* Posts by Pu02

94 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Apr 2013


Devaluing content created by AI is lazy and ignores history


Re: I vote for "well and truly lost"

AI creating Art is just logic processing copies of everything already done, just as humans have been doing all along. But where is the value?

With humans, good Art filters through people's tastes, interests and the various mechanisms we use in human communities, to be recognised and valued.

With bots, there is infinite processing logic, and infinite distribution channels, with only humans to filter it out using outdated methods and hopelessly overloaded resources, mostly at the end points. It's a train wreck in process.

So don't taint your work by using AI to generate voices, even if they are to represent AI. It will just break the system that isn't yet able to manage the tidal wave coming.

Just use a device to process computer generated voices, instead. Or if in a pinch, a human, some of them on the telly sound more like bots every day so you must be able to find some good ones!

Open source versus Microsoft: The new rebellion begins


Re: I wish them luck

Once the data is in the lake, its there for all time.

Using it does not require complex sifting through enormous amounts of cruft. They just write a query or three, or three million. And/or employ the latest AI.

Then act on anything that presents high enough relative risk.

The only way to stay under the radar is to make sure what you do does not present an impact, or a risk they might want to act on.

... Ever. So no, it is not good odds!

LG to offer subscriptions for appliances and televisions


Re: I bought an OLED TV from them 2 years ago

Don't forget to keep WebOS up to date for all the latest targeting and ad-features!

The AI can watch you and decipher your preferences from each ad it spaffs, A-B testing in real time.

All the while making the perfect propaganda tool. Where had we heard this before?

* You can cover up the cameras with electrical tape (a tip from a fellow Tinfoil Mad-hatter). Everyone else is mad, not us!

Tesla decimates staff amid ongoing performance woe


They aren't such a bad concept if you (perhaps rightly) see the future as a barren Blade-Runner-Mad-Maxesque landscape where robots and homeless outlaws battle it out against corporate AI over the last scraps of energy and food.

Cybertruck's semi-bulletproof, stainless structure, can ride high over dead bodies and other detritus. You can collect assets and ammo in the back, take any necessary kit with you. Plus mount self-targeting armaments of your choice to keep you safe from flying objects with hostile intentions, at least until you can't find a charging station.

Clearly ideal for use on Mars, too! Why wouldn't we all want one?

It all seemed a great use case, for someone obsessed with 1980s computer games and Sci-fi. Unsurprisingly there wasn't a soul at Tesla that could stop it.

Elon might be brilliant at doing what humans have collectively failed at doing for decades, but he needs to understand the root cause of the blunders he has made to transcend. His plan to reach the next interstellar level is doomed to fail otherwise. It seems he may end up celebrating his 3000th birthday heading into an unnamed sun in another universe, just off some yet to be finished, interstellar highway whilst a Vogon Captain laughs at his MayDay messages in real-time via his employer's X-verse-Premium account.

Guess the company: Takes your DNA, blames you when criminals steal it, can’t spot a cyberattack for 5 months


what about your relatives?

Once your data is used to cross reference you to others, an extraordinarily wide range data points can be related, and used to target anyone that is now connected to the data collated across the whole group of individuals. Esp. with 2nd and third degree data like contact lists, device and account fingerprints, commercial connections, etc.

Only those skilled in 'The Arts' can assess the risk you think you've calculated (to be negligible enough for your own comfort)

Flaming USB battery halts flight from Taiwan to Singapore


But what if... they hadn't been able to put it out, or had not been on the ground?

Good to see they were able to 'put out' the fire enough to evacuate and remove what was left of the cells/device.

They do not say if the power bank was a cheapie full of gel packs, or cylindrical cells. But if this had been able to burn any faster, it may be a different story (potentially total loss?). If the plane had been in the air, cabin smoke and fire would likely not be manageable, even if it wasn't fully charged.

Allowing well engineered laptops is bad enough for safety, however they tend to have well-thought out Battery Management Systems, and seldom ignite. Cheap toys and power banks are a different story and are becoming more and more common.

Cops chase Tesla driver 'dozing' with Autopilot on


Musk, and even SpaceX, are not in the business of pleasing spectators.

It is however Musk's to manage Investors and other 'stakeholders'. What we, and even many scientists skilled 'in the space' think, matters relatively nought.

Your comments appear to be about PR and public opinion about one of the testing programs in which he only seems to be involved- but actually involves spin doctors.

Plenty of madness in the space to poke fun at of course. Criticism of Musk relating to his job would probably be received a little better however, even here on El Reg.

Facebook crushed rivals to maintain an illegal monopoly, the entire United States yells in Zuckerberg’s face

Big Brother

A bought sycophant might want to see everything getting in their way as fair justification for revising history, but all the USGov is doing is holding yet another antisocial cult to account for breaking public trust in more ways than Gomorrah.

You can yell "Whatsapp only became the product it is today because of what FB invested", but world+dog knows the opposite is the case- it was everything it needed to be to everyone (except FB) when the Zuck descended: Users were quite happy, the subscriber base growing healthily, and feature-set was class-leading. That's right, 99% of the features ppl use today were in it by the time the Zuck threw wads of his investor's cash at it, and the the world knows because it was already using them by then.

However with the malfeasance, data-slurping and ad-pumping going on now, plus an expanding memory, code, battery and resource footprint, even non-tech WhatsApp users know they better get off and delete the wretched app, like they did FB's bloated 'sharer of all things meta and more'-FB Messenger. Like they knew they should have before their personal info is used/abused, and/or sold, be it for 'lolz' or 'Dols'.

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream


Re: IBM has a hard time adjusting to the new realities

It's perfectly normal corporation procedure, but in this instance, more like muscle memory ;-)

[As the Big Blue Eye of Salron focuses]:

"What is this little (opensource) piece of the business?"

"Is it not charging money for our troll's hard toils?"

"Cut it off! Our efforts are better spent on projects that deliver ROI!"

Only when the products it nourishes wither and die, will it become more obvious where the returns were.

Dr Watson might need to complain a bit louder perhaps!

SQLite maximum database size increased to 281TB – but will anyone need one that big?


My FAT isn’t as big as your

Max DB size.

If only my File Allocation Table Could grow larger than 4GB!

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


Email address was probably the first digital attribute used to productise us

If you work for a significant organisation, its emails, and yours (if sent from the Org's domain) are stored and published in indirect ways by social sites run by the Borg, Redmond and emzillions of others.

There are site crawlers that work to collect and maintain them. Most promote a 'reliability' score out of 100 and on-sell access to anyone.

Not to mention a global industry of 'contact' and 'list maintenance' services, ever since 'telemetry' became an accepted, ubiquitous thing. Let alone data exfiltrators feeding all the online anonymous vendors.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line


Re: Sad to see the queen of the sky’s go but won’t be flying in a 737 Max

One of the other major criticisms was the way in which the electronic avionics, and the software logic in particular, was 'engineered' (e.g. designed, integrated, tested, checked, produced, verified/approved/authorised). Apparently a lot was done by the various suppliers, to a cost, using different methodologies, tools and other aspects that make it hard to manage during the lifecycle of the Max and an spouse/sibling versions, and the tech it spawned into Boeing that might be reused on other models.

Clearly ownership of the implemented logic remains a problem, as they continue to demonstrate the challenge they have been having handling blame, both inside and outside the company.

Intel is offering more 14nm Skylake desktop processors, we repeat: More 14nm Skylake desktop processors


I don't get it...

Gordon Moore, and the last couple of decades deploying processors, has taught us to expect that compute tends to double every two years.

However this new i5/i7/i9 lineup is hardly double the speed. Worse, it looks to be near to double the price, power consumption and thermal output.

Was the R&D directed towards expanding things we don't see, like the on-die architecture supporting an AI enhanced Intel Management Engine, to expand the gaze of the NSA, and its many 'eyes'?

OK, maybe that's a bit far-fetched. It's probably just down to a neural network buying a seat on the board, and using it to build out a technology roadmap that suits the Rise of the Robots/SkyNet.

Atlassian to offensively price itself through the post-pandemic patch


I wanted to adopt their Hip chat server a few years back...

It had E2E encryption, allowed you to do video and desktop sharing, audio and file sharing with registered or LDAP users. No meeting crashers, safe sharing of confidential material, etc. It even worked through the GFW and various endpoint security without a hitch. I was impressed.

Then, as I was setting up a production internal server, they took a page out of the Google/Apple playbook, and sold it off/discontinued it. VCs wanting to exit and take the cash maybe?

Anyhow, I am yet to deploy a single Jira or Confluence instance as a result. Without users already in the ecosystem, these steps present a bigger challenge, especially in small orgs, as each needs an internal champion to make it over the adoption hump.

I'm yet to summon the courage to do this, so our staff persist with our various and less mature tools. I still wish their HipChat was there; the alternatives remain utter rubbish.

The Atlassian crew do seem to only care about cloud-based solutions though. Products like Trello appear proud that they will never offer a 'off-cloud' version. When I read that in their Doco/FAQ it was another nail in the coffin to me deciding to sign up to their other products. This is a real shame as their startup prices and offering is perhaps the best in the industry.

Not sure how all today's cloud providers think startups and small orgs don't value security, or centralised data storage or surety over the location they host their data in. I'm yet to meet a founder that doesn't...

Australian state adds AI number plate readers to GPS tracking of corona-quarantine busters


It's not being done for the indigenous people

Like every other decision of consequence in the wide brown land of Oz, it was done by, and for the miners.

And BTW- this virus is officially Cov-SARS-2, not 'Coronavirus'. After considerable analysis, the scientists decided it was a second Severe Acute Respiratroy Syndrome, just like the last one. So out went 'novel', and in came the real name. There is a reason our glorious and mighty global controllers continue to call it something, anything... other than SARS-2

SARS 1 was 15 years ago, lots of time to get prepared...

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


It's a cue, i mean a clue...

This is just the same list of tools they look for in internet histories, people's downloads, or on devices when they find them. Maybe it is a rare case of our glorious Authoritarian rulers telling us what we are being surveyed for, and what gets top marks in their current round of telemetry-driven 'raid and seek'.

Be aware, be very aware. They do collect traces of these tools online, so why not look in your devices, your home, anywhere the criminal you might be stashing subversive, seditionary tooling- or thoughts of it.

Salesforce saddles itself with MuleSoft for $6.5bn


Gotta love the lie hiding the truth at the end of that...

"Salesforce execs also warned that the deal may make it harder to achieve some of its recently-stated financial targets , especially operating margins"

With a salty, rotten seed of truth included, that would have been:

"Salesforce execs needed a deal that would give it an excuse for not achieving any of its stated targets, especially operating margins- and in fact needs a shiny new asset with which to bamboozle markets and customers- and one which will soak up as much as possible of their operational costs with over the next decade.

Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server


How can Linux or BSD compete?

They require a lot of support. Mac server was dead easy to maintain.

Configuration was far simpler too.

And the hardware was most reliable too, so the outlay was cheap vs HP/IBM who gave little added value.


Re: It is strange they are still supporting it at all

They didn't quit selling it, Mac server has been in the App store for years. And all that time, it was well supported.

They just never marketed it.


The never really charged for it.

It came free on a Mac mini or a Mac Server.

But then after a year or three they tried to make the buyer pay USD35 (it was an App store app) to restore it to disk, every time you chose to upgrade to a new OS without thinking about might happen to the server app you never knew was 'separately installed'.

And to make it worse, there was no marketing, no development, just maintenance.

Server lived in a dark room in the basement all its life, kinda like many of the IT crowd that forgot about it every time it was time for a free OS upgrade.

Why Apple didn't add something new every now and then so people wanted to pay to upgrade, rather than wait for them to upgrade and lose something they were using is plain silly. It wasn't exchange, it was wiki and web and basic stuff. They never integrated it with their desktop offerings, nor put in all the good things that they could have added, instead it was forced into the dampest part of the cellar, whilst the clouds became ever darker.


I don't see why they think it has to go...

Maintaining macOS Server isn't that hard for them. It's not like it actually does very much (which they acknowledge by pointing to so many poorly resourced but brilliant open source alternatives, much of which theirs is based on). It is a part of the market that only competes against the cloud nowadays, so would take very little investment to make 'a thing'; such as partnering with other software vendors like Atlassian to build a suite that small companies really need (I never saw a company buy macOS over SBS, it was more like they would use it over gmail. Not everyone 'just' wants to use cloud based services (many are wary of getting locked in to the Borg, MS or anyone else) and putting all your files in the places that don't belong to you is not something everyone actually wants to do.

But the cloudy types at Apple are getting all the oxygen so they are dumping something that is actually very good, even if it needed some love.

My Mac mini server has run for 7 years now. In the beginning I setup a mirror RAID 1, easily possible using their old AppleRAID (and mdadm) at the CLI, very easily. Apple never chose to even support AppleRAID on the mini, despite it working so well. I even made it support the OS's DRP. The array ran 24x7 for 5 years, supporting two guest VMs, a database and two webservers, all on 2 500GB 2.5" HDDs.

Never halted. Never failed despite not having ECC memory.

Then I swapped it to an SSD and a HDD (no RAID), and it still runs flawlessly. Not even the fans have failed, and the OS is supported as well as it was on day one with very little effort to maintain on my behalf (I hope).

What a tremendous piece of work, Steve Jobs. So what to do? Scrap it.

Not very smart, Apple. Eyes are all off the ball in terms of security and real product now. All hands are instead on making hot air in the upper atmosphere instead. It'll bite them in the tail, IMHO.

nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections


Re: They had to buy the copper

No, it was about a lot more than availability- it was about scrapping the copper networks, it was about putting in place a scalable broadband network for the nation that didn't require 240v and racks of vulnerable equipment exposed to the elements on street corners... not just connecting people with little or no connectivity.

They only had to buy the copper networks to get access to the pits to replace the old copper, whether it be FttP or MTM/FttN+HFC. They sure as hell didn't want to use the old copper, as Tony and Malcolm required. You could argue that if Telstra was doing its job over the last decade it would already have replaced a lot of the copper with the best option going at the time, in which case a MTM might have been viable.

Anyhow, regardless of what the bought and why, they sure didn't need to buy thousands of new km of new copper wire and set about repairing/replacing any existing wiring. Any numbnut could tell them it should all have been fibre, whether the decision be made on day one, mid way, or now.

nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual




"Adequate broadband according to Labor NBNCo Corporate Plan was 50% connected at 12Mbps and <1% at 1Gbps in 2026" Perhaps you forget how price conscious a lot of people have to be to get by. For anyone on 20kbps in the bush, 12Mbps is a big step up, and may be all they need for sometime if they are watching the pennies. Many of our parents would be happy with 12Mbps (if it worked). It'd certainly work for me at a pinch, even now.

Besides, the projections of what speeds people would want/buy etc. when they finally could place an order were just guesses, made a long time ago. Nothing more. And certainly nothing to do with what was technically possible using FttH. If they had guessed more, Abbott may have been able to destroy the idea altogether.

Now, years later, people need better connectivity, so they order faster speeds than what was projected by Labor all those years ago. But you seem to be suggesting it's to do with what the MTM fiasco is delivering. But we know you are not talking about what people are getting. just what they are ordering in the hope they will get something workable, as fast as their old connection, or at the very least, fit for use.

Perhaps the question is better put as: At the point much later that the MTM was conceived, let alone agreed/authorised/enacted, why were better guesses not made about what people would take up? A bucket of sawdust and two planks of wood would told you back then that people would want more bandwidth.

But instead, to please Rupert, Malcolm and Tony bastardised it without doing their homework. All that counted was keeping those beloved Foxtel subscribers online and preventing labor putting their name on a badly needed piece of infrastructure. Cost/reliablility/suitability/replacing the old copper network; all out the window with bathwater, babies and the kitchen sink.

If they had done anything near the right thing, nbn subscribers would have the option of ordering multiple fibre connections to their properties, and no-one would be maintaining copper pairs, let alone HFC: Lots of badly needed jobs for our unemployed youth would have been generated to form the crews needed to do the trenching and roll-out. Instead Malcolm did what Tony wanted; gave the money to lawyers and project teams instead of our youth. Put expensive to maintain equipment out in the open, where it will never be enough and will fail, used HFC where it wouldn't work, etc and gave the bush laggy, over-subscribed and expensive satellite services(!).

By now nbn could have been working and generating revenue- not a burgeoning debt for an massively expensive to maintain white elephant. If it was so bad they should have scrapped it. Given what we needed, they should have completed the plan as it was, or better upgraded it.

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service


The first aeroplanes had mininal payloads, crashed regularly, and...

Indeed. But this is hardly the first database, web interface, online register of activity, that humanity has built.

Apart from hiring some technical skillz, they could have started by building in a few obvious key requirements in the beginning, such as:

Data protection

Primarily allow the user to own and store their own information, not be forced to leave it in a massive honeypot where others will do their best to dis-own it.

Support user-defined encryption, where at a minimum, users can opt to keep the private key- or do something like use a secure ID token that they can use to access their data, and restrict others' access to it.

Ability for the user to scale security on the encrypted data, re-encrypt, double-encrypt, re-issue tokens, keys, passwords, MFA, etc.

Because they avoid all aspects of user-oriented security concerns, the DTO and others are destined to fail. Why not get it the right way round, implement workable security around the citizen first, and then add features and accessibility? E.g. Plan for regular releases to build solid functionality on top of a stable, well-tested base:

i.e. A New feature/day.

v1.0 Secure and stable storage of information, bare minimum of features

v2.0 Add features as needed

v3.0 etc.


v1.0 Broken

v1.1 Worse

v1.2 Hacked

v1.3 Patched

v1.4 Hacked

v2.0 Doesn't work

v2.1 Fixed so it works (but only for some)

v2.2 Works mostly, but now most users are scared of the whole thing, project stalls.

v2.2 Force everyone to opt-out instead of opt-in

v2.3 Technical release, buying time

v3.0 Mine data from other sources, insert

v3.1-v8000 Remove data inserted into unrelated accounts. Quadruple budget, several times.

v4.0 Deal with constant attacks, publicity around ongoing data ex-filtration to offshore actors

v5.0 Announce new cloud platform version, all data cleaned and migrated

v5.1-5.5 Fail to migrate data, force everyone to re-upload records

v6.0 Amend account data where lost, incorrectly related and causes problems (practitioners to prescribe the wrong dose, medication, procedures, etc.)

Giving a turd rolled in glitter more time to perform only results in throwing more good money after bad.

Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices


Vendors like HP and CIsco have been distributing patches since the day this was publicly disclosed. It appears many other vendors are asleep at the wheel. I've just replaced some Asus hosts as they are yet to be updated. No mention of it on their sites or forums and no response to support requests, yet they even sold TPM modules w Infineon chips as a value add for their kit: The client tells me they will NEVER buy Asus again.

Noone ever got sacked for buying IBM, but what about Asus?

Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs


Like all software

The UI improves in each release...

Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup


Advanced honeypots are security by obscurity as they assume that the attacker is behaving like an attacker, and that users behave like users.

Attackers these days hide in plain sight, and explore the network using the same hosts, methods, credentials, applications and queries that normal users use. Hidden canaries and activity tracking on every host are effective tripwires and provide a way to learn and reports abnormal behaviour. Deploying multiple fake honeypots that do this in obscured ways may be more effective in some situations, but it really depends on what the attacker expects, and how carefully they tread.

Clearly Illusive is focusing a sales spiel and isn't keen to spend any time working with big FinTech companies to map out what is good and bad traffic across all those segments prior to them spending money on some (no doubt dirt-cheap) roll-out of their 'honied-up hosts'. After all, such networks are already compromised, not to mention full of more tangible, internal threats (employees and contractors).

Ironically, FintTech companies have their design and architecture already mapped out and controlled, and need to understand they are very good candidates to collect and report such heuristics- indeed they are closer than almost any other organisation. It's just that they also have so many formalities and gatekeepers that they so often end in failure.

Illusive are onto a method that delivers a most effective way to invite management to an particular approach which 'just happens' to demand investment up-front and demand on-going loyalty from every engagement.

Buyers as always, beware ;-)

Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions


I used to be the only one that was mad...

but now the whole world consumes fb to excess, everyone else has become crazier than me.

Luckily, someone is getting rich, as otherwise it'd all be for nothing.

Australia Bureau of Statistics may wind back internet usage data collection


Sack the data scientists & feed global big-data; abuse has no political consequence

Ministers are sold on storing data. But in doing so, they are picking IT winners. They do because it is so easy to bamboozle everyone when things go wrong or decisions get questioned.

Using (querying, maintaining, normalising, curating) data to ensure its accuracy and relevance attracts no investment, even though this is where the value is. It is the only way to uncover what is actually happening in society and support planning.

It is no coincidence that ministers will not buy into using the data however as they don't care about having quality information. All they care about is justifying their agenda. For that, all they need to claim is that they have the largest dataset as what anyone makes of it is never questioned.

Transparency and democracy is now so degraded that things like correct or appropriate statistics are considered 'academic', of no value or worse, 'alternately factual'. Obviously this is better left to the Borg, it's influencers and maven advertisers...

Not that the ABS knew the first thing about how to own, manage, secure or use data in the information age. Anything at all. But then again, neither does the government... <expletive deleted>

nbn™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth


Something's up...

When someone choses to replace (thousands of kms) of copper wire instead of implement fibre (or better) communications tech, it's plain that something's up.

Not to mention the moment Bill Morrow (who is paid millions) begins making excuses for a telecommunications problems, escalating at a rate only Telstra could dream of, let alone realise.

And simultaneously claim that the gravy train is running out of money, before the system has 10% of users connected.

But what will cause a stir is the fact Mr Morrow is an American, telling the Aussies they can't have their Internets. Now the great unwashed are learning that a number of other 3rd world economies, such as NZ, have managed it without skipping a heartbeat- or chucking a series of hissy-fits (elections and plebiscites) in a misguided frenzy to maximise outcomes for the benefit of a few expedient politicians.

Time to move to New Zealand! Even if you are one of the few to get fibre, your 1s and 0s will still rely on the work these bozos have (or have not) done upstream.

Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online


Just setup an autp-reply to their autoreply spam, ie spam their spam!

.... your autoreply could say you followed their directions to 'put the spam in the can', but that they keep on sending more and that maybe they should do something about it since they own the spam problem, not you?

Then in Outlook setup another auto delete rule for the avalanche of auto-replies. See who wins, your workstation, or their spam-server. At a minimum you will need to compact your Outlook's .pst file once a day and keep an eye on anything else that might use disk space.

Perhaps someone should black-list all Insultants from business, as well as IT.


Bankers? 'censure work for the Bankers.

They aren't Bankers themselves. They're more like Mankers.


Re: One More Holey Bucket

The cloud provider may have better SecOps, but they aren't paid to look at the doors customers accidentally leave open. If they did, they would spend all their time liaising with end-users instead of doing the work that underpins their KPIs.

Besides, customer's don't like to be told they are stoopid. SecOps would very quicky tread on the Sales team's toes, and even end up getting fired. So that won't happen.

At the end of the day someone's else's security interests don't ensure your own security. Outsourcing that does not make it any less of a responsibility, except in the mind of hapless management. However until they are made responsible for the customer and corporate data they 'own' as a matter of routine, nothing will change...

Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust



"On the issue of planning and governance, the report offers these observations:


Assessing the impact of the package as a whole is also likely to be challenging."

A challenging what?

Perhaps they meant to say "...the impact of the package as a whole is also likely to a Changling"?

Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter


Dumb user buys smart phone. Changes mind, replaces with device they can use

The Smart phone gets increasingly crippled by povware and malware. Dumb user fails to get smarten up enough to maintain the P0wned phone = Smart phone no longer owned by dumb user.

Dumb user landfills smartphone. Buys feature phone to be able to use a phone with features they can see and use, rather than features others can find and abuse.

DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin


Re: Now we know..

And then prevent any internal clients from talking to Google's DNS.

Which breaks media boxes, televisions, all manner of IOT devices and software apps, practically all media streaming apps that enforce DRM, eg. Netflix, etc.

Blocking these hosts effectively without causing failures (perhaps I should say, to prevent an impact) is not trivial even if you have the infrastructure in place to do this across your network.

And even then, they'll be watching your samrtphone, which if it has a third party app installed or is an android might be behaving most promiscuously with many of the Google inquisition's global public (if not private) nodes.

Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address


Re: you can't be serious

"Not much use unless you know the location of the router"

Geo IPs will buy data that confirms what they already know if it was collected more recently or helps to build out the picture.

"Netgear don't. The ISP (probably) does"

They may not, but they may as Netgear supply ISPs directly. As would many gov agencies, 'cleared' third parties, even their sub-contractors and in some cases, even lowly employees. None of whom are disclosed and have any onus to take much care with what they use or leave behind.

"the location of connected devices is only useful if you know that they stay connected at that location, and mostly these days they don't"

Not sure how you decided this, sure some people hop address but a lot of people stay connected for weeks/months on end nowadays even if their ISP allocates them a new address every time they re-connect. However a lot of ISPs provide static addresses to a significant proportion of customers, and others provide nothing but static addresses, so their customers NEVER change their address. And then there are all the others that manage to stay within the timeout period of their allocated address and receive the same address each time they re-connect.

Plutus Payroll finally pays up ... but pays people TOO MUCH!


I bet anyone w that money still in their account is rushing to take it out today!

Today's news explains all: Clearly by overpaying some contractors earlier, someone capable of making a 'terrible mistake' acted to save the bacon of their mates before the plod turned up this morning. Getting it back won't prove hard though, not for this taxman:

Taxman: "As a debtor, we come first. Give it 'ere!"

Ex Platus contractor: "But they gave it to me first, and you came along after the business was busted!"

Taxman: "No, it was a a mistake you were informed about previously. It is payable."

Ex Platus contractor: "But I hear your boss was responsible, not just the company. I have no obligation to pay you, you're a bunch of crooks!"

Taxman: "If you do not agree immediately, we will begin enforcement action right now. I can still send armed men in sports cars to collect."

Ex Platus contractor: "Okay guvnor. unfair cop. To which of your manager's accounts in the BVI would you like me to send it?"

Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills


After wasting space on OUR disks for decades...

... storing all those C drives with the most useless, vulnerable or plain redundant legacy programs that end up part of their OS footprints, even if the installer chose the lightest options, they decide NOW is the time to put Win Server on a diet. Oh wow, it's taken them a long time to hear their customers screams.

Why was all that not optional on day one (or at least 3.11, NT3.5, 95, 98, 2000, XP... ).

But no, we'll just waste everyone's time on waiting for those old x86 machines to clunk through decompression and installation of all this software they won't need. After all these years! All this time wasted! And even in 2017 it's hard to keep all their unnecessary services and bloatware disabled, let alone remove it without risky, invasive procedures that are likely to cause a problem later.

MS are late to the party by >20 years, but welcome nonetheless.

Will they now wait another 10 years to roll out these learnings in a full-featured installer, or an OS you can add services & software to when you actually want them? Perhaps even one that can read existing, non MS filesystems?

Perhaps. But they'll bias it so that the only real choice for a normal human will be a cloudy one that makes MS plenty of coin to pay for their own Skynet on Azure.

Which come to think of it, maybe why they're trying to save space already!

Australian privacy commissioner flags new data mining rules for government agencies

Big Brother

Pilgrim's a puppet

But he's also a lawyer, so what he says will sound good, but as is everything else he does (or doesn't), it just aids the government's plan.

As for Privacy Impact Assessments, how will they be anything other than a rubber stamping exercise? Start big data slurping project, plan it top-down with impact assessment, begin work, miss deadline, find complications... I mean, how will an analyst writing a privacy impact assessment have any hope of predicting the problems before they begin the work? It's not like they plan with data architects that are properly deep in the data, let alone develop the solution with one, or even the few they'd need to ensure appropriate peer-review. And how will peer-assessments stop them de-scoping these projects technically, side-stepping the original plan, (and the aims of its PIAs) and still delivering a poor outcome without (the usual) poor and unexpected results?

NB. PIAs or PItAs?

BTW: Sp. though=thought

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Why is the US having trouble?

They have to throw him in prison before he does something really dangerous (sic. subversive).

However all this hoo-hah (and even his math) is uncalled for and unnecessary, if the road rules were made sensible so that lawyers were not needed to interpret them:

Green = OK to Go

Orange = Stop* (if you can)*

Red = Stop

* Red on the other side is ok, but passing through the first red, then the second is required for a violation.

Stopping in the junction after an orange is allowed. it is proceeding through the other side (whilst red) is not. This allows people to stop safely, reverse or turn (they are still required to do so safely), so long as they are not proceeding through a second red light.

This is the norm in Australia and many other countries. Even the most useless drivers get it.

Why is such a simple law so complicated in the US?

Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious


The point is security now

That is about all there is left: Security and non-abuse of personal information. A browser for the people, by the people, as they say. It is THE most important thing for a lot of users today, though still, not many browser devs. Something apparent by the number of browsers available today that do not abuse (or somehow threaten to abuse) the user.

A cross-platform, stable and safe, yet configurable browser, I would suggest is second. This means mobile and because of the porous nature of Android and fragility of iOS, also means FirefoxOS was a damn good idea simply form the point of view that a secure browser, by def'n, requires a secure OS.

Apart from that, everything in your post about the aims and current state of 'the Firefox effort' are about right. What is evident is that Moz.Corp desperately need to re-focus the effort to return the configurability/customisability of Fx to cater for the user base, speed up performance, get new blood involved and prevent any further outcomes of this mutiny that allowed ta bunch of Hipsters parading as Pirates to take over the codebase.

Or maybe they just need some of the old veteran coders to fork the code, re-write the worst of it and restore the faith of the user-base.

Maybe either.

Given that they evicted Thunderbird, an effort core to everything Moz, a move that could have been careful prep for a bad bang, an effort to prevent a major split or a chance to set FX free to fly as high as a browser could go. 51 is certainly better than <50, but where is the evidence it's even got off the ground?

Clearly something big is using resources at Moz,Corp, they ended Fx support for MacOSX 10.11. I had to move to the ESR, and apparently that will get killed soon too.

Just my 2c: a few (hopefully not too ignorant) musings of an 'old Phoenix' user...

Australia's universal telco service obligation's day is done


Great days for lobbyists amongst the foolish

This story takes the wrong angle.

The USO is a costly imposition (even today) that Helstra has always been looking to get struck out of law.

And here is a gubmint committee coming up with an angle that does just that (and all this lot could come up with was the excuse that it will 'save money', and only 3M at that).

Yet once free from its USO, Helstra can stop maintaining and installing services in places it deems too expensive.

NBN put this on the table, as once a nationwide FTH network was in place, the Copper (PSTN network) could have been decommissioned and the USO redefined in new or amended legislation.

The USO is the only protection consumers have that mandates any form of PSTN service standard. How can it be removed when the copper network is still needed? What exactly are they saying can replace it?

Turnbull's Transformers delete GitHub repo for federated ID project


You (El Reg) do not understand:

These are important people, publicly affirmed officials. They are used to speaking to the masses from above, with loud-hailers. What they mean when the media didn't approach them is that the ABC or a top political journalist form a major broadsheet didn't come cap in hand to greet them when they were holding Court.

They do not have to answer to anyone, they have lawyers and PR spinners to fabricate press-releases whilst they plan their next mighty triumph over the population's perceived right to privacy, ignoring all kinds of diligence when it comes to dealing with PII.

Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims


Re: At what watt does wifi become harmful?

It is not just power, the frequency of the EMR is crucial.

Low frequencies can heat/burn cells. Higher frequencies mess do this too, but also mess with DNA can cause cancers. The questions is more how much is safe, and when. How many young children are allowed to play with the old phone, and might be exposed at some very crucial point of their development?


Re: WibbleMe

I am not sure this is true, as you would encounter a lot of trouble learning anything. Modern knowledge is mostly theory, and the tests these rely on are seldom closed to some form of challenge.

After all, can you certainly prove that the cancers growing in soldiers exposed to radiation emitted in nuclear bomb tests are from gamma rays? Or could some of them be other, less powerful forms of EMR that were generated by that or some other nuclear reaction? Can you prove without doubt that gamma rays are bad for all living things when some do survive with no attributable ill-effects?

Look how long it took to link cancer to smoking and begin controlling the sale of a lethal product with little practical use to the masses. How might the science against mobile phones receive a better welcome by vested industries?