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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

rapiddescent Re:Terrorist Attack (142 comments)

or... a young Iranian guy wants to see his mum in germany and seeks diplomatic asylum.

about 5 months ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

rapiddescent Re:Check small airports (142 comments)

This aircraft had modern rolls royce trent engines - these come with an online 24x7x365 service back to Derby in the UK where all engines that are flying around the world are monitored in close-to real time using an independent comms facility to that of the rest of the aircraft. They will know if the engines powered up/down and what their status was at the last moments before contact was lost. I imagine the Malaysian Authorities are keeping a lot of the data under-wraps at the moment and I would assume that a lot more is known about the aircraft than is being released to the public right now.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

rapiddescent Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

I can only guess at your daughters age, but at some point she'll go online - either at your nicely protected home network or indeed at her school or friends rubbishly protected network. The issue with Windows XP past April 2014 is that any serious security problems will be NEVERDAY (a cute phrase that sounds like 0-day) where security issues will never be fixed. It won't take long to browse through the flash games site before a browser injected malware will find its way on to the machine.

The problem with techies is that we think too much about the network, the AV, the machine - but less about the user and how they will use the machine in a way that we couldn't possibly predict. So the real ecomonic argument is not about GBP300 for a netbook, but the opportunity cost of the stress and hassle when your daughter loses all of her homework, photos etc because some cryptolocker malware wants 1bn Bitcoin (market rates will go down as well as up) in order to unlock the data.

if it were me, I'd factor in a replacement at her next birthday.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

rapiddescent Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

mod up parent - that would have been useful. I tried to use the Dell Install-DVD-creator software after the first proper boot of the system (I always whine at family members who don't bother to do this) and after trying it 3 times and with a small pile of DVD's in the bin, I gave up. It was always failed the creation of the last DVD in the set

What's interesting is that the Windows 8.0 install took about 8 hours to get everything working (wifi was nasty) and then a further couple of hours to try and get v8.1 and resolve the wierd driver updating problem (Dell updated a minor SATA driver that was newer than Windows 8.0 believed possible which left Windows believing it was not fully up to date and therefore not ready to go to 8.1) .

The Fedora 20 install a few days later only took a few hours of my time and worked out-of-the-box.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

rapiddescent Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

That's why they fixed most of the issues in Windows 8.1. You should try it.

Would love to try it, but after Dell updates and Windows Update had a fist fight on the new christmas present laptop for mum-in-law it meant that neither update system could complete all the updates thus leaving the OS in a position that it would not offer 8.1 in the store. Coupled with no obvious way to back out of the problem (no install DVD, and install-creator fucked up 3 times) - I gave up and she got Linux. It's not all Microsoft's fault - Dell's tools simply didn't work, however, there shouldn't be competing methods that you can't obviously switch off for doing things like this.

The funny thing is she doesn't even know she has Linux. She used to use Thunderbird, Firefox and libreoffice on Windows XP and so it just looks the same for her.

about 7 months ago
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Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

rapiddescent Re:Illusion shattered (306 comments)

The EMV (ISO/IEC 7816-3) standard allows for a change PIN function that will take a 6 digit PIN. Some banks around the world operate with a 6-digit PIN.

about 8 months ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

rapiddescent Re:The Scottish NHS is not doing this (634 comments)

This article explains the difference between the Scottish NHS and other parts of the UK. This is becoming a political hot potato in the run up to the 2014 Referendum for Scottish independence from the UK because whilst the English NHS is suffering huge setbacks after much of the service was privatised, Scotland's NHS was more tightly controlled by the devolved Scottish Government and less was outsourced to private consortia.

Even though Scottish tax payers pay the same as those south of the border; they receive much better treatment, free prescription drugs and many other benefits.

about 9 months ago
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Security Researchers Rewarded With $12.50 Voucher To Buy Yahoo T-Shirt

rapiddescent Re:This is news? (138 comments)

at my local OWASP chapter meeting some months ago, we did a show of hands about how many people had reported via the pay-for-security-bug middlemen organisations rather than contacting the vendor/website directly. About 30% put their hands up. I was quite astounded although, having been threatened legally myself when I was called in a bug found on an eComm website then I would no longer go directly to the owner of the system unless I had a contract in place already. The money is apparently quite good; so long as you don't care who is using the bug...

about 10 months ago
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Online Games a 'Playground' For Organized Crime

rapiddescent hashed and salted credit card info (73 comments)

why would you bother storing hashed and salted credit card information? The only thing you could do is match it against the credit card used on the next transaction - but what does that really get you? The hashed/salted card number would be usable again (if hashed+salted properly)

about a year ago
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Report: Britain Has a Secret Middle East Web Surveillance Base

rapiddescent Re:Yes, and? (237 comments)

For the more visually inclined, a graphical map.

And based on that, I'll give dollars to doughnuts that it's Egypt. Virtually all traffic between Europe and Asia transits through the Suez canal.

I'd agree with this analysis because there were some massive interuptions with middle eastern internet comms when the SEA-ME-WE_4 cable was apparently snagged by ships at anchor of Alexandria. Interestingly, Egypt actually arrested 3 men for cutting though cable off Alexandria in March this year. makes you wonder what they were actually doing.

about a year ago
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Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance

rapiddescent Re:Old News (128 comments)

It's a big difference searching through a database of 9 faces than through a database of millions.

luckily computing power and searching ability has increased a little bit in the last decade. Sure, the pilot programme was able to take clear photos of the football fans as they went in (I seem to remember the volunteers were given free stuff as an incentive). In 2005, the London Underground tried out the technology with not great results but that was an awfully long time ago.

about a year ago
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Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance

rapiddescent Re:Old News (128 comments)

even older news! I saw the anglo-dutch company Logica demonstrate this at a PSV Eindhoven football (soccer) match where it picked a dozen volunteers (who were photo'd before the match) out of the 20,000 strong crowd using the stadiums own crappy cctv footage - this was in the early to mid 2000's. It wasn't perfect but was above 90%.

Sadly, the UK is way ahead when it comes to CCTV technology.

about a year ago
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US IT Worker Files Hiring Lawsuit Against Infosys, Class Action Proposed

rapiddescent Re:wrong choice (684 comments)

I used to be a tech interviewer at a large UK technical consultancy in the 2000's and we frequently received CV's from Indian nationals that you could hold up to the light and see that the CV's were exactly the same and had exactly the same cut 'n paste text. This led to a pretty massive review of the recruitment process.

We also discovered fake UK companies setup purely to "employ" young middle class Indian graduates so they could get their Visa and then jump over to a large UK firm. These firms were on their CV's with faked up job roles - it was a total abuse of the visa system.

about a year ago
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NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

rapiddescent Re:NSA, are you supised we caught you? Really? (327 comments)

I suspect that as a result, the rest of the world is going to be deeply suspicious of the US in the future, and it is going to be much more difficult to maintain control of the Internet's key systems and keep them inside US borders as much as is possible. I

That's definitely true. A UK political programme on TV last night that was focussed on the thorny issue of Scottish independence ended up talking about the US and their spying intentions. Even the politically mixed audience, who had been arguing from different positions all through the programme, joined in condemnation of the US for unwarranted spying on personal communications.

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

rapiddescent Re:Not code cracking but some other mechanism? (398 comments)

The ECU is usually on the passenger side of the car near the glove box. There's well known augmentations to the ECU (or replacement ECU) attacks in order to drive a car away. Even BMW had a flaw in their ECU that allowed an unauthenticated person to create a key (from a blank) in the car. That attack (if you look at the CCTV images on the link at pistonheads) had attackers using the passenger door to enter.

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

rapiddescent Re:just now? (398 comments)

my thought was that the ECU is usually in the passenger footwell and perhaps they are able to open the doors but not start the engine without an ECU mod; either a piggyback board or indeed complete replacement ECU.

about a year ago
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US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

rapiddescent Re:It would be interesting to see (443 comments)

I'd struggle to see how the owner of the rootkit could disclaim responsibility in a corporate scenario - especially if lives were lost (e.g. a member of staff, not knowingly, installs a rootkit-installing version of Greys Anatomy into a hospital Citrix system). There's quite a cultural and legal difference between consuming media using devices and installing software that intends to change the behaviour of the end user device.

Also, the sheer volume of test-case and conditions could have hard to predict outcomes (e.g. watching a rootkit-installing DVD on a car infotainment system). Whilst I would think that some software organisations would be daft enough to produce software like this on behalf of the large media organisations I can't see how the business case could stack up given the huge amount of risk of doing this given that there is no way on most legal frameworks that responsibility could be disclaimed.

about a year ago
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Jedi May Be Allowed To Perform Marriage Ceremonies In Scotland

rapiddescent Re:And why not ? (196 comments)

you can get married at all sorts of locations in Scotland - some really cool like the vaults under Edinburgh and in all sorts of buildings. As it happens we got married at Stirling Castle and had full run of the place which was a great laugh, she didn't like the idea of getting wedding photos straddling the huge cannons. I thought it would be funny. she not.

You may be aware - Scotland is due to have a referendum in 2014 to become an independent country and leave the rest of the UK. Whilst Scotland has it's own parliament and is a "country" - it is still controlled by a "union of parliaments" by Westminster, London. If Scotland votes yes then Scotland will be able to finance herself and make her own decisions. One of the key plans is to have a written constitution, although we helped write the USA's constitution, we were never allowed to have one by the UK. Scottish attitudes towards the human rights convention and the EU in general are quite different to that of the UK.

It is worth noting that there is a massive campaign of hate from the Unionist (i.e. "British") entities in Scotland which includes the state broadcaster. Scotland gets endless documentaries on "why Britain is great" etc and the BBC is heavily biased towards the Union.

about a year ago
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3G and 4G USB Modems Are Security Threat, Black Hat Presenter Says

rapiddescent Re:Misleading Headline (go figure, its slashdot) (50 comments)

here in Scotland, I always have a handful of Huawei USB 3g modems. Useful for home-office broadband as a backup (plugs directly into the Vigor Draytek router); I have one in a battery backed portable wifi hotspot (which is great for camping or whilst on the road) and usually a few in my bag when I'm out on client site. I use them with Fedora Linux; they work very well out of the box through networkmanager.

Top tip, use an external antenna and you'll get much better performance.

about a year ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

rapiddescent Re:Another reason not to buy Surface (561 comments)

And then watch prices rise and choice narrowed as the homebuild market is eventually extinguished due to uefi non-compliance. It's what monopolies do.

about a year and a half ago

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