* Posts by Jamie Jones

1916 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: Scams?

So you're saying that any OS that is vulnerable to viruses is defective?

Yes

Seem you would have to add MacOS X (macOS) and all the various flavors of Linux to the mix as well as iOS and Android.

If they are susceptible to virii, yes.

Which shows that you haven't really thought through your statement, have you?

No - it shows that you have low expectations, or don't actually know what a virus is.

Expecting perfection from incredibly non-trivial (but nonetheless useful) systems is completely pointless. How would one even know that a product is vulnerable in the first place unless millions of units are in the wild and eventually attacked by the bad guys?

Strawman. I never said "perfection".

Also, note that whilst I have negative rants on malware and exploits, that's not the subject we're discussing.

And with that attitude to software, please don't get a job writing software for flight navigation, traffic lights, power stations, cars, space craft, missile defence systems etc. etc. etc.

It sounds like *you* haven't thought this through - a symptom of the Microsoft generation.

Of course, you can wait for the perfect system and opt out of the current rash of "defective" software...

Thanks for your concern, but I'm there already.

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Re: Scams?

Having said that, isn't in now sad where we live in a society where if something is this defective, instead of complaining to the manufacturer, we instead automatically expect to pay for virus protection?

I can't think of any other product we'd do that for - even out of warranty, you'd be able to argue 'fault has been there from the beginning' :-)

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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Yeah, but the same way we are now talking about the youth happened to our generations, the generations before, and will happen to the generations after.

I was talking to someone who thought it was awful and incomprehensible that if I wanted to phone up a girl I fancied - which was stressful enough on its own, I had to really hope her parents didn't answer.

In 20 years time, someone youngster will find it incredible that to visit a girl he had to use the common front door, and couldn't simply beam up into her bedroom.

When I was the youngster, the generation above was shocked how we all had calculators, and "couldn't do maths properly anymore".

I'm sure a few hundred years ago, a youngster went to get a glass of water, after being to the toilet, only for the elders in the room to decry how he just takes the tap for granted, and has no idea about how the water distribution works, and the network of pumps etc - particularly for sewage removal.

Wind back to caveman days, young UG is cold, so gets closer to the fire. Elder Ug and Ug moan about how he has no clue how things went on before fire was discovered... :-)

But yeah, I've fallen into the same trap. I marvel at what is going on when I'm watching a YouTube video coming down the phone-line, transmitted to my TV over Wi-Fi, with sound sent to the speakers remotely via Bluetooth, and my remote control wireless keyboard all buzzing signals around at the same time.

But I marvel because I know what's going on, those who don't simply don't care. I've tried to describe to my nephews and nieces how when we used walkie-talkies or CB radios, when you were on the same channel, you'd have to make sure you took your turns to broadcast, and how this compares now to the multiple devices all using the same frequency "at the same time", and all I get is a shrug. I wouldn't even attempt to talk about even more intricate detail.

I've thought it would be interesting to know roughly how mpeg works so that they know what's going on when a picture appears blocky, or corruption causes a sync frame to be missed, and you sometimes get the picture of someone talking "spookingly" appear over the previous picture, mouth first etc. but they care about as much as I cared about logarithmic tables and starting cars with a crank shaft handle.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Tom, whilst it's true that many people of the BRexits voted for more control, and the supposed chance of making more lucrative deals abroad, and honestly had no xenophobic intent, the rest of your post is BOLLOCKS, and you know it.

The whole circus was taken over by bigots, racists, and those old codgers who still believe "Britannia rules the waves" - so much so, that most of the BRexit people I know keep it quiet, as they are ashamed of what the whole event actually became, and don't want to be associated with the pond scum who swung the vote.

*Your* intent may have been pure, but that's not how BRexit played out.

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This article is a load of leftie rubbish

Those bloody foriners, nicking our jobsAND benefits(!) , and taking over our towns.

We are GREAT Britain - all those jobs foriners do could easily be done by our own elite, who - because of foriners - have no choice but to watch, and go on, the Jermy Kyle show.

You will always see us true brits showing the bulldog spirit - buying all booze and fags from British companies, and buying 60inch plasmas at 5 times the price from Shite-house - damn good honest British '"on tick" - where else could you get a big tele when you can't even afford to properly clothe and feed the kids?

Those foriners speak funny anyway, and cause all sorts of crime.

We don't need them They need us. They needed our empire. We tried to domesticate these savages, and they turn around and take advantage of us.

Next we need to blow up that Frenchie channel tunnel, and then build a wall - a big big wall, and all the foriners will pay for it - that will sort out those rapist scum

Let's make Britain GREAT Britain again.

♩ ♪ ♫ Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves!...♬ ♭ ♯

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Re: Your Access has Been revoked

Sure, just find an exploitable buffer overflow in a nearby employee...

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I'll sleep more soundly at night

I'd rather they ran on PDP-11's than some Windows incarnation.

I also much prefer the fact they are programmed by people who actually know how computers work, who don't see "you heed a faster computer" or "you need more RAM" as valid excuses for sucky code.

People with flappy beards, not flappy birds!

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TV5Monde was saved from airtime-KO hack by unplugging infected box

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They unplugged the *infected* machine?

At that stage of events, if there was only one machine distributing the malware, (which all seemed to go domrmant on disconnection) then it's not a virus, if anything it's' a C&C node

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FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

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Re: Golden age my foot

But it needs to include EVERYTHING. Yes, I live in California, but I do want to learn to speak Gaelic, damn it.

You can already get Welsh!

http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_live.shtml

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FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

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Re: Why the torrent hate?

It's not just stability - I struggle to get my 10MB/s using a single source

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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Re: I almost thought the title was meant to be New Year's Eve 2017

You're a year off. mste

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Re: Could they chose a different time

Nice time to do it - when everyone who is supposed to be handling a potential fallout is completely plastered off their t*ts...

Agreed! They made the same stupid decision for the start of Y2K! :-)

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Whatever

I do almost everything via the command line,

I also like coffee. In fact, I want one now.

*walks to kitchen. Gets coffee*

I'm back! Job done.

*sigh* And IT geeka wonder why the rest of the world laugh at us...

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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Re: If Disney buys Netflix....

Dear Mr. Anon,

As someone comfortable with my own sexuality, I've not noticed any of the events that seem to freak you out.

HAVE there been gay people (shock horror) kissing or holding hands etc. on any TV I've watched?

Probably. It just doesn't hit the radar. I'm not threatened by it. As I told a gay friend when he came out: "Cool! That means I don't have to worry about you being competition when we are out on the pull!" (it was MANY years ago)

It's a long established fact that those most vocal in homophobia are unsure themselves, and feel bad about it, presumably due to family/worker/peer pressure etc.

So, we sense your internal conflict, but you should celebrate who you are, despite what your family/co-workers/friends say.

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Re: Nightmare

That would ne the same Spotify hating RIAA that sent this to the US governemtn?

We learned today from media reports that the music service Spotify has been blocked from access by users of the U.S. House of Representatives’ network. We certainly can appreciate and understand why the policy was implemented that prevents access to unauthorized peer-to-peer services for security reasons as well as to prevent use of the House network for illegal activity.

Spotify is a licensed, secure online music streaming service. In fact, it is one of the dozens of authorized digital services that the music community is partnering with to offer a catalogue of millions of songs to fans, however they want it, whenever they want it – including members of Congress and their aides. Additional details about Spotify and these other services can be found at www.whymusicmatters.com, a comprehensive one-stop shopping guide of authorized music services that we developed with music business association NARM and our online retailer partners. These services are safe and secure, and assuring access to them not only respects the contractual relationship users may have with these services, but also achieves an important public policy goal of promoting legal, safe digital providers.

Source

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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"Don't be a cunt"

Teasing etc. should be fine - as should the odd argument.

Common sense tells us how we should be, and it can be summarised as "Don't be a cunt".

The problem is, you can't legislate something like this. It's too vague a definition, and is too affected by circumstance. Such laws (even if made with good intent) will be abused, and controlled by the best lawyer.

If you wouldn't do/say it in a pub without feer of being beaten up, don't do it online. This segways into my next point: Even ignoring what I wrote above, all the 'bad' things are covered by existing law anyway.

We don't need new laws just because "it's the internet" - surely the people in charge know this, so are only pushing them to please the "think of the children" brigade.

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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Re: no micro-sd, no removable battery

That's OK then, as most of us have not-easy-to-lose microsd cards.

Rarely do many of us remove our sdcards in the pub, and mislay them at the bar... Or is that just me?

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EU turns screws on Android – report

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Re: Beware of ladies knitting elephants in meetings...

Not quiet up to the standards of "amanfrommars1", but keep trying, you'll get there!

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Sorry, but I prefer your girlfriends attitude.

Yeah, "switching it off and on again" is the quick 'fix' but it's just firefighting. As a support person, you don't often have much choice, but thinking 'switch it off and on again' is acceptable is one of the many things we can thank Microsoft for.

Before then, it was simply a non-answer. Don't switch it off! We'll lose debugging diagnostics!

(Again, I'm not talking about you at home wit the girlfriend, but generally in the industry)

Can you imagine if "have you switched it off and on again" was the stock response for computers running traffic lights, nuclear power stations, auto-pilot etc.etc

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Re: Is it on?

Be honest would any of us think comp school IT teachers would know anything about IT?

I'd hope it's better now, but in my day it was generally a maths teacher who'd been on a course.

When we were all hacking away on our ZX Spectrums and Commadore 64's, we had a secondary teacher who knew sod all, and was very defensive because of it.

I remember one lesson where she wrote BASIC a few lines to output 3 numbers in numerical order. It was full of if... then etc.

As homework, we were told to write a program that would sort 6 numbers.

I wrote a simple generic sort program, as you would, and got bollocked in front of the class: "If I'd wanted you to write a sort algorithm, I'd have asked you too"

Back then, I was as shy as a coconut stand (*rimshot*) [No-one believes me when I tell them that today}, but fortunately a mate of mine was a gobby little shit and gave it to her big time.

When I did A levels (different school) it was totally different, the teachers knew their stuff, and knew they did, and if they were asked something they didn't know, they'd say as much, rather than mumble and bullshit like the first teacher did. In fact, you'd often hear "I hear XXX(pupil) has been looking at that. Why don't you ask him/her"

I sorta agree regarding university lecturers, although whilst there were a few great school teachers, there were also a few lecturers who were obviously only there for their research project and equipment/funding.

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Re: Is it on?

And can someone tell me why credit/bank card forms ask for the 16 digit number with no spaces or dashes?

Is it really so hard to parse '^([0-9]{4}[ -]{0,1}){4}$' ?

What's worse are those forms which only allow 16 characters, so as you are typing in the number with spaces (for clarity, AND as it's printed on the card) only for the field to stop accepting the complete number.

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Re: Is it on?

I'm sorry, but in this day and age, if anyone doesn't know that 4% is the maximum deduction for one legged piano players in Arkansas who also claim a single dependant as wife and sister and aren't separating form 24B from income on ....... then they don't deserve to be employed.

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Ooops, Juniors, J1 - J4

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Re: Is it on?

Don't get me started.

I'm viewing the page on a 7 inch screen, INCHES from my face. Why the hell do you think I want some backwards retarded website with half the functionaliy and a max of 5 lines due to the large font size. Do 'designers' think our mobile devices are not much more powerful than WAP devices?

I've seriously never found a 'mobile' version of a site better than the desktop one. And those sites that browser sniff and then redirect automatically to the mobile site do my head in. If it's a commerce site, and there is no easy way to switch back, it's not worth bothering with. They lose my custom.

Browser sniffing.... Sigh. I thought we'd seen the end of that in the early 2000's :-(

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Re: Is it on?

Yes, the guy was clearly having a blonde moment by mistakenly trying to enter 31st September

Doh! I totally missed that. I was wondering if it expected "Sep" instead of "9", which didn't seem to make it a stupid user mistake to me *blush*

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Year 7? Is that upper-sixth, or some reference to the 'new money' classifications?

Infants - Lower Middle Top

Juniors - J1 to J5

Comprehensive, Years 1 - 5 and lower 6th and Upper sixth.

... as nature intended!

You kids get off my lawn!

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: 20 wks in prison! He's a kid for fucks sake!

Too bloody righ6 he got off lightly.

As soon as you kick someone on the ground in the head, it's gone beyond a 'drunken brawl' into psychopathic potential murder. And from readeing the article, he would have continued if it wasn't for the door staf.

Also:

"This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company and everyone would lose their jobs. We have 1,000 clients, we have staff all around the country, and it would die," he protested before being sentenced, the Daily Telegraph reports.

No, if it's true, then you destroyed the company, all by yourself. This shows a total lack of remorse, and taking resposibility for his actions. He's tring to make out he's the victim. Classic psychopathic traits.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: 4 Hour erection

So, to add insult to injury, before killing you, it shortens the duration of your erection?

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North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

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I thought you were Australian...

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

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Re: I wonder what .-co/.com subdomains...

It's limked in TFA!

https://github.com/mandatoryprogrammer/NorthKoreaDNSLeak

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CloudFlare offers web encryption up the wazoo

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False sense of security?

Did I read this correctly?

Apart from the opportunistic encryption stuff, they will also https stuff to clients that they receive from the source via unencrypted http, thus making the browser/user assume the connection is fully encrypted?

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errr, spdy is dead;

... superceded by http/2 (which uses a lot of the spdy stuff)

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Poor old Elon

I agree with Bazza, and I think Cuddles missed his point.

So, they've located, and fixed the issue? Great! What happens when someone discovers another bug?

Bloody hell, this isn't just someone using your PC to send spam emails, this could be life or death. As Bazza says, the fact this is possible in the first place shows a fundamental HARDWARE issue, that can not just be fixed in software.

And again, as Bazza says, better luck next time with the next hardware design. The current design is toast.

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Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

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Third timje lucky?

Wouldn't they have more success trying him of theft rather than piracy? And I don't mean that ;piracy is theft' bullshit, but it sounds like the certificates are valid - albeit some aquired from questionable sources.

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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Re: it only takes only four lines of code and a local config file

Damnit guys. All these analogies, and not one mention of cars.

What gives?

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: You are missing the point

But at least now the politicians with enough neurons to rub together to form a synapse can counter that claim.

Do you realise what you're saying there?

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Bash batch: Patch, natch

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Bash...

The scurge of cross-platforfm shwll programers everywhere!

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Linux 4.8 probably needs rc8

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Fixeed numbers of RC's are silly anyway

Surely, if a number of important bugs are found in an RC, when they are fixed, a new RC is released etc.

Whether this ends up as 2 RCs, or 10 is irrelevent (though I'd say that RCs are being released too readily if you end up with a lot of them)

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: So, any suggestions for alternatives?

and gives you all the things you want.

Well, the most important thing would be the same access to your current contacts. It doesn't need to be compatible with Skype, as long as when you install it, it also installs itself on the computers of your contacts.......(!)

And that;s the issue... Critical Mass.

As I don't have any friends, I don't currently use any instant-messengering services, but when I did, you simply had to use what everyone else used. And they won't change because they too need to use something all their contacts use, and so on.

Ultimately, most users don't give a crap about p2p, encryption, or open source. As long as that is where all their friends are, and they have access to loads of emoticons, that's where they'' stay.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Some charity

Huh?

..l so they just donated the whole thing to a local charity..
then:
...They ended up writing enough off that they ended up not paying a single cent in taxes despite the mass'ive income form the sale...

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place

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Cooper who?

You refer to 'Cooper' twice before actually mentioning his full name and his relationship to the case!

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Re: Really?

Your post is confusing two issues together; the security vulnerabilities in the protocol (which to my mind justify the decision to sunset it) and the length of time that is reasonable for people to get their backsides into gear and use a proper protocol.

Nah. The only potentially confusing things about my post were the apalling typos!

You, though, seem to be confusing the issue by comparing the migration off of a protocol reaching EOL with one that reached EOL years ago - what companies still decide to support is immaterial - if you are using a flawed product, migrate off it. Don't continue to use it just because Microsoft or Apple etc. still ship with it.

To my knowledge, there has been no amazing breakthrough that has come to light in the past month or so that means that today is the day it's got to go. These vulnerabilities have been publicly known to exist since before Mountain Lion, but they didn't announce their sunset plans any time in the past 3 years to anyone who doesn't visit some obscure forum.

As I said in my post, the timescale is ridiculously short, but:

As a better model, look at how other companies are handling the transition away from sha1 certificates. Whilst the attacks against them are still believed to be impractical, we are coming close enough to realising them that we know they shouldn't be used.

Exactly. Fixing the issue before it becomes a problem.

The PPTP thing has been known for years. Therefore companies should have migrated of it years ago.

They don't need Apple to tell them when to do so.

So whilst the timescale is short, they should have migrated years ago already, which is why I have as much sympathy as I would for someone still relying on SHA1 (gnutella, freenet etc. - not just SSL stuff) 10 years after it's been cracked - if Apple then made a similarly short-notice announcement.

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Re: Really?

Sure, a few weeks is a redicuously small amount of time.

However, PPTP has been known to be flawed for years, and so any so-called VPN company that still uses it doesn't warrant sympathy, and is lucky not to get sued.

It's not "Virtua; PUBLIC network" after all

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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

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Stop

No

The only people to blame are the banks and other financial institutions. How they got us to accept liability when *they* give away our money, is beyond me.

Mitchell and Webb said it perfectly (audio only vid): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9ptA3Ya9E

See als the comments on Schneier's blog: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/07/funny_radio_ski.html

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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

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Jamie Jones is a risk to my safety?

So, if some guy called 'Jamie Jones' is in the military, then the fact that "my" name is listed also makes me a target?

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

Oh bugger. I asked for that!

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

I assume your degrees weren't in English!

'Punctuatuion is free, you know? :-)

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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Re: Think about it

You are Alex Jones, AICMFP

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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More importantly than that....

What a weird and ugly earring he's wearing...

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