* Posts by Cav

428 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2018


Ohio power plants want special tariffs on datacenters to protect regional grid

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Re: harbinger for....

Not even close. Ohio is looking at adding 30GW for data centers. That's just one state. Multiply that by 50 states and you get 1,500GW. The total estimate of all cars and small trucks becoming electrified is 950GW.

Japan's space junk cleaner hunts down major target

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

"I'm seriously tempted to say that the company should bear the responsibility here"

Then you would be wrong. If you leave your door unlocked and someone walks in and murders you then you are an idiot but the murderer is still responsible for their own actions.

UK and Canada's data chiefs join forces to investigate 23andMe mega-breach

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These criminals are not stupid. I seriously doubt one IP would have been used.

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"23andMe also took the curious step of blaming their own customers' poor security habits for allowing the breach to unfold – a bold PR move, for sure, and one we don't often see, perhaps for good reason."

23andMe were quite right.

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Just how were they supposed to detect the so-called "intrusion", which it wasn't, when the attackers were logging in using credentials that the users had used on other breached online services?

If I use the same passwords on all online accounts and people within a system to which an account has access share their genetic data with me, then they and I are at fault.

The 23 and Me customers are to blame. I belong to a number of geneaology groups and people are still constantly whining about having to go through the "unnecessary" process of MFA, despite so many of them having opened themselves up to this sort of attack.

This is no different to the Snowflake attack but the tone of articles covering the two incidents is very different. Why? They are exactly the same thing.

Snowflake customers not using MFA are not unique – over 165 of them have been compromised

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Never waited more than a few seconds for access to my bank.

Uncle Sam seeks to claw back $5M+ stolen from trade union through spoofed email

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Oh dear...

It's the DOJ trying to recover funds for an external trade union, held in foreign banks. The $6.134 Trillion is not relevant. The DOJ are carrying out THEIR ROLE, in trying to obtain funds for the union, not for the government. Or are you seriously saying that public funds should be used to just give the union $5 million because it represents a small amount of government expenditure? Can we all just ask the government for $5 million?

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

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""there is no evidence that the tests result in fewer incidences of successful phishing campaigns,"". Where I work, phishing tests initially had high failure rates. Those decreased over time.

"secure-by-default systems in the long term"

We don't all have Google's resources. Legacy systems hang around for decades.

"later blaming them as individuals for their failures"

They are to blame. if you tell someone, over and over and over again that they should never click links in unexpected emails, and certainly never enter credentials, and they do it anyway then they are to blame. Personality and workload are irrelevant.

Announcing that an incoming phishing email is a test makes it pointless. If you know you are being tested then of course you are not going to click. You have to know not to click EVER.

Julian Assange can appeal extradition to the US, London High Court rules

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Re: The USA has achieved its aims

"No proof of that? Why would anyone expect proof?"

Because you can't make assertions without proof. You're just making it up.

If there was any evidence of said rapes then he should have appeared in court.

An attorney says she saw her library reading habits reflected in mobile ads. That's not supposed to happen

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Re: Mysteries

"supposedly has an iPhone and an Android tablet"

I do.

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Re: *Audio*books

"Ancestry" I don't know why people keep writing "Ancestory".

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Re: *Audio*books

"Your argument combines belittling language with an eyebrow-raising lack of awareness of even the various public admissions of precisely this behaviour.".

No, it didn't and no, it doesn't.

Your anecdote is irrelevant and you could be mistaken\lying.

Microsoft teases deepfake AI that's too powerful to release

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"a movie about the inevitability of disaster when humans act..."

No, there was nothing inevitable about the events in Jurassic Park. Malcolm's comments on the matter have always annoyed me. He was wrong. It was a contrived situation to make a movie. Of course, without that contrivance it would have been a boring story. However, nothing failed at the park. The disaster resulted from an IT insider deliberately sabotaging the facilities. So, yes, his greed caused the problem but otherwise the corporation that set it all up made no mistakes.

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"Joe Biden recently openly admitted that he was defying the US Supreme Court"

You have a poor understanding of the law. The US Supreme Court is not the law. It interprets the law as defined by congress and the constitution. Defying it is not breaking the law if the president's actions are legal. The constitution allows the president to undertake Executive Orders. "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." EOs are instructions to the executive branches of the government from their superior.

Article 2 of the constitution grants the president a great deal of leeway and discretion. All presidents have used EOs and it is perfectly legal to do so. The solution to a president behaving illegally is the process of impeachment.

UK lays down fresh legislation banning crummy default device passwords

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Re: Actually, could do better

This is what happens now...

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Re: Actually, could do better

Seriously? Default is not the same as generic. Most devices have unique passwords. They are set to a default value by the supplier and appear in the device documentation on on the packaging. Buy it, login and then change the password.

Only the supplier would know the default password for a particular unique device.

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Re: Default passwords are allowed?

Default, serial number, passwords are not fixed passwords. As soon as you activate the device then you change the password. I've never had a device that I couldn't initially login to and change the password. Only then would you talk to support or online fora.

AI could crash democracy and cause wars, warns Japan's NTT

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Re: Facebook

"Bring back eyewitness testimony"

The most unreliable form of evidence.

Indian bank’s IT is so shabby it’s been banned from opening new accounts

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Re: The next superpower ?

"In somewhere like the UK the customer numbers involved would've been smaller"

Modern databases and other tech can handle any number of customers. The numbers are largely irrelevant. You might get a performance hit on the web servers for online access and slow query responses to DB queries but numbers are no excuse for poor firewall, intrusion detection and SIEM systems. They are certainly no excuse for not having policies and business continuity proceddes in place.

Management company settles for $18.4M after nuclear weapons plant staff fudged their timesheets

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Re: Should not be allowed

It wasn't a fine. It was a settlement of over payment returned.

The company did nothing illegal and nothing even that was legal but morally wrong. They were incompetent, in not monitoring their staff adequately, but that isn't illegal. As soon as they found out what their employees had done, the company raised the issue with the authorities. The employees were fired and they should be charged with fraud but the company did nothing wrong at all. Basically, they just agreed that they owed the government repayment of funds paid for time not worked. The company brought the situation to the attention of government.

Watchdog tells Dutch govt: 'Do not use Facebook if there is uncertainty about privacy'

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If people rely on the information you post, as a government entity, then you shouldn't be hosting it on someone else's property, unless you are renting that property; you should be hosting it on your own website.

I don't like Facebook. I don't support their actions or their business model. But you can't force someone to host information that you want to post on their private property, unless you are paying a fee, and even then, any such hosting company has the right to decline to host anything and everything. If citizens rely on the information that you provide then it is your responsibility to get it to them.

US House passes fresh TikTok ban proposal to Senate

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Re: Nah

You are totally disconnected from reality. Back away from FauxNews. It rots your brain.

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Your thought processes are deranged. Anyone can post on Facebook etc. That's what freedom of speech is all about. The point is the CCP having control of an app that is installed on user devices. Who knows what data they might extract. Even you should be able to work out the difference.

"to American leftist ownership." You say that like it's a bad thing. The alternative is the UnAmerican right that have no respect for reality or the rights of others that they deem "Sinful" or "unnatural" etc, etc.

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"trhe fdirst time the US government would have shut ma socxial media platform." Too much liquid refreshment at the weekend? :)

This has nothing to do with the 1st amendment. TikTok, itself, is not being banned. Chinese ownership is. Given the authoritarian nature of the CCP and the pressure it brings to bear on Chinese people and companies, it is prudent not to allow it to have control of a company whose app is installed on billions of devices thoughout the world. It is not the same as Facebook or any other social media company.

House passes bill banning Uncle Sam from snooping on citizens via data brokers

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"banning the government from using data brokers and not any other type of entity, it does little to protect the privacy of US citizens, all while threatening national security."

They do have a point. No one should be collecting data but banning only government from accessing it, where it actually already does exist, is bizarre. We can't use it to defned ourselves aganst criminals and terrorists but can to sell useless tat? That's ridiculous.

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No, it isn't. Theft of actual, physical goods denies those goods to the owner. Data can be copied as often as you wish with no loss to the owner. The problem is how it is used. As long as there is strong oversight and data is not retained indefinitely, security services should have access to available data.

Why making pretend people with AGI is a waste of energy

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Re: Cars don't have legs...

"efficiently climb stairs" is easily done, without legs.

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Re: Two men say they are Jesus. One of them must be wrong.

Not true at all. Someone did or did not say something. The world is a globe, evolution happened, etc, etc.

All are facts.

Another: Pineapple belongs on pizza.

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"I mean, good lord, how many science fiction stories from the 50s to the 90s imagined we would have hulking mannequins marching around the house pushing around a regular old vacuum cleaner?"

Those mannequins weren't robotic vaccuum cleaners. Your comparison is a false one. The point of those humanoid robots was that they would be able to do many of the tasks humans do. Get your little disc to make you a cup of tea or lift a disabled person into the bath.

75% of enterprise coders will use AI helpers by 2028. We didn't say productively

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Re: Mark my words

You've obviously been asleep for the last 20 years. NHS scandals, and the complaints thereof, are reported on and acknowledged ever other month.

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The opposite of woke is mindless.

Change Healthcare faces second ransomware dilemma weeks after ALPHV attack

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Hyperbolic nonsense. The crime only exists because companies keep paying, in this case twice. Ban payment and the crime will stop.

US insurers use drone photos to deny home insurance policies

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Re: As usual, it's cover for taking advantage of old people

US roof shingles are fibre glass mixed with asphalt and fall apart in a decade. Sometimes, and more expensive, US shingles use "organic fibre" and last a little longer. British tile lasts for decades or centuries.

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Re: A physical visit is a lot more reliable

A British house would stand against the hurricane. Yes, the roof might get ripped off and yes, the contents of windward rooms might be lost but inner rooms on the ground floor and on the leeward side would provide shelter for people within them. I live in the US now; in "Tornado Alley". It's ridiculous how many homes are just reduced to matchsticks with their occupants killed. Few homes are hit by those flying buses and even if they were, there is still a good chance that a solidly built British-style home would provide shelter for occupants.

Cheaper is not better, in terms of lives lost or ruined by hospital bills for treatment after your home has been erased.

Notepad++ dev slams Google-clogging notepad.plus 'parasite'

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Re: "They Said"

You can't seriously be that much of an ignoramous?

It's the perfectly correct English grammar to use when you don't know the gender of a person to whom you are referring.

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Re: vegans

"I'm taking from this that my many downvotes in these forums"

Or most people just think you are wrong. Not everything is a conspiracy.

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Re: vegans

"I don't think there's "solid science"

Your ignorance has no effect on science. It is a fact.

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Re: vegans

"a vegan diet is the right choice"

It is. Anyone can be vegan. If someone becomes ill on a vegan diet, it's due to ignorance.

Olympic athletes, boxers, runners etc all have members who are vegan.

Saying that a vegan diet is not healthy for everyone, because some idiot lives on hyper-processed vegan food and stuffs themselves stupid, is as ridiculous as saying that all meat is lethal.

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Re: vegans

Veganism is the correct choice, both for the planet and animal welfare. It is our place to point that out.

Some meat producers are ethical and concerned with the welfare of their animals. Mass producers are not.

Meat production consumes vast amounts of fresh water and land. And before the idiots come back with the usual "more land is used to grow soy", yes, it is - for animal feed - poultry being the biggest consumers. 90% of soy produced is used in feed in the US. Soy oil is used in products used by both meat-eaters and vegans. Those figures come directly from the American Soybean Association:


Globally, 97% of Soy production, and the land used to produce it, goes to animal feed.

The planet cannot support current levels and methods of meat production. As for animal welfare, anyone who cosumes mass produced, "factory-farmed" animal products is part of the problem.

It is not virtue signalling to point out the facts.

China encouraged armed offensive against Myanmar government to protest proliferation of online scams

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Re: Old news?

" ICG were wailing about how awful and unfair this was..."

As they were right to do so. Whatever someone does, punishing their family members is unacceptable.

Time to examine the anatomy of the British Library ransomware nightmare

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Re: "Too old to be safe, too expensive in time and money to replace"

"Does it compile? Great, release it. We can always patch it later..."

Doesn't happen

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Re: "Too old to be safe, too expensive in time and money to replace"

"you can knowingly release a dangerous and defective product,"

Nonsense. We don't knowingly release dangerous code. Code is difficult. We are human.

I've mentioned it before but NICTA, (Australia's National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence) took 5 years to mathematically prove that just 8,000 lines of code would work correctly. The team that did this had 12 researchers, NICTA/UNSW PhD students and UNSW other contributed staff. (UNSW - University of New South Wales).

No amount of testing will find all cases of failure. If you want to apply the above level of mathematical checking then your next Windows licence will cost you half a million dollars and you can have Windows XP sometime in the next century...

Ransomware can mean life or death at hospitals. DEF CON hackers to the rescue?

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Re: Wrong approach

The problem is cost. People are expensive so they are replaced with machines. Medicine today treats more people for more conditions, keeping people alive who did, in fact die more often in the past. Medicine today is not the same as it was half a century ago.

No one says that patients can't be treated without the internet, but the internet makes things more efficient and less expensive. You can be seen at one hospital and that data can be available to a medic in another one, within seconds. Prescriptions can be instantly sent to pharmacies. In the inefficient US health care model, insurance details are instantly available.

The problem is poor segmentation of the things that need to be on the internet and those that don't. A breach in the outer defenses of an organization appears to allow access to everything and that is just incompetent network hygiene.

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Re: Quit dicking around and make some public examples

No level of penality will have any effect if the perp doesn't think it will be applied to them. Exactly how are you going to enforce such penalties on someone in Russia, China or North Korea?

Kremlin accuses America of plotting cyberattack on Russian voting systems

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Re: An actual electoral mechanism to interfere with :o

Absolute garbage. Not a shred of evidence was presented in that movie.

Biden said his supporters should vote by mail. Trump said his should turn up in person. Both sets of voters, largely, did what their candidate suggested. It takes far longer to count physical votes than it does electronic, and they have to be stored somewhere. That's why Trump's early lead evaporated and why mail in ballots had to keep being brought in for counting.

It only requires a little thought to see the realities of the situation. But then, if Trump supporters were capable of even a little thought then they wouldn't be Trump supporters.

How do you lot feel about Pay or say OK to ads model, asks ICO

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Re: Never

So, you want the content without paying for it at all? Why are you entitled to that?

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Re: "To blindly say "Pay or Ok" should be banned is ridiculous"

Targeted ads are, indeed, unnecessary nonsense but if that's the model a private company goes with then you either choose to use that supplier's product (the social media site) or you don't. Alternatively, you use it and take steps to protect your data. I use minimal, false details, layers of throw-away email addresses, don't provide phone numbers, use a VPN, use a privacy focused browser and ad blockers. Any site that refuses me access due to the use of the ad-blocker, that's fair enough and I respect that. I leave and find whatever I'm looking for elsewhere.

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Anyone that only uses social media to advertise their job openings is not worth applying to.

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Re: Great Idea!

Please stop using the offensive reference to rape. It isn't applicable, in any way. When it comes to these services there is always a choice. If you don't like what a supplier of any service does, then don't use it. It is entirely within your choice to decide to use Amazon or not, unlike rape, where there is no choice.

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Despite what many are commenting, it is a difficult situation. To blindly say "Pay or Ok" should be banned is ridiculous.

I'm rabidly anti-tracking and certainly not in favour of giving big tech free-reign. All choices should be clear and transparent. However, someone has to pay somewhere, unless you consider the likes of Facebook to be public services that should be publically funded...? So, either the user pays up front, for which absolutely no data should be shared with anyone else, or they get a "free" service supported by ads. And advertisers, rightly or wrongly, want to target ads.

No one has an automatic right to use someone else's property and that includes the likes of Facebook. They should be made to be absolutely open and transparent, and to not give 3rd parties access to data unless that is explicitly agreed to and confirmed, say, annually by the user. But Facebook belongs to Meta. If you want to use it then you have to either pay or agree to their terms and conditions.

So yes, regulators should enforce openness and transparency but, ultimately, if users want to use a service then they can either pay or agree to Ts&Cs. If they don't read those, and the information is presented in a readily accessible format, then that's the user's problem.