* Posts by Jim Mitchell

134 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

Jim Mitchell

Re: Doesn't matter

Eh? CPU microcode updates can be done by the BIOS or the OS.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

Jim Mitchell

Re: Mitigation: #1 infection vector?

Noscript was updated to work with the new Firefox regime. Interface is not as nice as the previous verison, but it does work.

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Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

Jim Mitchell
Facepalm

The problem here is that storage gigabytes are "short", 1GB == 1000MB. So the band has already had 1 gig and change!

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

Jim Mitchell

Re: Nest's smartphone app really is the best

Oddly enough, "Traditional alarms are just switches, wires and relay logic" also describes Nest's first market, the thermostat. I think I see a pattern.

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

Jim Mitchell
Happy

Re: I don't get it...

Seems like an excellent design for write protection! Works very well. The write protect bit is also write protected.

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Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

The marketing for "Keeper - Password Manger & Secure File Storage" on the Windows store is writing checks they will never be able to cash:

"Keeper is the leading password manager and digital vault for businesses and individuals." Eh, then how come I've never heard of it? And...

"Now it's your turn to experience Keeper's impenetrable security."

Yeah, um, no.

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IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

Jim Mitchell

Re: Someone not following best practices

You said it yourself, the rush to fix is to get the fix in before the freeze date.

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Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow

Jim Mitchell
Mushroom

Re: Insecurity by obscurity

Eh? You can publish how a thing works and have the thing still be insecure.

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Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

Jim Mitchell

Re: NY is ahead behind ahead behind

I miss the old lever style voting machines. The "thunk" and physical action gave some satisfaction to doing your civic duty. Putting a ballot into a scanner just isn't the same.

I understand the mechanical voting machines were old and required lots of maintenance, plus lots of storage, transportation, etc costs.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Chain of evidence

Most businesses of any size don't do bookkeeping on paper anymore, so I don't see how the comparison of "double-entry booking" and "election paper trails" is relevant?

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Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

Jim Mitchell

Re: I think it's even worse...

This is the only way things make sense.

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

Jim Mitchell

Re: The CPS argument is fallacious

Let's follow this argument along. So a hacker in some foreign country with minimal punishments for hacking loots your UK bank account. Are you OK with him being prosecuted in his home country, or do you want him tried in the UK? It *is* a crime in both places, just the punishment is different.

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Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

Jim Mitchell
Facepalm

Come on El Reg! This was a chance to push your next conference: ".Devops"!

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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

Jim Mitchell
Coat

Plants? I read it as "the officer's pants", initially.

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ML fails: Loyalty prediction? Not really. And bonus prediction? Oh dear

Jim Mitchell

If you never buy anything, then you don't get the survey to fill out! You don't count. Sorry.

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Boffins pack more info onto photon for faster quantum key distro

Jim Mitchell
Alert

qudit?

"qudit"? I would think that qubyte would be the obvious upgrade in capacity from qubit.

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Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

"bit-addressable"?

"The point of it is to provide bit-addressable nonvolatile capacity greater than typical RAM banks with access times faster than NAND."

RAM isn't bit addressable, and I don't see Xpoint being bit addressable, either. Once again, I'm confused.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

Jim Mitchell

Re: That PoE means some serious Ethernet cable...

Washing machines use regular outlets. Electric clothes dryers require up-rated wiring and receptacles. Unless you mean the water for cooling... ?

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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

Jim Mitchell

Re: Root Cause: HAIRBALL Systems Design

All software has bugs, some more than others. The problem here is that Equifax was running software they apparently did not know they were running. This is a process/management fail, not a software fail.

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Snap: We've blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more

Jim Mitchell

I don't see how "acquired 145,778,246 shares of our non-voting Class A common stock via open market purchases" leads to "help fund a revamp of its Snapchat service to be easier to use". Open market purchase implies they bought from people who are NOT Snap, and thus Snap received no money with which to revamp anything. Have I missed something?

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Jim Mitchell

Re: How is that different from NoScript?

NoScript is not exactly user friendly, with the default of block all, figuring out what to allow to get the result you want can be ... difficult.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

Jim Mitchell

"suitably fat caches"? maybe not quite

The parts in the slide in the image have the Intel units being 1.375MB of L3 per core, while the Qualcomm ones are 1.25MB per core. Advantage to Intel.

https://regmedia.co.uk/2017/11/08/qualcomm_skus_sm.jpg?x=648&y=345&infer_y=1

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

Jim Mitchell

Re: Vocabulary

And here in the The States, a "fly" is something on your pants that you unzip.

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

Jim Mitchell

Re: All vehicles within 4 years?

Yeah, I've always wondered about this vehicle to vehicle communications. Perfect "encrypted, authenticated , unjammable and unspoofable" is impossible at consumer cost. Can an asshole with a button make every listening car in range panic brake?

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

Jim Mitchell

To misquote Menchen: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

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My #95Theses of #Digital

Jim Mitchell
Devil

Re: #48

So:

#48B

Using IotT does an idiot make.

?

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Kubernetes bug ate my banking app! How code flaw crashed Brit upstart

Jim Mitchell

Re: Rolling update causes outage

@Oliver Jones This isn't "agile", this is DevOps/Constant Integration/Constant Deployment. They must have attended that Reg lecture series...

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Dang, the North bulb is loose again.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

Jim Mitchell

Re: Hmmm......

The funny thing to me is that Vista ran fine on my PC long after the latest Ubuntu wouldn't. I think support for the installed Nivida graphics was dropped in some release.

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The net's a sprawling data mire – Webhose.io sprays away the gunk

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: Is it just me...

An "ad-icle" would have better photos (I hope), those look like mugshots!

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NetBSD, OpenBSD improve kernel security, randomly

Jim Mitchell
Unhappy

Kernel ASLR does its thing at boot. From then on the kernel address/layout is static. How often do you reboot your BSD/Linux devices?

With this current implementation, one leak of a kernel address to the attacker and they can figure out the rest. "Minimum Viable Product" box checked, hope the improvements continue.

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BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

Jim Mitchell

Re: Really?

From the article linked to:

"Please note, this is neither an elevation nor an exploitation technique. This technique can be used in a post-exploitation scenario in which the attacker has control over the asset."

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

Jim Mitchell

Re: Simplify taxes and make fair

"Cheaper houses/areas - less tax;" Doesn't work that way. The jurisdiction needs X dollars in funding, so locales with lower average property values just pay a higher % of value in tax. This would work if the tax jurisdiction was a very large region, here in New York, it is by county/town.

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

Jim Mitchell

The quote, to me, implies that Microsoft screwed up by having a delta update show up in WSUS. The sysadmin is not being blamed.

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To Russia, with love: Greek court now says Bitcoin fraud suspect could be tried at home

Jim Mitchell

Re: What's the going "price" of justice in Greece these days?

@GidaBrasti "I'm afraid you give too much credit to the Greek minister of Justice."

What decent minister accepts credit for bribes? Cash or equivalents only, please.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Unit confusion

All this talk of KWs and amps in the comments is confusing me. I thought the unit of electricity in the UK was the tea kettle?

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

Jim Mitchell

Re: Equifax credit score

I doubt it. Equifax's customers are not consumers, they are businesses that want to know something about somebody before they extend an offer of credit. That Equifax had a breach isn't their problem at all.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

Jim Mitchell

"electrical engineering from top-flight Brown University"

Eh, their graduate engineering program is ranked 52nd in https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/brown-university-217156/overall-rankings . Not that it matters, you are never going to meet another Brown EE graduate. It looks like there were only 17 in the class of 2016. Looks like a recent high, too. https://www.brown.edu/academics/engineering/about/enrollment-and-graduation-data

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Jim Mitchell

Perhaps things would be better if instead of "Terms and Conditions" they were labeled as "Legally Binding Contract", which they apparently are.

Also, software that displays the EULA in a purposefully small window is evil.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

Jim Mitchell

"A Sin City court granted Hutchins bail of $30,000 on Friday. However, the decision came at 3.30pm local time, and his attorney wasn't able to make it to the bail office to pay the money before it closed at 4pm."

The one place I'd actually expect to find a 24-hour bail office is .... Las Vegas.

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

Jim Mitchell

Re: Looks as though

"In space nobody can hear you quack."

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

Jim Mitchell

Re: I hope...

The "structuring financial transactions" relates to the "The sales money was funneled back to associates in Italy in batches of less than $10,000 to avoid alerting the tax authorities." The banks have to report transactions of $10,000 and over, not necessarily for "tax" reasons, but for money laundering detection. So noticing who is deliberately moving ~$9,999 around frequently is a good way to detect criminals, as the law abiding people aren't worried about the feds knowing, or even aware of the $10,000 line.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hastert for an example of somebody who fell afoul of this.

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Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Jim Mitchell

Re: ATM reincarnated

@DougS

The ONT is distinct from any telco provided ethernet/wifi router. The ONT terminates the fiber connection.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

Jim Mitchell

Re: if cost == 0 then panic

To alter your question... If *I* push the ball down the slope, do I own the copyright, or does the person/monkey who setup the camera?

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Corporations - meh

The obvious distinction is that a corporation is essentially a group of people, it is just that the membership can change over time.

Monkeys are not groups of people.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Jim Mitchell

load balancer? The article clearly said "cloud balancers". I don't even know what that is...

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

Re: That SEV mode looks really interesting

"However, if SEV mode becomes commonplace, it might give the malware writers an unexpected advantage; the whitehats might no longer be able to see inside the VMs..."

Eh? The researchers create and run the VMs they use to study malware. They just have to not check the box for encryption.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

fraud without deception?

"but rather investment fraud. With the latter, there is no requirement for damage to have been done or any form of corporate deception."

Eh? Fraud, by definition, IS deception. Perhaps something lost in translation?

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

Jim Mitchell

Re: I wonder how much the lost on Apple stock?

The goal of a pension fund isn't to make zillions of money, ie maximize return, it is to guarantee enough is there to meet obligations. This favors moving to the lowest risk investment that will have enough return.

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The radio environment is noisy – so use the noise as a carrier for signals

Jim Mitchell

Re: Who paid to radiate that energy in the first place?

Might not be impressed, yes. But would the transmitter owner have any legal recourse?

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