* Posts by Kevin McMurtrie

2181 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007

Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6

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Security concerns

I'm guessing many years of applying superstitious IPv4 security fixes until the vulnerability scans pass. They flip the switch to IPv6 and nothing works but some vulnerabilities.

Software for IPv6 still sucks too. It's the year 2020 and there's still no way for a Docker container, VM, or VPN to negotiate dividing the host's massive subnet.

Blight the power: Jamming attack cripples wireless signals using clever reflective technology

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But passive is more infuriating

Anyone tried using an antenna next to a cluster of tall offices? Got it! Wait, it's fading.. just need a little adjustment.. no, yes, no, gah!

Cybercrooks tend to prefer Google-branded phishing to Microsoft-flavoured lures

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Send your complaints of illegal activity to our bot

I've started checking how long phishing resources remain active on Google. It's about 7 months. Google's own search engine has indexed lists of Google's own resources being listed on multiple phishing blacklists, and the accounts are still alive. Google is usually #1 on Spamhaus for C&C hosting.

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Early versions of MacOS used Pascal. I preferred it a lot compared to what C looked like at that time. It was easy to read, had helpful compiler errors, and could model high and low level data structures.

Object Pascal, on the other hand, is what made me switch to C++.

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out

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Re: It's UNIX

Is the "Spawn of Satan" icon not showing on my post?

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You can apply fixes from the open source community while waiting for Apple, right?

Galaxy S20 security is already old hat as Samsung launches new safety silicon

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Samsung has upgraded their sieve of security from wire to heavy gauge stainless steel.

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

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I find it hard to believe that all 390 employees are staying for the full bonus. Jumping ship for a better job can offset long-term retention bonuses, especially if sanity has value. I'd heroically fight to save a startup that still has a heart and a chance but a big DSL telco is going to be a slow and procedural failure.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Nokia/Ericsson Execs

Samsung makes radio equipment too, though T-Mobile/Sprint just said they aren't going to use it anymore. Samsung has been blocking updates for unlocked phones on T-Mobile for a while too. Not sure what's going on there.

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Where's Google?

Remember discount GoogleFi, discount fiber, free citywide wireless, free Bluetooth beacon databases, free whitespace WiFi technology AND a free national whitespace database, free browser, free phone OS, free GPS accuracy enhancement, balloon Internet relays...

l'm shocked that they haven't offered up 5G cellular equipment yet. So much data is going unwatched.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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What's terrifying is if the government tells you to log all packet headers for national security. Your one rack of comms would need 500 racks of spinning rust drives.

You couldn't sell a 44Tbps link in America.

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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All ur base r here

Samsung has so much shovelware, spyware, and spotty updates that this has to be a joke. I've disabled maybe a dozen apps (using a shady 3rd party tool) and the network transfer indicator still never turns off. I've had to swap the SIM card three times to trigger updates after they stopped for nearly a year. There's no unlocking the bootloader on the Snapdragons so you can't install a secure 3rd party OS.

Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough

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Re: We have the technology

The links provided by El Reg say, "eutectic gallium–indium alloy." Sounds like galinstan.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Access controls?

Does their billing system look the same or was video feeds of bedrooms just not important to protect?

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Slightly expandable memory

It's odd that Huawei still uses Nano Memory cards in new phones. They're expensive, a bit slow, and there's nothing bigger than 128GB. I think a high-end phone with 512GB or 1TB storage is justifiable if it means no longer needing a personal laptop.

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

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Re: Can someone explain?

Actually, it's the oxide layer. Household power is right about where the oxide layer starts conducting so it's prone to getting hot from power losses. It needs to be clamped extremely tightly or it needs to operate in the KV range where it will weld itself.

Another option is copper clad aluminum. If ever you see wire at the hardware store that doesn't cost a fortune, it's that. It can even be soldered once.

For a an undersea cable, I imagine they spend a bit extra for good clamps or brazed connections to use aluminum. It would be trivial compared to the cost of copper.

Got a few spare terabytes of storage sitting around unused? Tardigrade can turn that into crypto-bucks

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To many Reg readers signed up?

I signed up for hosting and a few MB per hour is coming in. With all that talk about recommending 8 TB I thought there'd be more traffic.

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: Interesting but .....

There are plenty of oils that are inert, difficult to ignite, and having a flash point above solder's melting point. Motor oil with no metal additives could work.

Don't trust deep-learning algos to touch up medical scans: Boffins warn 'highly unstable' tech leads to bad diagnoses

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So difficult to please!

You teach the AI what a good picture looks like then say it's wrong when it fabricates more of those pictures.

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

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Feels like old news

Oh, that was Eclipse Europa. Nevermind.

Press F2 to pay respects. New Xiaomi Poco Pro has 5G, top-drawer Snapdragon chippery, 64MP camera

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Radio is a bit spotty for a flagship

LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41

NR: n77/n78

Having the minimum bands for global operation means it's going to be the first phone to lose bandwidth when a lot of people are nearby. Channel aggregation will barely work, if at all. It looks like a good gaming phone but I wouldn't upgrade thinking that "5G" means faster data.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: I hated the pump ads...

You can always push the "call" button to complain if you can't find the mute trick. I don't know if that mutes the ads or the operator does it, but I've had success. (Three presses on the second down right side screen button works around here)

Wanna be a developer? Your coworkers want to learn Go and like to watch, er, Friends and Big Bang Theory

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Re: Funny that is

Go looks really nice in the Golang evangelist demos. When it came to writing complex apps, it felt like the worst limitations of C and Java combined. I can't think of any programming task where it would be my choice to use it. I'd group it down there with Perl and Objective-C.

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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So much finger pointing

Why is it that Google research teams can find complicated potential exploits but they can't find their own abusive customers? Abuse complaints have been filed and Google has even indexed the evidence from abuse tracking web sites. Is hosting a global army of phishers and scammers not a security threat?

'A' is for ad money oddly gone missing: Probe finds middlemen siphon off half of online advertising spend

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Re: No surprise, but what to do about it?

I block ads because they eventually delegate to hackers and rabid marketing departments. Direct ads are usually fine.

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Pilot of the Falcon

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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White Hat, Black Hat?

Hoodie down, hoodie up today

The ultimate 4-wheel-drive: How ESA's keeping XMM-Newton alive after 20 years and beyond

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Re: Had to look up what "unloading" a reaction wheel means.

You can use a magnetorquer if you're near Earth and have some spare battery power.

Smartphone shipments plummet in Q1 as users, er, lock down their spending

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The phones aren't what people want. Prices have doubled but designs are still conservative, minimalist, and dated. If anything, phone makers are competing in camera megapixels like it's 2010. Folding phones were promising but too fragile.

Lyft dumps 17% of staff, furloughs 5%, cuts pay as people stay home, avoid rides in possibly virus-ridden cars

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Disruptions disrupted

Don't these companies need a full staff to invent whatever amazing things the billions were spent on? I thought self-driving and flying taxis were on the way. Otherwise we just have another couple of taxi companies with an app.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Is Ellen Muth available?

I'm wanting a Dead Like Me special edition where George is busy with all the people who take Trump's advice. Daniel Uhlfelder is practically promoting it already.

Wait, how did the world get to this state? I need by debugger.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Screw you

I'm making my comma five spaces wide.

Google says no more shady anonymous web ads – if you want your billboard up, you've got to show us some valid ID

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3rd party trick

Advertising is delegated so many times that the name of the business paying Google isn't going to mean anything. This is why I block ads. Eventually there's flashing animation, sound, and page hijacks.

Work from home surge may work in Wi-Fi 6's favour, reckons analyst house

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Cat 6

I've been working with an Ethernet cable. Every Apple device I've seen in the past 15+ years has insane WiFi latency and packet loss. I know exactly who is video conferencing at home by wire or WiFi. I would not expect WiFi 6 to fix that.

Google productises its own not-a-VPN secure remote access tool

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I swear that sounds like a fictional evil corporation from a horror movie - a shadowy entity that would edit human DNA or leave you stranded on a mining planet with angry aliens. Corporation = Evil, BeyondCorp = Beyond Evil. I Googled the name but only got pleasant looking links back. It must all be fine.

Something a bit phishy in your inbox? You can now email suspected frauds straight to Blighty's web takedown cops

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Shut down CloudFlare? Political pressure on SF?

Most scam sites are served by CloudFlare's edge cache. When I've called them about phishing and robocall scams on their systems, they've told me to file a police report if I think there's a crime being committed. CloudFlare is in San Francisco where the police will not, by policy, respond to anything less than rape or murder.

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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Nothing changed

Almost all of the spams I receive are still using Gmail accounts for replying. About half of those have been around for months - Google's search engine has even indexed them from blacklist sites.

Tick tick Zoom, is this thing on? US comms giant Verizon pulls on BlueJeans for 'undisclosed amount'

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Welcome to the team

Have you met MCI, Yahoo, and AOL?

NASA dons red and blue cardboard 3D glasses to drive Curiosity rover because its GPUs are stuck in the office

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Late night Reg posting

The solution is admirably low tech, but The Reg is curious why NASA, which has a budget of $22.6bn for this year, appears to have essentially admitted that it cannot remote into the high-performance PCs or create a GPU-packing virtual desktop in the cloud.

Google is the cloud. Goggles are not in the cloud. There is no cloud solution to not having the realtime 3D video card and the face goggles that go with it.

Second-wave dotcom Uber-investor Softbank forecasts gargantuan losses as world economy faces slump

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Re: Business models

Uber is a taxi company blowing all their money on bro-culture self-driving car technology with no ROI in sight. It would be hard to pick a worse company to invest in.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

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Larry knows who the devil is

The lawyers are here to discuss the licensing and support terms for your country's health.

WeWork sues SoftBank over 'AWOL' $3bn shares purchase – which included millions lined up for ousted CEO Neumann

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WeWork has lost billions of dollars before the product is mastered and it wants a loan? SoftBank has a streak of dumb investments, but surely they would notice some risks here.

Already in final beta? That's Madagascar: Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa' gets updated desktop, ZFS support

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Re: ZFS is for dedicated file-servers

It's highly customizable so it can be suited for desktop and server use. You can even create many mount points per pool and give them different options. It's a GUI away from being a filesystem for everyone.

My only complaint about ZFS is that it's buggy once you leave the happy path. For all those bugs, it still hasn't lost any data. It even survived having 5 SATA cables simultaneously go bad in a raid during a drive swap.

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

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Re: Doing the hard way

In California you can easily cover -280 feet to +10000 feet in day of driving, or even more if you don't mind a hike. The Sierra Mountain range is pretty much why all-season tires exist.

Watch: Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online

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Sad state of video sharing

A historically important film is digitized and shared to the world via YouTube, which then cranks up compression until it has motion artifacts like an old CD-ROM game.

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom

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Re: Vacuum

All of that cryogenic venting probably made the air inside shrink or condense. Negative air pressure is generally hard to deal with.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: How long does it take to reboot a 787 ?

You press a toothpick into a hole under the cockpit dash, wait for everything to blink, and it's good to go when all the lights are back on.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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Test it

Let me go through recent spams for phishing, fake store, fake drug, and counterfeit product sites hosted on CloudFlare and run them through 1.1.13:

www.getyourdesignerdealtoday.com - OK

www.wellcustom.com - OK

easysolarsaving.com - OK

bestcompany.com - OK

secure.getinstahard.com - OK

nerveshieldplus.com - OK

fitgens.com - OK

www.hiluxurybags.site - **Blocked**

www.cardiganjackets.com - OK

muama.com - OK

getenence.com - OK

completestrength-cbd-tincture.com - OK

www.ugwns.com - OK

I stand by my original opinion that CloudFlare is doing this to protect their business against other blacklist providers.

Japanese airline ANA spins out telepresence-bot startup for virus-avoiding medicos and fearful tourists

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Flying is easy

Bulk them up and make them really fast so they can be train guides. Get anywhere near Tokyo and there are multiple train operators, many multiple levels, multiple tracks, multiple entry queues per track, maybe female-only cars, and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. You have 1 to 4 minutes to transfer. Doors stay open for about 10 seconds. With any luck you'll have clear view an electric sign while it's showing Romaji or Hiragana.

Huawei rotating Chairman: Chinese government will not 'just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered'

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Re: Huawei has performed plenty of their own espionage against US telco tech in the past

This has nothing to do with 5G - it's corporate espionage in general. You don't have to ask for a citation if there are good search engine results and even a Wikipedia page.


Seen any Huawei handsets at a T-Mobile store recently? Nope. They're banned from some tech events too after getting caught trying to steal trade secrets (see citations of above article).


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