* Posts by Withdrawn

24 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that

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Re: Future of this

The following page seems helpful, to include the pdf overview linked at the bottom "Overview of COVUD-19 Exposure Notification" under Related Articles.

https://support.google.com/android/answer/9888358

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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"To readers of a certain vintage"

Thanks, kind of you to put it that way

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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meal planner and grocery list app

What's the over/under on apple releasing their own version of this once Prepear has been thoroughly destroyed through litigation?

Search for 'things of value' in a bank: Iowa cops allege this bloke broke into one and decided on ... hand sanitiser

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"batshit-crazy suggestions that injecting disinfectant into the human body might treat COVID-19"

I love this one. I watched that conference, saw and heard myself what was said. This has become a great litmus to find out who is framing narratives (or blindly swallowing them) versus actually reporting on what happens.

Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines

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Re: For want of a nail (thermal cutout actually)

The solution here is obvious. Someone needs to come up with a hardware failsafe that can be 3d printed, then the plans can be distributed with the machines.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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Re: "The Twitter VIP hack undermines public confidence in those information platforms."

"99.9% of humanity think ... that twitter is the greatest thing on earth since facebook."

Which is ridiculous considering how the large majority of tweets are made by surprisingly small segment of the overall population. To be honest I don't know why anyone takes twitter so seriously.

https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/04/24/sizing-up-twitter-users/

NSA to Congress: Our spy programs don’t work, aren’t used, or have gone wrong – now can you permanently reauthorize them?

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None of this really matters

The NSA is already collecting beyond legal authorization. No reason to believe that will change in December. Also, they don't really care about funding from Congress. It's just a nice bonus to them. They bring in far more funding from other sources, off the books of course.

Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline

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I find it telling...

that some of these are pitched as a way to spy on employees. Disgraceful the kind of society we live in.

Also, I'll never understand why one would keep an employee they can't trust.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer

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Re: It's an opinion.

You make a good point about obscurity. This story may even boost name recognition for ReactOS.

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Re: It's an opinion.

I'm genuinely amazed that after all this time I still seem to be the only end-user that likes systemd.

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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Kremlin's hackers

Putin must've learned nothing during all those KGB years. I would think that even the worst of spies would know to switch out assets once cover is blown.

FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...

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A drop in the bucket.

Even 7800 is insignificant:

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had jurisdiction

over 196,500 prisoners at yearend 2015.

So going off the number of KNOWN CONVICTED federal criminals, the feds are only having trouble with access to evidence for 3% of cases. In reality, the number has to be even more insignificant as you begin to count those who have not been charged, local and state cases that use FBI labs, etc. I'm sure someone who truly groks stats could really blow their argument out of the water.

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Re: The irony is that the FBI will imprison you for the same mistake.

Unless you've been head of state but claim to not know what classified markings looking like, or what the law says about transmission and possession of classified information on unauthorized systems.

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Re: What difference does it make?

This is how it goes nowadays. "Sources" make an unsubstantiated claim, and then everyone else in .gov and media ignore the demand for evidence and instead focus on driving opposing factions to argue over the minutia and whether or not it fits their political desires. Before you know it, months have gone by and people are arguing about how we should respond politically to something that no one has even demonstrated to have happened.

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Who would trust

Forget trusting them with an audit...if they can't figure out how their counting function works, how can they figure out they've got the right device, or tied the data to the right "suspect"? Seems like these experts should not be allowed anywhere near "evidence" found through software.

President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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Twitter a public forum

So does this mean I can't be banned from Twitter for sharing an unsavory opinion in the comments of any political feed? Weren't people being ridiculed 6 months ago for claiming the Twitter ban hammer was depriving them of freedom of speech? Is Twitter now liable if it decides my tweet to @SenFeinstein against illegal immigration is worthy of account suspension? And what about foriegn services? If a US pol made a comment on El reg would El reg have to leave the forum open and unmoderated for all commentary's?

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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Re: Legislation if necessary ?

As if they'd care enough to do something about the leaked key...

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Re: So they want..

"I wonder if this is more the case they cannot be bothered, or do not have the knowledge to make their network IPv6 friendly? Thus unable to "hack" or "track" remote IPv6-only hosts."

My first thought was this as well. A not small number of network admins have had a hard time with wrapping their heads around IPv6 as it is....and law enforcement/courts are just getting a solid mastery on IPv4. They will be a decade behind again if they have to start over learning 6.

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"Isnt the future beautiful, distributed internet,distributed networks,end to end encryption."

They brought that last one on themselves.

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Re: Who advises these people??

Maybe it's not fear. If you were the bofh that worked for these folks, and they treated you like they treat the rest of us, would you tell him he sounds like an idiot? Or would you let him go make a fool of himself publicly, knowing his attitude will co-opt his ignorance and prevent him from ever realizing what an idiot he sounds like?

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Re: Legitimate encryption

Seems safe to me... After all, when has a government ever been hacked?

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Turnabout is fair play?

I suggest we should hire 13 trolls and give them a budget of a few hundred thousand to buy ads on vkontakte. The only part that concerns me about that, though, is that it may lead to the corruption of the integrity of internet advertising.

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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We don't use or store the data

Then why collect in the first place? Are we supposed to believe that they simply collect the info to immediately discard it? Makes no sense.

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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That old Droid review

was a refreshing read. Certainly gives a new appreciation for had far things have come.

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