* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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"We don't have a level playing field for our workers, but you're going to have one very soon"

How's that? Are millions of Americans suddenly going to become better educated? Or is he planning to give Indian and Asian technology experts brain damage in some way?

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Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

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Re: I think bollocks...

"security tools haven't been updated to handle IPv6 yet"

Exactly; why blame IPV6 when the problem is with security vendors not updating their software?

This is a problem that the market will fix; as long as some vendors implement IPV6 compatibility in their tools then eventually everyone left in the market will implement, because if you don't you'll be out of business.

This is feature-analysis of network security tools masquerading as a technical assessment of IPV6.

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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"a very very minor hiccup in the progress of the totalitarian police state that replaced the country of freedom and democracy I was born into"

Democracy? When was Theresa May democratically elected as Prime Minister? Or even as leader of the Conservative Party?

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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@Dr Who

Not sure where I got dentist from! I think I'm suffering from brain-fade.

On the other hand if he's an orthopaedic surgeon then there's no wonder he's built a wooden plane; my friend, a GP, always disparages orthopaedics as "carpentry".

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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I think Corded Ware Culture are appearing at the Upton Folk Festival later this month.

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Re: Nice idea

I agree; ten years ago this might have seemed like a great advance, but now that SpaceX has demonstrated a reusable first stage it just seems like a blast (off) from the past.

NASA needs to focus its budget on the technologies that aren't being developed by the private space industry and get the basis of true interplanetary vehicles worked out; the main theme has to be low-thrust, long-duration engines with high specific impulse.

NASA's, and others, experience with the ISS has given them a lot of information about living in space for extended periods, but they need to reduce the time take to travel interplanetary distances before manned exploration can really be practical.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Re: Rooted via back door

I misread that too.

I'd suggest any malware that uses this backdoor be named "Brown Eye"...

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

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Zombies?

You were lucky! When I were a lad, our parents would kill us and dismember our corpses to stop us walkin' t'Earth agin'.

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: Is this some James Bond-esque fantasy ?

"April 1 come early this year?"

Nope, it's exactly on time - in New Zealand...

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

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You had me at "bisexual Danish energy vampires"...

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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"It's a pity the Judge's name was John and not Len."

Might be a relative...

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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"The pool of political talent available to Theresa May when she had to choose a Home Secretary must have been very small."

There's no shortage of "political" talent at Westminster, the problem is they have no talent for other subjects (maths, physics, engineering, medicine etc.) and if the "experts" say something they don't like they keep looking for experts until they find one they like.

I predict no end of expensive pseudo-solutions to the problem of secure-encryption-with-backdoors....

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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"Is it WiFi if it is using focused light ?"

Well it is wireless; the proposed CAT 6 Ethernet needed too much copper...

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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"consider that Great Britain still has a number of countries under its commonwealth"

I think you must be looking at a hundred year old map of the world; The Commonwealth isn't a political union, and the United Kingdom government has no authority over any of the other Commonwealth Nations' territory, so it makes no difference to the Britain's access to economic resources.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: That was then...

"I wonder if we managed to make it through one year of Trump before them engaging in a massive war somewhere because Trump couldn't keep his stupid gob shut"

Time for a sweepstake! Yay, I got Canada!

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@ tr1ck5t3r:

And to save you time later, here's eBay's listings for tin foil...

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: We only backup the shared drives

"Unless you're a certain London based university..."

I think you'll find they didn't lose a single one or zero; but they might not necessarily be in the right order...

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Zombie webcams? Pah! It's the really BIG 'Things' that scare me

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Re: Access Denied

"Connect your substations directly to your control room rather than via the internet."

Sounds good in principle, but difficult to implement this late in the day. Imagine the cost of directly wiring every electrical substation in the UK to all the relevant control centres.

We shouldn't be afraid of using the Internet for communications, that's what it's there for; but we should always be aware of the risks and employ appropriate security measures, which means spending money on network security - this doesn't just mean installing software; software alone is never a solution, there needs to be investment in people to monitor the systems and react when threats are detected. It's the same as real-world security, you can't just lock a door and then walk away and hope no-one with lock-picking skills comes along and opens it; you have to have security patrols to reduce the opportunity for mischief.

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

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Re: There is plenty of low hanging fruit

"They may just hijack criminals bodies for x years and hack into the nervous system. May be cheaper."

Frederick Pohl beat you to in in "We Purchased People".

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: Don't call it "re-used"

"'Previously enjoyed' was how Mercedes used to sell used cars."

I had a girlfriend like that...

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Germany to roll out €100bn gigabit internet network

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Re: The €100bn project

The UK is spending nearly that to get from Manchester to London slightly faster...

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Re: If only our grandparents hadn't tried so hard...

"Yes, but the SS would have used ubiquitous broadband technology to conduct mass surveillance. At least we've been spared that."

Did you forget the joke icon?

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: Signal / WhatsApp "good news"

"despite the attempt via the creation of the department of homeland security to get them all playing nice with each other."

I thought they created the DHS as a way of creating even more "Security Theatre" and duplicating FBI efforts...

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Disappointed

I was expecting some ¡BONG!...

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Re: You thought you were joking

How about "interlocking blocks of stone as a means of constructing buildings"?

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Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'

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Re: Little blue book

"Then I've got some bad news for you: the Pearly Gates have been upgraded to 2FA and moved into the cloud."

I thought they were supposed to be "in the cloud" already?

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Porridge 2017 Script

Mr. Mackay: Fletcher! What's that large rectangle of tin-foil doing on your wall?

Norman Stanley Fletcher: Oh that, Mr. Mackay; it's a poster.

Mr. Mackay: It looks just like a large piece of tin-foil to me.

Norman Stanley Fletcher: Not at all Mr. Mackay; it's modern art; it's meant to help me reflect on my misguided ways...

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

I found "Hurry the FU", but couldn't see how that applied...

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HTFU?

Did you mean STFU?

Also, it must have been a pretty crappy server chassis if the idiot was able to fit the drives into the caddies the wrong way around; most caddies have a securing mechanism that locks into the screw holes of the drive (either regular screws or pins from a quick-release mechanism) and the holes in the drive are asymmetrical front-to-back so you can't put the disk in the wrong way around.

Maybe the "server expert" drilled his own holes for his "special" drives?

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Revealed: Web servers used by disk-nuking Shamoon cyberweapon

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Re: Disttrack.

"Mishaps/fires are commonplace at these facilities."

So no problem heating the popcorn then?

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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"The government can pass a law that will magically stop hacking and will remove all unknown unknowns?"

No, but they can pass laws to make sure companies can't just shrug their shoulders and say "not my problem" when their kit gets hacked.

"Let's face it, IoT will kill the internet. It was fun while it lasted, now it is time for the new generation to move on to the next thing."

The Internet won't be killed, but neither will it be the Wild West any more; governments are going to police some aspects of it and corporations will pay for private security within their own networks.

On the whole, the Internet will get a bit more expensive to cover the cost of "good enough" security. People will pay for security when they get enough pain from the effects of not having it, then individuals will do what they can afford to do - rich people will pay for network security services and poor people will be at the mercy of criminals, same as the physical world.

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Re: Former libertarian

"What happens when you DO get a YES AND they volunteer the information?"

Go shopping?

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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Seems like it's the Mammals

Long-haired good-for-nothings; the planet's been going downhill since the start of the Cenozoic Era!

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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"Well at least our Trident subs are working, aren't they ?"

The submarines, maybe; the Tridents, maybe not...

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Web-standards-allergic Apple unveils WebGPU, a web graphics standard

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"Wasn't Apple actively using Metal a year or two before Vulkan was finalised?"

True, and that also applies to Microsoft, who've been using Direct3D in various incarnations for 20 years.

But, as in a lot of things, the time sometimes comes when it's better to go for interoperability than to try and force users/developers into your "ideal" way of doing things.

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Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: Fire sale of fully sweated asset?

"Arquiva's mistake was to try and squeeze as many channels as it could onto its multiplexes, sacrificing broadcast quality in the process."

I think you've missed the point of the article; the availability of an alternate distribution channel, that has a lot of advantages over broadcast, mean that the broadcast network is intrinsically devalued forever; people are more attracted to the convenience of on-demand content than they are to "broadcast quality" and the content providers can control how the adverts are targeted (even to post-code level) as well as being able to prevent (most) punters from skipping them.

A bit like being the owner of an enterprise that breeds and supplies dray horses at a time when your customers are starting to buy tractors and lorries.

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Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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Re: Pixel is the reference phone, code works for Google, OEMs sort out the mess on their hardware

"I can't see a conflict of interest there at all."

But if Google is taking technical decisions and making updates to Android, based on it's knowledge and implementation of Pixel hardware, and not communicating to the OEMs about this then the OEMs are at a trading disadvantage; remember that the big Android OEMs are paying Google money for it, so they can expect some consideration in this.

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Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound

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"It is possible that the transparent section is a safety feature so that its operation can be visually confirmed."

I agree, you're probably going to have to redesign the unit so that the sensors are masked from external light sources and any transparent areas, e.g. for visual confirmation of drip flow, are separated.

Designers are also going to have to build in "tamper alarms" that trigger when spurious light sources are shone onto sensors; the actual light source for the sensor could also use coded pulses to verify that the sensor is "seeing" the correct light source.

And all this is going to add to the cost of medical equipment and, given that medical budgets are not infinite, reduce the availability to patients.

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Re: more distant attacks could be achieved by ramping up the power output.

Or you could mount your transducer on your own drone and use it to disable other drones in flight.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

"Our trade in goods with China far exceeds that with the USA. Also we're happy to let them buy up our companies (hello JLR) when it suits us"

I think you got your countries crossed there; JLR is owned by Tata Motors, an Indian company...

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AI eggheads: Our cancer-spotting code rivals dermatologists

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Re: Better to eliminate true all-clears, rather than detect cancers

"This is because the machine finds the obvious positives, and leaves highly qualified humans with the mind-numbing job of trying to find the remaining hard-to-spot false negatives in a load of true negatives.....If instead the machine eliminates a percentage of true negatives"

So we need a machine that can prove a negative, without ever giving a false positive? Then we should scan the remaining pool using "qualified humans"?

This assumes that everyone who didn't get an "all clear" from the "not cancer detector" goes to see a "qualified human" so we would need a lot more "qualified humans" than we have currently.

The real statistic is that without a simple, cheap, test most victims will never even see a "qualified human" so more people will die as a result.

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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Re: hang on...

"He's not using a "made in the US of A" iPhone??"

Or even a "designed in the US of A" iPhone...

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Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

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So what's the Saudi punishment for hacking? Cut off their broadband?

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US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

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Re: @Oh Homer ... So basically...

"That is why MS are opening co-op centres like the new one in Germany. It is run for MS by DT (Deutsche Telekom) and MS don't have any administrative or physical access to the site."

Just shows what can be done when Microsoft use their lawyers' powers for good...

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Re: @Oh Homer ... So basically...

"The point is that if the bad actors are sitting in France and Turkey and the data is sitting in Ireland, neither the French, US, or pretty much most of the western world would have a legal right to get the data."

I'd sooner that the law protects me and the "bad actors", rather than neither of us.

"There was at one time a practice where an account would be set up and bad actors would edit a draft document instead of actually sending it."

Since when is "editing a document" a terrorist threat? What next, shoot-to-kill for people in possession of word processors?

All this "national security" bollocks is just an easy way for politicians to play to the crowds and say "We're doing something! Now do as you're told, in case terrorismz."

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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"It's effectively like removing the walls from your house."

Not at all; you're overreacting.

It's like giving a key to all the locks in your house to every member of the FBI, DEA, NSA, CIA and they might loan it to the Sheriff's Department, the State Police or the County Dog Catcher.

And if the lock maker sells in Russia or China they might give a copy to the FSB and the FSS

What could go wrong?

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

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Re: Difficult to blame him

"End of the day they will be getting revenue from every single one of them (probably at a premium compared to you @home tariff)"

Revenue is not profit; based on electricity prices I can't see that the electricity companies are going to make much profit from this investment. Add to that the scenario where many owners will just charge their vehicles at home and/or at work (not an option for most owners of internal combustion powered vehicles) and there doesn't seem to be much incentive for them to pay for this.

The vehicle manufacturers have the most to lose in this, without a charging infrastructure they can't convince some people to swap to electric; whether this is a big impact on the potential market or not is something for analysts to look into (i.e. if you can charge your car every night at home, how many times would you need to charge elsewhere?).

If, or when, electric becomes common for commercial vehicles then there would be another use-case for public charging; this might involve truck stops where patrons can charge their vehicle whilst they have a meal, so the charging time is less of an issue for the user. Similarly motels can install charging points and add the cost on to the bill; so the motel has an additional selling point.

At the end of the day, I can't see public charging points working like the current-day gas station, where you stop for five minutes and the profit on the fuel is significant to the operator; the future is more likely to be that the charging point is an additional service that adds to an existing business. McCharge anyone?

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Oracle lied: Database giant is axing hundreds of staff – at least 450 in its hardware div

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"It will be interesting to see if/how Trump responds to this."

I expect he won't respond at all; these are "excess truths", i.e. things that he doesn't want to hear, so why bother saying anything?

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