* Posts by Bucky 2

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

Bucky 2

Say what? Double back?

From my phone's steadfast unwillingness to accept a pattern that revisited a node, I though it wasn't allowed.

This in turn made me assume the pattern unlock was just a casual defense against butt dialing.

I am a stupid, stupid man.

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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This is why

...I'm highly suspicious of those software products that breathlessly exclaim, "Build your project with /no knowledge of the underlying database/."

No. No thank you.

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Court rules FTC can prosecute companies over lax online security

Bucky 2

"Reasonable"

It all hinges on the word "reasonable," and whether I trust a jury of high school dropouts to evaluate what reasonable computer security looks like.

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

Bucky 2

Re: Meeow

Here's another scenario:

Married persons are in a properly-negotiated open relationship with their partners.

However, these details are not public because the couple does not deem it suitable information for their children or employers.

Having these details made public may end up being fairly destructive.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Not buying it

Mood stabilizers have big yellow warnings slapped on them warning about dizziness, driving, and operating heavy machinery. It's the law.

Maybe the doctor didn't warn him, but the bottle sure as hell would have.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Fashion choices

Are we so sure it's a metabolism difference, and not just clothing? I'm skeptical.

Men always wear sleeves of SOME kind, pants that go all the way down to the ankle, and then socks to keep the ankles covered as well.

Before we leap to some kind of fundamental temperature difference between the sexes, let's even out the dress code differences. If I wore open-toed shoes, and had bare legs and shoulders, one would assume I was a surfing instructor, not an office worker.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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Monoculture

Let's not get panicky.

I'm not sure it's right to assume that competent employees are either qualified /or/ diverse. Nor is it reasonable to fear that if you're not a minority then you'll be discriminated against, somehow.

It seems more likely to me that the company perceives in itself a monoculture, and is concerned that monocultures don't fare well in the long term. In order to avoid some future technological potato famine, they may simply be looking to hedge their bets.

Also, different points of view may help them gain insight into different markets, and so on, so it's not the worst idea from that angle, either.

Rest assured, there's always a market for excellence, even if you are a white male.

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

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Scrabble

Scrabble rules usually disallow foreign words and phrases. Is "qi" now officially an English word with a foreign origin?

God, do I feel old.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Bucky 2

Re: no matter what MS force on us

@keithpeter

That's really the heart of the problem, isn't it?

Technically unsophisticated users are going to make bad decisions if they have to administer their own system software. Hell, even sophisticated users do.

But when unsophisticated users make bad decisions, they don't say, "Oh, good gracious, I probably should have made a different decision." They say, "effing Microsoft broke my computer."

I'm not sure I'm behind Microsoft's choice, but I do understand their motivation.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

Bucky 2

"Selective Breeding"

...is still genetic modification in the only real way that term makes any sense.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Trustwave

It's amusing to note that a company that certifies PCI compliance uses Flash for its UI.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Confused Lawyers

They made that much clear when they added the header, X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN.

No, they must mean something else.

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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At Least

At least they haven't descended to the point where they have to say, "Coffee is hot. Please do not decant into your lap while driving."

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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I Vomit In Horror!

If we're going to be hit with an asteroid big enough either to kill us, or to make the living envy the dead, I'd rather not know.

I'm given to understand, from countless movies on the subject, that the first several attempts at deflection always fail, but the final one, spearheaded by a bare handful of plucky and attractive people in their 20's and 30's will brilliantly succeed, with but seconds to spare.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

Bucky 2

Re: Diversity is misunderstood

A lack of diversity is a possible indicator of a problem, not a problem in and of itself.

I once worked with an SEO person who insisted that all images have non-blank "src" and "title" tags -- even 1x1 google tracker images -- because the automated SEO tool flagged them.

Obsessing over the indicator for its own sake is a mistake.

For hiring managers, it's a heads-up to see if they're missing an opportunity to hire more talented workers. As some have pointed out, there could be reasons outside of a poor working environment for those numbers (in our example: tracker images are not an SEO opportunity).

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

Bucky 2

Re: Such amazing security measures worth $82bn...

My understanding from cocktail party conversations is that government computer systems tend to be so convoluted that people find themselves locked out of the very systems they need to actually do their jobs.

So the administrator password sharing begins.

As for the patches and anti-virus software, I'm also given to understand that every piece of software has to be certified. If a patch isn't certified, it doesn't get applied.

It could just be one department in one office somewhere, so I can't say that this situation applies throughout the government. However, the point is over-application of security dogma can have negative effects.

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UN corruption cops commence probe into domain-name and patent body WIPO

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I think I'm sick

...because I found the article hilarious.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Paris Hilton

Imminent Extinction

I'm missing something about the "everybody goes poof" thing.

Aren't his predictions based on an underlying presumption that food distribution behaves like an ideal gas or something?

How does everyone in India go extinct, all at once? Wouldn't that leave all that Indian arable land for the rest of the world to work for their own food, then?

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: Correction

I don't understand the distinction you're trying to make here.

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Bucky 2

Let's make this interesting

Everybody likes to make predictions about the future. But there's no real downside to CEOs making silly "forward-looking statements."

Let's change that.

Have the Violin dudes set a date, and a goal. Not for themselves, but for flash.

If the goal is not reached by that date, they must perform a dare. I'm thinking everyone in the company must shave his eyebrows off.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

Bucky 2

"ignorance is bliss"

Thomas Gray was thinking fondly of his childhood, and the corresponding lack of adult responsibilities.

So you're saying the update cycle is like a parental security safety net that allows you to remain blissfully ignorant of the vagaries of actual server security.

Okay, I see what you're doing there. I can't say I disagree completely, but I'd still rather have the net than not.

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Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: Lack of 32-bit Server platform

I feel like this is dodging the issue. You won't upgrade the OS because the software you run on it doesn't run in a modern OS?

That sucks, of course, but it sounds like a reason to start making plans to migrate away from the dead product--not clutch all the dearer to it. Otherwise you run the risk of seeming like a person shaking his fist at the horseless carriages because they scare the horses.

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If hackers can spy on you all then so should we – US Senator logic

Bucky 2

In other words....

He's saying living in a free, democratic society is a nice idea, but not really practical.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Pint

The Solid Gold Cadillac

You have just made me remember a great old movie starring Judy Holliday. I've got to dig that up and watch it again now.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Black Helicopters

This is why the expiration of the Patriot Act doesn't matter. The government can't be trusted to be abide by its own rules anyway, so what difference does it make?

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Stand-up and be counted²: Nerd is the funny word

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

Bucky 2

Thoughts on Flash

I'm sure Jobs could have set all the other concerns easily aside if it weren't for the battery consumption problem.

It's still true today. If I don't disable Flash on my old laptop at home, then the laptop will burn a hole in my leg.

I suppose I COULD wear pants, but....

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Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

Bucky 2

She is always so elegant and poised. I hate this reminder that her immortality will only be metaphorical.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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A Taste of Armageddon

I, for one, welcome the disintegration booths.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Trying to understand the fundamental objection

It sounds like they're really not removing any options at all. You can add a desktop immediately after the initial installation as part of the configuration stage if you really, really need it.

Having a separate installer should mean that installing the administrative GUI on the workstations of administrators and sub-administrators will be much easier. I'm guessing here, but that seems to be what that whole separate installer thing means.

And shifting the GUI overhead to workstations that are running desktops anyway seems to be a more efficient use of resources.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Bucky 2

So, to summarize....

Some self-styled "insiders" tested an option Microsoft was kicking around, and demonstrated a minor preference for it.

They didn't spend a great deal of money producing a statistically valid evaluation of how much people might or might not like it. On the other hand, the option can be flicked on or off at the whim of the user.

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the problem here.

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Fish boffins: Big-brain babes are brilliant, but benefit for boys is bijou

Bucky 2

I missed the part where they controlled for the coloring difference in male and female fish by painting all the fish the same color.

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US Patriot Act's phone spying rules are dead – but that means very little

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Black Helicopters

I think it's common knowledge that the NSA was exceeding the authority of even this broadly-worded provision.

I haven't heard of any independent oversight mechanism that was put in place to keep this from continuing, so we have to assume that they continue to be operating lawlessly.

So what's one law, more or less?

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

Bucky 2

Anyone who has ever been a teenager (well, has ever been a teenaged boy) will know that--frequently--the thing does what it wants, whether or not you're actually thinking of anything sexy.

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

Bucky 2

Re: No excuse to hack

As much as I like to picture corporations like Starbucks as faceless organizations, ultimately the reaction to the hack is going to come from an actual human being acting in an actual human way.

That human is going to react like this: He walks into his house and finds a stranger sitting in his living room. The stranger says, "look, I've taken nothing, this is how I did it, and now you can make your home safer." The human is going to to have hysterics, threaten the guy with the police and then eat a half gallon if ice cream in one sitting once the guy leaves.

Yeah, maybe the cracker did a Good Thing in the abstract, but geez....

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

Bucky 2

Heh heh. You said "junk email addresses." Heh heh heh.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Bucky 2
Facepalm

It seems simple enough. If you want the new owner of your machine to see all the pictures of your own wang, just do a factory reset.

Otherwise, use "Shred" or something similar, like a normal person.

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What are cellphone networks blabbing about you to the Feds? A US senator wants to know

Bucky 2
Trollface

Should be simple enough

Each government request would naturally be accompanied by a court order. Such a court order would naturally detail what information was being requested.

All the cell company would need to do is provide the court document numbers of all the requests.

Ta da! Done.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

Bucky 2

Which one am I?

When I'm shouting "I'm-headed-to-the-store-period-do-you-need-anything-question-mark. Send" at my phone, does that make me part of the 61%, or the 39%?

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Bucky 2

Re: Back in the day ...

Everybody knows what a transistor does. I'd have to agree, though, that exactly how it does it is lost on me, too.

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Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

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Trollface

"Network Congress"?

I'm familiar with the Congress Of The Cow, and the Congress Of The Tiger, but Network Congress? I'm having trouble picturing that one.

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

Bucky 2
Black Helicopters

Re: He's not wrong

I remember calling a plumber and finding that it was not standard practice for him to bring his own tools.

As I chat with people who still live in China, I understand that this continues to be true to the present day.

My perception is that the innovation that comes out of China is along the lines of the WWII innovation that was called "Jerry rigging." It is certainly true that the engineers in China enjoy a similar lack of availability of resources.

As for Baidu, well, it's impossible to talk about a "search" engine in China without addressing the increasingly terrifying effect of Chinese censorship. I'm sure that it is indeed very streamlined once you eliminate all concepts which are not approved ahead of time.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Flame

I look forward to it

I live in a resort community. Many folks on the road are from out of town. They don't know where they are, don't know where they're going, and believe this is just cause for ignoring traffic laws entirely (right turns from left lanes, going half the posted speed limit in the passing lane, and so on).

I don't suppose such self-absorbed folks would ever use a driverless car simply because it's easy (cabs have already been invented, after all), but I would love to see them prosecuted to the full extent of the law with the aid of the electronic logs from robot cars.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

Bucky 2
Trollface

Re: It is better to send robots

I had a "yeah but" moment, so I had to do the math.

4-5 times per year per 53 million people

vs

461 times per year per 319 million people

or 0.08 ppm vs 1.4 ppm

So the UK really shoots at people at a gigantic 5% of the US rate, rather than the totally exaggerated 1% that was implied.

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ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

Bucky 2
Trollface

Shocked

I'm shocked that people still think ICANN is trying to be transparent and accountable for its actions.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

Bucky 2

Re: Background

Also Iron Man 3 suffers from the "Cousin Oliver" syndrome.The cute kid that boosts ratings in the short term, meanwhile giving the die-hard fans diabetes and making them tune out in disgust.

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Google sticks anti-SQL injection vaccine into MySQL MariaDB fork

Bucky 2
Alien

Some Clarification Would Be Nice

I'm betting the anti-injection stuff and the at-rest crypto stuff are related somehow (perhaps the same encryption algorithms are used in each case), but of course, one does not imply the other, and we are all puzzled by the anti-injection claim.

I wonder if the original article was longer, and the editing process managed to obfuscate the main topic somehow.

Some clarification about why this encryption method will succeed while others fail would be a good addition to the article.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

Bucky 2

bitter what?

Bit him, too.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Bucky 2

Re: That Dutch MEP nailed it pretty much

@xeroks:

When only bad guys and weirdos use encryption, detecting bad guys is easy: just pay attention to the encrypted communication - who sent it, who received it, and when it happened. Presumably it's easier, when required, to crack a small number of emails.

Alas, the prerequisite to detecting encrypted communication in this scenario is to intercept ALL communication, and then analyse all of it to identify the encryption.

This kind of widespread wiretapping is supposed to be legally unavailable to a government.

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

Bucky 2

Sounds familiar

I remember reading something like this some time ago. I believe it was a biography entitled, "Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy."

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