* Posts by NetBlackOps

74 posts • joined 11 Jun 2019


NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down


Re: Deep State is as Deep State does..

The "good solutions" were all proposed ages ago so when a politician has to pull a "new solution" out of their ass, only had one's are left.

This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows


Re: Read The Fine Article

Running Server here so both for a bit of insurance. Already dead at the router.

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe


Re: Is this why a "notepad" app doesn't come with Android?

Whether I'm doing science, engineering or business, I've found my breadcrumb trails invaluable at keeping track of the various avenues I've pursued. Forgetting is not desirable, especially in cases where lives are involved. Not true for most, though. That it often saves time and money.... So, saving my scribbles is ... nice.

Aside: to the send myself an email suggestion, no way am I sharing. Hell, good luck Google, et al., getting a look at my device, even.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


Re: And they wonder why...

Outstandingly good post.


Re: I've been recommending it to people for years

I feed those to PDFArchitect, a freebie, for those that just won't listen. Office 2003 lives on a desktop and laptop but never sees the Internet, thus no email. THAT license is grandfathered from waaay back.

Last recent version anyway.

Microsoft's Cortana booted off yet another service while Google and AWS get a bit catty over licensing shakeup


Search "disable Cortana" on the ' net? Here it turns up using Group Policy of RegEdit to do it dirty. My Fire Tablet was quite obliging in that regard ;-).

To be perfectly honest, whacking Alexa was also first up on my Amazon devices as well. I'll be reversing that in the near future though as I become even further bedridden. Then, yeah, that kind of thing makes just a bit of sense.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Re: Touch screens

You also have the problem of what to do when you are out of missiles. "When you are up to your ass in enemy, you're in combat!" (Furry's rules of Survival)

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Re: Touch screens

In the military, I worked professionally in a dozen fields of engineering. I was responsible for all the navigation equipment and, very unusually, I'm also qualified as helmsman, quartermaster, and navigator of the watch including underway refueling. There is no way in hell that I'd want this on my ship! I love my touchscreens here; one of my faves is my 20" that I use when I'm bedridden. It's on the end of a very long leash. However, even if the controls were all on the same screen, I can operate the helm of a real without glancing at the wheel and throttles and all the switchology (military term) is positive feedback.

Even when I play my shipping games*, I much prefer keyboard and mouse over my touchscreen as, again, there's feedback. Collisions are expensive.

* - Ports of Call is still very much a thang here. Amiga and PC.

Even tech giants find themselves telling folk not to use default passwords on Internet of S**t kit


Re: I assume you meant "IoT device"

IOS == Internet Of Shit?

It's 2019 – and you can completely pwn millions of Qualcomm-powered Androids over the air


Re: What can a user do ? Use multiple devices ?

Same here. Told the bank teller, " no, I don't have a personal surveillance device. " Got a confused look on her face.


Re: Same old

I've only been doing formal verification since 1985 and, yes, it's difficult. On the other hand, when it comes time to commit the code, it pays off in spades as well as in testing. The latter is still done to guard against compiler,, OS and hardware defects.

F-B-Yikes! FBI bod allegedly hid spy camera under desk to snap coworker's upskirt pics


Re: Well....

Ask Snowden about that kind of access level.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings


Re: inspired by 8chan

Unpopular to say this but there was a Supreme Court decision that drove this at the time.

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China


Re: Trump likes winners

Recent stats have Vietnam at near maximum industrial capacity as is.


Re: Talk is cheap

Oooh! Stealing this.

Apple: Ok, ok, we'll stop listening in on your Siri conversations. For now, but maybe in the future


Re: What the article leaves out

According to the whistleblower, PII features prominently in Apple's Wi-Fi recordings.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…


Re: I'm confused.

Game machines make great password cracking machines, amongst other things (AI/ML).

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French


Re: reckless

Damned spellchucker.

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants


Re: Crapital One & usury

Better than what I got from the VA and OPM breaches which was nada. Capital 1 will be my first for that even though they denied me.

Azure consultant to sue Google for linking his cached pics to cloned site, breach of copyright


My first thought as well. Pass the popcorn!

Privacy? Watchdogs? Fines? Whatever, nerds, more people than ever are using Facebook and filling its deep coffers


Re: "we need politicians to lay down some rules"

That's easy. Zuck has more than 50% of the voting stock. He doesn't have to listen to Wall Street, although he does pay attention.


Re: more people than ever are using Facebook

If you believe their numbers. I sure don't and lawsuits on point teeing.up.

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September


Re: Another solution...

I'm the reverse case. A tablet that can be folded over, act in a phone form-factor, and easily stuffed in a pocket. Agreed on the price, though. I'd have to saving up for quite a while even then.

Hey, Windows Insiders! Sorry about that whole 20H1 build thing. Won't happen again – honest


Re: Nothing new

Not quite. You should never have two, or more, actively scanning at the same time. I've been using two, or more, for decades. No one malware tool is best at everything.

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin


Re: But! Integration!

Or Amazon but I'd put money on Apple first.

Google pays out $13m to make Wi-Spy scandal go away: Bung goes to peeps and privacy orgs


Re: $3 million divided amongst 22 plaintiffs?

And money to the Google favored usual suspects.

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why


The Comcraptic office is just up the road, it's 3:40 AM PDT, and speeds are running 360 Kbps to 2.997 Mbps in California here which pretty much knocks out any arguments that service is so great even close to their node when no one else is online. Averaging right at 1 Mbps. I have this system monitored to a fare-thee-well.

Oh, that's on a premium Internet access account. Yea! Big bucks for craptastic service.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Re: 9mph!!!

Depends on your level of disability, if any. Mine is pretty damned high here. Walk a few hundred feet, sit on the curb, walk a few hundred feet ... (repeat as necessary).

UK.gov drives ever further into Nocluesville, crowdsources how to solve digital identity


Re: Not that difficult...

I believe there's a Know Your Customer (KYC) required in Western financial systems if you want your institution to participate. Not that it necessarily works perfectly, nothing does witnessing all the fraud out there, but a start.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails


Re: Individual people can be smart.

Back when I was running such things, everything was done by Whitehouse and consumed very little of my day to day time despite being pretty permissive and counting fatherly talks. Worked surprisingly well.


Re: you could do that, but...

This engineer doesn't use shit that only has online documentation. And that's exactly what that is.

Yes, I've been swotting up on court evidence in advance, says Autonomy founder Mike Lynch


Re: Full disclosure?

"Three minutes in advance, yes Your Honor."

Virgin Media blocks Imgur, literally tens of people rage at UK ISP


Re: Why not...

Technically, we had flank speed and emergency flank, the latter of which would likely involve components of the reduction gears becoming ballistic missiles. This was a gas turbine destroyer, things are sometimes a bit different.

Still, accurate summary.

Good luck deleting someone's private info from a trained neural network – it's likely to bork the whole thing


Re: Sounds a lot like academic studies

Sadly, we keep coming back to other researchers who have successfully deanonymized individuals from previously thought "safely" anonymized. That's even before we get into intersection of datasets.


Re: By the time it's ingrained and encoded into a deep learning net...

Now we are getting into what exact attributes about the individual are encoded in the data fed to train the machine learning model. There's the boundary condition and it's exactly the same problem with have with "Big Data" and pseudo-anonymity. How easy is it to reverse the crunching?

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you


Re: On line decision tool

And... telling all and sundry they have time to prepare for the changeover when said tool is to be delivered mere weeks before the changeover. Prepare?

Brilliant Boston boffins blow big borehole in Bluetooth's ballyhooed barricades: MAC addy randomization broken



And at whose behest, if so. Yeah, I wear a tinfoil hat 24x7.

Oracle told to warp 9 out of court: Judge photon-torpedoes Big Red's Pentagon JEDI dream


Re: Not Surprised

I was one of the front line critters that would challenge the overpriced pieces of crap we'd get and never once successfully got one reversed. Ten years after I was discharged, fifteen or more after filing said challenges, I was still getting denials from the Pentagon helpfully forwarded by the other lifer on my destroyer. Only stopped when I moved without a forwarding address.

Accounts whistleblower blackmailed Autonomy for a payoff, Mike Lynch tells High Court


I'm not so sanguine about that. It might be equally said, "HP, you are not in the US anymore." The rules are (quite?) a bit different on that side of The Pond.

Microsoft tells resellers: 'We listened to you, and we have acted' (PS: Plz keep making us money)


Re: Seriously

Those of us considered smaller resellers keep going through this where a firm thinks they can internalize the profitable sales, not lose very many sales that were a result of those smaller resellers, and extract some extra income in one form or another (e.g. internal licenses) and off said firm goes with a better balance sheet. From decades of experience, it never works out that way. It always has the opposite effect. I've no idea where they get this idea, it certainly isn't from historical data of IT firms. I used to think that MBA programs were about using case studies but somebody seems to have black holed the ones on this.

I severed ties with MS a long time ago as I saw the iterations of this already looming. The funny thing is that they approached me concerning becoming a partner, with all the supposed benefits, rather than the other way around. I've never lacked for clients, just by word of mouth alone. Adverts, promotiional material, &c? Nope.

[Final straw for me with Microsoft: Never had a competency nor a certification, outside the military, in my life. Demonstrated results seems to matter more to clients. Frag off!]

With heroes like BT and Openreach, who needs villains? ISP lobbyists' awards continue to vex


I kinda like the Darwin Awards although that's pretty self-selecting by the participants and the awards committee, once said committee stops rolling on the floor laughing!

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


Re: Poor education

Back in the '70's, assembler was the second language I learned on the System/370. Fortran was my first which was okay, given my mathematical bent, but that second made it eminently clear what a computer could, and just couldn't, do. C and the rest to follow, as well as explaining CPU's and such to fellow techies, was a piece of cake forever afterward.

I don't think that'll help with the rest of the population though, no matter how many RasPi's and Learn to Code programs we throw at them. I've even met a frightening few that simply can't put together an ordered list of anything, even including how they start their day from laying in bed to going out the door. Yeesh!

IBM torches Big Tech's get-out-of-jail-free card, says websites should be held responsible for netizen-posted content


Some things never change.

IBM providing hardware, and now software, to one of the world's worst surveillance states. Back on my personal shit list IBM.


Re: Seems reasonable

The other part is "My ox won't get gored by this ..." type of thing. As you observe, you can kiss user content on smaller sites goodbye. IBM could care less about that.

Remember Stuxnet? You'll endure its hated-by-critics sequel if you don't patch your holey Siemens industrial kit


Re: Attacker could execute arbitrary commands through websockets

Well, I wouldn't and I'm legally insane. [Truth.] But, apparently doing exactly that is something done all the time in The Real World. Go figure.

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


I can live with this.

Take the bus... to get some new cables: Raspberry Pi 4s are a bit picky about USB-Cs


Re: Potentially User Fixable???

I remember that one for my TRS-80 Model I. I also has quite a few soldered hacks in both my Amiga 1000 and 2000 for all sorts of purposes (Kickstart, upgraded Agnus, etc.).


Re: "the Pi is not a toy but increasing used for serious jobs"

Not a knee jerk at all here, just a realist. That whole cheapest component shtick works in anywhere but in The Real World, the one where that's what I'm used to dealing with at all levels of systems design and implementation. Go back to that autonomous car example and really look at where the components were designed and sourced from and then get back to me on how great they are in use. Now the stuff I design and build for my own use spares no expense when it comes to systems that are critical but no one else gets between the purse and my control-freakary.

BTW, I do have exactly one RasPi, a ZeroW used for exactly nothing. Powered on once to make sure it works and tossed in a drawer for when I find that roundtoit for a project here. Other shit keeps getting in the way. I like them, as an embedded engineer. I'm also waiting for v1.1 for all the kinks to be worked out. That RasPi 4 would become my new Internet connected device. Crack it or even melt it down, meh!

Can you trust Huawei... or any other networks supplier for that matter?


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

"Hemmings said that while plenty of western technology companies get involved with military and security work, the difference is that they can choose not to – unlike Chinese ones."

When I read that, first thought was Patriot Act, especially in light of the fact that non-compliance with a National Security Letter, let alone a FISA Court warrant, results in prison time without the benefit of even going to court. We've already seen companies shut themselves down rather than even try to fight. The only reason Microsoft is still in their fight is that it was a federal judge overreaching and that's percolating up the judicial process. If the federales has used either of the above, Satya would be staring through jail bars right now and neither he, nor his lawyers, would even be able to say why.

A related observation, what is Freedom House smoking/dropping? I do pay attention to Australian news (APAC is my favorite beat) and they should be farther down the list, closer to the US, on the basis of what's happened recently. Typical NGO.


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