* Posts by Arachnoid

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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What used to be a Chinese/Indian accent at the end of the line is now evolving to a Eastern European chintzy brogue, so best called before lunch for a lucid response.

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Biometrics

Because your fingerprint can be copied from every item you touch and you only have ten options unless you were born with more fingers

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat_fingerprint_sensors/

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Electronic keys

Are a a convenience to some at times but are bulky compared to traditional metal keys and add more security holes than they cure.With a traditional metal key the doors can be locked and the vehicle is secured but with an electronic key it only has to be within range or have a range extender surreptitiously applied to the signal, for the doors to be opened and driven off by a.n.other.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/motoring/most-popular-cars-stolen-key-1429949

Just because they are electronic many assume they are more secure than a metal imprinted key, they are not it is merely a different not better form of key coding.They also massivly multiply in expense to replace as the vehicle gets older, if you can even get the fobs made and coded ten years down the road from manufacture.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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P4ssw0RdZ

The problem is not so much remembering several passwords but in our I.T. fad culture, hundreds of passwords many of which require uppercase,lowercase, number etc or frequent changes for no apparent logical reason . Whilst its not an ideal 100% fool proof solution 2FA using a mobile app generated or recieved code is a way forward , as long as its not just a front to make a system "seem" more secure with a back door via a poorly constructed password. Even the U.S. Presidents Football uses a damn antiquated card code generator which was lost by one president [allegedly]

Talking of security its amazing how many Banking institutions etc require various ways of the user identifying themself over the phone but have no "Handshake" themselves to verify that they are genuine.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Social Interation

Just ask the next passing UFO to give the lander a tune up

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Clippy!

Are you having difficulty with your Rover?

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The next Rover evolution

Has long ambidextrous arm with large and small hammer attachment

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

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Re: El Reg Units

Is this at Pounds of Force or Newtons as we wouldn't want to overcook the chops?

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: Getting more and more off topic ...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/234844780307322/permalink/465140037277794/

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Removable storage

Its in more devices than is apparent i.e. take hundreds of images for work projects so now how do you get them accessible to add to your training document?

Phones and other Camera like devices OK so say you set up some form of authorization whats to say the installed memory in the "device" is the same as that which was authorized i.e. change out the removable memory?

Just going back to laptops the hard drives are removable as are the ram chips.Yes a tad more fiddly to do but just the same risk apparently.....

It may not be as common these days on laptops but a second drive could be installed in place of the removable CD drive for extra storage.Is this not removable?

Making security so unworkable for the end user just makes people more inventive to circumvent it i.e. as mentioned using bluetooth.

Using a mobile phone to proved a phone connection to a laptop does this not count as adding an external media connection [in more ways than one]?

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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3d Printers

IKEA only has a short term buisness plan, just wait till the ubiquitous"Star Trek" 3D printer comes to every home.

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Yes but

Whos going to assemble and program the robot the destructions would be biblic in proportion !?

BTW who hasnt wanted a third arm when assembling stuff not just hoping it wont fall over before inserting part B,,,,,,,

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Mushroom

Rename the damn thing.......

Call it the Kami- KarZee and use it for single flight missions

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Yahoo accounts

Have a similar working arrangement.You can use accountname-netflix@yahoo.com which will appear in your accountname@yahoo.com email account and again is a good way to see who has access to specific sign up details as it ignores anything past the dash.

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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Design

If someone wanted to conceal a drone they would make it look like a large Bird such as a Seagull or American Eagle. I really cant see the pointof this Bill, if the device is a threat then its open to capture or destruction.

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

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Re: Picked up a cheaper NAS

Anywhere else will still be open if it fails under warrenty is your £20 really that important to you?.....

Tandy/Maplin on the odd time Ive been into these stores over the years is a tad like going into Sportsdirect much ado about nothing and overpriced tat with more staff than customers.

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US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers

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Open the Pod Bay Doors Hal

Im surprised a cluster type pod device hasn't been designed yet that allows the mass dropping of possibly hundreds of bird [?] type drones that blend into whatever neighbourhood they are let loose in.They could blend in quite well and have a range of several miles using either on-board intel or remote laser/satellite updatable guidance.

Theres nothing to stop them being like clustered mines that wait for an opportunistic target to pounce on.You could even seed the waters with homing fish types that attach to passing craft either for tracking purposes such as in submarine lanes or to interfere with onboard communications.

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Google assisting the Pentagon in developing AI for its drones

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Facepalm

Development

You would have thought Amazon would have been all over this

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BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

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Re: Enough, already

"it might as well be better to delete software patent as a whole."

Not really as it can take a developer as long to design something in software as someone designing something actually physical i.e a round cornered mobile phone.The problem appears to be the way the system is implemented and corrupted by some to their own gain and not of that of the original developer.

There was a patent war over hyperlinks only last year, yes its an patenable innovation but it seriously got scewed out of proportion much the same as we seem to be seeing here.

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Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

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Joke

Obligatory Star Wars quote

To quote Admiral Ackbar " Its a TRAP!!!"

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Missed opportunity

This was Trumps ideal opportunity to say he had been informed a new U.S. laser weapons system had downed the ICBM removing the danger and that any similar launches by Rocket man would be treated the same way.......

He could then blame Worker 2 for provising misinformation if his bluff were called

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Its Amazing

How people think because its an electronic lock its somehow more secure then a mechanical device

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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Mushroom

Talking of Passwords

I wonder how many U.S. Politicians share their keys to the Nuclear deterant?

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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not approved by the Pentagon?

Its my understanding the targets are pre programmed into the Warheads, be it there may be a selectable menu option pre launch.

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Re: Quite right, but...

Yes the Computer and even the Personel are open to corruption,technology will never change that,survielance will never change that it all a matter of risk.If anything the risk is much greater that a third world country will gain access to the necesary materials to make an effective nuclear weapon and a capable delivery system.

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A fine book to read : The Silent Deep -The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945

A very interesting and detailed book it relates the history of the UK fleet and how it has been diminished by various Parliaments over the years to the minimum threshold of only four, which barely allows one to be on patrol at all times and another to perform ancillary duties such as training Perishers.Additionally how due to reduced fleet sizes, it gets more difficult every year to provide adequatly trained crews who are prepared to spend months at a time away from home living in confined spaces with no outside contact.

As to firing an ICBM or the newer Cruise missle configuration should it ever be needed , it requires the boat to atain certain states of stable flotation and rediness matched by crew willingness to progress the system to an active state.This whole sequence of events may take up to an hour to achieve so no its not an instant push to launch that some may think.

It would be easier not that it will ever happen,to hack a surface vessel with nuclear capability as they only move in two planes not three.

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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FAIL

"I don't drive. Why should I pay for roads that I never use?"

You don't happen to ride a freetard push [or even electric] bike do you?

Parties claiming bias is a way of getting even more air time allotted to your members to waffle on about your erroneous theories.

As for the BBC its a Dinosaur with a complete lack of any modern management skills in regard to providing on demand technology. They need to take a hard look at their competitors raking in money hand over fist [OOH look sky monthly subs plan far exceed BBCs yearly income per subscribed household].

Then work out how to bring the Ostrich like head in Sand BBC subscriptions and programming from the 18th century into the 21st.

Viewers have a wide variety of choice these days and its time the BBC actually competed with the market for its income not drinking Ambrosia wine all the time.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Aye eye

So the new iPhone X will recognize your face but not your eyes!

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Small and smaller

" Some old PCs will not do ANYTHING at power on if the battery is dead and/or CMOS corrupt. There ARE things that need an old PC."

Don`t forget the Compaqs which had the bios on the hard drive so you had to download the correct replacement firmware from their website on a new hard drive install......

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Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

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WTF?

So Self drive Cars,,,,,,,,,,

Will be full of bugs given the number of lines of code they will have or will they crash too?

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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If all thats required.............

Is a reduction in accident figures then just make it a 30 mph [or less] speed limit on all roads,install speed limiters in all vehicles and instant jail for any traffic offender or anyone tampering with such equipment.There ya go saved billions of investment in new technology and being unable to afford a new "high tech self drive car" and removing any miscreants from the road.

In doing so Ive increased the employment levels in Vehicle equipment and testing jobs, Prison officers, re-offence prevention officers.Thus enabling the Billions to be reinvested into the economy and jobs rather than unneeded equipment that constantly needs upgrading at great expense.

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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Free Speech like Freedom and Free will has a cost

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukqqEDlsgyA

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Drone spped

We are not just talking about those slow blade spinning droids much loved by nerds but high speed,jet powered devices too.

As for many of the "weapons" offered as solutions so far, just remember many of the areas under defense will be in civilian populated areas during peace time.

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Target recognition

Its not so much knocking the device down thats going to be hard as you can launch tangle netting or a solid or liquid object once its in range.The difficulty is target recognition on such a small scale object in a variety of weathers and light conditions, given the airspace may also be full of wildlife.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Remote security risks?

So the lock owner is reliant on the lock producer having a secure enough server, thats up to the snuff of preventing a rogue compromised update that allows ner do wells access to propertys protected by said locks.

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WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

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WMD`s......

Was`nt there a "general consensus" about those too.........

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Who would pay.........

I would`nt put it past some security agencys to pay an intreging amount for a chance to trace the money through the wash system.They may not get the root of this particular problem doing so but it would give a working knowledge and a fingerprint for furure issues.

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Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

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Lucky it was a security app developer..........

Can the restricting of access to accounts from only certain I.P. address help in such situations?

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Thumb Up

Sounds like an FBI Honey trap to me........

Invite them to DEF CON ,collect evidence from other attendees then arrest the perp on the way out.......

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Pint

Re: Looks like...

My Dad > Your Dad

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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

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Too cheap. 1.1p per person

Cheaper and quicker that Royal Mail 1st class

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Verbal Contract

Waits for updates from President Trump though the tweet may end up with some spilt Maglev Covfefe during the ride

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Self drive vehicles

So given the propensity for humans to change things, how long before self drive vehicles have their firmware hacked by users.Yea lets have it cut into traffic lanes making all the other SDVs behind panic stop or exceed the speed limit by 5mph or jump through a changing traffic light instead of stopping.....At what point does "its my property I`ll do what I like" become a big problem?

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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"so why would anyone bother paying up next time?"

If you were oh......say a large western intellegence company and you wanted to poison the ransom well and thus deter others asking for money what better action could one take.........

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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"We ran ARCnet "

So do you wear a dark coloured suit and glasses for work.Maybe we should simply refer to you as "A"?

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Careful........

The Vogons are also part of the simulation and may prevent finding the answer to the question

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Missing Opportunity

You forget to tell the retailer you needed covering expenses to test the gloves in different enviroments like aboard a SpaceX launch or even on the Space Station

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Security company finds unsecured bucket of US military images on AWS

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Joke

The trouble with Buckets

Is they may get water,,,,,, er scorn poured on them

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Joke

whatever way the Throwers (sorry Baggage Handlers) feel like

Ex Delivery drivers ........possibly

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