* Posts by Ben1892

78 posts • joined 2 Dec 2015

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

Ben1892

I found this video particularly enlightening/scary; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iffTJ1vPCSo

TLDW;

IME is the tip of the iceberg, AMD isn't safe either, extensible firmware is the wrong way forward, you need to shred your motherboard and buy something with open source Linux firmware.

You can try and neuter ME but you might need a hardware programmer see me_cleaner for details https://github.com/corna/me_cleaner

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Bitcoin drops SegWit2x hard fork after community objects

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The cynic in me is expecting a sudden U-turn, oh and BTW, SegWit2x is back on (ahem, just after we all loaded loaded up with futures in BT2 ). The price ( that it indeed has any value) suggests some people still think the fork will happen and are taking a punt on it.

There are indeed better ponzicurrencies out there with lower fees and better, scale-able design that doesn't involve warehouses of Vega 56s

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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Re: Playing devils advocat for a moment ...

Yup, the one at the very back of every liquor cabinet, but with added chili and spices

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AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

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Share price closed @ $14.25 - I think there was some profit-taking then others deciding that cryptomining wasn't going anywhere soon. I have a feeling AMD won't see any of the forecast "leveling off" of revenue, no matter how badly I want a sensibly-priced gaming card !

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Joke

Re: substitute?

I'm sure there'd be no problem in that, as long as you don't fart after eating - real foods never give you gas

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

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The funny thing is that as winner of the last 3 cups Larry did get to write the rules, as such, the Kiwis can now re-write the rules and indeed have. They are getting rid of the inshore racing with 60 mph foiling multi-hulls and going back to yawn-inducing displacement monohull yachts, out in the middle of nowhere - not exactly a spectator sport and therefore will be difficult to find sponsors to pay for it. There are teams that have invested in the current AC World Series format and essentially have to throw that away all that R&D and start again with sponsors that are now getting itchy feet.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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Would anyone actually be using it ? Even if you were a pretty small Server 2016 cluster user wouldn't you still have a NAS for your storage? Bigger companies would have a SAN. Infrastructure isn't my specialist area so I may have missed something.

Hands up if you use this feature or have seen it being used please !

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!

You really think anyone with access to a screen is going to manage to avoid seeing the trailer before release date do you? But yup, looks to be the traditional "Good is good, bad is bad, good bad, bad good, pew pew pew, szhuum, szhummm, Booom !"

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BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

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It's a game of blackmail they play with the MOD/Govt of the day - if you don't buy product X we'll be forced to lay off all these people in this priority geographic area that you'd quite like some votes from come next election. I bet they tried to flog their AV to the UK Govt and they told them, "erm nope, I'd go back to building planes if I were you."

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Yep, door to door electric for the Southampton/Edinburgh type route would, although slower, be near enough the same duration as a jet/turboprop as they don't really get a chance to stretch their legs on the short routes anyway.

I love the idea of ground based assistance too - sign me up for a EMALS launch from Gatwick :)

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Re: Help

"The facts are inconvenient for many, but actually, the UK and Openreach (for all our carping) are doing comparatively well when you look at the data from the comparable EU economies"

Burn the heretic ! You can't say that, you're meant to hand-wring and self-flagellate when comparing the UK to any other country, regarding anything.

If the stats accidentally make us look reasonably OK then go and find a metric that skews it.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Do not press

...must ...not...push ...the .... big...shiny.....button

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: @Geoffrey W

Yep, Linux Mint is soooo nearly there, being a Rasbery PI owner I'm familiar with the ISO image writing to USB thingy and creating a bootable installers.

So, fresh hard drive in my main rig, kicked the process off and screen went black. I was pretty confident it was a graphic driver issue ( I mean, who'd expect support for an NVIDIA GTX 970 ) but it still took me a while of head scratching to find out the right set of instructions to tell me what to edit on the GRUB boot-loader command (actually, on a hunch, I ended up unplugging my graphics card and using the built in Intel Graphics before that bit, to prove I was on the right track)

So all I'm saying is that I'm hoping the graphics driver work done to the new kernel helps with that NVIDIA support, as my experience shows Linux is still is an OS that not accessible to everyone.

I did find a nice "15 things to do after installing Linux Mint" video on Youtube that also pointed me in the right direction of maintenance tasks, etc.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Trollface

....technically we'd need to multiply the avg number of failures by the total number of businesses to get a comparison with Office 365 - at this rate I think we'd need less than 700 companies to 'fess-up their failures this year and we'd have 0 days up-time :)

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

Ben1892

they could go to brown alert but it would mean having to change the bulb

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking

So, what is it?

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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Re: "Humans are supposed to be capable of detecting magnetic fields"

Ah, that explains why I keep on walking down the road to the pub then ?? "Sorry Boss, can't come in today, solar activity keeps on steering me to the Hare and Hounds"

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Not convenient

I use my debit card for tap and pay - far simpler that messing around, unlocking phones and scanning QR codes. Have you even been stuck behind someone in the coffee shop trying to use their phone to pay - exactly !!

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Black Helicopters

Clearly a cover up "discovery" for the HAARP anomaly that's been used to create hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Re: Good braking

children and puppies playing on motorways - erm ?

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Ben1892

...or is it that people really only budget for £23p/m "upto" 17Mbs ADSL with massive contention ratios, they could buy FTTC ~50Mbps but think it's overpriced and don't/can't afford to.

It's like buying a 60bhp car - you'll put up with it but you'll complain about how slow it is to anyone that'll listen.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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"It worked! I've got the winning ticket, oh wait a sec they'll know who I am when I collect it .... "

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Even Batman...

...thought it was a bad idea to have this technology.

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Smart streetlight bods Telensa nearly double full-year revenues

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Coat

I can imagine once you go LED, dimming them to save costs is negligible compared with replacing sodium discharge with LED in the first place - where they'd actually become useful is networking other IoT street furniture - bins that need emptying, gullies that need sludge-gulping, grass that needs cutting, potholes that need filling, areas of road that are flooding ?

I think I may have found a use for IoT after all - maybe I could even connect it to my IoT doorbell and fridge - I've taken it too far haven't I ? Mines the one with the RFID sewn into the lapel

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

Ben1892

Too late, you won't get many replies now, it's after 12pm and there's a P1 incident in the Dog and Duck across the road that's occupying all attention.

Seriously, I'm sitting in an empty office ( holiday silly-season) and all is well, there is no better time to hit the local boozer - just there'll be nobody there either :)

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Ben1892

Sausages - any local variety with a good herb flavouring

Bacon - fried well enough so there's no stringy-ness to the rind but not so overdone it shatters

Tomatoes - personally I don't like these but they should be included for a "proper English"

Black Pudding - essential for the peppery spice it brings to the party

Fried eggs - runny yolk

Fried bread - fat soaked all the way through and crisped up enough, but again - no shattering!

Anyone who adds mushrooms is just plain wrong, but any variety of sauces and condiments are acceptable.

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Strong and stable, my arse. UK wobbles when coping with ransomware

Ben1892

They are too busy filling in random surveys on their security holes, so finding time to do actual InfoSec work is difficult.

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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

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Re: No specialist training...

Points weapon at Liberia, hits Germany - how much more evidence do you need that he wasn't a 1337 h4x0r

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Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

Ben1892

I walked from VF broadband earlier this year, generally a good FTTC service once they got it up and running but being forced to use their buggy router was the tip in the balance to go somewhere else

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Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

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Coat

Yeah, never mind all that, can I mine Ethereum on these ?

(mine's the one with the Hotdog/Not Hotdog logo on the front pocket)

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: In over 40 years of programming ...

one more squeak out of you and there'll be trouble

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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"Let's use consumer grade "cloud" Office 365, and not LibreOffice as successfully deployed by government agencies across Europe, reducing both long-term costs and the Microsoft macro attack vector."

What?, use LibreOffice to create something like the Rural Payments Agency application ? Seriously, there are plenty of articles you can go and peddle your productivity suite agenda ( cos users only write documents and send email right?) but this ain't the one - jog on !

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Me-ow! Ruski tech titan Yandex open-sources ML library CatBoost

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Re: Obvious question with gradient optimization questions.

I was thinking exactly the same !

(Actually I wasn't but I have recently decided to get myself up to speed with machine learning theory and you've given me something to read up about - cheers )

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

Ben1892

as long as they are called something like "Alien mining SARL" they'll be fine - and pay their corporation tax in Luxembourg of course - see what they've done there, it's like dotcom companies but bigger !

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: I already consider diesel socially unacceptable

Exactly this, we should be fighting the NOx's and particulates caused by "efficient" diesels ( if they are so efficient how come all that soot then ? )

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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No wonder carousel fraud is rife, I naively assumed that we kept track of goods entering and leaving the UK even though we are part of the EU and only need to charge duty on extra-EU imports.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Peak Register

Yes, it's going to be hard to top that masterwork, downhill from here then ?

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

Ben1892

Erm, isn't Microsoft 365 Enterprise a re-brand of Secure Productive Enterprise? and looks like the Business version is something along the lines of Office + MDOP Cals + Azure AD - no mention of the Windows OS itself.

I hate to pop the bubble of a good rant about how everyone should run their 10,000 client estate with Libre Office and Linux Mint, but just sayin'

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

Ben1892

I think Tom Scott sums up the argument very nicely https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CINVwWHlzTY

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: I came here for the Silicon Valley reference

I was a very well set-up gag - had me in stitches :) Bring on season 5 !

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

Ben1892

I really don't think mining is going away any time soon, and the GPU manufacturers are going to be wary of pandering to a bubble, so I can't see supply increasing to meet demand.

Has anyone actually seen one of these "mining specific" cards yet - again they are going to be wary of retooling only to suffer a glut in the market. Overall they'd prefer loyal gaming customers that buy a card every two or three years.

In related news, I did just make £50 profit selling two USB Antminer U2 ASIC cards that I bought three years ago - more than I earned mining with them :)

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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"I honestly doubt there's a single business in the whole UK who could actually cope with a serious hacking effort." FTFY

Plus business aren't inclined to tell us when they've "been hacked" - tends to make their share prices dive

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Here we go again, I really don't care if they run Windows XP as long as it works - tbh I think they now leave apparent "XP desktop" screens visible to journos on purpose

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Ben1892

Really, "glitch" was it ? or did they just run out of tablespace ?

I love the Appendices in the report - I think "Empty the Recycle Bin" is my favorite action closely followed by "Disable the Recycle Bin functionality"

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Re: undead eLORAN

But maps still don't tell you where you are, sat navs and phones will still show a map, you'll just have to work out where you are on it - hence I'm going to start a petition to fire up DECCA again :)

A terrestrial system like DECCA/LORAN would be a good solution, or maybe even build in positioning signals into an emergency services communications network if we're that worried about losing satellites for any length of time

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Google Docs more expensive than Office 365

Yep, it's the cloud PBX to PSTN equivalent functionality that Google haven't been able to get the price right on - they'd be pretty much on a par (O365 E1 and Google for Work) if you didn't need to phone anyone outside of IP Telephony

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

Ben1892

All your 800Mhz are belong to us !

So even if you if you pwnd 12.5 million Pis, by my back-of-fag-packet calcs would give you somewhere between 1.3Th/s and 2.5Th/s

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

Ben1892

My IoT barbecue can't connect to my WiFi and I'm being forced to grill on actual fire - with coal !!! - what is this ? the stone age ?

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