* Posts by fajensen

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Turkey cites crypto software find in terror charges against TV crew

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Re: Turkey nowadays

Brits and Yanks always, always, wanted to sabotage the EU project. Turkey inside of Schengen would achieve this nicely.

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: Pro (DUH!)

a race to the bottom will actually benefit consumers

I find it is an interesting proposition that people will invent and create great things without money for food and shelter, manufacturers will invest vast sums on production facilities for products that cannot be sold for a profit, speculators will lend money that cannot be paid back to the ventures and states that cannot collect taxes will still "keep the lights on" - *all that* for the sake of "benefiting consumers" (who all must be on welfare anyway since no one can afford to pay them wages to consume for).

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Re: Hostage Exercise

Heh - Former Job, We had a paintball event with Alcohol Ad Libitum. Conveniently enough the bar was next to the re-balling station too - so one would have 1-2 drinks at the bar per load expended and pretty quickly this team-building thing turned out to be OK.

The teams were supposed to "execute the strategies of our leader(s)" - however - we sort of executed our leader instead. When he rushed forward "over the top", brimming with motivation and speed from many hours of Iron-manning - he got about 200 paintballs right in his back (and quite a few more from the oppo when he turned to yell at "his" team). Honest mistake, of course.

As punishment for next year HR got involved: We got the MBTI test + "Theory", with team formation according to MBTI-properties, the solving of many riddles (which are quite transparent to people who hack code all the time) and the part where you have to describe where you noticed the different "personalities" in play. Enhanced Interrogation all the way!

There was a bar afterwards so we did a little challenge for ourselves - run through the park between the hotel and the water and do naked swimming in November. As an incentive last one in shall be known as weakling@ ....

After that "they" gave up on us and just held a regular piss-up instead (with the minimum of content required for tax-relief claiming purposes).

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: I don't think he handled this job at all correctly

For the desktops I would have created a new golden image and rolled that out.

Yeah - Reformat & Reinstall Everything - The standard IT "Support" one gets these days!

First problem is: Most shops already have got a PFY for that job and he is way cheaper than you are.

Second problem: Only secretaries have a standard windows set-up. If it is a financial place, there will be custom software, custom Excel VBA-apps, if engineering there will be design tools locked by licence managers (and kept alive even though the licenses was never renewed - et cetera).

Lose any of that custom software - or - force an upgrade of some relic design tool because License Manager and tar & feather is coming right up!

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: Surrey and its golf courses

So they're just like every other businessman...

... businessmen who sometimes carry guns to work.

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Re: Surrey and its golf courses

Oh - THAT is what all the hedgerows are for: Keep those spying eyes off My Land!

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Re: Fake (female) profiles

I suspect she's out for some attention and money

Exactly like the rest of Earth's population, but, good of you to notice ;-)

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Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

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Re: Ada - the only infrastructure that's reliable & secure by design

Boards understand that the way to win big in finance is to become a "Too Big To Fail" - TBTF - institution; then you can fuck up as much as you like and taxpayers will bail your business out and pay your bonus on top for all the hardship and stress you just endured.

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Re: Nice idea

what the hell happened to us that we've forgotten so much, so fast?

Neoliberalism and Globalisation, that's what happened - and is still happening!

In fact, you making the resolution of this problem a Personal Issue, that must be solved by Individual Action & Personal Responsibility ... and not by The State - which actually has the power to Legislate and Enforce professional standards just shows that Neo-liberlist thinking has been fully internalised and is indeed working as intended: The little fragments of sentien protein can rant & rave all they like against the machine; it's just Brownian motion that will achieve Nothing!

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Re: Your vehement invective is pointless; there is only one fix for this malaise...

you screwed the rest of us out of a decent living.

Well, obviously you deserve whatever screwing you get!

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You were actually doing OK up to: " And the cause? The FSF, and OSS.

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Re: will it really help?

People have mortgages to pay; I think it is pretty rational to weigh up the risks of: "me eventually getting blamed for letting "Evul Hax0rs" stonk on some database" or "me getting evicted next month because of ... Principles".

In Other Words: If you don't like working with shit, don't work with IT!

Chose an Evolutionary field - electrical engineering, aerospace, ship-building et cetera ... do not chose a Revolutionary one, where every five years new, brighter, more shiny (and cheaper) young things emerge equipped with the latest fad in tools & methods.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Fire up MySQL and "Import" them!

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Lets look at this

Those sex-starved "Russian / Asian" wives will be all over those email addresses ... Maybe someone will also re-use them for posting to "misc.invest ..." or "alt.sex ..." for maximum spammage?

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: Did I hear someone say...

For many users, the smart way to use a computer now is to install Linux on the bare metal and run Windows in a VM.

Shhhhh!

The Very Next Thing that the Bright Young Things(tm) at Lenovo and HP will do is to place a hypervisor in the BIOS itself, so, we boot up directly into the matrix. Their crap/spy -ware of course runs inside the hypervisor in "Ring < 0" so the OS and any bootable ROM image can totally forget about doing anything around the tentacles fondling the data!

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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causing the shutdown of half the UK's nightclubs.

Nah - The ban on smoking did that. Without cover from kilograms of burning tobacco (and other plant material) most clubs reek of pee and vomit - barely covered by some of that auto-spray, de-deodoriser shit (that I am also allergic to). Clubbing is similar to going to the diaper ward of an old peoples home to make out.

Well, *that* time can come too soon entirely - it is not something I well seek out and pay a 100 quid for!

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: Another proof that Android isn't secure

Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but if not, then why isn't it Google's fault?

Because "Google" is re-branding itself as "Alphabet"?

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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By owning the companies. If you own the companies you own the code.

You are absolutely sure that the VHDL compiler they used to cook up the masks for all the chippery or the microcode for your CPU is not compromised? That Japanese factory making the tantalum's didn't place a transmitter inside?

I'd say You can't. Even if you buy Intel, you can't. Even if you could build a trustworthy AI capable of holding all of Intel's design information in it's head and simulate it's operation with quantum-level resolution, you can never be sure. Because you would be long dead before it was done. There simply isn't enough time in the universe to x-ray every component, check every single bit, verify all code and confirm that all of the design tools are not lying or hiding information.

You have to assume that the operation is compromised and then work out what the consequences are and how to mitigate this.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Re: It's nice to know ...

How paranoid should I be ?

It will probably be wise to use the computer at a public library for that survey!?

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Re: Hmm...

A devious nation state would use the access to search for competent people with security clearance and have it revoked - slowly ablating the capabilities of the enemy; Judging from the last decade or so of American foreign policy it seems to be exactly what is going on.

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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... publicly destroying shareholder value ...

Didn't Neutron Jack Welsh himself recently get religion and declare Shareholder Value the dumbest idea anyone had since Apartheid - or something?

Anyway, the C-class of today is all about how much Shareholder Value they can transfer to their own numbered accounts in Zürich. Efficiency is not an issue. Probably the "Plan-Cxx" is that if they can burn the investors to the ground while extracting Shareholder Value, then there will be less money to pay the lawyers with when they get sued, thereby the frauds can obtain a better no-fault settlement out of court.

Below is an example of typical "best practice" from the C-segment these days:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/07/who-benefits-rising-generic-drug-prices-and-the-case-of-mylans-conflicted-property-purchases.html

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Just for a laugh...

Oh - they did already.

That's the real reason why Nixon cancelled the moon program after realising how insanely dangerous that game was becoming with active portals to God-does-actually-not-want-to-know sitting around in space. But, the clincher was the evil technology found in an abandoned temple on the lunar surface by the Apollo XVIII crew; Their sealed copper-iridium caskets and the artefacts are secured with a Cobolt-60 source supplemented by an armed thermonuclear device deep inside the vaults of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

Of course they then had to store the nuclear waste somewhere else, but the waste is magnitudes less dangerous than the recovered artefacts and the ... "deceased" crew members .

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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How would we know?

According to my understanding of Max Tegmark's book, "Our Mathematical Universe", we may exist in an infinite universe where the wave-function does not collapse - a multiverse.

Creating a black hole that destroys the earth is a quantum event, and, since the wave-function contains all possible states of all possible universes, never collapses, we do not notice this event because we happen to be inside one of an infinite number of universes where the earth didn't get destroyed - we just get a little bit more unlikely each time the earth is destroyed by CERN (or Launch on Warning Nuclear Insanity) so what we experience is the world getting stranger as it becomes more unlikely.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: So...

So just give us El Reg readers an Ultra geek mode

That would be "Windows Server 2008"; the 2012 version have those filthy tiles shat all over it - Microsoft has really lost the plot this time. At least during the Vista fiasco the Server Editions provided an escape hatch for gamers and other people willing to pay up and now that is being bricked up and tiled over!

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Open Compute Project testing is a 'complete and total joke'

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Re: I don't think these guys understand...

"What this cert is for": Its just some parasitic business trying to carve out a place for itself inside a running value chain where it can then extract rent from the flow; nobody cares about the application or usefulness of this "certification" - if money comes in for doing it and sticking a sticker on a certain brand of hardware for ever, then it "works".

We see a lot of similar business models these days. Value creation must be under some pressure.

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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

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I really don't care much. I made like 15000 EUR "on call" one year *just* because the muppet java developers:

a) think it is exceptionally clever to use MySQL instead of syslog for logging,

b) think that "java.util.logging" still needs to log to a flat file in a place that syslog doesn't know about,

c) think that MySQL replication == backup,

d) believe that adding a new framework is always better than writing 100 lines of Java source code,

e) leaving the old one(s) in place when adding a new framework (since no-one is there long enough to find a person who remembers what the old stuff is supposed to be doing),

And dum-dum Managers, who couldn't manage to run a fast food joint into the ground:

f) think it is "too expensive" to fix the code, mainly because "On-call time" is just Hours and all employee hours are Free, because if not used deleting files and chocking dead databases back to life the slobs would just do something else, not work-related with their time, thus wasting it.

h) have KPI's tracking the extent that developer-hours are billed to customer accounts and linked to customer requirements (The "needle" is pinned at 100%, nobody questions "why").

Anyway, this is what the other end of you "iDevice" looks like!

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Here we go again

It must be the 90s again - Compuserve is back!

Not really - one could do useful work with Compuserve.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: If only

Fire that shit up and see what it does. What can possibly go wrong?

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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

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Argh - That's the creepy version of "Charlie and the chocolate factory", it's just WRONG.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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one of my chapters that should I get the crap sued out of me?

You will, once technological progress makes the process to discover your infringement and collect the license fee cheap enough, then it becomes a viable business model and someone will offer it as a service, like parking fees.

The trick for the "service provider" is to not end up in court so no ruling is made whether they are actually entitled to collect.

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... but you can bet that the rest of the world will not follow suit and allow large multinationals to squeeze genuine innovators out of the market in favor of perpetual monopolization.

I bet that the politicians will sign us up for exactly that, first with the TTIP guaranteeing a right to profits for corporations and then we will see "infringement-bots" doing deep traffic inspection disguised as "fighting piracy / child porn / drugs / terrorism / instablity" on *any* thoughts, ideas, creative works, et cetera, exchanged on any medium readable by machines.

"Fair Use" will come to mean that nation states will have to pay compensatory damages for traffic that contains any scrap of IP *claimed* to be owned by corporations - or face arbitration (not court). Claims will be initiated automatically, disputing claims is - of course - a manual process. The DMCA is just the beginning, the beta-run perhaps, of the future.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: Displaced workers

Put those increasing GMO crop yields to work for you.

Won't Work. Monsanto will send sniffer drones round to check your crop out for their Intellectual Property. Then their AI lawyers will send "cease and desist notices". And since you can't pay the license fees witout money, other drones will then spray your crop with Agent Orange!

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

What's the benefit to the nation of smart meters?

Not the nation. The benefit is for the privatised energy companies and "market makers", since once there is an actively traded market for electricity - which is what all these "smart meters" will be doing on behalf of subscribers - a new crop of financial parasites can be collecting transaction fees - or just go full ENRON: Buy up electrical futures, then "service" a major power station.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Steven King will presumably be happy & rich - unless the kindle tracks that we read Kings double-brick-tomes the same way as the poems and songs in the works of Tolkien: "Yada-yada-yada ..wtf?.. flip, flip, flip, more yada ... finally, 27 pages later ... Oh ..... The Story continues ... Wonderful!"

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Re: Prioties

Who *knows* that the Chinese *actually* "hacked into ..."?

Would it not be easier that the Chinese simply asked for a little favour in return for something. Perhaps a password or even a private VPN to the inside of the firewall from some of the rice-bowl-a-day techies at the outsourced data processing facility in Bangalore or whatever - 1500 quid will go a long way in the 3'rd world and it's knot that the techies are any dumber "there" than "here", they also know that their job can always go to a cheaper place, so .... What Loyalty, Exactly!

There is also the problem that China trains and educates 250000 engineers per year; it would be strange if not 2500 of these are really good, 250 of those really love their country above all others and maybe 100 of these travel to "The West" to work at leading tech businesses. cdr150622

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: Kind of a shame, really...

OTOH - If I buy something based on glowing 5-star reviews and it's crap, then I am going to be disappointed and UN-appreciative of Amazon juicing the reviews further to boost sales.

The negative reviews just seem much more truthful, because they often provide details and humour and ironi. Contrarily, the "positive, very helpful" review are very often bland and generic, with no specific things the "purchaser" liked, and did not like so much, about the product, book, whatever : "This product(sic!) is absolutely wonderful blah, blah", so this we don't trust, of course. If a product have no negative, cranky, reviews, then nobody living bought it - is my hypothesis.

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Even I can write a Selenium bot to "upvote" reviews, so I would guess that everyone on the planet is already doing it.

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If you are an author and give a shit about what someone random on the internet write about your work, then you need to do a lot more writing and less posing; even your mum doesn't like everything you do!

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: What a load of crap posted here

Great!

I have an entry position for a dynamic young intern willing prove their ability to work towards exacting standards.

You will start on Monday, you will not get paid until after September and only on the condition that your work satisfies my requirements. Your first tasks will be painting the house and mowing the lawn twice a week (of course you have to bring paint, tools, petrol any protective gear and take out a life insurance to benefit my company - just in case you break your damn neck and I have to hire a professional to finish the paint job).

One just can't get staff these days, so I am happy to hear that someone, somewhere is flexible and conscious of the needs of business.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.

It's the American Way ...Even our grand parents knew to take cover whenever Americans were shooting.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Re: What ticks me off

This is across the board - anything to do with Google. Filing a bug with google or complaining about anything is next to impossible.

It's the same everywhere. The *only* way past the typical KPI-target of ... "To maintain a high customer satisfaction, there shall be no more than 137 open issues at any one time" ... is when the CEO / CTO has a public twitter account!

If we have millions of customers, how do we satisfy this bonus-enhancing requirement?

We *could* employ qualified and professional support staff and improve the customer support process - but, this sounds like it could be hard and that it might take a while - we could also squeeze the pipeline for customers contacting us down to two 1980's "suction cup" audio-modems communicating via four cans and two strings, which is Fun & Easy (and also warrants and article on Hackaday / Facebook on how kewl, leet and funny people we are in this business).

Metrics Matter - all the way to the point where Metrics is the only thing that actually matters.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Delaying publication does not really improve security.

Waiting six months seems a too generous to me though....

Government bureaucracy - Apple have to wait with the fix until the NSA comes up with a workaround.

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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

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... and except for the fact that there is a commercial transaction going on, not anything "pretty much like" something else.

We can look forward to some sad stories of Über-car crashes where the insurance policy will not pay up because a business insurance policy is required. Laws are there to make these things simple and reliable due to past experiences and excesses. Well, if another round is what it takes then at least one can hope that many libertarians gets it ;-)

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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CIA had to relocate their local presence to another location first.

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Re: Official Title

... once they are defeated in that battle (yes, they know they can't win), then the end of the world will be heralded ...

That's a Win-Win then ... they get to die and we don't have to pay our mortgages back. I mean, nobody "here" actually believe in that kind of thing, right?

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Re: @streaky

Sure, if you don't care about killing tens or hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process

I think we ought to care about as much about these people that we cared for the Germans, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and even the Iraqis. The IS guys are still running around in Toyota-parades, which must light up every sensor-system known to man, and we don't light them up because "civilians"?

In WW2 none of those convoys would have gotten un-strafed away after 1943!

If we haven't got the stomach for war, a.k.a., murdering people on an industrial scale, then we should save 95% of the money spent on the military, because it will just be wasted anyway.

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Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

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Is there a Kickstarter for that?

I kind-off like the idea of investing in a hacking campaign, like the old days with Spanish galleons and a "letter of marque".

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Re: Taking Mattel are they?

There is a Philip K. Dick story buried there somehow -

Imagine Google's G-Teddy activating at night, running Mattels Babie through the garbage disposal unit; Then Mattel ups the stakes with an Iron man toy - with Lasers - frying GTeddy's. Google responds by ripping off the works of H.P. Lovecraft so now we have Mattels Avengers battling Goggles Tentacled Horrors from Beyond. The creatures will have several exciting battle hymns and of course be constructed in automated factories that nobody knows the location off.

... While humanity scurry around trying to avoid becoming collateral damage.

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

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Ahh, Those Bright Young Things who hack Linux distributions these days .... They are working to make Linux more like Windows .

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: P2P lending

"Market Friction" is what pays for the free whores & blow offered at those exclusive resorts where the decision makers are invited to seminars on "How deregulation and Zero enforcement is Good for YOU^H^H Society"!

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: "Ryanair ...no on-board entertainment other than that crappy paper magazine?"

Ryanair would prefer to run the planes without crew and auction off the pilot seat - if they could get insurance cover for the passengers and the plane, they would do it too!

I speculate that the people who like Ryanair are authoritarians, who gets pleasure out of "knowing the rules" (and the hideous web site) well enough to avoid getting stuck with some scam / fee and knowing that the crew is paid less than the average PFY working at McD.

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Re: Lemmings !

ARINC 664 and AFDX are the reference standards.

Sure - but - Is there a cable between the in-flight entertainment systems and the flight systems? The references that I could google up doesn't explain this.

To all those who claim that this is super complicated to hack and this decades old special hardware is very secure - the example below is kind of what "we" are up against. Some people are very clever and very patient!

http://hackaday.com/2015/01/22/reprogramming-super-mario-world-from-inside-the-game/

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they're very carefully partitioned in every way.

Which way? If it is via switches and firewalls, then I would not trust the separation to hold - the qualification process guarantees that the installed hardware and software is always *generations* behind The Internet. I read (in Wired, I think) that they (Boeing) wired the entertainment network via plastic junction boxes under the seats. Not very inaccessible.

Separate physical cabling all the way, separate antennas, that might actually work for a while.

.... At least until some moron tries his EMP-device on the plane.

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