* Posts by Daniel B.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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iCarly!

So Ted "kill the gays and nuke Syria" Cruz would be running with Carly "I trashed HP" Fiorina? Interesting. Whatever positive points Cruz might get for being "not Trump" will be countered by choosing iCarly.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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FAIL

Funny

Microsoft is only giving itself bad PR with the stupid nagware thing. Just stop it, MSFT, fix your current OS instead of trying to force it on everyone else.

Give us an option to disable that stupid Metro GUI thing. It's less annoying in W10, but it still manages to screw up things.

Maybe then you'll start getting voluntary upgrades!

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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Re: Banks? Security?

Bad enough that my bank STILL refuses to make passwords case sensitive, or allow "Special" characters.

That's a problem everywhere, and the sad thing is that I know why this is the case.

RACF has issues with non-alphanumeric characters due to ASCII/EBCDIC.

Many bank systems do RACF authentication. Therefore, bank password policies won't allow non-alphanumeric password.

Client-facing systems don't authenticate clients against RACF. Yet they're also saddled with the same password policies because having a single policy for everything is easier!

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Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

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Re: @Daniel B

While contention can get you out from serving 100% all the time, having data rates dip to 20% most of the time should be frowned upon. I don't expect my current 10Mbps DSL to run at 10Mbps all the time, but neither do I expect it to run at 2Mbps most of the time. Especially when they're offering 3Mbps packages at less than half the price I'm currently paying for 10Mbps.

I think ISPs should come forward with both the "up to X" and a guaranteed minimum rate for their offerings. Give the end user a choice between "highly contended" and "low contention" and they might be surprised at the number of people that will pony up extra cash to get guaranteed fat pipes. As another commenter stated, most telcos won't serve business links to residential areas.

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Re: Which brings us to "The tragedy..."

All ISPs sell bandwidth data rates. If they can't provide the service they're charging for, they should upgrade their infrastructure.

Data caps are outright double dipping.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: I'm conflicted

There's also the drivers to think of: most drivers involved in machine + idiot incidents tend to leave service.

Indeed. One of my former girlfriends had the nasty experience of watching someone fall into the subway tracks just seconds before the train entered the station. She looked away from the tracks, but heard a loud crunch when the train ran over the guy. She got really sick from that, and she says that the driver (who had slammed the emergency brakes) got out as soon as the train stopped and barfed on the floor. That was just awful.

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I'm conflicted

Part of me wants the Darwin Awards to follow their natural course .... the other part wants less accidents, 'cause getting late to work due to some numbnuts not watching before crossing is annoying.

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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Annoyed at this

I currently have my 1TB Laptop HDD at 91% capacity. I might be able to get a 2TB HDD at most, but not more. Why? Because nobody seems to care enough to get 4TB or even 3TB HDDs made in the traditional laptop form factor. Never mind that the PS4 also uses this format, and 4TB is something very useful there. This is because many people are buying into the SSD craze. I would do so, but 1TB is still too expensive and I would still be stuck with the same issue I currently have. I haven't seen any 2TB SSDs.

On desktop systems, I'm happy with Seagate still churning out higher capacity HDDs. Hopefully they'll remain doing so, as large storage is still a need for me. I'm planning on upgrading my "home server" PC, which currently has 6.5TB storage capacity.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Don't fear the reaper

In the UK I believe you can be compelled to hand over passwords. Scary. Nice place to visit but glad I don't live there!

Do fear the RIPA.

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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

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Re: Voters database *in the cloud*?

Not official. I'm pretty sure that this database was highly illegal under Mexican federal law. The IFE database must not leave the country, ever.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

TI-59 had the tiny versions. I had one.

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: His (her) Master's Voice

Orlowski is also the same guy who ended up defending FunnyJunk... The guys who were actually engaging in piracy, only because it proved his own twisted view on IP matters.

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Facebook clickbait cull

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Meanwhile

They've completely removed the ability to report spam. Which means those guys spamming threads with "click here to get free dragon city gems" are able to spam with impunity.

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Gah!

For us, it's been the kick the client needed to retire the pile of asp that no one understood that ran the old site.

Let me guess, pre-.NET ASP? Horrible! VB can't seem to die fast enough.

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Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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Re: Well, it's China.

Ah yes, the "Falun Gong" treatment of involuntary organ donors. Very "efficient".

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Well, it's China.

They have a habit of dealing death sentences for a lot of stuff. Especially people who are percieved as threats to the government.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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No shit Sherlock

Nobody expected anything to be in the phone. The FBI wanted a test case.

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: Dummy mode!

Indeed! Probably a return to classic BOFH? I distinctly remember that the very first BOFH stories involved users killing themselves after following BOFH "advice".

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Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

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RISC

I think it's about time someone seriously challenges Intel's architecture.

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Re: Excellent competitive choice is always a good thing

You accidentally ran into one of the resident MS shills.

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WhatsApp straps on full end-to-end crypto for 1bn peeps

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Occam's razor

It would be easier that FB was simply getting a copy of the shared secret key.

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Key exchange can be verified by QR code or a numeric fingerprint, both are verifiable out of band.

My concern however is that unlike other solutions, you are only validating the key itself, instead of each end's public key (as used by Chat Secure).

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: A day in the life of a Genius

Well, you could say that his code...

*puts on sunglasses*

segfaulted.

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!

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Re: Inevitable Copycats

Cisco Cowboys of the Wild West Coast

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BOFH the movie

That would be Salmon Days... Which looked awesome in the trailers but fell short of the expectations on the first episode. Still, I'd give it a second chance! :)

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Is iOS 9.3 Apple's worst ever update? First it bricks iThings, now Safari is busted

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Yeah, the Safari bug is all over the Apple support forums since last week. Looks like they should've rolled back the update on the 6s as well!

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Block it ...

Thanks!!!

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This technique will also allow you to buy Windows 7 licenses, by the way. ;)

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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So... they're porting "just" SQL Server and not the SQL Server Analytics Services. That is misleading as a downside; SQL Server is pretty much what most people use. I only remember using SSAS once during college, never to be used again upon graduating. And this includes working at a place where SQL Server was at the core of their business!

I'm pretty sure that many would be perfectly fine with SQL Server Enterprise on Linux even if it lacks the BI stuff. I'd probably like an additional feature: allow LDAP logins in addition to "Microsoft-not-LDAP" AD stuff.

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"It takes a long time to convert all the VBA code to LISP."

ITYM C, right? Or C++?

Also, I've seen far less VB stuff out in the wild. Could it be that the unholy language is finally dying off?

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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Ask Berkeley Systems

They might bring up Flying Toasters!

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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

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Meh

Blizzard

The big difference is that Blizzard's users are also customers, and their Real ID dick move would end up costing them real money; having a huge backlash would probably translate in thousands of cancelled WoW subscriptions. They weren't going to lose revenue on that, so they backtracked.

Facebook, however, doesn't get its revenue from their users, but from advertisers, and those are the ones that push for real names. The only way Facebook would backtrack on this stupid policy would be for users to deactivate their FB profiles en masse, and in sufficient numbers for advertisers to notice and take action. But I doubt that will ever happen.

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Not quite...

Actually, the masses are still using pseudonyms on Facebook, we're just more clever choosing our (fake) names. They look fairly legit, instead of being something like R. Soles or Seymour Butts.

In my case, using a pseudonym is pretty much required, because my real name would end up being a self-doxxing case: my surname's so rare, you'd find me real fast using my city's phonebook. Being easily picked out in a city that has a 20+ million population is a very bad thing.

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90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers

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Re: Clickbait.

Here the flaw is "untrusted" certs which is used to mean self-signed types. If your own organisation uses it own keys and distributes them to it own systems that is perfectly sensible and perfectly secure.

Self-signed certs are still insecure, you're thinking about an organization-managed CA. :)

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: As for the RAZR..

I'm partial to the W300i, the last pocketable phone I ever had.

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Re: Oh, the PFY

Nah, OS/2 was actually useful.

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Windows 8

The BOFH is right, the laptop is already dead!!!!!

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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Re: Ah, well

I thought the Magsafe power connector had been discontinued on Macbooks? Or is it still on some of them?

They all use it, with the sole exception being the weird 12" MacBook that doesn't have any connectors.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Re: Photos

Flickr itself was the "hipster" thing back in the day. Yahoo even killed their own photo thing to promote the damn thing.

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Is DNSSEC causing more problems than it solves?

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Re: Yes, The Register’s writer needs an education

The Microsoft Monopoly has no bearing on the DNSSEC specs. What are you talking about?

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Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?

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No SIM no sale

The only party that would benefit from SIMless phones are the operators. See how CDMA carriers refuse to accept user owned phones on technology grounds.

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Pathetic, isn’t it … ?

JavaScript is far more insecure than Java. It's just that the web dudes haven't seen it yet.

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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Re: Could they just move them back to OS/2?

Good ol' Warp use to run lots of ATM.

I second that motion. The OS/2 ATM era was very good.

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Re: Why is this a problem?

Basic rule of security, if it is connected in some way to a device on the Internet it is on the Internet. ATMs are connected to the bank's computers so they know customer PINS, accounts, and balances. These computers are also accessible via the Internet for online banking. Therefore ATMs are connected, albeit, indirectly to the Internet.

Most ATMs are usually connected directly to the bank via some oldie goldie connections (X.25, maybe some DS0s for more modern ones). They usually connect to a network that is heavily isolated from the true internet. Pretty much anything going through to the mainframes will be firewalled as hell, and there's no way you'll get out to the internet if you're entering through the ATM links. And that's if you even have TCP/IP access. Last time I checked, many ATMs were still using propietary protocols from the pre-TCP/IP world like SNA. Then again, that was when most ATMs were still running OS/2 WARP.

That said ... the easiest way to get stuff off those XPe devices might just be a USB port.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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Re: Missed the boat...

Not sure which game that could be. The other one I know is similar to Minecraft with the whole "build stuff" thing would be Terraria, though that one doesn't have a "creative" mode. It does allow you to build stuff, but it's a 2D sprite game so it doesn't fit the "high resolution" description.

Playstation 3/4 has had the LittleBigPlanet game since 2008, which is indeed heavy on the creative angle (and also has the "creative mode" part). LBP2 came out sometime around 2011. LBP3 came out on 2014, IIRC it has even more new stuff so that might be the thing (given how the PS4 is now the main nextgen console).

Then there's Fallout 4, which isn't really focused on creativity but it does allow you to build stuff in your "house".

EDIT: Ah, my stepson to the rescue. It seems it might be DayZ, H1Z1 or similar games that seem to have been "inspired" by Minecraft. But they only resemble Minecraft on the "survival" aspect, he's not sure if they also have the creative stuff.

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Re: Bore them now

Learning Word, Excel and Powerpoint is something that can be done in a matter of weeks. For some kids, maybe even days.

Ok, the more complex Excel stuff might take a wee bit longer, but most stuff is pretty much quick. I had to teach older adults on the marvels of the modern Office suite 11 years ago, and even the older ones were quick to catch on.

I do wish that ICT involved at least some kind of programming these days. Back in the 80s and even early 90s, it would usually involve some kind of programming, either BASIC or LOGO. MS Office is extremely boring, push that stuff down to higher level education.

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Re: Educational Games!

Properly made educational games can actually be fun. It's just that we're used to the crappy ones.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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I'd like to point out that Maemo under the N900 was going pretty strong. Nokia's blunders on marketing made it be less of a hit, but the people who did buy it were happy with it. The real reason why Nokia's Linux variants went dead is the Elopocalypse.

Even the N9 got rave reviews, and that one was released after the Elopocalypse.

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Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

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Re: Cloud gaming...

"It isn't on Xbox - the actually do use cloud resources to assist with gaming performance and offload functions."

... the console that's currently losing the current gen console wars? Well, good for those who decided to remain with the DRM wifebeater. Everyone else doesn't care.

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MS playing nice? Yeah, right

"further integrate Havok physics into its Azure-powered Xbox One Cloud."

That sounds like it's soon going to become "unavailable" for the PS4. Especially given that their crappy console is losing 2:1 in the current gen console wars, even after they backtracked on their draconian DRM power grab. So pulling off a desperate dick move wouldn't be surprising at all.

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