* Posts by Claptrap314

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Privacy expert put away for 9 years after 'grotesque' cyberstalking campaign

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Re: A Simple Matter

A statistician who was an opponent of the death penalty did the math, studying the effects of changing laws across US states. He came to the unavoidable conclusion that each execution results in 3-9 fewer murders.

So even if every death penalty carried out against someone innocent in fact, there still be fewer unjust killings than without. (And I am NOT suggesting a cavalier attitude. I very much support a meaningful appeals process.)

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Re: A Simple Matter

I was responding the the death penalty. I see that as extremely different than a "life sentence".

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Re: A Simple Matter

Really? I'm a strong proponent of the death penalty, but how in the world can your proposal be deemed just? Yes, the man's crimes have demonstrated that he is a continuing threat to others. But there is not even a claim of physical harm here.

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Re: A Simple Matter

Research with toddlers contradicts the thrust of this claim.

While we are born amoral, we are heavily primed to develop a (strong) moral sense by the age of two.

Japanese space agency spotted zero-day attacks while cleaning up attack on M365

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Sheesh. And here, I was, hoping that there wasn't much reason to limit access for out-of-hours.

So, yeah. Your solution is going to have to identify unexpected behaviors by valid users.

But really, why does some one need their (private?) cell phone to access business matters in the first place? Unless it was an on-call admin or something. You probably need to take a hard look at that one.

Eldorado ransomware-as-a-service gang targets Linux, Windows systems

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Re: "encrypts files on both Linux and Windows machines"

Let's see... That would be WIndows (consumer OS) for at least five years. Ubuntu for longer. Devuan. Mint. That's 100% of my sample set.

I'm trying to remember if my router setup did. I know getting if off was a major pain, though...

64% of people not happy about idea of AI-generated customer service

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In my experience, this AI tends to have two legs and an Indian accent. Bonus points if the connection is so bad I can only plainly distinguish 70% of the words.

Texas court blocks FTC noncompete ban, and you can blame SCOTUS

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Re: "Robust freedom of contract"?

There is also the opposite. When I lived in Austin, a local well-regarded heating & AC company was bought out & merged into a parent company. The parent company...quickly failed to meet the expectations of the customers of the old. So...three years later, a new heating & AC company showed up. Using the same voice actors for the commercials, and with an obviously derivative name.

We were much happier with the new company.

So, yeah, so a three year non-compete in the event of an actual merge makes complete sense.

Europol nukes nearly 600 IP addresses in Cobalt Strike crackdown

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Re: Nukes, nuclear

You are obviously not an astronomer...

Devs claim Apple is banning VPNs in Russia 'more effectively' than Putin

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Re: Doing Business

We are not at this time at war with Russia. In fact, to my knowledge, we maintain full diplomatic relations with them (and China), as opposed to North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

I agree that Putin & Pals are enemies of the West generally. But governments are only supposed to punish persons (including corporate persons) when laws or regulations have been found by a competent authority to have been violated.

It is not at all clear that this article describes a such a violation.

Not that I want to do business with Apple personally, mind you.

Time Lords decree: No leap second needed in 2024

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I don't see that this is really a FB thing...

The article is weird on this. FB IS big enough to have a seat at the table where the decision is being made. And they DO have a very good point. G agrees with this point.

Although, really, it's all silly to talk about there every being a (computer) leap second. Oh well, it keep folks employed.

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Re: dont be too sure

"If you're using daylight savings time, you don't really care about time."

I've had a couple of companies paying a semiannual tax because they did not get it right when they started & it was never worthwhile to fix. One of them was Google. (2015-2016)

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Re: The negative leap second

No! No! No!.jpg

Seriously, you will get the rounding wrong occasionally. (Look up double rounding.)

Brace for new complications in big tech takedowns after Supreme Court upended regulatory rules

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Re: It's actually good.

The process is and will be deeply flawed no matter how you cut it. I remember watching a documentary about, I believe, a fight between the EPA & congress wherein the EPA had reverse the clear language of the law. People at the EPA were recorded as saying that they could simply wait congress out.

At the same time, we've got a dizzying number of cases where the courts have made deeply flawed decisions on the merits. The first problem (in my mind) is the non-transferability of expertise. The courts are experts at arguing precedent, and, really, almost nothing else. While they can, and, do appoint special masters to investigate technical aspects of a matter, that really only brings out the fact that, despite their whinings to the the contrary, our court system has become deeply political. And I'm not talking about the last five years. It's been a huge problem for decades, and we're finally seeing the inevitable ideological swings that that entails.

But that gets us back to the agencies, and their "expertise". Again, the agencies, are invested first in their own power. Then, whatever ideology is (currently) holding sway. They are substantially less deferential to the Congress than the courts have been, and given how only a few figureheads are actually appointed, they are even less accountable than the courts.

So, the Supremes have clipped the wings of the agencies this time. I fully expect, assuming I am privileged to live another four or five decades, to see this case reversed because 1) congress doesn't want the voters holding them accountable and 2) the courts are going to make idiots out of themselves. And I expect that decision to be eventually reversed because the agencies are going to be even more imperialistic than they are right now.

Nasty regreSSHion bug in OpenSSH puts roughly 700K Linux boxes at risk

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Re: Mitigation

I'm running a server that accepts data from almost 100 different corporations. If I want do drop everything outside a single CIDR, that CIDR will have to be

Whitelisting is what they are talking about.

And yes, We use Google on the business side, so I've set up an SSO process that logs my IP address & updates our (AWS) security groups to whatever doctor's office or grocery store I'm working in while my wife is at an appointment. It wasn't particularly hard to set up.

Google begs court for relief from Epic Games' Play Store demands

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I upboated you, but I'm struggling with the icon...

Crypto scammers circle back, pose as lawyers, steal an extra $10M in truly devious plan

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Really, El Reg?

"Between February 2023-2024, scammers were kicking US victims while they were already down, preying on their financial vulnerability to defraud them for a second time in what must be seen as a new low, even for that particular breed of dirtball." No, it's been SOP for a long time.

I read about scammers doing this exact sort of thing, I believe, in the nineties. In fact, I'm remembering a report, quite possibly in these pages, about the "once bitten, twice shy" rubric being known to be false for scam victims, as said victims become desperate to recover their funds.

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Re: I wonder if the scammers

Stop wondering. This is how they operate, and have been doing it for decades.

US mayors urge Congress to ditch red-tape-slaying broadband expansion bill

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This is the other half of net neutrality

As I see it, the core issue is the sweetheart deals that the cable companies cut with the municipalities in the 80s. That gave us local monopolies poised to drive local ISPs out the minute that cable could be hooked up to home computers. It also meant that the cc's now held the whip when negotiating with content providers. NN started out in an attempt to loosen the whip hand, but within two years, it was clear that big content would be the primary beneficiaries. The reality is that with NN, BC wins against the ISPs, which are in fact the CCs.

What does that have to do with this issue? It's that the local politicians really like the money they can get from the CCs, and the best way to manage that is by delaying (or not) projects.

Funny thing, though, our constitution (dead letter that it is) explicitly grants congress the right to regulate interstate commerce. While local governments can & must be able to tend generally to livability, they don't get to play robber barons, either.

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Re: Wouldn't change a thing...

Closest thing we have to a government railway in the US is Amtrak--which has, for generations, been a byword for inefficiency against multiple metrics.

Of course, government money for the railways was quite loose historically--and it came with pretty much every sort of corruption available.

America's best chance for nationwide privacy law could do more harm than good

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Re: A message to our American readers.

Red was the color of the people's revolution long before the post-WWII era. As for the Smithsonian, I became an activist in late 1993. The colors were already well-established, and the term "Republican Red" was well in use. In fact, I learned about the "commie" & "true blue" colors from an old legistator, who was commenting about the flip.

The Smithsonian isn't at all apolitical. Look at how their Enola Gay exhibit has changed, for instance.

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Re: A message to our American readers.

Originally, Red was for the "Commie" D's & Blue was the "True-Blue" Rs. (During the 1950's) Then one of the news organizations organizations realized that red was an alarming color, so they made the R's red & the D's blue on the map of the presidential election. (I think this was 1980.)

The Republicans knew better than to try to fight it, and so here we are.

Organized crime and domestic violence perps are big buyers of tracking devices

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Re: "Prohibiting sales for illegal applications"?

Maybe folks are making whipped cream at home for reasons you've not thought of yet... ;)

Meta warns bit flips, other hardware faults cause AI errors

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Re: I'm a bit out of touch with the hardware design

That's one of the more expensive solutions, actually. But, yes. It works.

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They would say that, wouldn't they?

Seriously, this doesn't pass the smell test. At all. And yes, I'll flash my creds again: I spent a decade doing microprocessor validation at AMD & IBM, 1996-2006. There are a number ways to fix this--assuming they are telling the truth. Either they are too cheap to implement the fix, or they are lying. It really is that simple.

What they are doing is trying to move the endposts. Having dubbed these random word generators "AI", they have realized that the market is expecting the "I" to be there when of course it absolutely is not. So now they are pleading hard physical limits that simply do not exist.

systemd 256.1: Now slightly less likely to delete /home

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Arrg! I missed it. I"m soo sorry... I...I...I MUST downvote instead! That will fix it!

Uncle Sam ends financial support to orgs hurt by Change Healthcare attack

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"We're UHC. We don't have to care". With apologies to Lily Tomlin.

Japan's space junk cleaner hunts down major target

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Re: space "cleaning"?

I know that the Japanese are very averse to being perceived as militaristic (and let's face it, as the Europeans well know, it's MUCH cheaper as well), but no clueful observer (in Bejing or Moscow) is going to miss the extremely pointed message here: "we can neutralize space assets at our pleasure--it would be wise not to displease us".

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Re: "but remained able to log on to the company's services"


US Space Force wanted $77M to reinforce GPS – and Congress shot it down

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Re: Set up a small demonstration

You mean, besides the congresscritters?

AWS is pushing ahead with MFA for privileged accounts. What that means for you ...

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Re: So far so good, but...

Option #1: Admit that m$ & security have never really been on speaking terms, and respond accordingly.

Option #2: Inform your work that if they want you to use a phone for work, then they are to supply it.

These options are not exclusive.

Command senior chief busted for secretly setting up Wi-Fi on US Navy combat ship

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Re: But, Why???

Okay, that is a more benign explanation that I had considered... and frankly makes at least as much sense as almost any other explanation.

So, option 1) either the ship's captain, or one of their direct reports, wanted this network for semi-valid reasons, and decided the official channels would not do it. The CCPO makes it happen. When things start to unravel, again, with command direction, the CCPO tries to cover the evidence. When the whole thing blows up, command covers for the CCPO by calling convening a Special Courts Martial, ending her career, but almost certainly NOT denying retirement. Command makes certain that the CCPO is taken care of so as to keep quiet.

Option 2) There is a complete breakdown in discipline on the ship. The CCFO wants her cat pictures, so sets up this network. Somehow, the office responsible for detecting such things does not manage to do so for MONTHS. Along the way the CCPO blatantly impedes an official investigation to cover what she has done. When it all blows up, she is allowed to retire with a loss of rank, presumably because she is the captain's ship wife.

No way do I see this going down without a Bad Conduct Discharge without command intervention. This is not a misdemeanor or small matter. Falsifying evidence is a felony. This should have been a general courts martial. So--why was it not?

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It's also the maximum penalty for a Summary Courts Martial.

Yeah, that stench is not from the fish.

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Re: Hypocrisy

Or, you know, a US citizen with the legal constraints thereof.

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Re: Should be given a medal

No troll icon. No other indication one way or the other in the expressionless internet. Downed for lack of clarity if not outright lack of intelligence.

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Re: Should be given a medal

"Mine's parked on your head"

"Which one?"

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Re: Should be given a medal

When my uncle was an MP in the Air Force (Viet Nam era), he, being a flatland farm boy, went skiing with buddies on their day off. Came back cherry red. He contacted his first shirt, whose response was along the lines of, "You are not fit for duty. You will not work your next three-day shift. You have two options. Option one: In six days, you will work nine days straight. Option two: You will be Article 32'ed under the charge of 'damaging government property.'"

Yes, in 1987, I did sign a contract. With a party that reserved the right to change any part of that contract at any time for any reason.

Meta algorithms push Black people more toward expensive universities, study finds

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Re: Taking advice from social media

My recollection is that Zuckerberg found it jarring...

Thanks for coming to help. No, we can't say why we called – it's classified

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Word from 1988...

When I was in the USAF, satellite communications, one of my coworkers described an *interesting* semi-regular occurrence. In general, our work required a SECRET clearance, but it was not super-rare for our equipment to be part of a TOP SECRET facility. I'm told that the procedure went something like this. "You see those two red lines coming out from that door?" "Yes". "What is between those two lines is classified SECRET. What is not, is TOP SECRET. You keep your eyes between those lines while we guide you to your equipment. You will place your tools between those lines. You will work on the rack in front of you. You WILL NOT look outside those lines while once you go past this door. You will be accompanied at all times. Am I clear?" "Yes, sir."

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Re: submarines operating near the surface were churning up algae...


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Re: "he joked"

I had a friend who worked for DHL. He had a somewhat colorful past, which I think the G-men recognized one day when he was making a delivery. Two of them got on an elevator he was on, went to opposite (back corners), looked at each other, nodded slightly, and put on their sunglasses simultaneously. Freaked him out. Then he started laughing. One of them cracked a smile. "We do have a sense of humor."

FCC boss wants tighter rules to prevent devastating satellite explosions in orbit

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Just how many explosive satellites have we had?

I mean, excluding various "we can blow up your satellite if we want to" operations...

I don't believe I have read about a single one.

US senator claims UnitedHealth's CEO, board appointed 'unqualified' CISO

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He's wrong this time

The main job of the CISO (other than to be ablative armor for the CEO in situations like this) is to get budget. I'm willing to be that that is BY FAR the main challenge. You don't need to be a SME for that, you need to be a salesman. This is going to be more true the larger the corporation.

Yes, you need to learn enough that the various directors lying to you get caught. But given that they should not be SMEs either...

I'm a big fan of the Senator when it comes to tech. But this really isn't a tech issue.

Evidence mounts that Venus has multiple active volcanoes

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Re: Boots on the ground...


"At the surface, the atmosphere presses down as hard as water 3,000 feet beneath Earth's ocean."


"The average temperature on Venus is 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius). "

So, no.

Activist investor pressures Texas Instruments to stop spending cash on fabs

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El Reg--remember

What I said last time about an "activist investor"? You need a bunch of this ---------------------->

All over the article. Or just go back to calling them "corporate raiders". Much more honest.

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If you weren't anonymous, you could have used the troll icon...

70% of CISOs worry their org is at risk of a material cyber attack

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Re: "personal, financial and legal liability in their role"

The way out of this is to document, document, document. Especially when you are being overruled. They may still make you walk the plank, but the feds will take one look at those emails, and know what was up.

Google guru roasts useless phishing tests, calls for fire drill-style overhaul

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Re: Let your network admin know . . .

I love it! Have one! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

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Re: Not just e-mails

That person might well be the phisher....

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Re: Not sure if it's possible

How I wish that were not the case...