* Posts by RIBrsiq

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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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FAIL

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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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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Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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Just when I think no one on the planet could possibly do anything dumber, someone pulls something like this.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Musk might have been joking, but it makes a pretty accurate -- and ambitious -- mission statement, if you think about it:

"SpaceX: We Strive to Make Space Travel Boring".

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FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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FBI Director James Comey:

"The people we bought this from [...] their motivations align with ours."

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Security bods disclose lock bypass bug in iOS

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Holmes

If there's a bypass that will grant access to data without entering the passcode, then the encryption isn't as strong as it's claimed to be, is it?

Which makes sense: an operational phone would need access to a lot of decrypted data even while it's locked.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

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I do believe that everyone who can abandon Flash are already working on it... Nothing can possibly happen to further accelerate the effort, stop it or affect it in any way.

Can't say I'll miss it when it's gone, really: one less thing to keep updating is always great news!

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SoftLayer reveals per-CPU VMware pricing

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I am holding out for at least 5 "hyper"'s and two "converged"'s...

Call me when "hyper hyper converged hyper converged hyper converged hyper hyper convergence" rolls around.

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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

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Re: Nice when you have the resouces

On the plus side, being a one person show means that one can legitimately claim to be the first, last and only... everything, really, on the technical side of things.

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Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

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"[T]he rules were changed to stop researchers wasting their time on minor bugs".

This is not, in and of itself, unreasonable.

But the right thing to do would be pay for all the bugs already submitted that fall under the old rules. Minor amounts of cash, as the bugs are, but pay *something* to maintain good well.

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Telling your wife why you were fired is the only punishment

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Re: So why do so many tech support people seem to have this issue?

>> on a company owned work computer there's very little right to privacy

>> Because it's their /job/ to work out if the data that was significant enough to back up but has since been deleted from the system

You are, of course, both right.

Most of what I wrote is intended for the general case of "you'll never guess what I found on this [laptop/PC/mobile] once brought in to be fixed!". Those guys/gals I absolutely abhor: if someone trusts you with their secrets -- even if inadvertently -- try to act just a little trustworthy.

But that really makes my posts somewhat off-topic, doesn't it...?

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Re: If you don't want to be traumatised by people's pictures ...

>> Recently a colleague of mine passed away from a serious bicycle accident, and a close friend of his asked if I could look and see if he might've had some photos they could use at his funeral on his laptop.

Sorry for your loss, first.

Second, surely it's obvious that it's not the same when one has explicit permission, no? Or if, say, it's a found laptop which's owner one is trying to determine, etc. But even then I personally would expect the person with the unfortunate task of going through the files to have the tact to not blab (or complain) about anything they see...

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Re: If you don't want to be traumatised by people's pictures ...

>> 1) Natural human curiosity sometimes. You know, the sort of enquiring attitude that enables problem solving and development of tech skills.

Poking in other people's files is not curiosity. Look it up, sometime. I believe you'll find the actual word you were looking for is "nosiness".

While you have your dictionary handy, there is this other concept you should probably also lookup: privacy, respect thereof.

>> 2) Because if you're going to free up space or wipe drives, it is sensible to do a dip check on what is about to be nuked.

And why would anyone but whoever owns the files make any decisions regarding what to keep or not? Either get authorization to delete everything, or demand enough disk space to backup it up. It's the only way to avoid "yes, but you know I use [XYZ] and should have kept its files for me!" and similar situations. Not to mention that it's the only way to get stuff done in anything resembling a reasonable amount of time.

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Re: If you don't want to be traumatised by people's pictures ...

"...don't look at them".

Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

I always wonder about this. You see, on all machines I ever used, images, videos and other files never spontaneously open themselves! So why do so many tech support people seem to have this issue?

Needless to say, all types of autoplay, thumbnails or anything similar should be disabled. Especially on a machine one's using to poke files that almost certainly contain bio-hazards of various types.

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

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Make the trains run on thyme...?

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ExoMars mission thunders aloft from Baikonur

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Re: Run of the mill?

"what seems almost a Wil-E-Coyote assemblage".

In fact, the main CAD package they use is a copy of The Incredible Machine...

More seriously: yes, I am right there with you.

Whenever I take a step back and look at how incredible "everyday" stuff is, I almost get vertigo. Then I remember that at some point in time, a flint edge probably was just as -- hah! -- cutting-edge and that at some point in the future, our toys will probably seem just as primitive and cry myself to sleep.

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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And when the NRA gets their way and every school kid is issued a gun at 6th grade or something, there will be even more fun!

Can you imagine the excitement when a nutcase opens fire in, say, a dark movie theatre full of armed, ill-trained, civilians?

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