* Posts by lansalot

467 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007


Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY



So this was major big-time forensics... which was ran remotely (ie, while infected system was booted and thus untrustworthy)... and they wanted a whopping $100 ? (yes, that's sarcasm....you've paid peanuts and wondering why you got monkeys)

Sound like a bunch of cowboys. Oh, and reflashing back to a few days won't get rid of a persistent rootkit. Sorry to say, but it sounds like this bunch are every bit as clueless as you are.

Oh, and your oh-so-special NAS boxes would have been for nothing had you malware that encrypted files and charged you for access.

Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE



Scams cropping up in its wake eh? Well that was surprising...... fuck me, if it was that much of a millstone around his neck, he should have left it up, stopped development, handed future earnings to charity and just let it die an eventually quiet and inevitable death.

Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree



Has anyone else spotted the irony of a story whereby two people subjecting another to online abuse are called both "fat" and "ugly" in the comments ?

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Re: Just been to look at the site...

Read up - www.teamviewer.com is superb, and they have Android/iOS clients too.

Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly



Netflix and Lovefilm etc can all show as much interest as they like - but while my 80mb Fibre connection might stream a 4K film, it'll still be horribly compressed and nowhere near the quality of those sexy demos we're seeing at the shows.

Much like the 1080p Youtube etc stuff I currently watch is, then. Labelling something HD because the vertical resolution is 1080, but the compression is turned up so high to make it look crap, really is a scam.

Physical content will have to do for quite some time then, but not seeing many 4K blu-ray players out there yet....

(And talking of scams... what's with all this "blu ray optimized for 4k TVs" shit? or "blu ray, filmed in 4k". BS-hype, the lot of them eg http://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-Recall-Blu-ray-4K-Copy/dp/B00D6AASDA/ )

Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand more porn



I agree - porn is harmful; all it does is give young men an unrealistic depiction of how quickly a tradesman will turn up.

They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls



Has nobody done the "burying a stiff" joke yet?

Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth


it's a simple test...

How many of your friends with non-touchscreen devices have asked you "how the hell do you get a normal start menu back???"?

I'm currently standing at 8. Including myself, and I do this fecking job for a living. Classic Shell, for all !

UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites



But by post-Snowden logic, by blocking these sites all we'll be doing is *forcing* them damn terrorists into using ever-harder-to-crack encryption, darknet etc to fuel their radical ideas.*

Surely they'd be better off monitoring who's watching them, than trying and failing to block them entirely... All GCHQ then has to do is sit and watch, like lions watching the watering hole. Why drive the prey away?

* not that I buy entirely into that idea, anyway.

Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe



MS: "Look! Due to NSA snooping, we've encrypted all our traffic! Confidence restored!!"

NSA: "Here's a court order - give us the keys to your encryption. According to said court order, you are prevented from revealing this request"

MS: "shit."

Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case


ah come on...

Not the first time a bunch of torch-wielding fuckwits have descended on the wrong punter.. Happens on facebook as well.


Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching


Re: Is no one capable

Totally agree - I got the green-screen and wondered if the console had hung. 5 minutes later, we were off to the races. What a joke - why on earth wouldn't they have put some kind of "I'm alive and doing stuff, don't turn me off" notice aboard? Or the ubiquitous spinning hourglass? It looked like a total freeze.. and took some control not to turn it off.

My local GAME says 3 consoles were returned all failing to update - I'm betting it was users who (fairly enough) thought the system had hung.

Oh, and had a full-on hang in that free keep-fit game the other day, which in turn hung the entire console. Had to forcibly power it off (hold down power button on front for 10 secs). Novel...

XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET



You think the 500mb xb1 system update was bad?

The Forza patch was 6gb.... thank feck for fibre or I wouldn't have gotten near the console for 24 hrs...

PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China



Your TV isn't compatible.

Also, your toaster needs a patch.

A-DOH!-BE hack: Facebook warns users whose logins were spilled



Now that this is reported in the news, cue lots of fake "Due to adobe hack, Facebook requires you to reset your password. Click to follow dodgy link to update, confirm DOB, pin, mother's maiden name etc" emails.....

Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS


OK El-Reg...

WHAT'S with all THE CAPITALS in HEADLINES lately?? DESPERATE for ATTENTION or something ??

Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade



"They do it by creating a real or perceived lock-in to their technology. [....]. They do that because more often than not they have shareholders they are beholden to"

A comment /from/ Facebook, about others. Hmmm....

That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...



That reminds me - this tale and a couple others are recounted in the excellent book "The Cuckoo's Egg", by Clifford Stoll. I lost mine years ago... so off to find a copy.

I remember one of the tales where they were tracking someone coming in via dialup modem, but weren't ready to log quite yet. They didn't want to pull the plug as the miscreant might have got suspicious. So they jangled car keys over the wires to the modem, creating noise and eventually a dropped carrier...

Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks


Re: Clearly I am out of touch ..

onMouseOver event also helps.

What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets



It took them months to unmask him? Bit of a fail for the NSA then...

Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED



"vulnaggressive" ????

I'm feeling vulnaggrieved....

NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'



Costing us EACH ... EIGHT PENCE???

Well there goes my plans to buy an.. .ummm... hang on, I'll get back to you on this.

Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog



So it's opt-in then? No big deal.. can't see myself rushing to tick that box.

Tape rocks for storage - if you don't need to, um, access your data



Microsoft's Data Protection Manager combines the speedy access of disk, with the long-term of tape. But the overheads are a nightmare. Reckon on storage x 2, just for backups (depending on retention periods). Also, even though it's quite a simple product, we tend to find the management it takes is pretty high - things fail frequently and are a nightmare to resolve; we've had more calls with Microsoft regarding this product than all others combined.

Happy 10th b-day, Patch Tuesday: TWO critical IE 0-day bugs, did you say?


Re: and...

We are running WSUS. With over 10,000 machines to update. BranchCache here we come.



and with those 28 patches in our corporate environment, we're looking at ~169mb per client this month !



We're seeing that here too. Multiple fully-patched XP and Win7 machines wanting nothing yesterday - and 28 patches today. It seems that the security bulletins roll out multiple updates for one (ie, a vuln for dotnet framework results in about 4 patches - one for dotnet 3, one for dotnet 3.5, one for dotnet 4 etc).

Servers here (we've over 700) are going up by on average requiring about 21 patches thanks to yesterday. Wondering if perhaps this is a detection flaw tho, as the above doesn't explain all increases.

Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE



Two visits in 24 hours. What sort of up-time are we talking, here ?

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store



So our Police are there to protect customer in Apple stores now?

Sure, it's a crime and all - but drafting in cops to cover a PRODUCT LAUNCH ???

Surely this doesn't happen....

IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground


Re: Was it a wool jumper?

"Too right. Brown suit and turquoise jumper, ewe"

Fixed that for ewe.

Fixed that for ewe....

NSA is 'great at some sophisticated tasks but oddly bad at the simplest'


here's an idea...

How about... get on with some WORK, and get some EXPERIENCE instead of collecting pieces of paper.?

Facebook scammers raking in $200 MEEELLION in illicit profits


"Without the fan pages Facebook would be an empty place. Tell me how many links do you see shared by your friends on your timeline everyday? You see – the answer is simple."

I'll tell you how many I click on - fuck all. Inspirational-life-quotes, and "OMG! I can't believe she did this in front of the whole school!" can all get to fuck. So can you for spreading them, while you're at it. :-)

Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM


Re: Be a yes man instead.

or.. just lay the phone down and go about your business. Return - eventually - and hang up.



Interestingly (well, to me anyway), I had zero cold-calls when my landline was rented along with broadband through plusnet.

I changed back to BT, and the very EVENING it was switched over, the phone rang with my first cold-call as I was coming in the door. Not a single person has my landline number, I use my mobile for the very rare times I call anyone - so I just put the handset on low-volume and let it ring away. But I hear it ring a couple of times a week regardless.

Wondered if it was to do with the fact that my number now appears in the phone directory - when I was with plusnet, it didn't.

And on another piss-me-off... why the fuck do I still have to pay for landline rental anyway? I don't want a phone. Broadband is fine thanks, I've got my mobile. This practice is outdated and should be changed. That said, why change it when you can bill someone 15 quid a month for something they don't want and don't use. Sounds like the perfect business to me...

Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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Re: tweaked by Microsoft to witlolhin an inch of its life

ah yes... "your contacts".. Please, feel free to share more fantastically "genuine" nuggets like this. We're all desparate for information, and your unsubstantiated claptrap fits the bill nicely !

ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool


won't work..

They'll just assume we're all big Rupert Murdoch fans..

'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail



As you say, the techs on both sides will have been pissing themselves laughing. But it's the usual boss-syndrome; they don't understand IT and quite likely don't really want to know. All they want to hear is "were they destroyed; yes or no?".

All you have to do is tell them "yes", they tick a box and go back to making more idiotic decisions.

Still, don't know about the rest of you - but I feel much safer from the terrorists as a result. As for my Government, ummm.. not so safe.

Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch


Server 2012 on an RDP desktop (NOT full screen) is still a nightmare. Trying to hover down the bottom left in exactly the right spot is a piss-awful way to try and work.

Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad



$250 ???

There's only one way to get that kind of money...

*starts cooking*

Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?



I'd happily pay for it. If my broadband (advertised @ 6mb/s, actually nearer 2mb/s) was up to it.

At least the torrents work.... tho as a preference, I'd rather legal. But not "rather" enough to wait otherwise.

New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps


close, but...

Would love to see a fake-feature too. ie, some apps request access to my call log? Sure.. here, have a fake one.

App wants to read my SMSs? Here, have some test ones. My location is absolutely required or the apps crashes? I'm in Times Square, honest.

That way, compatibility remains, and privacy is enjoyed.

Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'



I'm sure we'd all like to know how many of those he got to the pound...

Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH


Re: Dirty Snowball

Hmmm... what about "Dirty Sun-jizz" ?

Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws


Not keeping on top of your dotnet updates then? Can't remember how many updates we've had to that...

John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code



Exactly how I'd behave if I was loaded. This is how EVERY lottery winner should act !

Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? Stop immediately



An electrocution "down there".. that could sure make your hair stand on end...

Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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I love this...

Cracking comment from Booze Allen:

"..and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm."

Yes. Doing the right, moral thing, and exposing serious wrongdoing??? Fucking outrageous !! Goes against everything Booze Allen stands for.

Cover-ups for all !

Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding



Wish I was rich - do what the fuck you like, trample over all the laws and throw a couple of bucks away when the resultant "fine" arrives..

He must be pissing himself laughing.

Magic mystery malware menaces many UK machines - new claim



and what ports/destinations/packets/strings etc we could watch for at the perimeter..

From the blog post, it appears looking on HTTP for some_magic_code1 might help. Here's hoping that's a good start.

Any snort rules yet?

Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?


Re: nah...

A big "+1" to the frustrating issue of having to use iTunes as well. That means firing up my main machine upstairs, and firing all my music into it, then making a playlist, then syncing. Got a tune on my work PC I want to copy onto it? Not a chance... take it home on USB and go through the whole process.

Drag and drop... it's not exactly rocket science. That said, because of this I ditched iTunes months back for the excellent Spotify. Which of course is cross-platform. Still always been a major bugbear however. I hate iTunes with a spectacular passion. It's awful software for what's supposed to be a premium product.



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