* Posts by Jaap Aap

35 posts • joined 26 Jun 2017

Security? We've heard of it! But why be a party pooper when there's printing to be done

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Re: What were they doing with an expensive photo capable printer in 1989?

Not having to deal with the printer mafia (those maintenance companies that do nothing except send bills) is also a big advantage.

But don't forget to only get a printer that has toner in a plastic tube, not the lexmark replace-it-all multifunctional, for instance.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Re: Ah, a sunny day at this precise point where I'm standing at this moment

Next time get a device that's on the list (uncheck discontinued devices):

https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

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''ZFS is widely admired but downsides include high resource requirements and complexity of configuration."

Don't mess with the configuration unless you're absolutely sure what you are doing. It works great in default configuration. Don't turn on deduplication, etc.

The A in AMD stands for 'Aaaaannnyway...' Q2 is gonna be good, chip biz vows, after dismal Q1

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Because you can't buy a decent motherboard for an AMD processor. Only those flashy gamer boards, and no workstation or near-workstation motherboards. Such a shame.

Microsoft's Edge gang pops a head above the parapet to give Linux fans a strong 'maybe'

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*heard

I can't even type simple sentences :-(

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I've heart that the only user of Edge is that one guy from U2.

Stiff penalty: Prenda Law copyright troll gets 14 years of hard time for blue view 'n sue scam

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Huh? I don't get it.

Couldn't they have done this within the law? If they legally obtained the copyright, and used a torrent application to find out who wanted it, what's illegal about that? It's not that your torrent application goes looking for just anything, you'd have to tell it to download some nasty '70s german scheisse porno.

If they would have done this part different, and disclosed their financial interests, would it be the same situation?

"They would then file copyright lawsuits to obtain personal information about those downloaded their hardcore flicks using subpoenas obtained from courts without any disclosure of their financial interest in the lawsuits."

Let's say I'm the owner/copyright holder of the XXX-rated title "bambi and the teenager covered in maple syrup". I've found out the information about a couple of people who want to download this piece of filth without paying me. We want to settle "out of court for an undisclosed sum". Isn't this the same?

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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I think this might be something driver-related. On Windows 7 the 6000p uses the Windows NVMe driver, while other Intel NVMe drives (the 7600p for instance) use the intel driver.

Someone on the win-raid forum has modified the intel driver to also include the 6000p. It is self-signed, so with a few imported certificates it can work. I have not tested this, because I'm using Windows 7.

Umm, Oracle – about that patch? It might not be very sticky ...

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In a few weeks we will have a repeat of this. The next command they missed.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

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Re: Users, start your updates...

If you're working on a tool to make setup much easier, why didn't you take a look at the available options out there?

I'm running OPSI (free and open source) for about 50 computers, including a couple of home computers, for myself and family. It works equally well for my work and for home usage. It does OS installations and seperate software packages.

Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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Re: This is exactly why I now avoid Apple gear

Oh, yes, but at least the capacitors in those samsung tv's are easily replaced by some Panasonic FM electrolytics.

The last few I fixed had a case that opened with screws, and the PCBs were really easy to work on.

Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff

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Isn't this "facebook platform" the same way profiles get 'hacked'? Someone receives a dodgy url, opens it, and automatically they are 'logged in'.

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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Re: Call me a cynic....

Why use the google play store? I've been using Aptoide, and there are other alternatives for the play store.

Even better: get LineageOS on your android device (if it is supported), the LG L90 I've tried it on runs better than ever.

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Re: Eh..

Supermicro C7Z170-SQ has one of those 7-segment displays onboard.

I ran into a weird issue where boot took about 45 minutes. At least I could see something was going on. After a bios update it was fine again.

Either way, not buying something from that range again. Stupid graphical bios.

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Re: Eh..

I don't know what kind of motherboard you buy, but all the ones I have recently seen come with a little on-board speaker. So absolutely no need to connect the one from the case.

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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I would like to say I'm finally vindicated for not running windows defender, but this is not the first time they messed it up like this. And it will not be the last either.

T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more

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"Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are also getting an upgrade, with automatic scanning of links embedded in documents. The new code will check out the URLs to make sure that they aren't on Redmond's databases of dodgy websites and pages."

And it will immediately try to run all executables it might find.

Intel shrugs off ‘new’ side-channel attacks on branch prediction units and SGX

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"SGX has long been known to have certain sensitivities."

Ok, but if your application doesn't run in one of those 'enclaves', is that as secure as a totally-broken-sgx? I'm curious, not complaining intel has a point or whatever.

They could sell this stuff as turbo boost 4.0. Do you want your processor secure or fast?

Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up

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Trollface

Maybe they should adopt a 'pay what you think it's worth'-scheme.

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

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And when can we buy a drive with 3.5TB and two platters? Or 5.25TB and three platters?

Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Re: Z-lister club

Didn't Frank Zappa start his own church? The Church of American Secular Humanism. CASH for short.

Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

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"Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019"

up in flames?

Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Re: Meanwhile in Texas

Provided, of course, there was a drone and it flew near the chopper, we have not heard the version of the drone pilot, yet.

Wait, so if there wasn't a drone there might have not been a drone pilot. So what would the non-existing drone pilot say happened?

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Marketing vs reality again

Wufuc works great, also on windows 7. I really wonder what the acronym stands for.

The last batch of new computers are all equipped with a core i3-7100. We use wufuc to make windows update work. And a couple of edits to the .inf file of the intel graphics driver to make that work.

We also have a couple of hotfixes slipstreamed in to the Windows 7 N installation, otherwise we would not be able to install to NVMe drives.

Too bad microsoft raped the LTSB version, we would have moved to that.

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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“Firstly, we have decided we will just make up some stuff about us being harassed. We are all working overtime to make credible threats against ourselves. The BBC report from yesterday is completely true. We might have been issued with an ultimatum by Indiegogo, we don't know, we have been ignoring them for some time. We think they are very understanding of how we operate our scam, they just don't want us to draw too much attention to ourselves.”

FTFY.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLRTDy3Pvhw

Maybe RCL should try to get saved by the government, just like sinclair has done a couple of times.

Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research

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Using me_cleaner now may sound like it's too late for this issue. But it will be very handy when the next security issue comes around, next month or so.

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Why bother? The bitlocker code is probably somewhere on a post-it on the machine itself.

Anyway, I manage all IT for a small company (about 35 computers). I don't have anthing setup to update AMT firmware remotely. We're not even using it.

So, because I'm tired of all these intel AMT security issues I have decided to use me_cleaner on every bios update from now on. This is of course very handy for systems with an older AMT, that's full of security holes, and that's not getting any updates.

https://github.com/corna/me_cleaner

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Re: @Jaap

According to wikipedia my ECU is also an ECU:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_control_unit

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I think my car has one ECU, for fuel injection. I'm quite happy with that setup, I only need 12 Volts to open my windows. I can also start my car when my brake lights aren't working.

But hasn't this already been years now? Now security issues are introduced, but before, cars were also fitted with nifty electronic systems. Once something broke, nobody could fix it however, because most mechanics are not electricians. After a replacement unit it would hopefully work again, but at a price.

Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

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Is there someone actually _using_ a fingerprint scanner in a laptop?

It seems like a hard way to set up some form of (two factor) authentication. It's not like it works out of the box in an enterprise environment. And at home, why bother?

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

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NHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base.

Because it's obviously shite? If one looks up microsoft enterprise threat detection you get blasted with a couple of microsoft sites filled with lots of hollow promises and texts that aren't really saying anything.

Why don't they use an anti-virus/anti-malware provider with a track record, preferably with good detection rates in independent surveys?

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

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Quite a few of these "new controls" have been available through autoconfig for years. But they apparently forgot, since autoconfig isn't that easy to implement. Look at the comments on the site of Mike Kaply, the creator of CCK2. Since ESR52 one has to jump through various hoops to get everything to work on a new profile.

Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

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Re: Simple really

A replacement for Lightroom?

Lightzone, Rawtherapee, Luminance-HDR, Hugin?

As a photoshop replacement you might have tried GIMP, but have you tried a recent version with docking of all windows? Inkscape is more of an illustrator replacement, but may be unknown to you.

Some of these programs might be windows/mac only, haven't checked, but these are some programs that I know of.

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Older Nokia phones (3310/6250 era) had a tone for when a SMS was received. Not sure if this was the default. Anyway, the tone went SMS in morse.

In later years, when colour screens got introduced this message tone was changed to say MMS.

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Why wait for a bios update or perhaps a microcode update via windows update?

With this VMWare thingy you can grab the latest microcode files from Intel (and AMD, otherwise the program may not work - not tested). This is installed as a driver, and in the event log you can see if a microcode update has been applied.

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-cpu-microcode-update-driver

Use these microcode files:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26798/Linux-Processor-Microcode-Data-File

https://github.com/OpenELEC/cpu-firmware/tree/master/firmware/amd-ucode

Also works great for stuff with no bios update available.

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