* Posts by Jack of Shadows

3059 posts • joined 11 Jul 2014

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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Re: It's what spies do?

Any competent spookhaus is going to be gathering information from their "friends" as well. The NSA certainly practices that often.

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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Re: Corporate Parasitism

Your dev reminds me of... me!

Lords of the DNS remind admins about Flag Day, Juniper likes Watson and more

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DNS went a bit wonky earlier today, wandered off and just wouldn't resolve. Gave it a twenty minute rest followed by a reboot, just in case. Fine then. That's the first time that's ever happened here in years.

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

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Re: Down for 2 weeks - WTF?

Probably wrong guess, that sounds more like rebuilding after a slew of bad backups. That or the only part to fix the system coming from Katmandu in a very slow Yak!

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

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The Real Problem

The West’s fear of Huawei stems mainly from concerns that the company may be using its growing market share to secretly backdoor its equipment to assist the Chinese state with industrial and political espionage.

The real problem is that Huawei can, by Chinese law, be required to backdoor their own equipment at any time. What seems to escape a lot of the press is that this is just as true for the United States, as Snowden revealed, and seems to be also true for GCHQ, ASD, and pretty much every other nation on earth with respect to firms domiciled therein. Australia seems determined to even make that extraterritorial. Have to wait and see on that.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Re: Get burned?

It's ridiculous.

That's a pretty good descriptor for competition theory in economics. And when you compare what they say in the Economics department against what they say over at the Business School, well ... being on LSD and 'shrooms at the same time about describes that.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Same here except banking details kept in memory. No safe. Blows the BofA managers mind whenever I've lost a card that I can rattle it all out when needed. [Sadly, my BofA password is the easiest to brute force. Just keep it extra long for that reason.]

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Re: @Sotarr Interesting, but. . .

Just went through my list of current passwords, just in case, and the only one compromised is the one I use for throwaway accounts. I hadn't noticed that option before but it's been sometime since I last checked Troy's site.

Still changed passwords on key accounts (those tied to money) anyway.

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Password Safe is free, designed by Bruce Schneier and available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, even works with YubiKey. I've been using it forever here. The "hardest" part is keeping everyone in sync. Tons of synchronization tools out there for that.

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

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"This will have little impact on adoption," he said in an email to The Register. "The vast majority of developers get MongoDB software directly from MongoDB, and at times from Docker, Homebrew or similar repos.

True, it just won't be this engineer. AWS, make no mistake, is the 800# gorilla in the room when your target platform probably will be cloud as well as local. Clients aren't sure what platform they'll be using in the near, let alone far, future.

South Korea reckons mystery hackers cracked open advanced weapons servers

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Attribution is going to very difficult on this one. There are several other countries that would be interested in the contents of those computers. And that's before identifying commercial interests that might want a peek.

Iran satellite fails: ICBM test drive or microsat test? Opinion is divided...

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Re: Pfaghhh!

Counterforce requires more accuracy than that.

McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

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Re: The Emperor's New Clothes ...

All things data has long been my "thang." I keep blockchain at the back of my mind hoping some problem will come along for its application. Unusual for such a lag.

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

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Re: Vision Impared

I've had my eye on, pun fully intended, 22" tablets. The pricing depends on how capable the hardware bits found inside. Here that's at best a temporary solution. I'm staring at becoming a shut-in in the not to distant future. My doctor didn't explain the implications of the most recent diagnoses. I had to go off and dig it up out of the few medical anatomy texts that even allowed that "cervical spondylosis" even exists. (It does, very rare to have it.)

FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

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Congress can subpoena someone to appear before them but expect a hell of a court fight before it means anything. One dim possibility is that the FCC is a creature of Congress if you go look at the statutes authorizing its creation.

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

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Fiils a niche

One population that is currently escaping the surveillance state are those people not carrying personal tracking devices, err, smart phones. Even dumb phones provide a minimal level of tracking via their dumb phone's links with the cell towers. I don't carry anything but no one deems it necessary to talk at me.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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I don't see that point. Every time I order something from Amazon, I receive an order confirmation complete with the amount charged to my debit or credit card. They also drop a note when my items are shipped. Is this different from Germany?

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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Yep, the Middle Kingdom complex which is still true even without an Emperor. Damned irrelevant worrying about PRC hacking though. Between OPM, VA and Equifax, the PRC already has my security clearance background check, medical records and credit record. And, by the way, Taiwan has always been there for us; I'd go in harm's way for them.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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That's the first thing I do with the kernel, stripping out all the useless cruft for this hardware. A bit of reducing the attack surface as well is a plus.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: The trouble with PGP is that

Someone's never read enough Schneier? Or any basic security whatever?

Or as Clive puts it, extending your security boundary beyond your connected device which is exactly what I do. Any connected device here is automagically considered untrusted.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: Alternate theory

Not a clue on this until I work through it. However, my suspicion is that Dark Energy and Dark Matter are a manifestation from Black Holes. Especially Dark Energy.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: The real solution

A jumper block, just as with resetting BIOS, is perfect for this purpose.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Yep, lambs to slaughter. You know you're going to have to bring your A-game to the table when a main point on the home page is that they need pciconf output to insure proper hardware detection for the installer/boot-config.

I'm certainly going to give it a shot as BSD was my first Unix back when it was shiny and new. It ran extremely well on my heavily modified A2000. As did most anything else for an OS for that matter.

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Re: It's my fault

You can replace or overlay the Windows GUI if you bother to go out and look at the possibilities. I've been using Winstep Xtreme for as long as it's been in existence on whatever flavor of Windows is required for all my tools. Extremely expensive tools as in thousands per seat tools. Other operating systems are in use here depending on what applications are required. Budget drives Applications drives Operating System required. Just another damned tool chain.

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Re: "Windows became glacial on both systems" @AC

Check for Meltdown and Spectre mitigations being installed. Even when I pushed it here, my hyperthreaded dual core i3 was more than capable of handling my loads while I wander the Internet. Now it's not hard to hit 100% and Server Manger has a constant litany of complaints about the performance hit since this system's firmware got updated.

Thanks Intel.

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019

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Re: My prediction is...

Along with the "Fake News" meme!

Boffins manage to keep graphene qubits 'quantum coherent' for all of 55... nanoseconds

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Well, my cat seems to do this naturally, so I have to learn how she does it, don't I?

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Re: Cubist

That's what I use in day-to-day cooking.

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Re: Excellent Article

I use an authentic beaten steel wok and large gas burner turned up to max. Said wok is handled as with cast iron pan. Wipe it out with a lightly oiled cloth or paper towel. Here, I'm the only person allowed to clean any of the cast iron pans and nonstick pans, as well as my wok. Touching them is a termination offense.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: and ECHELON?

Yep. There is a reason why the US Trade Representative is on the CC: for all NSA intercepted traffic.

Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox

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Serious mea culpa. It's Hyper-V, and particularly brain-dead implementations along the way. I'll just stick to having a Golden Master copied in as a throwaway here.

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Re: Sandboxie

I know, I used it regularly right after it appeared on the scene. I use different approaches these days.

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I rather suspect it's based on containers. Not the first time I've said this about the upcoming sandbox mode for Windows 10. The reason I like Server instead is that all of this is built in and tested (for whatever you expect for any value of tested you'll believe).

Apple yanks iPhones from sale in Germany – and maybe China, too – amid Qualcomm spat

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Re: Pass the

By the TEU as far as I can tell. What a time to be missing the resources of GrokLaw. Pretty prescient that closure looking at the Australian Law that just got passed.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: They just need to make the penalty so outsized

We had the first case here, Fresno CA, of someone using a laser pointer at the local police department helicopter. If I recall correctly, he's doing ten years in prison. Still, criminals and the general public are generally stupid so even this hasn't caught their attention yet as people still doing it. By the way, the press pretty much everywhere in the US broadcast it far and wide, so publicity isn't a factor, apparently.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Too bad it doesn't seem possible to do to the hard drives in Facebook data centers what was done to the uranium enrichment centrifuges. What data?

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Customer should have known anyway that "psuedo-Agile" + single drop release is called " waterfall. Back in the 80's I'd do waterfall and then when deploying/testing I'd be doing what's called agile now.

Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites

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7 out of 7 Million?

Does any other service give that level of compliance with US Law? I thought not. I'd like to know how well Huffington Post does on policing their content and comments.

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

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Re: Cancer rate would rise by 50%

Indeed. Determining whether an interaction between a particular atom and incoming radiation involves the barn (10-24 cm2), i.e. target cross-section.

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So another possible one-off event to add to the tally on whether intelligent life is common or not.

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

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"Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company," Pichai said in response to one question from Representative Steve King (R-IA).

Exactly how many billions is Google paying Apple to be the default search engine? Not a different company at all in that view.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: Xmas dinner?

.This. A proper California Christmas. May have to get a bit wet BBQ'ing in the odd holiday rain.

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Re: Bacon makes everything better

My Dad is in Emerill Legasse's league and one thing he taught me is that any sort of greens cooked with bacon is doing the Lord's work.

App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform

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Re: Do you still have to licence all your data source systems downstream?

I wish the troll icon really applied. More like you should have selected the professor.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

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Re: Is anyone using UPnP anyway?

That button is for WEP validating a device onto your network. UPnP is another kettle of fish entirely. That punches holes in your firewall, if any, to allow any computer or device on your network to automagically connect to the outside world.

Amazon makes lift-and-shift play for Windows File, Lustre workloads

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Re: In other words....

The elephant that you seem to be ignoring is the cost of the people to take care of the care and feeding on the hardware end of things. They aren't cheap and no, not any sysadmin you pick up off the street will have a clue.

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Re: Perhaps?

I keep getting this chill that, while they already have access through the phones one way or another, they keep going to the bench to see if they can force a communications provider to pony up the unencrypted messages. They certainly keep trying to get a court to go along with turning such into a precedent. Then again, I'm totally paranoid.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Re: Just waiting for the first bankruptcy

Were I in a state with UCC, a lawyer might take a stab at it on contingency. Maybe.

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Re: time to fess up...

Failure to properly instrument their datacenters so they have a clue when something falls over. Then again, looking at Server 2016 instrumentation here, a confusion mess by Microsoft design.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Re: That's mega.nz gone then!

and a whole lot more file sharing sites, including the biggies, too.

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