* Posts by Reallydo Wannaknow

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Hospital servers in crosshairs of new ransomware strain

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Why healthcare?

Because there are a LOT of embedded systems in hospital equipment. A lot of it can't be reliably updated/patched, either. So, you have a large number of soft targets.

Because it IS a healthcare system, so it is critical for vulnerable, sick humans that the system remain "healthy" (sorry, couldn't resist the pun). They can't faff around for a few days, trying this or that, seeing if they can clear things up. While those systems aren't functional, people are dying. Thus, you have a target that will be quite anxious to pay up fast.

Because there are a LOT of hospitals, medical sites, etc.

So, lots of soft targets. A critical need to eliminate the problem, stat. Lots of businesses in the same boat.

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: I wonder....

"Why do you believe they want health data? To deny you an insurance or the like as soon as you ask for one."

From what I read, the reason health insurance is such a hot commodity is that it makes identity theft much easier.

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neatly summarised in one image


A few gems: "Real-time protection: This helps find and stop malware from installing or running on your PC. You can turn this off temporarily, but if it's off for a while we'll turn it back on automatically." (emphasis mine)


"The BitLocker recovery key for your device is automatically backed up online in your Microsoft OneDrive account."


"Microsoft doesn't need to ask for access to your Skype and Outlook.com contacts because these other services are both owned by Microsoft and tied to your Microsoft account."

Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Still of dubious value?

Friend of mine got one of the older models; I wondered about its use, but for him, it's ideal. He works at the ball stadium, and is the world's hugest fan, so for him, getting instant game & score updates on the fly was a big win (not to mention that stadium policy prohibits checking your phone to get the scores). It also acts as a "fit-bit" type device, keeping track of his daily mileage.

Not for everyone, mind (and not for me) -- but for him, a near-perfect solution.

Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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can't believe no one has suggested this yet ...

How long before some clever techie creates a simple script which "reads" each page of an e-book?

DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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I know folks who are proud of their "Google-fu" ... I prefer "Duck-Fu"!

NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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NSA -- the only branch of the American government that actually listens.

YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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re: other search options

So, instead of amazing people with your "Google-Fu", you can wow them with your "Duck-Fu" instead! (plus it's more fun to say)

Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Don't forget the penguin!

Acronis has supported Linux for at least the past six years that I know of.

Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

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still no Linux support, though

For now, means rebooting my dual-boot laptop every time I want to use the Sonos player. Wish they'd get that Linux version going!

When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Re: Have I got this right?

umm ... "Chip and PIN wouldn't have been enough to stop fraud in the Target case, according to a blog post by security vendor Easy Solutions."

Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

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choices ...

So, if there are *two* potential objects, how does the car choose between them? Will there be moral programming? Who to take out, the baby in the pram or the old lady with a walker?

Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

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It's a business model built on obsolescence and entropy ... Unless the level of technical no-how (as opposed to know-how) continues to advance in pace with the gains of technology, then the customer base will die out. Even so, assuming future old fogies will be as technically illiterate as our ancestors is a dodgy bet.

Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones

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Re: Maybe

For some reason, I thought you wrote "ballout" ...

Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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Secure Boot can be turned off ... BUT ...

Once you do, if you boot up a Live CD, say, Linux Mint 13, and try to install a dual boot, Linux does not recognize Windows 8 (nor any of the numerous partitions on the hard drive) as a valid operating system. How then to set up a dual-boot system?

Last month ties for WARMEST September on RECORD

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Re: According to the UK Met office,

Oh dear, with such an impeccable source of impartial news and rigorous scientific method as The Daily Mail, how could one possibly question such an assertion?

Perhaps with some *ahem* other reporting sources, such as the NOAA <http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2012/9> ?

From an AP article on phys.org, "According to NOAA, all of the top 10 warmest years on record have occurred after 1997, when skeptics claimed global warming stopped." Oh, and "This is the 331st consecutive month with global temperatures above the 20th century average."

'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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what about installing from USB?

"The pre-bootloader will allow you to install Linux from CD, DVD or via download" ... surely I'm not the only one who prefers to boot from USB?

Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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Re: Soo

"Skyrocketing? You call a change in CO2 levels to from 300ppm to over 550ppm is skyrocketing? Note that the figure is parts per million. So a tiny figures doubles. It's still a tiny amount."

60ppm of arsenic can be fatal, and that is DEFINITELY a much tinier amount!

Please provide references, preferably published in peer-reviewed journals, to substantiate your claim that nearly doubling the change of CO2 levels is an insignificant amount.

"In fact global temperatures have levelled off since 1998."

Based on the global surface record compiled by the Hadley Centre and the global UAH satellite record there has been warming over the past decade.




Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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view from t'other side of the pond (and from *gasp* a FEMALE)

For five years I volunteered for an organization that helps teach kids to use computers. Those so inclined were allowed to help out in the shop, learning more advanced skills. In all that time, only one girl was ever mentored like that -- and in five years, I was the only female volunteer who worked with computers.

This past year, I started a new program, working with an all-girls high school. Our group learned to build a PC, install and configure Linux, troubleshoot and repair hardware issues, and remove malware from the school's Windows PCs. They helped tone network lines, replaced a defective network switch, built CAT5 cables, and much more.

Grades improved, attendance improved, attitude soared ... one of our graduates even changed her major, from nursing to Computer Science (she is now interested in a career in bio-informatics).

So ... I think it's complicated, and not something to "solve" with simple bromides and platitudes. Given a safe and comfortable environment, and just a wee bit of encouragement, I believe girls are just as apt as boys when it comes to all things techie.

Just my opinion, lads!

-- a Linux grannie

US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Re: Wrong focus (@M Gale)

"... but I know for a fact that Windows 7 is the most secure *off-the-shelf* OS ever built" -- sources, please? Direct, "apples-to-apples" comparisons? Benchmarks?

One can buy Red Hat Enterprise Linux "off-the-shelf", so please provide a detailed comparison. Include virus, malware, and trojan testing, using real-life, existing "in the wild" examples.

Otherwise, STFU!

White House issues privacy warning on CISPA-style laws

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Wait ... What?

The current USA government is now against laws that might infringe on people's civil liberties? Bad is double-plus good?

Boffins find new 2012 glyph on 'secret' Mayan brick

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you must, for you're shiny and dangly ...

After all, you said it yourself: "not normally a pendant but..." Now a pedant might pick a nit or two here.

Lulz warns NHS of sick security

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feasts on bones?

Perhaps referring to Alice and her "Bucket List"?


Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

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schizo is right, but ...

Minors can be employed, under very specific conditions (limitations on hours, etc.) ... However, a minor cannot, for example, sign a contract with a mobile phone service provider ... dear mummy and daddy must do that for them. In fact, TechDirt points out that every single murkan Google user under the age of 18 may technically be violating the law: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090625/0241115358.shtml

If they want to join the military under 18, their parents MUST sign for them. Also, they cannot be deployed until they turn 18.

In murka, chilluns must be:

18 to vote (note, not "register to vote" -- actually vote)

18 to smoke or purchase cigarettes

18 to sign a legally binding contract (like, credit card, mobile phone, etc.)

18 to join the military (UNLESS parents sign for them at 17)

21 to drink or purchase alcohol

However, if the courts so decree, they can be prosecuted for crimes as an adult from a very young age. Make sense? Nope. Gonna change anytime soon? Nope.

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the kid was a minor

(note, IANAL) Under 18s in the US are minors. Among other things, they cannot legally enter into binding contracts, or vote, or enlist in the military, etc. Until they reach their majority, their parents are liable for the actions of the little darlings, to a large extent.

Bradley Manning now in nicer Army prison

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logically, the military is at fault here

In the USA, once a person is in the military, your ass LITERALLY belongs to them. If a soldier does something to harm his own person (example: a ginger tries surfing for the first time, and ends up in hospital with sun poisoning, looking like an over-inflated lobster), said soldier could be court-martialed for destruction of military property. (luckily, he got off with a warning)

So ... if it was the military's property that did the leaking ....

Adobe Reader 0day under active attack

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could we please get some clarification on "UNIX vulnerable"?

From the link (contagio), it crashes / opens a decoy file ... downloads files, connects to academyhouse.us ... Here's a list of the files:

golf clinic.pdf (in \Application Data)

iso88591 (same location as original)

wincrng.exe + winhelp32.exe (downloaded from academyhouse.us)

igfxver.exe (%tmp%)

Could someone (maybe editor? journalist?) please find out some more information? How are UNIX (and presumably Linux) systems vulnerable?

D-Link DHP-306AV powerline Ethernet adaptor

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question for Tony Smith

Tech Spec sheet Minimum System Requirements (for PC Utility Software): " Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or 2000 SP4" ... will these work with Linux? Or will they work but you just can't use their utility software? Why do you need the utility software anyway?

Gulf spill to annihilate all earthlings, says seer

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why should anything be taken as gospel? Sources, please.

I'm not a scientist. I am trying to find some documented information to support or not support some of the claims being flung about.

Texas A & M University studying the methane levels, I tend to believe the validity of their readings ("astonishingly high levels") ... although I think this would lead more to the problem of dead zones in the Gulf rather than the "earth-shattering kaboom" Marvin the Martian take on it.

I also wish there were some more recent publications on the data on methane levels -- June 22 is the most recent I could find -- and that more research were being done. If you have links to sources, please post them.

Muzzling of the media? Yes, I believe this one ... in fact, if you check the website of the newly-created "Unified Command" you will find that on July 12 they changed the rules regarding media access (http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doc/2931/777343/). Guess enough people raised enough of a stink about it.

Sadly, I think that quoting the character "River" from "Serenity" is appropriate: "Things are going to get much worse".

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anyone like some references? Or is it too late for facts?

Fruitcakes! Nutters! Tinfoil-Hatters! Right-Wingers! Ahh, how much easier to spew labels than to actually do some research on the subject. Is the guy a nutter? Possibly. However, he's not entirely, wrong, either ...

Not sure about the earth-shattering kaboom, although the writer probably got most of his information from this bit from DK Matai with the Huffington Post: [0]

As for the other claims, however ....


"As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill" [1]

Not a direct quote here, but a link to a .pdf file, "Fate and Behavior of Deepwater Subsea Oil Well Blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico, for Minerals Management Service, by S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd." [2] Go read the actual source material, information the government, and BP, had well before drilling was even considered in that location.

Cracks in the ocean floor? Leaks underneath the well?

"WASHINGTON—BP PLC has concluded that its "top-kill" attempt last week to seal its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico may have failed due to a malfunctioning disk inside the well about 1,000 feet below the ocean floor." [3]

It's worth pointing out that there are no "disks" or "subsea safety structure" 1,000 feet below the sea floor ... all that is there is well bore. The conclusion is that the well pipes below the sea floor are broken and leaking.

"Obligatory government coverup" -- muzzling the press?

"CBS News reported last month that one of its news crews was threatened with arrest for trying to film a public beach where oil had washed ashore" [4]

"It has been virtually impossible to get any information about the federal mobile medical unit in the fishing town of Venice, La." [5]

"Last week's new media restrictions imposed by the Coast Guard subject journalists and photographers to as much as a 40,000-dollar fine, and from one to five years in jail as a class-D felon if they violate the 20-metre rule, that Unified Command calls a 'safety zone'." [6]

[0] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dk-matai/gulf-of-mexico-danger-of_b_619095.html

[1] http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65L6IA20100622

[2] http://www.mms.gov/tarprojects/287/287AA.pdf

[3] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704875604575280133577164268.html

[4] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/us/10access.html?_r=2

[5] http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/06/access-hard-to-come-by-in-reporting-on-health-in-the-gulf.html#commentsform

[6] http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52082

Interesting, too, that none of the comments even mentioned the news blackouts, other than the Reg's single comment about "obligatory government coverup". Folks, it may be obligatory ... doesn't mean it isn't true.

Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

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dell.co.uk sells a netbook with Linux

Here's the link:


Mind, for about 6-8 months they were not selling any Linux computers ... but evidently you *can* now get a netbook with Ubuntu on it ...

Write haiku, win home server

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read ALL the fine print in the rules

"A random drawing selecting 100 of the total entries will be held on12/12/2009 by HB Design, an independent judging organization. Of the 100 entries selected, judges will select 23 of the best haikus."

So, if you win the random drawing lottery, then you've got roughly a 1 in 4 chance of winning something. Sounds like random chance counts for a lot more than poetic skill.

Clever Marketing

Capturing information

Cloaked as a contest.

Hotmail imposes tracking cookies for logout

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advice from Microsoft

Maybe Microsoft should read its own downloadable white paper [1] which clearly states: "Working from a public browser may pose a serious security risk if users fail to logout. It is essential for an SSL VPN to provide time outs that terminate the remote access session due to inactivity, and/or force re-authentication after a pre-defined time period thus minimizing the window of opportunity for hijacking or taking over an abandoned session."

Then maybe they can explain why they have implemented a business practice which violates their own "best practices" for minimizing security risks.

[1] http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/0/2/F0229C11-B47E-4002-A444-60207C6E11F5/SSL%20VPN%20for%20SharePoint-WP-200702.doc

El Reg launches 'Skinny Fit' fashion range

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Black Helicopters

I know why they fixate on anorexics ...

It's simple ... Woman looks at ad, thinks she's a big fat cow by comparison. Woman is unhappy. DING! Unhappy consumers spend lots more. Think I'm kidding? Then why do alcohol ads use all kinds of tricks, including subliminal advertising, to make people unhappy? There was one notorious print advert from Heinekin, looked inncoent, showed a bottle, a wheel of cheese, sitting on a butcher block table. Carved into the wood, faintly, on one side, were the words "be sad".

Women unhappy with the way they look? Go shopping, you'll feel better. Buy our clothes, they'll make you beautiful ... oops, you're too fat. Buy more clothes ...

Vicious circle! And Ralph Lauren chortles with evil glee all the way to the bank.

Facebook kills 'Kill Obama' poll

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free speech yes, but ...

Yes, America's constitution defends the rights of free speech. However, please refer to this law:

U.S. Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 41, Section 871: Threats against President and successors to the Presidency

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

So I guess it's a question of whether or not it's considered to be a threat. Or whether SpaceFace communications are covered under the law, since it's in teh Interwebs.

UK council forced to swallow dick

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Poor Richard

Like the poor programmer I worked with once (not sure what worms were in his parents' brain), named the fellow "Richard" ... with a surname of "Head". Not surprisingly, he preferred Richard to Dick.

Woman charged with cyberbullying teen on Craigslist

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You missed the point, Wrong Law

@ Wrong Law: "And the girl can always change her phone number, so the damage she has from receiving these messages isn't greater than the inconvenience of changing her number."

According to the article, the Thrasher broad "posted the 17-year-old's picture, cell phone number, email address, and employer".

So she should change her phone number ... AND her email address ... AND her place of employment ... AND her appearance?

Stalkers follow her around, show up at her workplace, know what she looks like, can easily find out where she lives ... and this is not any great inconvenience? What about when she gets fired because of all the nut jobs calling her employer? Not to mention that at age 17 the girl is still legally a minor (in the States you can't enter into a legally binding contract until the age of 18)


You, Sir, are a complete tw*t.

Linux Foundation urges fans to sign up to Visa credit card

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UMB Bank

Typical American acronym:

U = United

M = Missouri

B = Bank

So their full name is "United Missouri Bank Bank"

Only in America .............

Firefox users flip out over sneak MS add-on

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my, what a well-trained bunch of fanbois!

The Registratrix must be so proud! "OMG, Micro$oft installed something on my computer MONTHS ago!!!! I found out because The Reg told me about it!! Oh big bad nasty Micro$oft!!!"

Oh please quit your twaddling, you crybaby little whingy gits. HOW long was this on your system?

But, right on cue, an orchestra of fanboi rants at [whatever El Reg has written about today], regardless of whether knowledge of the issue extends beyond the final paragraph of the article.

I really must commend her; her control is nearly complete.

US woman says Ubuntu can't access internet

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Internet access requires Windows? Ask AT&T

Here in the Great Midwest [Amurika] ... one of the biggest ISPs is none other than that peerless defender of personal information, AT&T. AT&T offers DSL service; they provide the modem, and an install CD. They say on their web site that THEY DO NOT SUPPORT LINUX, only WIndows and Mac. Configuring the modem can in fact be done with a Linux computer, and once it's correctly configured, any computer, with any OS, can be online ...


To confirm the account, and create the username/password associated with it, the user CANNOT use Firefox. Not in Windows, not in Mac, not in Linux. So unless Dell's Ubuntu computers are shipped with multiple compatible web browsers (have tested workaround with Konqueror, but no others) already installed, then if this poor woman has a similar DSL setup, then, guess what? She has to have Internet Explorer to get to the Internet!

Ivan O'Toole? That's nothing, snorts Hugh Jass

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Cruelest Name

I used to work with a programmer, poor fellow ... first name Richard, last name Head. He never used the nickname "Dick". Understandable.

Google restores Chrome's shine

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hope you haven't uninstalled Chrome yet ...

Because the EULA still contains this:

13.2 If you want to terminate your legal agreement with Google, you may do so by (a) notifying Google at any time and (b) closing your accounts for all of the Services which you use, where Google has made this option available to you. Your notice should be sent, in writing, to Google’s address which is set out at the beginning of these Terms.

So, unless you sent off a first-class letter to MountainView, CA, informing Google that you are terminating your agreement, then you're still in violation of the EULA, and still buggered.

Congress approves six-month blanket wiretap warrant

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We the sheeple ...

(from a Yank) I haven't quite decided which would be more disillusioning, to know that we once had actual rights and lost them, or to know that we never had them to begin with.

Sex game bloke traps modesty in padlock

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google doesn't have a lock on key adword adverts

Have to admit ... the, erm, impact of the Sun advertisement, showing a padlock SLAMMING shut ... got my attention!