* Posts by Drew 11

199 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2009


Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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aaaaand it's gone.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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I was installing some software on the receptionist's PC at a client in an office block in the 90's. The screen glitched sideways severely while I was doing it and I mentioned it to her. She said "it does that all the time. They've replaced my screen 3 times and it never goes away."

I sat there finishing off the install taking in the environment and then said - "let's try something". I moved the screen to the other end of her desk and the glitching stopped. She was overjoyed and wanted to know how I fixed it.

I told her the screen was right up against the wall and the glitch happened everytime the elevator went past.

Pretty sad their hardware guys didn't figure it out.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

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The main point was that Loeffler and Burr sat in on briefings that basically said it was going to be FUBAR, sold and bought stocks indicating they believed the content of the briefings, BUT continued to parrot the TRUMP/GOP "nothing to see here, move along" line in public. Executive summary: Those two people are arseholes.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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How's that Herd Immunity theory working out for you, Boris?

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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"Science" channel issuing "thoughts and prayers". Where's that dumptruck jpg when you need it?

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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And once that investigation is completed, how about one regarding how domain registrants STILL don't have any real representation at ICANN, 20+ years after IDNO tried and nearly suceeded to get membership in the DNSO, but was squashed at the last hurdle by the corporate/commercial interest who got control of ICANN from day 1?

Colombia accused of rigging .co contract for dot-org provider Afilias – is this document a smoking gun?

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Re: Shared registries?

Domain owners don't deal with a Registry, there's already a chinese firewall multiple Registrar feature.

This is handy for ICANN when it comes to buck-passing time. Domain owners only have a contract with the Registrar, not the Registry or ICANN itself (even though the Domain owner funds ICANN via a tax).

ICANN has been very adept at keeping domain owners well clear of the decision making process.

Two missing digits? How about two missing employees in today's story of Y2K

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I remember a DOS dBase compiler called "Clipper", but later on there was a Windows dBase app that was similar. Maybe by Computer Associates? Can't for the life of me remember the name.

Antarctic researchers send an SOS to the world: Who wrote this message in a bottle?

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I know a lot of borderline insane hams and not many of those go on dxpeditions.

The "borderline" bit might be optional, too.

Hey, it's 2019. Quit making battery-draining webpages – say makers of webpage-displaying battery-powered kit

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Lets start with...

... getting rid of the dogs breakfast that is WordPress with all the uneccessary javascript, css etc files that it invariably downloads on each page.

Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts

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"There are now also browser-based options, including Google's G Suite, but if you prefer the freedom of working locally with open source software, LibreOffice is for you."

There are now also browser-based options, including Google's G Suite, but if you prefer not to let Google sift through your documents and sell the data to advertisers, LibreOffice is for you.


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

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"Namecheap notes that the organization repeatedly states the importance of receiving and acting on public comment in its formal corporate documents but i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶c̶a̶s̶e̶ as per usual simply ignored the process"


JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics

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First Google killed off server-side analytics with their "free" service. Then you had to open a Google Webmaster account to access the data. Then they started telling you what your website should look like and have on it in order to rank high. And here we are now with most websites crammed full of shitty javascript and visual wankery. Along with "Google Tag Manager", "Google Fonts" etc etc as more ways to slurp user's data.

Jesus H Christ on a bike.

Returning to server-side analytics would be the first step in decreasing Google's grip on everyone's throats (users AND webmasters).

Shall we strip price caps from .org, mulls ICANN. Hm, people seem really upset... OK, let's do it

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"The majority of ICANN's budget comes from the registry operators and the registrars that sell domains, who pay annual fees to the organization as well as a small per-domain fee."

Domain fee paid by registrants, passed onto ICANN via the two-tier registrar/registry.

"Price rises benefit everyone except end users."

Damn straight.

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

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The good news is he knows where the bodies are buried.

The bad news is, he knows how to bury bodies.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Maybe they're switching to pcb-rnd?

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it

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ICANN was captured by the registry/registrar lobby, and then it sat back while they grabbed all their clients expiring names for themselves and then auctioned them off (instead of the proper action of beling deleted and returning to the unregged pool).

Nominet = 2nd verse, same as the first.

Microsoft: Yo dawg, we heard you liked Windows password expiry policies. So we expired your expiry policy

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The only thing more annoying than password complexity rules that requirre at least 1 capital, one number and one punctuation, is when they have those rules but don't tell you until AFTER you've made up a password, entered it twice, saved it to your password manager and THEN had it rejected.

Fucking tosser UI programmers.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

See: Dunning–Kruger effect or "Obliviot".

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Re: Theft

What about that US company that now owns the TM on uggboots and chases down anyone else making them? Bloody bastards!

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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I never could get Debian running correctly on my Selectric. Hopefully RH will install OK.

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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Speaking of Snow Leopard, if you had a "enable Snow Leopard UI" option in the next OS I might be tempted to go out and buy a new Mac. All my Mac's now run Debian/XFCE. My 24" computer IS NOT A FUCKING iPHONE!!!

Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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So no one in the west wing has figured out how to explain US debt levels to a dyspraxic 5 year old yet?


Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: "Privacy? Get over it / This is the way the world works"

Don't forget to stop visiting any dogsbreakfastxxxxx wordpress sites because by default they'll be using Google Fonts and Google "Tag Manager"

Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: Drew 11

What I'm not happy about is the browser authors refusing to bake DANE into browsers which is what is holding up DNSSEC.

You're in a position to do some forensic journalism and find out exactly why that is. Are they being handed cash by their CA mates to kill it off?

What is SSAC's view of the matter?

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Yet another Reg article on certs that ignores the obvious answer: DNSSEC.

C'mon Kieren, how about an expose on why the hell the browser authors refuse to bake DNSSEC/DANE ?

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: Not about encryption

Not if the domain is running DNSSEC.

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Re: Money talks...

Errr, if someone is able to hijack your DNS record, then no amount of security is going to help you.

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Re: Money talks...

Errrr, you CAN have a DNS record that shares your public key. It's called DNSSEC and it's running right now.

I have it all set up, but browser's still complain because DANE isn't baked in because the big browser owners don't want to lose control.

ICANN and their SSAC should be complaining loudly but they're too busy feathering their own nests with the very browser writers that are the problem. Allegedly.

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Re: Now how about a way to get a hassle free cert

The tech is already there.

It's called DNSSEC and DANE. No need to go to LetsEncrypt (who are owned by...?)

The only thing holding up DANE are the browser manufacturers who refuse to bake it into their code.

High time TheReg went to them and asked them "why the hell not?"

In non-startling news, EFF says STARTTLS email crypto is mostly done wrong

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Re: Actually...

DANE is dead in the water until the bowser manufacturers bake it into their browsers and Apple allow their OS to accept the certs from mail servers.

Perhaps ICANN's SSAC could lean on them to adopt, but that's too obvious.

Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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Any reform of ICANN should start with domain owners (who fund most of it via the ICANN domain tax) actually getting voting power.

SpamCannibal blacklist service reanimated by squatters, claims every IP address is spammy

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Re: Nothing to see here, move on

"Practically any domain name that expires is immediately taken over by domain hoarders looking to monetize it in some way"

Correction. Practically every domain that expires is hijacked by the Registrar utilised by the domain owner, who then resets the DNS to their own and counts the traffic in order to monetise the domain and then auction it off prior to the time limit when they're supposed to release (delete) the domain.

Registrars like doing this because they usually get to keep the domain under their control (which is anti-competitive) and make a LOT more money at auction than they would if it was deleted and re-registered. ICANN, of course, has turned a blind eye to this matter.

UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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Irony alert: Check out google images results for the actress Caitlin-Rose Lacey taking the piss out of duck face selfie takers in this advert.

Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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It's only a raid if it is sudden and unannounced.

Too late for that now.

Tiangong-1 re-entry window shrinks: Duck from March 30 to April 3

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"When that happens, its rotation will affect the likely impact zone, how the space station breaks up once it enters the atmosphere, and weather conditions at the time."

The station's rotation will affect the weather?

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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I say pop these fellows in a Mexican jail for a few years. I think they'll lose their gleefulness regarding the corruptability of public officials.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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Re: What's the problem?

>Educate people better.

From what I've seen Google's gathering up all the private student data that schools can throw at them.

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Re: It's already fucked

Blame the webmasters. Too lazy to run webstats locally, helped spread the googleanalytics virus. Likewise "tagmanager", fonts and a multitude of JS nonsense. Then adsense/adwords. And they all signed up to webmaster tools and did exactly what google told them to do HTML-wise.

Then along came chrome and it's game, set, match.

Dutch name authority: DNSSEC validation errors can be eliminated

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Re: Solution looking for a problem

"DANE does, but it's not being used for anything."

Because Google and Mozilla refuse to bake it into their browsers.

That's the only thing holding it back.

Use of HTTPS among top sites is growing, but weirdly so is deprecated HTTP public key pinning

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Re: I only just noticed...

One word - DANE.

Oh, wait, Google and Mozilla refuse to bake the standard into their browsers. Their old excuse was "pinning is the way to go".

What's their new excuse? Could make for a good REG article.

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Re: PCID implementation in Linux?

Debian Stable is on 4.9.0, I believe, so no PCID support for you!


Hewlett-Packard history lost to Santa Rosa fires

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Re: Leave...

I survived Wilma (Cat 5) in Cancun. It went right over us. Mexican houses are concrete block (including roof) so hold out a lot better in hurricanes. Not so good in earthquakes.

Only 2 deaths IIRC, both ventured outside during the high winds, one got nailed by a flying sheet of iron, the other by a downed power conductor.

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Looking at the forecast cone, it could bypass Florida and whack Cuba and Texas.

Too far out to be certain.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Bring back OSX 10.6.8 I say.

Or at least have a version of Linux that has a "make this perform exactly like OSX 10.6.8" install option without having to kark around with a ton of config files spread all the fuck over the hdd.

Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: a matter of pride?

Japan is full of Donald Trump's?

GTFO of there! Security researchers turn against HTTP public key pinning

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Perhaps now Google and Mozilla can drop the "pinning is better" line and finally bake DANE into their browser software?


DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms

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Perhaps if the email clients started colouring all non-DMARC emails red, the uptake would increase?

Although since the browser authors are dragging the chain on DANE, I'd suspect this idea wouldn't fly either.

Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: Response time

Wel, if you equate being a KKK member to being a "real piece of work", then yes, Fred Trump was a real piece of work.

He probably disowned Donald for being Orange.