* Posts by Paul 129

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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

Paul 129

The "poor motorist"

The "poor motorist" doing 5 or 6 kph over the speed limit is just as much a real criminal as these people.

Interesting, I'll challenge that assumption.

One causes an obvious body count.

The other, simply bankruptcy, destroyed businesses, loss of income to all their employees, probably suicides.

One is unintentional, the other is not.

People struggle to keep their businesses operational at the best of times. The internet has become a very hostile place, where one misconfiguration can give access, and most operators don't have our level of knowledge.

As another poster points out common sense should be applied.

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Ransomware scams cost Brits £4.5m per year

Paul 129

Re: Lies, dammed lies and ... etc

Does sound bad overblown.

Then again after helping a small business unprepared for a ransomware hit, who had a new eager employee.... It can be ugly.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Paul 129
Joke

Re" I thought a criminal past was a pre-requisite?

You missed how much he was being paid.

$185K for being a Microsoft Integrator.....

Sounds criminal to me.

(Do you have a difficult to budge, embarrassing Microsoft stain? Try TUX Wash! Guaranteed to remove at least 95% of Redmonds in a single cycle. )

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

Paul 129
Devil

RE: "I wouldn't let Telstra secure a roll of toilet paper."

Cause that's all they would sell to their wholesalers!

One used sheet at a time!

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

Paul 129
Mushroom

Wall Wart form factor

Cool!

So if I can find an enclosure that looks like a power charger, and can mangle a pi zero into it, I can own the bastard who keeps taking my phone chargers!

Thanks to USB-C being used to charge everything new, its only going to get easier.

What could go wrong?

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Paul 129
Devil

If they win. Doesn't that mean.....

That on average men can't be expected to evaluate women fairly, in a peer review setting.

So you need to be certified unbiased for peer reviewing? Or women should only be reviewed by other women.

Expand that out into other Minorities. This could end with really perverse outcomes.

Oh hang on its the US! Their legal system always gets it right.

Never mind

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18 seconds that blacked out South Australia

Paul 129

Re: What redundancy?

The Tassy grid was recently supplemented by 200 large diesel generators because they only put down one cable to Victoria and it broke.

AND

They had run their dams down to critical levels, maximizing profit (making the most of the carbon tax whist it lasted, and letting the dams run dry), when there were signs of stress on their inter connector, cause if the rains didn't come they could rely on that (oppsie)

Some of the stuff coming out makes it look as if the SA interconnect was regularly asked to operate above designed levels. Politicians and reporters jumping in early and getting it wrong is no real surprise, and your all still doing it.

Wait for the full report, and recommendations before blowing your foot off.

Handled well by Mr Turbull? No. You expect better from a PM.

He looks plain stupid as a result.

Then again its hard not to look stupid, with todays political reporting the way it is, they love taking things out of context and trying you to fall for backing up any completely off the cuff statements.

SNAFU

The positive outcome is that NOW people may actually look at the problem, rather than playing politics.

Perhaps....

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

Paul 129
Angel

Re: Microsoft

"Maybe they've missed their true vocation all these years"

I find it oddly comforting that the company that can only get things to roughly work, is the one supporting the idea that fundamentally the universe, 'kinda works' too.

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

Paul 129
Coat

MS Fridge

Don't forget the upgrades that remove functionality.

Hi, your fridge has upgraded to the latest version whilst you were away.

Sorry you don't have a license for Fridge educational, Cooling has been disabled.

Fridge educational licensing is required if you want to store "MILK" in this device

It appears you have some spoiled product, ORDER REPLACEMENT*

click the * to see what has spoiled

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Air gap breached by disk drive noise

Paul 129
Devil

You would think they would notice

When their PCs start sounding like the imperial theme.

Mind you I'm always amused that the Israelis are always the ones doing the research into exfiltration.

I think they know something, that we don't.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

Paul 129
Pint

Re: I HAD Win 10...now I don't. You can't get there from here.

efibootmgr (linux) is handy. One of the hassles is the boot order gets stored in flash. With a fall back option in there. Don't be surprised if an option you put in there gets stripped if it doesn't boot

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

Paul 129
Boffin

Re: Detection is not a one-way street

I wonder if this slowing down of the attack will prove effective. They may be still able to purloin some sensitive information.

It may be easier to return forms uncompressed or introduce some random noise into the page. (random hidden text of varying length)

It sounds like the fix needs to be on the content creators sites, unfortunately

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Paul 129

Don't mention the ATO

The Missus is an accountant, and somehow doesn't use expletives when mentioning the tax portal I don't know how she manages.

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

Paul 129

Re: NSFW FACEPALM

Oh hang on blocked by the standard SMB firewall rules....Oh that old thing....

Yes it would affect a horde of home windows users.... YUK!

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL a billion times (mitigated by most firewall products) fail

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Paul 129
FAIL

NSFW FACEPALM

FAIL FAIL NTLANMANAGER FAIL OMG. I KNEW IT WAS DODGY BUT DIDNT LOOK HERE FAIL

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL A BILLION TIMES FAIL!

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

Paul 129
Mushroom

Gotta be paying off a lot of governments with data

Cortina being forced, thus bing search?

How can this survive against an antitrust investigation.

Microsoft being a serial offender in this area. The US may look the other way, but the EU? And any countries with anti monopoly laws.

Its not as if the lay person can get into a PC these days and turn off secure boot, and install something else.

Hell, there are a lot of win10 certified systems out there that you would have to go through windows10 to get to the EFI settings to then turn off secure boot.

How do you do that without having to agree to windows terms and conditions?

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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

Paul 129

Strange

I read this article and got the impression that their advocating an app, over a potentially out of band communication.

The only way that I could think that this would be safe is if the app is on a standalone device.

for example it uses wifi comms to transmit the data to the authenticating device, including amount, who the transaction is to etc, which is then displayed on the authenticator for approval, before being wrapped up and signed by the authenticator.

i.e. another device with all the foibles of a mobile phone, but is only allowed to run the one app.

I can't see that being popular.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Paul 129

Re: Quirky McQuirkface..... Hopefully not.

Late reply as always.... Life is busy.

The TCP stack in windows has an interesting history. They built it into win 3.11 windows 3.1 did not have support, eek was that win 3 and 3.1? damn I forget. You got full support with Trumpet Winsock. Quite a good TCP layer, especially as it didn't hang up your modem on reboot (windows loved the blue screen back then)

But MS felt threatened.... and built something not as good, bundled it in.

So afterwards of course, there were artificial limitations on the number of connections you could maintain, and winsock wasn't quite the same as unix socket layer, it had its own quirks if I remember correctly.

Couldn't let their mainstream OS become a server OS, but that could be made into a sharing limitation.

and the fun moved elsewhere, DHCP and DNS quirks....

finally they let Cisco redo the ip stack in 7? was it?

MS have form, opportunity, but this time around I don't think they have the motivation, at least I sure as hell hope they don't.

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Paul 129
Devil

Quirky McQuirkface..... Hopefully not.

Embrace Extend.... Nahhhh they couldn't be that stupid! Could they?

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Paul 129
Angel

Windows 98 SE

I thought that was one of the better ones. USB support too.

Shame it will only run in a VM, with the new win10 certified hardware.

Gotta love mandatory secure boot!

Go Win10 go!

(Please)

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

Paul 129
Angel

Re: My favorite

Was a client of mine, about four years ago now, she was completely gullible fell for it all hook line and sinker. Had them going for 4 hours.

She is a sweet old dear, 36K dialup is all the nonsense broadband she ever wants, and refuses to upgrade. Could they talk her through a net install of teamviewer.... Not a chance! XD

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Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

Paul 129
Joke

"A. m. capensis workers increase in number within a host colony, while numbers of the A. m. scutellata workers that perform foraging duties (A. m. capensis workers are greatly under-represented in the foraging force of an infected colony) dwindle, owing to competition in egg laying between A. m. capensis workers and the queen, and to the eventual death of the queen. This causes the death of the colony upon which the capensis females depended, so they will then seek out a new host colony.[6]"

Thank you Wikipedia. I guess something like an increase in, regulatory bureaucracies, results in the death of Freddy Mercury?

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

Paul 129
Coat

Gotta love the gadget market :-)

Our system is so good you'll never need anything else.

Until the use cases appear for the contrary,

and some bleepard shows of a new system that works that little better,

and we all have to show that we're building it into our new products,

and it finally gets ratified as a standard,

and then we will be saying again.

Our system is so good you'll never need anything else.

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

Paul 129
Devil

Re: dead in the water

Kinda like Trusted computing, DRM and all that. We won those battles!

Oh Wait!

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Samsung reveals Batphone!

Paul 129
Devil

Jedi mind trick

It looks like someone has told Samsung that top end smart phone market is going to be eaten by good enough cheap androids.

Marketing has really gone full on in this one.

Cool hardware, VR game and film tie in, collectors edition, style, wealth. all that missing is the beautiful babes, but that implied cause batman gets em.

Its not going to work....

I don't want....

How much does it cost?

Damn you Samsung!

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

Paul 129

Re: RE: julian.smith Read the post and do a google search.

Lol:

No a small business owner, who dispairs at what happens in Australian politics. Really it's worth listening to. This year the posts in the Internet are getting really feral. I simply got my hackles up at the personal attack above.

From listening over the years, the system is broken. Labour most of all, then the libs and greens to about the same amount. It's looking more and more like the only solution is for us ( real people , not political players since university ) to get more involved.

Labour unfortunately has the additional issue of it's Caucusing system. If they took the recommendations of that Royal commission to heart and reformed, they would get my vote.

This election I expect the Libs to get punished, cause we all see real issues that need to be fixed.

Trouble is that could leave us with again an unworkable parliament. If Labour gets in, well, with this current lot.....

It won't be pretty for small businesses. Of course some will be more equal than others.

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Paul 129
Stop

RE: julian.smith Read the post and do a google search.

I believe they are referring to New Zealand Greens.

Unfortunately in Australia most vote for the Australian Greens as you would vote for a centralist party.

Our Greens are not. They tend to be more left wing than the ALP. The Australian Democrats (wish they were still around) used to play the centralist role, and 'Keep the bastards honest' The greens don't.

Its either their way, or you can go away!

This has lead to the awful situation that we have suffered for the last 9 years. Parliaments unable to properly govern, and oppositions playing silly buggers. Due to lack of control of the senate.

Gonsky and Public health funding were NOT ALP programs for the future benefit of Australians. They were scorched earth political games, so in opposition they could howl cuts, when the Libs actually funded at or above trend increases, to make up for the fact that they initially were ALP funding cuts!

The Libs, may deceive, and lie by omission. Labour doesn't bother, they go the 'BIG LIE' route. They make it more plausible by all reciting the same line, over and over and over. Yes they promise the moon, they have changed they're not the same team that they were,.... um look through their ranks... they are!

Labour has in opposition, opposed everything that involves budgetary restraint, suggested about 2 impossible savings options, and voted for any program that involves a higher spend. This is so they can take aim at the coalitions economic "mismanagement".

So vote for these economic vandals. People who will happily sell the national interest down the drain for decades, to attain power. People who screw everyday employees, cause they're going to be screwed anyway, and they can get cash in their slush fund ( enterprise agreements, LOL read the [redacted] ones, legally allowed to pay below minimum wages, thanks Labour!)

The Parliamentarians with integrity tends to be portrayed as mad arsed independents.

Greens are better you say? A vote for a green is not a vote for Labour? Actually listen to Parliament. Make an informed decision.

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Kepler space telescope spots 1,284 new planets

Paul 129
Alien

Re: I'm calling it !!!!

%Deity% is just more amazing with each discovery that makes the universe more incredible.

Man however is not %Deity% i.e. not infallible. As such where religion is involved, we tend to make a 'Right royal hash of it'

Existence of %Deity%, should not be provable, and we should not care about it. Those who want to believe, go ahead, those that don't, fine.

Just respect that others don't necessarily share your beliefs, and we all can live happily.

(I'm a Skeptic)

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

Paul 129
Alien

It's giving me the shivers!

30% of me wants to say nice photoshop, quite ironicly.

The other 90% of me, wants to shout.

'BODY SNATCHERS!!!

THE HAIR!!, THE HAIR!

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!'

Oh no! I cant say anything logically consistent,

I'M INFECTED!!!!

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

Paul 129
Black Helicopters

UEFI

This was all about killing alternate OSes.

Not Linux, thats not a serious M$ competitor, by installed user base. XP, Vista and were the targets, and with win10 certified motherboards you can't boot them. M$ win!

They really didn't have to stuff win10 down our throats as they are now, I guess they've become impatient.

Coreboot was looking so good, then this came along :-(

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ALP promises 'fibre' NBN as 'NBN defenders' return with new petition

Paul 129
Pirate

Boondoggle

ALP back in, NBN deployment will have to slow, cause they have to replan how they are doing it again.

Telstra will get paid another time for their existing network and.... Expect to see all the contractors go through new workplace safety training, cause of all the ACCIDENTS, and somehow the next round of funds for deployment will go to those organisations who have gone through the latest safety training and have nice pseudo union head count.

All to be finally privatised, ie sold to (We won't force people to pay monopoly fees, pinky swear!) telstra for about 1/4 of what it cost to the taxpayer.

My Jaundiced view will get downvotes now, lets see how many of those come to pass (Hoping that Labour doesn't get in, and ACTUALLY manages to reform itself)

People, please get involved in politics. At the moment its broken, but we CAN make a difference if we all get involved!

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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

Paul 129

Re: Facking over-governance

@JeffyP... Thank you for your clarification. Unfortunately 'reducio ad absurdum' seems to be a governance style, and reporting style. It seems to resonate with the masses.

I see it as a real problem.

Solutions would be, better education in rhetoric, or just growing up and discuss the issues at hand fully. ;-)

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Paul 129
Mushroom

Re: Fucking over-governance

"Counterexample: Somalia."

You seem to thing governance is an either/or affair.

May I suggest you take the same approach to other aspects of your life, water, salt, oxygen, advice.

And people wonder why the world is in a shitty state at the moment!

Working democracies are fragile, they need care and attention, effort and respect. From the citizens and the legislators.

There are plenty of other types of governments out there.....

I fear we'll be sampling them shortly

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Paul 129

Bosslezone

Missed opportunity...

Camera feed of forward vision. Left and right controls are achieved by application of porn, and suggestions in the HUD and Text to Speech audio system.

Activate, TTS system gives a managerial suggestion. Score is determined by the length of time BOSSBOT is occupied outside of Mission control.

Supplementing control system with boxes of donuts that specially open in the bosses line of vision. Sip calls to set off staff members near his position, Sprinklers, fires, lift malfunctions etc all fair game. Bonus points for extra toilet time, from doped donuts etc.

Who needs Sims!

Also have the option of a odor release, or perhaps a small uncomfortable electrical simulation in the neighborhood of SIGNAL INTERFERENCE, to help train your BOSSLE.

and thats before you get to the cockroach modifications where you directly implant electrodes to um... Increase the available bandwidth.

Going for the simple boss bomb? At least have him locked outside and looking like a suicide bomber!

Come on Simon and PFY!

Get with the PROGRAM!

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Paul 129

Re: when Secure Boot can't be turned off

Already ran into this drama.... Win10 certified hardware is Secureboot only, you cant turn it off.

It finally force me to update my PXE boot environment to UEFI, a confusing nightmare, as I was used to how everything operated before.

GPT tools vs standard disk partitioning is not too hard to grok, just beware of the partitions uuid in disk cloning are not the uuids that ms uses in the partition names (Useful if your having boot issues)

Start of with Memtest86 not memtest86+, they offer a UEFI bootable version. That GPT disk structre is everwhere, so you should be able to split out of each version the GPT disk image, etc and figure out how it works.

ipxe romomatic, only allowed the efi option, and point it to the core binary in the GPT image, I forget all the details, but once youve cracked that nut your on your way. The key is that the bootloader is UEFI signed and you don't use some component in the boot process that use older bios calls(or so it seems)

What you'll find is that UEFI support at the moment is patchy Memtest86 supports it but Memtest86+ dosn't, ipxe not gpxe etc.... The new vesrions of the major distros support it. Having a computer that actually flashes up momentary error messages is rare, but a boon if you find one. It's getting easier as more things support it.

Ramifications: what if MS start charging an arm and a leg to use their code to get things signed? Your initial loader may have that problem, but you probably can build something like ipxe's rom-o-matic. Yes you have the one static loader or similar that you have to get going with but after that anything can be autoamaticly generated from that initial version, so sharing a single signature across an entire community.

Security: A small step. (is it actually worth it?)

Benefit for MS: Killing off its competition. The enemy here isn't linux (small pc market share) but older versions of windows! Replacement hardware requires a newer OS. Motherboards that support 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 are going to be thin on the ground shortly.

Weirdness: One of the systems that I've come across, was locked to secure boot only had an option for windows 10, or an older windows version in the motherboards uefi menu screen (It still required secure boot so older means windows8)

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Paul 129

Free Trade isn't fair Trade

We have to compete with the lowest paid globally for work. Yet we aren't allowed to buy in a similar manner.

Ban Geoblocking

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Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

Paul 129
Trollface

Re: Why?

Cause when you try to install Vista or ealier, on a windows 10 certified machine..... IT wont work.

Mandatory EFI*

EFI; Initially I thought it was all about killing of linux. The scalps that it actually claims today are XP and Win2K. A successful result for MS

*Egregious Ferret Insertion

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Australian Prime Minister runs private email server

Paul 129
Childcatcher

Not a fan of Mal's

Yet, the NBN was a complete dog's breakfast, under Labor.

The project was milked by some, and completely crucifying its contractors, only minor areas actually benefited although promised to everyone, $40B price, complete Bovine excrement!

le standard Labor project.

Its still an appalling disaster, but now its getting somewhere.

I still fail to see the sense in nationalizing the land line network. Just because we F__ked it all up last time is no reason to repeat the process. Oh hang on... I'm forgetting the need to pay the cronies.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

Paul 129
Devil

Re: Going soft

Nahh, problably angling with the boss to get moved higher in the building.... 6th floor sounds like a good hint.

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Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

Paul 129
Angel

Re: LTSP

@Trevor NX is great over a wan, was able to send video faster than rdp. Shame about the Moribund nature of support for OpenGL, ie version 1. It means some applications just will not work.

X2go was the implementation I preferred. Best of all its only, like grinding off your genitals with an angle grinder

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

Paul 129
Facepalm

Stalking

Being followed my a drone everywhere I'm sure my heat rate would do the same thing.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

Paul 129
Devil

Re: The real culprit

"Then there appears to be a HARD problem here since a lot of "admins" aren't sophisticated enough to know how to do fine-grained control yet are pretty much the smartest users on the staff. They can only think in simple terms. From what's being described, security MUST be made simply effective but at the same time CAN'T be made simply effective. Basically, the secure-vs-easy scale again."

Windows does have finer grained permissions, and heaps of other goodness, but their implementation..... well.... its HP Lovecraft's universe come real.

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OpenSSH server open to almost unlimited password-guessing bug

Paul 129
Pint

Good Stuff

Find it and fix it!

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

Paul 129
Happy

Actually sounds good.

0.5% Cockup

0.08% Injury

0.008% Death

Sounds like, with a little better reporting, and a few more generations of these things, they sould be able to do the job nicely.

Given the stupod souding nature of the problems, you would assume that they're easy to correct/design around.

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Paul 129
Trollface

Re: Meanwhile.... [upvote for the nice troll commnet]

"Less people use BSD, OSX and Linux on the desktop than use Windows Phone so they must be totally irrelevant."

Irreverent! Get it right Boyo! We're Irreverent!!!

Webster defines Irreverent: : having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful

MS Business skills=respect, but how in the name of the seven levels CAN you take their software SERIOUSLY?!?

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Practice makes perfect: NBN fibre deployments accelerate

Paul 129
Joke

Passby == bypass?

Each time I read the number of connections that the NBN pass by, it makes me chuckle...

The office next door in the CBD, state capital, just got on; YA!!!! 6 months with out a landline; copper was diconnected.

The NBN had incorrectly connected their service to another port.

The final go they had at fixing the problem required 10 business days for just the paperwork to go through the queue. They could even give an accurate breakdown to where it would be in the process. But I guess thats what you get when a decent sized national chain starts getting its hackles up.

Of course it was a Telstra/NBN job. Oh the digital phones are still cocked up of course, but they actually can make a call.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Paul 129
Devil

Re: Oh dear.

Downvote for being "The LUCKY Bastard!"

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

Paul 129
Facepalm

Re: wait for it...

Trouble is when you get a failed machine still under warranty with a warranty seal.

Do you break the seal or not? In the past you didnt have to, you could choose an alternate boot source, and run your repair tools. Now you have to fight with the system to get the UEFI option screen.

Not a nice situation, when you discover the drive is failing and you lost valuble time in trying to recover their prized memories. (Its the Old Dears that generally loose the most)

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

Paul 129
Gimp

Collectable?

That badge is amazing.

The only sane explanation must involve chains, gimp mask and a hulking guy in a leather cap. Whomever came up with it must be as stable as sack full of rabid bunnies after you've thrown a python in.

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Patch-crazy Aust Govt fought off EVERY hacker since 2013

Paul 129
Joke

All given freely

"Australian Signals Directorate deputy director Steve Day says hackers have failed to extract any sensitive information."

If sensitive information equals useful information. I sure can't see anyone getting that out of the australian government, any time soon.

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