* Posts by Jeroen Braamhaar

121 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

Jeroen Braamhaar
Happy

Acronymize please!

Insecure

Default

Internet

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Jeroen Braamhaar
Black Helicopters

Quote: At the time Microsoft reckoned the deal demonstrated its: “Commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use"

By simply exterminating the competition so the only choice people have ?

I see that's working out pretty well :D

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: Has to be said:

"Rethink what an SSD can do!"

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

Jeroen Braamhaar

Maybe they should water down .... oh wait, I guess they tried that and it broke :D

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Samsung's latest blowup

Jeroen Braamhaar

I guess this news must have exploded Samsung into action.

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Samsung wants your exploding Galaxy Note 7. Have a new one instead

Jeroen Braamhaar

Samsung: "Rethink what a phone can do!"

Joe Public: "Yeah I never expected the darn thing in my pocket to be a f**king incendiary device"

:D

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

"Not compatible with fuel"

I'd be more inclined to label the entire F35 project as "not compatible with anything but a paper political specification", since it doesn't seem to be compatible with staying aloft, nor compatible with active service, nor compatible with anything but carefully scripted exercises, after which it must be tenderly coddled by specially-compatible technicians.

The only compatibility other than the paper spec seems related to large amounts of bacon ... or more precisely pork.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: Only in US

Regarding water: Flint, Michigan.

Land of the Free ... to move someplace where bigcorps offer you services rather than sue your council to take it away. :(

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Anti-piracy site DDoSed

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

I guess they got some internet based 'penalty letters' thrown back at them.

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Thermostat ransomware

Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: Oh FFS

You mean on April 1st ?

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

Jeroen Braamhaar

hmmm

I can't see this as a successful mass market product .. but maybe in specialized/closed markets it might succeed - like a field service engineer's phone/diagnostics link, or issues as corporate phone with approved (ie no camera, no removable storage) modules ... and of course the inevitable hobbyist and tinkerer market

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

Jeroen Braamhaar
Holmes

Basically it's a giant vacuum hamster tube and they expect people to trust their lives to it ?

Madness.

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Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

Jeroen Braamhaar

I said it before ...

Insecure

Default

Internet

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

Jeroen Braamhaar

Insecure Default Internet Of Things - also identifies what you ought to think of people promoting it :)

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: Remember, Linux led the way on giving away an OS for free

The problem is Microsoft is *NOT* "giving away" Windows 10 -- and having hinted at monetizing the move later and that (plus the "telemetry" and enforced patching regime) has people looking over their shoulder for the inevitable "bend over, pay up or lose your life's work" moment.

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Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: Learning or just trying a different push??

and 50 billion flies eat shit. Just because there's a lot of them doesn't mean they are right.

We're humans, not sheep - although MS would prefer to think we are, the better to herd us into their fenced and gated pasture, where every blade of dry grass comes with a price tag and tracker.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

Jeroen Braamhaar
Joke

Re: If only

The biggest and most quuxically important question being to exactly which flavor Linux because VX .. .errr ... WX has proven to be an insidiuous piece of malware from day zero :)

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Microsoft throws $$$$s at resellers who snare shiny new cloudy punters

Jeroen Braamhaar
Joke

At least it's not Sprint to the Finnish

...because they already acquired and took apart Nokia ... :D

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FBI channels Kafka with new rules on slurping Americans' private data

Jeroen Braamhaar
Big Brother

To sum it up:

"Your civil liberties have been suspended in order to garantuee them - but this decision has been made at a higher classification level than you are authorized for, Citizen. Now bend over."

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Data protection: Don't be an emotional knee jerk. When it comes to the law, RTFM

Jeroen Braamhaar

Re: ... this will validate EU/US data transfers once more...

"The USA, and any company with a presence in the USA, will be off the friends list for a long time - basically until the US government caves in and changes it's laws in ways it so far shows no interest in doing."

Unfortunately intelligence services have become very good in concealing scope, scale and depth of their activities from oversight - and if anyone believes that this Safe Harbor Mk2 will change anything to limit that, they are very much deceiving themselves.

It's not just laws that need changing ....

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US Dept of Defense to shift 4 million devices onto Windows 10

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Who needs enemies ...

... when you got Microsoft offering you a free OS update.

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Internet of Things 'smart' devices are dumb by design

Jeroen Braamhaar

I propose the "Internet of Things" acronym be prefaced with the acronym for "Infinitely Dumb" or any other similarly lettered term signifying its uncanny ability to provide solutions for nonexistent problems whilst providing a raft of problems in dire need of solutions.

Just to inform people so they can see it for what it is before they jump on the "you really don't need this but you want it anyway" hype bandwagon.

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

Jeroen Braamhaar

Erhm .....

This from a company that actively slurps user data without explanation, pushes "upgrades" people didn't ask for or want, and proactively works with 'hardware partners' to eliminate competition or people using previous versions.

Yeah right.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

Jeroen Braamhaar

Cloud: never knowing where your outage is, who's responsible for it, or when it gets fixed.

:D

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Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod

Jeroen Braamhaar

"Fortunately Petit and his fellow researchers have come up with software and hardware countermeasures"

I got a better one - get a (real) car without all the electronic idiocy you really don't need to unlearn how to drive/park/pay attention to traffic, put your mobile in the Faraday cage (or dashboard glove box, probably practically same thing if you got a proper metal car) and you're good to go.

Mine's the one with the naturally aspirated V8 and "wheeled IoT device" crushing bumper.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Jeroen Braamhaar

THANK YOU SO MUCH for changing the color of the 'read' links to red from the "did I read that or did I not" off-blackish grey from before!

Keep up the good work !!

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Jeroen Braamhaar

Why do I think a better investment is another kind of catapult ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9seapca1Vh0

hmm .... fling digital innovators with daft ideas over a grassy field instead of having them burbly pointlessly or gaze out of windows like some overpaid politico ...

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

Jeroen Braamhaar

Let's see some specs and a serious shakedown test first before proclaiming all kinds of hype on this card.

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

Jeroen Braamhaar
FAIL

Uhm.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/antarctic_ice_shelf_melt_lowest_ever_recorded_just_not_much_affected_by_global_warming/

Somehow I think scientistivism by press release in a some greenie hype "science" mag is wrong.

Foo on the Register.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Good they took the first step in making it a game that's worth installing and playing.

Next step to make it really worthwhile is to defenestrate the link to that turd Origin and it might actually be a serviceable release.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

Jeroen Braamhaar

"not one atom of carbon"

this means:

- no concrete

- no bricks

- no steel

are they going to organically grow it then ?

I call hogwash.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

Jeroen Braamhaar
Black Helicopters

Re: ?

The NSA probably called that they had issues with reading Windows users data.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Re: Meh

If the future is a Steambox I will cease to be a gamer.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

Jeroen Braamhaar
Holmes

Re: XBox One vs PS4

The argument that better specs mean a better experience has been beaten to death and then some.

It depends on the internal architecture as much as the individual component specs.

You can have the fastest processor, memory and GPU - but if you have a bottleneck bus to connect them all, it's like hitting the gas and brake on your car - it makes a lot of smoke and noise, but you're not going anywhere.

Let's wait and see when both consoles are side by side and then make an honest comparison.

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Space dogs and Dragons: A brief history of reentry tech

Jeroen Braamhaar
Facepalm

Missing

Shame the VentureStar SSTO project has been forgotten in the lineup of "things tried"

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

Jeroen Braamhaar
Holmes

I'll bite - moniblet!

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

Jeroen Braamhaar
Thumb Up

Easy - Google Tombstone.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Maxis producer has posted a fairly profuse and teary-eyed apology for the mess.

And what compensation/remedy is being offered ?

A fix to remove online requirement ? No.

A fix to relieve people from the horrid system ? No.

More server capacity and a 'game voucher' on March 18.

Like I want another Origin-infected/only piece of crap preselected for me by EA.

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Jeroen Braamhaar
Meh

Re: Order cancelled

Well I've just dusted off the deliciously enjoyable Simcity Societies -- sure it's not the real Simcity experience ... but enjoyable and close enough to at least make me (temporarily) forget the pain.

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Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Just tried to play

All I wanted was a quick game to get at least a feel for it.

- First having to click away 2 completely useless Origin screens that popped up

- Having to wait for the game to very. slowly. check. for. updates. and. authenticate. itself.

- All region servers except Oceanic 1: Busy

- Login wait time on Oceanic 1: 20 minutes

- No option to play game otherwise

I want a licensed BOFH toolkit and a site visit to EA.

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Jeroen Braamhaar
Unhappy

Re: Disappointed

It's not the studio that makes this decision but the publisher, who wants to have their cake and eat it, as well.

Foolish me, if I'd taken 5 seconds to read the packaging before I plunked down my money I'd have cancelled my reservation .. (yes I fell for it too)

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Anthropogenic Global Warming to be blamed in 10 ...9 ... 8 ...

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Agriboffins' site downed by DDoS after GM protest

Jeroen Braamhaar
Joke

Re: Lets take a good long look here

I don't have a problem with God. It's just his fanclub I can't stand.

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Jeroen Braamhaar
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For more insight:

http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2012/05/uk-gm-wheat-war-not-really-about.html

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Microsoft makes carbon neutrality pledge

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

I'm already carbon neutral - I think it's a waste of time to deal with it!

Seriously, "carbon neutral" or "green" or whatever is the new Medieval Leniencies/Indulgences you bought from the Church to be able to live your life ...

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

Jeroen Braamhaar
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I call April Fools. Ingeniously worded though!

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

Jeroen Braamhaar
Mushroom

Can I please have a button to vote for "all of the above" ?

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

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Thumb Up

STR...

A veritable L.E.D. Storm ....

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Cops target climate-sceptic bloggers in three countries

Jeroen Braamhaar
Alert

Small correction

The notice was not served to Donna Laframboise's blog (nofrakkingconsensus) but to Jeff Id's (noconsensus)

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Flasher macs popular among data centre nerds

Jeroen Braamhaar
Happy

Do they have Windows drivers for this ? ;-)

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