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Comment The Corporate Myth (Score 1) 85

is basically just massive scale tax avoidance procured by hiring ex ministers who work for big accountancy firms.

these people should be imprisoned for life and all their assets impounded but instead they just resign and get lucrative consultancies do the same thing elsewhere

Comment Its hard to google (Score 1) 166

"MUMPS/M is poorly understood, at best, and more likely to be completely unknown."

because anything with a single letter name is pretty much impossible to google (R anyone ?)
and mumps is an overloaded term in the medical namespace so its going to give a lot of false positives

I'm all for humourous names but you need to make sure they don't conflict or confuse first

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 283

flash has a a ubiquity that is not related to its quality, its related to marketing

It captured the market and its ubquity prevented other platforms from growing enough to replace it

Its ubiquity has now become its downfall as its low grade security and sketchy updates availablity is making it continual source of exploits.

As predicted by many its security issues have now eclipsed its utility and other better solutions are coming , like web assembly and webGL

Its time to kill it off , although if mr facebook security wants to do that he should be making facebook lead the charge instead of asking adobe to kill their demon offspring

Comment People are scared of IPV6 (Score 3, Informative) 307

A lot of people rely on NAT for simple security and get scared when faced with IPV6's global addressing.
securing IPV6 networks is not so straight forward and often requires site specific approaches that are beyond a lot of home users or small businesses.

its a good thing to run firewalls on everything but its also pain.

I can see there being some crazy security breaches and much confusion during the changeover, as a tester every network product i've tested
has had a test plan for ipv6 that gets de-prioritised to the bottom because 'nobody is using ipv6 yet' and its hard to find people who know about it.

Comment download is a shit festival (Score 5, Interesting) 134

I've been involved in quite a few uk festivals and know several organisers and IMNSHO opinion this could have been rejected by the organisers.

Download has a reputation in the festival scene for being one of the grimmest most corporate of festivals, think mainstream moshing meatheads on speed
and lager , not hugging hippies on ecstasy. Its quite likely the police strong armed download about this because of their target audience but its just as
likely download came up with this themselves to reduce policing bills. Having seen policing bills for other festivals its quite likely download were
hit with something in the order of millions and hired someone (lots of ex-coppers consult on this ) to analyse how to mitigate it and they came up with this.
Note the almost total lack of outcry from festival goers about this, downloaders just don't care, if this was tried with glastonbury there would be riots.

The RFID purchasing thing is way more dangerous in my opinion , this has been tried as several festivals and has resulted in a lot of festival
traders getting ripped off by organisers who simply loot their traders revenue if they fail to make enough money (which happens a lot because
festival running is subject to a bewildering array of regulations that don't make sense and cause unpredictable expenditure). People who work
at festivals know full well that accepting anything that isn't cash is a gamble on the skills of the organisers. It turns festival organisers into banks
which is a terrible idea.

the police strategy of applying more and more over the top requirements on festival organisers is driving festivals into smaller and smaller events,
this is typically because the explosion of festivals is a direct response to similar controlling behaviour regarding events and venues in cities. Its a dangerous game to play , over zealous legislation drives events underground where they are potentially less safe (although often much more sensible), where they generate no tax revenue and have no access to sensible venues. This also dramatically increases the possible harms of drug use , contributes to a lot of post drug use psychosis and creates a vast revenue for criminals.

Until the government and the police recognise and protect the right to have fun and gather socially as the vital part of our culture that it is we will continue to
have all manner of baffeling social problems as people do it anyway in less than safe circumstances.

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge->

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

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Submission + - Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar-> 1

Errorcod3 writes: CTB Locker ransomware attacks rose 165 per cent in the first three months of 2015.

More than a third (35 per cent) of victims were based in Europe, McAfee Labs reported. CTB Locker encrypts files and holds them hostage until the ransom is paid. As such, the crimeware is picking up the baton that dropped with the takedown of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware scam in May last year.

The latest edition of Intel Security's report, released on Tuesday, reports attacks on firmware for the first time. More specifically, the report details "persistent and virtually undetectable attacks" by the so-called Equation Group that reprogram hard disk drives and solid state drive firmware.

McAfee Labs assessed the reprogramming modules exposed in February and found that they could be used to reprogram the firmware in SSDs in addition to the previously-reported HDD reprogramming capability.
Once reprogrammed, the HDD and SSD firmware can reload associated malware each time infected systems boot and the malware persists even if the drives are reformatted or the operating system is reinstalled.

Once infected, security software cannot detect the associated malware stored in a hidden area of the drive.

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