* Posts by iron

1790 posts • joined 25 May 2017

Deluge of of entries to Spamhaus blocklists includes 'various household names'

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Re: I thought that the problem was obvious....

Did you know that companies who send spam are all commercial entitites?

Blocking mail from commercial entities is exactly what Spamhaus are supposed to do.

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No they didn't. Are you proposing that Spamhaus has full control of Channel 4's internet?

Spamhaus published a list that said the offending addresses were guilty of being a bad Internet neighbour.

Channel 4 used that list to block you.

Janet Jackson music video declared a cybersecurity exploit

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Re: Lay off Janet

The Jackson Five were good in their day.

Janet was mass produced, plastic shit. In his later years her brother Michael was also shit and not someone you leave alone with your kids.

That was fast: MetaGuard emerges as an 'incognito mode' for the metaverse

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> if more platforms follow VRChat's lead, it could make it more difficult for those who simply must partake to assert their preference for privacy.

I have a much simpler solution. Much like the original Facebook, I will never use VRChat or any other product from or connected with Meta.

You can not track that which you can not see.

As a bonus I won't have to put up with motion sickness, wearing heavy goggles or being molested by teen pervs. Result!

UK launches 'consultation' with EU over exclusion from science programs

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Which currently belongs to a Japanese company who want to float it on the NYSE. Yeah totally home grown and British.

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Bankrupt the country so you can sell it to Rishi's father in law

You wanted to leave, you got the votes and Brexit happened. Stop trying to get your snouts back in the trough you claimed you didn't want or need. Just hurry up and bankrupt the country so you can sell it to Rishi's father in law and we can all fuck off somewhere else.

1,900 Signal users exposed: Twilio attacker 'explicitly' looked for certain numbers

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Re: Do as I say, not as I do

If you read earlier stories that went into more details about the Twilio breach you'd know they do use 2FA.

The note about Cloudflare is because they use hardware keys, not an app or SMS for 2FA.

Digital Ocean dumps Mailchimp after attack leaked customer email addresses

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Love that article by the FinTech bro claiming Mailchimp are blocking crypto companies. So sure of himself. So self-righteous. So wrong.

The best bit was getting to the byline at the bottom and discovering he's just an ignorant student.

US CHIPS Act: Getting the funding is just the start

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Re: It's strategic

You seem to have forgotten your joke icon.

If not then the Belt and Road Initiative / Silk Road Economic Belt would disagree with you.

Linux 6.0 debuts, missing some Rusty bits and a magic mushroom reference

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That is not an Earth date, there are only 12 months in the calendar.

(Yes I'm aware of the USA date format but it's stupid and wrong.)

China's internet regulator details algorithms used by local Big Tech players

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Big Brother

While I suspect a lot can be hidden in these algorithm descriptions I think this is a good move. It would be nice if Western governments would force the likes of Facebook and Google to reveal the algorithms and data points they use to track, profile, rate, grade and ultimately brand their users.

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol

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> Android devices communicate using RCS

No they really don't. Every time I buy a phone I turn off RCS within a week because I can't recieve messages from some contacts by RCS - and these are Android users, not iPhone. RCS doesn't work at the best of times, failing to deliver messages and not even telling you they failed. It doesn't work if you don't have an Internet connection and if you know anyone on a pay as you go SIM just forget it.

The supposed benefits are garbage. Why would I care if someone happens to be typing on their phone, I don't get the message till they send it so there is no value in telling me they are typing.

A secure version of SMS would be a better choice than RCS.

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Re: Party like it's 1999

They do. Current Android phones have two messaging apps, both called Messages iirc. One does SMS only, the other does RCS & SMS. So either use the old app or turn off RCS in the new app like I do because it never works.

Meta privacy red team lead: Does your business know its privacy adversaries?

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Meta is the privacy red team, the enemy, the great adversary.

Block all Meta properties from your network and your privacy will increase one hundredfold.

Why the hell would I listen to a Zuck-slave on privacy? If he works for Zuck he doesn't believe in privacy.

Boffins rate npm and PyPI package security and it's not good

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No mention of StepSecurity? StepSecurity are working to secure the open source supply chain by securing GitHub Actions workflows. Their Secure Workflows and Harden Runner tools are quick and easy to use and fix many of the issues mentioned in the article. They also works hand-in-hand with OpenSSF's scorecards.

I'm not affiliated with StepSecurity, just a happy user of their tools.

Elon Musk sells Tesla shares worth $6.9b as Twitter lawsuit looms

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Re: he's trying to prevent an emergency sale of the stock

Really? What cave are these outside investors living in that they don't know Twitter is lubing up the broom handle?

Iran cheerfully admits using cryptocurrency to pay for imports

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Re: That also makes the payments traceable

Until they pick & mix with Tornado Cash or another mixer to wash those cryptobucks whiter than white!

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Still think Tornado Cash is about free speech?

GitHub courts controversy by suspending Tornado Cash developers and reneging on cookie commitments

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Creating software that is used to break the law is not free speech.

Enabling scammers and hackers to destroy people's lives is not free speech.

Propping up the NK regime is most definitely not free speech.

Don't let these criminals fool you, there is no free speech here.

US Space Force deploys robot dogs at Cape Canaveral base

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PAWS on the MOON!

Twilio customer data exposed after its staffers got phished

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Re: Sure

Which is why you don't click any links in emails and go to the company's website manually instead.

US treasury whips up sanctions for crypto mixer Tornado Cash

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> Beans cryptocurrencies stolen from decentralized finance platform Beanstalk Farms

Beans? Beanstalk? And people paid money for this? You literally can't make this shit up.

Intel challenges Nvidia, AMD with trio of workstation GPUs

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> Nvidia's 3090 TI may capture people's attention, they are very low volume, decent margin, and ultimately make up very little of the company's profits.

Unlike the workstation market which is huge and makes up... oh wait, the workstation market is tiny in comparison to the consumer market.

I look forward to watching Intel's graphics division fail yet again.

You could always try making ARM processors next Pat, you could call them StrongARM or XScale. lol

Digital Ocean customers back away from blockchains

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> If those numbers seem tiny – a single Azure or EC2 instance could cost the same for a few hours of operation

Actually they seem pretty huge, my monthly Azure bill is roughly a single pound sterling.

It's amazing what you can do with "serverless" compute.

GitLab versus The Zombie Repos: An old plot needs a new twist

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> Some of this is entitlement bias

No Rupert it isn't. And since you're going to be that kind of dick I'm not reading the rest of your article.

UK wants criminal migrants to scan their faces up to five times a day using a watch

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> The data will be shared with the Ministry of Justice

This is not justice, they should change the name to Ministry of Inhumanity.

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Re: What has immigration status got to do with criminal punishment?

Perhaps she should have a little humanity and empathy for people like her family.

Apple tells suppliers to use 'Taiwan, China' or 'Chinese Taipei' to appease Beijing

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Re: Can anyone answer the question, logically...

During the revolution the former government of China fled to Taiwan and set up a government in exile, claiming to be the rightful government of China. So the very existence of Taiwan as a separate entity is an existential threat to the PRC.

China-linked fake news site shows disinformation on the rise

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Re: In other news

No usually they pretend to be Top Gun Maverick, Jason Bourne, John Wick, Ethan Hunt, Jack Bauer, James T. Kirk or just plain old Homer Simpson.

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I don't think fake news sites were needed to push anti-America storylines in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court wrote those storylines themselves.

Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

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If I had $800,000 to put into a wallet app I'd spend time making damn sure it was a legitimate wallet app from a major provider of such services. Someone with a name I recognise and trust, most definitely not something called Phantom:

a : something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence : apparition.

b : something elusive or visionary.

c : an object of continual dread or abhorrence the phantom of disease and want.

Although that does sound like the app he downloaded.

GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash

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That would require thinking.

Obscure Asian fintech AMTD Digital becomes the new GameStop

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> The reason for the spike is uncertain. Suspicion has fallen on the same kind of social media-fuelled retail investor pile-on that saw prices spike for so-called "meme stocks" like GameStop and AMC.

This should be really easy to verify, check out the usual subreddits and a Google search should provide certainty if this has become a meme stock.

I guess fact checking isn't a journalist's job any more?

Solana, Phantom blame Slope after millions in crypto-coins stolen from 8,000 wallets

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> "We have some hypotheses as to the nature of the breach, but nothing is yet firm,"

Adding "we last saw Dave from IT about 5 minutes before all these "coins" were stolen but as soon as he turns up we'll ask him what happened."

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

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License considerations

Most open source licences require that the code be made available. If GitLab delete said code the original authors will be in violation of their own license.

I wonder if there's a case to sue GitLab for aiding and abbetting license infringement?

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

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Why would a network protocol require "much plumbing (especially for older GPUs"?

WTF does a GPU have to do with networking? Especially a network protocol that predates the GPU by a couple of decades.

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy

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Re: The "poor" victims of piracy

Said session musician loses nothing from a pirated copy of the song. They don;t get royalties and will have been paid a flat fee so they got paid whether you pirate the song or not.

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Re: Gross overestimates don't help either

As well as putting me off buying legitimate media those ads also make me want steal a policeman's hat!

Bot army risk as 3,000+ apps found spilling Twitter API keys

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Re: But who's at risk here?

There's clearly a lot of FUD going on in this article.

I'm not familiar with the Twitter API but the way these things usually work an application key will not allow account take over. It just allows the API owner to know which devs are responsible if an app misbehaves.

Posting or changing account details should require a user key or token which can't be hard-coded because it requires user login and expires.

I was expecting to hear these apps were storing user tokens in an area of memory that could be read by another app or something likie that, not hard-coded app keys.

Apple sued by French media over App Store power

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> All these problems can be solved if there were multiple App Stores for different types of categories of software to make competition fairer, they argued.

Because that is exactly what happened on Android.

Oh no, it didn't.

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Re: Anon CVs

Unfortunately it's Fly Fishing by J.R. Hartley so you failed the interview.

Either your memory has gone or you're too young for the post!

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Re: Don't know about that

appallingly-written cruft. And,

Charges filed over $300m 'textbook pyramid and Ponzi scheme' crypto startup

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Re: agreed to pay disgorgement and civil penalties

Or perhaps "Mike Mooney" or "Gleb Million." Oh wait.

Preparing for Skylab: The separate 1972 experimental mission that never left the ground

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> a Skylab mission that would prove critical to the success of the US's first crewed space station.

That has to be the first time Skylab has ever been described as a success.

NASA: Mars rocks won't make it back to Earth until 2033

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Meanwhile, China will steal the samples from Percy and return them in 2028 leaving NASA looking very embarassed.

Now another Meta acquisition in jeopardy: VR biz Within

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Re: Wait, can someone explain the difference ?

Wii Sports could be considered as fitness app but not a dedicated fitness app because its really a game.

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I would say Facebook is the one sending a chilling message to anyone who wishes to innovate in VR.

Don't work in VR, your employer might get bought by Facebook! Then you will face the moral choce of qitting or selling your soul to Zuck.

Google postpones Chrome's third-party cookie bonfire yet again

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I turned off third party cookies in Netscape and IE4 and they have been off since.

You do not need 3rd party cookies to browse the web.

Nothing of value breaks.

(Social media sites have no value so I have no idea if it breaks Facebook, Twitter, et al.)

Experts warn transition to private space stations won't happen anytime soon

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Re: Medical experiments

Rather we should remember to read the article before posting because it literally says: "like studying the long-term health effects of living in space"


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