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'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: The best.

Faaaak now I have a headache.

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Re: The best.

But that’s not a point, let alone THE point.

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Re: And none of this is important

Or not.

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Re: And none of this iand you do realize...s important

This is some Daniel Craig, 007 type shit here. So X has compromised every #Intel #CPU for generations of versions. And Q doesn’t have an answer. In theory. .

A dirty dozen of Bluetooth bugs threaten to reboot, freeze, or hack your trendy gizmos from close range

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Re: I'm looking forward to the SIGRIDTOOTH...

But, but...is my upcoming Viking cruise secure?

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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Re: Something they don't teach in Norwegian schools...

Has anyone mentioned Norway Rail? ‘Cause we’re sure going off them.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them

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Their attention ain’t gonna be on anything but the friend.

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Posted it

Red ones or yellow ones? Please, it’s confusing when we’re in there trying to take phone pics of them all

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I have two too

Have a “top-of-the-line” pw mgr with 2FA activated with all the bells n whistles (but I don’t use all of those things that make online life “easier”) anyway - periodically I export the db cvs and store it on a remote encrypted cloud, an external hd, AND import it into another pw mgr I subscribed to for a year just to test it out - one thing about pe mgr 2 is it uses authenticator - better than a text/code. My God, in these 27 character pw days, depending on any ONE service is foolish. Also, at least on iOS, one can use the Safari browser to download a pdf copy of the db and save it ON MY PHONE som no cloud needed.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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Re: The FEDs want remote access...

That’s “duct”, “Duct” I say.

Put the crypt into cryptocoin: Amid grave concerns, lawyers to literally dig into exchange exec who died owing $190m

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My two coin

Now THAT’S what I call a dead issue.

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed

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Re: I understand where the dev is coming from but ....

And the REAL cost - the years or decades of proprietary updates and maintenance whereas a license model keeps everyone on the same page and shares development cost, etc.

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Re: Seems fairly fair

Nothing is free and FUSE is mot nothing. It’s nothing to pay something for something but that concept becomes a mob scene of reflexive users whose ideal is “free” stuff, that overcomes even wee pangs of guilt or considered thought, and damn any rational process that stands in the impatient stampede.

Reasons to be fearful 2020: Smishing, public Wi-Fi, deepfakes... and all the usual suspects

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Re: Predictions from fraud specialist Experian

I still have some minor biz back in the home country so a tiny but necessary ckg account keeps me in the frantically urgent update msg loop. When an employee at the institution cut and ran with a ton of customer data, the solution boasted of the “well known and highly regarded” infosec US company Experian’s services that were offered free to customers for like, 5 years. I asked some old homeboys and girls grabbing the free stuff if they had ever heard of Experian. A resounding nope.

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Clueless and cluelesser

No thanks to Experian and its rue. I am, at least daily, appalled at the sloppy [internet] habits of my “boomer” friends. Most, I’d say 95%, have no comprehensible idea of what a vpn is or kinda how it works. Yet while I rant wearily and futilely about security and spend some precious pension funds on it, they blithely log into any old free wifi spot, and conduct [their] family financial matters at an order [or two] of magnitude greater than my pittance. This is truly a new meaning for “open source”—that is a rich petri dish for scam after scam, and Experian.

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else

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True, true

LOL I can READ “use before #Brexit on the paté. Nice.

Astronaut Tim Peake reminds everyone about the time Excel mangled his contact list on stage at Microsoft AI event

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Re: Hey Boris

Yes, but teamwork is sorely missing on the Boris side and the naystayers side. AI might apply here for a better outcome.

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

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ATDT ———————-boing

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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I use Carbon Copy Cloner (for years) for weekly total HD backups on 2TB HD locked up in a safe - and it’s bootable. Also use Mac’s TimeMachine 24/7. Of course my Mac is not a laptop. I travel a lot and use my phone, even for MS Office if I need to write something Cloud: iCloud, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive. And a paid password manager. IPhone was ripped off two years ago and I watched my phone migrate around the District of Columbia, with me posting messages, etc. After 24 hours I locked it. Day after that I wiped it and had my carrier kill it.

Sorry about the MacBook. Maybe an honest person will get hold of it and you’ll get it back.

South Africans shivering in the dark after file-scrambling nasty hits Johannesburg power biz

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Freezing burning

I disembarked from a Rhine River cruise two days ago. We enjoyed? a day of 104°F heat. Talking to another passenger over a cold bier, he said he’d just gotten email from “home” SA as it turns out and how it was “freezing back home.”

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

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Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

Took up programming late 70’s as a machinist/tool maker taking on programming 4 CNC machines. One “perk” a tool purchase program by employer deducted 10% of cost off bi-weekly paycheck. When I moved on from my personal hobby VIC20 (learned BASIC including a Commadore ca$$ette tape!) bought as a tool Apple IIe loaded with printer, mouse card and mouse, 140K floppy drive, color monitor. Justified by finding bare-bones software for geo and trig calculation for work.

Then got a Z80 card so I could run CP/M and Turbo Pascal when I enrolled for a night class in Pascal. School equipped with MSDOS PCs only but a working guy with two very young kids, horrible commutes had no time to hang out in the labs. I would develop my school assignments at home then take my printout/listing in and re-enter and compile my Pascal to submit. There was no way I could have submitted online. Awkward but it worked. And the machining? Eventually convinced cheapskate employer to go with a machine programming package running on Windows.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Re: Say, what? A0A stallism

The engines don’t “stall”, the aircraft does—if the angle of attack goes too high - all a problem due to the repositioning of larger engines for the Max that increased tendency of the nose to be pulled up under high power conditions (takeoff) - this in turn due to Boeing’s urgent need to cut lead time to deploy a new plane that was similar enough to previous 737 models it cut training times as Airbus had leapfrogged Boeing with a new model. Thus a botched and unfinished compromise. Maybe fixed now? I’m taking a boat.

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

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Intel 4 amateurs

George? smile at the camera please.

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

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Re: A waste of good breath?

Sad, ironic, sarcastic, but true. But still, I am also free to donate to Amnesty Int. As a side comment, wasn’t Manafort snagged interfering with witnesses via Whatsapp logs?

'Lightweight' UPS-style flywheels to power naval laser zappers

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Re: F1 KERS flywheels ?????

Hmmmm, that’s all about gyroscopes. Energy storage pads are a whole different game. Yes, in a rough sea, the 300 lb. pods would “hop” around a bit unless well lashed.

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

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That's '"o" great guru"

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Yes true Play reports to devs. However, the D/L stats from the sketchy DVI service is high value. 1. The users are, as cited, likely to have download security switched off even after install has completed. 2. DVI drones provide tons of intel: 3D Geolocation, video, various attachments that are available. Not that EVERY non-play install forever compromises a phone, but that list is a good place to start an attack.

Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Re: 1st rule of an IT system...

Or their chainsaws on Win 7 PCs

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Re: Using windows in a business environment is negligent in of itself.

But...but. Isn't it Windows 7 PCs - or all 7 of them? I am confused.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: What if you just don’t tell them? WHAT?

That’s a crime and leverage to inflict endless, ludicrous grief.

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As long as the rivers flow etc.

I’m an American Indian (that’s what it says on card I must carry 24-7) and can live on both sides of the border - I will leave determining that up to you. Need no visa to be in US. And my hearing aids need the paired app om my iphone. And these inept, pedantic fools can peremptorily grab my phone? Is my password keeper a social app? My pwds are unknown to me without it. What a moronic policy. And there is NOWHERE NEAR the smart staffing in existance to handle this mess

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

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Re: Will it play nicer with iOS?

Ralph B - good point. The more seamless iOS ecosystem is a huge drawing point in favor of the Apple watch. Not that I would consider one until battery systems have improved to something like a month, at least, something not likely any time soon.

I pair my iPhone with my hearing aids for full functionality - phone calls, music, and...hearing tuning control with the app, of course. If the sad state of the comparable app available on Android's platform [for same hearing aids] is an indication of functionality with Google's watch cobbled into iOS, I'll keep my 12 year old Casio, thank you.

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: £300 refurbished...

Late September 128GB New $499 USD fantastic phone for the realistic very sturdy, great battery life, capabilities meet my PHONE needs. My third SE 1st 32GB needed more memory, 2nd 64GB stolen so remotely bricked. In a pinch decent video and photo apps but iPad mini is plan A for that, or huge desktop Mac.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

No periods

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

The thumb print dimple is perfect for me when finding my [SE] in the dark or or in my pocket. Not that I unlock with the thumbprint, mind you. Pin only. In certain static situations (like perched above a desk, or for handicapped users, or at the beach in Cancun partying with the trend setters), Face ID will be useful but I have no problem with a Pin at all, in fact see it as more secure.

I AM anticipating applications that can leverage the tech for 3D modeling in DIY manufacturing and printing. Let the emoji obsessed fund the development say I. Real usage will develop as Apple scrambles to get it right.

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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As my iPhone morphs into less a phone/messaging device and more a marketing system, this becomes a hopeful development.

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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It's all in the lucky numbers, ironically

Nineteen fire trucks? Samsung's "offshore" battery op has run smack into Chinese reality. 7-4-8 is legendary in China. That magic number = 19 and means Samsung overlooked best practices and suffered the inevitable consequences.

"748: "七四八" In Mandarin this number is pronounced "qī sì bā". If these numbers are stated in certain tones, it has a meaning which roughly translates into: "Why don't you go die?" "去死吧" This combination is more commonly used as an insult to others, or rather, an indirect death threat. Youngsters can jokingly tease each other by saying "你去死吧!". Depending on the mood, place and way of saying this sentence it can confer meanings ranging from joking to insulting or provoking. On the other hand, any 3 digit number that ends with 48 sounds like "wealthy for X lifetimes" (世發) (e.g. 748[七世發] is wealthy for 7 lifetimes"), thus is generally considered lucky, with 448 and 548 being the exceptions since they are also homophones of "死先發"(Wealthy on death) and "唔洗發"(no need/not going to be wealthy)."

Extra credit: "qi" most awesome word in scrabble.. Garçon, more coffee!

FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

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New Supermicro blades going to brick yard big-time?

Just mentioning, the Supermicro rack gear checked out here in Reg seems to feature blades with the Atom chips. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/07/supermicro_gets_super_server_win/

Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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this is for history books

I think this is indeed historical - and fated to be forgotten and overlooked by many.


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worth every penny - that was pretty cool!

Twitter tool's tweet tweaks leaked to twits

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using echofon pro has lots of this stuff

Apple throws free Snow Leopard bone at MobileMe punters

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Snow Leopard

Have a first gen Macbook intel and run snow leopard (which can't use most of iCloud but CAN use its email) and an iphone with iOs 5.1 with iCloud activated...but only for email.

My Mobile me synch was going history June 30 so activated iCloud. I sync the phone wifi to macbook (calendar, some photos, and all-important contacts)

But I have gone to Google contacts which now syncs with macbook...and basic contacts list will be there until...?

Rumor has it a version of snow leopard might be released after Mobile me is dead and buried and Apple has squeezed every possible buck out for Lion...

Cisco accused of tailoring tech to aid Chinese abuses

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While we debate the rational arguments around the marketing tactics used by the Cisco reps in China, the point remains the 5 or 20 Falun Gong folks who get hauled in and sent into the archipelago and black hole of Chinese detention by Cisco's efficiencies configured by a colonel in the People's Army, do they care if on a fine legal point Cisco is lawfully engaging in business ethically while maybe facilitating the arrests? It's wrong any way you look at it. You are waffling if in any way you can call this right.

Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

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Page Mill 1.5, is it? FINALLY after 20+ years and the millennium, I can upgrade!

HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis

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"The Point" as metaphor

Walk into my (note I said "my", not "a" just so you know where I stand on this) friend's house. There you will find about 6 books. Coffee table editions, probably from big box Costco. They don't read much there, but DO get the daily local newspaper.

Then, go to my OTHER friend's house. There are actually TWO library rooms there. Rare books. Map books. History books. Brand new books - at leat several every few weeks. Old, old books. Original or first editions. Books on his and his wife's family history. Large books - mainly art special issues. You need a bloody ladder! Probably 10,000 volumes? What? Dunno know if they have been counted.

Nuance. Both of these persons I consider my close friends. "Friend" is NOT a button or click-on. The APP store model cannot and yet can (all depending upon the beholder's values) be representative of someone's online experience. "APP" markets are limited. For the curious, both WEB and the APP model need be up and running.http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/boffin_32.png

Head App Store plod punts farts 'n' wiz

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Wait! Blue flame - I've got it!

The Blue Flame SO fits here - The Register editors obviously have withered in an overprotective environment, one deprived of my cousin Keith. On those fun family weekends long ago when the girls all stayed in cousin Linda's room, and all the boys crashed in Keith's room while the parents partied and got polluted in the living room...

Keith would dim the lights, drop his pj's and sit on the floor and light a match. Then he would lift his legs and roll back, holding the match by his arse and rip a fart. Now THAT'S a blue flame. A few of those brought out a richness in the air that was something.

Adobe to buy Day Software

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claws of CMS

Work with DAY CQ5 CMS and its integrated Omniture integration (Omniture, ANOTHER product Adobe bought up) that powers Adobe's business model of accumulating web hit statistics and in integration with FLASH player's hidden server-side stored cookies. I believe that THIS is a real reason Jobs/Apple is rejecting FLASH content on iOS platforms - Apple is cutting off the info stream of invaluable user stats of its solid gold user demographic [from Adobe] and capturing it as their iAd initiative moves forward. Battle to the death here for targeted content tools.

Day's CMS tools for web development/management include Omniture and are in use throughout the net.

China renews Google's internet licence

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Google's Faustian Deal With China

In the "Washington Monthly" July/August 2010 Issue, read "The Agnostic Cartographer" by John Gravois (disclosure - married to wife's cousin) that details how Google serves up China-pleasing info on Google Earth from its China-Based servers but India-pleasing info when accessed in Indian (or most places other than China). Gravois builds his article around a discussion of Arunachal Pradesh, a mountainous region claimed by both countries and disputed for decades. So is Google "doing good?", "doing not good?". "doing us?", or what?


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