* Posts by Jamie Jones

1935 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

I don't know what's wrong with:

cp file file.old

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mv file.old file.older; cp file file.old

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mv file.older file.older-still; mv file.old file.older; cp file file.old

etc

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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you anonymous twat.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: So where is the problem here ?

The problem here is that we have to spend money going through hoops to stop the government that is meant to *serve us* spying on our daily lives, using our tax money to pay for the ability to do so.

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WTF?

By the way, you forgot to mention bombing Robin Hood airport.... Kids... No commitment these days...

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Re: She is working for it

Make June the end of May.

Nice one!

I'm not confident though - it seems that most of our population are turkeys who enjoy Christmas, and are easily spun by media and political hysteria, and don't find the opposition a viable alternative... Where have we seen that recently? :-(

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Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years

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Re: subject to close supervision by the British authorities.

Ah, but these days, we are all "known to the security services"...

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Re: Suicide tractor?

At least wasn't an ice-cream van.... https://vimeo.com/117672124 NSFWish

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Re: Being Welsh

Being Welsh, I wasn't offended that his Welshness was mentioned.

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

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Bastard!

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Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

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Re: Did you even read the article?

That's like if someone says :

"To use root, you need to have the correct password"

replying:

"That's not true - especially if you have a suid-root shell accessable from your account."

Once you condider third party software, all bets are off!

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Re: default port

Default port can be set in ssh_config to something other than 22.

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Re: @AC Keys good passwords bad

Ah yes, moving to a non-default port makes a hell of a difference.

And before anyone makes the comment, it's not security-by-obscurity, as all the other protections are still in place - but it means the attack attempt logs are a lot smaller. (which in itself could be considered a security benefit)

Just make sure that you are running sshd on a privileged port (either a port < 1024, or, on systems that allow it, a port specifically marked privileged by configured policy)

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How did you know mine? Is it in the list of passwords?

That reminds me of a true story. Some years back, I worked for a large company, and it was decided to run password cracking tools against all 20,000 or so users accounts.

Any user who had been compromised was sent a warning email explaining the situation, and that their accounts would be locked in X days if not remedied.

As you can imagine, we had many email responses and call logged. The one that stands out read:

"How do you know my password is "6inches"? - Have you, or any of your staff, ever slept with me?"

(It turned out he had moved department and site a few years prior, and his old account was still active, using the actual guessed weak password and email forwarding.)

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Sun sets on eight domain names managed by CentralNic

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Re: What a scam

Sure, but what we know isn't relevant - it's how they may be perceived by the pubic that counts.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: USB cufflinks.

0] Thruppence ... trump pence ... I don't give trumppence about the current state of the Oval Office ... There is a really bad, if accurate, joke in there somewhere.

Ever since the first Trump-Pence banners went up, I've been calling him "Thrup"

(and BrExit is Britain Leaves EU - i.e. we BLEU it)

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Re: Reporter leaves The Register

Hiya Dabbsy!

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Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

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Re: But who need a smart TV

I have a eavily modified Beelink R68 android box, (native nfs/ip6 configured/512Gb ssd and usbstick) 5.1 surround sound amp, speakers, 1080p projector producing 95" "screen", air mouse remote control/keyboard, and all for probably a lot less than a top end smart tv.

After watching a bit of TV, I'm now sitting back on my sofa, staring at my wall, typing this message. It's nice having a comfy sofa as ones office!

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Nope.. Still hate the stock images

Dear El Reg, please stop treating us like morons with all the stupid stock photos you post.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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But how much has this outage cost them?

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Re: anyone else ...

Yep, all my devices required relogin to google today

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Surely intentional damage is criminal whether you have authorisation to be there or not?

In my last job, my keycard gave me authorised access to the whole building 24/7.

Forget the obvious machine rooms, what if I'd decided to smash up the bogs, and spray graffiti on the walls? I'm sure I'd have been done for criminal damage despite having permission to be there.

And no-where on my contract did they have the "don't vandalise the bogs" clause.

IANAL etc.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: @Yank Lurker Legality

An American web designer friend only had 2 weeks, but even then he was pressured to not take it. One time, he asked for a week off for a holiday. His boss couldn't say no, but casually mentioned how [colleague at similar level] hadn't taken a single day off in the year, adding how the market is tough at the moment, and they may have to reduce development staff.

Fortunately, he's since left there (by his own accord)

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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This seems strange in the current environment

Back when Munich first moved, Windows was far more entrenched in peoples lives that it is now.

Now, just about everyone has an iphone or android phone, and manage the differences just fine. Also, there is more od a shift to cloud/html stuff than before, so the OS is becoming less relevent.

I realise it;s a bit different in an office, but still, alot more OS-agnostic than it was back them.

So, are they saying the original decision was a mistake?

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Re: Charlie Clark

Really the same applies to most software now :( MS buggered about the the UX in the great 8.1 failure, Macs have been getting dumber, Google (and Mozilla who seem to slavishly follow them) seem hell-bent on removing anything possibly useful in a web browser. The list goes on and on...

This, this, and bloody well this!

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The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

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Wait?

You mean that Hockney thing was real? "The sun and the sun"? (or whatever) ? It wasn't a pisstake?

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Me Too please

Like the UK National lottery, and other lotteries and casinos on-line and all over the world?

You can hardly pin that one on America!

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Re: Such a truly stupid and lazy plan perfectly setup to fail horribly

Why yes, sir, you may have my facebook password.

Look! There's me and the lads chanting Death to America..

Ah yeah, that photo. Haha. that was the first bomb I made, look how amatuerish it is!

Him? Ah, my best mate. With Allahh and 72 virgins now - he took out a bus load of infidels last week.

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Re: What happens

But Mr/Ms Anon - you can't blame them for being careful. Don't you know there are mussie terrorists hiding under your bed?

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Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

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Android

Hurry up with the Amdroid version....

I haven't yet found an Android browser without some annoying issue.

I'm prepared to be enlightened, though!

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More tech companies join anti-Trump battle, but why did some pay for his inauguration?

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Re: Breaking

Ah yes, Poe's law

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Good, bad or indifferent; if the system costs more to run than it rakes in in fines it will be scrapped.

Only after millions of pounds has been thrown at it, and the person in charge can blame his/her predecessor

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FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

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Re: Consumer Law

Sandtitz and TheVogon - cheers for the reply

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Re: Having been through this before...

Last time it was a memory issue:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/supplier-sustainability/memory.html

I vaguely recall it being a......

Yep, sounds like a memory issue there!

/gets coat

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Re: Consumer Law

I was wondering the same thing. We have similar in the UK.

Does the "sold with pre-existing fault" rule (or however it;s phrased) not apply to businesses?

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EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

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Who's shit-brained here?

You are.

A SIM from another carrier is not some magical cell-tower hacker. The foreign SIM will only work if the tower is owned by the same company, or a company they have a peering/roaming deal with, so just as they STILL GET paid when Johnny-Forrinner uses his SIM in that country, they will get paid THE SAME when instead a localler uses a SIM imported from Johnny-Forinnerrs country.

This is nothing to do with having a free ride, it's to do with business competition in a free and fair market.

This is about companies addiing artificial costs locally where they can get away with it, and more power to them, BUT as long as there are NO legal restrictions on any company trying to become competition to them.

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Re: >stir up trouble.

While it is popular (oh, please don't deny it) to chide our American friends on this forum, it very much seems to me that Brexit is an even bigger own goal than Trump, with longer term effects and with weirder motivations than Rep voters deciding to just stick to their party come what may

Thanks for your nice reply, and for what it's worth, I do agree that the critisicm on this site often goes beyond critiscising something going on in America, and into anti-Americanism.

My point is that your point would be more relevent if Brits were moaning about American BRexit criticism.

The American criticisms of anything Brit are actually quite uncommon here - maybe they think it's rude. But I say "Bring it on!". I treat commentators on their words, not their country. I'll either agree, or disagree, but it your argument isn't just an illinformed rant or troll, I will (try to) argues respectively, not pull the 'go away you anti-brit forinner" card.

As for BRexit, yep, disaster. Eu roaming, cross-border media copyright harmonisation (when it comes) and future human rights are all going to be denied to us now. It's the tip of the iceberg.

As for Brexit vs Trump.. Who knows? BRexit is a virtual foregone disasterous conclusion. Trump, could continue to fumble his way through whilst the judges/lawyers/protestrts rein him in. He'll probably be sacked, impeached, or leave out of boredom before 4 years, and it's possible that the damnage would be repairable by the American politicians telling the world "Sorry, we had a mad man in power. He's gone now" (they have no objection to laying into someone who no longer has power and influence) - on the other hand, Trump could fuck things up 'Yuuuuuge" in a way that would make BRexit irrelevant.

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You'll find "this Brit", and most of the others here are quite happy to criticise all things "BRexit". We are also quite happy for Americans to do so. Indeed, I value hearing the opinions from across the pond.

This "you aren't from this country, you have no right to criticise" is an almost uniquely American phenomena. (But fortunately, the vast majority of Americans posting here are above such insecurities)

So.. It's a non-issue. It seems that you (as neither a Brit or an American) are just trying to stir up trouble.

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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

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Re: Hackers are not the only threat.

Awwww Mike, still not cured after all these years?

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

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Re: 'Ye Old Exchange 5.5 Bombing of 16GB limits

If there are issues with your implementation, fix your implementation. Don't go all ALSA on it.

There's a reason I refused to take phone calls, like IM, it's a jump-to-the-front-of-the-queue-i'm-more-important-than-what-you're-doing-now system

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How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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Re: Cue useless drivel as defence

The very concept of multi-user, security and authentication came only with WinNT 3.x, and remained unpolished until W2k/WXP

I thin you'll find that concepts of mult-user, security, and arhentication came much sonner in the computer industry - at least by 20 years

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

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Oh fuck off!

" licensing focus was a matter of "enhancing and creating synergies"

Still, you get some points if you are playing Bollocks Bingo!

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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You are totally correct about the software having a fake identifier. . It could also be a server run by a l33t guru who just prefers that version, which is his own personal patched fork.

I know that when I was running web software like phpbb and wordpress, none of the exploits that came out would work on my systems due to my own setups.

There is much more to the security of a machine (both good and bad) than simply the id of some application.

However, in this case, looking at the evidence presented - the poor SSL/TLS rating being the smoking gun - doesn't bode well.

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Re: Yeah, no surprise

Yeah, how dare Trump presume to be President when he knows next to nothing about computers! The nerve of some people!

There is a big difference between not knowing something, and not knowing you don't know something.

If I was President, and one of the things needing doing was to ensure the wellfare of the elder-fruit eating fruitbat on the East-Side, you can be sure it would be done well.

I know nothing about fruitbats, but I'd find someone who seems to knows enough, who can then find an expert on the subject.

If I totally screwed up my appointment to this important role, I'd expected to be ridiculed on my fruit-bat ignorance.

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Natural selection at it's finest.

I don't thinl grammer is your forte Symon :p

Or spelling yours... :-)

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

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Re: Google docs spreadsheet with Ransomware info

Me? Not being a paranoid Daily Mail reader, or a paranoid tinhat wearer, or running windows, or linux, I just clicked on the link directly.

Turns out that my browser doesn't have the access ability to scrub my network, fire abusive texts to my boss, or start world war 3. Who'd have thought it?

Seriously, if you can only safely open links by going through a sandbox or temporary VM, you are either doing it wrong, or have the stupidest OS setup going, and should not be acceseing the internet with it in the first place.

However, if you are just showboating, feeding overly paranoid advice to the populace doesn't help security, the grandstanding just muddies the water.

One must believe you are either a daily mail hack, or an anti-virus writer..

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New Android-infecting malware brew hijacks devices. Why, you ask? Your router

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Re: Comcast

Sorry, but that is 100% your fault for using a Comcast provided device for your wifi network. Turn the wifi off, set the Comcast to bridge mode, and install your own wifi router.

Oh, please, that is the most elitist and apologetic answer ever.

I actually have such a setup myself (with an asus R68 or whatever it's called). I'm not on comcast, but did it because I wanted a system that gave me more control at the router.

However it is totally wrong to excuse Comcast if they do this, and also expect someone to mitigate it the way you describe (although, this being a reply to a comment on a tech site, maybe that isn't too 'out-there' and I was a bit harsh with the elitist comment)

Still, really? Company X does something stupid and it's the customers fault?

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Politicians arrogance

The thing is, I don't expect all politicians to be generally tech savie. What is most revelaing about them is their arrogance that they know best.

There are MANY subjects I know nothing about, but if I was to make decisions regarding those subjects, I'd bloody well research what the hell I was doing beforehand.

When there were new staff at my last job, I was naturally expected to guide them through issues (it doesn't matter how much you know - every company has rlues/quriks etc. uniquely to them)

My biggest beef, (and those staff that proved most unreliable), was NOT the staff that didn't know something and would ask, it was the ones that didn't know aomething, but either thought that they did, or that they could bullshit through.

I was far more willing to trust a task to someone who may even have been the less knowledgable of the two, knowing that if they were unsure, they'd ask, rather than potentially screw something up entirely.

Is it too much to ask the same of our politicians?

You see it ALL the time in the media: Politicians bullshitting, or spinning, or avoiding. I'd be far more likely to vote for someone who says "You koiw what? I don't know the answer to that, but trust me, I'll find out before progressing any further on the matter."

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Re: Out of State

If this were the memo, voting for Trump would be the LAST thing anyone would do. He pretty much embodies the very behavior this analysis says the Trump voter is trying to reject. No. That's what everyone ELSE wants. It doesn't define the Trump voter at all.

Whilst, yes, Trump would be the last person to vote for in this case, you are wrong about the Trumo voters - most of who voted for Trump for these very reasons, but were too stupid to realise he was feeding the bullshit.

The main difference between Trump voters and others is not their position regarding the political system - it's their intelligence.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

There's a leaning tower in Pisa too, apparently.

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