* Posts by asdf

4265 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

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Re: Iran vs Adelson, hm..

Vote none of the above.

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SOLD: Emulex – for 34% less than shareholders were offered 6 years ago

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inept management

>Endace is a different story. Bought a couple of years ago as part of an attempt to rekindle growth, Emulex had hoped it would contribute $40m/year to its revenue, but it is doing a tenth of that.

Looks like they paid 130 million for it as well. Granted not anywhere near the scale of Autonomy but looks like just as bad a purchase and lack of due diligence from management.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: crapware free

As if the PC industry couldn't commit harakiri fast enough.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: @ The Funkey (can't spell) Gibbon: There are still Blackberry users?

>It may come as a surprise to you but some people on the planet have different ... tastes COMPARED TO YOU....

Yeah you don't see the BB folks taking shots at the Symbian or even the Amiga folks do you? Birds of a feather ...

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Behind every great tech boss there’s ... who exactly?

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Re: I think Seymour Cray kinda summed it up

> This also allows you to work with as few people as possible, each one an expert on their field.

Guess that is ok for a startup maybe but good luck getting HR to approve the salaries in any decent size corporation. Skunkworks perhaps.

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CIOs lol

Behind every great tech boss there is at least one and sometimes two or more layers of management to the CIO.

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Psst, hackers. Just go for the known vulnerabilities

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Reactive only management

> organisations must employ fundamental security tactics to address known vulnerabilities

I.E. spend money and hire competent people which is why they can just store this report, change the date and release it next year with very little changed.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Privacy guard ftw?

The real question for me is by default on Cyanogenmod 12 with the apps under privacy guard do you by default at least get prompted when these apps try to access battery data or whatever? May have to test that. If not they now need to fix that asap.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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rant alert

Disco is pretty much the only thing Baby Boomers gave the world other than the idea that greed is a virtue.

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Re: Testing is too expensive !!!

Oh no. There is always money to be found for some manager/executive to promote his buddies. The ever growing middle management kudzu is what often needs to get culled but rarely does.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Re: Lucky me

Maybe this will make the PC market think twice about being nothing but low margin glorified Microsoft resellers praying Microsoft doesn't start building more hardware.

FIFY.

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Re: jail for superfraud

Wow too late. Can't make this stuff up.

"But Superfish, founded and led by former Intel employee and ex-surveillance boffin Adi Pinhas, has been criticised by users the world over since its inception in 2006. In one Apple Mac forum started in 2012 and continuing into the following year was full of complaints about a technology called Window Shopper, built by Superfish. It appears to have found its way onto people’s machines by being bundled with other software, in one case alongside an Oracle Java download, in another via an “Awesome Screenshot” extension. "

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/02/19/superfish-history-of-malware-and-surveillance/

These Superfish guys many of which are from Israel are exactly the type of amoral people supposedly the British intelligence services were supposed to be more like. Based on the news the last few days its safe to say they are.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/26/idf_unit_820_gchq_tech_incubator_analysis/

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jail for superfraud

Lenovo will take all the heat (most of it rightfully) especially being a Chinese company but honestly those Superfish folks are the ones that belong in jail. I believe they are an American company so we can go after them. They are like the American version of Phorm (but far worse) and will try and get their malware installed (java update perhaps?) some other way now if left unchecked.

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

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Headmaster

> consequences of meddling with Libya and Syria for regime change.... all disastrous advices

You forgot Ukraine.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: I Wonder

>Or are you suggesting that you would load Linux on a Lenovo laptop

No probably PC-BSD (would check the laptop is supported before I bought the laptop) and I would not have been affected by the mal/bloatware in the first place regardless, (Linux is quickly becoming Windows (ie. shit) due to RH and systemd). As for a web server (on a blade server more than likely) if it was a internet facing with fairly mild load I would probably run it on OpenBSD actually.

If I was some corporate IT drone buying for the company I would probably purchase Lenovo windows laptops (perhaps not any more though) from some trusted vendor but would then image them like almost every shop I have been in does because as you say for the corporate desktop (Microsoft's last bastion) in 2015 there isn't much choice for any decent size outfit. May not be true forever though.

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Re: I Wonder

>Your free homemade hobby operating system is only good for home use.

Nice trolling but you do realize that hobby OS is running on the computer (web server) that you posted this garbage on for us all to read right?

>I could go on, but until you achieve serious corporate responsibility you won't understand any of this.

And being an obvious desktop jockey at best you obviously know quite little about enterprise yourself. An awful lot of business critical workloads these days are on or moving to Linux (often from proprietary Unix which is actually makes me sad but neither here nor there).

> if you can write complex Excel macros you can command six-figure salaries.

Same with being a good enough man whore I guess. Would rather command the six figure salary (which isn't that hard if you can code in any technology in demand) and not have to tell people I use VBA. That way you can be well paid and happy with your work as well.

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Re: I Wonder

> Corporate PCs have these sorts of MITM certs installed in them by the IT departments so they can monitor user traffic, so why should we be surprised that consumer PCs come with something similar?

Umm because unlike the corporate PC the customer PC is mine (not some corporation's including Lenovo). Damn going to have to download a good antivirus CD now and check the missus Lenovo. As for me never kept a factory install OS on any of my gear more than the first month including my phone and tablets.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

They better be more worried about the shareholder lawsuits because they are admitting there is very little upside to this and they are about to see a whole lot of downside.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Any chance of clarification...

Yes because of course anyone who dares question the behavior of intelligence agencies is also a for sure freetard thief huh? Wow are you retarded or do you just enjoy downvotes?

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: yay.

Tails OS CD is probably the best you can hope for security wise assuming their web site hasn't been man in the middled already.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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for now

Your in-house data centre services are one bad executive hire from being in the cloud as well there Mr Smug lol.

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Re: Damn 'mothership' connections...

>While people are still buying they won't.

Except for that part where you can't legally get thousands of shows and movies (some even worth watching) instantly for about 8 bucks a month without a mother ship connection. I agree though when buying individual movies/shows.

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Re: Don't worry...

Common carrier status will end the world doncha know?

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Google founders to offload $4 BEEELLION in shares

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not quite

>Google's share price (and the balance of your pension fund) diving:

Sarcasm aside unlike Apple, Google doesn't actually have a very noticeable weight percentage of the total SP500. Even Apple if valued at a trillion dollars (probably coming) would be not much more than %5 of the total. Here's to pretty much being able to ignore the performance of individual companies in a pension and still benefit from the long term return of securities.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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congrats

Always amazing to see a multibillion dollar science project not mostly focused on finding a better way to kill the bad guys (as far I can tell). A rare thing these days. I guess the Euros (especially outside the UK) don't have quite the intense pressure from the defense contractors and their pet politicians to outsource the public science dollars to them.

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IBM tells channel types 'stick with us, you'll be millionaires'

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IBM

Wow I guess that whole business model of solely buying your own stock to prop up C-Suite stock options isn't sustainable without some other initiatives after all. Wonder how many executives will walk away (ie. cut and run) before this big new transformation is done?

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Re: Even older...

I very vaguely remember the arcade games of the mid 1970s also being much more electo mechanical games what with the microprocessor just being invented and all.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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hmm

Wow more proof Microsoft has rid itself at least of the Sinofsky taint. Who knew designing software and products in secret with no feedback was a bad idea unless you happen to have Apple's magic touch which Microsoft obviously doesn't at least in the consumer space.

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How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

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Bitch about fitbit = ultimate first world problem

Wow only yuppies blow $250+ and need an electronic device to exercise and then bitch when it doesn't work right.

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Net neutrality: Growing flames of criticism lick FCC chief's secret plans

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WTF?

ok good deal

Right on we clearly get to see who Comcast and Verizon's buddies and whores are now. Keep showing yourselves so I know who to avoid giving money too in the future.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: Bah!

>I don't know who Taylor Swift is and bewilderingly that has not caused my world to collapse into quantum vacuum.

And here the Brits on this site tore into me for not knowing or caring about Gangnam Style or whatever two weeks after the thing was released. I am with you though. I couldn't name one of her songs. One thing that has stayed pretty consistent in my not so short lifetime is that pop music is garbage.

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Re: There is a lot of scum in the world

Taylor please don't go AC. Let the world know how you really feel.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Communication with users?

Valve though at one time employed that Greek finance minister going around with his hat in his hand. Guess they let that one get away.

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Re: Communication with users?

Apple and Google have a lot more customers to have to communicate with though.

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Re: Microsoft and updates - they just don't get it!

>Microsoft and updates - they just don't get it!

Yep they need to take a page out of Apple's book and make the updates only bork older cheaper hardware you know to encourage the person to renew their cool kids club membership.

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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

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Re: AMD is doing OK

>As noted you can get ~80% of the performance of Intel's best CPU for ~30% of the cost

Which means crappy margins and is why their share price is $3. Ok is a little bit optimistic but yeah they will be around a bit longer at least.

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Microsoft loves Surface pen maker N-trig so much it bought it – report

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>So much for pulling out of the tablet biz

Don't think that was ever really in the cards. Wintel are all in on x86 in the tablet space just like on desktop though.

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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DDoS = 5yo pissing the bed

Hmm any religious figure cartoons published in the Low Countries in the last few days?

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Chip giant TSMC, flush with record sales, plans $16bn fab build-out

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Re: consolidation

Give it a decade. It will take the tax breaks until then. As for being a good or bad thing all depends on your point of view. Overall its just an inevitably of a mature industry.

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consolidation

Sadly the way we are going there will only be a dozen or so high volume fabs in the world by 2025. None will probably be located in the western world either (except maybe for TI lol).

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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Re: That reminds me..

Pirate Vista and they actually spent money worrying about that? Hahaha

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Ex-Microsoft open source plan man lands top Cloud Foundry job

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man likes a challenge

>captain project and community, bringing together interests of more than 39 of the industry’s biggest players.

>Cloud Foundry Foundation’s members span EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel SAP and Canonical.

Wow I would almost rather try to sell how much Microsoft loves open source than be responsible for getting those companies to produce something collaboratively that is not a total charlie foxtrot. The key is to only take inputs from engineers and not management or marketing of those companies (other than giving their due lip service to make them feel important).

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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hmm

I wonder if they will carve out an exception for Jerry Lewis movies.

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Re: Hey French film industry.

>producing far better films than anything to come out of Hollywood.

Way to set the bar pretty low. As Kevin Spacey said if you wanted to do top rate drama (not saying he can btw) you could do that in film in the 1990s but now they only way to do that is on TV. A lot of best content on internet TV is not Hollywood movies. And my guess is there is not a whole lot out of France that is of the quality of say a Breaking Bad.

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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

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Re: Cyanogenmod ftw

Also to be perfectly honest I am probably going to go F-Droid only anyway as I think I used Amazon for only like one app which I don't need.

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Re: Microsoft, PLEASE fork Android!

"Microsoft" Android would have to be mostly open source just like AOSP which is why there will be no Microsoft Android.

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Re: Cyanogenmod ftw

The difference is as you mention you can actually turn off (not open) the Amazon store unlike Google's always on services/frameworks. I don't have any purchased apps on that phone so DRM is not a problem (and you are going to open the app occasionally anyway to check for app updates). You can also easily control the data the app collects because unlike Google's stuff its just another non root non system app. Not saying Amazon is not evil just their app is not allowed to bury itself any near as deep into the OS and can be controlled with existing tools much easier.

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