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Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more

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Re: Firefox 65.0 - and the increased internet googlification

I've started using yandex and bing. Just to diversify.

Its scary when Google flexes its muscles.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

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Re: And lots of bluescreens

In such times, productive work can still be done "around the watercooler", or as they say in blighty "down the pub".

WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

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Re: those young whippersnappers... [get off my lawn]

Can we have a rule about use of capitals? With perhaps a subclause about irrelevant brackets and quots.


Fan boy 3: Huawei overhauls Air-a-like MateBooks

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Re: Stop, just stop

Book is a pretty standard suffix for a keyb + monitor clamshell.

E.g. Ultrabooks etc.

Laptop was always a silly name.

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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I think its fairly common to send "plaintext" over ssl and hash and compare to stored hash during auth.

What would you recommend?

WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

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Re: I will not use this

Fyi google web assembly runtime is v8, i.e. the javascript runtime, they are not seperate projects.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Body language

"Stop and search" is a term invented to downplay unwaranted arrests.

ar•rest ə-rĕst′►

intransitive verb

To stop; check.

'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: A chip in everything...

I presume you mean AND can be usable without connectivity.

5 years is nothing like the acceptable lifetime of a TV or fridge, imho.

Transport for London Oyster system pulled offline after credential-stuffing crooks board customers' accounts

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Re: We encourage all customers not to use the same password for multiple sites

It is credential stuffing per wikipedia's definition


Apple flings patent lawsuit at HTC (again)

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wot no widgets

here here, Apple is not the market leader in phone tech these days, perhaps they can win a law suit to prove they were.

Google broke its own cloud, again, with dud DB config change

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Re: DevOps

Highly doubt that. DevOps is all about test pipelines. Isn't fool proof but I doubt they have not go change control on prod config.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Getting there

If Ethos Capital cant afford a few flights, maybe they dont have that much capital. Holding them off might work.

Keep up the good work.

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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RF jamming got to be worth a try for taking out toy drones.

cheap , easy , probably illegal to try it out in the office.

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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tasty, presumably targeting has to be more precise than explosives. you're probably only targeting in 2d, explosives would need to know the distance.

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears

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This is Huawei vs Cisco not capitalism vs communism. If it were the US would shut up and let the market decide. Ho ho.

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

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Re: " Still funny, even after all these years"

What do they call the blue screen of cantshutdowndespitegettingonaplane.

I get that pretty much every flight.

I think I prefered bsod.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1

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Re: I would think ...

No point in a sata port, you can connect hd via usb 2 for a nas. The ports are not what limits a rpis performance.

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Beware Manglement with DHCP laptops

What year was this?

I cant imagine working at a place without dhcp where you could not start work until an IT turned up.

It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

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youd have thought that bugs in WebKit would need simultaneous patches for chrome chromium opera etc etc, no? Any one know if Apple is late or early?

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

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Re: Did Google implemented it on its servers to test it fully and at scale?

I'm sure they earned their "works on my machine badge of honour".

Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: Meh

If the nsa can install hardware on route they can pop a wifi chip in there and save themselves from scrabbling around in your fuse box.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Why so long??

Simple and cheap ph test should have been done. Love to know what the road side test is that can be so obviously wrong.

Buffer overflow in Unix mailer Exim imperils 400,000 email servers

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Re: There are alternatives...

You sound informed, whats current recommendation for a mail server in Linux? Simple, low volume, low resource usage are a priority.

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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Live by the sword

Oracle, for one, is furious it wasn’t immediately invited to the top table

Was it expecting the invite from Google or RedHat?

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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Re: Facebook a critical service?

The fact that something is not here now, does not imply it was not important when it was.

Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles

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Re: Don't let the door hit you in the ass, Putin.

I guess people who think all russians are evil dont get many emails from the outside world anyway?

Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox

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More firefox news , more things that dont work.

Probably wont affect many users but disabling ftp is not going to win them any users is it?

Google puts Chrome on a cookie diet (which just so happens to starve its rivals, cough, cough...)

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Re: Looking forward to "the Facebook brwoser", "the Amazon browser" and friends

If you write an app in android that does not use webview. Do Google still spy on network traffic?

Apache Struts you're stuffed: Vuln allows hackers to inject evil code into biz servers

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Re: Isn't serialization something inherently scary?

afaik you only serialize the data, the class, the byte code, is not serialized. Be nice to know more details on the attack.

Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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Re: all those billions in profits

What you care to hand over to these fuckers is one thing, but uploading your SMS records is pure theft of personal data.

Four go wild for wasm: Corporate quartet come together to build safe WebAssembly sandbox

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Re: closed source

hehe but joking aside, whats the real purpose wasm in this use case over C++ compiled to native code? Is it to sandbox the "smart contracts"?

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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They thought of that. There are a few comms Sat's around Mars already, I think 4. I remember reading here about them hiding behind Mars from solar flares.

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

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The Register has asked the researchers and Microsoft for comment. ®

And they replied...

"the register going to have a lot of fun this season"

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

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Re: If you think that this device is expensive

Re "solution waiting for a question" How many people have a phone and a tablet? Potentially thats your market?

I floated a site into the cloud, and it didn't rain down in chunks...

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hear hear

The lack of a spending cap was a Showstopper for me too. What happens if you write a infinite loop in the cloud?

WhatsApp is more like WhatsDown: Messenger collapsed for millions

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millions of concurrent connections

whatsapp famously achieve millions of concurrent connections per server. perhaps its time the penny pinchers added more boxes?

Excited about dual-screen laptops? Make your own with duct tape and the ThinkVision M14

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Not needed? But at 100€ a pop I have 2000x1000 pixels stationed where ever I'm likely to drop my laptop. Productivity increase defo covers that in a ~4yr lifespan.

It's not rocket science! Actually it is, and it's been a busy frickin week

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re: more likely to have been warfare

I believe the oposite...

Taoist alchemists looking for elixir of eternal life.

Per the Tao of Pooh & Te of Piglet. Probably reliable.

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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Re: Thank goodness we can turn it off...

Its a massive security hole too.

Sending localhst8080?username=bob&passwodr=whatever

to a search engine.

I disable the irritatingly named "awsome bar" always.

Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

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do no evil

Do no evil, speak no evil, what ever next. A pirate style patch over his google glass perhaps?

Analyst says white iPhone 4 out next month

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i cant beleive that is considered newsworthy

Stop press!

Mac fanboi anxiously awaiting that little broken bit on the front of Mac books to appear on iPhones.


dark theme

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dark theme

el reg dark theme would extend my battery life by 50%, no joke.

perhaps just in the m.thereg site so not to scare passers by.

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

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Re: Did the Reg contact Intel etc?

Vulture: hi can I speak to someone about the upcoming security snafu

Intel: sure, let me put you through to marketing.

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

Lots of US readers on the reg these days. :)

What do you need a gun on a mars rover for, that in case you find life?

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

POTUS does not necessarily get what he wants no matter how much he rants. You're vote is not represented by one person alone.

Thank god.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: Backups?

Thats like saying you are to blame for lax personal security if you get shot.

Its possible to take all due precautions and still get shafted.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1

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Re: Mint?

The fact hat Linus considers rpi a standard platform is weight to the argument that Mint should support it too. But does not help with the effort needed.

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps

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Re: Nearly spat my tea out

I'm not interested in any Huawei phone news until Reg's pun-o-matic headline generator is let loose on the Huawei Five-O.

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

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Re: 10 posts in and no one has pointed out that it seems Lord Adonis is flexing his muscles?

Flexing his muscles,

or stiffening his upper lip.

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

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Re: Is this really necessary ?


If someone cracks manufacturing o-negative human blood in pigs its going to be a game changer for lot of diseases.

You might live to see it.


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