* Posts by fLaMePrOoF

249 publicly visible posts • joined 11 May 2010


The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss


If the entire process was handled by AI and completely closed then this would potentially be a great idea, but without that cast iron assurance of a closed system the potential / probability of bad actors at FB is just too high...

Of course such a closed system comes with it's own issues and potential for abuse by users so won't hold my breath on this one...

Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user


The lidar technology in many newer cars would be capable of 'stealing' a person's 3 dimensional facial data without even needing close proximity or line of sight. Fingerprints, voice and iris patterns are bad enough but facial data is literally the easiest to compromise...

With the type of high end high resolution lidar being utilised by large companies and governments for 3D area mapping the facial data of large crowds could be captured in minutes or seconds...

And even without lidar it is possible to extrapolate 3D data from multiple images of a person's face, particularly with a dual camera setup.

It seems the only people not vulnerable would be Muslim women, bikers, and teens wearing hoodies...

What might an individual hacker need to compromise this new unlock feature?

1 A lidar scanner (becoming surprisingly common place, and with enough images of the target this might not even be needed)

2 A picture of the target, or preferably 2 or 3 from slightly different angles, to map onto the 3D construct of their face, not difficult at all these days... (and this won't even be necessary if the facial detection is based on geometric data only)

3 A 3D printer

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day


DUH! We have invested in a backup, it's an EU project called Galileo which the UK is invested in, it's way more accurate and reliable that GPS and is online now. Then there're BeiDiu and Glonnas which are freely available...

There really is no story here.

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'


Site is now down, what a surprise...

Virgin surprises market by hopping into bed with BT for MVNO love-in


The deal will also avoid the need for extensive systems integration with a new MVNO provider at a time when critical systems and projects depend on this integration...

Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges


They are charging a £25 'setup fee' even to existing customers, so you have to pay £25 to receive exactly the same product and service - I feel a complaint to Ofcom comming on...

Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative


Londoners have not been so disturbed since the great Geordie invasion of '96

Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all



Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough


So replaces an ancient technology with a slightly less ancient technology which has been strangled by a bottlenecked interface..?


BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


Bollocks, that would be an illegal intercept.

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies


Why not just ask China to build us a Great Firewall...?

Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues


I would be very worried if there was any correlation between green and yellow...

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei


CW's SIM free price for the P9 is £449 same as everywhere else...


The Vodafone deal; £30 / 24 month contract (unlimited minutes + texts, 2GB data) total cost = £720

Handset + Watch alone total cost = £740

Security real talk time: So what exactly do we mean by 'backdoor'?


"A backdoor is a component of a security system, in which the component is active on a computer system without consent of the computer's owner, performs functions that subvert purposes disclosed to the computer's owner, and is under the control of an undisclosed actor."

This is a terrible definition; all the stuff about who knows / authorises what is irrelevant and quite obviously only there to support the FBI's current position with Apple.

A backdoor is simply 'another way in', nothing more, nothing less.

The implications are more complex; primarily that it bypasses / circumvents the 'usual' authentication / security mechanisms in some way...

Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?


Security Theatre

The type of drone in question, a Syma X5 is circa 200-300 grams, has relatively weak brushed motors, doesn't have the power to lift a load of more than 50-100 grams, a maximum of 50-100 meter range from the transmitter and requires line of sight, little or no use for any criminal enterprise.

Drones that are of use to criminals are larger (1 Kg+) with powerful brushless motors and the ability to carry loads such as drugs or mobile phones as well as providing decent range for the transmitter and FPV camera. No way an eagle could grab one of those out of the air; nothing could mitigate the risk of injury from the motors and the drone it's self would simply be too heavy for the bird...

GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.


As a technical test analyst/manager with >8 years experience in mobile telecoms, (I was working for Orange / EE at the time), I can assure you I'm perfectly qualified to assess and report on the afore-mentioned incident, however if you're just going to call me a liar then I can see you must have earned your little silver badge for trolling...


Our security service has been doing this for years even before smart phones...

Back in about 2009 when I owned a Sony Ericsson C902 feature phone, my employer used to organise a summer day out for all staff and their families, that year we had a boat tour up and down the Thames.

Using my C902 camera I took lots of photos on the trip, including a large number of Vauxhall Cross as we sailed past...

After the trip back at my desk I plugged the memory card into my computer and to my surprise found that there wasn't a single image of Vauxhall Cross, even though I knew I'd taken several, 6-12 at least.

What's even more strange, all of the other photos, before and after the Vauxhall Cross ones were present with sequentially numbered file names first to last, with no break in the numbering.

Several times I've recounted this tale to various levels of dis-belief and mockery, now maybe the reaction might be slightly less incredulous...

MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it


I use Classic Shell, works fine with Windows 10...

Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens


Virgin Media have been doing this for 2-3 years...

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream


"The likes Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner and Laura Hird in literary fiction and crime writers such as Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Ian Rankin seem to have developed a sub-genre of their own. All are very prolific and consistent at turning out high quality pared down writing with downbeat heroes and a grim sardonic underlying humour."

Cannot believe you omitted the late Iain M Banks from this list :/

WAM, bam, thank you QAM


Re: IF this is real

Not to mention the cable industry, although replacing all linear amps across an HFC network would be very costly...

I'll be very interested to see how this develops.

GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet


Sounds great but will inevitable result in even more adolescents and teens being criminalised for 'normal' sexual experimenting and behaviour.

Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP


The final thesis in this article that TV is being / will be replaced by portable devices, even in the communal living space, is utter bollocks.

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster


Sinofsky was an ass hat, he was saved only for a time by the Juggernaut like momentum of the corporation as he killed menus and forced ribbons and Win8 on an unwilling public.

SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE


Clickbait :/

iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks


You only need to take one look at the photo to realise that this claim is complete bollocks...

WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?


Interesting idea but mainly limited to the author's imagination...

As someone who works in and has contacts across the industry I can simply say that this is not, and almost certainly never will be a thing, (at least not here in the UK).

Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species


No pic - PAH!!!

Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th


Re: Blast from the past

Or you can play it in your browser here... http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=elite.ssd&autoboot


For those who simply can't wait I highly recommend the little known but excellent unofficial Elite clone; DarkStar One.

It doesn't, however, have multi-player, for that we'll just have to wait for the real thing...

The quid-a-day nosh challenge: Anyone fancy this fungus I found?


I have to recommend instant noodles and cup-a-soup:

Buy the cheapest noodles from any supermarkets (Asda I believe sell them for about 20p per packet) along with some cheap cup-a-soups of your preferred flavours.

Add a soup sachet to the noodles, cover with boiling water and microwave for a couple of minutes.

Provides a quick, easy and relatively tasty & filling meal for around 50p

EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid


"If it succeeds in slurping O2 Ireland, it'll reduce the number of operators in the country from four to three, with just Meteor and Vodafone as rivals, potentially reducing the amount of competition and therefore hiking prices for users"

I don't think so if the example set in the UK is anything to go by - while the 'old boys network' which runs the main operators here have been price fixing for years, 3 has been very much the outsider aggressively and consistently undercutting prices...

Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW


If you'd made that comment in relation to Super Hub 1 I'd have to agree, but Super Hub 2 has an extremely good wifi signal / range; far better than any other ISP equipment and better than most retail dual band routers < £150

MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest


Seems flawed to me as everything in existence had causal interactions at the big bang if space and time are not precedant to quantum interactions but rather are a product of them...

Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT


Edward Snowden's whistle blowing has massively advanced the cause of personal privacy, however, the exposure of this kind of material worries me greatly; up till now ES has been able to say that he has not compromised national security but the revelation of international espionage projects like this most definitely does undermine national security and the capabilities of security agencies.

On a technical level I find this fascinating, but I can't get past the thought that I / we really shouldn't know this; security agencies and governments deserve to keep SOME secrets :o/

Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina


Poontang stadium?

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK


Anyone stupid enough to open an email attachment claiming to be from a bank these days frankly deserves to get *ucked.

Perhaps these idiot's systems are off-line we won't have to put up with quite so many 'Like and Share to win an iPad' Facebook posts.

Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco


Hasn't something gone wrong in their admin when they fail to use BCC when sending out emails to large lists? DUH!

Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete


Score 2 for Roddenberry / Star Trek - first it was the warp drive, and now 'photonics'...

Just waiting for a working holodeck...

'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs


Re: Serious Business

It's called sarcasm...

MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on


This has to be the most eloquent sub heading of late :)

Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late


I was there yesterday, and while I accept these quotes and references are accurate, I have to say this story is straining out a gnat...

While the event lasted a full day with several keynote speakers and sessions from AWS partners, this whole article is based on a couple of minutes from Andy Jassy's presentation which charted the growth of AWS since 2007.

AWS boasting about their dominant market position? Definitely and rightly so. Tanks on the lawn? Hardly.

That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

Big Brother

"What the NSA appears to have done is circumvent or nobble the software and hardware that underpin widely used encryption systems, rather than all-out breaking the mathematical foundations of modern-day cryptography."

This puts the US / UK attitude towards Huawei & other Chinese firms in an interesting perspective...

It may be that western spooks aren't so much concerned with China's ability to compromise Chinese built kit, but rather THEIR INABILITY to compromise it...

Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all


Pretty much blanket permissions.

All dialogues are in Chinese however, so not practical for most western users...

Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA


None of this is relevant though if any link in the electronic chain can be presented with a court order or threatened by the security services to reveal data. we've already seen 2 businesses fall to this with one possibly facing obstruction charges.

You can't subpoena a face to face conversation (provided you avoid it being monitored / recorded in any way0 and that's the whole point of Rusbridger's stance and why this article is virtually pointless...

Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October


How fucking hypocritical of the government when all MPs are lining up to pour vitriol on the BBC for running a shitstorm of an IT project...

IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

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Re: As a software tester...

Couldn't agree more.

I started 'at the bottom' in testing in 2008 and since then my career, (as a 'permie'), and remuneration, has progressed rapidly.

I've worked on countless fascinating projects for 5 major companies and today my weekly pre-tax income as a Test Engineer / Analyst is well over £800 (although without the Ferrari).

Sure, there are the Accentures of this world who will work you to ill health for a pittance, but the 'Emperors New Clothes' that was the off-shoring 'revolution' has been largely called, decent contractors can still get £300-£500 / day, (in the south at least), and heaps of medium to large sized companies are bringing more and more of their testing in-house and offering excellent packages and career prospects for permies.


Good article but your comments on testing are WAY off the mark.