* Posts by Mayday

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We(don't)Work: Rent-a-desk outfit cuts 2,400 staff in bid to be a functioning business

Mayday
Trollface

How many buildings

With 10 people to manage each then they must have 1200 buildings around the world, or about 5 per sovereign state (depending on how a state is defined and diplomatic recognition etc).

Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report

Mayday
Boffin

Magnetic

Most runways are in degrees magnetic as thats what the aircraft compass displays. Much easier than converting to true and back in your head once on final. Wind directions from forecasts are true, but directions given by systems such as ATIS and AWIS are magnetic.

Runways which are in degrees true are ones near magnetic poles which go all over the place and compasses make little sense, such as the Aussie run Wilkins in Antarctica.

https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/current/dap/WKSAD01-161_07NOV2019.pdf

Instrument approach in degrees true too. Good luck to the ballsy pilots landing here.

https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/current/dap/WKSGN01-161_07NOV2019.pdf

What a pair of Massholes! New England duo cuffed over SIM-swapping cryptocoin charges

Mayday
Facepalm

This easy?

"One of the two men would call the target's phone provider and, pretending to be the person, have the number transferred to a new SIM card."

You can do that? Really? In Aussie this sort of thing needs to be done in person, in the provider's store AND have ID.

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks

Mayday
Stop

Re: Hmmmm... Bruce?

We don't eat crayfish (generally) either. We eat prawns.

ATTK of the Pwns: Trend Micro's antivirus tools 'will run malware – if its filename is cmd.exe'

Mayday
Gimp

Re: It's nearly 2020 ...

"OS of choice"

I run anti virus/malware on my OS of choice, which is MacOS (I also do so on my Windows PC).

I also have chosen to not install the latest malware which is otherwise known as Catalina.

Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February

Mayday
Black Helicopters

Re: Attention Whore

"Legal Fees"

This is something I've wondered myself.

I have no doubt he still has his "supporters" to assist in this regard and the lawyer may (note I said may) be doing some or all pro bono for exposure to enhance further prospects. I mean the bloke has no income that I'm aware of.

The sound of silence is actually the sound of a malicious smart speaker app listening in on you

Mayday
Big Brother

I still dont understand

Why people voluntarily have these telescreens in their house.

I even have Siri turned off on my phone and dont allow microphone access to anything where possible.

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives

Mayday
Mushroom

2 minutes to midnight

Iron Maiden have been telling us this since 1984.

About the time you could last get an 8" floppy disc too probably.

IBM: Why yes, Red Hat is doing great. Thanks for asking. The rest of Big Blue? Sure, wait – someone's at the door...

Mayday
Devil

"someone's at the door"

I read that as "Ginni is RAing you out the door"

Hundreds charged in internet's biggest child-abuse swap-shop site bust: IP addy leak led cops to sys-op's home

Mayday
Boffin

Re: poor choice of words

It's pretty bad and well worth the warning.

No images however the descriptions are horrible. Wish I didn't read it at all now, however I'm glad the pros that help put a stop to this can.

I've got a friend who works for a "law enforcement agency" (wont say the jurisdiction or agency description), and one of their jobs is to help with this stuff. They need to view this material to assess it for prosecution purposes. The degree of severity of content is what is used here. It means they may need to view hours of footage and/or thousands of images for this purpose. I don't have the stomach for it myself, and like I said I'm glad they can.

Curiously enough, they said once they are done they all go and play Tetris as it de-escalates it from their brain and can get on with other things. Playing an FPS just makes them more angry and want to kill etc. So during the day you'll see people playing Tetris at their desks to "chill out". I'm not a psychologist so I'm not sure how it works.

Some assembly required as Dream Chaser mini-shuttle's empty husk arrives in Colorado

Mayday
Coat

Re: Sierra Entertainment

Might turn up to Kennedy SpaceCentre and tell them Ken sent me,

YouTube thinkfluencer Siraj Raval admits he plagiarized boffins' neural qubit papers – as ESA axes his workshop

Mayday
Stop

Thinkfluencer

He deserves a kick in the nuts for this alone, let alone for all the other shit he's done.

RIP: First space-walk badass Alexei Leonov, who made it to 85 despite best efforts of Soviet machine

Mayday
Angel

Biggest Balls

Of anyone who has ever lived.

Anyone who can let air out of their space suit, get bent in the process and still save their arse gets respect from me.

From Libra to leave-ya: eBay, Visa, Stripe, PayPal, others flee Facebook's crypto-coin

Mayday
Facepalm

Re: Innocuous

"shipped as an innocuous looking white powder"

Most "white powders" that are "shipped" are thoroughly investigated on discovery by virtue of the fact that they are indeed white powders.

If you have a security alert, I feel bad for you, son – you got 99 problems but a hack ain't one

Mayday
Holmes

This is why

All of the logs and SIEM events that "should" be checked never do.

MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple

Mayday
Gimp

Cheers

I'll wait for 10.15.1.

How much is your face worth? Google thinks a $5 Starbucks gift card should be good enough

Mayday
Flame

Why does anyone..

...listen to or do what people accosting them in the street wants them to anyway? They are ALWAYS going to benefit them and/or their organisation. Never you. Especially for $5 of Starbucks swill.

FBI called in to investigate 2018 Mountain State mobile voting system hacking

Mayday
Alien

Mobile

"According to the US attorney, the unknown hacker, only referred to as an 'outside party' tried (and failed) to get access to the mobile voting system the state used for military service members stationed overseas."

Doesnt appear to be an app but a system used for a specific use case - Defenc(s)e members posted overseas. So not on a phone but probably a shipping container with a satellite dish on the roof.

Medic! Uncle Sam warns hospitals not to use outdated IPnet freely on their networks

Mayday
Meh

Re: Not only Alabama

I optd out the moment it became a thing.

I can see some merit in the concept (ie centralising info to assist seeing a new doctor, stopping doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions etc) however the risk of another attack surface and having your info on the interwebz for all to see is bit of a no from me.

WeWork, but We don't IPO: Self-styled techie boarding house calls off cursed stock offering

Mayday
Pint

Why bother?

If I need to sit in a place with wireless and do some work why cant I do it at home or at a pub where I can drink beer? Only for the cost of the beer too.

Not sure what their business model is or trying to achieve.

Gears of law say Gears of War character Cole Train is not based on ex-American football player

Mayday
Go

Terry Tate, Office Linebacker

Funny. I always knew Lester Speight as everyone's favourite office linebacker.

Yes. it's worth looking for if you're unfamiliar.

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers

Mayday
Devil

Everybody knows

That you use a generic local admin/L15 account, login to each router and:

erase startup-config

format flash:

reload in <<arbitary time a few weeks after you leave, but different for every device>>

Icon chosen for effect.

You've got (Ginni's) mail! Judge orders IBM to cough up CEO, execs' internal memos in age-discrim legal battle

Mayday
Stop

Young people

Let's say you were a "young person", would you really want to go and work at that place?

I know I wouldn't. Add other TLA places such as DXC and HPE to that list.

IBM cuts ribbon on quantum computing centre wherein a 53-qubit monster lurks

Mayday
Alien

Qubit

Makes me think of an alien with a big nose jumping on a pyramid changing the colours of each brick.

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection

Mayday
Coat

"It is unknown whether the pilot's colleagues have given him the new callsign Sparky."

A friend suffered a similar fate when we (and others) were skydiving together. I made it back to the DZ and he wrapped himself around a power line and caused a lovely blue and rather large spark. His nickname is now "Flash".

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

Mayday
Devil

Secret Location

"vetted attendees asked to meet at a car park in Palo Alto before being given the address."

Sounds like when I used to have to go and get sketchy location details whenever a rave party was happening.

Just as Ecuador thought it had seen the back of leaks, over 20m citizen records are exposed

Mayday
Big Brother

"Score"

Possibly reminiscent of a certain Black Mirror episode (Nosedive - the one with the people ratings). Jules cant like that.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5497778/

Post icon was the closest to relevant one I could think of sorry.

Consumer ransomware insurance? You could be painting a target on us all for avaricious crims

Mayday
Windows

Backups

The air gap model of burning to Blu-ray or other external, removable and even write-once media can stop the baddies getting to the backups.

Very inneficient, pain in the arse to restore and all that but will remain intact whilst everything else is a mess.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Mayday

Re: Location data is better for who?

I've turned off location settings for Facebook on iPhone.

Straight away the ads I get are all over the place. Most of which I have no bearing on me at all, compared to when location services was on. I'm getting ads for engagement rings, new baby stuff, gay speed dating (I think there would be some degree of mutual exclusivity in there somewhere) as examples.

Point being this is good, if you can stuff up their algorithm so badly just by simple setting which they dont need anyway then its a good place to start. Its just a pity that it seems like one of the few ways to keep up with family (their choice not mine) etc who aren't local otherwise it would be gone.

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action: iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip biz in new iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip shocker

Mayday
Pirate

Subscription services

No thanks.

I already have a few (ie Netflix, Spotify) that "only" cost $15AUD a month. I don't need any more.

I stopped "other downloading services" when I got Netflix but with all these services coming out it's wearing the market thin and each one seems to have one or two shows I might like but not worth adding all the fees up to get them. It looks like this is trying to get me/us back to torrents.

Suspected crypto-coin crook collared after emailing apology note to the cops rather than victim – shock claim

Mayday
Facepalm

Re: HOW the thief got into the phone!

2FA

Not familiar with the app or its 2FA mechanism, but the other factor may be an SMS or a soft token on the phone which the bad guy already possesses.

Newb admits he ran Satori botnet that turned thousands of hacked devices into a 100Gbps+ DDoS-for-hire cannon

Mayday
Devil

How much?

Couldn't see anywhere obvious how much he/those like him charge for this "service". The yanks don't mess around when it comes to sentencing and most of the time they start at the maximum and work back (but not by much). Wondering if the perceive it to be worth the risk.

Teletext Holidays a) exists and b) left 200k customer call recordings exposed in S3 bucket

Mayday
FAIL

Re: many companies still leave their S3 buckets unsecured

I have a messaround/free tier AWS account to play with and see what I can do/break, mainly to test new features which seem to appear every day on AWS.

I have an unsecured S3 bucket which has a few boring text files in it, amongst other properly configured (ie not messed with) S3 buckets. I knew immediately wen I left my S3 bucket open because it warned me and changed colour. I even got an email today from AWS telling me I had an open bucket.

My point being is that it's not that hard to keep locked up, its much harder to have it open. Now all you 1337 haxx0rz out there that want to find my open S3 then go hard, you'll find a file called wank.txt and imacunt.txt. If you wish to grab them then fill your boots.

Today's Resident Evil: Ransomware crooks think local, not global, prey on schools, towns, libraries, courts, cities...

Mayday
Alert

Re: Insurance

Bcakups:

"Backups must be able to be restored from and also not be encrypted by ransomware or other attacks"

Mayday
Pirate

Insurance

I can see a market growing for this - naturally the insurer will do what they can to not pay, otherwise they wont make money. Think "must have latest updates to operating systems and anti virus etc installed and running"

It's pretty shit, and also big business. For the potential insurer, the companies and entities needing to hire and pay competent staff and for the arseholes themselves performing the attacks for ransom.

Cybercrook hands cops £923k in Bitcoin made from selling phished deets on the dark web

Mayday
Paris Hilton

Re: The Dark Side Beckons ....... Spider/Fly/Pro/Amateur/Heaven/Hell/Good/Not so Good

I think this was posted by constantly pressing the centre option for predictive text on their phone.

J'accuse! Amazon's Rekognition reckons 1 in 5 Californian lawmakers are crims in ACLU test

Mayday
Pirate

Concept of oversight by an "Internal Affairs Bureau"

I have a mate who was a cop (Aussie, but also previously in the USA) who was in an Aussie equivalent of "Internal Affairs" for a period.

All of his training (think firearms, arrest procedures, physical restraining of crooks etc) and other non "on the job" stuff he was flown to another state to be trained there. Reason being is the cops dont fancy these guys in their own department because they get them in the shit and are also quite insular from the cops doing the job of policing.

Six-day cruise lies ahead for India's Chandrayaan-2 probe before the real lunar shenanigans begin

Mayday
Windows

IDSN

I had to reread that one a few times.

Gave me some flashbacks of B and D channels and Q921 and Q931 signalling.

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

Mayday
Stop

Why does software need a license?

@phuzz

So that people whose job it is to create software can be paid for it?

Just one in five UK constituencies receive 4G from all four mobile operators – research

Mayday
FAIL

I'm an Aussie

And we seem to get coverage in most towns from one or two carriers. The "best" (my word, if you disagree then thats ok) is Telstra with coverage almost everywhere with some kind of population - if youre in the middle of nowhere or not on a major highway forget it of course. Optus and Vodafone would come second and third however doesnt work in a lot of non-metro areas.

When I travel to Bali I get a Telkomsel SIM which covers islands like Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Cenigan, neither of which have any cars or "roads" suitable for them. Let alone facilities such as Police or Ambulance or much in the way of shops.

My point being is if Victoria is the same size as the UK, has less than 10% of the poplation and can get reasonable coverage why cant the poms sort it out?

Ransomware attackers have gone from 'spray and pray' to 'slayin' prey'

Mayday
Windows

Let's not forget

In house/proprietry/legacy apps running on Flash, needing some ancient version of Java/ActiveX/.net etc.

How to avoid getting burned at Black Hat, destroyed at DEF CON or blindsided by Bsides

Mayday
Mushroom

Don't Touch My Shit

"they are the ones who cover off their USB ports. Seriously, just don't leave your hardware unattended."

I wont leave my lappy/phone etc unattended anyway, everyone knows theft can be a problem, but if I catch anyone touching my shit and/or trying to plug into a USB port or touching my keyboard while I'm looking the other way then the response will be a high five in the face with a conference chair.

'Transformation' at Capita: Profits? Down. Revenue? Down. Order book? You guessed it

Mayday
Pirate

Sorry mate

Advantages of having ancestors who stole a loaf of bread to wind up on a boat and subsequently a UTC+10 timezone.

Mayday
Alien

Patrick:

"The company said its results today were "in line with expectations". However, Patrick Stewart, analyst at Megabuyte, said the transformation programme seems "lacklustre" as its latest results detail both a declining top line, order book and profitability."

Captian, Capita are crap.

Make it so No 1. Oh, it's already crap.

If you could forget the $125 from Equifax and just take the free credit monitoring, that would be great – FTC

Mayday
Mushroom

I'd choose

$0 vs this "service" from these clowns.

Hack a small airplane? Yes, we CAN (bus) – once we physically break into one, get at its wiring, plug in evil kit...

Mayday
Terminator

I'm a GA Pilot and I've wondered

How things like this are feasible.

One aircraft system I use has wifi and bluetooth capability for navigation as well as entertainment purposes. The wifi can be used for a specialist iPad app (called an Electronic Flight Bag/EFB and there are a few products there that do this job) talks to the plane's systems and does "things". I'm guessing/presuming that security is not much of a factor in the design consideration as opposed to ease of use for a not-so tech-savvy pilot just wanting it to "work".

I've also thought that the risk of someone being within wifi range to do nasties whilst the aircraft is in use (ie flying) is extremely low.

Not to mentoin if it _does_ go horribly wrong I can press the red button which disables all the electronic bizzo and fly by looking out the window and looking at my paper maps.

Few things to think about really.

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech

Mayday
Pirate

Copy

I always used to copy C64 Cassette games in ghetto blasters with high speed dubbing.

Sounded better than the music my sister used to play on it too.

Google becomes third major cloud vendor to tie the knot with VMware

Mayday
Facepalm

Re: Remember - Cloud computing

But it's cheaper isn't it?

Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline

Mayday
Megaphone

FaceApp

I suppose people agreed to that one. Not that I even looked at it.

"You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public.

— FaceApp terms of use, "

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