* Posts by TimMaher

31 posts • joined 7 Apr 2018

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans


The benefit of WFH

I’ll let you work out what it stands for.

Hacker cyber-gang: Give us cyber-cash for cyber-cache of 18,000 stolen Sept 11th insurance docs


Asbach Uralt

That takes me back.

Not had any of that in, oh, decades.

Quite good as I remember.

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing


Re: Regular readers of Private Eye

Private Eye don't call them Carter Ruck.

Up vote for the reference though.

It's the end of 2018, and this is your year in security


Looking into Windows

I noticed today that, when I over clicked a photographic link in some article I was reading it went to Yelp to display the pic. On the top right hand side of the page it displayed my photo from LinkedIn.

That is fun because I am doing this on an iPad using Safari with no Yelp app. installed.

I haven’t used that picture anywhere else.

Thanks Microsoft. You bunch of <H1 style=“furious;”>Rude words</H1>.

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


Re: I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

Agh!, Agghhh!!!!

Up vote.


Re: I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

Brilliant but grungy (is that a word?). Gets a vote.


Re: I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

Exactly. Small pad, fat fingers.


Re: I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

Total up vote. Auto correct is not even on.


I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

... It’s Christmas Day.

So I can say...

I’ll get my coat.

It’s the red one with the white faux fir trim.


Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence


Re: "which of the two habits is more antisocial"

That’s an up vote.

How did you handle mackerel? Or is that bad too?

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


Re: !@#$Fsg34=#5^GSHJ+ASdgAE$_wfaewgefH

Sorry to be pedantic but... line 50, column 16 should have been an ‘L’ rather than an ‘l’, if you are writing in higher crytpese.

I’ll get my coat. It is the one with the OTP in the pocket.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Re: Note to self ..

Bummer. I was going to write <code>sudo certbot-auto</code>.

Have an up vote.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Re: Backup?

A brief word of advice. Hang a paper-clip on your keyring. That solves the socket opener problem. As to the rest, maybe buy a burner SIM at the station or somewhere? Only if it’s really urgent.

I’ll get my coat. It’s the light weight one for Summer wear.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Re: You can read my SMSs but you can take my WhatsApps from my cold dead hands

Apparently, if they buy their software from NSO-Group, they can also monitor your WhatsApp stuff.

Check out the Amnesty International case.

Codes, cyphers, invisible ink. All were around long before SMS or telephony or general postal services. They were all used by not only miscreants but also business folk, eloping lovers etc.

This perhaps is why we should always roll our own for maximum secrecy... if not security.

Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website


Re: re Headline

Yeah. So was I. I was going to set up a whole series of jokes about chads ‘n stuff.

I’ll get my Hollerith punch.

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'


Re: I think we have a winner!

Bummer! I wanted to write that.

Have an up vote.

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies


Re: Rotate the Pod Door, HAL

Sadly, Douglas Rain has just died.

Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher



They produced an analysis for the Royal Free, see https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/files.royalfree.nhs.uk/Reporting/Streams_Report.pdf.

I have read the foreword, the management summary and the bit tacked on about GDPR.

Then I got bored.

It would seem that any use of patient personal data for purposes other than those explicitly set out in the contract will be illegal, either by DeepThroat or Google.

Doesn’t mean they won’t do it though.

Also, should that AWS s3 bucket have been open?

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!


Re: It isn't rocket surgery people.

Or even domestic science.

Actually, I quite enjoy cooking.

I’ll get my apron.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time


Re: "Ethernet is so much better"

Nobody has yet mentioned Token Ring. The Big Blue alternative.

I’ll get my coat but... I’m Back Monday.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?


Re: Forsooth!

Could do you a Chaucer in Saarf London?

“There was this young geezer in ‘is posse wearing a perm.

What was ‘e like!?”

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff


Re: Thanks for the review

Talking of VMs, I run a couple of High Sierras inside an El Capitan host using VMware Fusion. So far no problems at all. And that’s on an early 2008 Pro. Pimped to the bollocks though.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Stephen Nicholson

They gave him 14 months for refusing to reveal his FB password.

Nothing else to say really

Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October


Step 2.

Pay the pension fund from the money tree... before Autumn.

Airbus UK infosec gros fromage: Yep, we work with arch-rivals Boeing


Re: Farnborough International Airshow in Surrey

We’ve got a Farnborough near here, just over the border in Kent. Perhaps that was what they meant?

I’ll get my bomber jacket.

Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them


Old MacDonald

Had a farm.

Eu Eio.

I’ll get my coat.

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…


Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan

Are you sure?

I thought it was here already.

Blessed day.

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you


Doctor, doctor

I’m sorry Mister Name but you will have to give up sex, smoking and drinking.

Will I live longer doctor?

No. But it will feel like it.

Da daaah!

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone



Hunches over router with built in mic.

Sways to the rhythm with right fish clenched in air.

“NAT me, NOT IPV6!

NAT me, NAT me, NAT me.”

Essex sound tinkles.

“NAT Meeee!”

Faint Essex sound fades out.

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property


Re: "No, the fine is paid out of the pockets of the guilty council officials."

That will cause a stack overflow in quite a lot of organisations.

Wrap it in while loop that trawls through the management hierarchy, evaluating the outcome as true/false before finally laying the blame?

Just sayin’.

US watchdog reckons blockchain bods Longfin were wrongfin, maybe this is their swansongfin



Could have just written “fin”; as in the French.

I am going to apply to become one of your new strap line bots.

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