* Posts by FrogsAndChips

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So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Pre-authentication, remote root hole in call-center software? Thanks, Cisco. Just what a long weekend needs

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Re: New Measurements

In March they already introduced the Osman as a measure of social distancing.

More recently the authorities in Martinique (French Caribbean) caused some kerfuffle for proposing pineapples as units of measure ("Keep 5 pineapples apart").

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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Why? It's perfectly normal to be on a daylight saving time zone at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

You should learn about this new language called "pseudo-code".

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Re: Other reports are saying they became aware of this in January

As per Article 34, the requirements for notification are very broad, leaving a lot to the appreciation of the data owner, and no time limits are specified other than "without undue delay".

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From the official Easyjet statement

"There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature, including credit card data, has been misused"

Obviously, the attackers went after all that data just for the fun of it!

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Re: No mention of it on their website.

There's a banner at the top of the homepage linking to the security incident. One of the questions is "Do I need to reset my password details?"

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Re: Never store CC details

That's why "highly sophisticated" password managers have auto-type!

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Blue Death Screen Monopolist abbreviates better.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: Texting to the rescue

Hey, that's my password!

So you've set up MFA and solved the Elvish riddle, but some still think passwords alone are secure enough

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Re: ... tens of thousands across the world were using such Fort Knox-style gems

El Reg has posted several reasons not to blindly trust NordVPN, but this is not one of them. Read the linked article and you'll see that the stats come from data compiled from breaches that exposed millions of passwords worldwide. Nothing to do with their customers' data.

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space

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Re: Priorities?

I saw the idea of air-allowance floated some time ago, pre-covid. It would be a nightmare to implement, though (for instance, do business trips come out of your allowance, or would they be assigned to your company?).

The most practical solution would be a carbon tax on all flights, contributing to a climate change fund. France launched such a tax years ago for Unitaid, but only a handful of countries participate.

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy

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Re: Difficult choice

Privacy matters aside, at least I trust Google/Apple to bring an app to the market soon enough. Given gov.uk's track record in terms of delivering IT projects, if this app is a prerequisite to lifting the lockdown we'll still be in our homes by Christmas.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

But what's the velocity of a laden Fenwick?

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

The inquiring mind needs to ask: so why were the 2 guys running and shouting behind the Fenwick?

GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps

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Re: El Reg (or the readership) really has changed

I've not done much programming since my academic years, so to me GCC was still GNU C Compiler, and we used g++ for C++ compiling. I'm happy to have my knowledge updated.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Think what you want, the facts are there. The YV had already lost most of their traction by summer 2019, with only a few thousand protesters nationally, then they were completely overshadowed come autumn by the protests against the pensions reform. The YV parties for the EU elections didn't make it past 1%. So, apart from a few inflated Facebook groups, tell me how they are still active?

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FUD. The Yellow Vests movement was barely alive at the start of 2020. The latest social movement at the end of 2019 was against the pension system reform, and that reform has been put on hold while the lockdown is in place.

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Re: What will Trump do

and Obama. All that went wrong in the last 3 years was Obama's fault.

AWS announces new single-purpose on-prem hardware and tie-in storage tier

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Re: Someone should do this for video conferencing

I think you've misunderstood the product. All the box does is take your existing videos and uploads them to Amazon's video delivery service (MediaLive). It doesn't stream videos to other users, that's what MediaLive does, and it's not on-prem.

US judge puts Amazon's challenge to Pentagon JEDI deal into force stasis

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Re: Inconceivable

Wait until Trump hears what Bill thinks of his management of CoVid, and he'll take the contract out of Microsoft's hands too.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years

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Re: Now, if it just doesn't explode

s/Shepherd/Shepard/, unless you really meant the motorcycle racer.

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Re: Safe travels

Except that the smear word used by Musk is derived from the Greek for "child", not the Latin for "foot".

US prez Trump's administration reportedly nears new rules banning 'dual-use' tech sales to China

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To be honest, Donald d'Orange (© V. Stob) has shot himself so many times in the feet, I'm surprised he can still stand up.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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Re: Kiddies can't get onto BLT sites

Indeed, isn't it a shame they need a website to learn how to make a proper sandwich?

There's no Huawei a virus can stop us! 90% of our staff in China are already back at work, says CEO

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Re: killer app

Temperature scans are not reliable enough. What you need is the new covid antibody test, with integrated needle to prick yourself.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

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Re: Can a work survive the death of their creators?

Yes there have been several albums since he stopped drawing, but always under his supervision. He said 2 years ago that was concerned about what would happen after he left and preferred that the series stop with him: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astérix#L'apres_Uderzo

No one has been allowed to take over Tintin albums after Hergé's death. If that's what Uderzo wanted too, his successors will see to it.

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Re: Lucky Luke

Same name in the original series. Couldn't give a French name to an American cowboy!

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Re: Can a work survive the death of their creators?

The series could well stop, as Uderzo didn't wish it continued after his death.

First impressions count when the world is taken by surprise by an exciting new (macro) virus

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Re: fake phishing with FrogsAndChips

Wow, never thought one of my posts would receive the honour of a reply from amfM. That made my day!

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Re: fake phishing

Just in case I have a doubt, I simply look for "phishme.com" in the Received headers.

I sometimes use the "Report Phishing" button in Outlook on legitimate emails, even though I know it's pointless. Now if that button could somehow notify the sender with a proper message, I'd be happy to use it much more often. Something like "Look, if you want me to take your email seriously, you'd better start providing some context and reassuring me that I shouldn't be surprised that you contact me about some urgent invoice or system upgrade. And please speak proper English with correct punctuation. Till then, you'll end up in my Spam folder. TYVM, HAND."

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Maybe

The latest xkcd has never seemed more relevant.

One whole day: That's how long Facebook's COVID-19 content moderation went without a mess

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Re: Wow

When you think about it, actually a lot of Internet founding fathers and other figures are still alive. The WWW is only 30 years old after all.

Coronavirus pandemic latest: Trump declares 'two very big words' – national emergency – and unexpectedly ropes in Google to help in some form

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Re: The toilet paper and ramen Apocalypse...

It was probably an observation bias, but last weekend on the streets I couldn't help notice the large packs of bog rolls in people's shopping bags.

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Re: Situation normal in DC then.

"Leadership: Whatever happens, you're responsible. If it doesn't happen, you're responsible."

Donald J. Trump, November 2013

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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I knew where this was going at: see article title

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Re: So has the fat idiot not heard of Heathrow or other UK airports?

Your passport is still scanned, that gets entered into a database of who entered the UK when and coming from where. Database which can be easily (if not already) shared with other border agencies to check if you can be granted entry.

I'm not even mentioning the fact that your whole travel booking history is probably already available to US snoops anyway, unless you are able to travel incognito.

Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron

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Re: Puzzled!

Since none of you specified the reference frame, you are both right and wrong.

Have you ever seen one of these, son? Ricoh spins off 360° camera boffins to debut neuralyzer-shaped snapper

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"one has to ask: what's the point?"

Is that really a question to ask when talking about social media usage?

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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Re: fun facts

Ouisghian Zodah

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Re: fun facts

And cricket was replaced by hockey as just about nobody in the Netherlands understands it.

The French version kept it as Krikkit. But since this sounds like 'krik-it', whereas in French we make 'cricket' rhyme with 'trumpet', it took me years to make the connection and I missed all the cricket related jokes (the Wikkit Gate, the pillars, the Ashes...).

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Re: Douglas Adams predicted the future.

Time to build those Arks!

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Re: fun facts

Arthur Dent is Arthur Accroc in french (doesn't really makes sense)

I think it does if you think of an "accroc" as a slight damage. Plus "croc" and "dent" both mean "tooth" in French, so you have another similarity.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more

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Re: Join the class litigation

There's probably nothing that would prevent them from passing the costs to the clients, but the price increase would have to be so large that you can expect all clients who aren't locked in a monopoly to jump ship immediately.

Android users, if you could pause your COVID-19 panic buying for one minute to install these critical security fixes, that would be great

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Re: Sad Sammy

Are you sure of that? I've also got an S6, latest update I received was in June 2018. Latest available firmware on Sam Mobile is from Sep 2018. The model is not even listed in the Security updates schedule page.

It's a corporate mobile on Vodafone UK, so I can't unlock or root it to install the latest firmware.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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Re: Might be wrong

I know some companies have a separate password for phone, but I were never asked to set one up with VM, and I remember the droids asking for my 'VM password', then me hitting a dead end when I refused to communicate it. Again, that was years ago and hopefully they've given up on that practice.

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Re: I've had marketing disabled since 2017, had the email

They may have a legitimate reason for keeping the address, if only to record opt-out choice, but there's no reason to keep that in an active marketing database.

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And then the first thing they do when you contact them, to confirm your identity, is to ask you for your password. For security reasons, y'know. At least that's what they did 4 years ago.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

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Re: ATA

Note that in France, the ISP boxes are also locked: you can easily plug your existing phone in, but you will have to use your ISP's voice plan and the number they provide you. In general this is not an issue, since the standard is now unlimited landline calls to almost any international destination, sometimes including mobiles as well.

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