* Posts by FrogsAndChips

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London council accuses watchdog of 'exaggerating' danger of 2020 raid on residents' data

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I think the original AC meant to fire them, not fine them. Or if you can't fire them, send them to manage a paper company in Slough.

SpaceX hit by inflight Falcon 9 failure

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Re: Data

Ariane 6, 100% success rate.

Europe blasts back into the heavy launch biz with first Ariane 6 flight

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"understand how the rocket behaves in microgravity, because that's not possible on Earth"

Why don't they try putting it aboard a plane on a parabolic trajectory?

Innocent techie jailed for taking hours to fix storage

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Re: Sensitive information

it was only 1 or 2 months ago that I received a pdf where the personal information had been redacted by placing black rectangles over it...

Ransomware scum who hit Indonesian government apologizes, hands over encryption key

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"released an encryption key to the government"

And how does that help? Now the data will be encrypted twice!

Police allege 'evil twin' of in-flight Wi-Fi used to steal passenger's credentials

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Re: Eh?

But 90% of the time they don't bother checking the (fake) email address you have provided and just wave you through the portal.

Microsoft makes it harder to avoid OneDrive during new Windows 11 installs

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Re: Nasty

"he files you save on YOUR computer are not necessarily actually on YOUR computer at all!"

There is an option "Always keep on this device" for files and folders, but of course this isn't enabled by default.

Want to save the planet from AI? Chuck in an FPGA and ditch the matrix

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So with more efficient techniques

They'll just throw more data and more complex models to their FPGA and still need the same amount of power...

DARPA searched for fields quantum computers really could revolutionize, with mixed results

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Re: Funny That!......

"there's no mention of cryptography"

That's because it is already well known that quantum computing could break current crypto, with algorithms well documented. This research was about validating other fields that could strongly benefit from the same advances.

Admin took out a call center – and almost their career – with a cut and paste error

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"apt package that caused the script to read from the incorrect NFS mount"

Sounds straight from Simon's playbook! Bravo!

You're wrong, I'm right, and you're hiding the data that proves it

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Re: Brian may not have been the messiah ...

Look on the bright side, he didn't get crucified by his users.

London hospitals left in critical condition after ransomware attack

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Re: 3rd attack in a year on Synlab

That was a statement from Synnovis, so it's likely they were referring to other pathology labs taking care of their own activities, rather than healthcare providers.

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Re: 3rd attack in a year on Synlab

Thanks for the offer, but I'm currently staying at home to attend to my wife who's just had a surgery, and I'm glad it's not her hospital that's been attacked by these scumbags.

Now I know it's never an easy task to change suppliers, but if you're tied to one supplier for a critical activity, then you already have a problem. If this supplier is a security liability, you have an even bigger one.

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Re: 3rd attack in a year on Synlab

From the article: "Some activity has already been cancelled or redirected to other providers at short notice". Looks like it's feasible.

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3rd attack in a year on Synlab

After Italy and France, now Britain. You'd think "lessons would have been learned" after the first attack, but of course no! Time for everyone involved with this provider to cut ties before they're one more victim on the list.

Screwdrivers: is there anything they can't do badly? Maybe not

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Updating a server on New Year's Eve? These Austrians are crazy!

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I assumed Sylvester was an indirect reference to Arnold the Austrian. But then again, I miss 80% of the Who Me/On Call regomizer references.

UK PM Sunak calls election, leaving Brits cringing over memory of his Musk love-in

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At least London doesn't need its own apostrophes.

55 years ago, Apollo 10's crew turned the airwaves blue

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Re: In some ways, we haven't progressed much

Romans, you say? Have they ever done anything for us?

Really? A sarcasm detector? Wow. You shouldn't have

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The "entrepreneur" quote was attributed to W Bush, not H. And like many famous quotes, it is apocryphal.

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Re: So when you phone

Did you say "Great"? If yes, press 1, if no, press 2, if you were being sarcatic, press 3.

Forget feet and inches, latest UK units of measurement are thinking bigger

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Re: Osman is only good for the big stuff

At 0.85 Osman per Sunak, that would be 6.704E14 Sunaks.

One bank's brilliant upgrade was another bank's crash

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It would have been worth a check.

What do Europeans, Americans and Australians have in common? Scammed $50M by fake e-stores

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Re: A scourge

Some of them are smart enough to offer brand name clothing at 10% or so below the genuine price

Yup. SWMBO was taken to a fake Cath Kidston site that pretended to offer a sale on clothes (-30%, -40%). The order didn't go through, so no consolation items, but a few days later a purchase attempt was flagged and blocked by Amex. The scammers had taken advantage from the fact that the official website had been closed (the business is now operated by Next) and set up a copycat that appeared high in the search results.

First Ariane 6 rocket ready to assemble as Europe begins final countdown

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Will things ever be the same again?

Flaws in Chinese keyboard apps leave 750 million users open to snooping, researchers claim

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Re: No mention of Apple?

In case it wasn't present in the article when you posted your comment: "some Pinyin apps upload keystrokes to the cloud for processing. Apple and Google don't use this technique."

Help! My mouse climbed a wall and now it doesn't work right

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Re: Double sided

I've not used the office printer for business reasons in about 10 years. Still handy to have it for personal printouts though...

Researchers claim Windows Defender can be fooled into deleting databases

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Although in good practice this table should be named "customers" or "students" (for Bobby Tables) or whatever relevant name rather than "users".

Why making pretend people with AGI is a waste of energy

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Re: The sad fact is ...

above a certain financial threshold, a better title or position in a company becomes more attractive than higher salary.

I'm yet to reach that point!

Support contract required techie to lounge around in a $5,000/night hotel room

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Re: failed meeting

A few years ago, we sent a whole delegation of the company to $BIG_EUROPEAN_CITY for some workshops to finalize a deal.

Upon landing, I call a colleague already there to be briefed on the next steps: "Err, haven't you heard? Their new CxO has just called off the deal, meetings are not happening".

So the 30ish of us enjoyed the pre-booked dinner and hotel night (salesguys not as much as the rest of us after their hopes of bonuses had crashed), met a few colleagues at the local office in the morning and went back home after what was probably the most unproductive business trip of the company's history.

Boffins deem Google DeepMind's material discoveries rather shallow

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Re: Let us see your heterocyclic rings! :)

《2.2 million, of which nearly 400,000 are believed to be stable》

and of which a few hundreds, or less than 0.01% have been synthetized, and 0 has proved novel or useful, otherwise Google would have been quick to boast about it. A real achievement indeed.

Cloud vendor lock-in is shocking, but there's a get out of jail card

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Absolutely, I'm surprised that the article doesn't touch this at all. It's free to send all your data to the cloud, but trying to get it all out is where the egress costs will bite you hard.

A cheeky intern nearly turned MS-DOS into NSFW-DOS

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Re: Double negative?

To me, a question has the same meaning whether it's worded affirmatively or negatively, so I always ignore negatives, I think it makes answers less confusing:

"Didn't you know?" => "No, I really didn't know" or "Actually, yes, I did know"

Anyhow, it's better for Plummer to say he didn't know. This may make him look negligent, but the alternative is that

1) he knew about it and was stupid enough to let this code be submitted

2) he then didn't take responsibility and threw his intern under the bus when asked if he was aware

These 17,000 unpatched Microsoft Exchange servers are a ticking time bomb

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Re: Those damned reboots

And count yourself lucky if it's only 1 reboot necessary and not 2 or 3!

Row breaks out over true severity of two DNSSEC flaws

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Re: Does anyone care?

Anyone involved in Vulnerability Management cares very much about the CVSS rating, because they use it to determine how quickly they need to patch their machines. When downtime costs you money, you don't want to be forced into a rushed patching operation because a vuln was incorrectly assigned a High or Critical rating.

Mozilla fixes $100,000 Firefox zero-days following two-day hackathon

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That's what bothers me with these events. How many of these bounty hunters sit on critical vulns for months waiting for the right moment to disclose them and cash in the rewards? Bug hunters should have an incentive to find vulns and be rewarded for it immediately - and it's good to see many companies have such a policy in place - not just a couple days a year.

Trump 'tried to sell Truth Social to Musk' as SPAC deal stalled

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Re: Trump isn't planning to invade Russia in winter

Only for federal crimes, however he is also charged by several states.

BOFH: I get locked out, but I get in again

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Re: Nothing on one...

Let's try again to show this was not a fluke...

Year of Linux on the desktop creeps closer as market share rises a little

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Juno fly-by detects lower levels of oxygen on Europa than expected

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Do you seriously think the Jovians will let us put satellites in orbit around their moons without reacting to this invasion?

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks

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Sure, but on the other hand, keeping these pictures was probably a breach of his employment terms. If he had wanted to help, it would have been safer for him to "remember" all the information rather than hand over the pics.

Ukrainian police arrest father and son in suspected LockBit affiliate double act

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"The US State Department will offer $10 million to anyone who can provide it with information leading to the identification or location of LockBit's leadership team."

So when they were teasing us with a "Who is LockBitSupp?" countdown on the pwned Lockbit website 2 days ago (Pic), all they meant was they would announce the bounty offer? I was hoping for a real info there.

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Re: Is it too harsh...

Just send them to the frontline, period.

City council megaproject mulls ditching Oracle after budget balloons to £131M

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Re: So, continuing the follow-up of the disaster

Consulting: If you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem (Despair, Inc)

Japan launches satellite to eyeball derelict rocket stage

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Rocket Lab named the mission "On Closer Inspection."

That would have been a fine name for a Culture ship!

LockBit ransomware gang disrupted by global operation

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Well done, lads!

Now let's hope this will not stop at servers and files, but that some heads will soon fall too!

Curious tale of broken VPNs, the Year 2038, and certs that expired 100 years ago

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I've read it as the classical "It's always DNS" and read the whole article wondering when and how the DNS issue would arise...

Deepfake CFO tricks Hong Kong biz out of $25 million

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Re: Root cause

Not just financial institutions. I remember Virgin Media calling me a few years ago after I sent a contract termination request, and asking me to give them my password to prove who I was. Sorry, you're the one calling me, YOU should prove to ME who you are!

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Re: Root cause

That would be the first hurdle cleared, yes. Next you'd probably have to overcome other controls like threshold validations if you start asking for payments in the millions, but again all this depends on the maturity of the organization you are targeting in terms of payment security.