* Posts by dominicr

14 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Nov 2013

It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files


DMARC prevents spoofing

If Gmail used DMARC 'p=reject' then this wouldn't happen or at least its impact would be minimal since any mailsever that respects DMARC would block these fake emails on arrival - including all the major services (even Gmail itself). Gmail's DMARC policy remains 'p=none' - so really they have only themselves to blame, and it will continue to happen. Yahoo by contrast use p=reject - so do facebook, paypal, linkedin, twitter, pinterest...

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit


Re: Farking FTP!

Agreed, I have a couple of original-model YCams, they upload image streams (jpgs, not mpg) to my local Linux machine by ftp. These can be watched same-day using Avisynth; each night ffmpeg creates mpg for the previous day's images after which the original (space-hungry) jpgs are deleted. Free and cloudless.

DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms


Re: DMARC is evil

Not ture - an enforced DMARC policy (p=reject or p=quarantine) combined with DKIM is very effective. Email relaying does not break it. The only serious real-world problem for DMARC is mailing lists - IMO the fault lies with them not with DMARC. ARC is a work-in-progress solution for this. I'm amazed that more people aren't concerned that emails from their domains are being faked all round the world all the time, because they don't bother with an enforced DMARC policy.


There's a nice Thunderbird Add-on called 'DKIM Verifier' which pretty much does this.

SMBs? Are you big enough to have a serious backup strategy?


rdiff-backup - using reverse diffs (deltas)

> There's one drawback with the infinitely-incremental backup approach: it's non-trivial to throw away old data, because all but the first backup have to refer to that first data dump in order to work.

The approach taken by rdiff-backup (open source) is reverse diffs so that the most recent backup is always stored in full (and in the clear) and older backups are recovered by reconstruction from incremental (compressed) diff files.

This makes it easy to remove older backups (--remove-older-than). It also means that corruption of your backup data (e.g. one incremental backup file gets wiped) is more likely to damage older backups and less likely to affect the most (or more) recent; the opposite is true for conventional forward-diff backup approaches. Most of us would prefer to lose the backup from last year rather than the backup from last week.

Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future


Re: 6.0 "soon"... riiight.

In some countries Motorola/Lenovo seem to have released Android 5.1 for Moto E 2nd Gen and not in others. In UK my Moto E 2nd Gen is stuck on 5.0, and I have a sim-free phone (unlocked at purchase, bought from Tesco). My network is 3 but updates appear to come from and be controlled by Motorola. So why are they not letting us have 5.1...?

Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche


Re: Reminds me of...

ooh, I still have mine. Sumer, horse racing and dungeons'n'dragons each in 1K. The limitations of the machine actually made it a great way to get started coding.

Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick


Products just like this, based on Intel's technology, are already available around the world including UK, elReg should be aware of that. This is just a 'me too'. Taken in by the press release, I guess...

ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator


I have bought from Ebuyer for over 10 years but they lost me as a customer two months ago when they charged me a restocking fee for returning an item that was misdescribed on their website even though I returned it within 7 days. They said I was a business customer and so not covered by Distance Selling Regs. Possibly true but it's not the way to treat a long-term customer.

Instead I use Dabs whose service has always been good and are usually cheaper too.

Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life


Re: Old fashioned.

My solution to the battery issue is a 4800mAh 'fatty' battery for my Samsung Galaxy S2. Especially good with SatNav etc. £7 on eBay including a new back for the phone.

GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?


Re: Maybe the answer is that people are moving from base linux flavours

Yes that is interesting, and we can see why the Fedora guy would leave Ubuntu out of his chart, but the basic story remains the same...

FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs


Never mind open data, what about open source?

Talking not about the data but about the software that produces it, surely HMG should be trying to encourage and use open source? They should 'crowd source' solutions instead of getting locked in with one always-very-expensive proprietary provider.

I'm not suggesting that they should try to get software for free. Pay a solution provider but oblige them to work open source and it will be in their interests to seek input from the wider open source community. So instead of something that is unique, bespoke and only understood by a handful of people within one company you get a solution that can be seen and understood and improved by anyone.

Of course software system suppliers will hate this because they wouldn't have any lock-in.

Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar


Modern Mix

If you are prepared to shell out $4.99 you can have this oh-so-exciting Windows 9 feature on your Windows 8 computer now, it's called ModernMix (from Stardock, and no I don't work for them).

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK


CryptoPrevent / ShadowExplorer

You can protect a computer with the free CryptoPrevent utility. Once it is infected though you need an uninfected backup. If you haven't made a conscious backup, you might be able to recover files using ShadowExplorer (also free) - kudos Microsoft for their clever volume shadowing auto-backup feature.

Or of course you can try paying the crooks. I'm surprised to see that the BBC report, presumably taking its info from the police, suggests that people who pay *don't* get their decryption key and just lose their money as well as their documents. From what I've read, paying the ransom does work, it would be pretty stupid of the crooks it if didn't. I suspect some deliberate misinformation from the authorities.