* Posts by AmenFromMars

43 posts • joined 23 Jan 2015

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour


Re: 0Day Rule is Licensed to Thrill .... Submitting and Surrendering to Simply Heavenly Tasks

Did amanfromMars 1 just have a lucid moment?

"Merry Xmas, El Regers. It has been a great year here and I thank one and all for their shared thoughts."

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


I've got a desk drawer stuffed with Cisco 16MB PCMCIA flash memory cards. I wish you could post photos on here, you have to see it to believe it.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


Don't we have enough light pollution already?

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Back in my day

"Back in my day

all you needed was screwdrivers, insulating tape and penknife and you could fix almost anything."

When I started work I was told you could fix any telephone fault with a number 2 and a pair of 81s. A number 2 was a screwdriver and 81s long nosed pliers.

Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does



Where can I get a copy of this? Might finally be able to get the last few XP machines off my enterprise network!

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings



Is edlin broken?

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs



"UPDATED 2/5/2018: After further investigation, Cisco has identified additional attack vectors and features that are affected by this vulnerability. In addition, it was also found that the original fix was incomplete so new fixed code versions are now available."

Best get testing and patching again...


Re: Why on earth does VPN software handle XML?

Not sure why you got down voted, seems like a reasonable question to me. I suspect the answer is that the ASA has a web server so that you can, amongst other things, download the Anyconnect client from the Internet.

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast


Re: Perfectly Understandable

Probably went to kiss his arse goodbye!

Mine's the one with a copy of Protect and Survive in the pocket.

Thumb Up

Re: Shame



It wasn't until much later that I learnt that the early warning system wasn't there for the general public but to alert ROC (Royal Observer Corps) officers to get to their ROC posts sharpish so they could monitor fallout...


As a kid we had an early warning siren down the road - used to go off every now and again. My mother used to panic but everyone accepted you get false alarms sometimes.

Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case


Re: LInk?


If you've got a contract you can sign up to their Notification Service

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture


Ring Road

Coventry is the home to the worst ring road design ever. They even have to publish instructions how to use it - which seem at odds with all other roads in the country http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/how-drive-coventry-ring-road-13716095

A but clenching experience if you've never driven on it before!

EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title


EE exploiting their "free" spectrum and o2 & 3 lack of the same maybe?

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order


Re: I am leet hacker

Doesn't work for me either, not sure what I'm doing wrong...

C:\>sudo echo " sci-hub" >> /etc/hosts

'sudo' is not recognized as an internal or external command,

operable program or batch file.

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why


Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

"then the temperature decreases by about 5.4°F for every 1,000 feet up you go in elevation."

Shouldn’t that be in approved Vulture Central units? “then the temperature decreases by about 3.5Hn for every 2178lg up you go in elevation.” You’re welcome.

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another


Re: And yet

"The bars in the Palace of Westminster are still open." Are they still allowed to smoke in those bars too?

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs


Re: Sounds familiar

"Hi, King Jack,

Can you cite me a computer OS that isn't useable as a remote-control trojan? Isn't that their raison d'être and a vital goal for ... well, Future Shenanigans is no exaggeration, is it? .

Some are just a bit trickier/stickier to access for provision of privileges than others, but none are fail-safe against penetration testers, and that provides ready made establishment platforms for Renegade Rogue and Private Pirate Controls to Command.

It's an Advanced IntelAIgent Facility which Sublime Superior Programming Delivers for SMARTR Use with Zero Abuse."


Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months


Re: Source

If they're looking for the Huawei source code why don't they just ask Cisco for it?

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted


Re: Boadacia House

It may well have been IS-IS, a lot of networks use it to underpin their MPLS core.

WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in


Re: Intel

I was thinking more large corporates with thousands of machines. Windows updates will have a tried and tested and largely automated patch process (because it happens so often). Not so much when trying to patch/update a processor/chipsets. Installing NICs isn't really an option. Even identifying vulnerable machines will be quite a challenge.



I wonder what will happen when someone manages to find an effective way of exploiting the Intel AMT vulnerability - that won't be quite so easy to patch.

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories


Hand cream? You pervert!

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement


"You're absolutely right - Google offered traffic flow information prior to buying Waze based on the relative speeds of any handsets running maps that were travelling on that road."

Are you sure? I think you'll find the mobile phone companies sell anonymised location data of all mobile phones which is why their traffic info is so good.

Anyone remember Multimap?

Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit


Re: I smell an oscar

Agreed, good work.

Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables


Re: Waterproof

Surprisingly fibre can be affected by heavy rain/flooding, but not for the reasons you might think. The joints in man holes can float and cause the fibre to exceed its bend radius or stress other joints.


Re: Those vulnerable cables

@Alan ""The people who own navies are pretty much the only ones who can cut undersea cables."

Experience shows that it's the people who own ship anchors and/or deep trawl rigs"

What he said. Back in the ‘80s when I worked on submarine cables (copper not fibre) trawlers dragging their anchors nearly isolated the UK. There were all sorts of tortuous re-routes and communications to the US had to go via satellite. Coincidentally BT engineers were on strike at the time...

Lester Haines: RIP


Rest in Peace Lester

I very much enjoyed your scribblings. Much love to you and yours x Too young :-(

Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids


Re: Rocket boosters for asteroid deflection

"Thinking about it, you could probably change the trajectory enough by sticking a mirror in the right place." or painting half of it white.

Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever


Re: I quite like this

Sounds a lot like ForeScout CounterACT with a few more whistles and bells.

Ironic: CCTV systems slide open a backdoor into your biz network


Re: Open Internet

You are correct, I read the first few paragraphs of the article and thought it was bollocks. Thought I better read the rest before commenting but the "study" was a pail too far.


Open Internet

"The research involved putting five routers, DVRs and IP cameras running their latest software on the open internet. One device was breached within minutes, and within 24 hours two were under the control of an unknown attacker."

Only a fuckwit would put anything other than a firewall on the "open internet".

Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?


Re: Bollocks

Shit I've been rumbled, don't let my boss see this comment!

Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager


"Hutchison Whampoa’s Three network turns 13 today"

I think Hutchison Whampoa is now CK Hutchison, from Wiki "CK Hutchison Holdings Limited is a Cayman Islands-registered conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong. The company was formed in March 2015 through the merger of Cheung Kong Holdings and its main associate company Hutchison Whampoa."

Cisco admins gear up for a late night – hardcoded password in wireless points nuked


Re: hardly a late night

Don't you test these things first?

Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web


Re: Why can't we get a takedown notice for this?

My political leanings are my own affair, comrade.

Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth


Re: It's HOLIDAY season

No it's not, it's (nearly) Christmas.

Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece


Re: Fail!!

Upvote for excellent use of the word "specious".

GPS, you've gone too far this time



Where's Stephen Fry when you need him?

UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping


Re: The devil is in the detail ...

I wonder if the home secretary has even heard of NAT.

UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns


@Keith 21 I would have given you an upvote for hitting the nail on the head but "ScoutMaster", where did that come from? We've been leaders for as long as I can remember.

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