* Posts by Tom 64

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

Tom 64

hahaha

That's some more software to add to the toxic crap list, along with anything from Adobe.

You don't get to call something 'battle tested' until its been on the net and had every APT in China or Russia try to exploit it for a year. Corporate networks do not count.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Tom 64

Re: US nuke arsenal run by 1970s IBM 'puter using 8-inch floppies

I mean, why the hell not?

Blighey's warships are running a 'hardened' variant of Windows 2000, after all?

*shudder*

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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Was the 'shuttle' even self powered?

It seems that this was simply a parabolic trajectory with separation at the top of the arc and the height was enough that it could achieve silly speeds on the descent.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Was going to slap down cash,

but I think I'll pay HTC instead.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Re: Wing test video

Kind of wish I had'nt seen that. When it does fail, it can only be described as catastrophic

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

Tom 64

Re: Lean In

Well, she certainly doesn't need a better lawyer, her contract must be absolutely bulletproof!

Not only is she not sacked, but she's getting a bonus? wow

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

Tom 64
IT Angle

Re: ....is making life miserable for Symantec again

Well, lets just hope this does enough rep damage to make them irrelevant.

You get what you deserve when you're a fear-mongering shit-peddaling charlatan.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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Pint

Break out the popcorn...

It won't be long before a disgruntled, sacked BOFH trains a chap in India to bring the bank's ATM network to its knees instead of resetting customer account passwords.

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ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

Tom 64
Holmes

Re: does it automatically

Good question. If it can build it all and install it from the install CD, I'll give it go.

If its required to already have to have a working system from which to build, I doubt it's going to see much uptake.

Still, I tip my wizardly hat to the greybeards for enabling more choice =)

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

Tom 64
Coat

"It's a camera?"

"damn, it looked like a gun before I shot him!"

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Nonsense

Is it just me or is hyperloop just the stupidest thing ever?

It is going to be horrifically expensive to build and maintain, will support very few passengers or cargo cans/hour and can only be outrageously unsafe for anyone brave enough to set foot in one.

Yes you can go fast in it, but there are already better alternatives.

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

Tom 64

Re: Amazing

> "One wonders: how did it ever work at all?"

It didn't. Its always been a buggy piece of shit, prone to crashing video drivers and more. The sooner it dies, the better!

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Tom 64

Re: Why....

It has been, I make a point of uninstalling it from every PC I come into contact with.

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

Tom 64

Re: On the other hand

There are plenty of alternatives for the poor crims who were using this venture. HSBC, for example.

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

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Re: And this is why there is no global warming

"Does the BBC still do news? I must go and have a look at their website."

I wouldn't bother, last time I checked it was chintzy government propaganda.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

Tom 64

Re: Classic FUD from Don't Spy on Us...

"Well given there is little in the bill that isn't already being done (under the 1984 Telecomms Act)"

I think you mean:

"Well given there is little in the bill that isn't already being done (Lifted from George Orwell's 1984)"

There, FTFY

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Mushroom

"tcp6 0 0 :::9090 :::* LISTEN 1/systemd"

That is pretty horrible. I've done a bit of network programming and one of the things I've learned is that you should never use your master process to talk to the network.

I'm not sure what will happen if process 1 blows up on Linux, but I AM sure its not what you want happening.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

Tom 64

Re: Ok, just RTFC

>> "Thanks for the link. I've just read it. It appears to support Mr Hanff."

You opened a PDF linked to from this guy? You're braver than me, but you may now want to reformat that VM.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Tom 64

Re: Look I like Windows 10

>> "Why not just have a simple 'classic look' option like win 7 does?"

Because then they can't sell advertising space in peoples 'tiles' to the likes of King games.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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'a maximum sentence of three months in prison and a fine for misuse of data.

... and I'm betting this sentence has been handed down by a beak exactly ZERO times.

Also besides the analysts who's job it is to do the searching, there will be some back room BOFHs with unfettered access to this data.

The mere existence of this data means there is potential for abuse, leakage, theft and more abuse. I say burn it with fire, or nuke it from orbit.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

Tom 64
Mushroom

Re: Politics used to be a noble science

"Successful politicians tend to know how to be charming".

Do you consider David Cameron to be charming? He couldn't charm a pig with sh1t. Or indeed with anything else.

He's arguably successful since he landed the top job twice, but I doubt charm had anything to do with it.

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

Tom 64
Pint

Re: Give 'em a Break

Sounds like a nice excuse to occupy a hotel ball room for a few sessions of lunch followed by brandy and cigars at taxpayer expense.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

Tom 64

You can already use ZFS as a bolt on

http://zfsonlinux.org/

Stallman is referring to integrating it into the kernel (like other Linux filesystems). This is probably needed for performance improvements and better boot support.

Anyone played with the above?

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

Tom 64

Re: Why the PHB should only be given *minimal* access to any system.

Ahh America, where nobody wins, except lawyers ;)

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Tom 64

22nm vs 14nm

Surprising how little extra performance they were able to get from that process shrink.

Only 4 extra cores for the same power draw? I guess some of the new features take up a LOT of silicon, or intel threw billions of bucks at a lame process node.

Still, looks like a nice bit of kit, I want one to run Crysis.

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Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

Tom 64

Re: So....

I don't think you got the point here.

Microsoft have agreed to remove their spyware and install Chinese government spyware instead. I guess it was that or loose the Chinese market. Unprincipled sellouts.

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Intel tock blocked for good: Tick-tock now an oom-pah-pah waltz

Tom 64

How did I know...

... that this article would include the word 'cadence' in it?

Someone amongs the intel marketing droids can't help themselves.

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

Tom 64

why would they not?

FreeBSD does have some rather good stuff in it that Linux doesn't. For example a spiffing fast network stack and well regarded firewall.

Hopefully this will see some uptake and means more diversity for our OS choices. A good thing, no?

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Is that a whiff of Windows ME?

Sounds like a lot of rebooting and hacking required to get it working.

Sort that out and include play store from day one and I might install it somewhere for a peek.

Still, I wonder just how secure it is. Kitkat is already pre-historic and no doubt full of bugs. Add that to the fact that they run out of China...

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

Tom 64

really?

Who on earth considers this junk to be 'high value'?!?

If it was actually George Osborne, I'd understand!

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HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship

Tom 64

Yawn

Why copy your rivals? This looks like a samsung from 3 years ago, and that is not a compliment.

The M8 was a great looking bit of kit, with an aggressive design, meaty speakers and pleasing symmetry. Looks like HTC will be accelerating their downfall with this crap.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

Tom 64

Cloudy environments only?

Will be interesting to see how they charge for this.

I'm expecting something fast, but cut down on features, and certainly no enterprise grade features - for that you'll have to upgrade to the version that only runs on windows.

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Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust

Tom 64

How much cache?

Is that 16Gb of cache a misspost?

Thats a much RAM as my workstation has. Best keep this badboy behind a UPS.

Pity it appears to be a 12.5mm format, I can't stick it in my lappy.

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

Tom 64

It's garbage

Nothing as critical as OpenSSL which half the world relies upon for security should have compiler hacks and tricks like this in it. It should basically be the cleanest code in the world and well documented with comments.

I say nuke it from orbit.

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Tom 64

Re: Code should not be clever, it should be maintainable and easy to read(Beastly, Just Beastly)

@itzman

"After a wasted day it became if then else if then else..."

You have a trailing else?!? WHY MAN?!

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Phorm suspends its shares from trading amid funding scrabble

Tom 64

Re: GOOD!

I don't think anyone is going to miss these scum-sucking bottom-feeding packet-sniffing parasites.

Good riddance

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Google wants new class of taller 'cloud disk' with more platters and I/O

Tom 64

Multiple arms

I've oft wondered why HDD companies don't put multiple RW arms in their disk enclosures, there is certainly enough room in a 3.5" chassis. This would probably be the cheapest improvement to make too; for the cost of a little more logic in your firmware controller you can effectively almost double I/O.

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Netlist NVDIMMS shine bright in SuperMicro's flashy boxen

Tom 64

Shirley...

... this needs a lot of software support... specialised BIOS, OS integration, and even the app probably needs to be aware of whats going on here.

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Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin

Tom 64
Big Brother

At least its mostly opt-in

As opposed to google which takes the we'll-collect-all-your-data-for-you approach.

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Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 5: Great smartphone, but when do we get it?

Tom 64

Far East?

Never seen this brand for sale in Tokyo.

I wonder why the lowest end one is clocked back by 350Mhz. Indicative of yield problems on the 820?

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Tom 64

Re: Oh dear god

I actually like the design, and I'd buy one if it wasn't for the hydrogen powertrain, which is a stupid idea. Still gotta keep the oil flowing, I suppose.

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Tom 64

Re: Nuclear power

I can answer that one: Proliferation.

It wouldn't take much for a couple of Somali pirates to capture a nuke powered freighter, then there'd be fissile uranium on the black market for our terry friends at ISIS to pick up. Not exactly ideal, I'm sure you'll agree.

Still, I want my nuke powered car, just for bragging rights ;)

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

Tom 64
Flame

Re: There's a larger problem than that

It'll actually get worse from there I imagine.

It wouldn't take much for some bright, corrupt spark in the FBI or other law enforcement outfit then sell the vulnerable version of iOS on the black market. At that point its open season on iOS

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Tom 64

Re: Won't someone think of the children?

Terribly sorry, I had been distracted by the terrorists

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Tom 64

EeePC 901

Mine has seen continuous use since 2009 when I picked it up. Its currently serving as my meeting note taking machine.

True I had to upgrade every bit of hardware on it I could to make it work reasonably swiftly.

If you still have one of these lying around, I can recommend crunchbang++ or archbang linux for the braver. Minimal bloatware and a usable machine again.

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How a power blip briefly broke GitHub's boxes and tripped it offline

Tom 64

Redis

Very surprised to read it sounds like they are running this on bare metal boxes.

Redis is a very good candidate for stuffing in a VM or container and porting around.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Tom 64

Re: The internet is down!

Well, have Jen pick it up again then!

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

Tom 64

Not sure about the math there..

3.7% of the browser market is around 10 million users?

That would mean a total of 270 million people using browsers...

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Nuclear exploit kit seen chucking CryptoWall 4.0 at late patchers

Tom 64

Java, Acrobat Reader, Flash, and Silverlight

"Users of such software should ensure they are keeping everything up to date. "

Better yet, remove them from your machines(s)

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