* Posts by RIBrsiq

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Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

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Embedded security is critical, IMO. I would very much like to see all data outside processors fully and securely encrypted before I allow chips to be implanted into my body, for example. And we're certainly headed there, even if it's probably optimistic on my part to think that I would ever have to make that particular call, given the percentage of my hair that's white.

But trying to get there by buying McAfee? What on Earth were Intel thinking...?

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Ah! The hidden costs and impacts start to show up!!

And it's not like the visible ones were great to begin with...

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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

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"US Syndrome"...?

And I am sure I read quite a few narratives of the Chinese invading through the ground!

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Seriously...

>> "half the country has a below-average IQ"

And it's not just IQ, either! It's everything!!

It's extremely frustrating, this. No matter what one does to better things -- education, welfare, etc. No matter what efforts are taken, it still always seems that half the population remains below average.

I'm telling you: the system is rigged...

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

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Holmes

Not as exciting, I know, but I'm thinking this is more "breakdown of cellular control mechanisms" and less "fear the living dead".

But certainly some more fiddling to find out what's going on is needed.

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Queensland creep cops charged with snooping through police records

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Former Miss Bikini World contestant Renee Eaves

It would be, you must admit, the perfect cover for an international criminal master mind!

Maybe we should review the file one more time, just to make sure nothing was missed...?

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'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

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'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

Until they do, that is. By which time it's usually too late to secure the data.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

A person I rather respect once said that if you ever find yourself considering what politicians are doing and thinking "now, that's stupid!", then know that you do not know all that is going on.

Of course, it's not exclusively correct, obviously: sometimes it's the politicians who are lacking critical information and/or understanding, and sometimes they are indeed just being plain stupid. But it's a world-view that's useful to keep in mind, I find.

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"US companies dominate the international market".

The question, kind sir, is "would you like that state of affairs to continue?"

Because I personally doubt that it would for long. Even without artificial incentives for people to jump ship.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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"The second most popular password was '18atcskd2w' used by 91,103 accounts, with '3rjs1la7qe' coming in fourth spot used by 74,806 accounts".

Eh...? How did that happen, then? I know that the answer to this question is what I personally am most interested in.

Edit: Interesting theories in the video linked.

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TWELVE YEARS of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

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"Two is one. And one is none".

Also: Schrödinger's backup.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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“one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"

So, which was Gerald...?

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Plutonian 'lava lamp' seas give dwarf planet a regular face lift

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Re: "Of course the world is a 6000-year-old flatland where π equals 3"

>> If you're referring to historical events.

No, I tend to stick with the highest authorities; scripture, in this case. Specifically, Chronicles 4:2:

"He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim[...]. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it".

See...? :-P

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Re: Clueless journalists and conspiracy theories

>> Even as a fan of crackpot theories one needs some consistency.

Ah, but you're failing to consider things from the conspiracy-theorists' PoV:

Of course the world is a 6000-year-old flatland where π equals 3 and the stars are just pinholes in the heavenly orb orbiting Earth in the sea on which God's throne floats (warning: I may have mixed up a few mythologies)! That's patently obvious to anyone with enough intelligence. But one cannot expect normal people to understand all this; their poor brains cannot handle it, after all. So it's essential to point out the inconsistencies in the lies they believe whenever possible without getting bogged down in large arguments that cannot be resolved -- see "poor brains" earlier.

So pretty correct, actually, now that I write it down. Except with a slight role-reversal.

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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

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So... Kickstarter to buy JAXA a few copies of Kerbal...?

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

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>> A sphincter.

Aptly-put, I suspect and fear.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world is rather down the gravity well from said entity, so to speak.

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>> Fight them now, or you have no one to blame.

And elect whom, exactly? John McAfee...? The choice is clearly either Trump or Hillary.

"None of the above" does not work. Not short-term, at any rate: maybe there's a place for a third party in the US system, medium-to-long term. Though as the disaffected of either party seem to be rather far from center, I don't see how that would work. Unless the US political continuum is more of a ring than a straight line -- or whatever is the appropriate closed vs. open topology, according to the applicable number of dimensions.

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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Re: Easy fix

Yes, of course! Linux will solve all of humanity's problems!!

It's so obvious, now that you point it out.

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Microsoft force-feeds Win10

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@Microsoft

[Sigh...]

When you're exploiting tricky-language, technicalities and non-intuitive UI design, it's really time to re-evaluate the choices that led you here.

And I love Windows 10!

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Smartphones stymie sex

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So people are turned off by their potential partner being more interested in their smartphone than them...?

Fascinating! I would have never imagined that, really. Please do tell me more, at great length (and maybe some girth)!!

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Predicting Problems

>> Surely that just moves the problem to somewhere else.

Not if the mirrors -- if they can be made at all, note: they'd need to withstand much more intense, focused rays -- were angled to reflect mis-aimed beams upwards.

Helicopter icon because said reflected beams may still hit an unfortunate one in the wrong place by chance... Would make for a hell of a movie-plot threat, that: terrorists hacking the control systems of a solar power plant to burn passenger jets out of the sky and discredit the renewable energy industry to hasten the End of the World, etc.

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VMware flushes Windows vSphere client and Adobe Flash

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Re: Hosts?

>> I just continued using the full-fat client and putting up with it's buggy behaviour.

Between the Windows and Web Clients, it's been my experience that it's the Web Client that's by far buggier. But it's also the one with all the snazzy new features -- everything since v5.5 inclusive, I believe -- so there's really no avoiding it completely, unfortunately, on a modern vSphere setup.

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Re: Hosts?

What DougMac said.

Also, there's always SSH! It's what Real SysAdmins™ use anyway, no...? ;)

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I wouldn't worry about that:

There are indications that there already was an attempt to make it possible to connect to individual hosts using a web browser with v6 -- call it web client for hosts, if you want -- but it was pulled, probably because it didn't work so well.

Dumping Flash cannot come soon enough, of course. But not having the safety net of the Windows client is... troubling. I think I'll give this a few months to mature before actually deploying it anywhere. Of course, that's what I would do anyway!

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

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Re: All things come to an end

Why not just round them up, put them in a field then have them count actual beans...?

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Many temperature and weather-related records being broken all over the planet, for some strange reason.

Not that this would lead to any wavering of the "Climate is Not Changing!" believer squad's beliefs, of course!

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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Re: Ahh

>> I don't know what the word means.

If you don't know what the word means, you should look it up. This is general advice applicable to all words in all languages.

Specifically in this case, if you don't know what misogyny is then you're almost certainly guilty of it. That's just how the statistics are in human societies at this point in time. So you really should look it up and work on fixing that.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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@Trevor

You're so adorable! Have an upvote!!

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Meanwhile, in the real world, some Vista drivers, nevermind applications, work just fine on Windows 10...

Corollary: Windows 10 works just fine on some ancient hardware for which no driver support beyond Vista exists.

So: will Windows 10 cure cancer and bring world peace? Obviously not! But is it worse than cancer and/or the Coming of the Beast and the End of Days...? Probably not.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Driving for dummies.

>> try texting while driving a stick.

You'd think it would be almost impossible, wouldn't you...?

We have manual transmission almost exclusively here, and I am sorry to report that most people, through what I assume must be an extraordinary dent of effort, still manage to use their phones while driving. Including texting!

My own view is that anyone calling me while I am driving can probably wait until I am done. Unless it's a god calling, in which case I expect s/he should be able to manage another means of communication anyway.

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What a sorry state of affairs when a prominent sign -- and whether or not someone saw it -- is part of an investigation into a shooting on a high school's campus.

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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

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Re: Fast thing quicker than slow thing

It's probably based on a MISPWOSO research project...

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

A policeman/woman is a civilian. But, unfortunately, increasingly one with military hardware s/he is ill-trained to use and not enough accountability.

Anyway, as I understand it, the police force in a modern, well-adjusted country is supposed to serve and protect the populace, no? They're employees of the people and so on. So checking how they do their job is not a bad place to start.

Finally, if you find yourself essentially agreeing with the policies of the Eternal Regime in the DPRK, then it's probably a good idea to take a few steps back and check if maybe you've gone wrong, somewhere.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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I could go on about one system's failure stressing another to failure and cascades and so on. But fuck it: you have a point. It does indeed sometimes uncannily seem that the World -- specifically various supposedly non-sentient bits of it -- is Out to Get Us.

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Microsoft kicks out fix for buggy Win Server 2012 WSUS updates

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@dmacleo

Thanks for testing and reporting.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Right.

I can see that between the author's apparent point of view and that of the unfortunate MEP's we seem to have covered both extremes of the spectrum of opinion on this issue.

What I personally would prefer, really, is something more towards the middle.

By far still the best work I read on the subject remains "Free Culture". Strongly recommended reading for those seeking a better perspective on things and any who would rather avoid reinventing any number of wheels.

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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>> "I hope that we never have to use it," said Kowall. "That's why the penalties are what they are."

By that stellar logic, the penalty for everything should be summary execution.

Incidentally, what's the penalty for proposing stupid laws...?

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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

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WTF?

What I would like... what I would really like is for someone to explain the decision process that led to that $10 switch being deployed in that environment.

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Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm

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I am happy to see GCHQ helping, whatever their motivations.

They, and similar organizations, should do much more to help secure things.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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This is bloody hilarious!

Talk about shooting one's self in the foot!!

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: Utterly unacceptable

"Gentlemanly behavior"...?

I know you mean well, but what does a "women need Handling with Care" mentality have to do with being decent to fellow human beings? Are rape and murder threats OK if directed against macho men...?

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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Re: And exactly what...

Think of it this way:

Which's harder; getting a certificate or having the experience and knowledge that certificate is supposed to certify?

Right. So if a candidate you don't know submits a CV to you and it doesn't even have the certificates that would cover the technologies they should be proficient in, what's the likelihood they'd do well...?

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“There will be a price adjustment on Microsoft certification exams in July 2016”

Maybe they'll drop the price...?

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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Re: Do the opposite

Sounds good to me!

Of course, the realist in me is nagging that *that* probably only indicates how little I know of how taxes are supposed to work.

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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Re: It's fake

Viral marketing, eh? How's that supposed to work, then?

"I might be incompetent. Invest in my company"...?

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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I had no idea the taint of Slaanesh had so firmly taken hold.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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WTF?

Well, I never...!!

I am absolutely flummoxed and flabbergasted at this most unforeseen development!

Positively shocked and perplexed, am I, indeed...

!!!!!!

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'Cat-flap' pendulum offers 7x improvement for grav-wave detectors

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See...? Everything is improved by adding cats!

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Stallman is a loon

"All religions have their wild eyed prophet in the early days. But there comes a time when pragmatism takes the lead and the evangelists need to be retired to their hermit hole so new thinkers can bring the valuable core ideals to the world without the baggage".

Or you could -- call me crazy -- not join a religion when all you need is an OS...

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Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids

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Mushroom

I thought everyone understood that nuking asteroids only works in movies...? Even then, it doesn't seem to work so well, if memory serves.

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