* Posts by Notas Badoff

411 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

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Re: Xora app user and iPhone owner

"... after deleting an app (Xora iPhone app) from her own handset ..."

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Devil

Re: It's a Cluster F**K !

Rather, it's a fucket full of flaws.

(for the non-bit-fiddlers, that's only one picked bit different)

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Software update borked radar, delayed hundreds of flights, says US FAA

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Boffin

Testing methodology

"Yep, it passes all the tests... it's gold. Updates away..."

If I'm reading between the lines correctly, the critical difference was between the code 'working' and the code working over time, e.g. a whole shift.

Feature/function testing vs. ? What is it called when you test the code as it is actually used over a valid duration of time by real people?

When the users are flight controllers - rather important users them - aren't their usage patterns well enough understood to be the basis of "real world" testing? Or is this the after-thought to now be remedied?

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How the Arab Spring blew the lid off the commercial spyware

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Re: Timing? Reading?

"But the proposed rules have already chilled research efforts."

They are moaning about the unintentional[citation needed] effects of the proposed changes to Wassenaar.

The final text of laws after being expelled from legislative bodies often smell from the digestive processes involved. Sausage making is more transparent and has fewer harmful inclusions.

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Re: can we use it for target practice?

You can do what some Chinese general did, use the untested piece of expensive hardware he had, that "could never be used aggressively", to target and blow up a defunct Chinese satellite, increasing the total number of orbiting pieces of junk by 50% in one go. Turned into an anti-everything screen that'n. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

You want to de-orbit the *whole* satellite without re-orbiting all its constituent parts.

But... that same technology would then be a !!threat!!! to everyone, they would say. But never-aggressive generals don't worry about that.

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Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

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Joke

Why can't they ...

just share the jokes?

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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Joke

Re: Legal disclaimer

Sorry, if there's any fallout from your inadvertent leaks, we're just not going to wipe that clean.

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Holmes

Re: Nail the bastards part 2

There'll be enough pieces to get fingerprints, yes? We get your drone, we get your fingerprints, we get you. Got it?

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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WTF?

Eh?

"While the FAA can warn operators of the dangers of Li-ion batteries, a law passed in 2012 means it can't regulate battery transport unless international regulators act first."

Is this unintended consequences of a poorly written law? Or consequences of a law poorly intended? (ie. industry lobbyists)

Anybody got a reference to this law?

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United Airlines bug bounty shells out 1.8M miles for three flaws

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WTF?

And for the negative take on this...

"I've been rewarded 500,000 miles for a bug I found on May the 16th and I still have several bugs pending.

"Overall, I probably dedicated ~10 hours to their bug bounty program."

Umm, so now we've heard that several bugs, some major, can be found at United with only a few hours expended. Perhaps that is one of the 'facts' they should have embargoed?

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Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

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Pint

Re: This will be entertaining

clash?

And yes, I'm looking forward to the shock lesson that Indians can and do go out on strike. And sometimes for political reasons. Strikes? Non-Party parties? Government interference in investments? (no on that last one, cuz 'China' is next door)

Hey, we need a popped popcorn kernel icon. Could also serve as the Stay Puft marshmallow man!

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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Big Brother

Wearing my rubber-soled shoes

Worked 'near' the security people at a medium-big oil company. Watched their actions and words for years. It was all very 'correct'.

The company followed best available practices. (as revealed by their vendors) They used the best tools available. (those funded) The people individually checked all the boxes with their certifications (self-funded)

The security guys could not defend the company. What they could defend was their own efforts. Within their purview they did everything in their power. They certainly had my respect. Their efforts individually were not inadequate, but they well knew the total combined effort across the corporation was inadequate.

And they knew - knew - that they had been penetrated at will, more or less quarterly. The company as a whole figured this out - a few quiet inquiries from the C-suite made it clear even they knew - as the people on the other side had too much obviously internal information, not just re: negotiations but their technology/techniques/timeframes were known to low-level counterparts.

The company took the only action possible to them to 'cure' that situation. They slowly sold off any projects in the area and backed away from any further interests in the resources of or near to a certain large Asian state. They could do nothing at the turnabout that it was their own resources - technology - that had been extracted.

There is the characterisation that to get by when "living in the big city" you keep your head down, walk fast, look as threatening as possible when challenged, and be ready to run like hell. You *don't* attract the attention of gangs, unless you are surrounded by your own gang.

That network you've got protecting you... surrounding you... do you really think it'll stand up against the big gangs? We are everywhere living in the worst parts of the worst big city. Be ready to run like hell. Individually if need be.

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Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

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FAIL

Long-term stewardship

Nodejs was mentioned, but not the most illustrative aspect there of the uncertain effects of 'stewardship' by a corporation with its own goals.

Not too long past the second/third highest contributor by commit count was hung out to dry by the corporate steward, Joyent. For Ben Noordhuis English is a second language. He did not at one point have the required 'sensitivity' to the extreme viewpoints regarding gendered language. Seeing some dubious pull request come in from a previously unknown person whose sole content was changes of gendered words in documention, he said whoa, what is this for and what good is this doing the project?

Within hours his commit bit was yanked by Joyent, who reacted to the drafted webmob wielding pitchforks by saying "Ben who?". And then went on to post to their public corporate blog that "we believe that empathy is a core engineering value" and "if this were the act of a Joyent employee, we would—to deliberately use a gender-neutral pronoun—fire them", very prominently identifying Ben by full name.

While posturing that this was all about respect for others, they did not take enough time to respect one of their core contributors and straighten things out. They did not clear the air but added more nitromethane to the pyre. "Mob, *we* are *with* you!"

How does this tie in with one of the points in the article's list? Ben worked for a Joyent competitor. In a flash Joyent burned him to shine a better light on themselves.

Can you trust a corporate steward to value you and your efforts? Seems it does depend which steward.

(After an intervening fork, 1.5 years later Nodejs is shifting governance models subtly away from Joyent. I can hope it has nothing to do with their sordid behaviour. At least, that is what everyone is publicly saying.)

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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Unhappy

Damned inconvenient furriners!

Why do people with brains seem so alien to the powers that be? Why is intelligence something that has to be invited to Congress for a visit?

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Facebook vows to blow EVEN HARDER

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They're in the wrong business

... will “be cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioner” in spite of Texas summer temperatures.

If they can do this for themselves then why aren't they selling this cool technology to the masses? If you've ever been to north Texas in the summer you'll know it isn't just ice that's melting, it's asphalt also!

Unless what they really mean is that the "outdoor air" is moving some large fan blades somewhere nearby... Really, I'm completely mystified at this throw away comment. Sounds like magic.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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Devil

Re: Getting the popcorn in...

You are quite missing the transformational possibilities, e.g. TEDdit !

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Unhappy

Obvious Blurbish is obvious

I really hate this quote:

"The result is a tool designed from the ground up for coding and customisable in all manner of ways."

Straight outta their glowing self-descriptions and ridiculous. What 'new' editor written by coders is *not* going to claim "designed ... for coding". And what editor is written now without being customisable?

Should I now go whiffling off and install 1.0 to see if it can _now_ manipulate columns of text across multiple lines? You know, like when you are trying to make code readable as a self-imposed requirement? Or more of the other features I use daily that are a fraction of what e.g. Vim provide?

Not all bad, though, unlike Adobe's Brackets, which can't 'bounce' between brackets. Another editor that "... is a tool designed from the ground up for coding and customisable in all manner of ways."

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Joke

rainbow butterfly unicorn kitten

Dang, I thought that could be my new password ala stapled batteries. Then I looked, and its been a 'thing' for awhile. Then I looked closer, and the wings are upside-down. It could be a Microsoft product after all.

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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Pint

Less workers, less money?

"The work was outsourced to Capita back in 2013, the contract is valued at £1.2bn over ten years and is the biggest of its kind."

I am confused. If they are indeed using automation and tools to decrease the needed workload, then the work performed is now less. Will they paid less on the contract? That is, is it now a £0.9bn contract?

Or is this the triple-play coup that outsourcing until now only dreamt of - screw the customers, the workers, and the contracting company? What's that phrase, "trebles ...."

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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FAIL

Re: BS, there is no will at Amazon, tech won't help.

How about 183 reviews since Apr 8 2015 from one 'person'?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3HKMMD7KTT97W/ref=pdp_new

And that was just picking one Keys book and then one reviewer at random. That's 2+ reviews a day. Scanning I saw 5-6+ 'reviews' done in one day. They can't really have spent hours laughing with their kids over the 400 Yo Mamma jokes book, they were too busy stuffing reviews into Amazon.

Amazon is so pwned. They need to hire some former Wikipedia editors to give them ideas how to fight fraud. Which hours editing in a day, which identical IPs, throw out proxied IPs, look for common text patterns, look for 'buddy' systems, etc. Thing is, you figure out one, you will usually identify 10's - 100's of bad edits/reviews in one whack.

Wow, Amazon just isn't trying at all.

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

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Re: Initialisms, NOT acronyms…

'click'?

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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Maybe it was the start of a conversation?

Oh look at all the comments below relating similar situations and outcomes. Discussion, warnings, useful information. You aren't against that, are you?

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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WTF?

Re: Here is the "plan 9 from outer space" of all papers.

Oh... oh... OW. The 'references' are hurting me.

"Tamil the Law of the Universe",

"Intensive Internet 'E-book' study ...",

“Manorama Tell Me Why Periodicals,”

“The Super Scientist of Climate Control,”

"Tamil to English Dictionary,”

and more.

And a third of them self-published. Rama-lama-ding-dong, they only lack a 'church' to change the world.

Oh, I forgot "The Universe is like a Spaceship" by the same 'crew'. Don't know about science, but they come up with great song titles!

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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^ This ^

Brendan Eich had a brain and was actually into technology for people. Other mozzleheads were more interested in pushing how technology _ought_ to be (their conception, anyway).

I have posted elsewhere about the 13-year-old bug report that was closed wontfix because of 2 mozilloids who "didn't like" the technology standard. Their proposed replacement hain't progressing in the 2-3 years since. Who would've guessed that?

I still use FF as my main browser, but more and more often resort to Chrome. Loyalty, when you have to fit into Mozilla's tire tread pattern, is a stretch.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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IT Angle

Nonplussed

"... four years before it shuts it down."

I'm sorry, where was this explained in the article? Or is this just a well-known cloud feature and I mist it?

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

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What's that mood?

Wait, so ICANN is establishing the tenor of the relationship with Vox Populi by extorting $1M from it using dubious rationales, and then wondering why the registrar is in turn extorting companies? Hey, this is good, I suppose, as the flow of sh1t reverses back towards ICANN. "Centipede IV: Turnabout"

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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

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Facepalm

"I see what you did there"

Making statements that use guilt by association, <sarcasm><selfReferential><godwin>like Hitler did?</godwin></selfReferential></sarcasm>

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Thumb Down

Appreciation?

"However Starbucks did not appreciate the ... hacker's quiet disclosure ..."

Well, now that the corporation's stance regarding disclosure has been stated publicly, the next bug permitting fraud will be announced on-stage with widespread reporting. Let's see them then take 10 days to fix the monetary leak. Why doesn't any corporation think about "next time"?

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Mushroom

Re: Evidence == "Invasion of Privacy!"

I commented on another article weeks ago, mentioning something that just doesn't seem to have, um, registered yet.

I have to believe that all these cars have a cameras trained on many different angles to capture not only the telemetry by which they navigate, but also to capture the "what happened" for review. That that review would be as interesting to the law and insurance companies and others seems to have been skipped over.

I use as my jumping off point all the brouhaha over Google's StreetView and everybody screaming about invasion of privacy. They were even sued when mistakenly driving down someone's driveway.

Now how many cars do you think StreetView had active at any one time? And how many times do they come back and re-do views? (They've redone my street once in 5+ years)

Now what about when half the cars in the West are instrumented to continuously record everything going on around them? All the time and everywhere? There will be no privacy on streets. (Whether I'm for or against the concept of "privacy in public" is moot, but some feel quite strongly about this)

Why haven't I seen any mention of this?

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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Like grep? sed? awk?

"nxFileLine: ensure that a file contains a specific line and/or does not contain lines matching a given pattern."

Like grep? They've replicated a very small part of grep as new software for only their environment? They just don't get 'tools', do they?

Proud doc for nxFileLine

Note how they say it "manage lines" - it doesn't. It just greps a file. Is this grandiosity or ignorance, I never can tell with MS...

Proud doc index

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POW: Smut-seeding copyright troll slammed as 'extortionate'

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Pint

How far will a lawyer go?

Can you really get paid to railroad your own client into jail? Hmm, if the client (now bankrupt) refuses to pay, can you then demand the state pay your expenses? Can a client really be so stupid as to arrange for both prosecutor and 'defense' to be trying to put them in jail?

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Unhappy

Balls

Wasn't Fiorina the one photographed at a company business meeting on-stage with an enormous pair of (nonfunctioning but strategically placed) balls? Somehow I think that she could win a large share of votes in America with just that picture. I despair I do.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Alien

Re: Microsoft "proprietary" tools versus "Open" preferred tools

Wow, pause for a breath dude. I hate Microsoft for its multiple betrayals of self and others, but you had me wiping the imagined spittle off the inside of my screen from your misplaced rant.

"... work only well on Windows?" I've tried it only on Windows so far, but the only limitation I see is the usual limited editing operations I would expect from the Windows mindset. (No new editor can ever approach the range of features *required* unless it has gestated for a couple years with user feedback in watt-ton quantities. I'll be staying with Vim for awhile more.

If nothing else this "hello from Seattle" is interesting for its DNA. An MS product based on JS/TS, running within the (formerly named Atom Shell) Electron shell from Github, which uses Node.js as the JS engine, and also uses the Chrome browser (Chromium) underneath for the HTML windows. Elvis is back and saying "merci, 非常感谢, ευχαριστώ πολύ" !

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Childcatcher

Opt Opt Opt

So does the implicit extension of this ruling require stores to say how many people are watching the in-store security cameras and for what purposes? Given the number of anti-shoplifting cameras that already exist in these stores, if you simply temporarily hired enough 'researchers' to report on shoppers 'footfall' by watching the monitors and making manual notes, that would be the same thing as just ruled ilegal?

Would stationing an employee outside on a mall bench and having them manually note 'walk-bys' vs. 'walk-ins' vs. 'window-shopping' be a violation of people's legal rights?

This really seems like "technology is evil!" so rule against them.

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Hey, you wanna help run the internet? This power restructure is for YOU

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Complicated...

Maybe it will make more sense re-read a couple times, but I'm scratching my noggin now because of all the moving parts, yet a suspicion no good governance will be in the actual outcome. Perhaps a simple question to elicit more information?

How is this different from how the 'leaders' of Hong Kong are 'elected'?

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Just now having a go at opinion polls?

Remember this is a politician...

"... about trying to boost votes than ..."

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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Pint

Government transparency!

Ain't it great?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Coat

Ink... ink... the smell of ink...

I still hoard toothbrushes. After I'd used one to lovingly defuzz a drum you wouldn't want to use that toothbrush again. But the print would be so sharp afterwards! Strangely though, the same people who wanted me to clean the drum for the improved printing wouldn't want me to touch the paper after that - blue/black fingers - so shift end was quiet for me, just tickling the holes in the digits and caressing the drummmmm......

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Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

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You forgot to mention TypeScript

which this new product claims to support, though why Microsoft would choose to do that for free I don'.... oh

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Meh

Not probing your site, merely perusing...

So if I suck down a component file from your web site, and analyse it offline for vulnerabilities, this skirts around the legal difficulties of being an Invading! Evil! Hackerist! ? After all, I did nothing but accept the files your site sent me, right?

And if people start selling site profiles and example exploits to others, that isn't illegal, as they themselves are not penetrating a web site, right? They're just saying hey look over there that parked car is unlocked.

Umm, okay, now how about the academic and investigatory exemptions? A survey in the public interest isn't illegal, right?

Politics, legal codes, and morality... Sheesh! I'll think I'll keep my head down and keep coding!

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Unhappy

D'oh'main

Paired with the almost simultaneous news that Google is giving up on Google Code in deference to the success of other organizations in that 'development' space, like GitHub, Goggle seems schizoid at best. They are showing all the mentally palsied symptoms of a company too big to be rational.

If they would partner with GitHub and SourceForge to foster the open development arena under the .dev domain they would come out heroes. But keeping it for themselves only? Sounds like "locked supply closet" type company stupidity.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Unhappy

Uncomfortable?

"If however, anyone feels personally abused, threatened, or otherwise uncomfortable due to this process, that is not acceptable."

Sounds progressive, except when carried too far...

"“Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads."

I call bullshit on all these "statements of conduct" that vainly hope to cater to or fend off every individual's interpretation of the moment. Every group is by definition made up of individuals, with their own usually divergent truths and self-prejudices held dear. Disagreements, disappointments, and often resulting in someone blaming someone for those.

If someone's not acting with a project's best interests at heart tell them so, and why. If someone lays an egg on a mail-list ask them to restate "more usefully". We've all seen even neutral plain prose interactions fail completely due to 'feelings'. And there is usually no mystery to those who have been following along, rather than those jumping in with pitchforks and blazing torches.

Quite amazing this progression, that since we are all supposed to be mature adults, we can't act on that basis without worrying someone's feelings will come up 'hurt'. Latitude and understanding from all parties in a conversation is what's required.

If you are more interested in telling everyone you are feeling hurt than you are in getting the subject at hand worked out, ain't no statement of conduct going to help.

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

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Unhappy

Unwanted stepchildren

I am sure the funding requests for that continue to get rubberstamped by the present Congress just as easily as the previous funding requests.

(Shoot, I'm 3.5 weeks early!)

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

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WTF?

Proof of government stupidity!

Oh wait, no it isn't.

It _is_ proof that unexamined private business can be more stupid than is suspected of the government. That a business that won't explain its processes must be assumed to be hiding Hanlon's razor up its butt. As if the banking snarguffage wasn't a good enough demonstration.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Devil

Why did it do that? What squirrel?!? Let's check the instant replay...

It's hard enough to explain accidents from encountering the unexpected. (As the SO tried to explain "But the dear hit me, I didn't hit the dear!") Especially when no one is actually paying any attention.

When trying to explain to the police/insurance people how the car ended mounting the curb, I sure hope there's multiple camera angles recording everything.

But, you know, that brings up an interesting point I've not yet seen mentioned - video evidence.

Now everyone knows how absolutely freaked everyone was that Gevilgle was photographing the public vistas for street view. How much more freaked are they going to be that - due to liability concerns and legal defense needs - every auto auto will be covering front/sides/rear views with multiple cameras? Every auto auto, recording all the time everywhere they go!

A wrong turn up someone's driveway means lawsuits? Bwahahaha....

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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Joke

Grease-palm

Instead of face-palm splat it sounds like *sploosh* and the lights go dark.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Unhappy

Re: No shitze Dick tracy

Hmm, you make it sound only as bad as a penile wart. It was much much worse.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: @Halverflake

Halverflake's statement didn't advocate foisting adware on users, but reiterated a reason 'why' it happens. So +1 for your being suspicious but -1 for reading comprehension.

And, you know, it is getting ridiculous the way everyone reflexively adds '!\!SA!!' to every discussion of malfeasance. Hey, remember Hanlon's Razor? Or like, you know, crop circles, aliens, poisoned wells, etc. etc. etc.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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What were we voting for?

Hmm...

Are the voters electing terrorist fighters? Or are the terrorists selecting voter fighters? Or are the voters electing terrorists who will fight the voters on behalf of ... Oh I'm so confused....

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

Notas Badoff

Re: Is this at all surprising?

Turned off the voice recognition first thing I got the new set last December. I figured the 'smart' in the TV wasn't smart enough, so kinda obvious they'd be echoing onto the network.

(I also disabled the WiFi, which again disabled the voice recognition, tho when Samsung properly supports Netflix that'll change (sigh))

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