anything handed out by corporate IT it is an Intel. To be more exact Hell with Skylake. I do not recall a "hyperthreading off" toggle in the BIOS though...

I had to put it on extended leave because it was showing some seriously weird behavior with Java coredumping. I suspect it is the same bug. Based on its behavior I would say - every couple of hours under heavy load.

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FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK

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You never know whom to blame for what. Virgin is an investor in this thing.

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Re: My guess is that they'll follow the Iridium model...

Dunno. I have two remote sites. While one of them has HSPA (if you use a 19db MIMO directed antenna), the other will not be getting decent connectivity any time soon. It is 13 miles from the edge of 4G coverage, in the 2G only twilight zone.

I am willing to pay ~ 50-70£ per month for decent Internet there. If the local mobile company there continues to scratch its butt by 2019, I will be one of the first subscribers the moment they have self-install terminals.

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