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* Posts by adnim

1916 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech

adnim

Shame that

they only made them for vid spy tech.

"Eight platters serving up 1.5TB each for data-belching surveillance cameras"

Can they not be used for kitten pictures?

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Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap

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who do ya share with?

Those that in the short term fulfil requirements.

Or those whom you have looked in the eye and felt the sincerity when they pulled ya from the shit?

Leaders change, psychopaths sharing with psychopaths does nothing to convince me that the world is becoming a better place.

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

adnim

Well

Just as a software application has it's exploitable bugs removed and is made secure, more features are added, which are buggy and exploitable. And by the time these newly introduced flaws are fixed, new features are added...

Humans can be manipulated into breaking secure software or passing on login credentials to strangers just has they always have been.

Ergo, I am not surprised Internet security has not improved.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

adnim

You right Andy...

It takes a grifter to grift a grifter. I takes an advertisement to grift the public.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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"Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends"

Seems to me Redmond thinks its responsibility ends at the EULA.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

adnim
Joke

Amazing

15 years without crashing, perhaps Microsoft should have bought NASA instead of github

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

adnim

One does not simply 'regulate the internet'

One should not regulate the Internet. It should be open with all data sharing equal status.</my opinion>

One should regulate the companies that (ab)use it.

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

adnim

Old tech?

I never usually think code when I hear that term. I think hardware. I guess old code is old tech.

A successful sql injection attack is dependent on code though not hardware, even if it is old code. <--- read shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Having said that, I myself have written code I would now be embarrassed to use.

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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sql

I was going to say perhaps a schema has changed and the joins don't reference the right columns any more.

Then I thought, Nah I don't have a clue. A professional team could not make that kind of mistake.

Then I thought have they employed a professional team?

I don't know what my colleagues think of my work practices when I spend most of my time looking out of the window. I call it planning.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Simple crash dumps...

@ HolySchmoley

"Perhaps you could explain what 'crash dumps' contain that doesn't come from memory?"

The Unicorn I rode into a pink sunset for one.

I guess subtle sarcasm is lost on you, and a few others too :-)

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adnim

Re: Simple crash dumps...

You are correct, have an up vote.

I will down vote myself for not being sarcastic enough ;-)

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adnim

Simple crash dumps...

Contain absolutely no memory contents and definitely none of the document contents one was working on when the crash occurred. So you are safe. No personal or private, personally identifiable or not, data is sent to MS.

Me -> rides Unicorn off into a pink sunset.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

adnim

Re: Keep it going

"Strange how one can be nostalgic for old tech.".

Although I never used Eudora... I am familiar with the era. Then was the time that code/applications were written for the convenience and benefit of the end user. Some things should never change.

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

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Re: Wooed

She would probably smile at the words... "You are beautiful".

Instead of forming a critical thought.

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adnim

Wooed

Most people are wooed when they hear what they want to hear.

It's a shame she is not wooded by privacy advocates and security analysts that say "backdooring crypto breaks it". And other presented evidence from various qualified persons that does not fit in with her agenda.

Perhaps she likes Unicorns, maybe I can sell her one?

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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"manually adjust thermostats"

I manually adjusted mine several years ago, the heating comes on and off to a pre-set temperature at just the time I want.

I really must get some connectivity to it though...

Pressing a button on it to increase or decrease the temperature is so inconvenient. I have to get off my ass and physically touch the control panel.

I am sure it would it be easier to go find my phone, unlock it, launch an app, select the right screen and change the settings, then touch the apply button</sarcasm>

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BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

adnim

Decisions

are usually always made to benefit the decider.

The statement above covers mergers, take overs, buy outs, restructuring etc. etc.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

adnim

Would a defence lawyer ever send a response of just one word?

Fuckoff

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

adnim

Would clippy teach one to code to

Microsoft standards?

Yes, it is a leading question .

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

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Re: Notch too much for me

"Is that asking the for the moon ... ?"

Nope but it is taking away the stick that that the manufacturers beat the customer with, the stick that generates the best financial reward... Continuous upgrade cycle.

Now if you asked for the moon on a stick...

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

adnim

I have a huge one.

Hosts file that is

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

adnim

If ya don't do Facebook

This is useful:

https://github.com/jmdugan/blocklists/tree/master/corporations/facebook

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Re: Re "putting the phone down is almost always the right thing to do."

I have had so many of these kind of calls I just say fuck off and hang up now. I got bored with baiting them and sick of being called when concentrating.

I have had fun with them in the past, 40 minutes is my record for keeping them talking. I have also screen recorded them installing malware on a VM and reported it to the police. The abuse I have received when I have told them I am an IT professional that is taking the piss... Funny.

I have also had a long conversation with a "supervisor". I asked if they were proud to be scamming innocent people. The response was unexpected honesty. He said he knows that it's not right but he has a family to feed. Choices for work in his part of India were limited apparently.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

adnim

"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.

Either quick thinking or a case of anticipated.

Whatever the case good response.

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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@Jason Re: Cock size

Depends, how big are your toes?

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

adnim

Nice article Kieren

It's all about psychology and manipulation.

Did you know that the screens on gambling machines are designed with the input of psychologists?

The problem I have is where I draw the line between shrugging my shoulders and thinking... "I don't really give a fuck, perhaps it's evolution" and "For fuck sake people wake the fuck up".

Please advise :-)

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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knowing and forgetting

"knowing your IP address allows us to send the Like button to your browser..."

Yes for the fraction of a second it takes to deliver the button, then it can be forgotten right? It doesn't have to be recorded, stuffed into a database and be collated/compared with clicks on other sites with a like button in order to track the IP address.

For a like button to function a url will suffice, the button image can be local to the site being viewed, Javascript and the recording of IP address is not needed at all.

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

adnim

Linux in code, not in spirit.

When ever I read about MS providing services that support or are Linux based, I don't see proper Linux. I see MS Linux (not to be confused with Xenix) a strange hybrid that MS controls. It is no longer FOSS, even if given away free. And its only purpose is to provide a route for users of Linux into the maws and the account books of MS.

MS know that most embedded systems (IoT especially) are Linux based. They see a future where IoT is everywhere and not just those useful places like light bulbs, fridges and sofas ;-) They want to make sure that they are not left behind as most innovation in this field involves Linux.

As far as I am aware using anything Linux created or provided by MS involves some kind of payment. (A Windows OS, a cloud account, another MS product/service) This is hardly in the spirit of FOSS.

Linux worked wonderfully in my environment before MS started its embrace of the OS. It still works perfectly without MS anywhere near it.

If one is trapped in an MS environment then I can see where the MS support of Linux is of use. However, I do not believe the MS embrace of Linux is an altruistic move made with concern for the customer.

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Re: And that's exactly why...

I don't use these services either.

It's not so much to protect my privacy, lying and never telling the truth on a webform does for me in those situations where I have to share some information.

It's more about not giving a shit what a bunch of strangers say, think or do.

I do not need nor feel the need to tell the world and it's dog what I had for breakfast, where I had breakfast, provide an image of that breakfast and a map to the location of the eatery in which I ate breakfast to prove it either.

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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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There was no Internet

when I was doing 'O' and 'A' levels. And we were taught the actual subject.

I get the impressions that today's school children are taught how to pass exams.

I used to love the peace and tranquillity of the school and local municipal libraries.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

adnim

Forced to the Edge?

I was forced to the edge of sanity supporting windows over the past 25 or so years. I learned a great deal fixing MS stuff. And fixing Windows brought me a good income.

Now I don't have to support Windows at all, my training wheels have gone ;-) and I admin Linux servers and code websites. It is far less frustrating, much more fun, far more reliable and much more rewarding.

I feel like a passenger using MS products. I feel like a driver using Linux.

MS want me to use Edge? They would have to force me to use Win 10 first!

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

adnim

The patients are the suppliers.

Everyone else seems to be distributors or wholesalers

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Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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Theory and in practice?

Audiophile speakers and professional studio quality microphones, just may be able to communicate in the 18khz to 24khz range. The roll off on professional kit in this range is, I guess between ±3dB and ±6dB, it's been years since I worked in a studio.

Your average consumer microphone and PC/laptop speakers I believe would need to communicate with each other at a volume and frequency range a human... even an old one like me, could hear.

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Re: Z-lister club

"Call any vegetable. And the chances are good. That a vegetable will respond to you."

I would pray to the spirit of Frank Zappa if I didn't think such action was only slightly less pointless* than praying to one of the gods we have created.

*Frank actually existed, so I conclude there is more chance of a reply.

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123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

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It is safer to presume

that any service provider will at some time fail to provide the service that one subscribed to. And despite all the promises, guarantees and assurances they will lose, delete or otherwise destroy your data.

If it is important data, don't pass responsibility for the back up of that data to a third party who's terms and conditions often protect them from any failure to provide the service.

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Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

adnim

When Scroogle closed down. I wrote my own Google scraper to replace it. It worked well. No adverts, no compare the xyz site, no shopping results. Unless I allowed them. Unfortunately Google change the layout, the element ID's and classes of the result pages with annoying regularity. I gave up on trying to keep up after a couple of months. On the odd occasion I use Google now I have settled on the element hiding rules of adblock origin.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Not on IDENT1

I have never been arrested nor have I never been finger printed. Does this mean I can refuse to be printed at the side of the road because doing so would be a waste of time?

Rhetorical question. I know they would print me simply for collection purposes.

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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I am confused

I have this algorithm that generates numbers and provides evidence that those numbers were generated and not copied. Please pay me for the numbers I have generated.

Whilst I accept that generation and speculation in bit coin markets may well earn the clever and adventurous miner/speculator a few $/£. It actually does not have any real value.

Apparently Charlie Chaplin once said "I would rather have a nice cup of tea and a bun than a bitcoin". Citation needed.

I guess the same can be said about gold... It is useless when you are hungry, unless there is someone that wants it enough to feed you in exchange.

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

adnim

"You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company."

I am, I don't put anything that is not in the public domain in the cloud. CDN's do have their uses.

Out of office workers VPN into a private network. No third party has any of our confidential information on their severs.

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Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

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Google says it took action against the ads once it became aware of them

Same here. I blocked doubleclick.net at my router before Google bought them.

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Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

adnim

What a waste

see title

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

adnim

Re: Hmmmm

I read dildo

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: Poor excuse for a politician

I sincerely hope that it is a troll post and unwarranted t (good name for a rapper but I digress) does not really think that way...I don't care enough to trawl through his/her past posts and psychoanalyse.

The alternative is, it wasn't a troll post and unwarranted t (that really is a good name for a rapper) sincerely believes in what he/she wrote. Now in 2017 that is more scary than any trolling.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Joke

Re: Ridiculous trying to automate this

'I wonder how they're going to try and derive advertising revenue from the suicidally depressed'.

Advertise razor blades, sleeping pills or rope to them?

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Joke

Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Mmm, I'm a front end developer.

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Node.js and docker

adnim

Node.js and docker

Trying to teach an old dog new tricks.

I have to learn node.js and docker.... Well I don't have to I could just resign.

I have coded in various languages, a bit of a jack of all trades and master of none. I find myself having to work out what a node.js app does and how it does it. The app is critical to the business. And I do mean critical. This app was written by a very smart youngster who has moved on. Lot's of clever stuff, even though he has admitted the code is "shitty" ( I can't tell shitty node.js code from good node.js code). Given time, I can sort it, the problem is that time is a critical, there is zero documentation and the app is full of bugs.

I have searched, I have looked around. And I have read read node.js documentation, I have worked a lot of stuff out. Still, I am ill equipped to perform how my employers expect.

I can recreate what this app does in another language that I am more familiar with but it would take months, this is not simple stuff. I don't have months.

Can anyone recommend any courses or web resources that provide good tuition with well commented examples of how to create and dockerise node.js apps that accept user input and use the input as parameters to parse hundreds of disparate text files and render the results to xml?

Best practice, security etc?

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

adnim
Happy

Re: Safe home router ?

BiPAC 7800DXL?

Seems pretty good. If ADSL+ is all ya need

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Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

adnim
Devil

Practical common sense

Until this is achieved by AI. And indeed local councils, I see little change to the way things are done.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

adnim

How far should an American warrant go?

As far as US borders. Land marked borders.

Pretty simple really. However being a simple minded, KISS kind of person, I am probably not over analysing the situation and extending said borders into places where the US has a financial or military interest. Regardless of their judiciary (zero imho) in those areas outside of said borders

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