* Posts by John Miles

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

John Miles

Been getting them for a while

They started with an email address and password that linkedin leaked, but have been seeing a few from Adobe leak. The so called self described hacker on darknet was so good they sent loads of them with your password is but no password.

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

John Miles

Re: I've always been doubtful there was any troubleshooting code

It has solved wifi problems for me a couple of times, after a think it decides to shutdown and restart the wifi-driver and this fixes the issue - but that is the only thing I can recall it fixing.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

John Miles

Re: "Alpha" means that the devs think the product is ready to release

probably should be renamed to Rockstar or ninjas release as likely deemed ready by someone who replied to a "Rockstar/ninja developer" advert. ;)

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Re: as I've never used the Documents folder

Pretty much everything I do on home PCs ends up on a different physical drive to the OS - makes it easier to share on multi-boot and much less risk when re-installing

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Desktop Telegram users showing off not only their silly selfies but also their IP addresses

John Miles

Re: What legitimate use is there to hide the recpients address?

If one machine is compromised - e.g. by some countries "law enforcement"/secret service grabbing said machine then they have a list of addresses maybe you didn't want them to have, which say if you are a gay person/political activist in some countries you may prefer those in charge not to be able to chase your friends.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

John Miles

Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."

Please don't confuse Trumpton with USA politics

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

John Miles

Re: entry should be a very different matter to starting the engine

If you can get in car, likely you can access the ODB port - back in 2012 you could program BMW keyless ignition cars to accept a new key from ODB port and at that point it could be driven away - and due to various other weaknesses in BMW security a lot were just driven away. I don't know what they have changed but gaining access to the internals of car allows you to access systems where if security has been thought of it is an afterthought.

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Sextortion scum armed with leaked credentials are persistent pests

John Miles

Been getting these for a while - though for a few days they seemed to mess up as it said

"It appears that, (), is your password"

Pretty certain my details came from the linked-in hack as it is only place I used the email address getting spammed.

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Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

John Miles

Re: Dear America: Want secure elections?

Whatever makes anyone think the people in charge want secure elections? Just ones secure from anyone one else winning.

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

John Miles

RE: maths co-processor for DX power

It was the 486DX that first had a co-processor inbuilt, the 386SX was a 32 bit CPU but with only a 16-bit databus. Intel then renamed to 386 to 386DX - I recall this mainly as my first PC was a 386SX 16MHz and next was 486DX 33MHz (and just how fast it seemed for a while.)

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

John Miles

Re: The overwhelming majority of human drivers manage to drive safely most of the time.

They manage to avoid having an accident - I am not sure I'd count that as being same thing as safely - Nothing is without risk, so safe is a relative term but a lot of drivers push the risks higher than they need to be for very little, if any, gain.

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

John Miles

Re: That makes no sense.

since when has sense or reality ever got in the way of some manager's idea to save monry

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

John Miles

Re: Outside the IT dept its more like 3 in 3

From what I see, it also applies in IT departments - most of the skilled IT people were let go often in favour of cheaper outsourced resources where it then becomes more like 4 in 3 lacking the skills.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

John Miles

The Future

So was the chatty one like Talkie Toaster

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

John Miles

RE: The FCC is an independent agency

So how long would Pinocchio's nose be if he said that one?

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

John Miles

Re: Idiot password checkers

Different cases are easy to deal with - You naturally put a capital for a name or first word of phrase or sentence and rest lower case. You can include a number in the phrase or a word that sounds like a number and there are some symbols that can be substituted for words - so you could take the correct horse battery staple" and turn it into "correct horse and battery free staple" which becomes "Correcthorse&battery3staple" which I find easy to remember and type and still meets the stupid password rules (unless they limit length too short)

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

John Miles

It has advanced a bit since then - Employee Health monitoring - though you can turn the tables Boss Decision Making, but hope it isn't an inherited trait Mom's monitoring

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

John Miles

re: Shade of a Vulcan

Try standing under one in flight - https://imgur.com/a/lxyUK#zFElGV4

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

John Miles

Re: instead of LightRoom

You could try the open source application Darktable - works for OSX and Linux, recently they even added Windows

https://www.darktable.org/

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

John Miles

Re: pressing the break

A Freudian slip I assume

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

John Miles
Joke

Re: why we need tornado warnings.

You need to read reviews carefully on them - see xkcd's TornadoGuard

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

John Miles

Re: Err... while the Coyote never catches anything.

He did once - youtube - Coyote catches Road Runner

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Running Cisco DNA Center? Update right now to get rid of the static admin credential

John Miles

Re: By the way, do you spell "password" with a single "s" or two?

we need security so it is two 5 the hackers won't guess that

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

John Miles

When storms hit

In some places the power can be out for several days - I wonder how long the systems will carry on working. In 2013 storms took out the power where I lived for about 16 hours, virgin phone lines went down an hour later and the local cell tower about 6 hours later IIRC (though was heavy congested before then). Then with smartphones needing to be charged daily how many people will be without any phone after a day?

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Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

John Miles

Re: Perhaps in 1993.

more like 1975 - from Wiki In 1975 Kodak engineer Steven Sasson invented the first digital still camera, which uses a Fairchild 100 x 100 pixel CCD. By 1986 Kodak had developed a sensor with 1.4 million pixels

But sometimes it isn't number of pixels that is important as their dynamic range

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

John Miles

Re: Does GDPR actually prevent the questions

I don't know - I suspect companies are only allowed to ask questions pertinent to their relationship with the person, but if it is legitimate then I think it is about how you handle the data (at least that is what work has been in a panic over), I just not sure how they will impose their will on USA.

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John Miles

Re: The 'host' countries laws end at the boundary wall

As Wiki says - " Contrary to popular belief, most diplomatic missions do not enjoy full extraterritorial status" but they do enjoy protection from some local laws and host country need permission to enter. The protection from local laws allows them to ask questions an EU state can't

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Most FTSE 100 boards kept in the dark about cyber resilience plans

John Miles

Plausible Deniability

Not told anything, then how can it be your fault - just leave it to someone junior who when they couldn't cope on the pennies you gave them to do the task you can then sack to appease the markets and shareholders who rarely ask why you didn't have a finger on pulse as you are meant to.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

John Miles

Re: *Points in disappointment*

I have got some really nice photos from phones that none of my DSLRs could get, mainly because I always carry the phone and the DSLRs were at home at the time I saw the shot.

Yes you can get better cameras than a phone one, but most of them will be more bulky than a phone and usually not around at the time and likely draw more attention than a phone when you take photos.

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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

John Miles

Re: "A direct causal link is difficult..."

There was a dramatic rise in BMW thefts around 2011 - when thieves found they could just plug into port in car and program car to accept another key, compounded by a flaw where if you jammed a screwdriver in drivers door and twisted hard you could make it wind down window. There was a long running thread on Pistonheads about it - link, I believe other makes flaws were attacked later

Now they can make some with "comfort access" just unlock and start with a pair of extenders - link

Then there is the lower tech style attacks - just leave a jammer around which will stop car locking

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A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

John Miles

Re: I blame Agile development

Personally I think development methodology has less impact than team quality, experience and management attitude - if you have a team where they are all in 20s and management concentrating on target features and release dates, chances are you are going to have lots of issues in code. Get a good team with sufficient experience and management who understand that just because someone is half the hourly wage doesn't make them twice the value and shouting doesn't make problems go away - then you'll generally have less issues

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You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues

John Miles
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Seems we never learn

One big issue for the internet has been the protocols that it originally run on weren't designed to be used in untrusted environment leaving it open to be abused by spammers and other criminals. Now we have same problem in software where we have moved some of it into an untrusted environment with public repositories and ignore anything to help keep the trust in place as being too difficult, not to mention the extra fragility that adds.

So how long before we something like "I'm harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site" is real?

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If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

John Miles

Re: to drain the swamp.

Of course he is draining the swap - how else can he sell it to his rich buddies as prime real estate

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

John Miles

Security should be around risk

The only thing I use GMail for is the Android phones/tablets because I have to have a GMail account for them password is reasonably secure, it whinges to another email unique address if I add another tablet - why do I need to add more security to something of low value to me?

Then there is security of my phone no - I'd rather Google couldn't link my account to me.

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

John Miles

Re: Farewell Maplin?

Last time I went in was a couple of months ago - wanted some new leads for the multimeter (brought from Maplin many years ago) and ended up with a set as well as a couple of magnifying glasses (something I never needed when first doing electronics) because they were on offer (about same as online), but to be honest only because I was in a shop nearby and had recently had multimeter out so remembered I needed a new set when I saw the Maplin store.

I'd like to say I will miss them - but I wander in occasionally, but always leave without the feeling of excitement I used to get from the new catalogue

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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

John Miles

Re: Alternative?

AMD have “Platform Security Processor” or “PSP” (or now called AMD Secure Processor) - see

https://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/security

worth Googling "AMD PSP" and reading other sources of info

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

John Miles

Re: the vast majority will accept they did wrong and pay up.

Sadly I suspect they will accept they were caught and pay up, I doubt they will consider they did anything wrong

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

John Miles

Re: ..and fabulous sequinned uniforms for the armed forces

Planning on sending the Pearly Kings and Queens in then (OK not sequins)

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You may not know it, but you've already arrived at DevOps Land

John Miles

It all sounds

very like what we were doing back last century - before management started looking at doing it "properly"

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

John Miles

Re: Software Updates

My Note4 just got security updates today and has been getting them monthly for a while (not sure when ot will end) - it did get an update to newer Android after I brought it, but is still on 6.01 (not sure what sticky mess the name should be) and I doubt will go later than that. A lot better than the past when the original Galaxy I had which got a couple of updates and then nothing - but I believe there was a push from Google to get things more frequently updated and Samsung seems to have come on board

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'Open and accessible' spambot server leaks 711 million records

John Miles

Explains it

Last few weeks I have seen spam being sent to an email address that is fairly dormant now and almost no spam (it was related to a spam reporting site and to be honest I am surprised it is still being forwarded this long after the related email service closed) - haveibeenpwned shows 4 Breaches, including this one - probably time to setup bounces on it.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

John Miles

Re: that have integer ratios in base 10

If it has an integer ratio - then it is irrelevant what base the number is in e.g. 3:4:5 is same whether it is decimal or hexadecimal and if binary is still an integer just has more digits 11:100:101, all a different base number does is change which numbers are easier to divide by

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Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

John Miles

Re: I only visit a handful of sites regularly.

you can disable searching from address bar - e.g. for Firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-web-address-bar

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

John Miles

Re: I need Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

I am not sure there is anything other than GIMP to replace Photoshop atm. - but there are FOSS alternatives worth looking at, a place to start looking is FOSSPhotography on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/FOSSPhotography/

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Yahoo! retires! bleeding! ImageMagick! to! kill! 0-day! vulnerability!

John Miles

Re: Why anyone would still be using Yahoo for email is what confuses me

Because some sites want an email address and Yahoo seems rather deserving of all that spam.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

John Miles

Re: Quick question

Alistair Dabbs - not sure if someone writing for TheRegister is normal though ;)

I know several people who wear Fitness bands or Smart Watches, none of them seem to worry about whether it is "cool" which probably makes them fairly normal. I wear a smart watch, just as way of easily tracking exercise and while it isn't a watch I would pick for its looks I doubt anyone really notices it

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

John Miles

Re: so far it's taken an hour and it's still searching

If it hasn't been updated for a while, then there is a bug the update that means you can take days plus to update if certain patches aren't present - I thought they broken something it when I put in measures to stop Windows 10 arriving, but when it happened on a clean build I eventually found the issue - but that is why I am typing from Linux boot now and rarely start Windows at home

Fix is to use something like Autopatcher and disable Windows Update service (if you don't disable it then it interferers when trying to run patches manually or via another tool and you are back to days wait)

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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

John Miles

Re: Kodak

I am not sure Kodak can be said to have missed the starting gun as they probably fired it having designed digital sensors back in 1980s and had digital cameras in 1990s - Wiki - Kodak DCS, they however failed to understand and react to the changing world that made the computer and digital camera an option for everyone.

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

John Miles

Re: eab8c02f7197787897560569942100fe1198

For some reason Space Core Directives come to mind

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

John Miles

Re: Reset your phone

the risk is that will draw attention to yourself and if there is anything you don't want is to give them more reasons to bully investigate further

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