* Posts by Foxglove

37 posts • joined 30 Aug 2019

FYI Russia is totally hacking the West's labs in search of COVID-19 vaccine files, say UK, US, Canada cyber-spies


Re: Why?

'To a point. No country is likely to let stand some tiny Russian company that suddenly patents a Covid vaccine a few days before a well-known research team patents the same one.'

Fair point DavCrav.



Are they trying to disrupt research or steal it?

Seems an obvious question to ask.

Both disruption and stealing is of course an option because if you can nab the research and build on it whilst hindering those you've nicked it from there is money to be made in being first to market with the vaccine.

A bit of detail on this area would be nice (well not really nice) to know.

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy


Re: It will ensure user privacy

Graham, did you really think that comment through before you posted it?

'In particular, they MUST NOT be permitted to ask for any sort of ID, - just a name and either a phone number or an email address'

I would say 'just' my name. my phone number or my email address would count as some 'sort of ID'.

Maybe we differ on what is ID, but I don't like your version of what isn't.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'


Re: 65 bus route

'Took about an hour and a half, IIRC'

I assume that didn't include the wait for the bus to arrive, long bus routes in London can be very unreliable. I know they try and regulate them as best as they can, but I once waited over an hour at Ealing Broadway for a 65 to take to me to a barbecue at a mates house in Petersham.

And of course the first but that arrived was filled up by those who had been waiting more than the hour I had so I had to wait another 20 minutes for the second one.

Damn I was thirsty when I got there.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up


Does this mean...

I can finally stop using 'net stop spooler' every few weeks?

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'


Re: Microsoft Forms SEPARATE Companies

Dear Miss Confg,

I think you might be wrong with some of your statements.


Because the code is not fully developed for that hardware (call it shit of you prefer) and won't support that particular device.

Why that happens in the wild is different question, however I think 'shit' remains the answer.

There is always going to be an unusual combination of hardware/software that gives a problem but MS not getting it right for their own expensive hardware is something they should not have allowed to happen.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'


Re: Blacklist to Blocklist but...

'What word do you use to replace Master?'


You are now mine!

Yes, yes, I know ownership or repression of others is wrong.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


"an operating diameter of either 8 or 40 metres"

So, as a quantum expert I am convinced this must be a viable working product.

How else could a device operate at exactly a diameter of exactly 8 or 40 metres?

That has to be quantum weirdness in action at 2 very specific distances.

It's a shame Paul Dirac isn't around any longer, I'm sure he could have advanced his theories considerably by examining this device.

Maybe Einstein could then have built on the the work and explained it to us all.

What a fucking world we live in, how have we gone backwards this far this fast.

This must be a violation of the Second law of thermodynamics.

I'll stop now...

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: Petty or Pedant?

'You are technically correct -- the best kind of correct.'

Credit - Bureaucrat Number 1.0.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed


No mention of it on their website.

I just logged on to change my password, I've not had an email saying I my details were part of the leak but it seems like something I should do.

No sign of any information about this on their website yet or even an automatic prompt to change my password.

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways


Re: While they're at it...

Oh please yes.

My inbound emails are full of that @shit recently.

And my department has recently set up Yammer for us all, what a fucking waste of time.

There is already a 'pets' section FFS.

I despair, I really do.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle


Re: So long as the train service...

Token Ring is what you need for railways!

In trying times like these, it's reassuring to know you can still get pwned five different ways by Adobe Illustrator files


Re: Adobe is in a special category of its own there

You don't have to do either of those things!

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule


Re: We know what you did ...

Bob, you complete fucknut.

'You can all act like small fearful rodents who won't dare leave their bunkers for fear of something that *MIGHT* be harmful to you,'

No. I act responsibly so that I can protect others.

Yes, that might also protect me.

I am not fearful, I am practical and (maybe) intelligent.

I'm not afraid of death, but I don't want to die because of carelessness either on my part or the part someone else.


Re: We know what you did ...


You wrote:


Wrong and wrong.

I usually don't call you out on your bullshit because I have a full time job already but thought this crap you are espousing was worth 2 minutes of my time.


Sorry, couldn't resist goin' all BOB for the twat bit.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard


Don't follow the link I'm posting!

Just don't.


But if you do scroll forward to 17 minutes in to the video and listen to what is being said.

I thought I was for free speech, turns out I might have a bit of a problem with it.

In case you were wondering how I came across that website, I used to work with the nutjob Miles who runs it.

He regularly used to talk to me about aliens and how the place we work was overrun by scutters (no, not the Red Dwarf variety) and krakon.

See this link for more info - or don't. This one is less dangerous, more of an inkling in to just how deranged the man is.


Usually what he promotes amuses me, not so much when it is actively dangerous.

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change


Re: When will they learn?

Some valid points AC, but...

Where are the 'Greener Pastures' of which you speak? Chrome is very popular.

'Those developers go to your competition' Again, Chrome is very popular.

'Microsoft swirling the toilet bowl of fail.' MS seem to be doing OK, not anywhere near the outfall as far as I can see.

'Don't Be Evil' Old news, not even worth mentioning these days. Sorry for mentioning it.

At least with Chrome you can see which extensions are installed.

For example IE can hide an extension from the user so you don't even know it is installed.

Snow Software being an example, that is legit software but it is an example of a user being denied access to view what is going on in their browser. Fine, install it and restrict use but don't allow hiding it.

There is only one valid reason for hiding extensions from the user, and that is nefarious activity.

If your employer wants to install stuff you can't tamper with that 's OK, but things should never be completely hidden from the user.

Credit Karma's enriched: Turbo Tax daddy Intuit snaps up personal finance platform for $7bn


Re: Don't like this outfit

I got an email from Noddle on 2nd May 2019:

'We have some big news. Noddle has been acquired by Credit Karma —a company with more than 85 million members across the USA and Canada.'

It goes on a bit but they did send out notification of the takeover.

I'm no fan of these companies but I do take issue with your 'no information sent to subscribers' comment.

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry


Great article

Thank you Alun.

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt


Re: Inventory

'Why did the school not have an inventory?'

My thoughts:

Maybe because they are a school, not a museum or logistics operation?

In hindsight it seems obvious, but maybe not at the time.

Unless I've missed it it is not clear when the school came in to possession of the items.

AT's accomplishments are well known today and rightly a high value is placed on them.

In times past this information wasn't so widely known and accordingly the perceived value of the collection may have been different.

I hope they get everything back.

Ninja'd - Gonzo wizard just beat me to it!

Relying on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mob US to protect you from SIM swapping? You better get used to disappointment



'AT&T declined to comment because SIM-swapping attacks represent "an industry-wide issue and not specific to AT&T."'

Yes, not specific to AT&T but including AT&T.

What a bunch of cunts.

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat


I know you've used the joke icon so you're not being serious, but then you say you might be justified in your thinking.

Make your mind up.

Anyway, if you purchase something from a reputable (yes, yes, I know) company you should expect a level of security, especially if it is marketed as a security device.

The issue it seems to me isn't that the young'ns had access to the device but that some unknown person had access. That unknown person could have been on the other side of the world or outside the window.

Still think it's funny?

Fuming French monopoly watchdog is so incensed by Google's 'random' web ad rules, it's fining the US giant, er, <1% annual profit


Deceptive units.

A bit off topic, but:

'handles an estimated nine out of ten web searches in France, and four out of five globally.'

Why not write 'nine out of ten web searches in France, and eight out of ten globally'?

It feels a bit like Tesco randomly using price/100g and price/1Kg across similar weight goods to confuse customers and I don't like it.

Colorado cryptocoin execs spark up blunt '$722m ponzi scheme' criminal charges after investments go up in smoke


In reality, however, it is unlikely a judge would hand down a sentence anywhere near those lengths.

Why, are they white gentlemen?

Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads


Re: Odd Excuse

'They didn't see that coming? I have it on good authority the weather will soon start getting warmer once again. Some people even claim to be able to predict these changes with some degree of accuracy.'

Maybe they could foresee the nuclear winter the Orange Shitgibbon might inflict on the world?

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars...

I, for one, welcome our new rock overlords.

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


Sad but true...

'Sometimes being a loudmouth on Twitter gets you somewhere these days'

I refuse to deal with any 'social media' platform and it has left me with little or no recourse to resolve issues on occasion.

My option is to not deal with that company again and tell them why,

I'm not going to change my opinion and if enough other people feel the same as me then things might change.

Probably not in my lifetime though.

So I'll die happy with my decision but sad because I'm unable to complain to anyone about anything.

I so love complaining.

Tor blimey, Auntie! BBC launches dedicated dark web mirror site


My main reason is it means I can listen to programmes without logging in.

BBC Sounds requires me to create an account and log in to listen which I don't want to do. Doubly annoying as the people who pay the license fee have to have an account but people outside (or pretend to be outside) the UK don't.


I'm in the UK and I use a VPN to pretend I'm not to avoid having to use BBC Sounds.

Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN


If you haven't already...

Ditch Avast.

I like the bit in the middle of the article:

'The attack was able to use compromised credentials through a temporary VPN profile that had been activated by mistake and didn't have two-factor authentication enabled.'

This is from what is (or is pretending to be) a computer security company, really!

Seems a bit strange every time a company gets hacked the attack is always "extremely sophisticated".

It may be true sometimes, but I doubt it is true as many times as the oft trotted out phrase is used.

And in the case of a security company I would say it is ineptitude or complacency to blame rather then the sophistication of the attack.

A bit like call centres' line of 'We're sorry but we're really busy right now' when they just can't be bothered to pay for the staff needed to provide the service.

And thanks El Reg for reminding me of the CCleaner thing, not that I ever trust 'cleaner' utilities.

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Why should buyers (believers) worry about this?

God knows all, so a bit of leaked info surely won't worry them.

The church has moved on from accusing Galileo of heresy, funny how those 'red lines' keep getting nudged every time they are proved wrong by irrefutable science.

I really couldn't care less about this particular fuck up, but it is indicative of a wider security issue I do care about.

We need some regulation on security of personal information and from recent things I've read (mostly here on El Reg) I hope this might be on the cards.

Any finger will do? Samsung Galaxy S10 with a screen protector reportedly easy to fool


Re: Simple solution

I'm not sure snowflake means what you think it means. But leaving that aside, If a major manufacturer sells a feature as secure most people will believe it.

El Reg readers not so much.

So I think it's a little harsh to blame the users.

I do agree with you about biometric security, I use (what I believe to be) a fiendishly difficult unlock pattern. It surprised me how complicated I was able to make it.

Sure is quiet from Adobe. No security fixes this month? Great job. Oh no, wait, what's that stampede sound...


Re: Adobe

'Bricks don't need no updating'

Well, they might...


Specifically, note the existence of an adobe brick!


I will also get my coat.

Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place


What a time to be alive.

Sarcasm. obs.

We really need lawmakers to wake up from their afternoon naps and see the real world.

Not going to happen anytime soon I know.

My thoughts go out to those who have suffered injustice and also to those who will suffer in the future.

New tech companies aren't the only bad actors, but they are getting away with making money whilst bad shit happens.

They don't care because they aren't regulated and they have no conscience.

Time to pass some new laws, time put put some people in jail.

Let's recap reCAPTCHA gotcha: Our cunning AI can defeat Google's anti-bot tech, say uni boffins


Re: Is this avalible to the uk public

'Click the crosswalk...wtf is a crosswalk!'

A crosswalk is when you angrily walk away from the computer asking you to solve a dumb CAPTCHA to go and get the axe to fix the problem once and for all.

For Foxit's sake: PDF editor biz breached, users' passwords among stolen data


Please use correct terminology.

'The Register has asked Foxit's people'

We all know 'reached out' is the correct parlance, not 'asked'.



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