* Posts by Pascal Monett

3367 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Meanwhile . . . "hired a high-priced lawyer to threaten the press"

They didn't have enough money to implement proper security, but they sure as hell seem to have plenty when it comes to miserably failing to preserve what's left of their image.

They're the only ones who think there's anything left to preserve.

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Oh come on, they're hackers.

They'll manage to move about 20 meters before they collapse from Red Bull withdrawal.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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Whoa there

If you want to start naming craters after famously-endowed celebs & starlets, we definitely don't have enough craters !

Time to launch the politicians. Maybe if we amend the rockets in a MIRV configuration we could achieve a reasonable equilibrium ?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Care to source that ?

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Heyyy, you seem to be trying to post a DRUNK PICTURE. You know your boss looks at this?

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Reminds me of that other saying . . .

Make a fool-proof system and Mother Nature will make a better fool.

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Shhhh !

Stop putting those pesky facts in the way of a snarky rebuttal.

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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Ah, if only people had a repository of words that exist in the language they use, with a definition of their meaning . . .

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: how long it will take for everyone to forget the past

Most people have already forgotten the past. Only the nerds remember it.

And they should never forget it.

As far as corporations are concerned, my attitude is "Never Forget, Never Trust".

Sony is no different today than it was with the rootkit, if it could pull off another go, it would. Besides, what do you think HDMI is for, better data bandwidth ? An Ethernet cable can do that, but Sony does not control the Ethernet spec. Sony is still about control, and always will be.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: you would have got Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013

Um, no.

I have an install disk of Office 2000 at home. I see no need to buy every new version for personal use. Word 2000 has largely enough functionality for me to write a letter to someone.

Even so, I've uninstalled Office completely. I use LibreOffice now, and it is compatible enough with Office that I don't care about the differences.

My business laptop has Office 2010, obviously. I hardly use it anyway. I have no intent of purchasing or using Office 2013, and certainly not Office 365. Small company, little utility, no point.

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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Go on counting vulnerabilities

I'm sure it makes you feel good.

Meanwhile, in Real Life, every single reported instance of actual, widespread virus attack happens on the Windows platform.

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Re: Enterprise Linux distributions are [..] far more vulnerable to remote attack than Windows Server

Hi Ballmer !

Taking some time from mismanaging your baseball team, I see.

I'd suggest a reality check, but with you it's obviously useless.

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What you actually get is dozens of incidents free with every user of Windows.

Okay, I'm going - stop pushing !

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"Lotus Notes - and that's vastly inferior and dying rapidly"

Dying rapidly, yes, undoubtedly.

Vastly inferior ? Nope. In terms of stability, it is vastly superior. Neither is it subject to all the nastiness that Exchange can get hit with, especially if you put it on a Linux platform.

Yes, the full-fat client is fat and fugly, but the browser interface is not so far off anymore - you could easily have Notes for email and few would notice.

But it's still dying, thanks to IBM's total lack of commitment.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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"there had been "some bumps" with the project"

Yeah - like customers not liking the bloody things, seeing no benefit for them, and not accepting remote shutdown without recourse. The fact that £11 billion are needed to save a theoretical 2% of a £200 bill is a real deal clincher too.

Isn't politics a bag of laughs ?

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

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Well, being no rocket scientist I don't know for sure, but it may have something to do with the fact that Earth's average atmospheric temperature is at least 288 kelvin, whereas in space it's only 3 (in the shade).

Given that liquid hydrogen is solid below 20 kelvin and gaseous otherwise, that might explain things.

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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Impressive

Not only can quantum computing solve all solutions at once, but now we know that it can do so for more than one value at once.

Only one problem left : extracting the solution that corresponds to the value you were expecting.

Oh well, they'll have that sorted out in the next fifty years, no problem !

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Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

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"Due to a technical issue in our system"

Let me guess : their system is on an Azure cloud ?

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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

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point out any big negatives

Um, how about Azure being unavailable for extended periods twice since last August ?

Not so impressive in my view. Neither is the fact that MS is apparently only promising 99.9% update time, so three nines and not five. MS knows that a truly resilient and robust system can offer the famed five nines of uptime availability, yet it doesn't even mention it. Not a good point for something that is supposed to allow companies to have their apps and data online.

Or is the five nines so last millenium now ?

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Iranian CLEAVER hacks through airport security, Cisco boxen

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Isn't it wonderful ?

Even viruses and hacker groups have PR firms designing logos for them.

The world is truly a beautiful place.

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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Hand my credit card to a courier, really ?

If ever I get a suggestion like that, I think I'll actually accept it. I'll get rendez-vous details, where and when, and agree to be there.

Then I'll call the cops and tell them what I've just arranged and would they be interested in catching a scammer ?

I can't believe people fall for something as outlandish as that.

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Tech can be miniaturized, the industry has been doing that for the past half century.

The problem is the batteries. Make them smaller and they carry less charge, there's no way around that.

So the consequence is that, when designing portable stuff, you basically have to define how big the battery can be, then design the hardware around that. And if your idea is really advanced, you just might have to wait until tech has been miniaturized to the point where the battery can run it.

But you can't shrink batteries and keep the same charge. That is just impossible.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Why Black Friday

Because historically speaking people have died that day to get a good price on some crap.

Of course now it has become a marketing event because no publicity is bad publicity, right ? And because, concerning History, Humans have memory abilities below that of gerbils.

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

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Apples and oranges

Saying that because the technology exists to identify images of child abuse and therefor we should be able to identify posts containing text that is considered as terrorism is nuts.

However, what is indeed interesting is that this individual got himself banned a number of times for terrorism posts. That begs the question of how they identified those posts (were they flagged by a moderator ? Another user ? Complained about ?) and whether or not such a thing could be automated.

And, as AnonCow said above, once you've banned someone for terrorism a half-dozen times, it might be time to think about telling someone about it ? Don't tell me that Facebook didn't know it was the same person - FB is renowned for cross-referencing everything it can and getting as accurate an image of its users as it can. FB had to know it was the same guy.

Analyzing intent is not easy. just ask that guy who tweeted that he felt mad enough to go and bomb an airport. Stupid to say something in public like that these days, but I'd wager he won't try to pull that stunt again.

So no, automated analysis of "terrorism" posts ? I doubt we'll see that tomorrow.

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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

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The Facebook example is not really pertinent

When that deal went through, the entire market scrambled to pick up its jaw.

That acquisition was made for a ridiculous amount of money and everybody knew it.

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The SILO SPRAWL: So just how much virtualising software lipstick does it need?

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"Why isn't it the same with storage arrays?"

Ah, the comfortable fallacy of real-world comparisons. Unfortunately, nothing in IT compares with the Real World. That is why Amazon can remove a book you paid for without your consent, and I don't give a monkey's that they reimburse you. If you had gone and bought the actual dead tree version, they'd need a warrant to come and take it from you, but because it's a digital version, they gave themselves eternal control over it.

And, for some obscure reason, we do not torch the place but meekly accept the fact that we no longer OWN what we PAID FOR.

The fact is : nothing in IT can be compared to the Real World, because in IT he who makes the code decides on the limits - and morals are a naught but a dictionary word any more.

So, storage arrays ? BECAUSE THEY CAN, that's why. Vendor lock-in, predatory practices, protectionism, anything and everything including the kitchen sink if it helps bring in more suckers customers and keep them in the fold.

Oh, but they will chant USA! USA! if you want them to, while jerking the string of a senator if need be. So be happy, it's all Capitalism At Work (tm).

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Congratulations

You just overflowed my Bullshit Bingo.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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"One answer is that this is now the wrong place to focus"

So, basically put : Microsoft is telling developers that they're holding it wrong ?

I seem to remember a video of Monkey Boy screaming "Developers! Developers! Developers!".

Well, it seems like it really is the beginning of the end for MS.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Ah, the wonders of technology

When I go to bed, I either turn off the damn thing, or put it in flight mode.

Manual management works.

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Now that's a cliffhanger !

Will Philae wake up and keep her position as Comet Maid ?

Will Mr Outgassing fire her without notice ?

Will Rosetta survive the transit on the Other Side of the Sun ?

Come back for Space Comet : Season 2 in March 2015 !

(when they just might finally find that alien beer keg)

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Bitcoin laid bare: Boffins beat anonymity

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No need to wonder why : the answer is tax.

Our ELECTED governments are more and more treating us like the corporations. We are the sheeple, made to be fleeced in order to finance decisions that are less and less made for our well-being.

Well, as long as we keep voting them in, I don't see why it should change.

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Well it's not an entirely bad idea.

And I'm all for making English funnier.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: "will it run Crysis ?"

Yes it will.

All of it.

At the same time.

In other words, your screen will be bright white.

Oh, and you'd better turn down the audio, because all the sounds will be playing at once too.

Especially the explosions.

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

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As far as I'm concerned

The sooner the US has no more control over the Internet the better.

The Internet is a world-wide tool, it should not be administered by only one country.

And it should definitely not be in the hands of some jerkoff that thinks he can do what he wants with it.

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Pure: We've created the Everlasting Gobstopper of Storage – 'Forever Flash'

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Re: I work for a competitor

Then why isn't your company trumpeting its own products too ?

Your competitor is making itself known, and in a rather clever manner. Dissing that is not very productive.

If your company does the same thing then it should start yelling it off the rooftops as well, or else you'll be looking for a new job when Pure has taken the market.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Is the US an exception?

No it isn't. Actually, the Government of the People that was envisaged by The Founding Fathers has already failed, but the putsch was much more subtle in style.

Today your elected officials are all part of a vast theater of puppets whose strings are tightly controlled by those who openly lobby them, pay their campaign costs and shower them in money under various forms, and You The People are totally oblivious to it. As long as you have your Facebook and your Superbowl, everything is a-okay.

Once upon a time a President got impeached because he stuck a few microphones in an embassy.

Today the entire world is being listened to and you all just sit on your couches and dip into the Cheetos.

And you still believe that the US is succeeding as a democracy ?

Wake up.

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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"storage blob front ends going into an infinite loop, which had gone undetected during fighting"

I wonder what game those network guys are playing.

Sounds like fun, even if it is not very effective.

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Disturbing indeed. He had hackers running rampant in his network and his preoccupation was syncing his calendar.

Well, that explains clearly why Sharepoint is not yet in the dustbin where it belongs.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Up again, and with increased performance then ?

So it'll crash in six weeks instead of three months now ?

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It's MSFT. That's what they do. Outages. They've been sharpening their skills on the desktop for decades, now they're taking it to the next level.

Soon the WILL be a Ctrl-Alt-Del for the Internet.

As soon as Azure Active Directory has succeeded in replacing all other DNS solutions.

Your distinctiveness will be mercilessly erased and replaced by our worldview...

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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

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Re: "Ironically, it's not very good at video - but it is quite good at DRM."

Not ironic at all, that was part of the specs from the start.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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It is not a planet and we have analyzed it. The Moon is biologically dead, due to the total absence of atmosphere protecting its surface from the deadly radiation of space.

Any bacteria on the lunar surface has long since been x-rayed out of existence.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Sealed envelopes are impressive and all that, to be sure, but I doubt they'll be of any use against a rogue BOFH that went and changed the passwords without creating a new envelope.

Said envelopes are only an insurance if the passwords are regularly checked and validated.

And even that doesn't guard against an additional shadow account created with the same credentials and abilities, but using a different password that only the BOFH knows.

Not unless there is a log of some sort that the sysadmin cannot touch that records all instances of password change.

I'll believe in it when you show me an example of something that runs under sysadmin supervision that the sysadmin cannot touch or prevent its functioning.

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Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name?

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"aimed at even younger kids"

No. Just, no.

Young kids need to have their minds properly opened to curiosity and inquisitiveness. They need to be taught that searching for answers is not a crime, and finding them is its own reward.

When they are intelligently curious and have thus been properly formed, then is the time to expose them to specific areas of work, not before. Anything done before that time is just replicating the cookie-cutter mentality. Quick ! We need a security cookie ! Quick ! We need an encryption cookie !

Such schemes are bound to lock people in limited roles, enhancing their fragility when the market changes and their skills are no longer in need. That has been done, and the method has demonstrated its weaknesses. We must not continue making the same mistakes.

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State Dept shuts off unclassified email after hack. Classified mail? That's CLASSIFIED

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Prison cells ?

Even with the near-legendary attitude of US judges considering that the entire world is under US dominion, they'll have a spot of trouble putting Russian or Chinese hackers in prison for real.

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Shrek-as-a-service: DreamWorks and Infosys team up

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Oh come now, that's a bit harsh. After all, Dreamworks did Shrek, Chicken Run, and Galaxy Quest. Gladiator, Band of Brothers and Evolution. Saving Private Ryan for $deity's sake. Can't be all that bad.

Ah but they also did Transformers. And Meet the Fockers. And they redid the Stepford Wives.

So yeah, complete shambles.

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

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Sounds like the skiddies won't be hacking on qbit computers.

Good.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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Be happy they don't

That way you can still enjoy it.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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You're good.

And I agree with your assessment. Cheap is ALWAYS considered crap by the buyer.

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BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

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@Ian Johnston

Universities. That is your justification.

So tell me, what corporate data do Universities deal with on a daily basis ? How much consumer data do they process ? And how does my banking data get into their hands ?

Oh, none of any of the above. So you might as well have mentioned schools in Africa as far the relevance of your example is concerned.

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