* Posts by chubby_moth

19 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jan 2019

Computer misuse crimes in UK surge to high not seen since 2017 even as prosecutions slump 20%


Not that surprising is it?

As the UK legislative bodies have been gutted over the past decade, courts closed, 21k police removed from the force, parliament full of international law breakers, reduction of international cooperation, a gullible population.. How unusual would you think any criminal who takes a quick look at the UK's dismal state of the rule of law and enforcement to think they can easily get away with anything they do in the UK. Chances are they can buy themselves a lordship with their ill gotten gains. Just bribe the PM.

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects


So glad to have PR

I saw Micheal Lambert's video talking about the track and trace app. A bit of HTML code and Node Red data collectors. Can't have been more than a few million pounds to build something like that, I'd figure. I probably could do it for 50k by myself in three months. It get's continued for 322 Million pounds? How much did it cost to build initially? Did all those 1600+ consultants Dido Harding contracted get a permanent position at the help desk or what?

One clear advantage of proportional representation is that opposition parties are eager to find government corruption going on and catch them with lies that forces resignations and possibly even prosecution. Looking at this report and the general situation the UK is in now, you may want to give it a try. At the very least you don't end up with a fringe of loons getting into power by controlling an incompetent government. And you get to have beer parties,..

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say


Same here. Linux since 2003 after the umptied security issue that had no fix. Haven't had unscheduled downtime since.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features


Re: Some Auptions

"Tuning Fork" is a great name.

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?


Chrome is not open source as far as I am aware. Chromium sort of is. Edge is now based on Chromium and a s such gets a lot of MS hot love. I expect it to melt down one of these days as any project MS ever was involved in did. The interesting thing is that many offers that say they protect your privates are around, but none of them actually do.


How about some functionality Mozilla?

A slick new shiny interface. For sure that was what I and all the others were waiting for. It is understandable that Mozilla will want to reduce the code base, but over time all the interesting bits have been taken out. And that privacy focus doesn't make much sense unless you consider big corporations to be trustworthy. Firefox would be uniquely able to rip out all the snoop. I'd pay for that.

Unit4 handed police ERP deal after 'significant deficiency' found in Oracle Fusion system


Yet another pork barrel

Another Tory donor who is to be made happy I guess. The previous one has been paid by now. Anyone here involved in the roll out of the new UK customs system? How's that going these days?

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired


Re: Qiushi Wu [ ... ] and Kangjie Lu, assistant professor at the school

It can very well be the CCP instigated the idea to do the testing, but not for the reason you would think. Since the destruction of Huawei by the US administration I think the realisation in China about using Open Source as a protection mechanism for preventing these things to happen has grown a lot. It may have wanted to see how difficult it would be to make such subvertions in the code base and the effects of it. The massive amount of attack vectors in proprietary software and users hardly requires any inserting of vulnerabilities in Linux.

I can still remember when in 2008 Microsoft sent a anti piracy command that disabled all the XP running machines in the university where I worked and class was dismissed. That will have given them extra incentive to try and develop their own version of Linux at that point, which failed miserably.

I also had the unpleasant surprise of finding all of sourceforge blocked because Notepad++ had a page about supporting Tibet on it. My online discussion on MSM suddenly being cut off while discussing a topic on how drug use is considered a health issue in the Netherlands, how a Party bigwig that bumped into a foreign exchange student was protected from having any blame for it by the camera circuit failing that day and lots of red envelope scents all around.

Until 2012, China was actually trying to be more open in many regards, with calls for more creativity as a basis for a successful society. As creativity requires a certain level of questioning authority, that didn't quite pan out much, but there was a discussion and wide spread support for the idea before 2012.

Xi though has released the Nationalist genie from the bottle and dissent is being prosecuted around the board. The Xi clan has by now crushed all dissent within the party and has recently shown how effective its population suppression mechanism is during the pandemic. Every community having a gated access to a wall to fend of "criminals" and reporting the whereabouts of people (such as foreigners) if required.

If the 39 stratagems are anything to go by this may well have been a bit of both. See the response and learn from that. A lack of Ethics is hardly surprising in the US context and its similarity with the wild west capitalism of China and deep rooted corruption makes those two states very much alike. Anything is possible in a kleptocracy.

Among those pardoned by Trump this week: Software maker ex-CEO who admitted hacking into rivals' systems


In most democracies a politician in government that would have only a whiff of the idea that he done anything like Trump would have been enough for his resignation. Only in a f'd up political system like the US could someone have survived getting caught inciting foreign governments to corruption with an official policy in place that means to prevent corruption.

And meanwhile I don't hear anything about the involvement of Rick Perry and the possibility of delivering NLG through the three stooges, which without the Nordstrom2 pipe would be more feasible. And how much will Koch inc. etc. have made through warmongering increased oil prices in the Hormuz straights? Thank you Don for being such a pal. Take from the poor and give to the rich. What you see and hear isn't true. Believe me.

Every tweet made markets jump and how much would it take to make disaster Don react? If the taped conversation at the lunch with Trump is anything to go by all you need to do is whisper the right words and off he goes... Take them out with a tweet! Sweet short tweet and rake in the rewards! The useful idiot of corporate America and fraudsters worldwide.

Now,.. if I didn't perceive the dwindling of the devil we know a bigger evil than the emergence of the CCP as economic titan with Chinese characteristics (ruler for life, happy eunuchs, nepotism, red envelopes, new speak, etc.), I wouldn't mind the total meltdown of US political influence around the world. However, with an ongoing existential crisis popping up, I would like some type of positive international effort on that issue.

Capitalist mind control with waspish characteristics, Chinese, Mark's, Jeff's or Rupert's, it hardly matters in this Orwellian distopia we managed to create. It certainly becomes more difficult to make sense of it all, the question here is if the D wants to create prezzidense as they are all big money fraudsters or psychopaths. Hey,.. if he can pardon them,... Right!? President is always right. Pardon's for sale!

Obviously Trump was targeted from the start for impeachment. That is to keep them honest is the idea as explained in the "Trias Politica" concept. I can recall Clinton's investigation veering of to cheating and lying about it in then puritan US. Oooh,... Blame Monica for it and let's get over it. Mitterand in France said "Soit?" about his offspring in France at that period, so it seemed a rather weak case. He lied,.. about cheating on his Hill. Duh,... Even I can envision picking Trump over her as well in that respect. But admit a mistake when you make it.

Trump might however not have given a plurality of reasons why impeachment might be a good idea though. Obviously he feels invulnerable to get away with anything as some die hard RNC's dancing around Ruth to get her spin dizzy. The goals merit the means,...

The US as a whole lost in any perspective you place it and I fear more to come. The constitutional crisis is far from over.

Meanwhile lush banana groves keep sprouting from the land of corn, commerce and geriatric crackpots running for president.

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


Damned if you do...

And damned if you don't.

If straight after the ref the position had been taken that half of the pop wanting out and half in, the obvious result should be to have some half assed result like a Norway option, there would probably have been a majority support. Instead May wanting to keep the anti immigrant voter inside decided to play that ball first. Considering her role in the whole affair with the deportation of people that arrived in the late 40's to help rebuild the UK, that may have been expected. Instead of building bridges and a compromise on the whole sorry Brexit thingy, the British position has been to play the underbelly. Considering the latest polling stats, it seems to work from a party power aspect, but I severely doubt that the aspects of a hard Brexit are well understood.

Meanwhile hundreds of companies are leaving Britain and investment is negative. I hope your sovereign un-prorogued parliament gets its act together together with the elected Tory leader, House of Lords and Queen. Ehm,.. right.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home


Deep shit man!

Taking a crap on America in Winston Churchills apartment. It actually travelled the world to get crapped upon. And now, shit happens or is someone taking the crap out of us? Now that's a real turdbender.

Researchers peer into crystal ball to see future where everyone's ID is tied to their smartphone


The singularity is here!

I guess AI has gone singular already and cooked up this idea from the fact that his machinery always has a parasite attached to it. No doubt an anonymous e-mail with big boob attachment to it or something similar catered for the dimwitted recipient did the job. Assimilate!

Google's Fuchsia OS Flutters into view: We're just trying out some new concepts, claims exec


Open Source may be the way to prevent disruption

The orange swamp thing has recently shown how vulnerable the economic use of foreign technology can be. Imagine the Trump admin telling Microsoft to stop doing business with China. I was in China in 2008 when Microsoft killed all the pirated XP machines.. That was interesting. Me and my colleagues were the only ones with working XP machines on campus. The disruption of Huawei and causing it such damage is due to the vulnerability of the rights to use being related to foreign law. In a way exactly the game China has played with foreign companies for quite some time, also basing itself on national security. But the idea that China will open its borders to Western tech companies and an end to censorship which was rumored to be the case is pretty deluded. 90 Million Chinese depend on that system for their privileges. They will stick it out till 2020 and if need be longer.

One thing that open source has to offer here is the lack of political sources of disruption. Considering the increase of disruptors and disruptions worldwide, it may well be the obvious economic choice for the industry.

Google open sources standardized code in bid to become Mr Robots.txt


Gripes (plural)

I think my gripes with Google have only increased with their success in dominating the web. Especially now with android and the inevitability of the app store for nearly anything. Yeah,.. F-Droid is an alternative or anything else as slurpy, but smaller. In all it is a rather sick ecosystem by now. Just as the microsoft domineered one was. Still sicker are the "social" media sites and the software that relates to them and their scope on our society.

When it comes to open standards, Google has long since lost its innocence, so some healthy scepsis is required. On the other side, they could have gone unilateral and force the issue. I guess that is often how software gets open sourced. In case of the REP, I think it can use some form of standardisation, but wouldn't be surprised to have Google say, "Thanks for the input, we've incorporated some of them in our new proprietary product that we will be pushing up your (*) .. All you people are belong to us!"

Cyber-IOU notes. Voucher hell on wheels. However you want to define Facebook's Libra, the most ridiculous part is its privacy promise

Paris Hilton

So what is the blockchain for?

In China both Alipay and weChat pay are widely used for years without a need for blockchain. So why add such a ecologic monster to it? Or can we mine them as well? Will be fun once quantum computing or other new exiting tech gets a hold of the encryption as well.

But yeah,.. no doubt this will become a success if you consider that Facebook is promoting something for it's own benefit. Considering how little influencing it took to get Trump elected, it can only be so. Soon we'll all pay to the Zuckerbots with Lubera.

"Lubera,.. your rectum,.. our pleasure.."

We're doomed I tell you... DOOMED!

Paris,.. for obvious reasons.

Hongmeng, there's no need to feel down: It's patently obvious this is Huawei's homegrown OS


Obvious solution.

This is an interesting development. It turns out that a bunch of aggressive white house employees can easily destroy your business by telling your proprietary software supplier to stop doing business with you. Well,.. that was possible before, but it was seen as not done option. I'm waiting for Trump loudly and publicly scratching his balls before shaking some presidents hands next time to get back at him.

I think this should give another incentive to start using open source at all levels of their products. I think it would be a nice slogan for them. "Politics Agnostic Design"

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs



NTLM? I can recall brute forcing NTLM pw from sam files in 1997 using L0phtCrack for NT3.51 and NT4. Any characters above 7 were discarded in the challenge so brute forcing it with a derelict 486 took me a night. Is this another NTLM or is this the still basically the same? For many years hacking MSos was kidsplay if you had access to the .sam file (as any user on running machine would).

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing


The usual suspect

No doubt when the UK goes to crap all parties involved in the making of this disaster will blame it on the EU and the other 27 countries in it. Especially the pesky Krauts that were unwilling to get those 26 others to rewrite the treaties that make up the EU and let the pea eaters have all the nice things they wished for. That after all is what they been promised by their Tory overlords and other madmen who are now expected to deliver. Blaming the EU having basically been the problem with in UK politics all the time as none of those were brave enough to go against the power of Murdoch for the past decades nor would they take responsibility for their own actions.

Now I wonder if there will be any that will be brave enough to avert certain doom this year, cancel Brexit to save the UK, make serious work of the EU and change whatever EU rules would be more prudent to try and do it all over once things got worked out. No doubt there are some populist in Europe that will gladly sow the seeds of future trouble by supporting the Brexit effort if only out of spite. There are plenty of fascist movements to support the destruction of the socialist abomination that is the EU.

If not I gather that illegal immigration to the UK will soon be a thing from the past and that mainland Europe and other horrible places can expect an influx of starving Brits and warzone refugees from the borderlands of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Manx, much like in the olden days. After that period in which England is only populated with coarse peasants who have managed to survive the harsh realities of their cake, the wider EU if it hasn't been occupied by the Chinese yet, may attempt to recolonise the island and bring it back to civilisation.

Nah,... what probably will happen is that the UK will gladly flaunt any WTO rules about inspecting stuff at the borders, claiming to be incapable to comply due to a lack of customs officers and failed IT projects. And people have to eat, get their medicine and have holidays abroad. The cost of these legalities however seem to cost vastly more than whatever the UK ever contributed to the EU and just when you thought to have moved all the bureaucrats to Brussels they'll have to be reinstated at home.


Re: Ahh...

No,.. he probably means ale, the English version of beer... well,.. sort of.