* Posts by herman

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We're great, you don't understand competition law, Google tells Europe

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I love the picture, but I thought Jesus uses an Apple Mac Pro?

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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What? For more cuckoo feed?

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Re: Forgot?

The hamster in the reaction wheel ate the cuckoo's food?

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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What is the mouse thing - is it a new monster in Nethack? On which level?

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Maps and alarm clocks best thing about mobes, say normies

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So if it is perfectly randomized, you only need one sample...

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

You don't need to 'create' anything. Just use rawrite to copy the ISO the USB stick.

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Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware

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Don't blame the user for shit system security. A user *should* be able to click on anything.

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

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Well, I have three screens on my Macbook. The one on the right is on HDMI, while the one on the left is on a Thunderbolt/VGA. I didn't think that is very special actually.

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Hungry?

It sounds to me that the guy was going hungry and wanted to go to jail.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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The problem is that the kids who write today's software weren't even born in the 80s. All babies are born stupid and inexperienced.

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Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

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Obviously it is America trying to influence the next Russian election.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Re: What's so wrong about a private email server?

You forgot the part about the crafty Sting operation. The documents in question were classified Secret RETROACTIVELY. They were not classified as such at the time that she sent/received them.

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Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

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Obligatory MS Mention

Now, if only Microsoft can learn from this and merge Windows 10 with Windows 7.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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I have a smart TV too, but it isn't plugged in to the LAN, which it seems, makes it smarter...

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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Tinfoil Bra

Barcodes on implants are a huge security and privacy problem. Now your girlfriend can be tracked by her implants unless she wears a tinfoil bra and what can possibly be more offputting than a tinfoil bra?

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

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Why drill? They can just land one in the same sport as the last one and analyze the ejecta from the crater.

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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

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This crap can only be stopped by ISPs. Same as ISPs were forced to block port 25 and port 80, they will have to block whatever ports these crap things mostly use. The other option is that a White Hat will eventually write a self replicating worm to fix these things and randomize their passwords.

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Hack attack fear scares Canadian exam board away from online tests

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Re: Optional

"just enter their answers into a file an upload it to a central site" - Just think for a moment how many goatses would be uploaded, then reconsider this idea.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: supporting my elderly father with his windows 10 machine

...and where I work, there are many 'Engineering' laptops that run some sort of Linux. When the Windows drones complain about not being able to do something, we just nod and carry on working.

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Re: supporting my elderly father with his windows 10 machine

It sounds like you are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Nobody pays me to fix my own machine, or those of my parents, so we are all using Macs and the support issues are practically zero.

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Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

Pretty much *all* Linux install CDs are Live CDs. So download anyone of about ten billion distributions, burn the ISO file to a disk or USB schtick and boot it.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Interesting, hundreds of comments from technically adept people, but not a single one of them ran tcpdump, ettercap or wireshark to see what is really the matter. That kinda makes me wonder what kind of person reads theregister these days.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: doughnuts

Building a system with a web browser and hot linking and then telling users not to click on links is ridiculous. Don't blame the user for your own incompetence.

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Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

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Sharepoint is a great tool for storing data. Retrieving it however...

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All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

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Re: All sounds German to me

Afrikaans Nederlands - Maak seker.

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Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

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Re: It's a bit disappointing

Labcoat!? Clipboard!? Maybe 25 years ago, not today.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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That will end in blood sweat and tears. Active Directory really doesn't like it when you rename something.

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

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Re: Well....

Dawson City is a nice and balmy -32 C now.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Pics - or it didn't happen...

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: "loosened regulatory controls on medical companies"

Well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and people who die don't sponge on society, so loosened regulation tends to kill several flies in the ointment with one swat...

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The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

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Re: Security is rubbish

The Windows 10 version:

10 i've been to lazy to make a coffee.....

15 send lazy count to walgreens.com for abilify re-order

20 maybe a coffee would help you get motivated?

25 send coffee cup count to starbucks.com

30 goto 10

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Japan investigating defence network break-in

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Yeah, I guess state-based means somebody in his mom's basement in the You Knighted States...

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Re: Why do Defense networks insist on being accessible via Internet ?

Hmm, 75 baud Baudot RTTY would sure limit the damage.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Friction Piles

Have you been to Venice? It is wood and turtles all the way down into the swamp...

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

Hmm, there are actually lots of leaning towers in Italy. The Piza clock tower is quite nice, but not even the prettiest either, although this SF tower is on an ever so slightly larger scale.

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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Well, being ex military, I am sorry to say, but torture does in fact work and when it can save lives, it will be used, whether it is official policy or not.

The problem with disallowing torture, is that soldiers may still torture and then kill the captive, to hide the act of torture.

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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

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Re: The FBI

Err... Trump moved into the White House and was inaugurated already? Wow, I must have blinked and not seen Obama high tailing it out of there.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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OK, so they found voda - yeah da. Call me when they find vodka!

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

I wish I could send you a picture of what the Enter key on my Mac looks like. At the top is some Arabic jargon, under that is a hooked arrow pointing to the left, then a hooked arrow pointing to the right and at the bottom is an arrow pointing up. I have no idea what any of that means. I bought the bladdy thing in Dubai...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Blame the (L)user

Corporate IT always resorts to blame the user:

* Don't click dodgy links.

* Don't open suspicious attachments.

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Well, fuck me sideways - How is a common user supposed to do the above, when the IT overlords are themselves totally incapable of keeping said crap out of their kingdom?

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A-Oh-Well: Internet corpse sheds 500 workers

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I had no idea that AOL still had 500 employees.

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

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Re: The plot thickens!

"You correct! This proves cannot be work Russian and is responsibility us evil Westerners.

By way, I am Yankee just like you. I has nothing gain from pretending be foreigner!"

TFIFY!

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Re: Sir

Yup, Slavs tend to speak English without 'a' and 'the', making it sound weirdly staccato.

I was wearing a CCCP T-shirt to a party and the first thing my (now) wife told me was: "Where you get that shirt? You look like Russian athlete." She still speaks that way.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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314/365

Cars that catch fire almost every day actually.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Man, it is Orlando! If you walk, you can get mugged or run over by a taxi. That is why they offered the courtesy car.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Slackers

I fail to see what this article has to do with either Pat or Slackware?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Bullshit story

Some people just don't understand how disk encryption systems work.

With 'whole disk encrypttion' the /boot partition has to be unencrypted, otherwise the machine cannot boot - duh.

You can boot a computer up various ways and get a console - another duh.

The rest of the disk is still encrypted and the data is still unreadable and safe. So there is no problem, this is how it is supposed to work.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Hmm, NHS IT may need to buy a few of these for their email system right now.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Re: Seen it.

The problem is not the dumb users. The problem is the dum bass who configured the mail system in such a way that this failure is possible. Any self respecting mail server should block spam - including HR spam and other idiocies like this.

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Re: So, the UK population has doubled?

You under counted the Travellers, Sirians and Afhanis by about 6.5 million...

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