* Posts by sequester

21 posts • joined 28 Sep 2012

Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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It can go on

Vernor Vinge has an interstellar trade empire without FTL capability run on those timestamps in A Deepness in the Sky.

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

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So basically the two father/son pairs of judge and attorney running most of the patent troll racket will now move to Delaware?

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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That's still four more years than Sony or HTC.

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Netflix US Twitter account hacked

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Re: "Not enabled 2FA" ???? FFS ?

Twitter's second factor is SMS. They can't send messages to my current carrier, so I had to disable it when I switched there. Twitter don't offer any kind of contact venue to notify them of those issues either, and they don't seem interested in offering anything actually working.

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Ransomware scum face unified white hat army

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Guess who aren't partners?

That's right, the primary problems: Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

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Uncle Sam emits DNS email security guide – now speak your brains

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Because DNS works so well. All the fancy little schemes abusing DNS seem to be based around the idea of DNSSEC which, so far, has massive issues (ISP caches break every time keys roll over, management is a nightmare, registries even more so). Looking at the enthusiasm of providers to implement or support that abortion, it may not be something you'll want to base your communication on.

As a first step, it would be nice if it was possible to use TLS between mail servers, but even that fails horribly with many servers not even supporting TLS 1.0 (try using ECDSA or even just SHA-2 on your production systems, I dare you) and not falling back to unencrypted transport when they realise that your system doesn't support export ciphers or other stone-age shenanigans.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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Masterlock: https://youtu.be/YsKMsvx8vvo

Seems to be reasonably weatherproof, but three raps with a pretty normal-sized hammer and it literally comes apart at the seams.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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After spending some quality morning time in a vaper-frequented meeting room, I have breathing issues for the rest of the day, sometimes well into the night. I would not call that harmless.

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Oh look, another magic battery technology

Why is that even worth reporting on anymore? It feels like there's at least one "breakthrough" discovery made each month, and none of them have anything to show in terms of actual usable hardware so far.

Neat? Maybe. Useful? Maybe in 10–20 years.

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How French spooks can silently command Siri, Google Now on phones

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Balanced audio interlinks

It's not a new thing, but now it's a security feature too!

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping one per cent of EU energy

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One bright light in Wolfram Alpha…

"~~ 0.83 × relativistic mass-energy equivalent of 1000 kg of matter ( 1000 kg c^2 )"

So basically if that oil equivalent could be replaced by a mix of all kinds of radiation, all we'd need was some antimatter :-D

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Google Mail is hell to send mail to. I haven't encountered any other receiving system or network that was quite as idiotic.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Pern anyone?

The red planet was here ☺

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

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"Community restricted" and consulted by an AV vendor?

Hey, sounds suspiciously like .XXX.

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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So how does HGST fit into the picture, especially when it comes to market share? They're WD too except for some antitrust blinds.

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APNIC boffins may enlist TCP to defend DNS

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Re: RPF

The ignorance of network operators just knows no bounds.

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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

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To paraphrase Lewis Black

If you were a roofer, and you built a roof, and you were 20% off, you'd still be serving time.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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"Great" DVD player?

If the 360 or any MS-related software player are anything to go by, Microsoft's idea of a "great" *-disc player is so far sub-par that my over a decade old standalone DVD player runs cirles around it in every aspect.

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AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

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Re: If it weren't for AMD....

Indeed. As I tend to say, the Core architecture was AMD's best product.

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

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We call that TV corp "Asocial TV"

Other names are "Unemployment TV" or "Hartz 4 TV" (after unemployment legislation forcing people into poverty).

Those channels exist purely because people love to see that there's always someone at least a thousand times more stupid and asocial than themselves.

All things considered, it's rather a gain to the spectrum.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Re: Poppers.

It's especially amusing since amyl nitrite apparently leads to "relaxation of involuntary muscles, especially […] the anal sphincter".

Source is Wikipedia, so take your pinch of salt with that piece of totally necessary info.

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