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3603 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Don't tell the politicians

Or the next thing you'll hear is that Arduinos have been made illegal - That's sure to stop the bad guys.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: tamper-proof screws aren't

There are such things as tamper-proof screws. They are countersunk (of course) and made of some hardened steel, use-once and done up with a standard crosshead screwdriver. However the head profile is sort of sloped so there is no 'undo' edge. The really sneaky bit is the underside of the countersink has lots of reverse sawteeth. They slightly deform the underlying metal as you screw them in, and even without the odd head profile, would dig in hard if you tried to undo them.

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Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

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Seems clear to me

The snoops don't like it because it does work and borks their spyware.

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Re: What great timing

Sorry for the spam. What was supposed to be an edit somehow turned into a second post :o

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What great timing

I think I'll have an extra one of these ->

This showed up just as I was about to pop down to the pub. Incidentally, did the boss transfer from the DWP?

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What great timing

Classic BOFH! I think I'll have an extra one of these ->

This showed up just as I was about to pop down to the pub. Incidentally, did the boss transfer from the DWP?

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Time for a song

never gonna give this up...

we need a popcorn icon

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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House of cards

Well, no actually. That has a broad base. This whole mess is an upside-down pyramid , getting rather wobbly on it's tiny contact with the ground.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Typical installer written in a large company

Don't be too hard on them, or they just might point at systemd and smirk.

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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Interesting

This also potentially has another effect - at least in Blighty. ISPs are much less likely to get involved in prioritising access, and/or running their own media services, as this would weaken their 'conduit' status.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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No!

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

Fool people 99999 times, Fuckin hell!

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: I'm out

Actually it's now 4 'E's

Embrace

Encapsulate

Extend

Extinguish

Just look at all the ways they now 'support' Linux

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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WTF?

I can't think of anything much worse

The small project I work on is a Linux only GPL 2+ one. It's status allows it to have free hosting both there and on Sourceforge. I can foresee real problems if Microsoft muscle in, one of the first being charges brought in. We have no funding at all so in that case (with great regret) we'd have to abandon GitHub and try to find some other second repository. I imagine there are very many projects in a similar position. Knowing their reputation, I guess Microsoft would consider that a good thing - only paying cust victims remaining.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Re: Voice control should be local

Don't hold your breath

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Arm emits Cortex-A76 – its first 64-bit-only CPU core (in kernel mode)

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Following a train of though

I wonder what results you would get if you re-fabbed the ARM2 instruction set with modern sizes. It should be pretty fast, and ideal for highly deterministic designs. You would always know exactly how long any code sequence would take, and it would be somewhat more secure that some others!

P.S. apologies for spamming the thread!

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Re: A bit sad

@Herring

Indeed so. She was a master of the 6502 instruction set (managing to cram the whole of BBC BASIC into a 16k EPROM) and used that as a starting point for the development of ARM1

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A bit sad

Those conditional instructions are absolutely beautiful if you're into tightly packed assembler. I'll certainly miss them (although I admit I don't do much assembly level work these days).

To some degree they also mitigate not having speculation, as they are incredibly fast (one clock tick).

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ZTE can't buy chips from America – but can still get sued for patent infringement in the US

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Re: So, let's suppose for second

In the topsy-turvy land that America has become, anything is possible.

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German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

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How entirely...

expected.

Both the result and the following bluster.

This has almost got too boring for popcorn.

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Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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A thought

If they were just spamming facebook users, they presumably aren't interested in anybody else.

Oh of course, silly me. They're targeting the {cough} thickest {cough} group.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: Missed opportunity

Good point!

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Missed opportunity

About 30 years ago I was given an offer that would have involved moving to Germany.

Why, oh why, did I turn it down?

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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What a lovely day

First BOFH and now this. What more could I ask for?

Hmmm.

How about monster May having an accident with an orange ladder, and the private hospital she's taken to having a data breach, revealing it was in breach of GDPR

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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So True

All of it. The HSE wonks really are that crazy... but then you all knew that anyway.

Time for (another) beer.

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Re: Brian Miller

There are several youtube vids people took of that same route under the same conditions. You can see the road very clearly, and would have to be blind not to see a pedestrian with a bicycle.

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London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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Re: Yeah but...

And these two comments saved me having to check it wasn't April the 1st.

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Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

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Hmmm

Very poor vid this time, and none at all of the satelites themselves. We've had much better ones. Makes me wonder if there was something else going on.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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And another thing

With FM radio you get the advance warning of increasing background noise before the signal actually fails, so if you're moving and really want to hear something (breaking news?) you'll usually just lose the odd word or two, and there's no catch-up/re-initialise issue. DAB just throws the toys out of the pram.

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Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more

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Hi Snoops

Sites like El Reg are as close as I get to social media, and I only carry a battery-sipping dumb phone. The American surveillance wonks are so paranoid that they'd probably conclude I was a Drugs/Porn/Terror overlord. Good job I've no desire to go there.

Oh... Somebody at the door.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Creative Commons

That's my remedy. I haven't bought any copyrighted music for years. I pick up far better and more original music from all over the world, and when I've got some spare dosh I push it to those with donation links.

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Do we have to use a stick? The stick never did anything wrong. Can't we just use one of their own directors to whack then with?

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UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

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Re: Taking back control

While I appreciate your point, look who we got in his place!

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

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Hands up all who didn't expect this

What, no hands?

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Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

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The changes that will actually be made

{crickets}

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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Mud on a wall

So just try anything at random. Is that the message?

Yes some might stick, but you'll have no real idea why.

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Samsung ready to fling Exynos at anyone who wants a phone chip

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Re: If Samsung is smart....

I'm not sure that's a good idea, with the current American government's paranoia .

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

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Money -> Mouth

Tried devuan ascii on my latest machine and am very pleased with it indeed. I made a donation immediately. You have to do that straight away, before other more 'important' things get in the way.

Also, for a few years I've been the main (but not very experienced) dev for the Yoshimi soft-synth, and once I got my feet under the table I did two things I thought important insurances. The first was to mirror it on github (as sourceforge was getting flaky) and the second was to give two other trusted devs full access to the repositories.

If the proverbial bus comes to get me, the project should be safe.

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Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday

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No Surprise

They have no respect for anyone in their own country, let alone a 'foreign' government.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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You're over-thinking this

It is just one click

... except they don't tell you which one

... or where

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Meh

OK-ish

But I'm concerned about the proliferation of laws that don't require any intent.

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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Re: I don't understand...

I wasn't surprised the Gnome devs jumped in bed with systemD - they obviously recognised a kindred spirit (we know best - you know nothing).

Oh and I recently dumped Gparted - guess what, it now requires SystemD

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Business Model

Red Hat have definitely taken a lurch to the dark side in recent years. It seems to be the way businesses go.

They start off providing a service to customers.

As they grow the customers become users.

Once they reach a certain point the users become consumers, and at this point it is the 'consumers' that provide a service for the business.

SystemD is just a symptom of this regression.

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Making calls? Ha, not what most peeps use phone for – Ofcom

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Selection Bias

Clearly they have no idea at all how to run a survey. Either that, or they tailored it to give the result they wanted. They sort of mashed quite disparate ideas in to give one overall impression, ignoring the fact that half of this required the use of software that some people either couldn't or objected to downloading.

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Red Hat smitten by secure enclaves 'cos some sysadmins are evil

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Strange... That was my first thought too as I was reading the article.

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Is your gadget using secondhand memory? Predictable senility allows boffins to spot recycled NAND chips

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Spooky

On April 1, I posted a spoof article on several forums based on the idea of memory aging and slowing down, and attempts to monitor it, and possibly 'refresh' it.

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Totally Lost

As the farmer said when being asked directions.

"If I be goin' there, I be-n't start from here."

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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Don't Want

Next thing they'll be trying to deprecate phones that can handle voice.

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NSA sought data on 534 MILLION phone calls in 2017

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Insanity

I'm tempted to ask if they are trying to profile the entire country.

... but I'm not sure I want to know the answer!

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

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Too Late

After all this time I doubt there is anything left to shred show.

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Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre

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Re: Yes, but did the direct marketing work?

When I get them I scribble 'Name not known at this address. Return to sender' then pop them in the nearest post box :)

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