* Posts by Mad Chaz

248 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Mad Chaz

Re: Goddam

I think "too much" should be about right.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: The UN SC should task China with removing the North Korea's monarchy

I don't know. If I was china, I could see a point keeping NK. They'll make a very good scapegoat when China needs someone to start trouble so they can expand.

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Actual Hydrogen bomb, instead of a nuclear device

Maybe they just filled up some large container with liquefied hydrogen then chucked it in spark pit?

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Happy new year, VW: Uncle Sam sues over engine cheatware

Mad Chaz

Re: Grandstanding

Or maybe they are just saying "follow the law or else". As this applies to a large corporation, this is not usual for the US, but still to be commended.

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Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

Mad Chaz

Re: Huh? ...not all criminals are clueless.

Or alarm system salesmen.

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Mad Chaz

Checklist

1: Find an open/wep secured wifi and get connected.

2: Scan the network for such a device. Record cleartext password at any time the application gets connected. Probably every 5 minutes while it checks status.

3: Turn it off, rob the place, turn it back on.

4: Profit

Yea, I'm sure that could never happen ....

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

Mad Chaz
Facepalm

Re: Transparency

You mean actually do work? Isn't the idea of computers that it's all magical and makes it easy? That's what the supplier said!

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Brussels flings out Safe Harbour guidelines, demands 'safer' new framework ASAP

Mad Chaz
Facepalm

Re: tissue papering over the cracks

"But it's not in another country, it's in the "cloud" and everyone knows that's just "on the internet" isn't it?"

So many clueless people, so little time ...

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'Death star' reaches out invisible hand, rips planet apart

Mad Chaz

Re: Did the "B-Ark" get it right?

Maybe we're in the presence of one of the great Arkleseizure's boogers.

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AT&T, Verizon probed: 'No escape from biz broadband packages'

Mad Chaz
Facepalm

Re: For the love of all that is holy THERE'S A BRIDGE FIRE!?

His clients certainly would

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

Mad Chaz

But not impossible. Also, the question becomes "what is the probability of intelligence evolving on a planet that can support life".

Our sample of 1 (some might argue 0) doesn't give us a proper idea of that.

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Euro privacy warriors: You've got until January to fix safe harbor mess – or we unleash hell

Mad Chaz

Re: terrible news!

As they usually do, by using the cost of compliance as an excuse to charge all of us more for the things we need to stay alive. They will still do what ever they want, but they'll use it.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

Mad Chaz

Re: Updates

"dog's dinner that barely functions (hardly surprising, it is Linux after all) "

So how's OSX treating you? You realize it's freebsd, right?

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ICANN: Just give us the keys to the internet – or the web will disintegrate

Mad Chaz

You know, the UN taking over would probably be a good thing. For one, it would give it a stable source of income that isn't dependent on the generosity of rich countries. For seconds, it would allow the world to avoid such wonderful ideas as .suck as people screaming "this is a bad idea" might actually get listened to. And third, ICANN as proven time and time again it's a spoiled brat. Getting it out of the picture sounds like a win for everyone else to me.

I still don't get why "the internet community" asn't just said "Screw them. Let's create a non-profit with people who aren't such brats to handle this. ICANN can go do something biologically impossible to itself"

Hell, I'm even willing to be the first chairmain of such an organisation, with a non-renewable 4 year mandate to make sure the transition of even what ICANN currently does to that new organisation. That's one thing that should be forced on the board. You have a fixed term and don't get to do it more then once. You can bet it'll help avoid such wonderful "I won't let go no matter what" attitudes.

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Now even EUROPE is slapping down ICANN in internet power struggle

Mad Chaz

I don't understand why "the internet" still tries to do business with ICANN. It's like getting screwed over and having everything taken from you by a business partner, then going back and saying "I got this great new idea"

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

Mad Chaz

"and provided robust protection of EU citizens' privacy in accordance with the Framework's principles "

Well, the court apparently disagreed with that assessment. That is why the US was judged to NOT have followed the agreement's rules, never mind that even that was below what the EU demands.

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US tries one last time to sway EU court on data-slurping deal

Mad Chaz

Re: OT, (but hopefully of interest)

Politician?

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Mad Chaz

And what protection would that be? The 3 letters have a field day spying on US citizens and they can't do shit about it.

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AGD: silence about metadata retention plans is about security

Mad Chaz

Ah the old "but the bad guys!" excuse.

I think it's about time someone turned around and said "exactly, we want to know what YOU are doing"

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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

Mad Chaz

Re: LINPACK

Have some fun looking at how storage manufacturers love to not use exactly the right math on drive size too. Nothing new there.

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Mad Chaz

Re: Excessive fines?

To me, that's not an argument against the VW fine, it's an argument that BP didn't have to pay enough!

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UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

Mad Chaz

Re: £1000

And yet it will still end up being filled by someone with a resume full of lies and no ability to prevent all the politics that will derail any project he is tasked with.

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Hey, Oracle, what's in that VirtualBox security update? *crickets*

Mad Chaz
Facepalm

Nothing new

Oracle as taken security by obscurity as a mantra and it's surprising it hadn't hit virtualbox yet. Asking Oracle to explain what's in a patch, for any product, is like trying to make a politician tell truth strait out. Both something we wish could happen and impossible.

Another good reason to go use any alternative to it.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Mad Chaz

Suzie, why do they say web programmers are weird?

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

Mad Chaz

Re: What's it got to so with them?

Welcome to the US, where brutal murder is fine, but god forbid we see a female nipple!

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Mad Chaz

An email about a two-day workshop in effective leadership techniques. Could be useful for the next the professional goal-setting meeting.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

Mad Chaz

To quote a greate sage ...

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

Mad Chaz
Alien

Intelligent life

Naaa. They went into lunar orbit, looked at us for a few years and concluded "No intelligent life here"

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

Mad Chaz

Re: Pretty obvious - a keylogger was installed

or it could be something as stupid as having entered the password at the command line when encrypting it, getting it recorded in his history file and not knowing enough to realize it.

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

Mad Chaz

Re: Note to self

Make then realize the amount of labor (something they do have to pay for) involved is very large and you get nothing worth it in return.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Mad Chaz
Facepalm

Something happened

I had to take a screenshot and share this.

http://imagebin.ca/v/2ANBv9p0tYzz

Probably one of microsoft's finest error messages. This is from the "media creation tool " provided by microsoft. You can find the link in the error you find in your logs from failed Windows 10 upgrades.

Or bellow.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-faq?ocid=client_wu

I used the "upgrade this computer now" option.

Hit close and that's the end of it. I find this more amusing then I should, if I am honest.

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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

Mad Chaz

So investors get bitten because of how much they tried to hide the money/profit from said investment. I say what goes around comes around. They are getting what they deserve.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

Mad Chaz

If this was the US, they could probably still sue for computer hacking or something. Luckilly, it's a bit harder to become a judge in Canada and yes, they would be lucky if all they got was laughed out of court.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

Mad Chaz

Re: I do not see why it should succeed

Here's an alternative. Put a "I vote for this guy because he's the lesser of 2 evils" as an option on the ballots. You'll be surprised what % votes end up there, in any contry. If it's a majority, they aren't allowed to vote new spending and take a 20% salary cut.

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Sophos' putrid patch snuffs Citrix kit, kills call centre

Mad Chaz
Childcatcher

Well, consider the following.

Most citrix setup, especially in a call center, aren't internet facing. This means they aren't exposed to the internet. So the kind of encryption used in the connection, if it's going over LAN, is relatively unimportant. So patching for a SSL vulnaribility isn't that much of a security priority.

The vendor did not provide the complete information on the patch. More specifically, on a component of the patch they should have known could cause very big issues.

While I can't condone the corporate policy of always having the oldest software you can get away with, the vendor is really who failed here.

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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Mad Chaz
FAIL

Re: So the internet is actually

No No No No. We all know the internet is a bunch of tubes. And what's in tubes? Water!

So our problem is adobe sprung another leak ...

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Canada to ICANN in dot-sucks dot-rumble: Take off, you hoser!

Mad Chaz

icann.sucks

Wonder if that one got registered already ...

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

Mad Chaz

Re: Plug that leak

except of course those 5 pieces will need to be put in one place at some point, to use it. What keeps the spooks from remembering the 4 other pieces exactly? It's not like a bunch of characters can be copied ...

Not to mention, it'll have to be all there in the devices. Not like we ever heard of someone extracting keys from hardware. DVD and blue rays are still impossible to copy, right?

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

Mad Chaz

Re: Science is self-correcting

I don't think I ever read a scientist's words as saying what you accuse them of. I think you're confusing real scientist with your local "religious scientist" nutter.

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FTC: Hey, Network Solutions, time we had a chat about 'refunds'

Mad Chaz
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I can only think of this...

have an upvote. Also, see icon.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

Mad Chaz

How to contradict yourself

" due to the nature of digital content, in that it is made available immediately and cannot be returned"

But we can cut off access to any and all content on your account and everything linked to it. So what exactly prevents them from, say, removing that ONE game from his account and removing the charge? What did this really cost them? After all, no physical media was send to him, just some bandwidth was used. Removing the game doesn't even cost bandwidth.

So basically, Sony is saying they are unable to make a button allowing the call center drone to make a simple SQL statement in the database to remove the game from your account? Now I'm no game developer, I suck at making pretty things. But I have a lot of programming experience and this sounds like a trivial problem that SHOULD be solvable in an afternoon by any half decent programmer.

No wonder they store passwords in plain text and can't figure out how to keep everyone and his brother from hacking them ...

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

Mad Chaz

Here is what this sounds like to me, by telling a story that I think equates to what happened.

You are walking down the street and pass by a local police building. It's got a nice architecture so you go to take a closer look. You see, via a window, highly sensitive investigation files, right in view of anyone who could walk up to the window, like you just did.

You walk in the front door and tell the officer on duty "Hey, I was passing by and noticed someone doing an investigation is leaving the files in plane view of the third window on the right from the door, you guys should be more careful."

Then the cops reply "Sir, you're under arrest for breaking into police property and damaging the building security. Pay up a huge fine so we can install automatic curtains that stay closed at all time on the windows so it doesn't happen again".

Yea ... the public is no longer allowed to point out incompetence in the gouv. That will never go wrong ...

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FCC to Verizon: Blocking 911 calls? That's a $3.4m paddlin'

Mad Chaz

Re: Precisely the point

They can't do that, the competition will take clients away ... o wait, never mind.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Mad Chaz

"aren't supposed to spy on it's own citizens."

I think the last few years as shown us the difference between what they are SUPPOSED to do and what they actually do is about as big as the solar system.

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FCC takes three-month pause to consider massive telecoms mergers

Mad Chaz

" but the FCC is determined to look at all angles in the case before giving it the nod."

And that's the rub here really. Even if everyone knows this is basically the re-construction of old telecom monopolies, the FCC as never been able to put it's foot down and say no.

What is really needed is not to let those corps merge, but to force then to compete. It's a sad state of affairs when the argument for "we should be one corp" is that they aren't bothering to compete anyway.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

Mad Chaz

Caused me a very weird issue. The timer vanished on Grub after this patch was installed. Re-installing grub fixed it, but that was weird ...

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

Mad Chaz

I don't understand why people keep installing it. For 99% of users, it's not useful at all anymore. The few who still have to use it are almost all, thankfully, stuck with old antique versions from when JAVA was owned by sun.

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

Mad Chaz

Private entities SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FAIL. No private sector compagny should ever be considered too big to fail. As for the clients, if the insurance corp goes under, they can get it elsewhere. And if it goes under, it means it had no fucking idea how to "asses risk". Bit of the bread and butter of insurance companies, you would think.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

Mad Chaz

Re: Case..

It's been tested in court and proven valid in the past. Just ask Cisco. They ended up paying when they realised the license isn't freebsd. You can't just take the code and do what you want with it.

You can also bet they won't be going the "a license isn't a legal document" route, as it would kind of kill the entire business if they did. A license is a private contract you agree to. It's not law, but a contract is enforceable. They do not respect the terms of the contract, you are allowed to sue. That's exactly what is going on here.

Just because you don't have to pay cash for the code, doesn't mean it doesn't come with obligations.

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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Mad Chaz

"Microsoft, for example, uses a homegrown hypervisor for its Azure cloud."

Microsoft doesn't do planned reboots anyway. It just falls over without warning and they wonder what happened.

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