* Posts by John Deeb

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

John Deeb

Meaningless comparison

Meaningless comparisons! Classic computer games with the highest forms of data structuring and internal standards trying to make such a game possible within DOS age memory limits, cannot be compared with modern multi-media data transfers which are supposed to be readable on so many different devices, using only lose organization and very broad standards, using various photographic elements and cross-platform scripting frameworks.

Now lets compare a modern web page with modern day DOOM. Suddenly the world make sense and no thought is being wasted on any imaginary worrying. Whenever more space or bandwidth is created: it will be filled up. It's the doom of all ages...

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All-Python malware nasty bites Windows victims in Poland

John Deeb

Fail

I fail to see the particular seriousness of the threat in this case. Wouldn't it be easier to detect since the generated code will be more predictable with all the known python optimization and libraries involved? Any environment where someone can install a payload created with whatever set of tools or in whatever language would have major problems in the first place. Or do I miss something here?

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

John Deeb
Boffin

Quanum leap... in PR magic?

The only things appearing to be solidly quantum-supercharged are those press releases on QC these latter days.

The last line of that Techtime link reads interestingly: "The findings of this study are featured in a scientific paper which is yet to be peer-reviewed".

Compared to e.g http://science.sciencemag.org/content/344/6190/1330.full

"Quantum or not, controversial computer yields no speedup", Adrian Cho, Science 20 Jun 2014:

Best bet seems then to not to hold your breath.....

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

John Deeb

Re: Of course it was satire.......

Choleric " then ponder why you don't think it's good satire. "

Nah, it's just simply bad satire trying to imply it's something "more" than that and that you somehow might have "missed something" when just thinking that. The author had a dim realization perhaps of how bad it was and preempted the responses by making it all even more ambiguous sounding: hidden non-existing depths or even more layers of humor or criticism beyond the clumsy reader's grasp! A move that would be in itself satirical of feminine psychology but naturally it's impossible to establish if this was actually the case here. Ad infinitum....

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Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin

John Deeb

Semantics of a wrong world view

And just like the "semantic web" this will happen as well almost but in the end not really. It's not a question of tools, it's about people and the completeness/exactness problem. For fuzzy information where the existence of your planet normally does not depend on -- just a query from a student, a bragger, a tourist -- Wikistuff will, structured or not, provide your round and about, largely trivial answers. But the moment a more thorough and complex question will be launched, which aliens could be expected to do ("average wingspeed of swallows") it all breaks down very quickly unless everyone, all elements of the whole scope of the subject matter of the question without exception, will have to submit enough data to the automated gatherers to be able to distill a reliable answer each and every time. Mind you, nobody wants a database returning slightly different replies on exact queries without explanation. Well, perhaps you don't care but people with serious questions normally do.

Which brings me to the main point: Wikidata is not a serious project at all but just another attempt to get lost in ones own semantic web of lies about life. Good luck! And yes, I've been part of better funded attempts to achieve more or less the same result but the reasons these projects always failed so far were strangely denied by many (but not all) during evaluations. Rarely anyone understood why the idea is fundamentally flawed because if they did, they would probably have to take on a different world view altogether.

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

John Deeb

Risk-averse women unite!

It's no surprise then since if it's true that they indeed found "women tend to be more risk-averse than men when conducting auctions", as the study duly notes, that this knowledge would also be known by the average, experienced trader. Hence no surprise that there's a bit more pressure. a slightly bolder attitude, to get even a better deal when a female gender is being spotted.

It's unclear what the study tries to measure though. Obviously if women on average would be indeed worse sales people, this would be culturally common knowledge (although perhaps not explicitly stated like that) and being reflected in all market places including the job market.

While this might have been more historical so than in a "modern" present, the study still notes women tend to be still more "risk-averse" with auctions, indicating the gender difference here is real enough to justify a market response based on those differences. Hence no indication of gender bias, just hard calculation and how statistically weighing our options influences our wheeling and dealing.

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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Lack of violence

"The bipedal locomotion we're familiar with is something humans have evolved over a few hundred thousand years and it turns out it's surprisingly tricky to replicate."

This is somewhat missing the point, I think, as the tricky bit would be to have a set-up being able to adapt and evolve to that degree at all, happening gradual or accelerated artificially. Because it's not like legs have evolved in a few hundred thousand years, or the nervous systems and muscular system enabling the adaptation to specialize into, for example, bipedal locomotion. The amazing thing is the underlying "machinery" being able to develop in so many directions, when stressed to do so.

Trying to replicate this one bit will not easily lead to getting anywhere. One has to understand why the underlying basis is so damn good. Probably a lot of violence involved though, as was with the Nexus 6... which might also explain why it's a refined, basically still 19th century device and not a killer replicant on your desk.

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Hacktivist pranksters stick it to the European Space Agency

John Deeb

name recognition

It's the ESA name recognition which might perk the ears but in the end it turned out they just found some abandoned mailing registration service on some externally managed site. Not even had actual ESA accounts. But nevertheless, still a signal to tidy up a bit for the agency. And it shows Anonymous are very young and dumb for even presenting this stuff as some kind of accomplishment. It's called lulz because even they realized it was nothing but the domain name which had some value here.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

John Deeb

One good reason to switch adblock off

Found out recently that adblock can be a bit more intrusive then needs to be. It started blocking perfectly normal Ajax requests of a script starting with "ad.." for example "adoptions" or "addons". did I say blocking? It made jquery crash and burn without any meaningful error. This is becoming malware! Yes, one could switch to uBlock but it's annoying that I've to be adding another check on browsersupport: to see if they run with this plugin!

PS: Yahoo mail sucks, who cares you get blocked. Time to move on.

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BLAKE2 hash authors post code as RFC

John Deeb

Re: BLAKE2?

Haha. It would be time for a terrible re-make, wouldn't it? With a female Blake, a half Pakistan, half Indian crew and a bit more bi-gender sounding board computer. And the ship being an actual Disney castle traveling through time. to various forested locations.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

John Deeb

Hmm, the reverse of this story can happen too with the "all-in-one" devices. It left me recently briefly searching for the computer case before I realized it was built into the slim monitor. Those devices are around for a while now, in defense of the good doctor. Then again, the mistaken identity between screen and PC casing is a rather common one but I personally don't find it "stupid" as the computer is in fact a computer system. That we give users systems with various switches on it for the various parts is also a bit of a design or hardware selection problem of the IT department or supplier. A coffee machine also does not have a switch for the heater, one for the pump and one for the warm bottom at various locations on the device...

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

John Deeb

Re: Stones and Glass Houses

"but they funded a small number of folks who HATED the Taliban"

Like those child-raping warlords? Perhaps the story would have been less insane if actually the Taliban would have been supported at the time and not the rag tag coalition of cronies which came in its place. the reason Taliban came to power was the corruption and backwards morality of those in power. There always worse than medieval morality.

NYT 2015-09-15 U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?_r=0

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

John Deeb

Re: How do you know there's scrollable content?

thames: "How about (with 14.04) you look at the right hand side of the window and look to see if the orangy-brown indicator bar is present"

I'll take a guess that your actual experience with the mainstream version of Ubuntu was limited to some custom installation where the bar remained always visible. It does not. I've cursed it to death and threw many pristine installations on various hardware almost out of the windows because I felt insulted by the makers thinking this was "progress". Now you telly me it all was a nightmare? That ended for me when I started using the latest Cinnamon. Peace at last.

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Mysterious brown spots and a different kind of mouse support

John Deeb

mouuse

Took a while before I realized this was not about chocolate mousse.

Fusers can become pretty hot, perhaps printing a few hundred pages with fuser temp setting high would have solved it too! Of course we might start seeing black spots appearing.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

John Deeb

Ocean 1001001

Most likely, it's about the presence of an underground water reservoir, being the remnants of an ancient ocean. Large enough to cause some form of water cycle: evaporation, condensation, season based accumulation, leaking back a slope (equivalent of rain on Mars), accumulation, evaporation.... There are terrestrial equivalences.

Please come back to upvote me if this is accurate enough :)

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

John Deeb
Mushroom

The EMBIGGENING

The main things to take away from this article is first and foremost the clever use of the word EMBIGGENS and from the abstract of the Nature article called Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013:

- "it has been difficult to quantify trends in sea ice volume because detailed thickness observations have been lacking"

- "5% drop in the number of days on which melting occurred—conditions more typical of the late 1990s".

Combine this with the BBC statement by Tilling: "we've almost wound the clock back a few years on this gradual decline" and we arrive at a picture emerging showing that on top of the ongoing hiatus of "global warming", many increasing doubts on the exact number of the actual and all-important number of climate sensitivity and all the emerging data on historical sudden non-anthropogenic climate shifts over the millennia, we have now even more uncertainty, not less, about where to spend our trillions of virtual cash on --to, as usual with all spending over the trillion, deliver the world from Evil.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

John Deeb

SolidSquid: "can't save as a jpeg or png anymore"

Because technically that's not a "save", the format and purpose of png or jpg being nothing near that of xcf with its layer, channel and path information.

Alternative is getting pop-ups like Libre Office about warning changing format blah blah every time you save.

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A pause in global warming? What pause?There was no pause

John Deeb
Boffin

Re: Science

And what is Orlowski's "position"? Do you even know? Last time I checked he does not deny any warming and regularly quotes peer reviewed papers to support certain possible scenario's and theories on the more exact nature of climate changes. What is way more dangerous in terms of putting ideology ahead of science, would be "research" like that Cook et al. (2013) about a "97% consensus" which has been challenged already two times by peer review (Legates, D et al. (2015). Climate Consensus and ‘Misinformation’: A Rejoinder to Agnotology, Scientific Consensus, and the Teaching and Learning of Climate Change, Science & Education 24, 299-318 and Tol, R (2014) Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the literature: A re-analysis, Energy Policy, 73, 701–705).

Of course Cook's article materialized already as global hot fact through President Obama's tweets. It seems Orlowski plays it a bit "cooler"....

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

John Deeb
Pirate

Next "selfie" from Da'esh will be then (edited) in front of a command center of the Iraqi or Syrian army. Or some US military post. But I hope the Air Force do verification first!

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

John Deeb

sick on a stick

He noticed rather late Labour became the proverbial sinking ship -- or sick on a stick?

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Analogue modems allow UNSTOPPABLE Android attack ... at 13bps

John Deeb
Boffin

For targeted spying indeed another worry

The title of the article is somewhat misleading. The attack is not enabled by the modem feature, only the sustainability of an already succeeded attack vector (rogue app etc) would be increased. For example, some rogue app could be just a Trojan and the audio input through a placed, brief telephone call ("wrong number, beep-bepede-beep") could then serve various command and upload features. While it doesn't look like something of interest for massive scale operations, for targeted spying it might work quite well!

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Grooveshark faces $750 MEELLION piracy payout

John Deeb

But uploading material first and pay or validate later is the whole formula for Grooveshark. It's actually a good concept and completely in tune with the broader nature of the Net (not "free" in terms of money but in terms of looser, more chaotic appearing processes and less central control) and a bit ahead of the wave simply because the music industry is massively, seriously behind -- actually it's still standing at the beach, toeing the "surf". For any music service to become relevant and "modern", in my eyes at least, a massive catalogue needs to be in place to start with. Nobody has that and there's no sign of such thing on the horizon. Grooveshark made a relevant attempt but might not escape the legal red line. What should be an example of good thinking, to drag the industry along, will be another example of the industry killing everything it doesn't like because it's losing control (while they say "money" but that's not a fact at all).

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Business plans, good ideas, and 8 other myths about startups – by Indiegogo's CEO

John Deeb

And what about chance

What I miss in the story is the most obvious myth buster of them all: a lot is about pure chance. Or random arrangements which just work while everyone else is left studying the exact formula or magic taking place. The ones with success are always tempted to think they got some clear idea why it worked so well and the "losers" often blame themselves or some list of errors in their strategy. While it can be that, please be aware that in the end, well, just allow some room for pure luck -- like the right time, place and people happening to be there.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

John Deeb

Shiva

Are there still people browsing without those blockers???

Just kidding somewhat, I know I live on a different planet but I personally cannot use the web without protection from additional content purely aimed to district me from the reason I visited in the first place. Or just the idea that a page would load external script and flash from various to me unknown commercial parties -- it would seem a very unsafe idea to surf like that every day! That's just me though. Anyone is free to board any ship and cross any surf how he or she seems fit.

Ads might have "made" the web in several ways, it's also breaking it, in several ways.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

John Deeb

Re: "Is there another internet?"

The X.25 public data network, who doesn't miss it?

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

John Deeb

end of quest

Too late now for me to consider XFCE again since I moved to Cinnamon 2.4. The tweaked version included with latest Mint was everything I ever asked (not too little, not too much). The end of what seems like a long trial & search period (Gnome2, Unity, Gnome3, KDE, Mate, Cinnamon, Openbox, XFCE, KDE, more KDE etc).

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

John Deeb

yes they can!

The committee established that "bulk interception cannot be used to search for and examine the communications of an individual in the UK unless GCHQ first obtains a specific authorisation naming that individual, signed by a Secretary of State".

Summarized with "yes we can do that if the right person pushes the right buttons but trust us!".

Thereby misunderstanding the majority of the resistance against this mechanism: that its presence becomes already the abomination because only a slight change in legislation or national emergency level could easily change this "signed" procedure. The only proper protection against this is then by not having the infrastructure at all as it will take a lot of time building one from scratch. It's the same with nuclear weapons as there's only way to make sure one doesn't end up using them in ways that will extract a price too big to pay.for all.

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

John Deeb
Big Brother

Just regard the NSA as the Google of American Intelligence Agencies. The NSA collects while, amongst other interested parties, the CIA wants to do the looking and analysis. The NSA, like Google, always has excused collecting and storing of other people's data with the claim it's not constituting any violation of anything because machines do not "invade" anything by just the processing or storing. That's a rather weak logical basis but considering the scale of businesses and secrecy build on this precept, the consequences of such reasoning.are staggering and seemingly impossible to challenge. Actually only more agencies and IT companies are getting aboard that same high-speed train to nowhere as we speak.

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Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

John Deeb

DavCrav: "... then say they didn't know about IS seems a bit weird."

The larger point is here of course the failure of proper intelligence reaching the desks of policy makers and ideally entering their minds. Despite all the high tech cowboy spying and drone flying, enormous intelligence errors appear to occur more as rule than exceptions, for example: Iraqi WMD, linkage between Iraq & Bin Laden, 9/11 hijack & crash threat, airspace readiness, Iranian nuclear bomb and consequences of meddling with Libya and Syria for regime change.... all disastrous advices and reports if not meddled with by politicians of course - hard to say at times.

The moral of that story is that computers, hacked or not, like communications, hacked or not, rarely make a government or a human being for that matter one ounce wiser. Any seasoned IT professional should already know that! If anything, computers and modern communications dumb down, overreach, distract and inflate in spades. Especially politicians seems to be vulnerable - even more so than teenagers!

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

John Deeb

ambiguous

Reality remains fundamentally ambiguous -- especially while trying to study it with more and more observations. What we call object remains all movement trying to escape analysis and almost succeeding.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

John Deeb

Bigger Brother keeping an eye on Big Brother

The puzzling thing for me about Clapper's bragging is that one can hardly justify any moral or legal objection against this Sony hack when you just admit you've broken into and basically control someone else's digital properties (spanning a whole state) all for your own benefit. Then lets call the Sony hack a "vile" act from the NK state hacking department. But violation remains violation. What is the difference between a burglar hiding forever in your closet or take some stuff, run off and show the world? The basic crime is really the same and all potential intelligence "benefits" seem like more of the same to me too, that is: relative.

It's weird though this picture of NK controlling their state with a system of control and NSA controlling that system again in the digital realm.

Bigger Brother keeping an ever watchful eye on Big Brother?

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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

John Deeb

Re: Disagree

Androgynous Cupboard, you're so wrong there:

"Snowden was a system administrator, not a spook"

Since he was sent abroad with diplomatic cover it would classify as spy in most books. And the term "system administrator" is something the feds suggested. Deeper investigation by several newspapers reveal a way broader expertise and training.

"but almost certainly doesn't have the knowledge to put any of them into context."

But Snowden didn't publish them! All the background check, verification and expansion appeared to have been done by a team of journalists and their contacts inside and outside intelligence. This is well documented by the way so you're commenting in lazy mode.

Not sure why you dismiss so quickly tapping fibre at the bottom of the sea either. It was one of the most believable parts as it would be the logical place in those hotspots of the world where they could obviously not get into the main access points or core routers.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

John Deeb

commodities vs common moods

"If you're wondering why economists harp on about that efficiency, that TFP, so much the reason is one that Karl Marx not only understood but popularised."

Hmm, how do I read that convoluted sentence exactly? I think I might agree :-)

In any case, this all assumes oil and other resources to be commodity which only works as an abstract, unlimited entity. But oil obviously isn't. Actually it depends on vague calculations on "Oil Peaks" and the various cost analysis and estimates for new fields and retrieval methods. Right now they are generally way more optimistic and hyped than they were earlier. It's not inconceivable that world instability and/or regime changes are just another tool for influencing or stabilizing oil prices on the long run.

The story about efficiency is generally true but does not really apply for the principle of scarcity. When that happens, it's all about perception, prediction, belief and ability to stabilize (eg OPEC pricing schemes). In my view that's exactly the global chess board right now. No matter which "model" one takes, the power of mood and emotion are the most defining in the larger economical games corporations and politicians play. Which does introduce the topic of (civil) wars and rumours of war rather quickly in these sort of discussions.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

John Deeb

Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

Not sure why some people were so upset by this Barbie episode. It's always been a teen-age fashion doll, that was the whole point! She was supposed to be superficial and stupid while having as many accessories, friends and glamour as possible. Although it's based on a certain actually existing type who are around already since the 1950's and arose with modernity I suppose. But to start now to wonder if the doll might be still encouraging the Barbie in the child.... that's really,...uhmm naive? It's the Barbie World which influenced and influences the doll as icon and gadget. The criticism on the book is like believing FPS games has signicant influence when ti comes to murder in the streets or terrorism. A message then to all the upset women and men: the doll is not meant to educate. If you think education has anything to do with the doll or the books than you should get a job in the fashion industry for a few years and learn how the business, and the world, really works. It will make you laugh more and cry less about these things while at the same time realize the modern world is very much populated by the Barby types seeking assistence everywhere but not because of education or toys.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

John Deeb

Re: Cheap dig

Smartypants wrote: "Putin != Russia, no matter what the propaganda suggests."

Indeed ... although you have it possibly the wrong way around here as homophobia is very much prevalent throughout the population of Russia and way less so with Putin (if at all). Your rather naive sounding opinion on what "Russians" (as nation or ethnicity?) desire and what not appears also to be in conflict with your belief that they are "not a monolithic" people. While in fact they are, at least compared to "European" or "Western" people.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

John Deeb
Mushroom

Orbital nag

"Nag it from orbit. It's one of the many ways to make it less sure".

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

John Deeb

the war on rudeness

Wow, the War on Rudeness.

It might become just as costly and pointless as the War on Terror.

Plus, it redefines the definition of "troll" to something else altogether. But that's part and parcel of every modern war, redefining words, I suppose.

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NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden

John Deeb

Re: Developing NLMs

A Non e-mouse: "This was due to NetWare not having a protected memory model like *nix or Windoze NT."

Utter Nonsense! It was not much different when developing kernel modules for Unix or anything video related for NT4. Most people's problem with NLM's were caused by a) it operating in the lower ring or more often b) exposing a bug in the buggy main kernel or c) not knowing how to deal with a crashed NLM.

Protected memory worked way better since Netware 5 but as you said, by then it was already writing on the wall. There was no comeback from the lure of having a Windows operated Application & File Server combo, no matter how slow, insecure or unmanageable and featureless those turned out to be for a long time to come. The intuitive looking interface and seducing promise of more (visual) integration between client and server was enough.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

John Deeb

Re: KARDASHIAN

Upvoted, seems an improvement over mine. Still I think the 3d printer reference would be nice to retain. But does it blend? And of course we know nothing yet on the design but it needs to be ass-kicking! Double the kick.

Kickstart Assisted Revised ³D Automated Spacecraft Having Intelligent Ass-kicking Navigation (playmobil pilot included)

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John Deeb

first try at that acronym

KARDASHIAN hmmm, a first dash at it:

Kickstart Assisted Revised ³D Automated Space Haunting Intelligent Agile Nipper

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

John Deeb

Re: Antactica is melting too

Def "not that fucking graph again", lets hope you never will put your money in any stocks or shares. If after 18 years the value is still at 0.24 above the long running average then there was effectively zero growth. What you are thinking of perhaps is a different question: is the Earth surface temperature still warmer than the long running average of 30 years? Yes it is but that's "globally warmer" not "global warming" as defined at least by for example EOS/NASA.

Normally the usual goalpost widening starts here to describe the Earth as one giant energetic system where the "warming" is some process that is taking place especially in all the hidden corners. Some would call that process "change" by the way.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

John Deeb

Re: HTTP or HTML?

Mage: "email" <> SMTP/POP/IMAP

The point of the article is that sometimes a protocol becomes adopted because of its apparent simplicity and ease in use and implementation. And after setting up a couple of X400 gateways in the 90's I could see why (while not completely agreeing with it). And many secure mailers still use X400 based exchange.

Same story some might tell about IP vs IPX or even Microsoft vs OS2. While you can wish the world would wait and think before it acts on implementations, that doesn't mean the world will listen to that advice. The world doesn't revolve around finding "sound solutions" but more often about "who is first".

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

John Deeb

Re: Meanwhile on Solaris

AC, I'm pretty sure Solaris 10 has the Bourne shell as default. Your example should not invoke "/bin/sh" then.

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John Deeb
Boffin

Mongo: "That's an evil DHCP server sending shell script to the client,"

That's a disturbing application of the shellschok misfeature. I might change my mind on the scope now.

Then again, this example is then also about the insecurity of DHCP client-server model (unauthorized DHCP servers being a well known and unpatched attack vector). Plus the proof of concept will probably work only with the DHCP client using the dhclient-script process (written by Ted Lemon). For some reason they found it nice to pass parameters to the subprocess by setting environment variables. It's the naive, 80-90's somewhat lame but also consistent "CGI approach" -- deeply embedded (in my view) in some of the UNIX philosophy of the time: everything a file, composite approach, interconnecting well made general tools through simple, transparent mechanisms, etc. But it makes it too easy to trick as well ("worse is better?") with all the current day security challenges.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

John Deeb

bigger than jesus

Do we really have to be worried about those leaky CGI scripts? Bigger than Heartbleed? Which financial or government institution, social network or hightech company works with CGI still this century? But HTTPS and OpenSSL, that was being used. Therefore it seems to me silly to say "bigger than Heartbleed".

The local worm effect is a worry but it might be tricky to write something effective to run on routers and control devices everywhere. Again I'm not sure if a) Bash would be in use so much there and b) privileges of web daemons would be restricted more or less on those devices making it hard to run the hack tool universally.

Somehow I smell a scare being employed and perpetuated by a security and expert world in need of excitement.and audience. This is a common phenomenon culturally these days.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

John Deeb

rotten tomatoes

Emma: "Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. .... start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It's about freedom."

But this implies they also should be free, men and women, to be very insensitive and defining themselves as a troll, by haunting celebrities on soapboxes? Her rhetoric goes nowhere. Since the dawn of time the person on the stage has been subject to praise and rotten tomatoes in all shapes and forms. The whole world wide web is a stage nowadays and we are merely surfers, icons, avatars and tweets. This whole thing seems up-side-down logic: the limelight is so harsh, please dim the audience!? Keanu Reeves has more right to complain with the female stalkers in his house lately.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

John Deeb

"If you love Ubuntu for the Software Center, Kubuntu might disappoint. Kubuntu uses Muon for GUI package management, which lacks some of the hand holding that made the Ubuntu Software Center friendly to beginners."

Muon? As Kubuntu user of a few years old I've always ignored that name and just started Software Center. Not sure how more options could disappoint! And as an aside, I'd happily try something else than KDE but every time I try any other sane flavour I end up running into major bugs or insane impracticalities. But I really would like something else, simple, clean yet powerful. Lets hope something "mateures" sooner or later!

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

John Deeb

the title of the master piece

I'm pretty sure the original title waS:

"Bored Neanderthaler locked inside a cave"

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

John Deeb

Just one of many, really

Voice control as one of the many user interfaces. What will liberate (not kill) the app market is the complete freedom to interface with any app with voice control being just one voice in the crowd. Maybe I want specific gestures, automation, external sensors, mind control, a mouse, normal touch, secure locks, childproofing etc. Same reasoning on output, flexibility in how and where to display things will have to grow as well.

Standards will set us free. Single interface designs are pipe dreams. The world of form is legion and will always demand more ways to access it, not less.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

John Deeb

cult in need of advertising

From The Mirror: The whole town came together recently to help buy a huge widescreen TV for our community centre so we can all watch soap operas together. "And there's always time to stop and gossip, try on each other's clothes and do each other's hair and nails."

They do not really advertise, ehmmm, the romancing part, do they now? Their first catch should be an advertisement guru to create more illusions about wild romances and complex triangles. I mean the article does say they "share everything". Until the snake in paradise enters I suppose: the village will become soaked in blood when jealousy rears its ugly head.

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