* Posts by Dominic Thomas

18 posts • joined 17 Jul 2007

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

Dominic Thomas

Re: So retro

Yes. I remember almost identical lists from the original hacker panic in the mid-eighties.

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It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

Dominic Thomas

Quite an achievement!

A quick look at their directory page shows that they have around 250 staff, so I'm impressed that the victim managed to send that number and bulk of tax forms (Word documents? PDF files? - many, many megabytes of email, either way) to the scammer without having to call on their IT department for help.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Dominic Thomas

"Use it or lose it"

It should be noted that the "Use it or lose it" page linked at the bottom of the article is hosted by a firm of IP lawyers, who might well have a rather biased viewpoint given that cases like this are their bread and butter... The EFF has a very different opinion on the issue:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/trademark-law-does-not-require-companies-tirelessly-censor-internet

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

Dominic Thomas

Re: Last ditch efforts, reasonable...

Yes, I used to sail my little Mirror dinghy around the Ark Royal in the Sound - after being stripped down she was riding so high in the water that it was like an inverted mountain,we could look up and only see grey steel instead of the sky...

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

Dominic Thomas

Re: So how does this magic work?

Not PayPal, I'm sure - they have a long history of refusing their services to anything even slightly porn-related.

But the major porn parent companies like MindGeek are already gearing up to offer age verification services to smaller sites (at least, those they don't mind competing with, the others will be left out in the cold) and they are looking at that as a major source of income going forward.

So the likely outcome is a few huge porn companies dominating the market for mainstream porn, in effective collusion with the UK government, and all the smaller companies (especially those providing less mainstream content) driven out of business.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

Dominic Thomas

Not a zombie yet

Kaspersky says that MS is "killing off the independent security industry", but that just doesn't seem true. The early suppliers that have been around for decades are still very much in evidence - McAfee/Dr Solomons, Norton/Symantec, Avira, Avast, F-Secure, AVG, Sophos et al are still apparently going strong.

So are all the second-tier companies like Panda, BitDefender, ESET and Trend... Plus the specialists like Webroot, Clearswift and Mimecast, and all the little niche products for enthusiasts like ComboFix, Hitman and VoodooShield.

A quick look at a few "best antivirus 2016" review articles shows at least 30 different vendors, a good few of which are so new that I have never heard of them. And that is not including the various anti-spyware offerings, which arguably are exactly the same thing these days.

This is hardly a dying industry!

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

Dominic Thomas

Re: The rules mean they have to do this

That is something of an urban myth, especially when it comes to US law:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/trademark-law-does-not-require-companies-tirelessly-censor-internet

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

Dominic Thomas

> 15-pin connectors for Ethernet

I had completely forgotten those! Thank you for prompting a very pleasant five minutes of reminiscing over their WIkipedia entry!

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

Dominic Thomas

Re: Not TeamViewer's fault

Agreed! I was one of the first victims, my home network was broken into via TeamViewer in January, long before the current fuss. I reported it right away, and after the automated acknowledgement it took TWO WEEKS before TeamViewer contacted me to ask for logs - which I provided, and then never heard anything more. I was not impressed.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Dominic Thomas

Enigma's press release made me smile:

"ESG has no intention of trying this case online or in the press"

Given that their lawsuit is now today's talking point at every malware forum (and a whole bunch of other tech sites, too) that cat seems to be well and truly out of the bag.

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Storage big three to define HDD way ahead

Dominic Thomas
Megaphone

In the driving seat?

So a spokesman from the cartel says that it's not a cartel, and there's nothing to worry about? Oh, well, that's Ok then!

But the comparison with the LTO organisation is interesting, it will remain to be seen whether the Alliance lives up to its name, or goes over to the dark side...

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iPhone worms can create mobile botnets

Dominic Thomas
Dead Vulture

Is that a DEC in your pocket?

> allowing decent internet access with what's essentially a mini-computer

A PDP-11? A Prime 50? Neither are exactly pocketable... "Mini-computer" is already a well established term, at least for us old-timers...

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Vodafone and T-Mobile: 1800MHz bad, 900MHz good

Dominic Thomas
Thumb Down

Streetcheck? Hah!

T-Mobile's Streetcheck service lies like a rug - I used it to check four key locations (all in major cities) before I switched to T-Mobile last year, and in spite of its firm assurance that they had excellent signal quality, three of the four are poor at best for 3G, and in one I can barely get a 2G signal at all!

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Harman hack horror has blog backing Boris

Dominic Thomas
IT Angle

A slow-moving target

She just admitted in an interview on the Sky News channel (Sunday morning) that her ID was "harriet" and her password "harman". In reply to Adam Boulton's raised eyebrow she said "You have identified that I'm perhaps not as security conscious as I should be". Indeed...

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Bill Gates loses richest man crown

Dominic Thomas
Gates Halo

Rumours of his demise

I thought Gates lost the No 1 spot some time ago, actually - yes, I blogged about it back in July of last year when he slipped to No 2, behind the wonderfully-named Carlos Slim:

http://www.epicycle.org.uk/weblog/2007/jul-2007.htm#6

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Apple opens up iPhone to app developers

Dominic Thomas

Re: Nokia more open than he thinks

I'm sure you're right, Twm - evidently it's just as well that I have a specialist on my team to understand such things better than I do. However, exact details notwithstanding, the net effect is that with self-signed apps enabled Joe Public User can indeed install any old application, utility or game (a 3D version of the classic Snake game seems a particular favourite with our engineers), whatever its provenance, which is exactly what Uncle Steve's letter says can't be done:

"Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer"

Nice to see that the reality distortion field is still hard at work.

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Dominic Thomas

Nokia more open than he thinks

If the E61 etc series counts as "the newer phones" then the requirement for digitally signed 3rd party apps can be disabled easily enough in the phone's settings.

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Fasthosts 'electrical issue' halts service for four hours

Dominic Thomas

Why no status updates?

I don't mind the outage - problems happen - but I'm annoyed that they didn't post an update on their customer support status page until 8:36pm, more than four hours (by their own admission) after the problems began. That is what the status page is for, after all, and it's a PITA to sit there trying to work out if it's a local issue, a routing problem or, as it turned out to be, a host issue. Thumbs down, there, Fasthosts...

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