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Sea Turtle hackers head to the Mediterranean, snag Greece's TLD registrar as a souvenir

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Re: An interesting variation of the MITM attack

Be your own CA for anything important.

The list of CAs in your typical browser is a consumer rip off thats been run by the big boys so long no one dares address it.

The underlying tech works.

Mozilla tries to do Java as it should have been – with a WASI spec for all devices, computers, operating systems

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Re: a write-once, run anywhere binary

Presuming you're not being facetious... :)

Java .class files (binaries) are the same on different platforms. "Write once, run anywhere" was a Java mantra. Altho it didnt really work out as intended.

Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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s/security/health & safety/

Security researchers are like free-lance health and safety officers, loitering outside the office in hi-viz jackets and helmets wondering why their meeting with the boss was cancelled.

Occasionally reminding staff around the ashtry that smoking is dangerous.

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant

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Re: Pot meet kettle

Bullying is not cooperation.

If the US do that the spys never get anything they dont know already.

As we know, UK does "full take" on US citizens for them. Not sure they would line to loose that.

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Re: Not bad, just a bit rough

Single window except for those fscking popups that clutter the corner of the screen.

In my case even when the Teams screen is front and center messages from the meeting im in appear as notifications and require dismissing.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?

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Re: Bulletproof

Increasingly the retoric in Washington is that these big tech monopolies are necessary for national security. If they manage to sell that idea these services might get banned outside the US as a matter of national security. :0)

We can but hope.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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The cost of snap is too high.

Its Linux ffs. We want it lean, mean, open, stable, file based, and bash friendly. We want our tools to work together, and above all, we want choice.

Snap is none of that.

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it

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Re: Why make things complicated?

Running a git backed wiki is not hard.

Neither is running a bug tracker.

I find with bug tracking software less is more.

If code is your business, I would not recommend being dependent on github.

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

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Re: Interesting

Not likely , my caching dns is on the lan. I live in Spain. I know the NSA is _everywhere_, but this setup is better than shipping all my dns requests to the states who have no regard for privacy of Europeans.

I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

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nice outage

After reading this I'm switching to fastmail.

Sick of Google owning my identity. They have threatenend to close my email account before due to a policy change.

I've tried running my own email server: it is more effort than 30€/yr.

The Great China Tech Panic is just posh xenophobia

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them n us

While people still write them and us articles like this, our planet is doomed. Chinese people, are people. Their success is our susccess and our is theirs. Your failure to see that is unfortunatly ours.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

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Do you still recomend noip? They had issues before being blocked.

I've been planing to move off dyn since Oracle purchased it but dont fancy the palavour.

I seem to now have some services at dyn.com others at name.com

Maker of Linux patch batch grsecurity can't duck $260,000 legal bills, says Cali appeals court in anti-SLAPP case

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Re: Walled Source

I think this case indicates that they might not win such a case even in their home jurisdiction.

That might make them think twice.

Clearly they dont care about bad press and have expressed intent to sue their own customers.

Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Re: cut the cost of producing population statistics. - WTF ?

That gives very bad data.

They do it in Spain. I have 3 people living in my house according to that system. And a dead granny.

There is a average of 7 per flat in some areas.

The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

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I'm lost wtf is this about, stupid cartoon thing does not work in Opera mini, my reg reader of choice. Wasnt really worth the effort to swap to firefox.

Can you put a not news/skippable nonsense logo on these in the future?

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

There was originally competition, but Micro$haft blatantly abused its monopoly position on the desktop and they became victims of bundling.

Difficult to dislodge it now so the world has one sub-par product, instead of a whole market segment dedicated to smb math/analytics.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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I dont like working on a laptop without two screens.

A laptop that has a fold up and a fold out second screen would be great. Bonus is while folded in and down it would be in tablet mode.

Git security vulnerability could lead to an attack of the (repo) clones

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bit meh

What you gonna do with that code apart from compiling it and running it?

You have to trust the repo.

It like saying you have a remote exec but you have to download and run a malicious executable.

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Re: Remember Kasperski Labs...

Re "Kaspersky seems to find security issues that no other security researchers find or report."

All security researchers find issues no one else has found or reported.

Otherwise they would be called security pirates.

China will overtake America as leading AI superpower, warns ex-Google Beijing bigwig

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Re: ..and so everything is recycled..yet again

Is there cows skin in Artificial Leather? Or real cotton in Artificial Cotton.

Neither need there be intelligence in something called Artificial Intelligence.

No one claims AI thinks for itself. They just claim it works.

Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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Re: Better than the next guy

Thats probably quite easy to achieve. Drive at the speed limit and don't jump reds.

If the driver has to manually override to jump a red there would be no getting away with it in court if they hurt someone.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction

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Re: Source code

You travel analogy is a bit strange . If you work in New York its better to live close to New York rather than commute from California.

You dont have to go back to California until you change the code.

Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we're tweaking it, says Google

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Re: Translation

And we have no intention to refund advertisers for the mistaken clicks we generated in the mean time. All our customers undersatnd fully the technical challenges, and that we run a monolpoly and exclusion from our service following a complaint would break them.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Re: 65 bus route

What is it with English people and pride about transportation knowledge? For Taxi drivers, The Knowledge, as if any other knowledge is incidental.

If you enyoy the journey it matters little how long it takes. Perhaps there in lies the problem?

Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys

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Re: Vaccine

Citation Needed.

Its the US that needs a vaccine, because peeps there see a mask as an infringement on their freedom.

Countries with piss poor covid responses need a vaccine.

China, and various other countries, are doing quite well with masks and travel restictions.

SHL just got real-mode: US lawmakers demand answers on Meltdown, Spectre handling from Intel, Microsoft and pals

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Re: No Home for Insecurity

No bounty will get paid if you disclose the day you find a bug.

If you get rid of the legit market for bugs the only market is the black market.

Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

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from those stats 1/3 of us traffic runs on app engine

is that really so? or did I miss something. given that 1/3 of traffics probably does not run on app engine is there perhaps more to this story?

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess

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Re: Scorched Earth

Oh and you might have noticed search is very bad now they have a monolpoly. Its pure adverts and zero "organic search" results on the first page often. Gone are the dys of decent search and adverts on the side pane.

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

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Re: Interesting... after years of text-based protocols we're back to binary ones...

SPDY really is just compression and multiplexing the HTTP part does not change. Saying http/2.0 is a binary protocol is like saying http1 is binary when you send it over ssl.

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

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Re: If DAB is faster than FM

Hmmm you sure? Either its capableb of processing at the speed the data arrives at or any buffer it tried to create before it started would soon be used up.

Latency in audio equipment is not related to processing power.

Flinging resource-hungry apps at landfill Android? Ubuntu daddy wants to lure you into Anbox Cloud

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They tried.

If they have android apps runing in lxc containers on ubuntu touch. They may have a more compeling os for consumers.

They should try to build a devphone imho.

A phone with an rj45 socket would be great for sysadmins and hackers. Save moving a laptop around.

Don't make Aug 21 a blind date: Beware crap solar eclipse specs

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Re: When I was a kid...

"When I was a little kid, my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so when I was six I did... " from the film Pi, you might end up knowing the true name of god.

Huawei new smartphone won't be Mate-y with Google apps as trade sanctions kick in

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Re: One question.

Its a good incentive to distrubute apps via different means. Im sure huawei will write their own appstore and will not charge as much as Google do.

I hope this wakes people in Europe up to the fact that Google is abusing its monopoly with Play

British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers

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Ba.com is so broken

Ba.com is so broken I buy ba flights via their partners websites these days, you can get ba tickets on vueling and iberia. Opening apis is a great idea, then someone else could build the front end. Couldn't do much worse.

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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What we need is a pin number required to access the trigger on the AK47s that only the feds have.

Then everyone will be happy :)

Seriously, might not be a bad idea to lock down guns so only the registered owner's finger can pull the trigger.


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Re: And again, why?

I see you point. but I rate this app. its anoying when one of chrome Firefox or opera can't render video. if you watch Ted a lot its good to have an app that you know works.

just like the YouTube app is worth having.

Cisco patch day fixes CGI script blunder, hard-coded credentials

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Re: WTF???? CGI ????

Better tell that to Facebook, lamp stack uses (fast)cgi, as do lots of other Web frameworks, the notion that scripts are insecure does not sit well with the JavaScript community. That link recommends C for Web facing code, me ☺ its a tad out of date

You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

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Re: So why does the Daily Mail run a Facebook script?

Impossible to avoid tracking nowadays, they do it in the browsers, both Firefox and chrome. You can use Yandex, your data is probably less likely to be given to the nsa and its easier to ignore adverts in Russian.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

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I've heard it said you can do that with laser on glass to listen to what is going on in a room across the block.

Trouble with doing that with water molecules is you need ones that apart from the sound are otherwise stable.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

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I wonder if Oracle is GDPR compliant by handing out my personal data to a third party (not a subsiduary) including all my personal details and credit card info.

With not so much as a by your leave.

Any one know if that was legal?

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

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Re: Bravo

I think this type of politics brushes over the real issues: like that one when the gui shrinks to the size of a pixel if you have two monitors. :)

Hats off to Don, from someone living in Catalunya with elected officials in jail and protestors being censored by github.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Re: Removable stem seems like a reasonable suggestion...

We need a statutory obligation to publish lifetime of a gadget.

Lifetime being time gadget complies with specs such as duration of a charge. So you can only claim lifetime of the battery when new as a feature if its replaceable.

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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A couple of clicks in gitlab and

for config in $(ls ./*/.git/config); do sed -i 's/github/gitlab/g' $config; done

and I've no problem with this anymore.

Migration was trivial today, I'm sure if you wait a year or so it will get harder.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Re: Sounds like a job for...

Email seems perfect to me. No need for any special db. Most email servers have a backend capable of handling huge amounts of unread (or perhaps I briefly scanned the subject line) email.

Html form to email. Great job for an intern.

We don't usually sugar-coat the news but... Alien sugars found in Earth-bound meteorites

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Re: Best petri dish

The logic in this is slightly flawed. Dunkin donuts exist on earth, but I doubt they exist elsewhere in the universe. Is dna fundamental thing? Or the crazy consequence of so many random factors it can't have happened elsewhere, like dunkin donuts.

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

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Re: Interesting

Me too.

Neither google borg nor cloudflare.

My isp knows where I go anyway. So hitting their first dns does not add any more data leaks and probably does not go out to the Internet as much. Plus caching helps with that.

Mozilla have really lost their way of late.

Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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So does this mean that systems can be built where, instead of only moving data from on chip registers into the processor, data from anywhere within "a few kilometres" can be moved in to the processor at the same speed? I. E. No need for map reduce or sharding?

'It’s not a surveillance program'... US govt isn't going all Beijing on us with border face-recog, official tells Congress

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Re: It's not a surveillance program

Dont worry folks. Given that you have fuck all chance of travelling with privacy these days it doesnt matter _how_ we sync your id to your google profile.

Google knew you were going on holiday before your smiling face turned up at the airport anyway.

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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timing attacks

Cant you just reduce timer accuracy for untrusted code and get all your performance back? Not good for cloud use but is that no OK for the rest of us?

Or would that penalise the cloud so everyone making megabucks from it is trying to avoid mentioning this fact.

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Re: How will they build it?

No need for hardware to be independent. The data is the concern. If Microsoft hold your data even physically in the UK, the NSA can get access to it thru the US courts.

Could be cheaper than the US by using huawei kit, lol.



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