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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Punishing the wrong people.

Yeah, great idea, because the Sysadmins are the ones who wrote the buggy OS/services/programs, so they should be the first before the judge. Pure genius.

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Insert coin to continue: GameOver ZeuS zombie MUTATES, shuffles back to its feet

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Takedowns

" that botnet takedowns could only deliver a coup de grâce if bot masters were excuted."

There, fixed that for you.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Crusoe

My thoughts exactly.

If you've got your grain of salt handy - the Wikipedia article for Transmeta states that Nvidia had bought a license for some of the IP back in the day. It also says Intel has a perpetual license to ALL Transmeta IP.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

Pirate Dave
Pirate

so

Eventually Dr. Sbaitso could analyze himself? What's he going to do if he says a cuss word to himself? That could get noisy...

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Pirates?

Here I was, clicking into this story thinking this person had a fix for the real pirate problem - you know, the guys in boats off the coast of Africa who kill, steal, etc. But no, she wants to cut peoples' fingers off for stealing music? That's a bit daft. It's just entertainment, a way to while away the time until death takes us, nothing really real about it. Fix the real pirate problem, then maybe learn to feed your starving masses, then worry about the freetards stealing music.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

Pirate Dave
Pirate

RIMFAX

"the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX)"

Which was a replacement for the cancelled "Radar Imager for Mars' Jurassic Observation Box"

But cheers to them anyway. I look forward to seeing the pics.

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

Pirate Dave
Pirate

FREEDOM

F is for Fighting

R is for Red (ancestor's blood, in battles they shed)

E we elect them

E we eject them (in the land of the Free and the home of the brave)

D for your dying

O your overture

M they will cover your grave with manure

This spells out freedom

it means nothing to me

as long as there's a PATRIOT Act

(Apologies to Dave Mustaine)

Repeal the fucking PATRIOT Act, that would be a start. Then we wouldn't need these new laws to curtail the abuses from older laws which had taken away freedoms from our orignal laws. You don't untangle a string by putting more knots in it.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: The less they care

Don't forget Microsoft in your list of big companies who care less about their users...

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Meteor?

I think I saw a documentary about the dinosaur extinction earlier this summer that said the dinos weren't wiped out by an asteroid, but rather were turned into some sort of metal by extra-terrestrials. We are apparently using that metal now to build mechanical devices and shape-shifting robots. It's all very scientific and high-tech. The documentary was horribly filmed, the narration was awful, and the re-enactments were second rate, but overall, it did provide a glimpse into the death of the dinosaurs. And it seems that one of the shape-shifting robots has been sent on a deep-space mission to find the "creators". Not sure what that's all about, but there you go.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Paypal's business model is crookery

PayPal wasn't so bad back when eBay would let sellers request/accept money orders or checks from buyers. Back then, you could totally avoid the shitpit that was PayPal. But now they are pretty much the only method that eBay will let us occasional sellers use. And they still suck.

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: There should only ever be one thing "first" in business...

...the customer. ???

Maybe MS is way ahead of where we think they are, and they've already made the facebook-jump to their "customers" being the companies buying ads on Bing or selling software on XboxLive. We are the "product". That's what it sounds like from their "cloud first, mobile first" crap.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: What's the real danger ?

Worms will be my primary worry after support ends. Things that get brought onto the network and work their way through it via bugs in netbios or IIS or whatever else the black hats can think up. All of my Internet-reachable stuff is 2012, but I do still have quite a few 2k3 servers kicking around doing various little things. So I'd say make sure your remaining 2k3 servers are in their own DMZ so the local desktops can't infect them. That's what I'll be doing here. Although hopefully I can chuck all of my 2k3 boxes over the next year or two. Too bad, as I liked the simpler Win2k-ish interface on the 2003 server.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Ah...

too bad, I was hoping "Flash is DEAD" was referring to the product from Adobe...

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Bean counter and Excel

Our head bean counter has been here for about 12 years and I don't know that he has yet created a NEW spreadsheet. It seems that all of his spreadsheets are just new copies of spreadsheets that the prior head bean counters had created. Which makes sense in a way - why should a man who is both a skilled brain surgeon and an obviously God-gifted rocket scientist need to know how to create a spreadsheet? But back to the point, this HBC loves to link spreadsheets. In fact, I think his spreadsheet for this year's financials probably links back to the original spreadsheet from 2002. All by way of the intervening 11 year's worth of spreadsheets, which are all themselves interlinked in a recursive fashion. So he frequently complains that "my PC is slow". Yeah, it's not hard having Excel read 23 different spreadsheets at once or anything. All while the guy has at least 20 different windows opened for things like Internet-radio, email, several Word documents, numerous instances of Explorer and Firefox. And other, unrelated spreadsheets.

Head Bean Counters - definitely make me wish we'd scrap all the desktop PCs and go back to VT100 terminals...

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FCC to spend $2 BEEELLION to install Wi-Fi in US schools

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: ERATE

I feel your pain man. I work at a private college, and we wanted to put in a VOIP system, but our aging fleet of HP 4000 switches from 1999/2000 weren't the ideal basis for that. It took us 5 years of looking around and cost us around $100k to put in new backbone and VOIP switches (VOIP and switches are all Avaya). They are nice though, really fast. But they are expen$ive.

My other thought when I read this article was - well, it's nice to put APs all over campus, but if a school only has a few megabits of connectivity back to the County (or directly out to the Internet), well, who's going to pay for faster access? I would think the pipes that a school has currently are sized for the current traffic requirements. Add WiFi everywhere, and I'd think you'd need bigger pipes and a more costly bandwidth allocation. So yeah, the Gov will splash a few billion one time for the WiFi, but then the schools have to pay the ongoing Internet charges. In metro areas, that's probably not too expensive, but out in the boonies, the local last-mile folks sure do think highly of their fibers...

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

Pirate Dave

I was wondering the same thing. If you know the MAC prefix, just reserve a special pool for them in DHCP and give out leases with bogus gateways and/or DNS. Problem solved.

Although I do like an earlier commentard's suggestion of traffic-shaping them down to 1kbs. Sweet...treat them like we used to treat P2P file sharers...

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New development in 'stadium-sized' FLYING SAUCER orb invasion

Pirate Dave

Re: Hope it all...

"orb envy" ? What's the Navajo word for that?

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: I'm confused

Yeah, that makes sense. But still it seems a bit like Level 3 is trying to overstep their bounds by (almost) naming-and-shaming. I mean, if they were in a court case or something, and this came out as part of their testimony, I could understand. But to just volunteer the info out of the blue as a way to nudge the ISPs into buying fatter pipes, eh, that seems a bit much.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

I'm confused

Why would a transit provider give a shit if the consumer-facing ISP is giving the consumers shitty service in the last mile? That's the ISP's problem, right?

Or am I missing something?

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Am I really the first...

to ask if Google's robot-car CPU is built on a foundation of the Three Laws of Robotics? I mean, I don't imagine it has a real Positronic brain, since that might be too high-tech even for Google, but still, the Three Laws would be a good starting point for any self-driving car, no?

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Pirate Dave

Re: Maybe what the world needs

>"something that has been looming for the last 20 years.."

And that's the point of my earlier posts - in 20 years of this looming issue the only answer we've gotten from "those who know" is a solution that is horrible overkill for the problem at hand (and seems to be used and evangelized primarily by those with a bit too much zeal for said solution). Christ, even Microsoft eventually admitted Vista was a miss and a step too far.

As long as we admins have the option to not use it, a lot of us will choose that option in the vain hope that someone from the "those who know" pool will come up with a better solution. Or we retire. Or IPX comes back from the dead. Either is an acceptable alternative. If Google, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Ebay, et a,l switch to IPv6 overnight, then yes, we admins will follow along the next morning, grumbling in our beards, and life will go on.

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Pirate Dave

Re: Maybe what the world needs

>You are free to suggest a protocol that is better than IPv6

I think I did just that a few posts ago.

"They" would be my upstream ISPs and the Internet in general.

I hate to inform you of this, but I specifically disable IPv6 on all of my machines.

Now I will give you that perhaps my "extra octet" idea isn't very good, since 5-byte words aren't very common to CPUs or compilers and would require quite a bit of extra processing (compared to IPv4) to accommodate that extra byte. Would it be worse than IPv6 for performance? I don't know, but I doubt it. I would think it would be slightly worse than IPv4.

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Pirate Dave

Re: Maybe what the world needs

"Unless you are configuring a router or a DNS or DHCP server, you should never even *see* an IP address, let alone have to type one in or remember it."

I'm a Network Admin. Seeing, typing, remembering, and assigning IP addresses is my job.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Maybe what the world needs

Considering how slow the adoption of IPv6 has been, I'd say all hope really is lost. Looking that those figures for IPv6 traffic, it's apparent nobody much wants this overly complicated protocol, and until they shove it down our throats with absolutely no alternative available, a lot of us won't use it. There's no benefit, only a lot of pain.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Maybe what the world needs

is IPv4.1. Add an octet to the current 4-octet IP4 addresss and work from there. That would give us 253 more Internets or thereabouts. But would still be comprehensible by those of us who aren't Mensa members. Let the IETF figure out how to map/divide/segment the new Hypernet(tm), then let the software and hardware folks start tweaking their stacks to make use of it. One extra byte would require lots of work to implement, which would be good for keeping folks busy for a few years.

And here's the first suggestion: 1.x.x.x.x would map to the current IPv4 address range.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Why Baconur?

Why did you guys decide to do the test flights in Britain (where there seems to be lots of houses and fields and people and property lines) instead of Spain (where there seems to be lots of empty, uninhabited land)?

Top work though.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Too bad

we can't suggest to the CIA/NSA that there are terrorists on Mars. It might give them something to do besides spy on us earthlings. They've obviously got a surplus of manpower and high-end hardware at their disposal...

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Nettica

I've been using Nettica for the past 4 years or so to host our external DNS, and they have worked fine. Dyn bought them a few weeks ago, and I'm hoping they don't screw things up.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Faronic's Deep Freeze

We've been using that in the labs here (a University) for 13 years now, and it works very well. On machines from Win95/98 up to Win7. Get a virus or worm or a torched registry? Reboot and the machine is back to pristine condition.

The only downside is that the XP OS itself is still vulnerable. So the reboot will clear out the virus/worm, but sooner or later you'll pick it up again. On a desktop machine that is rebooted daily, that's probably OK, but for, say, a CNC machine that's only rebooted once in a great while, it's not as much help. Although in any case, the reboot will restore your machine to the condition it was in when you installed DeepFreeze.

In 13 years, I've yet to see a virus/worm defeat DeepFreeze on the computers here. At least not viruses/worms that come in through Windows. I don't thinkDeepFreeze offers any protection if you accidently boot from an infected USB stick or floppy or the like.

Faronics also offers an Antivirus product. It is not very good. We tried it for a year or two, but didn't much care for it.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

Pirate Dave

Re: Out of curiosity

I've wondered, since his first story last year, why he's prohibited from taking pictures of the houses. Is it a religious thing?

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Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Eh, so...

does this mean Bing is Team Rocket? I can sort of see Ballmer as Meowth - big head, rotund body.

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Users should be able to register their own devices, and access company resources consistently across them, it says."

Um... No. You asked 7 years ago when you got your first iPhone, and the answer was "no" then and it's still "no" today.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

Pirate Dave

The WH is considering

replacing a BB with a Windows Phone? Wut? April 1 is still more than a week away...

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Gartner networked storage suppliers: Behold the Reg spaghetti-graphic

Pirate Dave
Pirate

British?

Is it a British thing that the chart reads from right to left instead of left to right?

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Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

Pirate Dave

Correction...

"DeepMind started playing video games and learning automatically. The same program can play all these games [like Battlezone, Pong, Demon Attack] with superhuman performance. Imagine if this kind of intelligence were throwing grenades at you."

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

Pirate Dave

OEM?

"Downgrading can also put you in a shaky position with the PC maker: OEMs vary in their willingness to support and maintain PCs that have been downgraded"

Maybe it's just me, but I would think if they are still running XP, especially in small Mom-and-Pop shops, then the OEM's warranty ran out many years ago...

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

Pirate Dave

Don't Li-Ion batteries like to burn?

And one of the companies involved with this is named "Paper Battery Company"? I think I already see a problem...

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Mole grips

You mean visegrips can TURN a nut? Geez, I thought they were only useful for removing the corners from nuts... I must be doing it wrong...

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Sounds like

Didn't Brendan Fraser film an epic documentary that proved Verne's writings back in 2008? I seem to recall seeing it. The transition zone is full of hungry dinosaurs and other strange creatures. I still don't understand how he got back to the surface...

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

Pirate Dave
Pirate

No worries...

"Besides the constitutional implications, the CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance."

None of which really bothers the CIA all that much. Those are mortal laws. The CIA is above such petty inconveniences. I'm sure if a sharp-eyed legal eagle went looking, he could find something, somewhere, that could stop the CIA's abuse, but we'd probably not hear about it before he got waterboarded to death.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Pirate Dave
Pirate

BOFH?

So you get rid of the people who are complaining about the modern apps? Sweet. I've got to try that..

Do you prefer a trip down the stairwell or the cattle prod?.

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Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

Pirate Dave

Cool

Good work on all that.

With all the gizmo gear in LOHAN, eh, how much effect do you guys expect the rocket engine to have? My original take on LOHAN (back when you started) was that it would be small and light like PARIS, so a rocket engine would really make it go, err, like a rocket. But with all the weight you guys are adding, is it going to do much more than clear the fantastical flying truss?

(I'm not a rocket guy, so I'm talking out my arse here...)

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

Pirate Dave
Pirate

If...

If there's not a classic Start Menu in this update, who gives a shit?

I've been using Server 2012 as my desktop for almost a year now and I really,REALLY still miss the old Start Menu. I kept hoping that with long-term use, I'd finally be enlightened on how MS expected us to be productive with TIFKAM, but so far, my eyes are still dark. 2012 R2's little fake Start Menu was a joke. Nothing but barren waste as far as my dim eyes can see. Hours and hours of registry tweaks to get something that resembles a usable desktop. Sad. Microsoft used to know how to design and produce decent (if totally insecure) desktop software, but they seem to have fired all those folks.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"you know who" ?

Aw, come on, this isn't Jehovah you're talking about. You won't get stoned for saying "That piece of halibut was good enough for the FSM".

Say His noodly name. The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

There, doesn't that feel better?

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Pirate Dave

I do wonder

How many of these BitCoin banks/exchanges hired security/network/web admins who had formerly worked for a real bank or some other secure entity?. And how many just hired some dude whose resume they saw on monster.com? I'd think that if the purpose of your company is to deal with money (even if it's technically funny money) then you'd want fairly bulletproof systems in place, and you'd want to hire admins who actually had experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining those sorts of things.

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Wait a second...

so the statue is real, but the competition is fake?

The world seems upside-down today...

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Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Yeah,

Makes me wonder- who's running IPCom? Darl McBribe?

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

Pirate Dave

Re: PPirate Dave

"4 people who read this that know what you're talking about?"

Judging from the comments, there's only 3... ;)

I did some RPG in a class back in the late 80's, and touched it again very briefly in the late 90's. Can't say I liked it either time. I guess it's good for what it was designed for, but brrr<shiver>, not my style at all. COBOL, however, I liked. Go figure. I could work as a COBOL programmer and not feel like I was missing out. And I've got 20 years until retirement. Maybe I should polish my resume and leave my Ivory Tower...there might be good money to be made.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Hey, at least it's not Object.RPG with OpenGL extensions...

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Intel Labs demos crazy-efficient, crazy-fast 'network on chip'

Pirate Dave

Not "that" kind of network on this chip

So it's not a LAN or a WAN, it's a different kind of network with lots and lots of processors on it. Maybe thousands at some point? So it will be kind of like a neural network. Perhaps Intel will spin-off this into a new division and will call the new division, oh, I don't know, maybe "Skynet"?

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