* Posts by Mark 85

10824 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

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Bomb threats are taken more seriously by law enforcement (which is why the FBI is involved) than sexual blackmail. Fed crime vs. local or state crime maybe. If they get captured, I expect many states will want piece of them before they ever walk the streets again. Or at least hope so.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Target audience

In short, we are, remain, and have always been suckers. But then Vitamin Water already knew it. It makes a ton of money selling "vitamin water."

It won't be us rational humans but probably the FB users who jump all over this type of thing.. money for nothing, yada,yada, yada and instant popularity. Some of the stories I've heard from friends use FB make the place seem to be grifters' wet dream.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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The horses are out... close the barn door!

Maybe it's just cheaper to file an insurance claim than to train staff, monitor the old bank account, etc.

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Rodentia

Back in the ball mouse days there was online info on how to clean the ball by removing, spitting on (the evil ones suggested put it in your mouth) and wiping it clean. So workers walked into his office and he said "Hang on, I've got mouse ball in my mouth"... The laughter could be hear across the floor.

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Re: Embarrasing

aka: Corporate or Department Sacrificial Lamb. also known as "A scapegoat". I've seen too many of them to know they are real and not a myth.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: How to sell this

I think it was Asimov and possibly others who wrote about the intelligent and the results of said house. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Re: I want votes and applauses

There was one of sorts.... https://laughingsquid.com/the-great-crepitation-contest-of-1946-a-comedy-record-about-an-international-farting-contest/

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Re: Bollocks to this creepy shit.

Just f***ing no. A thousand times NO. If it isn't the Googlites it's someone else... CCTV, tracking while browsing, the TLA's and FLA's. Enough is enough. I'm for modifying Shakespeare's quote: "First we kill all the marketers.".

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: TBF...

- handing over public jobs to the same big companies who have no expertise and a shite track record - I really don't know.

Because there's no one left. The big guys either sucked up the little competent ones or bankrupted them. Look at other industries and you see the same thing happening.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: Dimebag,....

I'm upvoting you but to be honest, I've never seen any pistols or rifles for sale in any supermarket. Now stores like WalMart that are department stores and carry groceries, sporting goods, etc, that's a different matter.

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Re: So let me see if I get this straight

True in many ways, but the rich and famous have always had private bodyguards to protect them from the hoi hoi polloi. This is just a step upwards via tech.

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Re: CCTV

Good analogy but eventually with time, the man in the tower will be ignored once the newness wears off. People might notice the town and be wary so at some point having the man in the tower becomes meaningless.

US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear

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Well... Wyden and maybe 5 others will end up secure (or more secure). As for the rest... they'll spend the money on "buddies" who will secure the equipment or maybe hire a security guard to handle security. I swear some are that dense and would hire a security guard (in uniform, etc.) to watch their computers.

As a question though, why didn't Congress, vote to appropriate funds from the Federal Budget for money in the first place? It would be a perk that lets them spend the war chest on something else like.. oh, I don't know... meet and greats or road trips to see how things are done in warm climes.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Yes, but an evil genius.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

Having script's that load untrusted 3rd party code on secure pages is at this point the equivalent of leaving the keys in the front door and wondering why you lost all of your stuff.

No, it's more like taking front door off the hinges and setting it aside.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

They're saying it's iron-60 and there's a layer on the ocean floor. This implies that the even the ocean bottoms were contaminated. Killing of lower forms of life and then food chain is destroyed.

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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and so we always think it’s our duty to explore possibilities to give users Google access to information and profit

Fixed that for him. If it's not profitable, Google will kill it.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: I think it is time now

We're not at that point yet. But on the bright side, it's getting closer.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Re: Prediction

Any bets on when it will be tossed out the hatch?

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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Google does it's usual...

If something gets tiresome to maintain, they shut it down. When will the sheeple learn that Google doesn't keep anything open that costs them money?

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Pint

Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. Oh happy times. Where I worked at the time, blocked playing it during business hours with immediate termination if you were caught (two were and set the example for the rest of us). But after hours, half the engineering department stayed at their desks (including management) for several hours. After playing that, I started learning programming and changed careers to IT.

I think ID did change a lot of things with the first getting non-techies into IT. There were a lot of "engines" out there in that time and many of probably got our start working with the engines and coding.

Have a pint, ID... for the stuff legends are made of.

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

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Users will have to manually uninstall the infected apps in order to stop the clickfraud.

Well, that just means the nasty will stay there forever. How many users pay attention to such things like this and then actually act upon it.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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I daresay that probably most of those "clever kids" found jobs in security. Exploring, testing, finding work arounds, etc. is the hallmark of a good IT security or pen tester.

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Re: Still, they got one over on Apple

Perhaps they have to load them into a crate, put them on a ship and cruise out past the 3 mile limit before returning? Politics and national laws sometimes require bizarre solutions.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

and the world is at least a more honest place because of their sacrifice.

Up to a point maybe but as far as the targets of whistleblowing, I'd say no. If anything, it mad said targets go darker.

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

He's not working for profit? How does he support himself when not an embassy guest?

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I think he should reconsider the offer. If they kick him out on the streets anything can and probably will happen.

Then again, there might be a battle between attention whores and the US will haul him off and silence him to let the other attention whore have all the headlines. While I'm attempting a joke about this part, truth is stranger than fiction so...

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Languages often translate imperfectly, that's a given. I'm not sure what the fuss is about other than some gender activists are raising hell. These "activists" need to get a grip. Translation isn't and never will be an exact science and this back and forth translation is sure mix things up a bit.

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

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Follow the money?

So who benefits from all the cash ICAN has? Pay isn't all that high compared to other companies and basically no bonuses nor are there stockholders looking for dividends. So where will the money go?

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Re: Burden of Proof

What level of proof does one need to shake money out of these slimes.

Which slimes? Marriott or the miscreants?

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: "a mistaken split-second push in the wrong direction"

it's a fuse tester. the test failed.

It's not a fuse protector then? I'm shocked. I thought it was intentional for the circuit board to blow and protect the fuse.

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Re: The right attitude

Making a judgment call here... I think "Bill" had an attitude because of his employer, the policies, etc. and took it out on the customers. Yes, customers can be stupid, that's a given. But a toxic environment or being in the wrong place doesn't help. I hope he's found an employer that he's happy with. Customer service, HellDesk, etc. isn't rocket science but it does take a bit of diplomacy and a bit of teacher personality to get by. A few beers after work never hurts either.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: WooHoo BOFH is back

Notes are for amatuer and leaves a paper trail. Either memorize the notes and eat the evidence or just commit to memory. Your memory, not the computer's.

You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)

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Re: Good English law

It also forbids printing something and than claiming that the source cannot be revealed.

In the US, this would be a serious issue as it would not allow protected whistleblowing or confidential sources. It's a two-edged sword. What protects honest, well-intentioned information releases also protects those of less than honorable acts. Somewhere there's a balance but damned we as a society will be able to find it.

Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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The basic problem...

Smith said something similar back in June when he called for "thoughtful government regulation and for the development of norms around acceptable uses."

I think his call for " "thoughtful government regulation" is where the problem lies. Current government (with the exception of one or two CongressCritters) is more about party wars, politics, and featherbedding. The current seated members are about as useless as a screendoor on a submarine as by father would say.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: Australia is doing a favor to the world

After the private sector sucks up all those intelligent yet power hungry and greedy folks, what's left for government? The choice for elected officials is pretty bad world wide due to the lack of critical thinking processes on the candidates' part.

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Re: Puzzling

I can only guess that the Labor Party leadership was simply terrified that a terrorist attack might happen in Australia over the Christmas holidays.

Let's face it... that's a bullshit argument. Unless they mean the "holidays of 2019 or later". A quick look at the calendar suggests that any attacks for this year are or should be already planned, terrorists in place, and "radio silence" enforced until the planned day all hell breaks loose.

This just purely fear mongering and a power grab.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: Time to bow to the inevitable

Could be just a profit decision. MS would rather use something far better than Edge than try to upgrade it and get it to work properly. Maybe there's a secret plan for Windows 11 based on open source such as Linux to cut development costs.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: /Reaches for the popcorn bowl...

Get the extra large bowl and have some backup available. I have feeling this isn't going to a short affair.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: True innovation

far better - the hog roast vending machine.

No... just no. Best hog roast requires a pit, lots of wood that's now smoldering charcoal, and a whole pig. Oh.. time. Depending on the master cook (I bow at these who know the craft well) it can take up to 24 hours to make pork heaven.

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Re: Which is better?

I agree with Jake, but if homemade isn't available then I'm impartial to US or UK styles as long as it's "thick" and not paper thin charcoal. Bacon in all it's types is wonderful and a gift from the Food Gods.

Capita: We are seeking staff to join our board. Just two please

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An employee director will bring diversity of thought and strengthen as well as being our official scapegoat to our decision-making."

I suspect this is more like it.... And since the employee board member must continue to perform their duties, that opens up a whole different can of worms such as board meetings, paperwork, etc. taking time away from "normal duties".

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Facepalm

Re: Well, Well

Try the facepalm....

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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But in the last paragraph, they toss the gauntlet... The group's chief scientist added that it pays an outside company – which it did not identify – to conduct pentests, and so far it hasn't managed to get into its systems. "None of the well-known viral attacks have succeeded in causing any dysfunction in Genomics England," said Chisholm.

Sounds almost like a challenge for someone who might seek notoriety or to make a name for themselves in Pen Testing.

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Re: "100,000 Genomes Project is secure, insists chair"...

Are you me?

Nope... I am the walrus.. Goo goo g'joob…

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated

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Re: For some reason

They're not enemies or competitors by any stretch. They've sliced and diced the country into their own little fiefdoms with no one to actually compete with them. So yes, they are achieve great things... like profits.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Easy to Spot

As I recall it was something along the lines of "creating a blockage" but translated as "failure to keep up with traffic". As I said, I don't know if they still do this.

Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

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Re: Old but still true.

Let's be fair -- we're all whores. We all sell the use of our bodies and minds for money.

You forgot: "and usually, we don't get kissed afterwards."

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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The content of some emails have been published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee after it seized them from a US exec, Ted Kramer, who was visiting the UK last month.

Did it actually "seize" them or was something afoot that might have been an offer to make a copy knowing that much would go public? This just has the look and feel of a good old-fashioned, no holds barred, street fight. It just seems strange that he was carrying an actual copy of the data rather then having a link to secure storage. Obviously someone knew he was carrying the data to Blighty....

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