* Posts by katrinab

1531 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Re: I can actually believe they could be using windows.

Well image the drive first, then use the windows software on the image.

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Re: Something not ringing true here ...

This is 2012 era hardware. We didn't have SSD chips soldered to the motherboard back then. You can take the drive out, connect it to a SATA / IDE port on another computer and read it without executing any software that is stored on the drive.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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No, millenials did not kill the sundial

The pendulum clock killed the sundial. It was invented in 1637 by Galileo, long before any millennials were born. Gilileo also killed the flat-earth industry.

But of course baby boomers like to blame millennials for everything.

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered

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Re: POW is dying ,there are better technologies around

or trusted third-party intermediaries such as Mastercard. Way better, faster, cheaper, more reliable and more secure than any of these.

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My on-board Intel graphics from about 2 years ago lets me output to a pair of 4k displays. It's not going to win any awards for performance, but it is fine for watching videos.

My 10 year old MacBook which has Displayport but not Thunderbolt, can go up to QuadHD on Displayport, but only 1080p with my HDMI adaptor. So obviously, you should check the spec sheet, but I think pretty much anything should be fine if you just want lots of pixels.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: Nor a good solution

Apple Pay maybe isn't supported in that many shops, but it is certainly a lot more than the number of shops that take Bitcoin. I'm told that Bitcoin-accepting shops exist, but I've never seen one. Even blockchain conferences want real money rather than Bitcoin.

"Crypto can deal with some of those in theory, and you would be doing it with your own wallet rather than an untrustworthy speculation system."

Crypto is an untrustworthy speculation system.

"Better than the Venezuelan Bolivar" isn't much of a selling point, and I'm not even sure it is true. Imagine if you had signed a rental contract denominated in Bitcoin. A few years back, 40BTC per month might have sounded pretty reasonable. When I first heard about Bitcoin, that would have been about $600. At the peak, it would have been a little under $800,000. If that was the real economy with that level of deflation, the situation would be way way worse than Venezuela.

The fact that central bankers sometimes do a bad job doesn't mean that you get rid of them altogether and replace them with a very rudimentary formula that doesn't take into consideration the size of the economy. You are replacing a small chance of failure with guaranteed failure.

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Re: Nor a good solution

1. While the blockchain is secure, wallets are not. And in reality, you are at far higher risk of having bitcoins stolen than having your bank balance stolen.

The threat model that blockchain mitigates is people hacking into the bank's servers and changing the ledger. However, that is not something that happens in reality. What actually happens is that people steal bank staff credentials and use them to make transactions. This also happens with a much greater frequency at bitcoin exchanges. Also, if my bank balance is stolen, I have a much better chance of getting it back.

2. How is this more secure than Apple Pay, or a banking app on my phone?

3. You need to elaborate why using a bank to make payments is a bad thing, and using bitcoin mining companies to do it is better.

4. Bitcoin performs a lot worse as a predictable store of value than almost all government issued currencies out there. To keep the value of a currency stable, you do need a central bank to control the supply, and bitcoin makes this impossible. I'm worried about the future value of Sterling, but I deal with this by keeping my spare cash in Euros, not in a cryptocurrency.

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Re: Nor a good solution

“a decentralised, anonymous virtual currency representation system, some sort of crypto-currency” is not a problem, it is a potential solution. What problem does it solve?

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Re: I've yet to hear of an actual, real application of blockchain

Smart contracts are just computer programs that can’t be bug-fixed and make a massive distributed supercomputer run like a 286.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight

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Re: Who is the target market?

The target market is artists who want to draw pictures on a 28" screen. The alternative is a 12.9" iPad pro.

It is a very niche market, but I suppose it probably does exist.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Maximum Password length

Even if they hash a load of 3 letter fragments of passwords, that means a total 830,584 combinations per fragment if you use every character you can type on a keyboard which will not take long at all to brute force. 3 character passwords are not at all secure.

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Re: The Usual Response...

If it is commonly used words that you are likely to remember, then isn't it a lot less than that. The 171,476 words are in the 20 volume full edition of the Oxford Dictionary. You will find pretty much all the words you need in the pocket edition.

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I thought you needed 15 character passwords for Windows, because, certainly in XP and earlier, it stored anything less than that as two separate passwords of up to 7 characters which could be easily cracked on mid-range hardware from 15 years ago.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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You've obviously never read Mumsnet. Think 4Chan but with prosecco instead of beer.

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The live bus tracking thing that shows where the buses are on a map is though.

I know it takes me 5 minutes to get to the bus stop, and I know how far the bus can travel in 5 minutes. From that, I can look at the map and work out when to leave the house.

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Bus times are likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Either to blow up the said bus, or to use it to get to the site you plan to attack, or to attend a meeting.

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At least half of the material on Mumsnet will be illegal now.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Yay landfill!

Does anyone still use them? Phones have been able to do the job just as well for about 10 years now.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...

You could replace him with a Raspberry Pie. That would be more intelligent as well.

Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

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Re: The men have been banned from directly or indirectly becoming involved

Or even Scotland (if the company was registered in another part of the UK, another part of the UK if it was registered in Scotland). You don't have to go that far

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Re: Make them pay?

Icon for how I would prefer them to end up.

How about confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act?

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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Re: Missing the point

In Windows 8, DNT was set by default, and it asked you if you wanted to unset it, which did make it GDPR compliant. I’m not sure about Windows 10.

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Re: "regular" people wouldn't be able to do it, and if they did, it didn't really matter.

If pædos don’t exist, you don’t need this watch. If they do exist, you don’t want this watch.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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adobe.com/photoshop is a thing that exists.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: So predictable !

Sure, we could give Seaborne Freight a contract to operate a flying unicorn service between Dundalk and Newry.

Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request

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Re: So how much for the vicitm ?

It funds the criminal injuries compensation board. You can in some circumstances claim money from them.

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No, the fact that the ICO actually prosecuted someone for this.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: Plus you get to use the O365 apps on tablets/ phones.

Access isn't available on the phone.

I use Excel to update my expense claim sheet on the go. Is that serious work? I think so.

By the way, you don't need an O359 subscription to use Office Mobile. you get one or two extra features if you have a subscription, but I've never needed to use those features, whatever they are.

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I have 16TB of storage courtesy of a Proliant microserver that cost me €200 for an old model about 5 years ago, + 4 x 6TB disks. It isn't offsite, which has advantages and disadvantages,

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I upgraded from 2013 to 2019, and I usually skip versions of Office when upgrading.

The main benefit I find from the upgrade is better support for 4k monitors, plus a couple of new Excel features than I am using, but could live without.

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Excel 2019 has a =SWITCH() function in excel, which is a bit more convenient than doing nested IFs. That's the only difference I've noticed.

By the way, if you install Office 2016 and relicence it with a 2019 serial no, it will work as Office 2019 with the additional features, and that is a way to get it to install in versions of Windows earlier than 10.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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And I guess you were looking for more than one room, so decided to look elsewhere?

RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools

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Re: Remote Desktop Protocol you say ?

The risk is when use the Remote Desktop client to connect to a computer, that computer could infect you.

I only use it to connect to my own computers, or to work computers. So that would only become a risk if one of them were infected.

If you were offering technical support to members of the public, and you used Remote Assistance to connect to their computers in order to carry out the support tasks, then this would be more of a risk. I don't think this is something that happens to any great extent. TeamViewer is much more popular for that scenario.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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Re: just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

There aren't 1,000 terrorists in the country to catch. At a guess it would be somewhere in the order of 50.

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Re: Statistics

Romford Station has about 24,000 entries and exits per day. That would be about 12,000 unique individuals. There would also be people walking past the station who don't use the train service.

One or two people were recorded on the system as wanted and flagged as wanted, of which one wasn't actually wanted. That is an error in the records fed to the system, not the facial recognition thing.

98% false positive rate, so about 98 people flagged as wanted and not actually wanted, plus the one above that was incorrectly recorded as wanted.

We have no way of knowing how many wanted people it missed.

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

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Re: Amazon is your friend

There is no sales tax on books. Also, EU red tape requires companies to include taxes in their quoted prices.

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Look at it another way

It cost them £35.10 for a 600 page book. Lulu Press charge £12.80 for that in the sort of quantities required.

They probably aren't the cheapest supplier around, but they are the only one I know.

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

England is closer to mainland France than Corsica is, and Corsica is in the Schengen zone.

Right now, if I want to take the train to Paris, I have to go through one ticket barrier and two passport barriers. If we were in Schengen, then I would only have to go through the ticket barrier, and it would be the same as boarding any other train at St Pancras.

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Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

That's what the opinion polls are saying.

The really old ones, who are old enough to remember WW2, are solidly remain. The baby boomers are leave, and everyone else is remain.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Re: Tip of the Iceberg

That's a different symbol.

In the Conformité Européenne mark, the C is a semi-circle, and if you complete the circle, it touches the edge of the E, whereas with the China Export mark, the circle reaches the middle of the E.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Google

In 2001, we were all sniggering at people who had lost money in half-baked dot.com schemes.

Now, we are all sniggering at people who have lost money in half-baked initial coin offerings.

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Re: Google

They do have age verification for YouTube

It asks you for your date of birth. You enter 4th February 2001, and then it lets you in.

Tedious Service Bulletin: No prizes for guessing which UK bank's services are DOWN for business users

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Re: Calling Watson!

If it continues to lose £105m per year, then eventually those pockets will become empty.

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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Re: paper records

Paper rot is something that happens though.

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Re: What about scan to email?

You can email to oxfordstreet3@boots.com or whatever.

Anyone who knows the fax number can send a fax to it, so I don't see how email is less secure than that.

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What about scan to email?

You will probably still use the same device, you just press the scan button instead of the fax button, and enter an email address instead of a phone number. The email address will likely be a bit more descriptive, so less risk of entering the wrong one, otherwise, it doesn't make much difference to your workflow.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Re: Food

Lead acetate was used as an artificial sweetener until relatively recently. If you were likely to die from drinking/eating lead, it would have become a proscribed additive centuries ago.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Re: Just imagine

I think ARM could actually be a bigger threat than Intel. In terms of units shiped, they are already way ahead, but a Snapdragon is now competitive with Intel on software compiled natively for the platform, and Apple’s chips are a bit faster. We coukd see Apple switch to ARM for MacBook Airs, then roll it out to thecrest of the range. Windows computers could follow, there’s already a few of them available.

Also, if you are designing an ARM chip that doesn’t neen to fit in a phone, it coukd be a lot faster.

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Not going to happen. Both the SystemD and FreeBSD developers are in agreement on this.

I'm certainly very happy with having BSD Init handled by a collection of shell scripts rather than a massive bug-ridden monolith.

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"Those who haven't already patched a trio of recent vulnerabilities in the Linux world's SystemD have an added incentive to do so"

Not really. I'm just smug in the knowledge that I don't need to.

By the way, if you do need to patch, you can find the perfect patch at freebsd.org

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