* Posts by Walter Bishop

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Individual with the same name referenced in the Damore/Gudeman case

@Cederic: "Although it's interesting to note that an individual with the same name is referenced in the Damore/Gudeman case"

James Damore Lawsuit

'We don't have a problem with divisiveness. We have a problem with racism - here at google, and in the population at large'

'I'm queer-ass nonbinary trans person that is fucking sick and tired of being told to open a dialogue with people who want me dead .. we are at a point where the dialogue we need to be having with these people is "if you keep talking about this shit, I will hurt you"'

'Alternate proposal: moratorium on hiring white cis heterosexual abled men who aren't abuse survivors.'

'I would also like to state a boundary that if this thread becomes centered on how white men feel about being called sexist and how white people in general feel about called racist, I will mute notifications. It's up to +Colin McMillen how to moderate threads on his statuses, but that is my boundary.'

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Simon said ..

"The lawsuit sparked by the sexist screed penned by former Google employee has a bitter sequel"

Do keep your biased subjective opinions off this technology site. In the mean time would you care to provide links to the actual forum posts Chevalier made, that google deemed grounds for dismissal.

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

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You have to put the onus on people not to offend.

Phil O'Sophical: "No, the responsibility is shared equally. People shouldn't be intentionally and gratuitously offensive, but there's also a responsibility not to be over-sensitive or to look for offence where it wasn't intended, and certainly not to take offence on behalf of someone else."

You've just described the whole social justice/identity politics movement ..

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Jesus tapdancing Christ on roller skates !!!

"Harassment includes but is not limited to: Comments that reinforce systemic oppression related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion."

"Unwelcome comments regarding a person's lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment. Deliberate misgendering. Deliberate use of "dead" or rejected names. Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they're not appropriate." ref

I wonder what is the correct designation to address furries and yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin?

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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Considering Google's behaviour

"Also worth considering is Google's behaviour in the revelation of the Meltdown/Spectre CPU design flaws, as on that occasion it listed the problems in June 2017 but didn't disclose until January 2018."

Actually Google shared their findings with Intel, AMD and ARM on June 2017 and Intel informed their partners on Nov 2017. Before giving Lenova and Alibaba advanced notice.

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Dr Jordan Peterson takes centre stage in the culture wars

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Dr Jordan Peterson takes centre stage in the culture wars

"If you’ve been holidaying on Mars for the past few days, you’ll have missed the epic clash of cultures that was the Dr Jordan B Peterson interview with Channel 4 News’ ultra-feminist anchorman Cathy Newman."

"When the debate is lost, reframe the opponent’s argument as harassment and ban harass and smear the person to discredit and ultimately silence them." ..

"Change the conversation from the loss of the debate to focus on the ‘vile online abuse’ that the debate has caused"

"Peterson will be asked to disavow his own fan base for the online ‘harassment’ aimed at Newman"

"Silence Jordan Peterson to save any further loss of ground by the Left"

"Ban Jordan Peterson from online social networks to effectively silence him"

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Crims pull another SWIFT-ie, Indian bank stung for nearly US$2m

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Another breach of SWIFT security?

"A year after the SWIFT international bank transfer system enhanced its security"

It wasn't SWIFT that was hacked but the Windows 'computer' it was running on top of. The hack consisted of overwriting two bytes in memory to disable a process.

"second-hand security kit used at Bangladesh Bank let attackers into the international funds transfer system"

Curious as I can recall it was a compromised word documents in email attachments that let the attackers in. And the enhanced security consisted of an Oracle database printing out the transactions on paper. Such auditing msgs being suppressed to enable successful execution of the fraud.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: Controversial bro-grammer James Damore

"I'm no sure how you came to believe this"

it's not a matter of what I believe. Damore was invited to attend some diversity programme and subsequently engaged with dialog with certain attendees through a restricted internal discussiion board. And Damore wrote the memo through a twelve hour flight to China. Unlike certain internal commentators, Damore did not call for a “moratorium on hiring white cis heterosexual abled men who aren’t abuse survivors.” and other such lunacy. Such as an entity who self identifies as a ‘yellow-scale wingless dragonkin’, an ‘expansive ornate building’ and a 'plural being’. But here through the magic of the Internet we can make our own minds up:

Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber

Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety

This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed. The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology.”

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Controversial bro-grammer James Damore

"Therefore, the employer did not violate Se3ction 8(a)(1) of the act" ref

Jayme Sophirs advice to the board was incorrect:

8(a)(1): "you may not .. Threaten employees with adverse consequences if they engage in protected, concerted activity. (Activity is "concerted" if it is engaged in with or on the authority of other employees"

Damore was invited to contribute his views to an internal Google discussion forum. The moderator of which subsequently leaked the memo to the Internet and got him fired. A clearer example couldn't have been made that there is indeed an atmosphere of intolerance at google for those still holding hetero-normative views. There is however room for furries and yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin. What this 'controversial' issue is really about is that Damore was hounded out of Google for being white, male, heterosexual and conservative.

ps: to the editors: the general tone of that article is offensive and unprofessional and it does lower the tone of the place.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Ruskies stole citizen IDs to spread discord?

Translation: US neocon deep state in collusion with the media plot to depose Trump.

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PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

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Overlapping standards compliance

"The overlapping standards also make life hard for assessors who may consider an organisation's PCI compliance is not in order if they adhere to the X9 rules."

Won't make much of a difference if your computer can be compromised by open a malicious email attachment or clicking on a malicious weblink.

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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Almost certain this is neocon BS

"the Russian military was almost certainly responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017."

Do you have to repeat this US neocon waffle on this technology forum. What evidence is there for this. Do you seriously think the Russian military are not capable of disguising the source of the attack. After all, they don't out source their projects to the private sector.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Just let this sink in ..

@Bob Vistakin: "Just let this sink in. This page, showing the history of microsofts partners in mobile, has been up since 2011."

It's a typical example of how the borg does business, assimilated a major player into the collective and use this to monopolize the market, only in this case they managed to sabotage their own.

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Year 2000 is calling and wants its DLL hijacking exploit back

can be misguided into running malicious code from a DLL masquerading as a windows DLL in the temp directory.”

Sep 2000: "Microsoft Windows DLL search path weakness"

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought?

Since when does those culpable in a criminal negligence case get to decide what evidence to release to the court. Have Equifax since identified that lone programmer who failed to patch the system.

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Cryakl ransomware antidote released after servers seized

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Decryption tool released for hacked organisations

"Ransomware has eclipsed most other cyber threats over recent years, with global campaigns now indiscriminately affecting organisations across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors, as well as consumers."

That's be best most incisive technical analysis of how ransomware gets onto peoples computers I have ever read.

"Kaspersky Lab provided technical expertise to the Belgian authorities."

But but but, Kaspersky is one of Putins goons, in'it?

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Winter Olympics website downed by cyber attack

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Olympic website falls over - Korea blames hackers

Site report for www.pyeongchang2018.com

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NSA code backported, crims cuffed, leaky AWS S3 buckets, and more

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Remote access scumbag trojan called luminosity

"Scumbags could, once upon a time, buy a .. piece of malware that, when installed on victims' PCs, would spy on their activities"

Entrepreneurs could, once upon a time, buy a .. piece of malware that, when installed on Windows PCs, would spy on their activities ..

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Voting rolls computers hacked by Putin and his pals

"Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said that he Russians had actually got into voting rolls computers before the 2016 election."

What's 'voting rolls computers' doing connected to the Internet that can be so easily hacked. Manfra should thank Putins pals for pointing this out.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Jawa Enterprise Edition (Jawa EE) ..

Jawa is Javanese for Java.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: The dangers of a monoculture ..

@Lee D: "Put a hardware switch on - great, now you can NEVER fix a bug in the bootloader."

Set the switch to read/write, boot into update mode, update the core components, then reboot back into normal mode.

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The dangers of a monoculture ..

"The bootloader is highly protected, is stored in an encrypted form on devices, and is key to maintaining the integrity of the operating system."

Is there any way of scrambling the boot process such that each device is slightly different, rendering generic malware unable to run on different devices. Or at least put a hardware switch on the device then renders the core components read-only.

The Evolution of Security 'What can nature tell us about how best to manage our risks?'

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Russian-monitoring Shetlands radar station was nearly sold off

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Cold War era fears about Russian military

"as Cold War-era fears about Russian military movements start warming up again"

This isn't the Daily Fail, please don't introduce this kind of neocon scare-mongering onto this technology mag. In related news the Russian Federation is placing missile launching platforms on the Canadian side of the US border, purely in response to American aggression :)

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Open Source diversity ..

'Burke expressed optimism about the open source community because it is becoming more diverse. "In the early days," he said, "it was mostly white guys."'

That's because most of the population of the US is white and despite what the gender-non-binary crowd would have us believe, there are gender differences in interests and most of the people who want to go into technology are male. Yes you will find female tunnel diggers and welders but I'm talking about the middle of the bell curve. I wonder, will it become as diverse as Google or Mozilla where a Caucasian can get fired for expressing an opinion?

'Efforts, he said, to involve women and other underrepresented groups and to make the style of interaction less confrontational have been paying off.'

I can imagine how Linus Torvalds would respond to that. How about try and be less sensitive snowflake :]

ps: .. OpenOffice based on StarOffice , not Microsoft Office ..

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Ignore that FBI. We're the real FBI, says the FBI that's totally the FBI

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Enclosed booby-trapped malware laden form ..

I take it from the dearth of details that this booby-trapped malware laden form requires Microsoft Windows in order to successfully execute.

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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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Security appliances memory errors and programming bugs

A security appliance that experiences memory allocation errors caused by a programming error, isn't really secure now is it. Isn't it patently obvious that there is a crisis in computer security and the current solutions aren't up to the task. What was the name of the CPU and chipset that fails if you try and double free a region of memory?

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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

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Acronis is Windows only :(

Why is Acronis discriminating against Linux users?

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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The internet cannot support applications that rely on it?

"Noting that the internet was not designed to support the applications that now rely on it"

What total nonsense and pseudo technical sounding waffle. The Internet performs exactly as designed, it transfers packets from one end node to another end node. The problem relies solely on the "computers" connected at either end.

What would be of interest to your readers is what was the dollar value in costs to Maersk in down time and the expenditure spent on employing people to reinstall all eight thousand plus "systems" and what indemnification did the vendors of the software provide Maersk in the event they were victims of a hacking attack.

"Snabe plans to ensure Maersk .. turn its experience into a security stance that represents competitive advantage."

What you need to do is run your "computers" off of 3½ floppy disks with the write-protected shutter in the enabled position.

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NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices

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NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service ..

"Microsoft threat detection service" haaa ha haaaa.. nice one ...

Seriously though, how much extra does Microsoft charge for this 'Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS)'

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Info Commish tells UK.gov we shouldn't let artificial ignorance make all our decisions

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Re: Are you sure about this?

"If this really is being used right now, why is it not a massive scandal"

Because of the massive amount of money to be made out of awarding such contracts for the commercially confidential computer algorithms. And notice how the ICO is going to allow companies to regulate themselves and decide what information to release. In short a pretend investigation, a deception designed to conceal in plain sight that your personal records are being handed over to commercial unaccountable entities and there's nothing you can do about it.

"Denham told MPs on the Science and Technology Committee that companies and organisations must be able to explain how decisions are made by machines, but stopped short of saying they should be required to make that process available to the public, citing concerns over commercial confidentiality."

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The use of algorithmic auditing in the suppression of political dissent ..

"the use of AI in decision-making" .. yet another pretext for some functionary to deflect blame for the next cock-up and say 'computer says no'.

"She said the body has served an information notice on UKIP to compel it to release information relating to the EU referendum"

That one almost slipped passed: Under the pretext of engaging in "algorithmic auditing", the ICO is intimidating a political party whose policies they don't agree with.

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Firefox open-source security vulnerability bugs

Are these horrid bugs fully exploitable under Linux or Apple Mac OS X or that other OS that can never be mentioned by name in relation to software defects. Besides aren't all these flaws related to defects in the memory management unit embedded in the underlying hard/soft solution. You know the innovative integrated solution that can't isolate one processes memory from another.

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Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy

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Faux News corroded US democracy

What corroded democracy or in other words got Trump elected was that the US voters totally lost faith in the msg coming out of Faux News and similar examples of the old media. If you followed the polls it was going to be a slamdunk for Clinton. Trouble is, the people no longer believe your bullshit. Nothing to do with the Russians, nothing to do with fake posts on Facebook. That the US establishment has leaned on Chakrabarti to cop a plea is evidence enough of the kind of economic damage can be done to the Zuckerberg organization if they don't get in line. The news in America is bought-and-paid for by the likes of Murdoch. Do you think it any coincidence he's also trashing Facebook in his own organ.

Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Jon Stewart Vs Chris Wallace

Jon Stewart on Crossfire

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Dridex redux, with FTP serving the nasties

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FTP socalist botnet malware steals money

com, DDE, domains, Dridex, Excel, fr, FTP, HTTP, infected macro, links, malware, phishing, XLS ®

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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If you've done nothing wrong then you've nothing to hide ..

If you've done nothing wrong then you've nothing to hide, just who is going to protect us from you?

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

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Re: The human factor and cybersecurity

@Charles 9: "Simple. When they build a machine that cannot be interacted at all by humans in any way, shape, or form."

That was a rhetorical question, the solution is to use Linux running off of a read-only device :)

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The human factor and cybersecurity

"Sedova said that research, and her experience, shows that around 20 per cent of the workforce are very motivated to secure their systems."

"The human factor is maybe the biggest unsolved problem in cybersecurity." ref

When are they going to design a 'computer' that can't be compromised by opening an email attachment or clicking on a malicous weblink.

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Hospital servers in crosshairs of new ransomware strain

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Hancock Health infected by 'computer' malware

What was the name of the ransomware and what was the method of infection?

Ransomware-SAMAS

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New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

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Notorious Mirai malware capable of infecting ARC devices

Does Mirai still require a default username/password?

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Android snoopware Skygofree can pilfer WhatsApp messages

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Skygofree spreads through web pages

"Skygofree .. is spread through web pages mimicking leading mobile network operators and geared towards cyber-surveillance."

Does this mean that Skygofree can install itself merely by the end user visiting a malicous wesite?

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Man propositions snowflake: snowflake complains to the Internet.

Being contacted on WhatsApp isn't a violation of privacy, it's designed for communication. Did this snowflake ever consider msging him and making it clear not to contact her again. What is it about the female of the species that they have to blast their everyday trivial personal problems all over the Internet.

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Muzzle our public watchdog much? UK.gov Data Protection Bill adds affect the ICO

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Seems crystal clear to me.

'In sub-paragraph (5), for “the Data Protection Act 1998” substitute “the data protection legislation”. (3) After sub-paragraph (5) insert— “(6) In this paragraph, “the data protection legislation” has the same meaning as in the Data Protection Act 2017 (see section 2 of that Act).”

(1) Paragraph 10A (attachment of earnings orders (Justice Act (NorthernIreland) 2016): disclosure of information) is amended as follows.

(2) In sub-paragraph (7), for “the Data Protection Act 1998” substitute “the data protection legislation”.

25 (3) In sub-paragraph (8), at the appropriate place insert— ““the data protection legislation” has the same meaning as in the Data Protection Act 2017 (see section 2 of that Act);”.'

Data Protection Bill [HL] AS AMENDED IN COMMITTEE]

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Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

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Microsoft litigation protection ©

'Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology'

After buying up masses of patents, Microsoft threatens companies with IP litigation and then offers to sell them 'litigation protection', there's a name for that, it's called extortion. And without mentioning what Open Source software that powers Azure that could potentially violate such patents. And this at the same time as extracting revenue out of Android phone makers. Have these people no shame.

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Feds may have to explain knowledge of security holes – if draft law comes into play

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Freedom is slavery ..

@tom dial: "The general drift of what is in the material Snowden took and Greenwald, Poitras, and numerous others published is that the NSA, in general, has adhered to the provisions of the laws under which it operates."

You must be operating from some kind of a mirror universe, the NSA has been hoovering up the worlds communications for decades. The legal provisions of which were kept secret until Snowden leaked them. Not that the NSA limit themselves to the law. Mass surveillance enacted in secret is fascism.

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Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research

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Re: Intel need to stop shoving cr*p into their designs

"Maybe if every cpu manufacturer kept it simple and secure"

The problem is chiefly complexity and the propensity to add even more features to differentiate the product from their competitors. And the fact that there is little to no sanctions for shipping such defective product.

Does Intel actually have a department dedicated to finding bugs (or erratum as they refer to bugs in their internal documents) in their processors, instead of waiting on reports from some third party security researcher.

Meltdown and Spectre and similar type bugs being a results of the attempt to squeeze some more speed-of-execution out of the basic X86 design. Maybe Intel should move to a simple RISC CPU that communicates with others through high speed bidirectional asynchronous serial lines and run the OS on top of this as a virtual machine. Lets call the architecture the Transputer. Each manufactured could create a unique configuration in the chipset, that way there wouldn't be the danger of a virus infecting its way through a monoculture.

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Intel puts security on the todo list, Tavis topples torrent tool, and more

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DNS rebinding attack

Doesn't work here ref

$host 7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us

7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us has address 199.241.29.227

$host 7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us

7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us has address 199.241.29.227

$host 7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us

7f000001.c7f11de3.rbndr.us has address 199.241.29.227

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How do I get infected with OSX/MaMi

Q: How do I get infected? ref

A: At this time, this is unknown. However, it's likely the attacker are using (rather lame) methods such as malicious email, web-based fake security alerts/popups, or social-engineering type attacks to target mac users ..

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Re: No mention of systemd?

> It's worse than NetworkManager and PulseAudio put together.

What f*****g genius decided that Firefox won't play audio unless pulseaudio is present.

What f*****g genius decided to include a DNS resolver in Systemd that includes embedded IP addresses pointing to Googles DNS servers?

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