* Posts by Jamesit

148 posts • joined 21 Nov 2014


What evil lurks within the data centre, and why is it DDoS-ing the ever-loving pants off us?


Re: SMTP ddos

"And then, this indian dude came to my desk asking why his deployed app on 10 000 desktops worldwide was no longer able to send emails !"

Does the dudes race have anything to do with the story? If not why mention it?

It makes you sound racist.

Global bean-counting behemoth PWC tells vendors: Now would be a great time to audit your customers


Re: What a surprise

Remember how well they treated the researchers that found vulns in some of their systems.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


"As you can understand, we are not authorised to fully disclose all this sensitive information to third parties, for obvious reasons."

The reason? It's bullshit.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


I agree with the comments able him being a creep. But WTF would someone have a security camera in their bedroom?!???!

Canada's .ca overlord rolls out free privacy-protecting DNS-over-HTTPS service for folks in Great White North


Re: Maple syrup reserve

Yup we do, Here's a link.


Gaming hot ticket E3 2020 looks like it's the latest tech event fragged by coronavirus


LibrePlanet 2020: In-person component canceled, but we'll see you online


Free Software Foundation suggests Microsoft 'upcycles' Windows 7... as open source


Re: I'd like a pony with that one, please

"I consider my experiences using SuSE 6.3 in 1998 to be still rather indicative of what to expect of Linux-based OSes today"

That's like using Win 95 to be indicative of Win today, there is no real comparison.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta


"Digital ads, beloved by Facebook and Google and sometimes loathed by internet users,"


M$ should have enough money to not need ads in any programmes, there should be away to use a computer and not be exposed to ads.

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors


The US government will only use it for good, not evil you can trust them.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears


MCAS, Might Compromise Aircraft Safety.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal


Re: You had one job.

That's not Norton Commander, it's Midnight Commander.

MC has the same interface as NC.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


"Due to this, we advise to refrain from playing any multiplayer games published by @EA in the future."


NPM today stands for Now Pay Me: JavaScript packaging biz debuts conduit for funding open-source coders


"I wonder what name we should give to developers who share their code (due to infrastructure requirements) but do not necessarily give any shites about it and just want money?"

"Open source developers"

Free software programmers respect the 4 freedoms. Open source programmers don't always respect the 4 freedoms.

The freedoms are:

(0) to run the program,

(1) to study and change the program in source code form,

(2) to redistribute exact copies, and

(3) to distribute modified versions.

Open source doesn't always guarantee the freedom to distribute exact copies or modified versions, or even the right to modify the software for private use.

MAMR Mia! Western Digital's 18TB and 20TB microwave-energy hard drives out soon


Re: Feeling Old...

My first PC was an Atari PC3, 3.5" full height 20Mb HD, 640K RAM, Intel 8088 @4.77MHz and an amber EGA monitor.

I remember thinking I would never run out of HD space! Now 4Tb isn't enough.

Mozilla says Firefox won't defang ad blockers – unlike a certain ad-giant browser


Re: ABP Evil?

ABP lets people pay to bypass ad blocking.


Capital One 'hacker' hit with fresh charges: She burgled 30 other AWS-hosted orgs, Feds claim


"she accessed things like her public GitHub account using these tools as well as the AWS servers, allowing g-men to trace the activity back to her. For one thing, her GitHub username was her full real name."

Never access personal accounts in the same Tor session used for cracking, Twit.

Security gone in 600 seconds: Make-me-admin hole found in Lenovo Windows laptop crapware. Delete it now


Re: Lenovo

"So now you only have to worry about the EFI, ME, AMT, and probably something else running on the as yet undiscovered ring -50 because CPUs these days are like Inception."

If you're concerned about that you could run Coreboot. coreboot.org

"coreboot is an extended firmware platform that delivers a lightning fast and secure boot experience on modern computers and embedded systems. As an Open Source project it provides audit ability and maximum control over technology."

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something


Re: Typical Corporate Greed

I was wrong, iPhone has been around 6 and Samsung has been around 4!! I thought Apple was the least repairable oops.


Re: Typical Corporate Greed

I recall seeing iPhone repair scores of around 0 to 3 and Samsung higher than that.

Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty


Re: From my understanding...

"I received a lot of feedback. But Valve didn’t say a single word, HackerOne sent a huge letter and, mostly, kept silence," Kravets wrote. "Eventually things escalated with Valve and I got banned by them on HackerOne – I can no longer participate in their vulnerability rejection program (the rest of H1 is still available though)."

He's not banned from H1, just the Valve bounty programme.

LAPD loses job applicant details, Project Zero pokes holes in iOS, AWS S3 whack-a-mole continues, and more


"While not critical, the bugs could potentially allow an attacker to gather detailed system data on a target by intercepting and reading the status reports SanDisk drives send back to the company."

Why would an SSD need to spy on users? Is anything safe?

Privacy? Watchdogs? Fines? Whatever, nerds, more people than ever are using Facebook and filling its deep coffers


"more people than ever are using Facebook."

I thought Facebook used people.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General


"Barr echoed the familiar refrain that criminals were using encryption to “go dark” and frustrate law enforcement’s efforts to catch them."

Criminals also use cars to avoid being caught, should we ban them too? Or make them slower?

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin


Re: "The age of digital money has arrived"

A good documentary about money is "Money as Debt"


From the Wikipedia article:

"The film was conceived by Paul Grignon in 2002 as an introduction to a 5-hour video commission for United Financial Consumers. He prefaced his video lecture with a re-telling of The Goldsmith's Tale in animation form titled Money as Debt. The Goldsmith's Tale is noted in the film as being "a brief and broadly allegorical history of banking" and should not be viewed as a complete or entirely accurate account of the history of banking. Expanded over a six-month period in 2006, it was Grignon's first full length animation project"

It's defiantly worth watching.


Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle


TAILS (https://tails.boum.org/) is a good way to get around the tracking.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards


Why not take the battery out, it won't be portable but you'll still be able to use it? :-D

Bloody vultures! Cheeky Spanish paraglider firm pinched El Reg's mascot


"Urubu's site is here if you fancy a glide or some bootlegged merch."

With NoScript I just get a blank page, Why do people design websites that need scripts to work? Isn't it easier to make one without scripts?

Oblivious 'influencers' work on 3.6-roentgen tans in Chernobyl after realising TV show based on real nuclear TITSUP


Re: Small point

"Stupidity is an inability to learn.

Ignorance is an unwillingness to learn."

If you're stupid you can't learn, I f you're ignorant you can.

Silicon Valley doesn't care about poor people: Top AI models kinda suck at ID'ing household stuff in hard-up nations


Re: see if they can tell

That's not a finger that's a thumb.

Protip: No, the CIA will not call off a pedophilia probe into your life in exchange for Bitcoin


I hope I get one of these, I'd like to see how long I could keep it going on:-) I had a tech support scammer call me an arsehole for wasting his time, and another one at the same number tell me to go fuck myself:-)

I was only able to keep them on the line for about 4 minutes each:-( if I hadn't been tired I could have stayed on longer.

That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon


Re: Apple keyboard malfunction issues and IFixit.

Try an IBM model M, almost indestructible. They don't like coffee tho:-(

NASA boffins may just carve your name on a chip and send it to Mars if you ask nicely


The email is needed so Martian Buddy can let you know what you've won.

Carphone Warehouse thwacked by UK Advertising watchdog for a Cyber Monday wobble


Re: discounting a limited number of handsets to CPW to try and get their huge pile of unsold

Noscript blocks the paywall, The article is readable however not all the pictures show.

I didn't know it was paywalled till I enabled scripts.

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door


Re: Hope they win!

"put a simple security camera system on the access points."

In the apartment building I live in the camera was stolen!! The camera was installed where it was easy to access from behind.

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks


DBAN download link http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/files/dban/dban-2.0.0/

DBAN.org doesn't load for me.


For using drives in the shop I use MHDD, on drives for resale I use DBAN. I used TestDisk to try and recover data after MHDD and nothing could be recovered YMMV.

The RCMP recommends DBAN for sensitive data.



Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey


Re: Choices Choices.....

You could do that or use Tor.

Nuisance call boss gets 8-year ban after trying to dodge firms' £700k fines


PPI: pestering people incessantly?

A really fine business

Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights


Extensions like No Script will block the adblocker blocker.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash


Re: Apologies

Not in BC (I think the rest of Canada has a similar act)the Apology act allows one to apologize without admitting guilt.



1 In this Act:

"apology" means an expression of sympathy or regret, a statement that one is sorry or any other words or actions indicating contrition or commiseration, whether or not the words or actions admit or imply an admission of fault in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate;

"court" includes a tribunal, an arbitrator and any other person who is acting in a judicial or quasi-judicial capacity.

Effect of apology on liability

2 (1) An apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter

(a) does not constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter,

(b) does not constitute an acknowledgement of liability in relation to that matter for the purposes of section 24 of the Limitation Act,

(c) does not, despite any wording to the contrary in any contract of insurance and despite any other enactment, void, impair or otherwise affect any insurance coverage that is available, or that would, but for the apology, be available, to the person in connection with that matter, and

(d) must not be taken into account in any determination of fault or liability in connection with that matter.

(2) Despite any other enactment, evidence of an apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter is not admissible in any court as evidence of the fault or liability of the person in connection with that matter"

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

Thumb Up

Re: They should stick to mice and keyboards

I used alkaline batteries from a dollar store and only had to change them twice a year. I paid $20 for the mouse and it lasted about 5 years. Was easy to take apart and clean too.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Re: Mixed feelings

Meat without animals.


It could work. I wonder how it tastes.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut


"It should start off with "When a man loves a woman very much...""

I would word it as "When two people love each other very much..."

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot


Re: what the people want

I think a live action Road Runner would be great.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


I just did a reinstall of XP Pro and had no problem activating, however I'm having trouble getting the updates. MS changed the update URL.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet


"Is this person a minor or a grown man?"

The article says:

"The defendant, a minor referred to as G.A.Q.L in his petition against the State of Florida"

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


To make search faster, why can't the search just read the filenames from the MFT? As far as I know all files are listed there and should be able to be read quickly.

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors


Re: You already know what happens next... is a Google open DNS.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls


I wish I had. Next time it happens I will.


It happens in Canada too I've had several calls from them saying their from Canada revenue agency, Amazon and westjet a few hotels too.

one time I even got a call from myself, my name and number was on the call display.



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