* Posts by arctic_haze

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Piece of advice

Do not post on Facebook anything you do not want to be 100% public.

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

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Great!

I await the day when Facebook Messanger will be terminated.

Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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The best defense

We should start live testing of cutting Russia from the Internet.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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It costs them about the same price as Nokia did

I believe they will write it down equally soon.

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Space lifts?

A space lift would be the #1 target for every terrorist. Just imagine the results of a 9/11 type of attack against it.

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It's 2018...

....and the Russians are still using the 1960s era Soyuz capsules?

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Saving on pennies and paying onself £100,000

He should have become a CEO. Than he could do it legally without worrying about the printer.

Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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Maybe it is the way Facebook accomodates ne EU privacy rules

At least they should spin it that way.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: 100% got the upgrade, only 50% have made it through.

I wonder which half my colleague belonged to. Close to the end of the week day on Tuesday he said to me that his laptop is installing an update since 9 a.m. I went to see the progress and found it displaying a message that it is uninstalling an update. I haven't asked him since whether the laptop left the time loop of eternal install, uninstall, install...

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: Silver lining

"Having much improved maps of large parts of the Pacific Ocean courtesy of a few years of detailed scans cannot hurt either."

Indian Ocean, but otherwise I fully agree.

Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Holmes

I've seen the author's photo

Its careful analysis revealed that he is actually menopausal.

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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I avoided it from the beginning

I worked at a US university where allegedly only Eudora was compatible with their mail server for some reason. On day one I found out that Thunderbird (or was it Seamonkey at the time?) worked equally well. The bonus of the Netscape replacement was it's UTF-8 friendliness, unlike Eudora's, which was important as half the lab used in their emails non-Latin languages. So I got hated by the IP admins, loved by some coworkers and generally had fun. But I still cannot understand why some people actually liked that software.

GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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I'm wary of geeks bearing gifts

In short, what kind of trick it is?

Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Devil

So wait...

Who went to Argentina? Hitler's body double?

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: Just wait

"I didn't even know there were 10 social networks."

If you read the piece, you would know there are at least 14.

NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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Everything under the Sun is in tune.

But the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon...

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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No Surface Phone sightings?

A pity. I appreciate news about Surface Phone almost as much as about Yeti and Nessie.

Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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I never used Kaspersky

The #1 reason for avoiding the company was my deeply held belief that I cannot avoid NSA snooping me using Windows / Android / iOS but that does not mean I need to open up also to its Russian counterpart.

US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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The obligatory Soviet Russia joke

In Soviet Russia, the track phones you

ESA's all-seeing space eye captures momentary sunshine over Britain

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Red Dawn upon Britain

This should be the actual The Reg title.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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FAIL

NASA returning to the Moon? Again?

Haven't they just cancelled a Lunar rover?

Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Windows

I'm shocked

Isn't it collusion?

Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week

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What is important is why, not where

In is still one of the weirdest air catastrophes ever. The interesting part is more what happened and why than where exactly the plane ended up.

By the way, even if they find finally the plane, it will be most probably a debris field scattered over tens of square kilometers of the ocean bottom. It will be difficult to recover more than the largest fragments of the fuselage.

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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What is this quarrel for?

It is so sad for the British space-related industry, research etc. I've worked with British guys on ESA projects and even then they were deeply worried about the effects of Brexit on their future. UK will remain an ESA member as far as we know but many ESA project are funded with EU money. Even before this debacle, it was not certain whether EU will allow British personnel to work on such projects. I think now the answer is obvious. Sadly.

North Korea's antivirus software whitelisted mystery malware

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How many governments should know my emails?

if you use Microsoft / Apple / Google operating systems on your PCs and phones, NSA knows everything about you it wants to know. But why willingly give the same data to companies dependent on a foreign regime? And I do not even mean this Nork pathetic attempt but things like Kaspersky Lab.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Features dissapeear and reappear with every update?

That's why I prefer the old good Windows 7. Every day your desktop works the same way. Maybe boring but reliably useful.

Mannequin Skywalker takes high ground on Bezos-backed rocket

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Re: Units

3.85 million pounds equals 5.29 million dollars.

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Skywalker?

Luke or Anakin? If it was Luke, was it the young and optimistic one or the old grumpy Jedi Master?

Windows USB-stick-of-death, router bugs resurrected, and more

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It's 2018 and your NTLM credentials are broadcast by PDF files

Actually, this is 100% windows bug, not a PDF one. The PDF file works as advertised. It is supposed to be able to embed remote documents (whatever that means), so it embeds them. The rest is Microsoft software.

By the way, Microsoft claims that no mitigation or workaround exist. It is not true. All you need to do is to disable SMB. It may be impossible for many corporate users but I think vast majority of Windows users should have done that long ago. I have disabled SMB almost a year ago to protect myself from the WannaCry ransomware.

Win 7, Server 2008 'Total Meltdown' exploit lands, pops admin shells

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I had a hunch

When this Meltdown madness started in January, I stopped updating my Win7 boxes. I continued in February and March after reading that Microsoft issues patch to patch the patches I had not installed.

I resumed only in April but not the cumulative patchball but only the "Security Only Update". And I still think that I was lucky.

Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

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Bevare of unattended content management systems

Joomla has a similar history of vulnerabilities. It seems Drupal is equally dangerous. So if one needs to use it, it should at least be very vigorously patched. However, external subcontractors creating content on such tools often leave it without any patching framework whatsoever. Thst's at least is what the company I work with experienced.

ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

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Re: The ciphers look as if they will remain in the Linux kernel

Let's wait for Linus Torwald's opinion ;)

Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board

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Re: Launch partner?

Why nor Ariane? The reason is the lack of a good Ariane launch site suitable for polar orbit. You save a lot of fuel launching close to the pole (less perpendicular speed to to kill). Additionally the site needs to have launch corridors aiming towards North (or South). Guyana is ideal for geosynchronous satellites, not ones in polar orbits.

I know some of the ESA guys who oversee the launches in Plesetsk. I've learned that the launch site is just a forest secured with barbed wire and the only place one can go is a bar. So the French engineers had to learn drinking vodka.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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I have a cunning plan for Microsoft!

Let them rename HP Elite X3 to Microsoft Elite X3 Surface Phone paying HP whatever it will want. The phones will anyway fly off the shelves at $3000 prices due to fanboys starved of new Windows phones.

Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke

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The fail ship has another stop?

I wonder when it stops being news. What about "Windows users were surprised by a new update which surprisingly broke nothing important"?

Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

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Poor Microsoft

People are still using, against its crocodile-tears urgings, the very browser Microsoft worked very hard to bind them with.

Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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The logic of the ruling is scary

I can hurt other people because this is my "free speech". Really?

Next, they will rule that shooting at people in Texas is also a form of constitutionally protected free speech.

No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

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The shoemaker's children go barefoot.

Or at least his apps...

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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It's always great entertainment

Especially as it happened more than one time to Microsoft.

Just Google up "Microsoft on stage fail". You may even Bing it but I'm not sure of the results.

Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

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Re: 2 billion in today's market

"Yes prices will fall, but the revenues and profits will increase."

If prices will fall, the only competitors with profit will be the cheapest ones. It is possible that Russia, with its reliable but technologically obsolete rockets, sees the possibility that it will be priced out of the market.

Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us!

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FAIL

OMG

So it is 2018 and you do not even need to have Flash installed to be infected by it.

(If Flash were needed for that the statement that there is no mitigation against the vulnerability would be ridiculous )

India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

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"your smartphone will be able to talk to India’s satellites"

The navigation apps do not send anything which is why you do not need to disable them on commercial planes.

So I would use "listen" in place of "talk".

European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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What OS they use?

I guess it is some kind of Linux. But even Linux reboots after a kernel upgrade may go wrong as I learned after updating a box on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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They should at least stick to one domain name

Frankly, I myself was 100% sure it is a scam. The company apparently uses two domains gwr.com and firstgreatwesterm.co.uk.

What an experienced Internet user should think about a message titled "Your GWR.com account - password reset" but sent from... <greatwesternrailway@e.firstgreatwestern.co.uk>? Actually I hesitated and decided to wait until I learn more.

It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

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Re: Time to really say goodbye to flash?

The time was something like two years ago. And I'm quite serious.

If you really need Flash for some applications, enable it only for the right domains.

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Re: You call that a banhammer?

"Then we need to whip government agencies into shape as well."

Well we need to elect someone who will do this.

Also clean up the Washington corruption and make America great again. But wait...

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Who actually has beep installed?

No beep on my Fedora boxes. You really needed to actively install the package to have this problem.

In my opinion, this is one of the least important security problems ever.

Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: An idea...

Especially as he would most probably claim afterwards that everything was fake.

Microsoft outlines some ground rules to prevent it from nicking your IP

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Re: Get into bed with Microsoft

This is exactly what multiple companies learned while trying to cooperate with Microsoft.

Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

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Our Sun is too small to end up as a Supernova and this is how you create black holes. However, remember that the black hole is the former core of an exploding star and most of its mass is scattered around (most of the atoms we are build with have been created this way - the exception is hydrogen). So the mass of the resulting black hole mass is only a fraction of the original stellar mass. The only limit is the collapsed core must be heavy enough not to become a neutron star. The views on maximum mass a neutron star can have not to collapse further becoming a black hole are not well constrained but probably around twice the mass of our Sun. So most probably the black holes in the paper were only "in the order of solar mass" which may mean 2-5 times heavier.

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