Another irony detector in need of updating, it seems.
4530 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007
The, ahem, marvellous variety of the human race
Most of us, when depressed, would likely take to the bottle. Whisky is a stalwart companion of depression, something we are given ample examples of in noir films.
But now and again, you get a behavior that skews from the norm, like this. Psychologically it must be quite intriguing.
I'm sure the landlord would have preferred whisky, though.
So, malware isn't the only threat
Sometimes you can also get hit by regular scum.
I hope they at least had regular, up-to-date and useable data backups. If so, the only loss will have been material, and I'm sure that's insured.
BOFH getting soft in his later years ?
Liked the story, as usual, but how is it that she's talking about carpets at the end and not in one ?
I used to read BOFH articles that ended with nobody left alive but the BOFH and his PFY.
Those were the days . . .
That may be the case, but if I lost a million bucks, I think that the fact that the loss would be tax deductible would be more like a kleenex on a 3rd-degree burn rather than the feel of "free money".
Let's get real
I don't appreciate how the US basically considers that anything it does is, by virtue of being done in America, legal and acceptable.
But concerning space, that is neither here nor there. In the long term we, as a species, will have to expand to other planets. In the shorter term we will need to mine asteroids to sustain our population's needs on Earth. Doing that implies industrial activity in space, it is unavoidable.
I read the act as the US saying that it will not pursue US companies or dispute a company's claim to having mined stuff. Well fine, where's the problem ? The act does not say that it does not allow other country's companies that right, nor does it say that only US companies are allowed to mine space. At no point does it declare US ownership of space.
Event of cosmic proportions ? More a storm in a teacup, as far as I'm concerned.
VR films ? Not likely.
A film is a story. A story is told effectively when you concentrate on the relevant elements and ignore the mundane, humdrum stuff that has absolutely no interest to getting the story to move along. That's why you never see James Bond at the airport to get to his next exotic location.
VR films would be films in which, theoretically, you could choose to watch the plant in the airport lounge instead of watching the crazy kung-fu fight between the main protagonists. I doubt that will be allowed, the producer is going to want to know why he should fund however many cameras to shoot angles that have got nothing to do with the action that is the basis of the story.
As for VR in porn, sorry but no chance. Shoestring budget issues aside, producers in that industry absolutely do not want you watching anything else than what they want to show you - <ahem> from what I've
So, VR in games ? Absolutely. Sandbox games are all the rage right now, and VR lends itself perfectly to that experience. Racing games will do okay with VR, but like 3D in films, it will bring next to nothing to the experience.
And apart from that ? Nothing. Films are a passive experience by nature, VR will bring next to nothing to that.
Could someone explain the (multiple) phone calls ?
Personally, I do not fear spiders. When I find one in the house, I catch it in a jar and I throw it in the backyard.
I can understand the spider-hate. I find the girly shrieking funny. But could someone please explain how a single guy calls (the Australian equivalent of) 911 multiple times ? While desperately failing to kill a single spider ? Okay, it's Australia, maybe the spider was three feet wide - I would be uncomfortable with that, but come on, calling 911 ?
Sounds like an episode of Fawlty Towers.
Can't see why nuclear power is a danger for a data center
Once the plant is built, I can't see that there be any emotional attachment to building a data center next to it. Once a power plant is plugged into the grid, the electricity it produces is not stamped with "Nuclear" on it. It goes into the grid, period.
So a data canter will be powered by some measure of nuclear electricity whether it is situated next to the nuclear plant or on the other side of the country.
Let's not encourage running like headless chickens whenever the mere notion of nuclear power is mentioned somewhere.
Re: immediately bashing MS for all evil in the world
That would indeed be exaggerated.
Putin is responsible for some of it.
So maybe a bit of tinfoil is justified after all ?
There have been commenters stepping up to say that, Microsoft having acknowledged a bug in its download image, we should all consider that MS is not that shady and cut it some slack.
Well here is your answer : no way we're cutting Microsoft some slack on anything.
Microsoft CAN NO LONGER BE TRUSTED, period.
Re: all Intel single-socket desktop CPU's so far support 32 GB max
Well from what I can see, memory limitations are not baked into CPUs but into motherboard chipsets.
And there are quite a few Skylake boards that are apparently ready for 64GB.
Besides, it is not logical that a 64-bit processor able to address 1GB of RAM would be limited in any way to not be able to address 128GB.
Well you know what they say : if a company is stagnating, it is on the decline because it is leaving market opportunities to its competitors.
Funny that, the black/white outlook on company performance. It's almost as if there is no possibility of the market not allowing for expansion at a given point.
Will the real Daniel please stand up ?
And don't forget the many high-level government types throwing in contradictory requirements after the fact, or disagreeing with the specs and the realisation simply because they just noticed that it will give them some work in some area.
Don't throw the entire book at the companies, there's plenty of blame to be handed to government incompetence as well.
Yes, something else is going on
Our "democratically elected" governments are using every excuse to take away our dearly-bought freedoms, and because we are more interested in what's on TV after the news, we aren't getting our fat(tening) asses of the couch and shouting a resounding "STOP!" in the streets.
Cloudy situation reminds me of streaming services
Cloud "provider" offers new service, gets attention, users decide to sign up, service ramps up, costs ramp up, service maintained for a while, investors decide not enough revenue generated, service gets killed, users are left with nothing.
Whether the service was free or paid for makes hardly any difference.
I do agree with the name though : cloud. As solid as the ones in the sky. Trust it as far as you can walk on it and you'll be fine.
SOP when buying new laptop (with Windows, obviously)
1) Go through the Services and disable all services allowing for remote control of PC. Why, in 2015, has Microsoft kept those enabled is beyond me.
1) Uninstall all vendor software. It is always crap, and it bogs down Windows like an anvil tied to your foot. No vendor has ever made any update of any worth to the crap it puts on top of Windows. Now we know that, in addition, vendor software comes with vulnerabilities baked in. Get rid of all of it.
2) Remove all promotional, demo, or time-limited applications. You already have paid for what you need to work with, you're not going to be forking over more for any of those.
3) Install Windows Defender and AV of your choice. Check for driver updates. Run complete scan. Decrapify the abomination called the Registry.
Takes about a day, but it's worth it - if only for the peace of mind.
Re: That is so last century
I believe he was being ironic. Anyone with a brain knows that the USA is no longer the shining beacon of Liberty, Freedom and Justice for all that it used to be.
Well if Dell says so . . .
Of course, major corporation says there is nothing to worry about so we shouldn't worry. It's not like major corporations have ever lied to us before, now is it ? Nor has any major corporation ever been proven wrong about something as sensitive and critical as security, right ?
Not a chance. There's this thing called multitasking, and Google is rewriting the book on that.
Scantily-clad women on a 6" screen, what's the point ?
Bloody kids, can't even do their pr0n viewing on a proper 26" widescreen.
Do we really have to teach them everything ?
"other customers need not worry"
So first you take the site down "for maintenance", then a few days later you admit that there was a breach, and now you want me to trust your word that I am not at risk ?
I would have been inclined to trust you if you been straightforward about admitting the issue instead of trying to hide it before being forced to come clean. Such shenanigans inspire the reverse of trust because you have demonstrated that you're willing to lie if you think you can cover up the issue.
So I will be checking my details and so on and, if I have the slightest suspicion of foul play at work, I guarantee you are going to hear from me.
Agreed - ads need to be simple
An image, eventually a slideshow, and a web link, end of.
And don't tell me you need script to do a slideshow; HTML5 is here.
Not to mention that we have people advocating injecting our upper atmosphere with various compounds in just about the same way people advocated introducing new species into Australia in order to regulate some problem or another.
I'm sure the results will prove just as reliable.
Hollywood : for once teaching security experts how to do their job.
Re: Fuck systemd
Thank you for that, Trevor.
I will keep your post in my reference list for all those who incessantly spout off about how "easy" Linux is.
Right, time to link databases
Because the perps were absolutely not known by police forces, no sir. Their whereabouts could absolutely not have been discerned with a bit of eyeball surveillance, not at all. There is no way anyone could have known what the perps were up to if they had simply gone out the bloody door to find out.
Yep, linking databases is the solution. Yessirreeee.
The one that teaches you to survive more than one game day ?
DHS - Department of Homeland what already ?
Re: "certain Cheney haters"
Because there's somebody who actually likes Cheney ?
So the NSA spies from offshore now
So much for political promises and official declarations.
It's like talking to a drunk addict. They never stop drinking. Tell them to stop drinking and they go "Yup", then turn around and take an alcohol enema to get drunk again.
Can't trust them, period.
It's time to bring in the ghosts of the Founding Fathers.
@ Matt Bryant
Therefor the OP is correct, since all this data collecting didn't change the result one iota.
What is the use of invading everyone's privacy all the time if things like this still slip through ? If you're invading, then at least make it do the bloody job right.
I don't want to learn that some things are caught. If you're invading everyone's life then I want all things to be caught.
Otherwise it's just not worth it.
Yeah, yeah, we've known that since 1987 and it's not getting any younger either.
So you would prefer that one guy leisurely stroll up to the door, ring the bell and wait to see if he gets a bullet to the face to be sure that there is a problem ?
How would like to see that in your job description ?
Re: "systemic inability of the police to handle situations non-violently"
If the call concerned spouse battery of drunken idiot, you would be right. However swatting is a call that specifically directs police to a hostage situation.
The police are therefor going in under the presumption that lives are at risk, and one or more perps are armed (this is the US, remember ?) and ready to respond.
It is normal for them to charge in, because that is supposed to give them the element of surprise. It is also, unfortunately, understandable that in such a tense moment, otherwise innocent acts from totally surprised innocent people can be wrongly interpreted as dangerous. If you're going in expecting bad guys and being told to respond with lethal force, it takes superhuman calm, Buddha levels of self-control and split-second observation abilities to not fire a shot if a threat you expect seems to crop up.
I think 20 years to life is a perfectly reasonable outcome for some asshat who is sooo unhappy about losing that he unleashes lethal weaponry upon the family of his opponent. If someone dies because of this, they won't be coming back.
The article states that the app installs itself using the accessibility features. You're not even necessarily aware that something is happening if your eyes are not on the screen when it happens.
Re: Just. Frelling. Great.
I hate all smartphones equally.
Now I hate them more.
I can't wait to retire and chuck all that shit out the door.
I sometimes mute the sound when ads come on, since they obnoxiously increase the sound level to annoying levels. When the ads are done, I turn the sound back on.
Looks like I'll be using the mute button a lot more from now on.
A different kind of change is required
It is time to set up the Bureau of Sabotage.
"engagement and education" programs
I swear to God I have a very special "education" program for ICANN that covers all aspects of managing with transparency. It is seconded by key therapeutic sessions of a new technique I am reviewing called percussive chanting. It goes like this : the board members get tied to a log, then the galley drummers start a slow rythm while the personnel impress the notion of transparency on their bare backs with leathery implements.
With a good tempo, the board will be chanting transparency in no time.
Repeat the session when motivation is no longer sufficient.
I had a BMW 330d for several years. I do remember changing the battery once. I don't remember having to go to BMW to get a special one, I'm pretty sure I bought it on a shelf in a supermarket, like all the others I've had to buy in my life.
There may be some special battery requirement for hybrid vehicles, but I can vouch that the bog-standard BMW diesel engine will accomodate your supermarket battery of the proper voltage without issue.
Thank you for teaching me the name of something I intuitively knew but could never express clearly. I will be delighted to spread the knowledge around.
A special keypad
If you're talking about software running on a PC, there is zero reason for a special keypad and there is no software for which a bog-standard, 100+ key keyboard cannot suffice. You could replace the keyboard with only a number pad, but there is no reason to require a keyboard and another input device with keys.
This reeks of snake oil and it would seem that their autolaunch tasks prove it.
Personally, I would never accept being told that software running on a PC need any input deevice beyond mouse + keyboard. Not for my needs anyway.
Every company has founders, each founder has shares in the company. As long as the company is private, each founder can decide what he wants to do with his own shares and, unless the statutes of the company demand a specific process, nobody has the right to call him on it.
For example, I am in business with an associate. Together we head a small company. I have a certain amount of shares, he has the rest (the majority actually, I joined his company). We are not and never will be publicly traded, but I still have a share of the company. If we are very successful, when I retire I will be able to sell those shares at the best price I can get, and there is no law that says otherwise.
Hmm. Hadn't thought of that.
Pff. Pesky Reality. Always in the way of a nice, easy solution !
"encryption blocks justice"
Which kind of justice exactly ?
The kind that bursts through the door, trashes your appartment/house in search of weapons/drugs/illegal-substance-of-the-day then gives you a full cavity search to be sure they missed nothing, leaving empty-handed with nary an excuse for having violated your life, your body and your privacy under the pretense of "securing the Nation" ?
Or the kind that gathers intel, checks it out, asks for warrant to place under surveillance, gathers direct observational data and, when all indications are you do actually have a bomb lab in your basement, then comes crashing into your life at 6 A.M. sharp to ruin your evil plans ?
Once again encryption is being paraded as the tool terrorists use. Terrorists may indeed use it, but in Paris they did not. As a French national, I am particularly looking forward to the explanations of how these nutjobs got through on plaintext SMS. But in any case, I feel that we, as a society, must absolutely stop relying on computers to discover and gather information on suspects. SigInt has its limits, and they appear to be rather drastic.
I would much rather have all entryways to major cities equipped with metal detectors able to sniff out weapons-grade metals and sending an automated alert and license plate pic to Police HQ(*). I think that would honestly be a lot more efficient because, however long the scum takes to plan, whatever the encryption they use (or don't, as the case may be), they still have to show up physically, all geared up, to accomplish their despicable mission.
If you can catch them while they're still in their car, you can very much limit the damage they can do - contrary to the situation today where we have a few officers sifting through petabytes of useless data and not getting the intel they could actually use.
Alert from the Porte d'Auteuil ? It's a black Seat with four bearded guys dressed in black ? Time for the rapid intervention RAID team. Start the roadblocks and we'll get them !
* - of course, maybe a better alternative would be an automated 80cm-thick steel plate that pops up in front of said vehicle. Vehicle crashes into it, everyone inside seriously injured, cops and medical services just need to mop up. YMMV.
It obviously can't hurt. Personally, even if the exercise is a shambles, it still will result in better awareness for all involved.
Fire drills are an accepted nuisance for a risk that is actually not all that common. This should become a regular occurence because, if I am not mistaken, the risk is far larger.
The traditional French place ? I think not.
My company car is a Peugeot 207. The window buttons are on the door, in front of the handle.
I had a Laguna 2 a few years ago, window buttons were on the door handle as well. Renault Scenic models are the same. The Renault 5 my mother had decades ago was the same. So I would say that the traditional window button position in France is on the interior door handle.
On the other hand, I had a BMW 330d, it had all window button controls behind the gearshift on the central column. I found that quite practical. Curiously, the Audi A5 I have now has the buttons . . on the door handle.
Concerning the DS5, I am quite happy to know that they have removed the Citroën name from it. A Citroën car has hydropneumatic suspension. It is the defining characteristic of Citroën, and the main reason that all Citroën lovers have stuck with the brand.
A car that does not have hydropneumatic suspension does not deserve the Citroën moniker.
Looks to me as if Oracle is rolling on the business as usual train
The Internet is not what Oracle is used to. Oracle gets you to its platform then proceeds to bleed you dry with every option and doodad as a surplus.
On the Internet you can't do that. The Internet is a world of fixed budget. People are generally not going to pay more for more functionality, but they will drop you if a competitor comes along with a better product. So everyone is putting more functionality just to stay relevant or get ahead of the competition.
That means that Oracle is simply going to price itself out of the market.