* Posts by Valeyard

459 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Valeyard

Re: A use for AI at last

That was the idea behind Stross's Rule 34, and it didn't end well when the spam AI and anti-spam AI fight evolved...

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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"so all it does it hot dogs?"

"and NOT hot dog"

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Tips

the last bastion of the company that accepts employees want to be able to eat but doesn't want to actually pay them so turns them into a charity case for the customers for donate to

see also: US service industry

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Ex-NSA bod sues US govt for 'illegally spying' on Americans: We drill into 'explosive' 'lawsuit'

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what a guy

The hero we need

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Re: What is this?

it's a slippery slope only giving voting rights to those who by some arbitrary measure have "earned it"

can't find work? working minimum wage? work in marketing? attend art college?

i dunno where the line is drawn as to "doesn't contribute"

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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Re: We've been here before

came here to basically write down your comment title

haven't we already been down this road before? and haven't we learned shortly thereafter why it was a bad idea and a false economy?

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

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Re: Better not fly past my window

it's called the "Research and Development" department, not the "doing things" department

;)

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Homebrew crypto SNAFU on electrical grid sees GE rush patches

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Re: Put this in perspective....

hacking talktalk in the 1990s

"Database download: 1.4GB remaining. estimated time left: 34.9 years"

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

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"Ads are comparable to, and indeed worse than, rape"

-DropBear

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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ah weird

I was reading a book the other week where an ex-soldier who was playing detective would immediately break out his phone and have a blast on tetris everytime the plot would have him attacked or near a shootout as a calmdown-habit he'd had since he had to leave the army for PTSD

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Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

Valeyard

Re: The Fail is strong in this one.

the law doesn't judge the morality of the affair nor take it into account (whether or not he actually was shouldn't matter), it judges the written ACTUAL law as applicable to data protection

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Dublin court to decide EU's future relationship with Trump's America

Valeyard

Re: Don't hold your breath Europe

On the flipside, if there's one country that's well-practiced in not taking any crap from the big boys it's Ireland

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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pre-installed software

Microsoft must be looking at cases like this and wonder why they were allowed to bundle internet explorer when google bundles EVERYTHING with android

the only different is that at least with google apps the lack of privacy is intended

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Marketing company leaks 17,000 recorded phone calls, many with credit card numbers

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so what actually happened?

I can't find technical details of the leak on the mackeeper page either

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Hacker publishes GitHub secret key hunter

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Hello! The TLS version of the site isn't quite ready for prime time, please bear with us...

I'm glad they're finally almost catching up with those they criticise, but i wonder why i wasn't already seeing this with https everywhere enabled

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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Re: No, it's mostly just SF and assorted lefties

get political capital from asserting that we could fix poverty and social injustice if we only took the money.

ever the ways of the opposition!

"that's bad you shouldn't do that, hi everyone look how crap they are"

"what would you do instead?"

"THAT'S NOT THE ISSUE STOP DERAILING US!"

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The Register has attempted to contact Apple, but received no response.

that doghouse must be awfully crowded with all of ireland moving in

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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i thought the peter cushing cgi was pretty good, i could at least ignore it and suspend my disbelief for the film easily

the leia one was awful though

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stormtroopers being fodder

The problem with star wars is that we only really see storm troopers fighting mercenaries, gangsters and rebels so they're at least evenly-matched and end up looking not very scary

One thing force awakens got really right was showing them in their true habitat: circling innocent families of men, women and children and showering death on them.

THAT'S the stormtrooper in his day-to-day, being the fascist bully with nothing to stop them

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Trollface

Re: Wouldn't YOU be fucking pissed off ...

... if a so-called "professional" tried to pass off junk as working code, and expected you to put YOUR name on it?

yeah, i worked in QA

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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co-op games

especially if there's some board game newcomers in the gathering we always play a few co-ops; flashpoint, pandemic etc, or lighter versus games like love letter, spyfall or codenames so the game is over quickly and they get another chance faster

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Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

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politeness

As the article states, a lot of this is down to people not wanting to tell someone 'no'

after working in a bank i have both security and hatred of people in general drilled in. I've told newstarters, visiting VIPs or just people who've worked there a while but not in my department "no" if they've forgotten their pass and want to follow me through a door, I've just left them in the freezing cold lobby with the promise i'll send any name they give me downstairs to meet them.

just doesn't work on absolute bastards ;)

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1.4bn records from HaveIBeenPwned offered for your analytical pleasure

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data

I quite like the tree chart data visualisation triggering the other graphs, let's you get an idea of the scale of each breach and what areas of danger it represented

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Credit cards ripped from Madison Square Garden venues in year-long op

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American and meg stripe..

It's crazy doing anything with a card there. Even the subway ticket machines let you just swipe for your tickets with no pin etc required, and you hand it to every waiter etc to take away and do the transaction unattended

We brought a card which gave very good conversion rates solely for the trip and cancelled it once we got back, it's the only way to pay for anything in the US..

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

Valeyard

prepared for this..

My wife and I have all our devices running through privateinternetaccess, thanks to some user-created scripts it's working flawlessly on my opensuse boxes too

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

Valeyard

Re: Tesco bank headers missing

looks like the usual nikto output

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

Valeyard

Re: Valeyard

you missed the register article earlier about cops using fake basestations then?

i bet you feel silly now

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the phone trusts the dodgy base station because the police and gchq etc want your phone to trust dodgy base stations

something something terrorists

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UK.gov's pricey Five Year Plan to see off cyber thugs still in place

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just give out grants

Businesses can have funding to send people (me) to get an OSCP or something then they can take care of themselves (because let's face it, it's business losses that matter to .gov)

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Royal Horticultural Society's PC is rooted for all to see

Valeyard

Re: Not quite on topic...

at least it wasn't coming in to land with the software insisting the wheels were down and no one thinking to check!!

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Valeyard

Re: even worse than a bsod is the startup routine..

yeah anyone could've had meatspin on there with minimum effort!

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even worse than a bsod is the startup routine..

a pc restarted itself in asda the other day, and teamviewer helpfully popped up on startup with the password on it.

i told security and i'm not even joking, they gave me the bum's rush for looking at this screen which was by design placed to be seen easily by shoppers insead of thanking me for point it out (they hadn't noticed yet, the fact the screen was right above their desk would've made a wonderful photo i now realise i should'ev went for instead)

so i just told them they're illegally using a non-commerical license for it and slunk off while they panicked and pulled the power out

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Hangouts flameout bringing the Google blame out

Valeyard

That's what we use it for, our hangouts setup for meetings is amazing now.

walk into a meeting room and the screen is already there waiting for you to hit connect on your laptop and then everyone from within the room to remote locations are screen sharing and video calling within 5 seconds

for personal reasons go it never gets used, same as that social network google tried that's linked to it, no one in the world uses that

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Brute force cred crunchers gifted Username Anarchy

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Re: Missing third half

ssh key assumes they want your username for ssh. web applications are a wonderful vector for reverse webshells, and then after that it's priviledge escalation

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Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

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"we won't confirm or deny..

...what we're spending millions of pounds of your money on."

cheeky cunts. and to think it'd probably be less dangerous if it was just going toward hookers and coke with covert equipment as a nice little shield term

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

Valeyard

Re: What is the point?

I do in fact remember converting spectrum, NES etc games for my gameboy advance

so there, it's all done

might dig that bad boy out

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Report: NSA hushed up zero-day spyware tool losses for three years

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3 years...

so over the past 3 years, when there have been arguments that the NSA backdoors are also available for anyone else to find and exploit, and they've been refuting that, they knew all along while they were saying that that they'd lost giftwrapped tools to make doing this easier

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

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"And the crowd goes mild"

so awkward for everyone involved, amazing :D

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Researcher reports XSS hole in Google France

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Bit of a half article

I find it disappointing when el reg of all places doesn't give the technical details

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

Valeyard

Re: Accenture ?

Did someone from Accenture like... touch you anywhere?

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Blackhat wannabes proffer probably bogus Linux scamsomware

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redis?

is this related to the article showing redis as the ssh intrusion vector?

https://duo.com/blog/over-18-000-redis-instances-targeted-by-fake-ransomware

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Valeyard

Re: Irish virus v2?

the fuck are you talking about?

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

Valeyard

Re: Understandable...

yeah i can't even remember the last time i made a phone call. It's a handheld computer with phone functionality, rather than a phone with extra features...

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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they need to solve the SERIOUS problems:

sites where you've clicked a link to a specific page, which displays happily for 2 seconds, until the site says "oh you're on a mobile. allow me to switch to mobile view, and redirect you BACK TO THE FRONT PAGE AND NOT THE CONTENT YOU CAME FOR. have a nice day"

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

Valeyard

what the hell

I need to sit down i'm that surprised

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

Valeyard

Re: Ray Parker Jr.

Bob Oliver Francis Howard/BOFH time!

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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Taxes are being paid, according to the law using a valid Ltd company mechanism that allows contractors to be paid via dividends

just to be devil's advocate but technically Apple and Amazon et al comply with the law. doesn't mean it's right, just shows that the law is sometimes insufficient

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

Valeyard

Re: Not surprised

you're lucky. My gay flatmates were crusty punks, not quite so good as the sterotype promised when it came to promises of free domestic cleanliness :(

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Trollface

Optional Title

And of course, would-be priests have always faced challenges when it comes to denying the pleasures of the flesh. Reaching way back when, we know of at least one seminarian who became so enamoured of their female instructor in liturgical latin that they packed in the whole thing, and decided to become a computer engineer instead.

where chastity becomes far easier because you have no choice in the matter as a computer engineer

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Microsoft stops to smell the roses, creates the Shazam of flowers

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There's precedent

I've already used a few apps to identify flowers in my garden, maybe not good I'm not sure, but it's not completely out-of-the-blue as apps go, always had good results with them (especially when you sprinkle boxes-o-beefriendly-wildflower seeds and want to now what some particular nice ones are)

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