* Posts by Valeyard

479 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

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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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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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Valeyard

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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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

Valeyard

"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

Valeyard

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'

Valeyard

what a guy

The hero we need

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

"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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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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Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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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Valeyard

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

Valeyard
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

Valeyard

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'

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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

Valeyard

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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