* Posts by TXITMAN

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Radio Frequency fingerprinting of aircraft ADS-B transmitters? Boffins reckon they've cracked it

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So ADS-B transmitters that send a callsign and ICAO code can be fingerprinted. Yes it is true. Also many aircraft carry two transponders so there is that. This smells like a research project in search of cash. More research is needed, hahah, AKA send more money.

Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

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Re: Here's a snippet

"Download Chrome"

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

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Berkeley science center; Lunar lander on a paper printout TTY in 1978 FTW.

Two arrested in Congo after Google Loon mobe balloon meets terra firma more than 1,000km from operating area

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Re: Gravity

These things are all over the world but flying very high, like 52,000 feet high.

Outage: Faulty UPS at data centre housing London Internet Exchange causes grief for ISPs and telcos alike

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Gotta mouse in your pocket AC? Where, what, when?

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EPO

EPO systems are the leading cause of these outages. EPOs are required by code in most places and shut down the power to everything. Often the EPO systems are complex, uniquely designed, and not maintained.

FYI: I never saw an Emergency Power Off switch save anyones life although it must have happened somewhere.

Firefox maker Mozilla axes a quarter of its workforce, blames coronavirus, vows to 'develop new revenue streams'

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Re: Hard to believe...

I have been running Thunderbird for a very long time and like it. It is still supported and works just fine.

As for browsers the Pale Moon is still supported and bully for them.

Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck

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Re: There’s a quote:

Everything has its place. Helping build and building computers like the H11 as a teen was my pathway to learn digital electronics.

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Re: Apple

Bad caps happen on a regular basis. Good thing we still have people that are willing to repair rather than toss.

Dell had a huge problem with chlorine contaminated caps not long ago. My most expensive prized radio needs new caps right now. I saved the day by replacing a capacitor on a critical device that was long out of support... And that is just how it goes.

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Re: Woz not Jobs

There are lots of amazing projects that would have changed the world now gathering dust in garages all over the world for the lack of a Steve Jobs.

Some lucky web developer just scored $20k to scour Facebook out of Neil Young’s website

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New title for a soug: "Could have just PiHoled them"

That is like a thousand per mouse click if they just PiHoled the commies. Good money.

Irony, thy name is SANS: 28k records nicked from infosec training org after staffer's email account phished

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Glad that I signed up

Glad that I signed up using my John Mcafee alias. Whew. Seriously I did get my unique email address for this spammed over the past few months. Probably more to this story as is typical when releasing news on a data breach givaway.

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish

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Re: Not sure?

TDS much?

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I saw a different headline

I saw a different headline on /. and wow have they fallen to the level of checkout line tabloid. Thanks El Reg.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Re: Modern

Storing all of your email with the US Government Utah Data Center has its advantages. Only problem is retrieval as the NSA is tight lipped.

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Re: change for sake of change

Just to be fair, the USA spies on UK citizens and vice a versa with sharing all around.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

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Re: Roll on the test flight....

It looks like the Martians shut it down already. They must have an insider at one of the sub contractors.

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead

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Re: Drug addiction...

This tech is used widely by the drug enforcement working with local cops. They use it all-the-time to track down drug dealers. When it comes time to go to court there is never a mention. So yeah, no prosecutions.

Remember the Clipper chip? NSA's botched backdoor-for-Feds from 1993 still influences today's encryption debates

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Found a workaround years ago

Just invite the Facebook and Google teams to the White House. Once they get their visit arranged the three letter agencies are paired with the appropriate teams at these companies to do the spying by proxy.

Mysterious IT snafu at British Airways causes bunch of inbound flight delays and cancellations

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Re: So long and thanks for all the free coffee ;-)

Did this ever come to pass?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/25/ba_tata_consultancy_service/

UK public sector IT chiefs shrug off breach threats: The data we hold isn't that important

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Incompetence and denial

It is incompetence and denial that drives this attitude. Imagine if the voter registration records were compromised. It would be possible to change the voter rolls.

Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos

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Re: Does this mean ...

"Windows for Warships" is a terrifying phrase.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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Coke Cleans

About 35 years ago we used coca cola to clean a keyboard and computer. It was a Tektronix and the coke was a good abrasive that with the real sugar grinding the dirt off. Think about what that does to your insides.

Four words from Cisco to strike fear into the most hardened techies: Guest account as root

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Re: Man it must be hard for Cisco

Cisco has a couple of buildings on their campus full of federal workers. Nothing will change soon. If you want security look elsewhere.

HMRC chief digital wonk Jacky Wright takes flight back to Microsoft's light

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I don't normally upvote or respond to AC posts but your post is an exception. You have to work from within to fight the fraud. It is difficult but needs to be said.

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse

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Re: Atari Updates? Who for the senior citizens?

Sounds about right as I had a 2600 as a child. I just retired so don't have long to go. Good news though; The old 2600 still works and the only repair was replacing the big capacitor in the power supply brick.

This current Atari VCS 'company' is nothing more than the brand name owned by lawyers, FYI. Read the previous excellent evaluation by El Reg for the full details.

From June 2018

But most of all, we would like to apologize, sincerely, to all our readers and to anyone considering putting down money for the Atari VCS for completely omitting a critical part of the interview in our original article.

We made no mention of the fact that there is every reason to believe that Atari's entire enterprise is being funded by hype and that the only way the company can afford to create even its first console is by persuading people to hand over their cash before the company itself has a working prototype.

Ohio state's top legal eagle just made it harder for the FBI, ICE, cops to snoop around its DMV DB for people's faces

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Training

Training on our individual rights would be a good start.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

'Hey Google, remind Greg the locks have been changed, and he should find a new place to live. Maybe ask his mistress?'

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Hey Hal!

Open the pod bay doors.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers

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Get a dog

Since everything is automated they need to get a dog. The dog is there to bite the pilot in case he tries to take control.

All roads in US cable biz GTT's Brit network seem to lead to Menwith Hill

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This reminds me of 1990

Back around the time that HTML was being developed a USSS agent just happened to show up at our radio club meeting. Several of us were were using IRC to discuss frequencies and listening to certain government users. I figure that he came to the meeting to get our license plate numbers and whatever info we revealed. So for a very long time US Citizens have been monitored directly, have no doubt.

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Re: Hastings

At this point you should expect that there is a team that infiltrates any VPN provider.

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Re: As I only live a few miles from The Hill...

Aren't you lucky to have a full backup of your electronic communications!

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They spy on us we spy on them

They spy on our citizens and we spy on their citizens. Results are shared all around.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Mental processing capacity no doubt.

US still 'not prepared' in event of a serious cyber attack and Congress can't help if it happens

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Makes no sense

It makes no sense to give the federal government control over every aspect of everything in our lives. What exactly do you all want out of this? Only the giant companies will benefit and everyone else suffers.

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?

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The Borg

Microsoft is the Borg. They are killing open source just as sure as the sun will rise in the East.

Hate your IT job? Sick of computers? Good news: An electronics-frying Sun superflare may hit 'in next 100 years'

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100 Year flood

It floods in Houston a lot more than once every hundred years but they keep calling them 100 and 500 year floods. Just thinking out loud. Also just retired as IT director so for a small fortune I am willing to come out of retirement to start the rebuild.

What a pain in the Azzz-ure: Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, etc knocked offline by DNS blunder

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Re: Woohooo!

XBOX on-line is down too.

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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Re: From the announcement ...

It's a feature not a bug.

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Another One Bites The Dust

POOF. Years of digital history erased with a couple of commands by the sysadmin.

You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments

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Microsoft is to email as Stalin was to human rights.

Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

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Censorship

It is automated government sponsored censorship. Nothing else.

Euro ransomware probe: Five Romanians cuffed

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Did anyone in the hospitals die during the infection?

IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone

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Consider your life

I ask the caller to 'consider what you are doing with your life, calling strangers on the phone, uninvited.'

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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I wonder

How many posts are from el reg?

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Deep Snooze 9

The photo is triggering all by itself.

Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Slackware

I always wondered why the systemd controversy with Slackware. <Smug Slackware user Icon>

Great Ormond Street children's hospital still offline after WannaCrypt omnishambles

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Thousands of attacks per hour no doubt. Meanwhile the fedex delivery notice with zip file attachment are pouring into email.

Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Updates have been published

Not that this is a tech forum, more a Politico thing at this point but here I go;

YMMV. AirOS 8.0.1 did come out in February and does fix the vulnerability. AirOS, AirFiber, and AirMax updated over the weekend here with no issues.

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