* Posts by Dazed and Confused

2131 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted

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Re: "basically operated by one volunteer in charge of a small team of volunteers"

> ...and the hardware...

And now we all know that you can't trust the hardware.

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Re: PuTTY's days are numbered

> P.S. Yes I know some smart alec will come saying that some people "have to use" old versions of Windows.

Well I have to run an old version of windows because the new one is so totally unstable it means I can't use it! I PuTTY (or other wise SSH) into a system, kick off some command that'll take more than a few minutes to run. Wonder off for a cup of coffee and when I come back some wanker from M$ has decided that since I wasn't fondling the keyboard then now would be a great time to reboot.

You might argue that rebooting to load updates is good practice. Sure.

Well down time is still down time whether it's caused by BSOD (with it's pretty new shade of blue) or whether it's caused by planned downtime which was planned by some cretin who has no idea that people actually use their PC's to do some work on.

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Re: Seconhand USB sticks?

I'm sure I remember reading here, many years back, a posting by someone who'd bought a second hand laptop off eBay only to discover the waste basket full of very intimate photos of the previous owner who was rather well known and her public persona was very different to that shown in the pictures on her old laptop.

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

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Re: NSA Upgrades

Nah, the e NSA are going to be well pissed off with FB being down. I mean all these people volunteering to spy on themselves and everyone around them. Even Erich Honecker never managed such a perfect citizen surveillance system.

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

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Re: Polish plumbers

One significant contribution they made was demonstrating that the German codes were susceptible to attack and that machines could help. Without this we may never have had the teams at Bletchley to make the later breakthroughs.

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

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Re: This Identity thing is the key

> because no one will publically admit to being a customer (in politics anyway).

And when they're caught out because the documentary evidence in the form of their expense claim (they don't like paying so they think we should pay for them) become public knowledge of course they blame their husbands.

By gum(stick): Samsung speeds up 970 EVO Plus drive

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Lets hope

That the current supply of evo 970s are dumped on the market at attractive prices, coz they're last weeks model

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: what?

2) My initial thought was "WTF is the logging daemon doing with root" then I checked my CentOS6 box and realised that rsyslog also ran as root.

So back to the start "WTF is the logging daemon doing with root" even when it isn't systemd.

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

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

'Education' is a bad word. If people start being educated, they might vote wrong.

VikiAi, it's worse than that, they might even start to think for themselves and then where would we be.

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

I'm not saying there isn't a problem, what I am saying is that this isn't the solution to it.

I don't feel that this will fix the "problem" it sets out to tackle whilst at the same time it will be a blackmailers dream.

Education is the biggest thing that could help tackle the issue, but I can't see any government in this country ever forcing through the sort of rules needed to make realistic sex education compulsory, education which teaches kids about the issues with porn, the issues with life in general.

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

There is a fundamental difference. When a 14 year old Confused used to go to see the old dear behind the counter in Smiths to buy a smut rag she'd smile benignly and put it in a paper bag, the one thing she didn't do was to log exactly what I'd bought, she didn't follow me around recording how long I'd spent gazing at which picture. She didn't create a log that will sooner or later be stolen by people who'll then use it to blackmail me. (How many emails have you had in the last month or so with one of your old passwords in the subject line?)

What ever your thoughts are about porn I suspect you feel that there are things in your life you are entitled to keep private. Would you agree to have cameras installed in your bedroom to record what you're doing in there?

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: Unbelievably, Everyone Forgave Intel (again)

Is UEFI specific to x86 and/or x86-64 systems? That's where it came from initially, right?

EFI pre-dates x86_64, it came into this world when Intel were still desperately trying to kill off x86.

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Re: UEFI = ?

Unix Exclusion Firmware Interface

Well EFI was running Unix enough years ago that it would be getting the vote any day now and even UEFI was a long time back.

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Re: 5 second fixes

Sure, you can "fix" the bug in 5 seconds but let's add a day or two for testing afterwards.


Don't do any testing PLEASE

The bloody testing keeps find holes in my fixes!

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: Screen measurements in inches are tube size

Screen measurements have always seemed a bit unrealistic because, in the days when most TVs and monitors were CRT devices the measurement given was that of the physical tube diagonal, not the visible screen size.

The HP workstation monitors used to quote the visible size, then they got fed up with people saying that other peoples monitors were bigger, so they switched to tube size and upgraded all their existing monitors. But once upon a time they were accurate.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: @imanidiot -- Let the Prisoners go Free!

You did miss the point about it being the "devils workshop".

Presumably only if there was three of them.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Re: hyperthreading being a terrible idea in general

which doesn't help much performance much if any for most workloads

This is very application dependent. If you're getting L3 cache misses then the HyperThreading helps, it's just doing a context switch in HW. If your application is clever enough not to spend most of its time waiting to get data from memory then HW multithreading won't work. I seem to remember that for the TPC-C benchmark it made about a 50% difference when you enabled the HyperThreading, but then TPC-C is a bloody stupid app. Mind the biggest problem with had with TPC-C and the multithreading was that for the CPU involved a certain DB vendor doubled the license fee, so you got a 50% speed up for a 100% cost up.

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

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81 they say, looking at the list aren't at least half of them "London" maybe they mean 81 exchanges, but even that seems doubtful as areas outside London are often in clumps. Some of the London locations listed are awfully close together.

The technology sounds interesting if it means that another 10fold increase in bandwidth is possible without needing to dig up all the streets.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Missing Information


a) how and why was the "victim" of this attack carrying such sensitive data around with him in the UK...

A couple of thoughts.

1) Who can be arsed to clean up their PC before making foreign trips. He probably just had the stuff all over his disk. 14 copies in different emails and a few actual copies in folders he was working on at various times.

2) He was over in London consulting with legal types for fresh approaches to the attack. He presumably allowed to discuss the stuff with lawyers. Alternatively he's talking to banking types about financing the legal case. Sure there are these services in the US, but he might be thinking it never hurts to get a second opinion.

Beer? coz it's beer o'clock and this all sounds like a pub conversation.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Perhaps its just as well

That I couldn't get the poking HW encryption working on my Samsung 850 EVO then.

The steps Samsung suggest you need to go through, like pulling out certain cables while standing on one leg in a vat of cold porridge were clearly written by someone who'd never seen an M.2 device.

So I've ended up with bitlocker using SW encryption. I suspect there are ways around that too, but the customer who's paying the bill insists on bitlocker on the PC.

There has to be a way for the system to access the disk before getting the password since normally with bitlocker W10 boots first and asks for the password later.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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RHEL7.6 release notes and IBM

So I was quickly scanning the release notes on Wednesday night and noticed lsslot, Bugger! thought I why hadn't I seen that before, saves all the messing around in dmidecode. I got all excited till I realised it only runs on IBM boxes, it's not in the x86 version

BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Roll on some competion

The more people wanting to get into the FTTP market the sooner people are likely to get it and the more more homes are likely to be offered the service. Left to themselves OpenRetch (or any company) will just cherry pick and invest the minimum they need to to make a profit rather than take any risks.

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Let this be a lesson

All it needs is a heavy footed JCB operator and you are locked out of your home possibly for days.

Well when I couldn't talk to the alarm over the interweb I just used the keypad.

Pain in the arse, YES, but not like not being able to do stuff.

Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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Re: A standard dating back to 1987?

Indeed - I remember reading about the awesome new tellyboxes that were going to be able to display 720 horizonal lines...I was reading the story on a rather elderly monitor running at 1280x1024 and wondering either what the fuss was about, or what the misprint was

Likewise, workstations had been running 1024x768 for years by then and most had switched to 1280x1024. In about 1991 Sony were pushing 1920x1200 as their proposal for HDTV and lent me a graphics card and a 40" reference monitor to go with their workstation we were marketing. Could have sold them by the lorry load at the AliPali computer graphic show that year if we'd had any SW to run on them, the stand was usually swamp with people wanting to take a look.

By the early 2000s 1920x1200 was pretty common on laptops then came to big switch to HD (HA!) and screens went all crappy again and we lost lots of our lovely pixels.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: HP keyboards are special?

> They've got a bunch of keys to launch the browser, printer, calculator, etc...

The last W10 update hosed the key I used, I found it very useful having a key for controlling the screen brightness rather than having to going through all the settings menus. But since it was useful MS decided it would no longer be allowed and stopping it working.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: which is vegan, don't you know?

Yes, we can just see little Timmy's eyes light up at the thought of slurping down a nice hot cup of meat-flavoured liquid (which is vegan, don't you know?)

I call cultural appropriation!

I've no problem with people deciding to be vegan, but if they want to be vegan they shouldn't be allowed to enjoy the flavours belonging to meat eaters.

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Re: Crimble Free Zone?

> Can we please make this site a Christmas free zone until say... 1st December.

Please, Please, Please, not just this site but this whole country!

Anyone marketing or even mentioning Christmas should be banned from celebrating it in any way shape or form for at least 7 years.

AC, just be glad you don't live in Oz. Since Christmas day arrives midsummer lots of places down there have added a second commercial Christmas in the middle of their winter too. ARGH!

Now why isn't there a humbug icon when I need one, oh well beer will have to do, role on December when I'm more than happy to fall over with a few jars of Christmas Ale, but even that has a time when it's acceptable.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Re: Similarly...

Oh yes, Skype for Business because sometimes normal Skype just isn't bad enough.

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Re: I knew it!

> I stopped using Skype when Microsoft took it over

But when MS took over Skype all of a sudden a lot of very attractive girls wanted to be my friend.

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Re: Microsoft like to change user interfaces in order to piss off users.

This seems to be their main hobby.

If it works, break it.

If it's useful, hide it.

If they like it, change it.

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: Negative towards who?

woman in blue as jealous....

Oh leave it out, anyone can see she's saying "Oi! I saw her first"

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: In numbers rounder than my stomach

Cost of Apollo* - something around $250bn - $300bn, inflation adjusted. Benefit to humanity - some practical, huge psychological

I thought the normally bandied about figure of the US economy benefiting to the tune of $10 for every $1 spent on the Apollo program was generally considered to be somewhat conservative.

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Re: Flat earthers

> Perhaps we could send up a few flat-earthers...

It's much cheaper with flat earthers, they don't need that expensive rocket bit, you can just take them to the edge and push them off.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Is it the micro, or the soft that causes you so much anguish?

I can cope with soft, I mean soft cheese is very good.

I can cope with micro, I grew up thinking about computers being "micros" and still tend to think of CPUs as being microprocessors.

No, it when the 2 words are combined that they represent a concept which I find too ghastly to contemplate.

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Re: No masters!

> Even if they rename it, the architecture itself is offensive. I will be boycotting the product until all offensive dominance roles have been removed therefrom.

I've been involved in IT training for most of the last 30 years and must admit that I came to find the terms master and slave as distasteful quite a long time ago, but they were the words that were generally used. There are other words commonly bandied about in the industry that perhaps don't sit well these days.

But when it comes to the actual architecture issue it's very often the slaves processes telling the master what to do. You often see the slaves asleep and the master busy and it's not unusual to find that masters actually do more work waking up the slaves than the slaves do when they've been woken up.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Anything else??"

I'm a much more demanding user than you. I want a watch to tell me not just the time but the date too!

I wound have been with you up until a couple of years ago. Sadly I can now only read the date on my watch when I'm wearing my glasses.

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Can I use it to tell the time?

OK, enough said, that's all I want.

No honestly, that's what I want a watch to do, I want it to tell me the time.

Anything else?

Errrr yes, OK, it you insist, I don't want to worry about the batter more than say once every 5 years or so.

Yawn. Can I go back to sleep now?

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: wonder why people pirate ?

More like, most people wonder who the real pirates are.

Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Helium leaks

> Helium leaks will cause cloud servers to lose altitude

Is that why servers keep going down?

Does Helium leak more through windows?

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: other options

Paying Torvalds to rebook his family holiday for a different week, or move the holiday to Vancouver, would surely be other options - and less disruptive than booking 30 new sets of flights and accommodation.

They probably discussed this option and then someone realised that that it would involve explaining it to Mrs Torvalds and they decided that all heading over to Edinburgh was a better plan after all.

Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Right to be forgotten

> Criminal records are public so that it is possible to check them without using a search engine.

Yes, but would the average member of the public know how to do this?

So if search engines such as Google must hide the information then major league investors won't be taken in by previously convicted fraudsters because they can afford to employ legal teams to search things like the court records, but Jo public can be ripped off easily.

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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Re: ..well in Cal about 90% of ADA lawsuits are straight scams

Our local supermarket's bays are so narrow it's physically impossible for larger vehicles to park legally (by which I mean of the former agricultural type now commonly owned and driven by the wives of wealthy businessmen).

There needs to be a law that if the vehicle doesn't fit in the bay then it can't be parked.

When I used to visit the US frequently it was common to find that there was parking for "compact" cars near the mall and larger spaces further away. If the chelsea tractors had to park 1/4 mile away then they'd probably be a lot less popular.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: EU Standard plug

> Also the most painful thing in the world to stand on.

Oh, I don't know. Sometimes I think it's a close run thing with a Lego brick.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Too big for my pockets

A number of years back I was teaching a course in Seoul to a group of Samsung engineers. The guys made similar comments. The Note (?can't remember which version) had come out in winter time and lots of them had bought one and it was great in coat pocket. Then come spring time where the **** do you put it. The hand bag carrying engineers all still loved their ones.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

I think I remember that issue, didn't HP provide a clip on tray to collect the dropped letters

Provided? No chance, they might have sold one, you might have needed to order option -wdlc. It probably wouldn't have been available as a standalone product.

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Re: I thought printing systems

Ah, but the old printing system involved the highly paid and educated school head writing a letter which was then sent to a lowly paid school secretary who then typed it all out while correcting all the mistakes on the way. Secretaries also typically not only corrected the spelling and grammar but also put letters into a suitable business like form, replaced obscenities with recipients correct name, title, job description etc.

Other types of secretaries were also available, not just school ones.

It's only the new computerised printing system that sends out what was actually given to it, rather than what should have been given to it.

(disclaimer, this was not typed by secretary and is probably also full of errors)

Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: What about the manufacturers' rights to the data?

If I buy a secondhand car, how does the manufacturer know the owner of the car has changed

I think this is a key issue here. If the car is sold through the main dealer chain then they should know, sure. But if I sell a car privately do the manufactures have the right to know that I have sold it?

It's sometimes hard enough to get the DVLA to recognise the change of ownership.

I don't believe the DVLA pass on the information to the manufacturer so who is going to be responsible for informing them.

What happens if there is a third party monitoring device?

The second hand car we bought for our kid to learn on isn't connected as a standard feature but VW provide a module that plugs into the industry standard diagnostic port to collect data and then uses a app on the phone to upload things. So this shouldn't leak, but I can imagine a business providing many of the features of connected cars as an after market add on, if they included their own comms unit instead of relying on a phone and app, they'd face the same issue. Tracking devices already do this kind of thing.

This looks like being a much wider issue that just the car manufactures.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: I think I lack computer skills to do my job well

That's after decades as an IT professional.

I'd go along with that. Today I've been trying to solve problem in a couple of areas which I've been working with of over 20 years.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

Meanwhile the other 2 thirds are deluded, they don't know enough to know what they're missing out on.

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Re: Just wait until all the old people die off

I'm usually taking the mickey when I use that subject line, but here I'm not. Surely the figure will increase above 89% as the 70 and 80 year olds who have never used computers drop off their perches, and nearly everyone who is alive will have had some computer experience?

It would be interesting to see the break down on age groups of the refusniks. You're probably right that it's higher for the elderly, but then again my mother first used a PC in her mid-eighties.

Perhaps it's reasonable to expect that ~10% of the population just doesn't care about computers. We've never reached 100% ownership for TVs for example, plenty of people who could easily afford one just never saw the point, why should Internet access be any different.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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its scanning 127.0.0.x

Well there's a big difference between opening port 59xx to listen on 127.x.y.z and listening to VNC connections more generally. This also means they are failing to test whether you're protected by a firewall. On Linux boxes I'd often have VNC ports open, but that's got nothing to do with malware.

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