* Posts by Hubert Cumberdale

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Microsoft shows venerable and vulnerable NTLM security protocol the door

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Re: Challenge-Response

Ah, I remember the old days of cracking NTLM hashes with rainbow tables. Good times.

Nokia demos upper 6 GHz band for mobile, but UK wants it shared with Wi-Fi

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"I don't care about high speed Internet standing in the middle of the street, you'd get your phone nicked in most places if you even tried to use it"

Wow. You have a very warped understanding of the prevalance of roberry in the UK.

Google to push ahead with Chrome's ad-blocker extension overhaul in earnest

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Re: Pi Hole

Or you can use DoH with NextDNS. Nicely configurable custom blocking, too.

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Re: "users will gradually be warned the end is near"

I'm surprised you didn't link the oblig. XKCD.

Amazon Prime Air delivery drones allowed off line-of-sight leash

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Re: Oh good, no line of sight

Simple jamming with a few watts of RF and a decent Yagi would probably do it.

Here's yet more ransomware using BitLocker against Microsoft's own users

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Re: FFS

Slightly baffled by the downvotes. I was merely expressing general frustration at this as a problem – was I not specific enough?

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FFS

(see title)

Giving Windows total recall of everything a user does is a privacy minefield

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Re: It begs the obvious question...

(at least one person chooses to believe "alternative facts")

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Re: It begs the obvious question...

"...spelling "monetise" the English way..."

Nonsense.

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Re: Windows 11 is literally making people who would never use Linux suffer with with Linux.

Ah, finally some real honesty from the sunny Linux uplands. Should be the new slogan: "Linux: not as crap as Windows!". It'd work for me.

Microsoft offers China-based engineers an option to relocate

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Oh, hello Microsoft – nice to see you on these forums.

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Oh, it's China that uses Bing voluntarily, then. I always wondered.

Put Rescuezilla 2.5 on a bootable key – before you need it

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Re: Encryption by default

Not necessarily. If you can still at least decrypt the partition (even with bad sectors etc.), then recovery of lost files is pretty much the same process.

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Re: I will try to keep this name in memory for a rainy day

I've been saving for a rainy day. I want to buy an umbrella.

You want us to think of the children? Couldn't agree more

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Re: Article 8 of the ECHR

(some people clearly don't understand humour)

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Re: Article 8 of the ECHR

(whoosh)

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Re: Article 8 of the ECHR

But I fort we di'n 'ave to doo all that Uuuurup noncesense any more cos we got Brexit done and kicked out all those forriners! We can doo wot we like!! Fuckemall!! RULE BRITANNIA!!!!11!ONE

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Re: A fire door not a back door.

Nope.

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Re: Backdooring E2EE ? Might as well legislate to make Pi = 3

"It may be wrong but at least it is rational!"

Depends on which definition of "rational" you're using...

Over a million Neighbourhood Watch members exposed through web app bug

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I'd say it's fairly standard journalistic style.

Old Windows print spooler bug is latest target of Russia's Fancy Bear gang

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They should really fix that bug in the spooler where it seems all but impossible to cancel a print job sometimes...

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

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Re: for some, it's not

"you add fats to a vegetarian diet, rather than constantly trying to control it down, for example"

Speak for yourself – I'm not trying to reduce fats in my diet. Fats are not the problem: refined carbohydrates/sugars cause more trouble. Plus, most vegetarians I know seem to make many things almost entirely from cheese. And I'm not complaining about that at all.

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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."

I strongly suspect that self-satisfied vegan evangelism has more of a negative than a positive effect. It certainly puts me off. Telling people they're "wrong" is not a good way to make them change their minds.

Thank the bots, your blue check is back on X

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Wow. Looks like Steve got mardy enough to report someone for disagreeing with him. Which then resulted in a whole thread where numerous people pointed out how wrong he was being hidden. I hope he's proud of himself.

Google will delete data collected from 'private' browsing

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Much easier way to stop Google collecting data from your browser: don't use a Google-based browser (hint: that doesn't leave you very many options).

Microsoft Teams decouples from Office 365 suite globally

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Re: Price reductions?

It does annoy me that I can't use a rival cloud provider with Word as seamlessly as I can use OneDrive. Surely that's a competition issue too?

BBC exterminates AI experiments used to promote Doctor Who

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Re: Fantasy

"At least" indeed: contrary to popular perception, medical doctors are actually using a kind of "honorary" title: a PhD is a real doctorate.

*ducks*

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Re: Sadly

Like every other technological advancement, it's already being used mostly for porn.

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Re: Fantasy

Probably a Doctor of Philosophy. Maybe in timey-wimey stuff.

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Re: Capt Kirk with sonic

You're never going to give that up, are you?

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Re: He's The Doctor not Doctor Who.

I don't know.

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Re: You will be upgraded, resistance is futile

Hmm... sounds like that's got potential for a weird fanfic for those robosexuals...

Apple fans deluged with phony password reset requests

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Well, the crooks at least know their target market: they clearly think Apple fans are more likely to click on a random email...

AI hallucinates software packages and devs download them – even if potentially poisoned with malware

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Re: *generative* AI !

Yeah. Not bad at making up a poem, but really shit at accurately editing actual science words. Which is a good thing, as I still have a job. For now.

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Re: Darwin In Action

Beat me to it!

Good news: HMRC offers a Linux version of Basic PAYE Tools. Bad news: It broke

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Re: "for businesses with fewer than 10 employees."

*points at the state of the US healthcare system*

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Joke

Re: RFQ issued:

Don't be silly – there's not a "fewer than or equal to" operator, so how would we code for that?!

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Re: "for businesses with fewer than 10 employees."

Ah yes, the old "free market" ideology. Always works so well.

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Re: "for businesses with fewer than 10 employees."

Not sure who downvoted you... I think that's mildly amusing.

Windows Format dialog waited decades for UI revamp that never came

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I recently had to do a USB-stick flash after my mobo just died randomly – couldn't even get anything on the screen. It was a life saver.

Intel throws chips on the table, Microsoft plays the Copilot card in wild bet on AI PCs

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Re: Meh

Totally.

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Re: "sluggish sales"

Yup. I last did a full upgrade of my system's innards five years ago, and I just upgraded my CPU fairly cheaply to a three-year-old one that has basically doubled its performance. That should keep me going for at least another three years. I really see no need.

Elon Musk can't wriggle out of SEC Twitter fraud inquiry

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He really needs to FOD.

In-app browsers are still a privacy, security, and choice problem

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Indeed, "utilise" is a real word with a real meaning, and this is why its distinct meaning, which is not the same as that of "use", should be preserved rather than eroded. This is not simply about a preference: it is an error.

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Hmm. General agreement here, but the potential upvote I might've given was cancelled out by the two uses of "utilis[e/ing]" when "us[e/ing]" would have been fine. This is a niggle I have to correct in papers every day, so I'm perhaps disproportionately irritated by it.

Google gooses Safe Browsing with real-time protection that doesn't leak to ad giant

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Re: I already have Safe Browsing, thank you

Don't forget PrivacyBadger, ClearURLs, and Decentraleyes!

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Re: firefox safebrowsing

Yeah, at least FF lets you change that stuff.

Oh look, cracking down on Big Tech works. Brave, Firefox, Vivaldi surge on iOS

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Re: Anything from Google is banned

Last sentence deserves an upvote. The rest is kind of annoying and almost deserves a downvote (in reality, I'd like to block all of Google myself, but it's a good way to irritate your friends – personally, I have an isolated guest network anyway, so why not set different rules if you must?). These cancelled each other out, so I didn't click either.

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