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* Posts by Ivan 4

1643 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

It's not that. It's just there's nothing left worth stealing.

Is that because it is already in the NSA archives and they are afraid someone will find their spying tools?

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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

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Maybe this is where AMD could step in and fill the gap. If they could it would be a real slap in the face for Intel.

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

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Which is why when I bought a car with all that crap in it the computer and all associated bets were removed and replaced with real parts even if it did mean making them - example, fuel injection removed and replaced with an inlet manifold and twin carbs. All the other junk and sensors were dumped as well and I ended up with better mileage per litre and much better emissions figures at the last CT test, the guys at the test station did a little head scratching when they couldn't find anywhere to plug their equipment in though.

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Re: Spot on sir.

Don't assume the only reason you need 4-wheel drive is to go off-road.

Don't forget there are also many of us that live in the country where during the winter a 4-wheel drive is essential if you want to go out - townies object to real tractors parking on their roads.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: Feels like a carnival grifter to me.

In other words a cargo cult.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Second class netizen

IPv6 was the result of giving 'academics' (ie. those with a more purist and theoretical bend) the opportunity to completely change the Internet

And therein lies the problem. It appears that the engineers were not consulted and the IPv6 protocol was designed to be incompatible with IPv4 - not a good idea.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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How does this ruling fit in with certain large US image aggregation sites that just hoover up images from the web and put their own copyright on them?

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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Re: Just say NO

Unfortunately in this day and age where most people don't make voice phone calls and have forgotten how to use e-mail facebook appears to be the standard communication medium for some families, mine included. Since I don't live within walking distance of any of them if I wanted to keep up with family goings on I had to have a facebook ac. I never add anything to facebook and their e-mails get dumped into file 13 by the spam filter. I maybe lookup what the family are doing about once every month or so. There is no way that I will give them any information and when I do log on it always complains that it needs to set cookies (they are automatically cleared at the end of the session) and the browser is run in a VM that has no access to the base machine.

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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Back to older versions without the snooping, just like winslurp - any advance on 7?

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Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

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I assume it would be too much to ask that they turn the excess into consumer SSDs at prices comparable with spinning rust drives.

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Re: Poetic Justice?

The truth will out. Maybe the program is looking to the future.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Re: Cressida Dick doesn't expect the use of the tech to result in lots of arrests...

Shootings on the tube perhaps, especially of the wrong people.

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Is this a cover up for what the DHS has been doing for the past few years because they fear they have been found out?

The DHS piece is far too high on speculation and very low on actual detail.

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Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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vice president of security and trust

Who in their right mind trusts Microslurp? Maybe that position is an inside joke.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Re: Missing the obvious

That requires thought which is in very short supply in all infrastructure companies board rooms - example , the continuing use of Crapita in this instance.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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It would help ...

if they could demonstrate a real functioning AI. At the moment all we have is a load of marketing hype trying to call programmed response AI which it is not. All this is is Musk and friends stroking their egos and virtue signalling to show how 'good' they are.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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The big big question

If the EU are doing this to Google when are they going to land on Microslurp for using their market dominance and dumping win 10 on peoples computers even if they didn't want it? Or is this some vendetta by the EU because they are treading on the toes of some of Microslurp's supporters.

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Re: I'll still want a phone with Google's Android implementation.

Is it going to the consumers it is claimed were disadvantaged or is it going into EU coffers to help pay their outrageous pensions?

The consumers won't see any of it because the EU commissars are greedy and want it all for themselves, that's why they are doing this.

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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What evidence would ever convince you?

A verified model based on actual real world measurements - unverified models do not have any value other than stroking the ego of the people that produce and use them.

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at risk from rising sea levels.

Are they talking about real sea level rise or is this some pie in the sky idea they got from an unvalidated computer model?

In the real world there are some places where the sea level has risen a little mainly because the land has sunk, while there are other places where the sea level has dropped but in general terms there has been very little change in level over the past 100 years.

The only real problem would be if California has an earthquake and disappears into the sea, but that might be considered a good thing ;)

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Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Quite why the mere presence of this widely available set of tools is insistently tied back to Russian intelligence agencies is a bit of a mystery.

Simple answer is the neocons need a whipping boy and since the 50s in the US when McCarthy brought the 'reds under the bed' into full-fledged hunting form, there has always been that lingering suspicion that he might have been right especially now when the left liberals need someone to blame for their mistakes.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Webcam?

Am I the only one who does this?

No.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Outrageous!

Don't forget that most of that is green taxes from the Climate Change Act - cut those out and the duty becomes reasonable.

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Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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It would be nice if they came out with something similar using the top end Ryzen CPU.

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Windows 10's defences are pretty robust these days, so of course folk are trying to break them

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Bright side

There might be a bright side to this if this 'exploit' actually allows changing the settings. If it does what is to stop someone working out how to stop the slurp of everything that is done on the machine and reporting it all back to M$ and also giving back control to the owner of the box.

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Brit bank Lloyds carves out role for ex-Microsoft design guy Dan Makoski

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Website

How soon before you won't be able to use the internet banking site unless you use a windows machine?

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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AI

All this prove is that the translation is artificial but not intelligent if it can be fooled so easily.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Re: Rama

But is it 1, 2 or 3? We need people out in space to check such things.

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IBM’s McAfee-as-a-service cloudy antivirus wobbled for nearly a day

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IBM's greatness ended when they dumped OS/2 to appease Microshaft.

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Re: Batteries in cars

I'll be installing 34kW of Battery in my garage next month.

I do hope the cost of that is coming out of your pocket and not the pockets of everyone else via subsidies.

Regarding number of Leccy Suppliers who only sell Renewable Leccy do they also have their own power grid to transmit the power to those that are buying it because if they don't then their statement is a load of hooey and the power you buy from them is most probably from a gas turbine power station.

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Hi Dodgy, I was expecting much larger numbers of people that don't like anyone pointing out the uselessness of unreliables - if they are so good why do they need subsidies from everyone to enable them to compete, after all the wind and sunlight is free.

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It appears that Musk is seeing the possible bursting of the electric car bubble since to run an electric car you need plenty of cheap, reliable electricity, something you don't get with solar and wind (solar, no sun no power and windmills don't provide power when the wind isn't blowing).

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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The UK had identity cards in WW2 - and they had to be produced on demand within 48 hours.

How true. In fact I still have mine.

Having lived and worked in countries where you have to have an ID card or carry your passport all the time I have never understood what all the fuss was about or which political party started the fear campaign against them.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: Counter-terrorism police?

They are now showing the country as the police state it has become with this and all the surveillance being undertaken in the name of 'security' We can assume the security is for those running the place NOT the citizens.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Actually they do have a clue about their BS - it's called 'keep the plebs afraid so they will turn to us to save them'. It is a way for politicians and bureaucrats to keep their snouts in the public (tax) money trough.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Wrong type of wall

Since it isn't mentioned I think we need to know the type of wall they are getting their pictures through.

I assume they expect wood frame with plasterboard surfaces - typical modern construction. What happens when they encounter 1 meter thick solid stone walls or walls with metal cladding or indeed ant wall different to the usual modern construction. They did test those types of walls I hope before their song and dance act.

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AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

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Re: Simple answer went right by the judge..

I wonder how much that ruling cost AT&T and was it included in $85 billion? American 'justice' the best money can buy.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Re: Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

They should have killed the mouse years ago then we wouldn't have such stupid long copyright times to worry about.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: MS abandoning Windows??

the primary purpose of Windows - to provide a stable platform for a wide range of local application software

Surely you jest about the stability of windows? Experience tend to point in the direction of instability especially with the latest offering.

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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Is he trying to say the US and UK are not doing such things - if so he needs to pull the other one because this sounds like crap.

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Lack of governance on new police tech leaves 'worrying vacuum' – Brit biometrics commish

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Re: retention ... for general crime

Or just parroting what he has been told which is more likely.

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Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

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Re: None issue

Which does raise the question of where the researchers allegiance lies and who paid them? We can't have AMD looking too good compared to Intel now can we.

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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Phone or camera?

Is it a phone or is it a camera or some mixed up intermediate object?

If I want to take photos I use a DSLR with the correct lens, if I want to make a phone call - the main use of a phone - I use a phone. This Honor 10 is supposed to be a phone yet we do not hear anything about its ability to make calls in low signal and or noisy areas. In turn we do hear a lot about taking photos which I assume is supposed to be a secondary function.

Come on, if you are reviewing a phone at least talk about how it acts as a phone. Some of us have to try to use our phones in places with almost no signal and, I for one, would like to know how well any phone does in those situations - we can't all borrow different phones to try them out, we leave that to the reviewer to do for us.

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US senators ask FTC to investigate Google's Location imbroglio

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Setting aside all the dislikes for Google the first question should be 'who is paying those senators'.

Somehow I don't believe they are doing it of their own volition, politicians are not that bright.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Re: who still uses Adobe anyway?

Here we use Lucide and GhostScriptView. Between them we can open any PDF we have and GhostScript even tells us if there is a problem with the PDF.

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S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

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Re: Who relies on this stuff?

In the meantime those who need it really need it but, if they're focussed on their security they're likely to have HTML-enabled email turned off.

Why do people use HTML in e-mails in the first place? As far as I can see it is mainly used for advertising spam and not conveying any useful information thus my spam filters dump those messages to trash (if someone wants to send a nice formatted letter then attach a PDF).

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FTC names its dirty half-dozen half-assed tech warranty bandits

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we are only in a position to name the companies after that 30-day window has expired.

So the FTC gave the bad boys time enough to amend their paperwork thus giving them the ability to say they are in compliance while keeping business as usual in the background.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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P.S. How about trying good old detective work instead of lazy data-slurp grepping.

They couldn't do that because all most of them only know how to look at a computer monitor. They appear to spend most of their time reading facebook and getting upset if someone makes what they consider a racial statement rather than getting out and asking questions - we can't go out on the street we have a liberal arts degree.

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Sort your spending habits out, UK Ministry of Defence told over £20bn black hole

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Re: Simple solution

Have a war.

Isn't that what the politicians have been trying for with all the anti Russia rhetoric?

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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He might not advocate it but now it's published what is the betting that the politicians of all colours go for it - with exceptions for themselves of course.

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