* Posts by Valeyard

509 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

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Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

Valeyard

the government doesn't even lead by example

pick a gov.uk website, if you can find a way of reporting security issues I'll buy you a pint

NCSC doesn't count, i've tried that, they're too busy pretending to be a legit company while spying on their own citizens to even bother replying, like a mafia-owned chinese laundry

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

Valeyard

YES

totally up for this, and it looks really good so far

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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To do the same for free...

...leave your laptop unlocked at work and watch just how imaginative your colleagues are

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Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Shingy

Never was there a more legitimate claim for the title of "king of shoreditch" than the imagineer and digital prophet shingy

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'Black hat' extortionist thrown back in the clink after Yelp-slamming biz

Valeyard

Freedom of speech is always the defence of the troll, but slander is a law too which overrides it, and re-targetting a victim is just asking for whatever they can throw at you

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

Valeyard

Re: The digital deficit is coming to get us

yeah probably less "legacy" and more "technical debt"

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

Valeyard

but we're the main offenders

When it comes to mass data collection and the amount of effort a government puts into spying on innocent citizens.. WE'RE the bad guys, the rogue state these laws are specifically and rightfully set up to counter against

why the hell would they give us a waiver

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US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

Valeyard

the problem is that that's where it's all headed

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Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

Valeyard

games from ubuntu store?

people download actual games from there? it's good for software, but if you want games you get steam or something; the ubuntu store ones are the card or puzzle games you just knock together over a boring weekend

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Google tweaks Wear OS – yes, it's still around

Valeyard

wat

Google continues to tweak power settings with an "enhanced battery saver mode" in which the radios and clock face are off.

so... "enhanced battery saver mode" == "off button"

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

Valeyard

If it works...

My phone was a oneplus one preordered for just over 200 quid 4 years ago, still in use now. The opo 6 is coming out and so far all mine has needed is lineageos for regular security updates.

Hardware is still nicely on-spec, battery will still go a full day, updates weekly with lineage, hits my use case fine.

If it ever dies i can get a 2nd hand one from a few generations later for peanuts and it'll still seem new and blingy to me

Remember the value of money, the cost of waste, and take care of your equipment

And now I'm away to watch my 8 year old tv

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

Valeyard

QA

everytime the word "testing" is used another QA CV goes out, everyone can see what that particular buck is winging its way

Whether or not it's deserved something must be done, and blaming QA is something, therefore we must blame QA

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Bot-ched security: Chat system hacked to slurp hundreds of thousands of Delta Air Lines, Sears customers' bank cards

Valeyard

Re: What was Delta's outsourced chat doing with cc / cvv?

don't they teach KISS anymore?

needless complexity for complexity's sake isn't a good thing, especially when it touches high-risk data

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UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

Valeyard

so which is it?

OnePlus was told not to broadcast the ad again in its current form, and provide warnings if it does so again.

"please don't do it again. also, since we can't actually stop you please be subtle about it when you do"

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Hackers pwn Baltimore's 911 system?! Quick, someone call 91– doh!

Valeyard

Re: Hearsay?

No it's actually true. Then the hackers put some horrible code in my commit history that broke stuff.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Valeyard

Re: Rule Britannia!

wtf has brexit to do with any of this

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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

Valeyard

so many stolen details

every janky site will be asking people for something like personal data or credit card details or something and the less trustworthy will make free with everything you give them.

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

Valeyard

Pot meet kettle

He is suing Google for infringing his data protection and privacy rights,

LOL. I have my own theories on who this is, so in my head they must have been biting their tongues when they wrote their case

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Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever

Valeyard

Re: FTFY

like when we know there's no such thing as mad cow disease when a politician makes his poor kids eat burgers for the camera

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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Valeyard

the already-answered questions are very useful but asking your own is just not worth the effort these days

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stack overflow has gone downhill

a few times i've had a question on pointers for how to do something algorithmically - asked for a complete code sample so they can give me a ready-made solution as if i asked for that.. or i've asked to do something without using an external library, all answers were links to libraries

and every response i've had has been needlessly snarky as hell from top-ranked contributors

now i remember why it'd been a 5 year gap since i last posted

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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

Valeyard

Re: FTTP

I should probably spend less time on politics Twitter.

words to live by, you'll feel a lot better

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

Valeyard

priorities..

We still give around £200 million to India in aid. Looks like either they don't need it or they're fine to spend less on their citizens because they know we'll step in

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Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Valeyard

Title

The thing is that the companies get pentested before going on hackerone etc so the stuff to find is already fairly difficult, after that as soon as a new company is up they're bombarded by some very very good pentesters. A more interesting study would be the median bounty awarded per active user which i suspect would tell a different story...

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Valeyard

Re: Glasses anyone?

not sure if you're long-sighted, but if you're short sighted you're fine since the objects only look far away but aren't actually. it's like being in a magical world where i can see

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

Valeyard

Re: Me: "Oh no you haven't"

Them: "Hi, Home Office PR here"

Is that a new euphemistic name for ass-covering and state-censorship?

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

Valeyard

Re: Um....

OH NO THEY'RE NOT!

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

Valeyard

Re: Wordpress

even admin on a wordpress install shouldn't do TOO much, but the webshell as plugin through the plugin install feature is as old as the hills, that thing must be ancient

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

Valeyard

Logic

"if you're not using an antivirus" (presumably as then the registry isn't set by it) "then you won't get security updates!"

That's just setting systems up to fail in ways worse than meltdown and spectre, I just can't get my head around that logic at all

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Valeyard

Well The Register made my decision for me, thanks!

I'm gonna ring up my ISP tomorrow and list the porn sites I'd like to grant priority access to

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OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

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Re: Not even Putler?

The worst thing is these guys will probably get hired after Club Fed because they are an "IT genius" in some PHB's deluded braincell.

the american security clearance review/appeal documents for real individuals are publicly available, and from those I can safely assume that these guys will never in their lives get a job in IT security for any US gov agency. They don't care how good you are; if you're not completely 100% trustworthy you're out the door, especially in these post-snowden days

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Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

Valeyard

permission

It's fine when you have permission to do it, there's a site I visit (https://hashkiller.co.uk/md5-decrypter.aspx) which gives you a popup asking for permission and explaining what you're agreeing to. fine, i can get behind that, as long as i'm not doing anything more important elsewhere on the computer why not, but that popup asking me is the key aspect here

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

Valeyard

wagile

Wagilefall

Even when development teams have nailed agile, pumping out builds weekly gleefully (or, monthly for the languid), as Oti points out above, they often are not able to actually deploy their code to production.

yep! everything's agile after management pushed for it. After great effort we now pump out regular code... management themselves however weren't prepared for it to actually work* and the code ships with the same schedule as when it was waterfall

*3 years and counting

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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

Valeyard

The scripting tasks I set for my interviewees go further than that, I set something I know they cant curently do but I assess how good their google-fu is. Since let's face it that's a large part of the job, and it means that training and bedding in won't involve me having to hover over them

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Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

Valeyard

Wording

they're not "stolen", they're "stranded" in someone else's wallet

you know, like the great train "stranding"

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Amazon, Google inject Bluetooth vuln vaccines into Echo, Home AI pals

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Re: Grrrr

I'm the same, still on a oneplus one because it's still functional and not outdated in any way i use it. I usually skip a few generations with each new buy and usually then because the device has died of old age

Security-wise though it sucks that i'd be better off replacing my phone 6 months after buying it

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

Valeyard

Re: Best way to handle this

Loudly and defensively reassure the bastards in management that this is "normal" and

that's assuming management even notice, or indeed have ever been inside that particular building

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

Valeyard

Re: There is no way back

they did a good job of harnessing the microsoft behemoth though after their european troubles took them down a notch or two, (then after microsoft's later products brought them down the rest of the way)

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

Valeyard

Re: complete hypocrisy on this comments page

the government is trying to have their cake and eat it by treating you as an individual instead of a company?

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complete hypocrisy on this comments page

Reg commentards: "Oh fuck off then google. threatening to leave because we want you to stop your dodgy tax loophole arrangements well GOOD"

Also Reg commentards: "they think IT contractors aren't paying tax? just because i pay myself dividends from a company in the caymans which is also me? well i am absolutely flabbergasted and shocked at the sheer cheek of it! i'll just leave and THEN see what happens GATHER THE PITCHFORKS MEN"

IT contractors in "everyone should pay tax except IT contractors" shocker

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Valeyard

a chrome tab left unclosed

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

Valeyard

Re: remote CSS?

Yeah webmails etc allow CSS, but I'm fairly sure they don't allow it remotely, only what's embedded in the email

And if one doesn't block that at least by default then I simply won't use it

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Valeyard

remote CSS?

no one supports remote CSS though, inline or nothing

that's like saying you can use JS for malicious intent in an email. well yes, if anything actually allowed it.

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Bad data and new IT system bugs help knock 66% off Provident Financial share price

Valeyard

testing

we've heard of it

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Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea

Valeyard

partial

I think it's a good idea partially; have each team take responsibility for security in their own area from the ground up (ie talking about security during design sessions, coding defensively) and then the security team can be lessened and won't have to push back on things, they can also act as overall co-ordinators, policy-setters and educators, as well as ensuring that although two components may be secure in their own right that they don't introduce a vulnerability when used together

if you have one team doing it all at the end of the process of course they're going to have to say "no" a lot and push back on things because they're there after the mistakes have been made and we all know prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure, the solution is to have security at every stage, and that includes where they currently traditionally sit

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

Valeyard
Trollface

well..

“She will be the embodiment of Britain, in steel and in spirit” - Admiral Philip Jones RN

in that case an upside-down bathtub with a burberry paintjob and fur trim would've done the same thing these days

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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

Valeyard

Re: Sarf Wales

I thought Newport was awesome the few times I've been there*

*Which were entirely limited to the speedway track and its car park

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OnePlus cash equals 5: Rebel flagship joins upmarket Android crew

Valeyard

Re: Still using my oneplus one

that sounds good, i'm still on cyanogenmod til i can decide on a new OS, i'll have a look at lineage

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Valeyard

Still using my oneplus one

I'd have been tempted for the 5 since 4 generations is a good innings, but at this price i'll be keeping my oneplus one (preordered for around 230 quid and still well up to the job)

think it'll be my last oneplus if this is any indication too

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