* Posts by asdf

5324 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Clearly The Law is a ass...

Keep thinking there is such a thing as a US company with over 100 employees. Said original company above probably does at least a billion dollar of business in the UK/EU and more than likely it was their subsidiary in the UK involved in the legal action. Also keep believing your legal system can't be bought. The US system is just more transparently corrupt to corporate interests.

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Re: Clearly The Law is a ass...

Pretty rich using the term American to refer even to companies headquartered here considering most of them pay almost all their tax over there (EU). The UK readership I have noticed still insists on assigning nationalism to corporations. Guess many over there haven't went full multinational yet where they choose where and how much to pay tax and will sue your country if the laws hurt their shareholder value. Don't worry its coming.

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Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

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wait wut?

>while everyone is cock-a-hoop these days for shiny IoT devices,

Perhaps the people making the devices but especially on this site haven't heard much demand for the Internet of Fail for the toaster.

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

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Re: The 'Java sucks' brigade...

Yep Java the concept was decent but SUN's absolute garbage implementation continued up to today really limited it's use on the desktop. Microsoft did a good job of showing how to do a managed language environment but then came to the conclusion that the concept was not fit for purpose for developing its own products (a few token examples aside which tended to be flaky and slow).

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

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another use case for Tails OS (in vm if nothing else) for browsing

see title.

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Re: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch...er, Speech

She got hers from the CIA. Wasn't so fun being on the receiving end but it still didn't fix her power hungry brain damage.

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Re: Legality trumps morality

Private sector obviously its cut and dried where the employer owns the equipment. Morally though its a little more murky when the equipment is owned by the tax payer especially in regards to students even if the legal may be more clear cut.

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Re: Get your heads out and grow up.

>. There should be no expectation pf privacy

Ok AC (with you being the sudden expert on irony). Way to stand up valiantly for your cause. Only missing the nothing wrong nothing to fear argument.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Re: Culture

>South Korea, on the other hand, stresses education and look how they are overly better in technology development than the Japanese. It's all from within, and starts with family valse (values?)

Education is important but too regimented and you actually can harm creativity. Check out who is making more off smartphones Apple or Samsung (granted both hire multinationally but culture matters as you say).

>You can probably remember how good Japanese products were in the past.

As said before Japan used to be the China of manufacturing and they climbed the ladder to making the best stuff to today more being a knowledge based economy and slightly less manufacturing. Korea is simply Japan 20 years behind.

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OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

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Re: Hopefully more money will be forthcoming?

Just because its open source doesn't mean it can be fixed any time soon. Java is open source as well and its still a leaking sieve of CVEs. Still thank goodness for LibreSSL and OpenBSD as the OpenSSL devs instill zero confidence for me.

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Re: Hopefully more money will be forthcoming?

All of this largely turd polishing trying to fix the leaky dyke that is OpenSSL. Its public API exposes far too much of the (mostly poor) implementation and now a bunch of infrastructure is built on it, the genie is out of the bottle. The LibreSSL folks would like to scrap having to support much of the broken ass API (have removed some of the really dumb stuff) but can't due to dependencies. OpenSSL is one of the biggest threats to internet security and will be so for a long time coming.

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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Re: Hysterical Hysteria

Hold a lot of Apple stock huh? Though I tend to agree when you are making billions in profit in each quarter slower growth at some point is inevitable.

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They've reached it: Crossroads' stock price crashes to just $0.25

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Guess if you count taxpayer bailouts or unpaid loans some companies share prices before have effectively became quite negative indeed.

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Re: Creating product is hard...

Yep and the market appreciates that approach so much they make your shares worth a quarter. Guess they learned their lesson after SCO.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: Cruel and viscious.

As a Yank didn't even know who Mr. Fry was until El Reg readers tore into his pseudo science explanations of everyday tech that were so funny I still follow discussions about him though I still have never seen him. Seems he is as big an Apple fluffer as Mossberg here in the states though from what I gather.

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Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database

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Re: And the US is the world's leading tech nation?

The DoD is nothing but the world's most expensive jobs program. Don't judge our whole economy on them. They are a taker not a maker for the most part these days. I guess its a good thing they fund it with a lot of borrowed money or the proles might realize how hideously expensive it truly is.

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>It's looking like the next war might have to be called off

Kind of funny how the US backed off that Asian pivot somewhat when they realized we need to borrow money from China to make it happen.

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Xombrero browser replacement

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also

SRWare Iron supposedly fixes many of the privacy issues of chromium and it looks like they finally offer source code like they should but the md5s or sigs don't seem to be posted along with it. Pale Moon being a fork of an older version fixes many of the privacy issues of FF (removes telemetry, etc) but he seems to not want to have anything to do with FF. Wonder if that includes SeaMonkey as well. Assuming it does.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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can't resist

>This problem isn't specific to systemd, though, it's just that systemd

folks couldn't give two fucks your computer is bricked. Their elegant software is just helping point out indirectly how any one not working for Red Hat is a muppet retard.

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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Re: If nothing else ...

Privoxy does but yeah OS app ad blocking on cellular without root is not trivial especially on iOS. That said at least for my work flow I see virtually no ads anywhere when I am roaming around on cellular. The iOS base apps get criticized but they work for me and they don't serve me ads (ones I use anyway) and the other apps I use on cellular I generally paid for to avoid the free but malware ad swinging garbage (who much do you save).

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Re: If nothing else ...

Can't speak for others but I just use Red Browser on iOS (basically like Tor browser for iOS) which comes with ad blocking and tor built in for the rare times I browse on cellular data or public wifi. Its only a buck or something and well worth it.

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Re: If nothing else ...

Pointing at privoxy running on your router is also a good option for unrooted still under warranty phones.

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Re: Some people like adverts

>Attempting to force adverts on people who dislike them seems a painful way to generate honest revenue...

Think you need to check Alphabet (Google's) financials to see how lucrative it can be though. Think I heard they might even pass Apple market cap wise soon.

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Re: Einstein's dice

>I love the fact that generating true randomness is a very difficult problem to solve.

Maybe artificially but radioactive decay makes finding true randomness fairly trivial.

>randomness where we think we've found this, would be an emergent as opposed to an intrinsic property of the universe.

It is an intrinsic property of the universe see quantum tunneling (which we often use for looking at things at the atomic scale) which explains why it is impossible to have a true closed system in our universe. An outside particle can always tunnel in at any time randomly.

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Re: Reliable way to check the output

>Compression before encryption is good practice

I thought I read this may not be true in some cases. Eliminating almost all repeating patterns can be almost as bad as having mostly repeating patterns or something like that for cryptanalysis.

Edit: Answer is even more complex than that has more to do with some implementations of compression in some protocols leaking data. For more nuance explanation. http://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/15138/how-does-compression-before-encryption-leak-info-about-the-input

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Samsung: Is gadget lust still a thing in 2016? Nope

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Re: It's their own fault

Don't forget spotty and or tardy support as far as updates (even critical security ones) are concerned in much of their product line.

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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Re: TI plant closure announcement

Sounds good on paper but said 3rd world country may end up stealing a lot of your IP as part of the deal. But then again with chip being commodities that is less important that it once was. 3rd world fabs are good for overcapacity but you still want a few bread and butter fabs in the developed world to guard against revolutions, flooding, nationalization and all the other lovely risks the 3rd world entails.

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Re: TI plant closure announcement

>In the semi industry it's all about investment in the expensive processing equipment

Yeah its about avoiding as Intel layoffs show. Most chips are commodities these days. Notice how all that smoke about 450mm disappeared? Outlaying billions on a 300mm fab means your ROI may be in decades. Yes technically the production costs are lower but often not low enough to make it worth it. I am seeing a lot of old 200mm fabs already paid for often being more valuable than fancy new 300mm and the massive debt it entails at least in the developed world. The semiconductor industry is now a mature industry with low single digit growth.

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Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen

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Death to cable(and sat) box

Get yourself a Roku and a digital antenna for well under $200 and not only do you never have to see or pay for those horrible boxes again but you also are no longer forced to give ESPN 8 bucks a month to pay felons to commit violence on one another. At least the violence channel had Ow my balls lol.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Re: @AC

Three cheers for silicon valley who made multi billion dollar companies with 50 employees possible. Making spying on the peons trivial is the cherry on the shit cupcake.

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Re: After...

But he is obviously a "good" guy and us proles that pay his salary are not. Funny how information asymmetry works.

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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Re: Ahh... The ever connected fallacy

>VirtualBox for local virtualization tasks, the more those people will look for the same system in production systems also.

Granted I have only ever used the low end stuff as an end user but the impression I get is running Virtualbox in production for anything critical (not talking on your desktop) is probably a career limiting move. I have seen enough wackiness even on the desktop to not recommend that route.

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Met Police: Yes, outsourcing IT to Steria has 'risks'

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Re: Risk?

Yep El Reg should only run articles on public sector IT projects that succeed in the UK. That more qualifies as news.

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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Re: The have computers?

For us Yanks it looks like Lincolnshire is the Kansas (minus Westboro Baptist Church and Sam Brokeback) of England.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Re: not disabled yet?

Hmm guess Apple hasn't mastered the privacy stealing ninja arts ala Google yet. Even Microsoft has a more advanced belt. The free (or not) stuff of the internet has never been more expensive.

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Re: No Suprise

Wow really? Bummed about that Apple stock price huh? If you really want to be a good Apple fluffer you should be slagging off their main competition these days, Google. Microsoft's worst enemy remains itself.

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VMware to 'axe 900 jobs'

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Re: Oh no

Might have to wait a few days for them to polish their CV/resumes first.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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Re: Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees and shareholders, only overpaid employees.

Well at least you point the finger at the right parties and don't blame the US. Due to us having one the higher corporate tax rates at least on paper we are about the last place multinationals end up storing their cash even though as a very large market they generate a lot of it here.

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Scandal-smashed OPM will no longer do govt's background checks – for obvious reasons

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Re: New OPM

Actually the majority of the deficit is due to successive generations giving themselves entitlements like the Boomers who are spending 3 dollars for every 1 they put in during the lifetime through Medicare (pre Obama care). Their solution a decade ago was to vote themselves a prescription drug entitlement.

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tire metaphor for ya

Nothing fixes a flat quite like rotating the tires.

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Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

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Re: It's only corruption if you get caught....

Or you can get caught up in the middle of two corruption scandals (FIFA and IAAF) and still call it business (cough Nike). The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is such a joke.

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Re: Benefits.

The best is how corporations have religions now and can force their beliefs on employees. The Detroit in Robocop coming to where you live soon.

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West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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Re: friggin hypocrites

>Just straight-up capitalism.

With the government picking who gets monopolies?

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Re: I hope they can pull this off

Sorry to be the Friday cynic but I bet they have another huge coal ash or mine environmental disaster that eats up the cash before this plan gets implemented. Being a coal whore is a bit like being a Donner party member these days.

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