* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Clueless s’kiddies using exploit kits are behind ransomware surge

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Re: low-skilled criminals continued

"Because it hasn't been picked yet?"

Philosoraptor.jpg!

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Canada?

It's just like a sect. A neverending circlejerk of the self-promoters where there are "friends" that are not friends and "news" that are not news and into which you are forced to put half an hour or so per day, possibly by a "mobile device solution" while on the move to increase the obnoxious encroachment on your mind. Then the Nigerian Prince texts you.

Adios.

At least the Cortana is designed to look sexually attractive to young males.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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So it's boring and mainstream?

Can we go back to actual problems now?

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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

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Re: Tim is a Scientist Guy...

As Captain Nemo once said when his Boot was grabbed by the Kraken:

Frenchman: "It got us. What are you going to do?"

Nemo: "We shall surface and eliminate the whole brood!"

Not a Green Attitude, but there you go.

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Re: Who's this Berners-Lee to complain?

Expecting people to discuss security considerations of URLs in 1994?

Really????

Well, it WAS the dark harbinger times of the Freeh FBI, Attorney General Janet Reno, the Clipper Chip (and also the X-Files), but you can't fault people for not pulling in information from the future about technology that doesn't even exist yet and discuss it in an RFC that is basically orthogonal to the not-as-yet-formed security considerations.

Let's check the covers of "Communications of the ACM" of 1994 to see how far away that year is now: "Hypermedia" is featured in February and "Internet Technology" in August

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There is no money in "decentral"

Everybody always wants to be The Indispensable One With The Asymmetric Information Advantage And the Interface With Rounded Corners so that toll barriers can be erected or advertisements targetially pushed on the road to utter & total consumer bliss. While three-letter agencies slurp the doubtlessly secure database.

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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I don't understand.

IoT devices do not necessarily need to be "smart", they just need to have some kind of control function.

They certainly will not be "all the time connected". Maybe do some I/O when they have harvested enpugh energy to power on the radio interface. Indeed, it will liked be a security feature to NOT have the damned stuff online all the time.

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Even less Microsoft in the market?

Good!

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Re: More Hype

You will meet Doctor IoT at the hospital. You can be sure of this.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10 @Anonymous Coward

You have a good point historically -- Henry Ford (hardly a philanthropist otherwise) paid better wages so his many workers could afford to buy a Ford.

Realistically, most buyers of Ford were NOT Ford workers.

What made Fords buyable were not higher wages at Ford, but mass production and thus LOWER wages per unit produced (aka "cheapening").

This is also why you can buy an iPhone under USD 10'000 at all: cheapening.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: Ahh but....

That's "Bilderberg".

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Calling Obama "amusing" is like calling Pinochet "uplifting"

The "sassy black guy" spiel of the drone-and-nuclear-renewal president is really old now.

Meanwhile: PNAC is baaackk (Well, it never went away, really)

The substance of the document is about what one would expect from an iteration of PNAC. The paper cites a highly revisionist history of post-World War II American policymaking, complete with a celebration of America’s selfless motives for every action. Left out is any mention of overthrowing democratically elected and popular governments for US business, or the subsequent blowback for such actions in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

For the neocons and liberal interventionists at the Center for a New American Security, the United States has always acted for the benefit of all.

The paper primarily focuses on the economy and defense budget, and American security interests in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Supporting the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are considered the highest priority, as they will bind the main drivers of the US-led “liberal world order”—the US and Europe—closer together.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: The Downward Spiral of Product Quality vs. Profit

I quite like their latest Latitude models. Compared to what was on offer 3 years ago they are rather improved. A not-too-fancy machine, a bit plain, that does its job. It can be self-serviced, too. Just what's needed.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: I've lost important data

The above is accompanied by cackling laughter from The Beast.

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Re: Should be running CentOS or some other LTS Linux

Black men can't jump?

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Re: ISLAMISTS killing the animals ?

1) Provide free passage to join ISIS

2) Just kill them all in situ

That's what P.U.T.I.N. did, and he got vilified for it (while Al Qaeda now has a Washington Lobby, we have reached levels of iron irony.)

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Re: Set all your connections to metered

How I wish for calls into user-provided Lua scripts to control the system's logics instead of the stupid search-wonder-click-oh-no-can't-do-that-it's-buggy-anyway bullshit idiot GUI routine.

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Re: Don't use Microsoft products ....

mess about with an operating system which underpins a large number of life critical processes; e.g. in hospitals and medical equipment, air traffic control and some aircraft flight control systems

Empirically demonstrated preference say that these are NOT "life critical processes", they are processes for which "cheap and cheerful and a quick hail mary" are good enough and a reboot is likely to fix things within allotted MTTR. Any spillage can probably be mopped up by lawyers and gag orders (with dead people piously under-rugged while whistling a joyful tune)

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SLACKOUT

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Re: All Of Your Eggs

MAKE AMERICA DECENTRAL AGAIN!!

I would actually vote for that platform.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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What is this world coming to?

Unreasonable searches and seizures, no right to bear arms, secret evidence and no expectation of privacy in one's coming and goings?

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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I see!

Is that Mr. Orlowski's "red faced" judge? He seems to cruise cooly through this particular Obnoxious Catfight of the 300 Pound Gorillas.

Now, about that stock photo, which seems to have been created by the coffee-brings-you-cancer scare team....

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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To think that Stallman slept underneath his desk and coded during the day to ensure API compatibility between the open and closed version of LISP machines (which of course went out of fashion soon after these heroic efforts) and now APIs have become the next West Bank of "Intellectual property" fetishists, to be partitioned, patrolled, assimilated and "monetized" slowly but inexorably.

Some kind of "industry" we have got ourselves here.

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Re: My Blackberry Q10 is looking better

It's dead, Jim.

I haven't heard of anyone wanting to have BB in-company in the last 6 months. It may be a mistake but that coffin is rolling downstairs now.

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Re: GPL?

Or maybe fish something out of the pond of dead Nokia?

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Google has already implemented the fix, which involves replacing the Apache Harmony implementation of Java with Oracle's own version of Java, which they license under open source.

The important part is the VM and it has never been the one of Sun or the one of Apache, as it is the Dalvik (licensed under Apache License, so Google may make proprietary modifications to it of course)

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I don't understand this article

It's like hearing Qi-Gong explaining his super plan to fight the invasion of a random planet by having Anakin win the race or something.

So Google creates a proprietary Android with the API also proprietary (given the new "rightsholder-friendly" "can't copy this API" legal landscape) to have more control so that phone makers living in a "brutal marketplace" where 1c difference in BoM is a lot (how many planets do they supply in phones?) are left in the radioactive dead zone of the non-updating consumer gimmicks.

But so what??

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Re: Oracle

Once you switch it on, it will menace you because you might be under-licensed. Then a lawyer calls.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Trump is not even in charge....

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Doesn't help. It happens everywhere: The Forfeiture Racket: Police and prosecutors won't give up their license to steal.. This is an article from 2010.

The 1984 law lowered the bar for civil forfeiture. To seize property, the government had only to show probable cause to believe that it was connected to drug activity, or the same standard cops use to obtain search warrants. The state was allowed to use hearsay evidence—meaning a federal agent could testify that a drug informant told him a car or home was used in a drug transaction—but property owners were barred from using hearsay, and couldn’t even cross-examine some of the government’s witnesses. Informants, while being protected from scrutiny, were incentivized monetarily: According to the law, snitches could receive as much as one-quarter of the bounty, up to $50,000 per case.

Yeah, what could go wrong here?

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Between 2001 and 2014, the US government confiscated $29bn using the laws

That's half the money that has been promised to Israel for the next ten years 'coz they are sooo hurting from that bad, bad Iran deal. People are asking whether someone has money diarrhea. Well, looks like "direct taxation" can bring in the goods! Sorted!!

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Why is Hillary election propaganda being posted here?

Seriously, El Reg!

The vilification of the Trump Voter as know-nothing flyover country hillbilly seems to be reaching new levels of hysteria.

Better commentary here:

Campaigns Spawn Really Bad Economics

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Startup Knupath offers world a new CPU architecture

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No but now cats know that you know.

They won't take this lying down. You better watch out tonight.

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Re: all we need to know

A D-Wave does some kind of stochastical process. This one is straightforward Algebra In Silicium.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: floating off Kaliningrad on an Aegis missile destroyer

Well, the F-35 props may be out-numbered in case of an "event" as one single of those blow-up planes costs a gazillion Euro.

That's one thing I'm a bit looking forward to as in my advanced age I like to see fireworks from time to time: A "limited" nuclear exchange with Russia on Toady Witch Hillary's "watch", which she will probably hope to pull off with the loss of a few "FucktheEuropeans" cities, a good deal.

But I digress, better take my blood pressure pills.

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Re: Hmmm....

All these guys were purged bolshevik-style because someone wanted to get the money. They are dead, Jim.

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Re: Mihi persuasum est odisse acerbe

As positive results can be used to justify the inception of suspiciously first-strike-capable "missile defense systems" in Romania and Poland to counter Iranian missiles which don't exist, I would hope so!

PAY 5% OF GDP TO NATO NOW! THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS IT!!

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As long as the crusader fires pork at his enemies, it's ok!!

Hmm "liberal" (in the US sense) newspaper detects the pushbutton of the "original sin of being white", writes article apologizing for this to the Non-Christian Sun People and Receivers of the Order of the Refugee Monies.

FILM AT 11!

I so can understand Trump voters.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Organizational microsoervices?

I have seen a COBOL guy in his 50s and he was a non-talking curmudgeon, practically impossible to work with, a danger to the company.

Maybe the "guys in their 50s doing COBOL" who quit when hearing "agile" were like that, in which case they deserve the job market they will encounter. Otherwise there should be ways to accommodate that particular development section which more likely wants some steadiness instead crazy youngsters re-discovering sexthe ropes making them confused and angry. Put a communicating "project manager" in front of their door to perform proper I/O.

project managers can become a rare breed and can become scrum-masters

The scrum master is just the scrum master. The propels the scrum cycle. The project manager is the guy on the phone, in contact with the guy with the money and doing the Gantt chart. Both job descriptions are not comparable at all. Once project managers think they are scrum masters or the converse, problems beckon.

JP Morgan Australia senior managers have installed cambam boards for themselves.

I think this is written "Kanban". It is a nice communication device, especially to give some visual input to PHB dropping by to "ask for a little project on the side", but it's orthogonal to agilism...

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The Fog of Cyberwar: Now theft and sabotage instead of just spying

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That was a pretty short interview

...with a guy having lots of scareisma.

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TeamViewer: So sorry we blamed you after your PC was hacked

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I would call the users careless and fucking idiots too if needed!

...same as you get thrown out into the street if you behave in inappropriate manner in a bar, with a few bruises as a bonus.

But what we actually want to know is whether there is something to the recent hijack reports?

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

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Re: What have the Britons ever done for us...

Unfortunately, also John Maynard Keynes and the Fired Mars Bar.

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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Re: Get with the times, grandpa!

What's not to like?

Please post yoof yodeling orgasmically in Microsoft stores or I won't believe you.

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Re: Low marketshare

"Pirates" may well be more consumer-firendly than the original outfits and actually have FEWER backdoors...

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A message to the MS astroturfist

Stop trying to hold MS back because you refuse to change.

Yes, it's a very 20/21-st century thing to pretend to know best for everyone out there. In the domain of politics, we have the mountains of bones to prove it.

In the marketplace, even in the one in which Microsoft is the Gorilla, it's the customer who decides whether he wants to "change" and in which direction this not-coincidentally-left-unspecified "change" is supposed to go.

If Microsoft brings out a compelling improvement, fine. I could imagine paying for it and using it from time to time.

If Microsoft brings out a whoring OS laden with rank ideas that gene-combined in various "customer-orientation" committees with too much antithetical directions about the "next big ting", not fine.

Go back to basics, make clear what is going on, give options, don't threaten the customer or handle him like you own his arse.

More here: The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Hmmm... I think the whole Excelsheet of corporospeak has been included there...

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Re: PC upgrades were compelling...

I like to search the Ribbon while barrelling down the highway!

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Re: MOND ?

MOND is not even a theory, it's adapting a formula to observation with no theory to buttress it .

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Re: Well..

Quantum reality is not a 'part of' classical reality. Classical reality is the observation of quantum reality on a macro scale.

Correct. And Gravitation is likely to turn out to be a not-quite-cancelled effect of something else. The efforts to explain it as an "entropic force" haven't gone anywhere though.

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Re: Distance to Mars

That's not how it works.

No "universal expansion" in gravitationally bound systems ... in the same way as there is no expansion of atoms in a rapidly expanding cloud of gas.

You would see local effects if the expansion acceleration accelerated ... I think. Someone more au fait with the math may shed light on this.

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Storage greybeard: DevOps, plagiarism and horrible wrongness

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Re: Key Differences

Scripts don't cut it (beyond a certain point of course) and we see folks that are tipping. Scripts that are no longer sustainable , the scaling fell down.

To which we can all agree...

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