* Posts by JCitizen

608 posts • joined 16 Jul 2012

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Never forget Marconi

I've had clients that told me what was going on in Washington and other networks, and I was shocked to see they contracted our country away to the PRC wholesale! It took them more than 5 years before they finally started to admit their mistakes - but that is no excuse when you have whistle blowers making a huge noise and no one was listening back then! It is absolutely disgusting to me!!

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Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit

JCitizen
Unhappy

It wouldn't bother me..

It wouldn't bother me if they put the entire board of Equifax in jail after the way they handled the last breach. I'm not normally for regulation, but congress needs to put their thumb on the credit agencies. If not a fist!!

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

JCitizen
Devil

Re: Bah!

OKay, now just admit it - you are a Hollywood writer in your day job aren't you!

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JCitizen
Angel

Re: No worries

Call the Thunderbirds - they'll get the job done! If not, Brains will figure it out!

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

JCitizen
Mushroom

Re: Block 'em

There was a time when I was tempted to block the entire range at APINIC, RIPE NCC, and Wasilla Alaska;; but a guy would probably spend all his time configuring exceptions to that now days.

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JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

True.. but...

At about 2003, when I first started logging this kind of thing; the PRC was so arrogant that they didn't bother doing fancy server bouncing like you describe. The sources of the attacks made sense too - usually military bases or industrial parks. After people woke up, they shifted the IP addresses to "Universities", then when that got public attention, they built a mysterious communication building that could only be described as a major "CIA" type communications center where the attacks were coming from. This didn't fool anybody, so they finally simply copied the same technique criminals use just as you describe. l have no doubt the PRC is still doing just what they've always been doing, and probably worse - but you are right, the original source is hard to determine ( but not impossible either). We are doing it to them and our friends too, so it is a bit disingenuous to cry loudly about it, but that doesn't mean we have to lie down and forget it either.

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Uber to dole out $148m settlement among US states over breach it paid $100k to bury

JCitizen
Facepalm

Eye exam??

What difference would it make if Uber conducted an eye exam over the internet or not. If your driver has to have a state driver license, they already took an eye exam at the DMV. Seems stupid to even mention it! Perhaps they are referring to countries with lax laws?

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: It's just a figurehead

Yeah - I haven't heard of one thing this "Czar" did to improve the situation - not one. Seems like it was a totally ineffective left over from the Obama years.

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NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

JCitizen
Unhappy

Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

I bet there are not many original moon astronauts alive today. We are lucky Buzz Aldrin is still with us!

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Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

JCitizen
Go

Re: Google still know everything about almost everyone, regardless of a switch.

Don't know if this would solve the problem, but I add the DuckDuckGo cookie blocking and search engine to Chrome. Everywhere I go, the websites complain that I'm blocking cookies - it does have a way to allow them for favorite sites that make a living off them. After all the internet isn't really free. Whether chrome can circumvent this, I don't know but it would be easy to test.

Close Chrome and run CCleaner to exit all cookies from the system. Open Chrome and visit a site that hosts chrome cookies and LSOs. Check the cookie vault in CCleaner to see if they show up. If they do, then that add on isn't capable of blocking chrome cookies. I assume it does though. Occasionally when chrome updates, it tries to delete DuckDuckGo - but that might just be because they are search engine competitors - that is reason enough for Google to try and defeat them.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

JCitizen
Stop

Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

People forget that the Post Office had a problem with this last century, and it got so bad it coined the term, "going Postal". However, they looked at the problem and adopted human resource techniques and work place mental health processes that stopped the problem. I think it is time ALL work places adopt the same standard operating procedure, because the problem has veritably been fixed at USPS.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

JCitizen
Unhappy

It will be great!

I would literally fly to the UK just to watch that! They did a pretty good job simulating it in the movie about Turing. Too bad I'm too disabled to go!

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

JCitizen
Devil

Re: Paltry fine

Oh they are making out like bandits selling customers "Credit Monitoring" so they can watch over the mistakes of the very reporting agency that caused the problem in the first place! Now does that sound like extortion - YES it does!

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JCitizen
Alert

Re: I'm a bit surprised that Uncle Sam hasn't given Eqifax a thrashing...

Congress has been threatening more regulations for years, but they kept promising they'd do it without regulation. Well they obviously failed, and pubic uproar finally has the voters asking questions. I've contacted my legislators demanding I be allowed a free credit BLOCK anytime I want it, and that would effectively fix the problem, and also punish the reporting agencies as well. I'll believe it when I see it happen though!!

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: We should be able to GDPR delete it

Giving you a FREE credit BLOCK anytime you want it, would be much more effective, and also cause loss of income to the reporting agencies - AWE!!? TOO BAD!

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JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Meanwhile, in America..

I've been giving my representatives hell about this every since it happened. Slowly it seems congress is finally realizing just how spitting mad the public is about this. As far as I'm concerned, I'd take free credit locking to a fine any day - THAT would really hurt them, but TOO FRICKN BAD!!

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

JCitizen
Go

A good alternative..

I could never figure out what that extension was all about anyway; so I switched to DuckDuckGo as a search engine, and installed it as well. The only problem I have is web sites complaining because I'm not taking cookies and they can't get into my shorts. I do wish there were a URL exclusion for sites I want to support; but there is none as far as I can tell. All the other ad blockers and script blockers just got too complicated to use, and did not really do the job. So there ya go!

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

JCitizen
Childcatcher

They could have used cryptoprevent,,,

It is probably a LOT cheaper that hiring Fortinet! I've tested it against ransomware on my honeypot, and so far no success to the crooks.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

JCitizen
Meh

Re: What did we expect?

Pfftt!! Both parties cheat anytime they get a chance.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/apr/10/dick-morris/dick-morris-theres-proof-over-1-million-people-vot/

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Blood test biz LabCorp pulls plug on systems over hacker fears

JCitizen
Coat

I was just about to joke..

that finally we have a company that is actually serious about security but AC's previous comment beat me to it, and even better! LOL!

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Ukraine claims it blocked VPNFilter attack at chemical plant

JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: Russian cyber attack against a chlorine plant

When you saw the resolve on the people of Ukraine, the fighting in the streets with no weapons - going up against bullets with trash cans and home made armor - I'm sorry but that is the people I like and want to know. They were brave enough to fight for freedom even if they had to do it with bare fists! I will never believe that the system that put the Russian puppet in power was legitimate.

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

JCitizen
Stop

Re: Would you trust your secrets to Clippy?

I hated Clippy SO BAD. that I was immediately turned off to the entire idea of AI intelligence in this subject area, and almost made me ill just thinking about it.

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Is The Power Supply Portable?

This is most likely propaganda, and not a real prototype at all.

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Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: 'Complaints about them having Fox News on'

With people named "Reality Winner" and is an obvious nut case, I can see why - bon voyage!!

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

JCitizen
Thumb Up

Re: god ?

That is what I was wondering!! I seem to remember him mentioning his "unbelief" in several specials I'd watched. I think he only mentioned it in passing so folks wouldn't think he attributed the laws of the universe to anything particularly important, or divine superintendence. I don't agree with him, but that is everyone's right, and the most important one of all.

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JCitizen
Alien

I'm rather surprised .....

at the mention of God in the article at all. I'd always heard Stephen was and atheist. ??

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NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel

JCitizen
IT Angle

When you see the failures of the former NASA program...

I can't complain about the few mistakes of the new Space X launches. Over the years how many satellite or even manned launches have exploded, or otherwise failed.

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Stanford brainiacs say they can predict Reddit raids

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

"ThatOne" is right...

The article hit it on the head with the "echo chambers" observation. People who have ideas about the world have generally jelled them in their way of thinking, and will not join a group with contrary opinion. So crossing the "echo chamber" divide rarely works, as no one wants to hear the other side or give it a reasonable chance of logical thought. This is exactly what makes the human chimp a warfaring creature. They'd rather solve problems by killing the other guy with a different opinion. Sad but true.

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Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

JCitizen
Joke

Go Pro in SPAAAAACE!

Literally taken off the shelf - CHEAP!!!

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German government confirms hackers blitzkrieged its servers to steal data

JCitizen
Trollface

Re: If in Doubt ...

or blame Boris Badenov! Hmmph-meh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4txmBNCAXg8

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Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach

JCitizen
WTF?

I'm mad as hell !!!!!!..

about Equifax and the lack of oversight by regulators - this is serious SHIT! If they don't start doing something about it, there will be angry mobs with pitchforks that will make the "Occupy Wall street" crowd look like Little Miss Muffet and the girl scouts!!.

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JCitizen
Flame

Re: Hold Equifax accountable for their negligence

And hit them with regulations, that they've been dodging for at least a generation or two!

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JCitizen
Flame

Re: They can no longer be trusted

Hmm? That site says no affiliates of Equifax were identifiable as contributors - or something like that. But we all know that has to be hogwash, because the reporting agencies have had an iron grip on regulation for decades now - they keep saying that they will watch over their responsibilities and no need of more regulation - well, we can all so how that worked out!!

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

JCitizen
Thumb Down

Symantec..

can go to hell or high water as far as I'm concerned - They have stumbled around like a fool, and yet acted in the most conceited manner. It is almost like they really believe they are too big to fail.

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Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

JCitizen
Devil

Since they really don't know...

I can say about anything and possibly be right! All this pushing and shoving by a big bang - what if it is actually a giant sucking bulbous cleft in the universe, that is PULLING us apart in space time. There wouldn't need to be a big band would there? - but the rift in the middle of it all would probably still explode for all the rapid vacuum cause by the horrible sucking rift at the edge of the universe!! HA! HA HA! Good thing the crazy houses have been closed, or I'd be a patient! LOL!

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Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

JCitizen
Meh

Seems to me..

that when you look at the outer planets like the gas giants - methane is rather the rule than the exception, so why couldn't original hydrocarbon from the solar system be trapped in planets closer to the sun? There may have been oceans of it, far in the past, maybe before life itself?

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

JCitizen
FAIL

Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

That is why they call them "fool" cells.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

JCitizen
Meh

Boris and Natasha

Natasha - "Daalink, this misinformation campaign is ingenious"

Boris - "Thank you Babushka, it will shake the US election to its core"

Squirrel - " Hey Moose, look at this advertisement - do you really believe this?:

Moose - "Humm! Nutin' up my sleeve! "

Squirrel - "No! In the paper"

Moose - "Oh that? Who reads election ads?"

Squirrel - "Weeell, you have a point there - they spend millions and still lose the election!"

The lesson from this, is what makes anyone think ad dollars and misinformation will actually change an election, when the advertisements that are riddled with half truth anyway, don't statistically change a thing! How many times have I seen a US race where the biggest spender lost the election fair and square. This whole story of subterfuge is non sequitur.

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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Might be

So far the only country agnostic anti-malware I know of is Emsisoft. They even flipped the bird to the German government for insisting on white-listing their own country's spyware. They are also the ONLY anti-malware that can find all the MPAA's DRM spyware in my entertainment system - the only reason I quit using them, was because they eventually made it impossible to successfully put such processes in an exclusion zone. I couldn't play my Blu-ray or watch HDTV on cable as long as Emsisoft was on my PC, so I had to get rid of it. Sad really, because they must be the best!

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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

JCitizen
Stop

Re: They wanted to die

So James O'Shea? --- What you are saying is Ft. Meade don't play around like the Marines guarding the barracks in Lebanon back in 1983? The guards didn't even have live ammo there!

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Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

JCitizen
Meh

Then let the US govt pay big money!

If they can't trust foreigners to build their toys, then maybe they ought to contract to Texas Instruments, and go back to paying $10,000 for work stations, and really expensive cell phones. Last I heard, TI was building a HUGE 3 story high plant in Texas - wonder what they know, that we don't?

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JCitizen
Megaphone

Re: Blah Blah Blah, Muh Values, Blah!

Not to mention that a few years ago, Malaysian and other Pacific Rim manufactures of chips were practically bragging about the piggy back chips they were inserting into the process, for mass manufacturing! They were so proud of their work, you could even see the Logo of the crackers on the chip under a magnifying glass.. I don't think China is the only one in the game - everyone is suspect.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Oportunity for anti-malware?

I can remember Microsoft grudgingly allowing Symantec into the kernel space of one of their new operating systems under a new NT filing architecture. Nobody was happy about that, especially since nobody trusts Symantec to be any more secure with their code than Microsoft was; and perhaps even worse.

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

JCitizen
Holmes

Champaine advertisers spend millions...

What makes anyone think a stupid Boris and Natasha is going to convince people of anything when advertisers spend millions trying to get their candidates elected, and still lose the election despite spending 3 to 1 against their rival? It is simply rubbish - that is what it is!! Moose and squirrel are smarter than they think!

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

JCitizen
WTF?

Re: Splash down target - Canberra

Did I read the word "nuclear" - New Zealand won't even let a nuclear sub dock anywhere near its shores! I think they are one of the most anti-nuclear nations going. Of course, I know you were just joking.

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JCitizen
Go

Re: Cool...

This was the faster, better, cheaper NASA promised but never delivered years ago. I'd say, look at it like this - orbital space trash is becoming such a problem that even projects like the ISS may not be able to survive the meteoric strikes of continued overpopulation of space. Perhaps it is better to use LEO so that all the trash including the original project is burned up in the earth's atmosphere - end of problem!

The other advantages were already mentioned above, and the lifting tools and mini-satellites themselves will be cheap enough to be expendable, but still make more than enough data to make money. I think it is a genius move; especially since, I assume New Zealand is even closer to equatorial launch than any other major space launch center. It is way easier and uses less fuel to get the same result.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

JCitizen
Mushroom

Re: Swedes

@Farnet - except when they are not showing off and crash into each other at about 400 meters depth or deeper! I suspect more than one sub is on the bottom of the ocean as a result of such aggressive maneuvers in the cold war.

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India to launch moon mission in March 2018

JCitizen
Pint

Kudos for India

For having the guts to take inexpensive short cuts that the US, UK, and Russia are not wiling to risk. Elon /Space X doesn't even come close - but he at least is willing to risk everything but an astronaut's life.

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JCitizen
Angel

Just a joke

And here I thought he was just joking about $600 toilet seats, like the ones NASA built.

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Merck's $310m NotPetya bill, stolen RDP logins selling for $10 a pop, bug patches, and more

JCitizen
Coffee/keyboard

Re: The best action for Kaspersky?

Personally I trust Emisoft before I'd trust Kaspersky - their anti-malware can find even the hidden DRM spies in your PC. Also I like the fact that Emisoft flipped the bird at the German government for asking(demanding) for a back door to their code. Plus they probably have the best darn software firewall ever with Online Armor. I'm an not a shill for Emisoft and I do not sell anybody's stuff any where.

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