* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

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Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

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Why not just insert an actual bugging device inside the device?

Why not forget the Amazon gizmo and just insert standard bug?

...is what I though till I read on, seems once the custom Echo is on the network it can turn all the other echos into bugs . Thats the difference .

That might mean you dont even have to enter the property if the wifi pokes out a bit.

Or if its a big corp network you could harvest a huge number of devices over god knows how far geographically*

* im guessing , as its a home iot ting , it might not cross subnets

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Re: Correct me if I'm wrong but

yeah but so far all the tinfoil hat paranoid conspiracy types have just been freaking out that jeff bezos knows what kind of wine they put on the shopping list.

Now it seems anybody could be listening

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Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

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Re: Between my wife and myself

its news to me theres a national database ,let alone 2 , especially at primary (gp) level , given that are all essentially private busnesses. under local unbrellas under a local nhs trust.

Ive been lucky enough to visit gp very very rarely , same with hostipul , but every time I go they take a stab at my address and its invariably wrong - its like you have to tell every department individually.

so I hold little hope they are actaully managed to record any sort of medical history.

I made enquiries with NHS england recently about how to get a copy of ny records - which they enthusiaticly claim is easy , but didnt get anywhere - and an email asking for help recieved an automated reply and that was it

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: "If I had... ...the motive..."

how to reliably communicate with this subspecies

This is how Boris Johnson has accidentally managed to accumulate an army of right wing , flag waving , islamophobes by explaining how he thinks we shouldnt ban the burka (niquab).

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He was also given a written warning that he would be prosecuted if he stepped foot in the hotel again,

SET FOOT!

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: and this appears to be

whats irrelevent Rob? Due to Reg's poor threading system i have no idea which comment you are referring to.

I think its pretty obvious it isnt trafficking tho right?

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

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desinners who needs em

You wouldnt write your own word processor would you? any more than a cricketer would make his own bat!

You'd have thought we were done with clothes designers by now too.

I mean - how many way can you make a pair of jeans?

and food! we've done food , theres more than enough recipes!

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Re: That is not an Architects job

and btw , it's SET FOOT

:)

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That is not an Architects job

dis is true I was generalising ..

The architect just draws his fantasies on paper , like ,say , a toddler .

Then an engineer actually does all the calculations , and working out how thick / strong things have to be to span the ridiculous distances the architect dreamed up

Guess who gets the credit?

[/bitterEngineeringGraduate]

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Re: "NEVER assume the architect knows best!"

Havent we got enough different plans for house designs drawn up yet?

You'd think work would be getting scarce.

They seem to have perpetuated the myth they have to be consulted on every build.

My building inspector told me I had to get an "Architect" to do lots of complicated maths to work out if my garage roof trusses were strong enough.

Its not like I was the first person to do this. Its hardly a unique building.

I said to the inspector:

"If I had bought a sectional garage like that guy across the road would i need these calculations?"

"No" , he said , "the vendor has already had the calculations done"

"good" says me , "my trusses will be identical to those trusses , ergo my calculations have been done"

"I suppose so" says the building inspector.

Saved a few quid there!

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Re: Reminds me of a time...

I heard tell of a desktop support guy under a desk looking at a tangle of power cables. the problem turned out to be the "4 gang" adaptor was plugged into itself....

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Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

"I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that we all saw this coming."

Yup . just the mention of 3 phase...

But its the on call section.

Similar to if you're watching You've Been Framed and somebodys on a rope swing over a river ..... you know whats going to happen.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: Foaming at the mouth, but the foam kind of makes sense

"But prior to login, there's no way for the bank to know if they have consent or not."

sure there is - put a little button on the login page that says "I consent" which un grays the name & pwd box.

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

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Re: Like Clippy

I think happy clappy 'Clippy' proved this point years ago

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

It amazes me that after 30 years or so of desktop publishing (remember that phrase?) printers cant just print - always bitching about what kind of paper you might want or size , rather than just taking a cue from WHAT KIND OF PAPER THEYVE BEEN GIVEN!!!

I know this wouldnt cover every scenario , but for every time you were making an A5 leaflet and the printer blasely assumed you wanted A4 like normal - you'd have avoided a 100 "what the fucks wrong now?" moments.

We are nowhere this stage yet - yesterday for instance I sent an A4 print to our giant centralised copier scanner printer , logged into it - nothing happens , a tiny orange blinking light is telling me there is some haggling to do to berate the fucking thing into making an effort.

Turns out it has 4 drawers all set to A4.

Three of them are full of A4 paper .

one is empty.

The printer thinks that is a reason to down tools.

If thats the pinnacle of printing AI , were never going to get it right before paper is obsolete.

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If your role involves talking to users , or elderly relatives , you have no choice but to anthropomorphise the computer , especially peripherals.

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Oooooh! Fashion! Yes, 1m-plus accounts on clothes, trinket websites exposed by lax security

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20% test accounts?

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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you assume they exist and keep torturing even if they don't exist.

Great, so next time I'm mugged they will keep beating me up for not having a second wallet?

Obviously I now need 3.

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I reckon , even if that device was hardened and tamper proofed , it could be hacked by applying a gun the head of the user and using the passphrase "Hand over the goodies"

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

then replace .50 with something recoilless

Bren gun

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Re: Optional...

Typically guns are mounted on tanks for the reasons you outlined , not lightweigt small scale ROVs.

Or armoured cars. or jeeps.

Or as increasingly popular - a Toyota Hilux.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: What?

Bang on Arthur . The whole article is written in prose so twisted and convoluted as to be unintelligle. Ive decoded most of it, but you are right about that bit. Heres what I managed to glean:

Paragraph 1

drink in moderation decreases dementia

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dementia increases if Too much booze , or none.

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dementia higher for non drinkers than under 14 units pw drinkers

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those over 14 units pw ,17% more dementia, and were beer drinkers.

Then the real mystery paragraph, in full:

What is slightly odd, however, is that the higher risk of dementia for people who abstained from alcohol was only apparent if they didn’t drink wine. So, if you’re going to drink a bit maybe it’s best to go for wine rather than beer or spirits.

wtf?

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Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

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Re: TL;DR

wrong , apparently they sold more "airpods" as well .

I have no idea what that is. Is it like an air guitar?

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Re: Why did they keep so much data???

they legally have to thats why. According to the guy who answered my post of same question. 6 years .

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Re: didnt we just GDPR this out?

why? by the time i get my money ive already paid tax on it , and the vendor will take vat regardless, my bank are recording where the money went (as are the vendor's bank) , and if using cash circumvents the whole thing anyway whats the point? The only result is dozens of people holding a copy of the key to my bank account!

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didnt we just GDPR this out?

I would have thought that that GDPR thing that arrived last month , and seemed to be a rehashed, re thought, updated set of laws for dealing with data privacy would have included these:

1) An "unsubscribe" link that includes "delete all records of me in your database , including forum comments , product reviews, feedback scores etc etc"

2) An option to "after this purchase delete my financial information"

I guess (1) would have pissed off Facebook and other hoarders too much.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

The Labour party recently held a workshop teaching its MPs to lie in order to smear opponents.

I thought this was standard accepted practice for all politicians?

Hence "Spin Doctor" is a valid respected career choice and, inexplicably , not a criminal offence.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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yeah , they cant even get the c to sound like a sh even when theres a handy h after it to help out.

e.g. chassis

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Condeco

never heard of it either.

So you're telling me the big companies need special software to book meeting rooms?

They dont have some sort of electronic calendar?

Its my dream to produce a simple as fuck piece of software and hit the big time with it.

Round here a lot of the NHS offices use a piece of software called "The green button" - its installed peer to peer on the machines around the building / dept and if you click the button it alerts the others you need immediate assistance. I'd have called it "the red button" personally

The RENT this incredibley simple piece of software out multiple times to multiplie sites.

money for old rope!

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

" Though I'm a computer scientist, not an IT person, so I don't really understand this stuff."

cor! Whats a Computer Scientist?

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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I wouldnt be confident at all , it only down to huge fkups on the part of the writers that have let tools be created in the past - like making it clear the key was generated from the pc name or something - without clues like that ,or capturing the authors you have no chance

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Re: Actually, this seems proportionate

Its a lot of victims though. The mindless thug who beats the shit out innocent pub goers at closing time only hurts one person at a time (i'd be happy to see him do some time )

These boys "assaulted" 14000 people. Levels ranging from

- oh ill restore my files from backup

- didnt want anything on that pc anyway

- dammit lost the last years photos again

to:

- there goes my Thesis / years of family photos / all my geneology documents

-all the finance records for my business

etc etc, skies the limit

and just because decryption keys were eventually found , dosent mean people hadnt reformatted by then.

I take your point about the system being to prevent and rehab. Jail may have introduced them to people who would develop their talents. 240 hours Community service seems low though. Its 6 weeks of full time work.

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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its just a weird way of saying it . means the same thing . I'd have gone for freezing point.

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big whoop - two thirds of this planet is water with salty sediments. on the actual surface.

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2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise

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Re: 2FA? 2 sweet FA!

"The very same mobile that has your password cached on it."

What? I think that part renders your setup NOT 2fa

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Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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If they are busy buying a shitload of scanners , bad news , that bits already been done. Glad they know their mission.

I see no mention of finishing on time / budget in that commitment

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shouldnt NHS England be doing this themselves? Isnt that their job?

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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shouldnt your corporate network be secure enough not have hackers rifling it from the outside looking for webcams and fridges?

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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wtf is an Air GAP

I think there needs to be a discussion on the meaning of "Air Gapped"

The last article throwing that phrase around seemed to imply some malware had achieved magic powers , and caused more confusion than it enlightened - and that was malware that didnt need to phone home. This hack apparently does , if the russians want to "throw switches" , so it navigates the "air gap" at will , not just once.

I think what we are learning here is that very few systems are indeed "Air gapped" . Were these power companies claiming that?

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Re: You see the problem here

I'm sorry what now? they carry around drives with "images" on and swap them out so they can take the original home? That seems a ridiculously convoluted and and borderline impossible way of stealing data.

I lost you (more) on the later paragraphs , but sounds like you've been watching too many "Bourne" movies.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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"set foot"

Neil Armstrong had feet , i'm guessing the microbes didnt.

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

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minimum password reset time

...casually sabotage his own monthly New Password prompts by changing his password 11 times immediately.

Which is why you should set a minimum time between changes - just dont be monumentally stupid about it.

I worked at a place (I.T. provider) where they had set the minimum time to longer than the maximum time on one of the customers systems.

Result - Impossible to change password. Do the server team give a shit? no! they arnt the ones dealing with outraged and frustrated customers and setting everyones password for them manually - no small task on top of my extremely overworked day. This went on for months. I attempted ease the situation by asking questions like "Hey guys, what are the actual password rules as people seem to be struggling". I was met with vague shit like "oh , its gotta be 8 and have a number in it, i think"

It took for me to dig out the gpo editor , dig into the AD and find the policy - and the problem and wavi it in their faces.

I said that like they then did something about it didnt I ? no such luck , no shits were given , they couldnt see the issue?!? It took more weeks of cajoling and bitching upstream.

First job I ever resigned from without having a new job ready.

My girlfriend worked there a few months longer , doing the accounts , and suddenly had a load of extra work when their accounts server died with no known backups , all data lost and they had to re-enter what data they could find from whatever paperwork they had filed!

This is an I.T company! That sells backup solutions!

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2 factor

if the second factor is merely a detoured PIN sent to your smartphone: all a thief has to do is nick your phone and he sits and waits for the second password to light up in front of him.

but , but , 99.% of people hacking your password have no idea who or where you are and probably arnt in the same country! so its not that easy for them to whack you over the head in the study with the metal pipe and nick your phone!

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Pop quiz: fill in the missing word...

Lewis previously branded Capita as a "collection of c*****s" inherited by multiple acquisitions over the years.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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I think they should have made him go caving and crawl through a twisty 6" height passage , and then see if he still thinks a mini sub is a good idea.

I think basically hed have to redesign it to be basically a ziplock bag. aka Diving suit. which i think is what they did.

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

Noble idea, won't stop the odd evil genius in his volcano lair, or any government bent on causing trouble, or just some run-of-the-mill idiot who wondered what would happen if you pressed this button (and not the one that causes a little sign saying "please do not press this button again" to light up).

Hey thats my button!

Aside from evil geniuses , hackers , govt spys , and idiots .... You've also got the "nice" AI that plays spottify for us and adds wine to the shopping list - once that becomes self aware its only a matter of security barriers , firewalls , passwords , etc etc to stop it Launching the missiles.

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

They have autonaomous armoured monster bulldozer / tanks in tha gaza strip.

well , remote controlled anyway

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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Re: That land doesn't have to flood

" no longer suffficient"

Well , given that a "1953 level surge" must be a constant , I can only conclude that the Thames Barrier has shrunk?

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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I think I know what happened here ....

https://xkcd.com/327/

Yes, its that one , you dont even have to follow the link do you .....

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Re: That explains...

I guess a lot of Little Johnnies will be getting undeserved praise or punishment!

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