* Posts by stiine

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College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: cast the first stone

I can only upvote you once, so have a virtual drink on me

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Re: find is your friend

if you can remember the syntax...which I cannot, ever.

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I don't think there's a better way to learn than real life fuckups.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: It can be difficult, but..

Only if I get to define what speech is allowed.

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I disagree completely with this

"Acts of a criminal nature should always and without question be banned and blocked before anyone sees them or has a chance to download or share themselves because acts of a criminal nature have been through the due process to define them."

Which countries' laws? Saudi Arabia? Turkey? Myanmar? Russia? Egypt? France? China? The United States? The EU? Or all of them combined, in which case I think you'll find that very nearly every possible statement one could make or action one could take would be considered a crime.

This is not a solution, its a bandaid backed by a different set of (state) weapons.

What was that P word? Ah. Privacy. Yes, we'll think about privacy, says FCC mulling cellphone location data overhaul

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Re: How else?

Move closer to a major airport.

Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act

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Re: Pro Bono? TINSTAAFL

Why? Historians are only cultural interpreters.

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Re: Thanks for this

, but not really surprising.

Forget that rare-earth element crunch – we can now just extract them from industrial waste

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Re: REEs, as the name suggests, are difficult to find and mine

Search the El Reg Archives, specifically for articles by Tim Worstal (as mentioned above), and for fairness' sake, read articles by those people he mentions who have different ideas.

To sum it up, its not that they are rare, but that they're ores are rare compared to feldspar or quartz. The problem is that there aren't actually rare-earth mines rather the rare earth elements are slightly-more-major components of the slag you have left after you extract the more abundant minerals.

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Re: mildly radioactive?

Yep, in fact, if you're going to try extracting uranium, all you need is seawater, but as you can imagine, you need /a lot/ of it.

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Brilliant!

That's the best fucking idea I've heard in a long time.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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And informed everyone else on the flight? If that was true, I'm sure he would have been jettisoned.

Guess who's addicted to GitHub, busy on Slack, stuck in 2015? No, not another hipster: It's the Slub backdoor malware

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Joke

Woulnd't "Hack" be equally as good?

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Re: Daft solution to a daft problem

How about Northern Ireland for additional coverage?

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Re: Er ...

That should have been simple. ATT does this for trade shows by bringing in a portable cell site and a large, LOUD generator on a pair of 20' trailers. I'm sure those NIMBYs would love to have a diesel generator running 24x7 on the street in front of their houses until they approve the new masts.

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re: 2fa via sms

If you still have any services that require this, you should log in and see if you can convert them to TOTP. Dyn used to require 2fa via SMS but now offer you a choice of TOTP.

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth

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Re: Given Musk's level of diplomacy....

Well, he could christen it "Fuck the SEC"

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

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Re: compatibility

Ok, lots of (broken) things make sense now.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Beyond FAIL

Do you think they deleted her email account?

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Re: Aging ISS

So, who do you have slotted to be Vader? Putin, Trump, or Ellison?

The case of the missing 300 Swiss francs: WIPO fires CIO following probe into allegations of fraud

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Who was the forensics firm?

We need to know so we can avoid hiring them.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?

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Re: Not really someone to hire

I think that's called 'playing both sides against the middle,' see Milo Minderbinder in "Catch 22".

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Re: Ethnicity is just another weasel word for race

42 kilometers, according to Google.

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WTF?

Cultural differences? Do you mean like a culture that contains a strict caste system? Like India? Really?

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Re: Big Blue ?

Bullshit.

Also, IBM's quote:

"IBM has long rejected all forms of racial discrimination and we are taking appropriate steps to make sure this does not happen again.”

Really must be qualified to read:

"IBM hasn't rejected all forms of racial discrimination since the conclusion of the Nuremburg Trials when we began taking some small inappropriate steps to make sure this does happen again.”

Who needs malware? IBM says most hackers just PowerShell through boxes now, leaving little in the way of footprints

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That's a damn good idea.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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Re: "hookers and blow"

Perhaps the Sackler family will host a weekend-away fundraiser...

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Won't Microsoft have agree to sign any solution?

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Re: Hmm

You must not have to support them.

I do, and things are different enough without bringing up version differences.

Huawei hasn't yet fixed its security vulns, says UK's NCSC overseers

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Re: A cynic would ask...

Probably code that they've licensed from Cisco, which means that Huawei can't use it.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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You assume that typing them into an interface is always the correct interface. If you're on a spoofed web page, or if you've been forced through a MitM proxy, they can send your valid code to their login page, and return an error to you.

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Re: Keystroke logger

If your TOTP allows values to be re-used, you need a replacement TOTP system.

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Re: Remembering loads of long passwords

Fuck hotmail.com. Many many years ago, i set up and account with a 16 character password, which worked for about 8 years. Then they changed the rules and started hashing everything you typed in, instead of just the first 15 characters. It took me a couple of hours to figure that one out that I now had to only type in 15 characters, not the 'password that I had set up'...

Fuckers.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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Re: So, basically, no change there

They not only author a web browser, but they've convinced Opera, Microsoft and some of the bastards at Mozilla that the Chrome rendering engine is a masterpiece.

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

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Name one.

Happy Satellite Collision Day! It is 10 years since Russia and Iridium got too close for comfort

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FAIL

built-in decay

That's because when they expire, they're designed to de-orbit.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: All thin foil hat chatter about US aside....

https://www.cnet.com/news/cisco-sues-huawei-over-patents/

https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-admits-to-a-little-copying/

They even copied the bugs...talk about stupid and following orders...

Huawei pens open letter to UK Parliament: Spying? Nope, we've done nothing wrong

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Re: Everyone assumes that if they would do it

You're unfotunately correct.

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Re: Don't confuse politics with engineering

You, sir, are apparently hard-of-thinking and short of memory.

A short visit to this page:

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/huawei-and-ciscos-source-code-correcting-the-record

Of course, you can continue to believe what you want, its funnier that way..

Here's an excerpt from a separate article from CNet from this URL:

https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-admits-to-a-little-copying/

"Huawei's system contains text strings, file names and bugs identical to Cisco's source code,"

They even copied the bugs....how stupid do you have to be?

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

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Re: Huge loophole?

Damn straight. I first discovered author Harlan Ellison on the pages of Playboy when I was 10. By the time I was 35 I had managed to collect first printings of all but one of his books. It took a long time because I wasn't just going to send lots of money to ebay or steal " 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman " from the public library.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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A long time ago on an OS far away

Our division had been spun off and therefore had a new name. A new longer name. Much longer than three initials.... So I found where that setting was in the configuration and I changed it from the old 3 letter name to the new 18 character name. Soon thereafter, calls started coming in from the shop that they couldn't log into the product tracking system (which is as you woulld imagine, rather important). I went downstairs to the closest one (there were a lot) and logged into my account from their terminal and it worked just fine (including displaying the long company name), but when they logged into their production account, it would disconnect them. I quickly came up with a workaround that would get them connected, but required them to log in twice...they didn't much like that, but it did get them tracking product again. Then I opened a case with support. What it came down to was the 18 character name I had inserted was 10 characters longer than the field into which it was written....which, when downloaded to the FEPs, caused part of the transaction processing code to be overwrritten, and crash on login. After shortening it to 6 characters, the transaction processing logins started working again.

The moral of the story is if there's unclear or no documentation, don't make any changes to a production system until you ask what happens if I change ______, especially if its never been changed before...

Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don't have to: Here's what's happening

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ha

"If all things were fair, the FCC would be forced – yet again – to go back to the drawing board and develop a system that actually works for the internet."

Why would they need to go back to the drawing board? It seems to me that simply reverting to the previous set of rules would be enough.

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FAIL

again?

"You can't just decide one morning to pay an ISP on the other side of the country for internet access, they won't be able to do it."

No matter what the author says, HughesNet would disagree, and be correct.

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IT Angle

... a service that we all use every day ...

No we don't.

90% of what I do every day uses the internet only as a transport mechanism to get packets from my work computer (at home) to my company's server (in a data center.) The only parts of Comcast's network that I use are their cables, fibers, routers and electricity. The only Comcast server I actively interact with is their dhcp server.

The rest of the time, my internet traffic only uses Comcast to reach the internet on the other side of Comcast where I interact with some 3rd party server (aws, google, cloudflare, incapsula, etc). The only interaction Comcast has with my traffic is to auto-decrement the TTL field, and update the SRCMAC, and DSTMAC fields as it passes through their hardware as defined in the BCPs and RFCs.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

You just have remember to always phase things like: damn alexa, i'm already wearing a coat, turn the heat up.

Now you're off the hook, unless you're sitting at the dining room table with the front and back doors wide open...

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

There has already been, in the U.S. at least one murder case where the dead victim (don't remember the facts of the case, or if they've been determined) had an Alexa and Amazon was subpoena'd for the data on the off-chance that it recorded any of the conversation before/during/after the killing.

I won't have one, but I won't prevent Amazon from selling you one.

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Pixels pwn up to 5 million nerds: Crims use steganography to stash bad code in ads

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Re: Adblock Plus and Noscript

So what? If you run a site that gets more traffic from googlebot et al, than from actual people, ads are never going to cover your costs and you should limit googlebot to your home page.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Political correctness running amok?

Couldn't he have just been given 'B' ?

Starship bloopers: In touching tribute to Tesla shares, Musk proto-craft tumbles – as Bezos' Blue Origin rocket lifts off

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Re: Flesh Gordon

The difference between florida and west texas launch sites is humidity. less humidity equals better imaging.

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

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Re: While I agree the speaker of the house shouldn't leave the US

Or, as somewhere suggested, let them get to Afganistan or Greece and then revoke the authorization and the plane.

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