* Posts by Crazy Operations Guy

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Emergency-service comms omnishambles worsens as HP dives for the door

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Porbably better without HP in the running

HP is collapsing, might not even be around for the required amount of time...

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Symantec selling Veritas to private equity firm – report

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What makes you think it will still exist?

Veritas would probably be worth a lot more if they just killed it and sold all their patents and trademarks to whoever wanted them.

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

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" pull an Apple and do everything yourself"

Apple actually do very little outside of marketing and making pretty cases. Board design is outsourced to India, the chips are fabbed by various 3rd parties, everything is put together by Chinese factories, most of the software is either out-sourced or just taken from the NetBSD project, and even most of the logistics are handled by third parties. The only things they really do are design the non-functional mechanical bits, run a couple shops, and market the hell out of everything.

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Lizard Squad kid bandit who did 50 THOUSAND HACKS dodges cooler stint

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Force him to clean up every system he compromised

Just have everyone mail him their routers and have him re-flash them all on his dime (Or at least grab the money from the seized funds) and not let him do anything else until he has cleaned up every single system, even if it takes him so long that the machines would be thrown out anyway.

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Awoogah: Get ready to patch 'severe' bug in OpenSSL this Thursday

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Re: Older version safe?

I'm assuming that it was one of those fixes that plug one hole, but accidentally opened another like a function that goes through a loop where the result s an off-by-one error in some uses, but is needed in others.

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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

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Re: Yellowing

Well, the button colors kinda give it away as well. The pictured device is using the SNES controller port type, which used gray and purple buttons. It wasn't until a later version of the SNES when the four-color buttons started appearing on controllers, long after the partnership melted down.

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Apple apes Microsoft with iPhone BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

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"they said it's either software or hardware"

So long as the money stream isn't broken, they won't care...

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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But let's see a redneck with a shotgun hit a drone...

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

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Re: Shocked!

You can expand that to any agency, ever. Absolute power absolutely corrupts after all...

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Bank of England CIO: ‘Beware of the cloud, beware of vendors’

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Clouds aren't all that much cheaper

Once all is said and done, you aren't going to be saving that much cash moving to cloud services. You have to bring in consultants to come in and size what you'd need in the cloud to replicate what you get on your current boxes, then you need more consultants to come in and fix your code to work with that new cloud, then you'll need even more consultants to come in to integrate the cloud bits back into your monitoring systems. And during this migration, you'll be paying for both your own stuff and the cloud, which can make for some pretty eye-watering purchase orders...

The cloud is great when you need another datacenter, you have some kid of public-facing service that can get hammered at a moment's notice, or you need some extra boxes while you wait on the delivery of more boxes / DC expansion / network upgrade / etc.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: Desk?

"coffee jar."

Couldn't make it any worse than the Folger's Instant "coffee" we have in the office....

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Ah. Adobe. Again.

That the problem with deciding between "Increase security just a bit" and "substantially improve performance"... While the performance hit is fairly trivial nowadays, there was never a reason to change it. Users demand things be fast and pretty, they don't care about security...

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Re: Does this also ...

Some graphics drivers have routines to accelerate rendering text on the screen, so there might be something lurking in there. And there is a good chance that there is some Adobe-written code in there as well...

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Funny how that works...

Lately I've been considering just converting my documents to Bitmaps and send those to people... At least we know that those are secure (or at least should be since reading a bitmap and drawing it on the screen is the graphics library equivalent of "Hello World")

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Re: Compared to this...

"Also because it is opensource, you can fix it yourself"

I am a staunch supporter of Open Source, but I have to say that arguments like this help no one and only serve to ruin the image of Open Source in the people's minds when they find out what is involved to "fix it yourself". That argument just alienates people that would otherwise love Open Source because they have neither the time nor skills nor inclination to write and/or apply patches to random pieces of software.

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Do svidaniya to public record as Russia passes NEED to be forgotten bill

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Re: Where we are heading

Simple solution: save anything even slightly subversive to a Micro-SD card, infinitely easier to hide than a book (and easier to make copies and distribute). With even very simple compression, you can hide an entire library's worth of books behind a postage stamp. Digital information is also so much easier to copy and distribute, you can pop a card into a phone and transfer every piece of banned writing in a matter of a few minutes, or code up a simple P2P torrent like system over Bluetooth (like Fire Chat) and you can disseminate information to a whole city by just passing through it.

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Re: The person in the picture is definitely not forgotten

Yeah, except for most Chinese people are completely unaware of Tienanmen Square, despite its happening within the lifetime of quite a large percentage of population... Never underestimate the power of blocking information.

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Singapore netizens slap silks for copyright bullying

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Re: Is there a reason

I assume you mean IP addresses... MAC addresses are only used on the local network segment. But even then, you can use whatever MAC you want so long as its not already in use on the network segment and has the 16th bit in the address set (to differentiate it from a multicast address). I've seen quite a bit of MAC spoofing on public networks since most non_free wifi spots authenticate with it, so if you grab one of a machine that is disconnecting, you can steal the session and get a free connection.

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

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Re: Sue them under the DMCA?

"Also the DMCA contains a law enforcement/intelligence services free pass."

Yeah, US intelligence services and Law Enforcement...

"Oh, and the DMCA is a USA law, and this is GCHQ we are talking about."

So sue GCHQ in a US federal court. People use those courts to sue foreign countries all the time. Or maybe in Texas's courts, who just love copyright laws.

But overall, I just want to see it happen, I am not saying it would produce any sort of benefit for anyone, just a symbolic gesture to the GCHQ that breaking our security products is uncool.

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Sue them under the DMCA?

As most companies would argue, reverse-engineering software like this is a violation of various patents and is circumventing copyright mechanisms, so thus would be fair game under the DMCA...

I also wonder if they bothered getting proper licenses for those products anyway. Might be a fun lawsuit to see the government hoisted up by shitty laws they rushed through...

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: Eh?

I've had similar thoughts back when I was a kid with television. The channels would block all the explicit stuff before my parents went to bed, so they remained unaware of what is broadcast late at night on the movies channels, but I sure wasn't.

I found it quite ironic that the thing set up to protect children did exactly that, except it was protecting young boys from their parents...

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

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I prefer obvious typos over small, insidious little errors in the technical data...

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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According to the official Vocab guidelines, you're supposed to use "Police Service", force sounds too aggressive.

Mine's the one with a bit of red on it.

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Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

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On my network, I force the file extensions to be shown...

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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Re: " physical write-enable link on the Mobo."

I"d think that a simple setting in the setup utility would work. Allow updates to be written to a purely-storage section of the UEFI chip and then when you reboot, and option would appear in the setup utility and would ask whether you want to apply the update or not.

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Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

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With all these breaches

I would think that with all the breached organizations offering free credit monitoring and identify theft protection, I;d think that the average American would be getting these services for free for the rest of their lives.

First there was Target, then Home Depot, the Anthem Insurance, and now this....

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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Wouldn't actually be all that expensive to keep data

The rationalization that disallowing personal information to leave a country is expensive is idiotic... Sure it'll cost some money. Putting a couple servers in a datacenter isn't all that expensive and may be cheaper since you'd save a lot of money on network transit fees, plus your services will have a lot lower latency for the customer. It would also give a company a much better uptime if everything is distributed rather than in one or two bit barns on the other side of the planet.... Beside, isn't it much better to keep data near where it will be used?

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Telenor Norway projects 2020 switch-off for its 3G network

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Re: M2M needs 2G

I'd think that by the time 2025 rolls around, I'd think that there'd be a purpose-built protocol / network for M2M. Although I'd like to see a sort of hybrid network developed that would run both consumer internet and cellular communications to replace both WiFi and 4G, preferably some kind of mesh-network to greatly improve available bandwidth.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Re: Just give them an 'F'

The problem with that is that teacher pay is now based on the students' grades. If a teacher were to fail a student for such a thing, they might as well kiss their raise goodbye. Welcome to "No Child Left Behind"...

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"illegal because they can prevent people from calling emergency services"

But what if you built one that blocked everything except emergency services? Build some kind of fake-tower like that blackholes every connection but passes through 911 calls...

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Why would anyone take the money?

The second the money is transferred, one of the relevant government would notice and arrest the person responsible right after freezing their assets... Receiving money for spilling a secret agreement like this could be considered treason. So who would be close enough to the trade talks to get a copy yet value their life at less than $100,000?

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Re: "The instigators, looters and arsonists deserved Hellfire missiles."

Yeah, because using a multimillion dollar missile is totally the appropriate response for someone stealing a few thousand dollars of electronics. And it totally wouldn't set off yet another mass riot, no, not at all....

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

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Display Names

Why can't Facebook just add the option for a Display Name. They could still require users to register with their real names, and the users could use anything in the display name...

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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Re: Gonna have to give it a try

I should've known better than to express my personal opinion about a game on the internet...

Other than taking a lot of time, I love minecraft (on a similar level to complaining that your child keeps you up all night; its understood that you love the thing, but still get annoyed). Its just that with my work schedule and social obligations, I have little time to relax by myself so all I want to do is dive into a virtual world for a couple of hours where there are no ridiculous deadlines, no complaining users, and no python scripts failing tasks that the script has completed successfully thousands of times before.

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This one is single-user and local. So even if Lego kill off the product, you can still play.

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Gonna have to give it a try

I hated Minecraft for the fact that it would take hours to just even out a small hill, let alone create anything big and interesting. And besides, its only $15, so as long as it provides 3 pints worth of entertainment, I come out ahead on the deal.

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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Re: Tell me, does he actually remember to breathe while he walks?

"57 states in the US."

Yeah, but there are 57 states + protectorates. At least he isn't stupid enough to believe that Puerto Rico is a foreign country...

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What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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RE: "throughput of the local pigeons"

Yeah, but the coverage is shit.

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Small businesses trashed in big malware campaign

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"does not go the extra mile to hide its activity"

I wouldn't consider something like hiding the CnC as 'the extra mile' more like an essential part of the malware... Much like wearing a disguise to a robbery, sure you might be able to get away, but not for very long.

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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How do they know who is registering?

What's to stop a private person from registering a domain and then transferring it to the company? Its not like Vox Populi (What a pretentious name for a company...) have a list of employees for every company out there.

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Stranded Brussels airport passengers told to check Facebook

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Proper Redundancy

I would've thought that something this important would have a lot of redundancy built in, like a complete backup facility. Or possibly wire all the air control systems in the EU together so that if any single country's system went out, a neighboring authority could pick it up nearly instantaneously. Hell, I would like to see the entire world stitched together for something like this, where if the control towers in Los Angles went down, routing of the traffic could be picked up by control center in Germany. Of course such a system would be air-gapped from the internet, possibly using redundant fiber and satellite controls.

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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Now if only CBS produced something worthwhile...

I love how he believes that CSI and Big Bang Theory are good shows... Both are full of flat, 1-dimentional characters completely misunderstanding technology, formulaic and predictable plots, and cost way too much to produce. Also, CSI is getting cancelled because of how much it cost to produced each episode, and I don't think that Big Bang Theory is long for this world for the same reason (Why exactly do they need to pay Barbie $1,000,000 an episode?)

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Re: I love the accurate reporting ..

"at Microsoft marketing and sales rule"

You don't say! How odd that Microsoft would be focusing on making money, its almost like they are some kind of business or something.

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Re: My first look at the future

Wow, you sound exactly like my grandpa "This piece of technology confuses me, so its crap and I'm not going to bother learning how to use it!"

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Re: What is the point?

The Windows Store is to get apps that work on all the various Windows platform, including Windows Phone and Windows RT. Mozilla, Steam, and LibreOffice don't work on those... Half the point of the store is to give you a similar experience on all of Microsoft's products unlike the dichotomies between OS X and iOS or Linux and Android.

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Re: Quality is important to me

Indeed. The only apps that I've noticed that aren't in the Windows Store are Lyft and Tinder; but in place of those, I have Uber and self-respect... Otherwise it has what I care about. But then I'm a business user, so no need for a lot of the bullshit that floods the Android and Apple stores.

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What scares you most about ‘the cloud’?

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My biggest fear is that people don't understand what the cloud is

Noting in the article is specific to "the cloud". Those are all issues that were present long before market droids started slapping "Cloud" onto every piece of technology they came across.

The cloud is nothing more than a bunch of VMs stapled together with some management software, nothing special abut that, people were doing it for years. IBM had been selling compute time on a carved up mainframe that was shared between several users. Later, we ended up with slices on the Big Iron where each piece can be moved between pieces of iron with little-to-no down time. Not all that different than what the cloud does now and this was happening the Berlin wall was still up...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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"are easy to remember but the easiest for someone else to find out."

Hell, even Sarah Palin knows that...

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Re: Even worse

What is your favorite color? (Answer must be 8 characters or longer). So that gives only two options (That I can think of): Aqua-marine and Vermilion...

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

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Re: and still slow

Why would traffic need to go to the US anyway? Singapore is wired in to the SEA-ME-WE pipes as well as several massive pipes connecting to China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and points beyond. Any website or internet service anyone would want either is mirrored in Singapore already, in a nearby country, or is of trivial significance.

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