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2023: ABRSM theory exams are impossible

For the Covid scam, music theory examinations by ABRSM switched from in-person invigilated to remote computer-invigilation. The price didn’t go down though – the tests were horrendously expensive, and the price just went up, if anything. There’s a small problem … Continue reading

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EPSON ink tank printers are a ripoff

Bricking a perfectly good printer EPSON ink tank printers are a ripoff. The particular printer that irked me is the Epson L382, but they are all a ripoff. The promise of ink tank printers is that you buy the printer … Continue reading

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“Unable to negotiate SSH” after “upgrade”

If you update to Ubuntu LTS (version 22.04), you will want this in your .ssh/config: Failure to do that gets you this: The dear old NSA of the USA is gently shoving everyone away from effective cryptography towards backdoored nonsense, … Continue reading

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Ignoring out-of-band network policy systems with iptables

I’ve been working on parental controls using an out-of-band policy engine. It is easy to subvert, if you care to, since the controls it implements are very light, and it is not actually part of the conversation between you and … Continue reading

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Man in the mailbox fraud (MITMB) HOWTO

This has come up twice, so it’s time to tell the world how it’s done.  Basically, if someone has control of your mailbox (e-mail address and password), then you’re going to lose your money: someone (not you, and not your … Continue reading

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Invasion of the evil androids

Google says you are too stupid to rule your own life.  They say this by their Android phone operating system, in which they do not give you, the owner and operator of the device, root permissions.  This means: You cannot … Continue reading

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Search-engine assisted fraud HOWTO

As many of the readers of this fine site are career criminals, it seems good to explain a new and popular procurement fraud scam.  Here’s a piccie to muddy the waters, followed by the blow-by-blow account, in which the numbers … Continue reading

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Cloudflare doesn’t help your DDOS

Ever since CloudFlare helped out Spamhaus with their big deal big DNS reflection DDOS attack, conventional wisdom has said that if you are faced with a DDOS attack, you should give CloudFlare a shot. By all means, give it a … Continue reading

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My new password

I’m changing all my passwords to asterisks: ******** Now, when I enter my password, I can see what I’m typing.

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Not your regular bot driven UDP flood

After weeks of battling Joomla/JCE sites that insist on running evil code and spewing denial of service traffic, we had a machine today sending UDP floods. This, it turns out, is not a hacked machine sending spews of botnet traffic … Continue reading

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