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A Look At Advanced Targeted Attacks Through the Lens of a Human-Rights NGO

1u3hr Re:Why isn't sandboxing standard practice? (25 comments)

People have been asking that FOR 20 FUCKING YEARS
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http://www.f-secure.com/v-desc...
Virus:W32/Concept
Virus:W97M/Concept also known as Word Prank Macro or WW6Macro - is a macro virus which has been written with the Microsoft Word v6.x macro language. It has been reported in several countries, and seems to have no trouble propagating in the wild.

WM/Concept used to be extremely widespread during 1995-1997.
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I remember back in 2000, my boss asking "How do I run this "I Love You" macro someone sent me?"

Word macros were cool and useful, until Microsoft decided it was clever to embed them in the document.

And they did the same fucking thing with "Windows Media"
And USB autoexec

Always prioritising some gimmicky shit that allowed advertisers to push crap over security, and allowed any asshole to take over your PC by getting you to open a document or media file.
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about a month and a half ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

1u3hr Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

"And really, if you're going to start blaming the automobile for every bad thing that's happened in the 20th" Fuck off with your straw man arguments.

about 3 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

1u3hr Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

"Did we have wars before the automobile? Yes? Then you have no case. Utterly silly."

I didn't say ALL wars were about oil, FFS.
What did I actually say?

"Hundreds of billions in wars to secure access to automobile fuel."

about 3 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

1u3hr Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

Mass transit subsidies are more obvious, but private transport is massively subsidised by the government and community. Roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, etc, etc. Hundreds of billions is spent on road infrastructure. (Some overlap here, but the great proportion is used by private cars.)
Hundreds of billions on health costs -- car accidents, air pollution.
Hundreds of billions in wars to secure access to automobile fuel.

If all the costs of private urban road transport were added up, maybe we could see which forms of transport really cost more.

about 3 months ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

1u3hr Re:What could possibly go wrong (82 comments)

If anyone wants to download a bootleg Kindle edition, you can easily find them online very shortly after publication
(And many books with no official ebook edition have homemade versions of varying quality as well.)

Most Kindle books are 500kB or so, less than a hi res scan of a page.

So this scan/print/sign/register/download method is much more work than what you can already do now.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

1u3hr Re:Exactly right (228 comments)

You can call them "shit" if you want, but then you would have to acknowledge that the theory and history of economics is shit, because that's what I'm referring to. I studied this "shit", dude, in pretty exhausting detail.

You are the one who declares everything different from the US system is shit. That everyone must accept your definitions of socialism, communism, capitalism, constitution.

Political philosophy evolves. It isn't frozen with whatever the first famous person to write a book about it said.

Studying exhaustively doesn't mean you are impartial. I see far many people here with a wealth of detailed knowledge they use to support their prejudices.

I know socialists and they don't believe what you insist they do. I know communists and they are mostly good, altruistic people. But I know what would happen should they get real power.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

1u3hr Re:Exactly right (228 comments)

I was using Marx's definition of Socialism.

Marx isn't Mohammed. He doesn't define "socialism" for everyone now, if he ever did, and certainly few if any socialists I know would defer to his definition. Any Marxists still around hate socialists more than anyone else for not being pure enough.

Maybe I should have used "democratic socialism" which is what most current socialists profess.

Anyway, you haven't actually cited any sources, just invoked some names.

Not under one Constitution, which is what I referred to.

Fine. Enabling you to just completely ignore any country, like most of Europe, that didn't follow your exact historical progression and evolved their constitutions rather than creating them in a dramatic event.

Communism -- true Communism, by the very definition of what Communism is -- has no government. Name me one country in written history that qualifies.

That was the final stage, which of course was never attained. Many though did have quite idyllic "all for one and one for all" periods of altruistic government for a short time after the revolution, until the assholes started manoeuvring for power.

Anyway, I wouldn't care about your silly word games except you are using them to say every form of government except your own is shit. A sadly common insular American attitude.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

1u3hr Re:Exactly right (228 comments)

Socialism, for example, has proven to be the world's ripest breeding ground for corruption, because it is designed to be led by a relatively few people in the first place.

Presumably this is some weird American definition, not used by anyone who actually is a socialist.

And I know that there are plenty of corrupt oligarchies that name themselves "socialist". Same as the many countries, like North Korea, that label themselves as "Democratic" don't make the idea invalid.

The U.S. has the longest-standing Constitutional government in the last milennium or two. That says an awful lot for this system, as opposed to others that have been tried in the same period.

Parliamentary democracy has lasted well over a millennium (e.g. Iceland continuously since the 10th C) and is doing fine, thanks.

there has never been a real Communist government in written history

Well, there have, but within a decade of attaining power they all become juntas or oligarchies or even monarchies (North Korea again). Sadly communism is too idealistic about human nature and doesn't have the checks and balances to stop power crazy psychopaths from taking control. Your constitution was written to prevent excessive concentration of power, and is fairly effective at that, frustrating as it is for zealots on either side. But it's not the only workable way to do it.

about 4 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

1u3hr Re:Nope. (355 comments)

DHCP lets you log into the printer and configure a static IP, then reboot it. Better than having it locked on an IP outside the range you use in your LAN, or that duplicates an existing device.

about 4 months ago
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Efforts To Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Are Already Underway

1u3hr Re:so... (147 comments)

That would be replacing thousands of elephant genes with identical, possibly damaged, mammoth genes, instead of just the few that are different.

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

1u3hr Re:The good news.... (83 comments)

You can get all your Yahoo email by POP. You can pay about $20 a year; or do it free if you change your location to a non-US location, like e.g. Singapore. Then you can turn on POP. You can't send via their SMTP though, which wasn't a problem till this week. Now I put my ISP address as "From" and Yahoo in my "Reply-To". But it's pushing me to give up Yahoo entirely. I've been uneasy about them since MS bought them anyway.

about 6 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

1u3hr Re:I'm not sure how I feel about this (426 comments)

So yes, there are many households that have only one way of connecting to the internet.

The question was in relation to someone trying to get Ubuntu working on his PC. That the person even contemplates that (or upgrading Windows even) implies a level of PC sophistication. If they don't have an old PC or laptop in the closet, they know someone they can borrow one from. Anyway, I think those who really cant would be pretty rare.

1 year,14 days
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

1u3hr Re:I'm not sure how I feel about this (426 comments)

If these people are still running Windows XP, do you think they have smartphones and smart TVs?

Why not? I do.

I do remote support for a fortune 500 company whose product is targeted at the general public, and every day I work on Windows XP machines with 512MB of RAM, etc. and these clients don't have any other machine in their house. In reality it's time to buy a new computer, but that's not an option for everyone sadly.

You can get a much better PC, say 4 years old, for $50. Or less. Less than getting phone support from a Fortune 500 company probably.....

My old PC is better than that and I literally can't give it away.

1 year,14 days
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

1u3hr Re: hackers. will exploit 'zero-day' vulnerabiliti (426 comments)

I ran Win2k until earlier this year. Everyone kept tutting about how vulnerable I was to viruses, etc. In more than 10 years, not one. But they smiled and said I was just too dumb to know. Anyway, I believe that a 3rd party firewall, antivirus and any net-interacting software, kept up top date, and it doesn't matter how soggy the OS is under it. When the PC died I put XP on the new one; as more software was becoming incompatible with 2k. The real problem will come when Firefox is not updated for XP -- I think it is on its last legs for 2k compatibility. And Flash is already incompatible, so lots of websites didn't work properly.

1 year,14 days
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

1u3hr Re:I'm not sure how I feel about this (426 comments)

How are you going to google for instructions when your network card is a cheap belkin that won't work?

On your phone. Laptop. Smart TV. I have the same problem when my PC is in pieces for any reason; I use a laptop to look up stuff to get it working. Do many households have one and only one way to access the net? And how ancient a PC is it that doesn't have ethernet on board? If worst comes to worst, spend $5 on a supported card.

The only time we had a problem with Ubuntu and hardware was when we were waiting for broadband to be connected for a few days and had to use dialup. Ubuntu didn't recognise the modem port on the Dell laptop. Never needed to before or since though; I believe there are proprietary drivers but didn't bother to chase them up.

1 year,14 days
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

1u3hr Re:I'm not sure how I feel about this (426 comments)

On the downside, how many kids/grandkids are there that will know how to fix their parents/grandparents Linux machines?

Not many now; a few weeks after its rolled out, a lot. They will learn. Also, Android is Linux, and there is already a lot of knowledge about that that transfers both ways.

I got a used laptop for my daughter with a locked down version of Vista on it that wouldn't let me install anything. So I nuked it and put Ubuntu on it. She's been using it for two years. Complained of course, but it works and I can basically let her install whatever she likes, for free, with no fear. She had an XP laptop before that was lousy with viruses. Libre Office handles all her schoolwork.Now she also has a Galaxy Android phone and rooted it so she run stuff she used on Ubuntu.

1 year,14 days
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Microsoft, NYC Marketing Vast Surveillance System To Other Cities

1u3hr mission creepy (60 comments)

it has figured in a number of investigative coups that went beyond the systemâ(TM)s original purpose of counterterrorism in Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 attack

They aren't even pretending it's just anti-terrorism.

it was developed by cops for cops

I'm sure it doesn't track every movement of every person in New York and store it in a database indefinitely. That will be version 2.0.

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

1u3hr Re:True, but.. (1145 comments)

The recipient just wanted to play the game and signed up fo the game to pay the game, not to make himself a target for your ads.

Its not as bad as the usual viagra/no credt loans/penis enlarger/419 crap, but it's still spam. I DO NOT WANT TO READ IT. I DID NOT ASK FOR IT. IT IS SPAM, and if you think a page of small print on the sign up page "proves" I "solicited" it, then fuck you.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

1u3hr Re:Stop drinking the Kool Aid (216 comments)

Yeah, we all want to edit our photos, videos, documents in the cloud. Why the fuck would I want to do that? I've got a workflow. I've got versions of Photohhop, Acrobat and Illustrator that are quite old, but I know how they work and they all can work together smoothly.

I don't need to send gigabytes of data back and forth to Adobe to do every edit. I don't have to worry about the interface changing overnight when I have a deadline. Or not being able to do anything because of a "temporary" service interruption, or because my system doesn't meet the requirements of the current software. And I certainly DO NOT want anyone trawling through all my work and indexing it so they can send me more fucking targetted ads. I don't want "Software as a service". I bought it once and don't need to pay for it again and again.

about a year and a half ago
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IEEE Launches 400G Ethernet Standards Process

1u3hr Bollocks (94 comments)

' Networks will need to support 58% compound annual growth rates in bandwidth on average, the IEEE claims, driven by simultaneous increases in users, access methodologies, access rates and services such as video on demand and social media. Networks would need to support capacity requirements of 1 terabit per second in 2015 and 10 terabit per second by 2020 if current trends continue, the organization says."

Just looking at the current rate of growth and extending it out indefinitely is clearly absurd. Exponential growth has to run into physical, or financial, limits sooner or later. Sooner in this case, I think.

Anyway, where I am, there has been no increase in speed for the last 10 years. In fact it's gotten worse, as more and more people hook up and try to stream video on their phones, pads, etc., etc., but the upstream capacity is still the same and the phone company just shrugs knowing we have no choice. So if I applied the same naive style of prediction, I'd say we are going to have 1.8 MB/sec forever. (Which may be true, unless fibre is activated in my lifetime.)

about a year ago

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