* Posts by nickx89

52 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Aug 2017


VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds


Good call from the part of VPN company.

IMO, it was a good move from the side of VPN company if they were obliged to act due to any court order. There's one less criminal in the street. It's not necessary that if they kept logs of one person, they would keep of others too. So, it's just a hype people are creating instead of seeing the bigger picture. Additionally, they have clear log policy on abusive use of the service. People should read privacy policy first no matter what service they use. Such services are not for using in such activities.

BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs


who's that someone.

someone made the bae angry. But, it's not just a regular bae it's THE bae :v

UK cybercops reacted to 590 'significant attacks' over past year – report


little things

Sent using GMX app, must have considered that first.

Google finds 200m more people to advertise to in a single day


grey areas

Some countries of asia, africa, and europe are considered grey areas where there is less potential for business or chances of fraud are likely. Even if they advertise the return might not be as expected. If the services in India targets bangladeshi people then that makes sense.

Spy vs spy vs hacker vs... who is THAT? Everyone's hacking each other


spy on spy, researcher on researcher

So when spies are spying on other spies then security researchers shouldn't spy on the spies for threat intel. Instead they should focus on filling those loopholes in their systems, if they can't come up with it, then make it a security-security duo team. It sound so vague!

Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs



The very first step to website security is to keep it updated every time. But, unfortunately most of the plugins people use are 'cracked' which they cannot update or if they purchase, they are too lazy to update it.

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049


notorious for remakes.

Remakes are notorious for going flop. Only a few got to see the light of success. I think it will live to see another day but it won't hit the blockbuster.

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?


I would give it a try.

Digital photo frames alongside my table. I would definitely buy this.

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)


Didn't understand.

Would someone help me understand what Q.Rad really is? I did not understand. It says:

"Qarnot’s cloud is based on a disruptive infrastructure: the Q.rad, a heater embedding three CPUs as a heat source. We reuse the heat they generate to heat homes and offices for free. Q.rad is connected to the Internet and receives in real time workloads from our in-house computing platform.

Our main business at Qarnot is to provide a cloud computing platform which is able to send heavy workloads to any kind of computer, server or heater."

How does it transmit the heat?

Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties


Don't get it why

"monkey that took a selfie and was denied copyright for its efforts has come to an end." I never thought it would be such a big thing! Don't they have any other stuff to do?

Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees



Just reading it sounds so cool, battery capacity being updated like on the go. Traditional cars would require dedicated time to do such a thing.

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways


Didn't understand.

Didn't quite get it, I use OneDrive for all my needs.

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack


Didn't understand.

So, it was there before Oreo had arrived? Did it attack Android mobiles before? Did Google knew about this vulnerability that was patched in Android Oreo? It's ambiguous at this point.

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data


test subject

Google learn by experience. The test subject unfortunately is the consumer itself. If they haven't had such issue in their beta then they should have it in the final release. Their quality assurance should have strict measures.

Top tip, hacker newbs: Don't use the same Skype ID for IoT bot herding and job ads



someone forgot his basics and left the trail

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email


they never get it.

.. and people never get the false popularity! One odd thing and everybody starts going crazy instead of ignoring the fact that he might be stupid. Everyone's tagging techdirt, people are talking techdirt, eyes are on techdirt.

Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick


If this continues...

Everyone should have seen it long coming before praising and supporting Google all this time. The slow monopoly by Google has led it to be the largest ad network provider and the biased ad blocker in today's time. If this continues then we'd be left 'forced' ads by the Google rather than choice.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!


why oh why?

My whole teenage mathematics ruined. Why did I study hard just to know today that use base 60.

China to identify commentards with real‑name policy


People needs privacy sometimes

People must register so the Chinese government can force websites and other platforms to hand over data up on ask? There are thousands of users with similar names, so the commenting system will take more changes that is an extra effort.

Pats on the back all round as Pure Storage announces new CEO and growing revenues


Good pick.

Charles Giancarlo proved good pick to Pure Storage.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired


take the slogan

Samsung should take LG's slogan in negative way, 'Life Is Not Good'

Hash of the Titan: How Google bakes security all the way into silicon



"Secure boot typically relies on a combination of an authenticated boot firmware and boot loader along with digitally signed boot files." - It's impressive that Google provided security to the boot level and implementing in-house strategy.

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile


Oh why!?

Ad blocking requires active filter list. It seems they give the functionality but does not actively maintains it. The fact that people ignoring the ad blocking and other security practices causes their IDs and devices to be hacked by simple actions of hackers. I don't get why people don't bother and trust the apps blindly.

Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence


Do this too.

Great step by the Google Chrome team. The auto-play video has been annoying lately and websites are also forcing pop-up video once you scroll. Google should do something about it too. I am simply not interested in watching the video by shoving it down my throat.

WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again


Failing to do so.

NHS is consistently failing to address the cyber security issue the hospitals face. It should be the first on their priority list.

PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years



PC gamers will buy the stuff regardless of downfall.

Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins


Don't get it why

I don't know why it has made controversy. There are many hackers out there, that the NSA knows about, but all they want to target is the person who secured the day when they couldn't.

Cybersecurity world faces 'chronic shortage' of qualified staff


I should

I have been reading a lot about skills shortage and seriously thinking of diverting my career toward cyber security :/

Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars



Did I read, "Ultimately, drivers will still bear responsibility if their autonomous charabanc crashes, unless it was caused by a system failure"?? If it's an autonomous car it would not be in control of human or will it bail out in the moments of accident?

Though ethically wrong, but it's an initiative towards regulating the autonomous car driving.

Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America


Good Call

Good call by the astronomers. That's how recycle should be done.

So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security


In house crew knows the ground reality

Outsourcing is just a temporary way and an excuse to solve the problem for once. Third party don't understand your business what it does, what are it's requirements, what are it's strength and weaknesses, what resources it lacks. In house crew knows the ground reality and how much water they the ship is in. They'd better tackle the problem once they are trained with the required skills.

Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed


I didn't read that.

Nudity, Nudity, Everywhere. And they are stupid enough to show it regardless of their privacy concerns.

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'


They won't allow it.

It would be stupid for North Korea to go all nuclear because of neighboring Russia, China, and South Korea who'd not let the nuclear attacks. Anything affecting North Korea will affect the neighboring countries as well. Moreover, NK would be sending messages to other countries as well. EMP is highly likely but it wouldn't be a wise move as well.

Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch


May be.

May be they should reach their far related cousin Firefox xD

So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?


I would give it a try.

I love the Carl Zeiss lens in Windows Phone but I am not its user. Having a Carl Zeiss camera lens in an Android variant by Nokia would be a traction for someone like me. I have been Nokia user since 3310 days. The minimalist design is attractive that I saw in Nokia 6, and loved it. The point is to reach the company with open mind and give it a try.

What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...


Didn't understand.

"The key does not provide access to the Secure Enclave Processor (SEP). Rather, it offers the opportunity to decrypt and explore the otherwise encrypted firmware code that governs it, affording security researchers and other curious types a chance to learn more about how the technology works."

I am trying to understand that the key provides the opportunity to unencrypt the code that handles the SEP? What does it unlock actually? Wouldn't it give an open field to the researchers to perform more than learn, like find new ways to actually provide means to SEP?

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!


Might they add

Might they add Windows Me and Long Horn as well. It's just a trick to ward off the freshers in the field which is a risky gamble to ignore potential candidates, or the HR is just stupid to update the requirements according to every other job.

Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October



This save my time for tl;dr "The new observations reveal it will miss Earth by 44,000 kilometres (27,340 miles)."

Kalanick stations! Ex-Uber CEO sued for fraud by soured sugar daddy


a knack for controversy

Uber has got a knack for controversy. It has lost the trust of majority people by now. I moved from Uber a long time.

At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs


how's the browser?

I just got aware of this browser by reading the article. Can anyone tell me how's the browser is compared to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera? I use opera mainly for adblock & VPN.

South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet


You can't win

It showed no matter how advanced you get; you can't win from the rats! :P

Ukrainian man, 51, cuffed on suspicion of distributing NotPetya


even if you posted for whatever reason

So it proves that they are doing surveillance after all, and by reading this, "Neverov is not suspected of writing NotPetya nor of being behind the initial ransomware attack that severely disrupted numerous businesses in Ukraine and across the world in late June," it shows that a video can make you cuffed! even if you posted for whatever reason.

Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January


The outcome is obvious.

"the US broadband regulator will simply change its mind as to what Internet access is." Brilliant, now the whole Internet would be the advertising platform for them, it would make a perfect heaven for broadband companies. So much efforts for making companies happy, welcome corporate America.

"So if you decide that "internet access" covers both fixed line and mobile then suddenly a huge percentage of the country gains access to "fast" internet access. Not only that but competition in the market suddenly jumps too because there are more providers"... If they add cellular networks into the Internet access, which they will, it would make an additional pocket filling stream for them.

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers


They wouldn't have done that at first place!

The answer for Instart Logic is in this statement, "I consider this to be extremely hostile to users, even those not using a content blocker, as it allows third-party servers to read/write cookies even if a user chose to block third-party cookies," Hill explains.

If the advertisers didn't shove the advertisements to our throats and provided useful and sophisticated adverts then people wouldn't have mind their ads. Showing irrelevant ads on the wrong sites will eventually lead to content block.

Alien 'lava lamp' with dying magnetic field orbited Earth a billion years ago – science


I think it shows,

Billion years ago? I still have one in my bed room. Well, to come to point, it shows planets lined with and the field was corrected before the life existed on earth.

Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey


Are we going to see clash of advertisers?

Both the companies have monopolized the online ad networks while disguising themselves as a social media & search engine. It's not far enough that we'd be seeing huge conflict between the advertisers for the place.

US court system bug opened hole for hackers to scoop up legal docs for free on victims' dime


Something positive.

It's positive that they fixed the vulnerability before potential attack. This forward approach should be adopted by everyone.

So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?


HBO don't need to pay anyway.

For such crackers, what's the point of working till you get jackpot? You will be living your lives in fear of being caught and sentenced. Moreover, taking risks is another story. HBO don't need to pay anyway because people sees one episode on Sunday regardless of it being leaked.

We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti


'Just' that far!

If you mean by saying "just 12 light-years away" is equal to 12 x (9.46 trillion kilometers in vacuum) then yes! it's "just" that away. If astronomers says this being behind such far distance then how many many years it would take them to create such technology to travel at much faster speed than light of travel.

In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it


This is a must read research by Endgame. I would wait to see the conclusion of this cat and mouse game in the context of antivirus. Since some malware doesn't work in a pattern, how would the AI response to that?