* Posts by 2460 Something

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Takes time

It has a price reduction for Ubuntu as you don't need to pay for the Windows license.

How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Re: But which router to choose?

Have a look at the openwrt table of hardware and choose one that fits your budget/needs.

FTC ready to give back tech support scamming money to the bilked

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Re: Surely they have a record of credit cards debited...

Not only is it crass, but you just know it will be set up like many actual scam emails that have gone before ... maybe they are just assuming that because they fell for a real scam, they will be just as likely to input details on a new 'non-scam' link.

Those that have had details compromised will hopefully have new accounts so although they have the scammed account information it may not be active. However, they still have other contact information. Maybe try with the banks they held the compromised account with so they can work out an automatic credit option.

Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Big Brother

Re: Who is benefiting

I find it difficult to not be paranoid in instances like these. Not am I paranoid, but more am I paranoid enough?

Mirai copycats fired the IoT-cannon at game hosts, researchers find

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Ransomware is different to DDOS though. In the one they potentially have something of real value to 'trade', that being the encryption key. In the other they are forcing you offline, but there are steps you can take to mitigate, prevent, circumvent.... etc etc.

We have had 1 bad ransomware attack, a user ran an infected payload on their laptop, which was connected to their home and team areas, everything was encrypted. Thankfully we have a decent backup system, so we simply restored everything from shortly before the incident (after blocking their laptop from the network till it could be cleaned). We have also been hit by a number of sophisticated DDOS attacks, once we analysed their attack vector we started putting steps into place to reduce it's impact and subsequently negate it entirely.

If we hadn't had any backups of those filestores though, I can quite imagine the CTO agreeing to pay the ransom on the chance we would get the data restored.

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I am assuming that they are trying to hold providers to ransom to make money? Surely people don't pay up, just improve security, fix vulnerabilities and move on?

If any target become known as a company that would pay up, they would be inundated with attacks.

Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

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Re: What about

Do you have any citations for these?

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

@DrM

I'm not sure 2 people understood your joke :D

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Re: Is anyone surprised.

Part of their security is limiting access of them to known people, but any of the 'mobile' ones in random shops would still have a higher number of people who have physical access to the box, and I'm sure given enough time....

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Unless absolutely stuck somewhere, I won't use an ATM unless it is fixed into the side of a building (preferably a bank). These freestanding ones just seem too accessible to ne'er-do-wells. If I have had to use one I am constantly checking my account for suspicious activity.

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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Even when they were one of the cheapest I couldn't bring myself to use them due to the significant amount of horror stories from others that had....

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Mushroom

Re: Obligatory

All goldfish are indeed evil. If they ever start on their path to world domination we are all doomed.

Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Unhappy

Re: Do you work in IT?

That seems to be the real solution. The USA is just another oppressive regime and should be added to the do not travel list. Nobody should be hosting any IT related conferences there,

Capita's smart meter monopoly is owed £42m by industry

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That, coupled with how easy they are to hack, is the reason whenever they call me up trying to push me one I tell them to (very politely) go away.

Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Game of Thrones?

@phuzz

Icon, that is all.

It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Re: The one domain where IoT shit cannot linger long

One of the main concerns of the very easy to hack smart meters is that you can easily tell a households habits, and hence when they are not in.

Security should be the number one concern of any IT appliance, unfortunately it generally feels to be last minute, rushed and under-appreciated.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Faster

I haven't found this to be the case. I used to exclusively use FF, but I started using vivaldi and chromium instead as FF always seemed to be quite slow and quickly starts using excessive amounts of memory.

Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Re: Why oxygen generators?

I suspect that the weight/space is a big part of it. If you base it off flight time of 2-3 hours that would be fine. But if you then include in-air refuelling for longer flights .. how do you refill the tanks at the same time? So you would then need bigger tanks to cover long flight scenario ... at some point this just becomes unfeasible.

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Megaphone

Maybe they will just have to tow a line of tin cans for their backup instead?

Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Re: Scrutiny...

Nah, they are routing it through their off-shore accounts, nobody will be looking at them too closely.

Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Re: Perhaps...

Maybe he was just running away from Yoda...

Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Coffee/keyboard

Icon says it all. I got some very strange looks from colleagues ..

Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

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Facepalm

Re: Automatic halving of sentence

The joys of a stupid system. Remember for other sentences you can get 50% reductions for 'Good Behaviour' as well. Pointless to hand out sentences that don't, in reality, last as long as they say they will.

Blighty's prosecutors slammed for failing to deliver savings on electronic tagging

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

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They can't even get ubiquitous coverage throughout the UK. How exactly do they think this is going to happen across the entirety of Europe?

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: My first thought..

Should be some more LTO editions out soon ....

I really do think capacity is getting to the point where you cannot feasibly backup to tape, so you would just have to multiple sites with multiple copies of the data.

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Re: Why write bandwidth matters

But you can then take into consideration that if your swapping out 12TB SAS drives then your increasing your capacity by four. You could choose to have three quarter less drives, or remortgage the UK and fully populate the arrays.

It would look so pretty....

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Re: 50TB! I'll take twelvety.

The good news is that with these sizes entering the market in a few years it will be the norm and smaller SSD's should hopefully start dropping down to reasonable prices per TB for SME/Home use.

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Thumb Up

Re: Yay!

This was my thought when I saw it as well. Little ambiguous so thank you for the additional link.

Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

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Re: Net neutrality please

I completely agree. It is ridiculous to include these monopolistic companie as freebies if they don't offer the same to all social media platforms.

How will this be recorded?

Who has access to this data and what are the data sets?

How long will this data be kept for after the billing cycle is complete.

OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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I would have thought it all comes down to the difficulty to acquire legally at a reasonable cost vs the difficulty of pirating. Services like netflix, amazon prime, spotify make it much simpler to say I want to watch/listen to that and I can stream it to my current location. It would be interesting to see what the level of piracy is on music/films available on a streaming service vs those that aren't.

Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Block away

So now we just need some software that auto-blocks any google bot generated advertisements news.

Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: Nice story, bro.

You quite clearly demonstrate that you know absolutely nothing about how an AC unit works... nor indeed how a data centre is designed. If you have never utilised or understood either why post such drivel?

I know that if I knew sod all about something .. I would just keep my criticisms to myself rather than demonstrating to all and sundry my complete lack of knowledge. Of course if I wished to learn more about said topic, I would read up on data centre designs or even post a nice comment asking others to explain the mechanics of the situation.

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Ahh, MS, Thinking of the children! It is a shame they didn't also think of Skype's current user base, who were quite happy with it just being usable.

Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

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If they don't effective protection, how can they advocate that others do!

European MPs push for right to repair rules

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It isn't that people don't care about it, it is that non-replaceable has become the norm.

Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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The other point was also that they do this so they can pretend to be offering business to SME's who are so rude as to not even respond. Thereby justifying whatever the hell they want to spend from their preferred supplier (the ones that take them out for fancy meals etc...)

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Alien

Not a threat...

So they are choosing to hit an asteroid that isn't a threat? What happens when it decides to retaliate?

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Re: As a U.S. taxpayer, I can get behind this...

@Don Dumb If I could up-vote you more I would!

French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Can't we have perks with jobs any more :(

I'd much prefer they went after the fraudsters in the banking sector than some army folk keeping his flying hours up.

It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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To be fair they did kick start the new genre of phones (they didn't start it but they copied the format well and marketed it brilliantly).

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Coat

There are a good number of businesses that are fully protected against all these recent hacks ... they just use don't use computers....

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

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Re: 2 DUPS / year

That made me laugh more than it should have. Brilliant :D

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Unhappy

The problem isn't that they have a background in the sector or not, it is that they spend stupid amounts of money on 'consultations' with others who know nothing about the sector, yet they are quite happy to 'consult' and make spurious design recommendations that are completely insensible. But that's OK, as they have the right family/government connections.

South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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Black Helicopters

Wonder if they are hosing some government data?

Samsung's 'Magician' for SSDs can let crims run evil code

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Stupid is as stupid does

It boggles my grey matter that companies of this size are still making silly security mistakes.

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

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Soon now...

So, now all we need is a industrial scale deep space meteorite mining operation to get a decent collection sample size. I've always wanted to be space trucker :)

FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

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Weakest link

Which just goes to show, yet again, that the weakest link is always the fleshy meatbags behind the keyboard. No matter how locked down your security is, no matter what policies you have in place, people will find a way around (either through supposed necessity or accidental ignorance) or just be unaware of the implications of what they are sharing. There are no plausible solutions (other than cyborg upgrades), that doesn't mean we don't keep trying of course. Just have to accept the inevitable and re-educate at regular intervals.

UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Inevitable.

This decision was going to happen at some time, but it isn't foolproof by any means or suggestion, no matter how 'under wraps' they want to keep their methodology, it most likely will form around a mixture of packet matching, deep packet inspections and tcp/udp connections.

For those that have setup the systems themselves, the great game of cat and mouse begins. For those that bought a pre-packaged one, they will either adapt and learn enough to change source, or use an alternative 'service'.

Easiest circumvention though is to just get your service provided by an ISP that isn't listed, failing that set up a VPN tunnel to circumvent interference.

Where there is a will, there is a way. Of course by far the most appropriate methodology would be to charge a reasonable amount for subscription services, time and time again it has been demonstrated that when given an easy to use, appropriately priced, legal service, most people will switch to it rather than suffer the hassle.

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