* Posts by FrogsAndChips

170 posts • joined 7 Jan 2015

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

FrogsAndChips

Tried it also last year. Went quite smoothly with RoyalMail, although the photo ID verification was done with low quality selfies that bore little resemblance to my passport picture.

Then SWMBO tried it and failed. Tried again once or twice, making sure the photos were as crisp as possible and matched her passport hairstyle. Fail again. Tried another provider, failed again and gave up.

Gave me zero confidence in their verification process.

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SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

FrogsAndChips

Re: Presumably you're not using ...

I didn't know CERN had invented TCP/IP?

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Even the boffins aren't sure.

Fortunately, someone has been keeping count:

https://www.xkcd.com/1189

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Whose line of attack is it anyway? Cyber-assault whodunnits harder than ever to solve

FrogsAndChips

Surely you're able to tell the difference between "our servers were attacked by this widely available toolkit, so we have no idea who's behind it" and "Dutch police find 4 Russian guys with diplomatic passports, in a Lada with WiFi antennas directed at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons headquarters"?

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

FrogsAndChips
Boffin

"deoxyribose, in a chain that forms the backbone of DNA and RNA"

Err, no, you'll only find deoxyribose in DNA. The clue is in the names, *Deoxyribo*Nucleic Acid and *Ribo*Nucleic Acid.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

FrogsAndChips

Re: old school

Next step is to teach them arithmetics:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Feeling_of_Power

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

FrogsAndChips
Terminator

Re: Can't? Or Won't?

It's Can't. As in "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

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Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

FrogsAndChips

Re: Single figure entry

KeePass can do it:

https://keepass.info/help/base/placeholders.html#pickchars

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Single figure entry

HSBC also do that. They ask you for an answer to a memorable question, then either an OTP (for sensitive operations like payments) or, for read-only access, a set of characters from your password (from experience among the first 5 or last 2). Since I don't trust how they store the password for the same reasons as you mentioned, I've created a random complex string for the 'memorable answer' that I retrieve from my password manager and a simple password from which I can easily pick a few chars. Of course that assumes that the memorable answer itself is securely stored.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

FrogsAndChips

@AC, nationality is not relevant to GDPR, it's residency. When UK is no longer part of EU, EU nationals will not be covered by GDPR while they reside in the UK, but UK citizens will still be protected when they visit EU countries.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

FrogsAndChips

Re: Awesome if true, but...

Except that in the case of the FTL particles, IIRC, the scientists doubted their own results and immediately published their protocols and results to the community in the hope that someone would help them identify the source of their error, which is what eventually happened.

Can't really compare with what looks suspiciously like data massaging and email fraud.

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UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

FrogsAndChips

It just means that some people use more than 1 search engine. I do.

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FrogsAndChips

Access by device

62 per cent of the time people spent on the internet was from mobile devices, and just 25 per cent of time is on a desktop or laptop

That leaves 13% who don't access the internet from a computer, a phone or a tablet. How do they do that, telepathy? Or does that include TV streaming?

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

FrogsAndChips

"I wish my mobile phone had [a battery] that was as good"

Well NASA, why don't you do us all a favour and release the specs?

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Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

FrogsAndChips

Re: charity

"there’s no unselfish good deeds"

-- Joey Tribianni

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

FrogsAndChips

Re: Automatic consent

Which is why they sent these emails right until the last day before GDPR went live :-)

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FrogsAndChips

If I invite you home but lock my door to keep you out, will you sue the lock maker?

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FrogsAndChips

Yep, was "fun" yesterday to receive a text from a take-away/delivery restaurant I had used in the past, asking me to opt-in to continue receiving offers (those they give to any client anyway).

Followed by a dozen similar texts from other companies I had never heard of. Now, who may have given them my phone number and will never have me as a customer again?

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FrogsAndChips

And a visit counter.

And a 'work in progress' icon.

Aaah, those were the days...!

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Am I mistaken?

"if you're an American company based in America, you can collect all the personal data on Europeans that you want" as long as you do it in compliance with GDPR

FTFY

"But the minute you have an interest or asset in the EU then you need to worry about it"

You have an interest in the EU the minute you enter in a relationship with an EU resident.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Pinterest

Could we add Facebook to the list?

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Overreach

the EU parliament says: "No, it up to us to decide what you can and what you cannot do with your personal data"

The EU doesn't decide what you can do with your data, but what the companies can do with your data once you've shared it with them:

- they need to inform your clearly of what they'll do with it, who they'll share it with, and you have the right to refuse (opt-out must be the default)

- they need to give you the right to access, rectify and delete your data

- they need to keep it secure and notify you as soon as they detect a breach

It's basically more rights for you, more obligations for them.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Am I mistaken?

That's actually the other way round: it applies to all people on EU territory, whatever their nationality. So if you're an American visiting Europe and need to go to the hospital, that hospital will have to process your medical records in compliance with GDPR, at least as long as you're residing in the EU.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

FrogsAndChips

Re: Simple crash dumps...

@ Baldrickk

Hmmm, "Unicorn" and "pink sunset" were not enough to trigger your sarcasm detector?

Anyway, thanks for the detailed explanation.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

FrogsAndChips

Re: dance moves are So Dangerous

they'll only bring Blood on the Dance Floor...

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

FrogsAndChips

Re: So, can somebody clarify for me?

You shouldn't need to replace your handset. If they design their hub correctly, it should provide a socket to connect your analog phone and translate the VoIP signal to the phone. The technology has existed in France for 15 years, for VoIP but also IPTV.

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

FrogsAndChips

Re: Correct horses

Most websites won't let you use a quote because they will consider it too long or not complex enough (no digits or special chars). But quotes are good to protect your password manager datastore.

'maryhadalittlelamb' is easy to pwn because:

- it is not very long

- it is all lowercase

- it's not a quote but a title

- it is a very popular song

I use a quote for the master password of my password manager, but:

- it is much longer, with original case and punctuation

- the song is not that famous outside the circle of the artist's fans

- the quote doesn't contain the title, is not part of the chorus or the first lines of the song

- I've removed a few random chars

Good luck coming up with the same passphrase.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Password Manager?

Sounds feasible with KeePass:

- Long complex password: password complexity is highly customizable for each account

- Entered automatically: you can enable AutoType, with little config required

- Password store not vulnerable: it has been endorsed by several security agencies (https://keepass.info/ratings.html)

- Available across all platforms: yes

The trickiest part is access from your various locations. If you can make your secure device appear like a local file via your stub, your problem is sorted. Otherwise, ruling out USB stick and cloud storage, I'd suggest keeping the main datastore on a NAS in your home that you can access and sync from every device. You may want to look at the backup and sync plugins for more options.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Foolproof (or proof of fool) password?

I was tempted to go along these lines with Virgin when the call center jockey was insisting I gave him my password to confirm my identity, but I eventually opted to terminate the conversation at this stage rather than continue a pointless discussion.

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FrogsAndChips

KeePass AutoType is your friend.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

FrogsAndChips

Re: Solution

I like my new tabs blank, so I've just unchecked everything from the New Tab preferences, but agree it's a pretty poor move if you now need an extension to customize this.

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

FrogsAndChips

Re: What's the difference?

Sacrebl.eu immediately came to mind, but it seems to have been taken by a comedy club in Brick Lane. Palsambl.eu appears free.

Ohmondi.eu (OMG) is also unavailable.

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Hyperoptic's ZTE-made 1Gbps routers had hyper-hardcoded hyper-root hyper-password

FrogsAndChips

General reason: people don't do their homework to find the best possible options.

Other possibilities:

- better deal negociated with BT

- Hyperoptic doesn't offer TV or phone packages (besides a phone line)

- bad experience with another provider

- Openreach ONT was already installed when they moved in (was my case) and they followed the path of least resistance to get a connection (brings us back to the general reason)

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FrogsAndChips

Same situation as Tony38, except that we also have Virgin cable. No copper, so no ADSL available, you are limited to cable or fibre providers. I only pay £22/month but that's because I chose a 30Mb package which is enough for my home use. And no phone line required, so it's a no-brainer compared to BT!

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

FrogsAndChips

And of course that back door will be so secure that only law-abiding agents will be able to use it, never the bad guys, right?

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

FrogsAndChips

Do people still seriously rely on dialling codes to identify areas? Today we have non-geographical numbers, we have number portability. Using area codes is like trying to geolocate using nothing but an IP address.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: line rental

@Dadid Webb

with BT FTTP (Infinity), there is no option to ditch the line rental, even if you don't (want to) use their phone service. Other providers may give you that option.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

FrogsAndChips

Re: negativity

Agree with that. When I read the title, I thought the Falcon X had experienced Rapid Unplanned Disassembly, or the satellite had failed to reach orbit. A launch delay is not my conception of distress.

El Reg, please do not trade factual accuracy for a nice rhyming headline.

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

FrogsAndChips

Re: The Sand, the Ocean, and the Damn Phone

@ Steve

You can always dispose of it properly later, as I did a few years ago with my company Blackberry which I had left in my swimming trunks pocket while bathing in the Caribbean.

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

FrogsAndChips

Re: Dig

A guy had set up a website to collect unwanted AOL CDs and promised to deliver them back to AOL as soon as he'd reached 1 million to protest against the huge waste. As far as I recall, he'd only reached a few 100k by the time every ISP had stopped sending CDs anyway.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

FrogsAndChips

"BT routers come with randomised passwords and I see no reason to change them to something user-selected and likely less random. That must make up a large fraction of the 82%."

And how complex are these? My ISP-provided router came with a default WiFi password of 8 chars, only lowercase and numbers. I guess it would only take a few minutes to brute-force it.

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Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

FrogsAndChips
Coat

I'd buy tickets...

But I'm concerned we may no longer be around in 2 weeks.

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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

FrogsAndChips

Re: OpenSSL

You can authenticate to ssh using username and password. The benefit over telnet is that your credentials and subsequent communications are not sent in clear text.

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

FrogsAndChips

Re: Hello Concorde!

Missed opportunity for me too.

I was working for Air France at the time. The company was struggling to fill seats when the flights resumed after the accident, so offered employees the possibility to book one-way flights to NY (or maybe it was the return leg, can't remember) for a limited period, at ridiculous prices. I managed to secure a seat, but had to cancel the trip for personal reasons, which seem petty in retrospect compared to the regrets I have.

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

FrogsAndChips

Re: @FungusBob

No, it can still arrive 5000 km away from PN and fall into the water. The nearest coastline being 2400 km away doesn't mean that every point at that distance is a landmass.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Control? No Control?

How 'spot on' was this anyway? All I could find was that the station crashed "a few thousand miles" north of Point Nemo. Back-of-the-envelope calculation tells me that it had a probability of about 10% hitting a 2000-mile wide zone in the Earth strip from 43 North to 43 South that was already established as the crash zone. 10% is hardly a miracle. This goes to 60% if you consider a 5000-mile wide area.

And what kind of double game would the Chinese be playing? We still have control but we won't admit it, and we'll crash the station almost, but not quite entirely, in the area where one would expect a controlled re-entry?

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

FrogsAndChips

Gravitational lensing

So all it took was one star - Sun-like, so not even a big one - in a *cluster of galaxies*, to increase the magnifying effect of that cluster from 600 times to 2000 times and making Icarus detectable?

Just...wow!

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

FrogsAndChips

Re: not a fluid dynamics expert either but...

As I understand the article, the main objective of this test was to validate the pilot chute / main chute sequence. Another test in more Mars-like conditions (from 30 km altitude) is planned next.

They have also probably collected useful data from the telemetry during the descent.

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Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance

FrogsAndChips

Re: cancel subscription

I personally think a lot of subscribers will be aware this is coming (but I'm not gonna make up any statistics). A quick search shows recent articles on a large spectrum of online news sites.

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Re: sovereign governments

IANAL, but things aren't so black and white. In most modern democracies (for the sake of argument, I will make the bold assumption that the UK system is one), there are some safeguards to ensure that people aren't totally spoiled. New laws can't generally have retroactive effect, and the government should compensate you if they decide that your house needs to be put down to make way for a hyperspatial express route.

That said, once again, I doubt that the right to watch online smut anonymously is such a fundamental right that you'd be compensated for the loss of your subscription.

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