* Posts by Edward Clarke

94 posts • joined 12 Nov 2007


Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

Edward Clarke

As I recall...

Whitehouse.com used to be a porn site. It's still not affiliated with the US government.

Oracle teases prospect of playing nicely with open-source Java in update to WebLogic application server

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Why would anybody with a clear choice deal with java and Oracle? It seems ( from the outside ) that Oracle is nothing but a bunch of lawyers that buy up semi-successful companies with open/free/popular software and then try to charge a fortune for it. Didn't they simply lift the entire specification of SQL/DB from IBM - the same kind of action that they are suing Alphabet and java for?

If you make some super popular program that sells like N95 masks or toilet paper on eBay then won't Oracle come after you for a piece of the pie? Screw that - I hope a kraken pulls his super yacht under the next time Larry takes it for a spin.

Uncle Sam demands summary judgment on Snowden memoir: We're not saying it's true, but no one should read it

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Re: Lovely use of English

I believe that was a misprint - it should be spelled "codpiece".

Dot-org price-cap scrap latest: Now ICANN accused of snubbing registrars with 'sham' public comment process

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Did Benoît Battistelli move from the EU Patent Office to ICANN?

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

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Been done...

Kid did it with a small semiautomatic pistol. Here's the URL -


Feds were not impressed at all with his clever hack.

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

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That picture deserves a caption contest...

"BOFH - Watch her face when the Galileo chip in her boyfriend's phone shows him on Oudezijds Achterbergwal in Amsterdam..."

Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…

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Re: It hurts the Chinese...

"shot in it's own foot." ... not quite. This picture is more accurate -


US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle's 'disastrous' Java API copyright win

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Hasn't this been decided in the other direction already?

IBM vs Amdahl for the 370 instruction set.

Intel vs Zilog for the 8080 instruction set.

Intel vs AMD etc.

Could Intel ask for royalties from Oracle for translating Java into Intel machine code? Now I'd pay to see that court case!

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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Oracle vs AWS in Pentagon contract?

I wonder how this will play out in the ongoing fight between Amazon and Oracle over the Pentagon contract? If their own stockholders are saying that the Oracle cloud is crap then that sort of undercuts the Oracle arguments.

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple

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If they won't pay then you can always donate it to the government

of North Korea.

DPRK Embassy

Glinkastraße 5-7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Tom Lehrer has the solution


Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam

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Larry must be pissed...

What? You forgot to rob the pasty white guys too???

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Facebook is the info gathering arm of the US spy agency

"the US spy agency"

I believe that you misspelled "anyone with money".

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

"It is legal to carry concealed or openly in a bar or restaurant, even while consuming alcohol. One cannot possess a firearm if their blood alcohol content is more than .10 BAC (NRS 202.257). It is legal to carry openly or concealed inside a casino, on the Las Vegas Strip, or at the Fremont Street Experience."



But wait, there's more - Nevada is a "Stand Your Ground" state.


That naked lady in the shower would have been legally able to shoot both of those guys. Might have lost her room deposit though.

Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

Edward Clarke

Re: False flag attack

See Trump, for example.

The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: Playing with fire

The organization should deal with the root domain servers directly and give up on ICANN. I would suggest dealing with the Wide Project and JPRS to start with. These two run the M root server and "endeavors to coordinate operational service" with the others. That does not look like an absolute rule to me though. The next organization to deal with is RIPE NCC - which runs the K root.

None of these are under the control of ICANN. Furthermore "Anyone may apply to host a K-root node. Get details on the expansion plan and application process."...

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Re: Vetting? Does he thinks he's James Herriot?

Back when I started as an operator at a three letter company our personnel department had removable disk packs locked up to keep salary information away from unauthorized people. They'd stay in the room while salary projections were run and immediately take the printouts away after locking up the disk packs.

At which point the operators would print out a copy for themselves from the scratch tape that was left mounted after the job was run.

Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Hold off on that repurpose the gofundme money.

And no official word on when they get their computers back. According to CBC, the family's criminal lawyer says "that can be a lengthy process."

I'm sure that the criminal lawyer hasn't been working for free. And perhaps use it to sue some of the officials for defamation as well.

Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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I'm sort of confused here... If you need the damned emails, why don't you just ASK FOR THE BLOODY THINGS from the Irish government? It sounds like they would be perfectly willing to turn them over.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Edward Clarke

In any case his comment that "There has never been a right to absolute privacy" is wrong. The Bill of Rights is considered part of the constitution and -

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

I guess that fat hairy arsehole can't count beyond two and never read the rest of the constitution.

So. A cross-Europe cyberwar simulation. Of ransomware

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Re: Cloud?

The "Black Death" is endemic in the western United States. A few people get it every year but it's easily dealt with by antibiotics. Here's a link to news from a few days ago:



Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

Edward Clarke

"Seriously, he "converses with a high-level spirit" about medical problems."

Just a thought, but he's communing with a dead guy - probably one who took the "radium water" cure in the early twentieth century. If earlier, then probably someone who used strychnine as a snake bite cure ( I have an old 19th century book that recommends this ).

Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

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Re: Facebook doesn't have to provide free speech

You are correct - almost. Restricting by deletion makes Facebook/Google/Twitter responsible for content that is uploaded according to the DMCA. Every time some idiot posts that Trump's parents included a mutated butternut squash... Facebook/Google/Twitter would then be open to a libel suit. Who would you rather sue? Kid-In-A-Basement or Google?

Euro Patent Office hit with wave of anti-Battistelli letters

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A reason to look closely

You would think that having someone try to kill this man (bike brakes) would send a clear signal to everyone involved that something is seriously wrong. Leaving him in there when everyone is trying to get him out is a recipe for disaster.

Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!

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Re: Free market fail.

"A number of cities have switched to having fire department "subscriptions". If you don't pay your FD bill, they still have to go out to protect the neighboring houses, but they let the non-payer's property burn to the ground."

Ok, where the hell is this happening? It's not April fools day for a couple of weeks.

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Sopwith Camel Biplane Fighter (1917). They were still flying in NZ in 2011 and seven are still believed to exist in 2016. "One single fighter, flown by Major William Barker, shot down 46 enemy aircraft, more than any other fighter in history."

How many other hundred year old planes do you know that are still flying?

Obey Google, web-masters, or it will say you can't be trusted

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Re: Moms going to love this

Change the browser to forbid loading sites with certificate errors. Your mother should be prevented from going to a site that claims to be secure but is not. "http:" is for insecure sites, not "https:". Make the popup message read "This site is insecure but claims to be secure. We suggest you use Lynx to view it.".

Showing my age...

As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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I thought I recognized "Sensus"...


Briefly - it looks like there have been a lot of fires associated with Sensus devices. Here's a partial quote: "utility provider SaskPower to announce that it would be removing all of them". I'd take this with a grain of salt, I haven't heard of problems like this from other sources. You'd think that houses being burned down would be a major news story.

IBM staffer at risk of redundo? Capita will wipe away your tears

Edward Clarke

We care about you!

Here's some friendly advice from another company:


Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

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Monopoly pricing

Here's the result of publishers setting prices on Amazon.

Print List Price $27.00, Hardbound Price: $18.39, Kindle Price: $13.99

Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC, This price was set by the publisher

Print List Price: $27.00, Hardbound: $16.07, Paperback: $7.23, Kindle Price: $13.99

Sold by: Random House LLC , This price was set by the publisher

I want both of these particular books but I'm going to wait for them in the library. The pricing is way out of line. Look at the difference in price between the kindle and paperback prices for example.

Former security officials and BlackBerry CEO pile in on encryption debate

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Correction -

"Of course the big difference between being in government and having left government is that you no longer have the direct responsibility to keep people safe."

A better reason would be:

Of course the big difference between being in government and having left government is that you no longer can be fired for telling the truth.

GSMA offers a share and share alike approach to the C-Band

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Shared spectrum could be a problem

That's part of the amateur radio spectrum in ITU regions 2 and 3 while Great Britain also has a small part of the 9cm band although it's in ITU region 1. In the US (ITU 2) we are permitted to emit 1KW from 3300-4000 Mhz. Is front end overload an issue at these frequencies?

The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

Edward Clarke

Use what you have

While Kali isn't the best distribution for new users, it might have been the distribution that he had with him. His machine was crashing at random intervals between thirty seconds and half an hour. Trying to download a Linux distribution to windows and then burn a CD or copy to a USB stick on a machine that crashes that frequently does not sound enjoyable.

At this point he was only using the machine for fun and Kali served his purpose. Once he gets home he can try a more "new user" oriented distribution. He certainly doesn't need penetration testing unless he's going to compete with GCHQ.

ICANN running the global internet? It's gonna be OK, it's gonna be OK, US Congress told

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So... what enforcement powers do they have?

What is to keep the general internet from simply ignoring ICANN? What actual enforcement powers do they have or think that they have? Do they actually pay for the running of the root domain name servers or are these paid for by the local governing bodies?

In other words, why not show two fingers up to ICANN and not in the good way.

The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: How to plan your trip

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Black Hats Rejoice!

If I were a black hat then I'd hold back any new ways to break into Server 2003 until Microsoft is no longer willing to supply updates. This would give me a longer lived and more valuable back door into systems owned by idiots.


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Re: "We’re not trying to go, like, suck in and devour everything."

In a tiny soft voice ... "only the profitable parts. You can keep the rest."

Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

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Sorry you spelled that incorrectly. It's "Icahn" not "Icon".

Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin, 11 NOV 1755

IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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75mm in diameter.

Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

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It is the end times...

This merger will create a monstrous pile of suck to the point where it will become the first (and last) man made black hole. Shortly after the merger is complete the Comcast headquarters will collapse in upon itself from shear suckiness and the rest of the world will rapidly be pulled in after it. Get your last minute shag in now for the world will soon come to an end.

How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Apple has said that the government's remedy is "absurdly broad, invasive, vague, draconian and punitive".

The penalty should fit the crime and is fairly easy to figure. Apple should pay the price differential between the prior average and the new average times the number of books sold since the start of the Apple conspiracy. In addition, the board of directors should be sent to Singapore and each given twenty five strokes of the cane.

(Why yes, I do buy a lot of e-books).

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Scary

Of course he has a mobile phone. You can get a 25 foot phone extension cord at any Radio Shack.

Press exposure of Federal data security hole leads to legal threats

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Big Brother


Auernheimer just got 41 months for doing the same thing. Here's a link:


Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

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"I'm torn on rating this device. Western Digital spent the past decade making "My Book" external RAID-0 hard drives. I consider the very creation and sale of these products to be an example of highly unprofessional negligence."

That's probably user error. We use MyBook units for video backup on seven servers here and the VERY FIRST THING that I do is to switch them from Raid-0 to Raid-1. Yes, the 4TB MyBook that I just bought has turned into a 2TB USB disk but so what? With the 6TB units that we are switching to I also convert the drive to GPT And we also turn off that accursed Windows Search on every one of these backup units.

Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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You people keep dancing around with Oracle and Google and who's worse. The point of law here is whether or not a damned API can be copyrighted. If yes, you can kiss the WINE project goodbye. And who owns the copyright on the kernel API for unix/linux? And the copyright for the API to the C library?

Please God, do not resurrect SCO. Please...

EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

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It looks like they are recommending a censorship board to punish people who disagree with governmental positions and a propaganda board to publicize things that they like. I believe that the Germans may have complete records in their archives from the old East German government on how to set these up. If not, perhaps they can get some pointers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Oh, yeah - the proper term is "attention-whore" not "attention-seeker".

US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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Chump change by amateurs. For truly wonderful and amazing accounting, you need only go to Hollywood, home of the MPAA. It seems that the actor who played Darth Vader in "Return of the Jedi" - the fifteenth highest grossing picture of all time - still isn't getting paid residuals because the picture still isn't profitable.


ScanJet sings number one hit

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Re: Anyone got the youtube link?

The Reg player works fine in Chrome for me.

Hertfordshire plod passwords leaked by pro-Assange data burglar

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Black Helicopters

Why protest the UK?

Can someone give me a plausible reason for everyone being angry at the UK? As far as I can tell from the reports in the newspaper, you gave him months of time to avoid extradition. Why aren't these people angry at Sweden rather than the UK?

As for the US extraditing him from Sweden, why not from the UK instead if they really want him? As far as I know, they haven't even asked.

Home Secretary to decide on McKinnon extradition by October

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You KNOW the guy's never going to repeat the offence and the expense of extradition, a trial in the US, following all the legal wrangling in the UK is enormous. Have him give a public apology and drop the case. The fact that you let a UFO enthusiast break into your non-critical internet facing computers may be embarrassing but it's not worth the trouble to prosecute at this point.

On the other hand, Asperger's syndrome by no means makes you a suicidal dimwit as his defense team is claiming. There are many people with this who lead quite successful, happy and independent lives. A sysadmin with an obsession on security and aspergers would be a wonderful employee indeed. Or an accountant with an obsession for numbers?



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