* Posts by asdf

4344 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Re: No$cript and AdB1ock

NoScript and privoxy you mean. Adblock's author is now being bought by the highest bidder and Adblock is a terrible memory and even cpu hog.

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hmm

It would seem that the media and the US government only pays attention if its some corporation getting hacked. If its a big open source site who cares (yes I know corps use github too).

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Maybe not?

>It was intended to protect religious beliefs

Something tells me it wasn't passed like the Federal law for example to protect Native Americans who use peyote. I dare guess even with this law that forward thinking state (note sarcasm) would probably look for ways to put brown people having vision quests put in jail because only the white people's religions count.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

>Nothing to do with "getting religeon".

I think he meant to say getting right wing fundamentalism disguised as religion.

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the ultimate closet

Like Bachmann's husband who always seems to have a male escort around?

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Re: Barry Goldwater

Evan Mecham on the other hand. Arizona is the land of bat shit crazy politicians. Every year they have at least one bill that makes national news and makes the whole state look like ass hats.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

You mean like in the south in the 1960s?

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

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wow

>The Canadian firm reported net income of $28m for the three months ending on February 28

So about the same profit Apple made every five hours last quarter. How times have changed.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Re: Remember?

All that talk was MFC was going to die and all windows apps would be written in .Net and WPF. Funny thing was Microsoft never did really do so completely with any of their products so few others did commercially as well. Sure a lot of places will use it in the backend like Java for years to come and even for internal GUI app development but .Net was supposed to be the technology Microsoft was betting the company on. Metro and WinRT just empathized managed code will never be very deep in the core of Windows unlike say COM even all these years later.

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I love how they think by pushing developers into making apps mostly written for the desktop have the possibility to run on their mobile platforms, WP market share will suddenly not be a rounding error. At least the CEO has a plan B by accepting he is going to have to get at least some of his apps and services on Android/iOS.

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Remember?

.Net, Silverlight, WinRT, be fearful when Microsoft tells you what the future is.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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2008?

Are you kidding I worked for a "startup" that was 15 years old. The term is a state of mind especially if the company is inept and never really makes it out of that toddler stage.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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or

As big an a s s hat as many companies are he is probably lucky they didn't sue him for some DMCA violation (yes US only law but when has that stopped them) for even mentioning anything about this flaw.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: What a bunch of creeps

Media companies have been propping up broken obsolete business models (poorly) since at least the early 20th century. BR appeared largely obsolete and now with Netflix/Amazon surging they are pissing in the wind once again. Keep fighting against those self playing piano rolls though.

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Re: ...marking it out as a company that consumers should be more cautious about.

>cave to the fucking Yanks %1ers and their bully-boy politics,

FIFY.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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#1 home router rule (for IT people anyway)

Never ever run stock firmware except long enough to flash decent firmware on home network gear. Almost all of it by the all major companies is complete shit. Always makes sure network gear is supported by open source firmware or don't buy it. You simply can't trust the support of the manufacturer for closed source stuff for low end network gear. For DSL routers put them in transparent bridging mode and have a decent router behind handle the big boy stuff. Sadly a router is not like a toaster and is not safe to treat as a black box. You don't do banking through your toaster.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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>get the impression this is more about "state" vs "federal"

Yeah I guess Tennessee needs to have its ass handed to it again to remember which one out ranks the other.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Joke

I keed

>The rover's flash memory is failing,

Let me guess OCZ?

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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surprise?

Its usually the bureaucrats and non technical VIP "people" persons that go into any major project and waste its budget and time to the point of failure before turning it over to the technical types in desperation.

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Re: I think ICANN's operating model for internet governance is the Intl. Olympic Committee...

Yep they should look to US college basketball for a real model in efficient corruption.

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Discreet fighting man: Battlefield Hardline

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what instead?

Well they can't exactly call them Medal of Honor as that turd has been spotted in the punch bowl already.

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CIOs: What tech will be running your organisation in 2020?

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Re: With the current mindset nothing is going to change.

>IoT and Big Data can only work in a society where we are happy to share our data.

Sadly by 2020 enough clueless, privacy hating millennials and younger will be around with access to capital to achieve critical mass.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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10 things?

For VOIP home users at least in the US you need to know one thing. Magic Jack Plus (Raspberry pi like device, no PC required). $20 a year, can still use your regular phone and you have a home phone number (others can call) that can call any other North American number for free (900 numbers aside) with voice mail and even 911. Crystal clear as well.

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FTC: All-powerful Google ABUSED rivals. So we did NOTHING

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except

DuckDuck is good but not having a news tab at the top after you search is a big knock against them at least for me.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Sir

Carter the Nuclear Engineer? Must be that special education sounding Southern drawl of his making it sound that way.

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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

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Re: Reasonable and proportionate

Man the US really ruined a few dozen people's day with those antics. Meanwhile there is a good chance %90 of the people in that country's grand kids will never see the real internet.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Re: King Of Fighters!

All I remember about King of Fighters besides the whole 3 on 3 tag team thing was one of the best dudes was some tall Chinese dude that played pocket pool while he kicked your ass (vaguely remember something about him flipping a coin or something).

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: Damn!

>This seems to have almost all the capabilities of an OS. Only missing email and Angry Birds.

Even Windows Phone has Angry Birds so almost might be pushing it.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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if only

If only systemd limited itself to startup scripts there would be 10 times less comments on this article.

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Re: And you wonder why Linux et al are niche software

>Windows still has ~90% of the desktop and ~75% of the Server market (as per Forbes).

And how much of mobile? I guess that would be why Apple has almost twice the revenue and more than twice the profit of Microsoft these days and even their market share isn't a majority of mobile. Shows where the big money is heading.

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Re: And you wonder why Linux et al are niche software

>Linux et al are niche software

Like Android as opposed to Windows Phone?

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Re: systemd Borged udev

>don't forget how systemd has borged udev for some reason

That was the real game changer for RedHat that did more than anything to make sure Systemd won't be optional going forward.

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Re: Cue...

and yet I made it through the very zealous moderation, or not.

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Re: What's the big deal?

Not sure this will make it through but the big deal more than anything is systemd is Linux only and is making more and more software dependent on it also Linux only. Having a single *nix isn't a whole lot better than having only Windows in a lot of ways.

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my 2 cents

In many ways systemd is only a symptom that finally showed clearly how Linux is not Unix and now is not even pretending to be anymore. With systemd basically becoming the svchost of Linux, Linux is actually trying to pretend to be windows now. Good for RedHat's bottom line what with more FOSS to become Linux only but just makes one grateful that *BSD is still around even if less and less software will port to it over time.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: 10 years...

May Huey Lewis, and Devo haunt you for eternity for your blasphemy against the 80s.

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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Re: @The Crow From Below

@Ragarath good catch. What a maroon Apple fanboi. Two weeks and saying anything about El Reg. Might have to explain what the Paris Hilton icon is about as well.

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LOL

Could care less about Apple really but man those suits from Dumb and Dumber still make me laugh all these years later.

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ACLU files new lawsuits in hunt for police 'Stingray' mobe-trackers

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hmm

Wished most Americans cared as much about the Fourth Amendment as they do the Second. They should and even on the right some of libertarian types do as the Fourth can do a lot more to protect you from your government than any gun ever could. Government can keep selling the scary brown boogie men though any time things don't go their way. The modern public is so fearful of everything its easy to do. The biggest threat from terrorism is not deaths as the odds for any one person are so remote but the economic chaos caused when a bunch of cowards wet their pants and demand we starting throwing away liberties.

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Everything moderated now?

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hmm

Haven't been any more of a troll than usual lately. Must have been that Ubuntu systemd trap article that did it. Oh well on my best behavior I suppose.

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Everything moderated now?

Are all posts on articles moderated now or did I get put in some sin bin? Kind of annoying what with it sometimes being 12 hours before approval comes.

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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

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Re: Is...

>Shouldn't we in the spirit of "an attack on one is an attack on all" bomb ourselves?

Ala Catch-22. Long live the Syndicate which deep down is what this all about.

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

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hmm

As a US taxpayer I would much rather see the person imported than the job exported even if it means more competition. Obama though like so many other clueless non IT VIPs seems to think all anybody needs to code is some training. Of course as most on here know, this is not the case and it takes a certain kind of mind to be successful (good at breaking large tasks into small steps, strong logic, excellent recognition of patterns, enjoying solving problems, etc). In fact most of the best developers I have met have done quite a bit of self training as the type of mind mentioned before naturally seems to lend itself towards development and tinkering. Also half the reason some of the code coming out of India (and other outsource havens) is lucky to even compile is this same kind of everyone can be a developer thinking is pushing every person who wants to get ahead to become an overnight IT expert. And corporations complain how many IT projects fail. The wonder between the inept yes man middle management and lowest bidder or outsourced development is that any projects succeed at all.

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Re: Reality check for the President

>My experience with the CS degree requirement was that it's BS.

Going to fan some flames here but honestly the biggest difference I noticed between the US and continental Europe in this regard is the US companies seem a lot more interested in work experience (how it should be IMO) and the Euro companies really wanted school transcripts and care a lot more about grades even after you have been in industry for almost a decade. Might have to do with it being so much easier (and cheaper) to get rid of an non performer in the US so less concern up front on degrees and titles.

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Stuxnet Redux: Microsoft patches Windows vuln left open for FIVE YEARS

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Re: They finally patched for Stuxnet?

Incompetence or malice take your pick.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Re: Device Protection

That is also what I did other than having to sideload a few apps like Roku. The question is Google going to push harder and make it more difficult to use Android without a Google account. There are ways they could really gimp AOSP going forward (such as moving more new features into their cloud or perhaps in the future with kdbus writing internal code they don't have to release).

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Re: Why the fuss?

>Civil liberties stand as a defence from whatever future holds.

Civil liberties are always one gdamn 9/11 away from disappearing forever and the only defense against that is education which sadly takes money so Minority Report here we come.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: Simply fascinating...

Yep its one thing to explain science concepts to lay people without difficult math but for disproving whole classes of ideas does raise an eyebrow.

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