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Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: Changes nothing

No, they are fully obeying the law - but you don't have clearance to know anything about it. The law is classified so I can't show it to you.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Well...

After he changed it to MTWTF he was fired. After Tuesday the week said WTF?

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Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

When I started work it was "A Long Weight"

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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Re: How many misroutings went through the USA or UK?

That would be too easy ... if Langley was doing it professionally you'd never know it, come to think of it you'd probably see a Russian IP address instead of Langley's...

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Also...

You think it might handle 10mbs?

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US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments

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It's a bubble?

" promises of enormous and rapid returns often prove too good to be true " - are we talking about bitcoin or the Republican tax plan here? It seems to be that they are both based on wishful thinking.

As far as btc go, I've recouped my original investment so I'm off to the pub.

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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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Re: If it's a bubble, someone blowing really hard

You can disagree with me all you like, I'm banking $800 every two weeks at the moment from my miners - Christmas is paid for already.

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If it's a bubble, someone blowing really hard

It's easy to say it's a bubble when you don't know anything but the predictions earlier this year of it hitting $20k by next year are starting to look prescient. The thing is, if it were a bubble then you'd see the price going up without any serious support behind it ... but look at the hash rate on some of the larger mining pools - it's going through the roof. The hash rate is based on people investing in the hardware that supports bitcoin ...

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: If you think that is stupid

The code word is "Queen of Diamonds"

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

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Re: History

The US is exceptional ... just not in a good way now. Trump was the iceberg and the Republican party is the ship of state ... we're hearing a grinding noise down low these days and I have the feeling that it's going to be a lot worse for a long time before there is any chance of improvement.

Meanwhile Britain has Brexit ... you're just lucky that it was just a practice run to test out the methods for the American election.

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Re: Anyone else? BB? BB?

Bob is just one of "A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Fix Brexit

It's easy to fix Brexit and solve the border issues, give Northern Ireland back to the Irish (this will make more people happy than unhappy), give Gibraltar back to Spain (ditto), give Scotland Independence (rebuild Hadrian's Wall as a tourist attraction) - see, that was easy - we're left with Wales...

"It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for Wales, Richard?" ... OK so we're not the UK any longer, but everyone's happy except the Welsh.

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Former US State Department cyber man: We didn’t see the Russian threat coming

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Re: nice words

The USA lost the battle before we even knew we were being attacked ... it's kinda (sadly) amusing watching Putin's sock puppet trying to keep him happy ...

On the plus side - nobody wins all the time and it will be fun to watch the Trump and the Republican party commit Seppuku in four years time.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Re: Unintended consequences?

It sounds like TECHEXIT to me ... I'm sure that after negotiating for two years, nothing will change.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

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Easy to fix this

We'll just put the data on AWS and run an analysis .... Oh, security? Oh, we'll get around to that but we need the analysis now ...

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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AI can take a running jump

The wife watches on-line and moans about the Ad breaks - me? I watch my old DVD's and last night I watched my favorite Christmas Movie again ... Brazil ... it's stunning how much it represents Trump's America.

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Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps

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Re: Renting a car Paul...

More like screwing a goat in my experience ... you return it to its owner after a day or two and hope nothing nasty happens to you (or your wallet).

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Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

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You can tell we're screwed up

The simple fact that the authorities thought that this might be a case tells you a lot about how they think in the South.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Chicken cannon

The last time I had anything to do with this they were firing the chickens into the engine at full thrust - a successful test spat out chicken curry (or a close approximation) at the other end. The average aircraft is in far more danger from Li batteries in the hold than drones.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Enigma

"credit where credit is due" - it was teamwork, a great many people worked on it and never sought any recognition - I knew a school master many years ago who worked on the project. But that was all he ever said about it ... on the other hand, he did the crossword every morning and never wrote down anything - just did the whole thing in his head. Needless to say - as kids, we were beyond impressed.

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Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

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Putin approved method

All we have to do now is hack the scanners.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Re: Pho no!

a good replacement for Kaspersky

Diagonal cutters - yes, I'm serious if you are working with tailored access.

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Oh I don't know, I moved house once and left a shoe-box in the attic - when I went back to retrieve it I found that the new occupants had already found the contents and were tearing up the cards to use for roaches - it was good stuff they had, so I said the heck with it and bought an ounce, went home and forgot all about the problem.

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No, he's definitely not a moron - they don't employ morons in the NSA. He's a most likely a highly talented professional who was so focused on what he was doing that he forgot what everyone else was doing. I see this a lot - very bright people who have such a blinkered view of life that they (and me too sometimes) make stupid mistakes.

This was obvious in hindsight ... come to think of it, I'll put that on my tombstone.

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Canadian! fella! admits! hacking! Gmail! inboxes! amid! Yahoo! megahack!

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Yet Another Wankers Nemesis - there's a message here for everyone - "The Internet" is not secure ... you can pretend it is but then maybe the Earth is flat too? Sure, looks flat from my living room so I guess it must be.

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Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

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Trust nobody

If you make it - someone will break it. Security is an illusion, social media security/validity/honesty doubly so.

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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Why the surprise?

Has everyone been asleep? It's been obvious for years that your phone can track you and that anything on/in your phone can be used to track you and attempt to sell you stuff.

I'm just amazed that there appear to be people out there who think that this isn't happening - please children, grow up. You are being tracked if you turn your phone on - if you don't like it then turn your phone off and put it in a foil bag.

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Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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Re: 2 questions

And the answer to your two questions is - We Don't Know.

I suggest we just let the Republicans get on with it and see what happens. It may be good, it may be bad - the simple fact is that we will not know one way or the other for about five to ten years which is a lifetime in Internet Cat Time.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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My password is ...

"badpassword" because nobody would ever suspect that I was using a bad password.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: Oracle tipped off the world ...

While we're bashing Google for this it's worth noting that every cell phone company knows when a phone is connected to a mast and which mast it's connected to - thus your location after two or three connect cycles.

Pissed off that Google is doing this? Think about AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobil, Sprint, EE ... they all do it. They know who you are because they have your IMEI number which connects to your account and thus your identity.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Driver versus Driverless

The Driverless car is always going to have to take avoiding action when face with a car being driven by an angry pissed off driver or simply someone who hates driverless cars ... can you imagine Alex, having given up clockwork oranges, driving around the countyside? It's going to be so funny forcing those driverless cars into the hedgerows...

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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The Internet is dead

Will the last person on-line please turn off the lights when they go down to the pub.

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: The hypocrisy is astonishing...

No, it's not "different" - they've been doing it for years, it's just that the politicians are suddenly caught by surprise when it's revealed that the "other side" has cottoned on to it and is doing the same thing. That's been well known too in the inner circles of organizations that have no names - it's just that nobody told their masters in the West. So now the public is aghast - the rest of us are yawning.

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The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

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A better solution?

How about everyone starts thoroughly testing code before it's released? Instead of rushing code out the door and telling everyone that it's now over twice as fast as six months ago, and built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology - wouldn't it make sense to be able to say that it's now more secure?

If the code is now twice as fast as it used to be, are you still checking inputs for buffer overflow?

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Old News

It's been well known (but ignored) for years that the agencies can legally target anyone who is in contact with a foreign national, or is associated with someone who is in contact with someone who is in contact with a foreign national.

I work with many people overseas and so I assume that they are reading my email (and this post) and also the emails from everyone that I contact ... in my line of business that's about 5,000 people.

But this came as a complete surprise to a certain politician in the US.

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Re: Wow

This article was heavy reading... read it when the wave comes through, it's a bit lighter then.

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Add to the list

Sounds like yet another cause of the wife's headaches, first it's flashing lights, then it's the weather (is it going to rain?), then it's the air pressure ... soon it will be ... "Sorry honey, not tonight, that gravitational wave has upset my stomach..."

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Faster? So what?

The 56 version was plenty fast enough, I don't see the new version as any better although the new layout is clearly chasing Chrome to the "mobile" end of the market ... if I really cared that much I'd use Chrome more.

I really only care about Faster, Slicker, Smoother, More Convenient when I take a shit.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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WTF?

I'm starting to think that the entire software world is written by idiots on opium. Clearly we're going to be patching forever - maybe we should consider retreating to FORTRAN, COBOL and Pascal - it couldn't be any worse ... to rephrase Dijkstra, "Programming Considered Harmful"

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Augmented reality: Like it or not, only Apple's ready for the data-vomit gush

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They make phones too?

I didn't realize Apple made phones ... I thought they are a tax accounting company.

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Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

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Publicity

If I was starting a service and needed the publicity, these days I'd set up a database with fake names and credit card numbers and leave it open to be discovered ... then just issue the usual disclaimer and equifax-like apologies (we fired the teddy-bear that ran IT) and it would be business as usual.

It's how the world works these days - there are no consequences any more.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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users can customise the precise trigger phrase...

Now if we could just do that with Google ... "Hey Shi'Thead, where's the nearest Loo?"

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: leave no tragedy unexploited

Wait until the Fake news starts circulating that these mass shootings are being staged by the government to persuade congress to enforce backdoors in iPhones.

I hesitate to even suggest this, but it's the USA - no idiotic story is too stupid for Facebook in America.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: A few comments...

So now write an app that takes the keyboard input and "standardizes" the key stream to remove the identifying characteristics - add an option to add typos at random. Every app that collects data, creates an opportunity to create an app that obscures the data.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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NoScript ?

Looks like noscript is a "legacy" add-on - I wonder if it will survive this?

Realistically, Firefox is a web browser - "faster" is not a big deal because everything is still bottle-necked at the pipe. Does faster just mean that we can all be pawned by some script run by an advert on YouTube faster now?

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Caveat emptor

Note that the general opinion seems to be that the code released is outdated and no longer in use - it's all been replaced. Some of these toys may look shiny and cause a few little problems but the real actors have all moved on.

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Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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Re: What is Google?

I find Private Eye's malgorithms sum up the how issue of computer driven news ... you can flowchart it, code it and test it and you'll continue the cycle until it's right, and then something new appears and it's wrong again...

The Google "News" page has only one useful function - testing if your internet connection is "live" and not displaying a cached copy. ... other than that, it's complete rubbish.

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Goggles

Google's search and ranking algorithms went to pot several years ago and have been accelerating downhill since. Once they made money by finding you useful information based on your search query and displaying adverts - now they make money by trying to sell you stuff. I don't go to the Internet for news, it's all crap.

I stopped trusting all news feed aggregators in the run up to the US election and now subscribe to newspapers that I trust, or at least have clear biases that can be seen - and thus filtered out, when I read their stories.

Fake News? Mass shootings? Biased news? Manipulated POV? It's all become the new normal in the US.

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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Simple accounting error

What happened is that they invoiced their customers to the tax that they should have been paying on their profits. Somebody referenced the wrong cell in a spreadsheet and applied the full tax, not the tax that they negotiated after passing the money through half a dozen virtual countries on the way to the bank.

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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So this wasn't Kim?

Think how much fun Kim Jong-un could have (or any other malactor) if they did this a little harder. We are a only an Level 3 outage away from empty shelves in Tesco, and hand-to-hand fighting over the last potato... (Thanks Della).

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