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2374 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground

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Re: So in summary...

Well ain't it always?

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Sound familiar?

"However observers immediately took issue with the fact that before the organizers had done anything to actually build the platform or identify the issues it would tackle, they had created an oversight body where they would pick the members – and they granted themselves "permanent seats.""

I think they deserve The Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, Award.

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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Oh the irony

They haz it.

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Shaking that AAS: It's time for vendors to stop selling storage

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Exactly Cipher. If they have to hide the price, it ALWAYS means it's not competitive.

As for vendors of physical hardware, if you've ever dealt with printer vendors (ref recent BOFH) then you already know the drill. (or HR while trying to staff up your dept)

While I am no fan of cloud anything, this IS the one thing it (usually) get's right. WYSIWYG

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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I know that printer!

I know that printer all too well. Had a few hundred of them (not a typo) that often had to be fixed via an AS400 command line interface with multiples of number driven menus and arcane commands by remote and that was just a few years ago. No ready list of network names or numbers either.

The loopback-auto-logoff HTML interface was heaven in comparison.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Re: Germany is a wonderfull place

Crisko, those kind of hours are not worth it. If you can find a good job in another country that treats you better, get out while you still can.

The American companies just use you up and then throw you away. You will never be compensated, rewarded or recognized for those kind of hours. What you WILL get is bad health. Something you DO NOT want to have to deal with in the scam joke of the American medical system.

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Decent working conditions?

Someone needs to let the Germans know that treating employees decently is wrong.

/sarcasm

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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"To me it sounded more like AT&T's "value adding" Android customisations may not be functioning correctly;"

You can bet on it.

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Re: "Do no evil"...?

"Hey - this is AT&T and Lenovo. No need to call Google out on this one :)"

Exactly. Also note, it's just the ATT product having this problem. So let's put the blame where it rightly belongs. ATT.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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It has to be said

That's some fat irony right there.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Context is everything.

What they really said: (from the linked article, big caption on left hand side under the charts)

"Yet because CO2 lingers in the atmosphere for more than a century, reducing emissions means only that less gas is being added to the existing problem. Research by James Hansen shows that reducing global CO2 levels requires both a drastic cut in emissions and some way of pulling CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it."

Thus, renewables, JUST BY THEMSELVES, will not reduce CO2.

Context is everything.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Somewhere ...

Thank you.

Grace Hopper, that is.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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I've seen this as well.

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Re: Bah!

Got my upvote, Stevie. It's not just sysadmins. I've seen plenty of this kind of behavior from tier one tech support to all the way up the line and deliberate sabotage of teammates and the business itself and withholding of needed resources just so they could retain absolute control.

But that's nothing new in most businesses, is it?

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Undoubtedly.

"Some of then even have the nerve to use legs!"

Cunning, that.

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I suppose the next thing you'll want is to stop calling it a "hashtag" and go back to "octothorp" or "number sign!"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/13/hashtag_added_to_the_oed/

(I agree with you Robin. upvoted)

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

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We need the UN Internet oversight, why?

I thought the whole point of the Internet was to be able to bypass the usual bottlenecks of information sharing, dissemination and closed groups.

I know. Crazy, right?!

Right! Back to sports and pron and cats!

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Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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Re: Freedom Act is Slavery

Where? Why, wherever our space ships can take us!

Oh wait... we're screwed.

Uhm, emigrate to the LEAST fascist 1st or 2nd world country?

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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Perfect!

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Poetic

There is something poetic about this merger, but it's not a great poem. More like a whorehouse limerick, actually.

No, I wouldn't take a stab at it. Not enough beers yet.

Go OUT for a beer. ----------------------------------->>

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: 0.5% of a few billion is still quite a number

Yes it is. Yes, it is.

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Re: When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also

I've had people who WANT the bloatware.

I do my best to talk them out of it, but some people think they are being somehow shorted if the bloatware is removed.

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Re: Bloody rubbish

Exactly.

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Outdated and unpatched A/V no bueno?

Well DUH!

Although why IT nerds and the industry in general expect world+dog to be computer experts, I'll never understand.

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Three WireLurker suspects arrested in China – reports

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Wait. What? Arrested? In China?

I agree with Nifty and would also add that they must have been working for the "wrong side" as well or freelancing.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Welcome your mainframe overlords!

Now back to mainframe prison, peasants!

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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What's with that grill?

Is that one of the X-Men's theme cars?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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BTW

Clever top banner.

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Great article!

Great article made all the better for actually including the recipe! That looks delicious!

That said, eggs and beer have a special effect on me the next day. Something I seem destined to relearn every time. :)

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Good for him.

A statistical outlier to be sure, but good for him.

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: One does wonder... or at least should wonder.

"Arbitrary example that Gmail could offer, if they wanted to. Imagine a "Fight spam" button that would analyze the spam and ask you about the email addresses in it. If you identified the address as a probable spammer dropbox, then it should be blocked before the spammer can get any sucker replies"

They already do. There is button right at the top with an octagon and an exclamation mark that is for reporting spam. In its benign mode, it flags all future email of that type and puts in the spam folder. In its more advanced mode, it even offers an unscribe button and a very large warning that the email may be malicious.

It works quite well.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Re: Yeah, right

"AT&T's fiber plans are vaporware, and have been for the last 20 years, despite getting a big chunk of the $200Bn that were supposed to support fiber rollouts."

As I've been saying for some time.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: Bye-bye bloat

Well said. Most websites are FAR too bloated with code.

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Names, ages, addresses, SSNs of US postal staff slurped in 'mega-hack'

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Re: Permanent hackings, access to all areas, the works!

More like Gibson's cyberpunk world.

Funny how prescient THAT was.

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Now here's an odd coincidence

It's tin foil hat time. The NYP (New York Post) ran an article on the incoming Senate Committee Chairman on Homeland Defense and Governmental Affairs, which puts him in charge of the committee in charge of the federal workforce. He's a radical tea party deficit hawk who wants to privatize the post office and force it into bankruptcy, like Detroit. Now mind you, until they forced the USPS to fund it's retirement out to 75 years into the future, this was the only self-funding branch of the government that I'm aware of.

The very same day this gets published, we hear the news the computer system at the USPS was hacked and data on all 800K of its employees stolen. Not customers. Just the employees. But it has to be China! And Obama just so happens to be visiting there the same day! But oh, they've known about this for awhile. It's just that stopping it too soon might have stopped the discovery process of just who it was behind the breach.

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Who the hell are they hiring?

Who the hell are they, and all the others who have been hacked in the last few years, hiring to do their security work? I know A+ techs who could do a better job!

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Is that a rocket probe?

Or are you just glad to see me?

(Guess what's in my pocket) ----------------------------->>

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Reports to Congress?

More like "reports to the corporations."

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

Stop blaming the boomers for everything. They had it all shoved down their throats and up their arse.

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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

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Re: Dr Seuss

You bastard! :)

Beat me to it!

Upvoted.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Exactly Busby. Well said.

Upvoted.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: Occam's Razor

@ Grikath "The Higgs announcement was done very carefully. After all, much Egg-in-Face would be involved if they got it wrong... So the basic theory stands, and until they fire up the LHC again to get better measurements, we won't know."

I said essentially the same thing and got 4 down votes.

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Let's cut to the chase

Do they have proof it isn't?

No. Then they should STFU until then.

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Sysadmins disposed of Heartbleed certs, but forgot to flush

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Re: It'll be a while before your could safely say it's been dealt with.

I've seen them as well, AC.

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Emoticons blast three security holes in Pidgin :-(

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Re: Novell Groupwise

"> At least no one mentioned Lotus Notes..."

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

>former Notes support

(nfixup nupdall -r ncompact -c Stop me when you've had enough.)

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Juniper boss exits after board probes his 'leadership and conduct'

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Different perspectives?

I'm willing to bet it involved kickbacks and/or "perks.".

But were they for or against?

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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Yep.

"Perhaps that's because nobody knows better how awful American utilities are than Americans."

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Managing BYOD starts with asset management

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More BYOD shilling?

BYOD is a bad idea. Period.

No, wait, it's a goddamn fucking stupid catastrophe waiting to happen.

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HPC ace grills vendor over virtual desktop flavours: What about the POWER USERS?

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Back to the walled garden

Power users routinely crashed their VM desktop every place I've worked.

The biggest problem I see over and over again with VM is the gross underestimation of virtual space required, causing crashes for weeks on end until more space is given.

The second biggest problem I see is non-continuity of users' desktops. Every user has a different way of working with, and being productive on, their PC. I've seen plenty of VM DTs that couldn't even connect back to the user's server drive, let alone bring up the folder they had on their desktop that contains the big project they are working. THAT should not be a problem.

Sure, some of those problems are the fault of the admin, but how did I save money if I have to hire a dedicated admin just for that?

Then there's the whole walled garden aspect which has proven time and time again to be a very bad idea. When the VM server goes down, so does every user on that server. When a single desktop PC goes down, the rest of the group can still keep working. In computer world, cell type systems are ALWAYS superior to command and control system.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the whole idea and reason for the popularity of the PC was being able to break the chains of the mainframe prison.

If you are having security problems, that's an admin and policy problem. As for making it easier to fix, oh hell no! Most VM admin controls are a nightmare designed by Dilbert's boss! I can just as easily remote into any desktop as long it can connect. If it can't, it gets swapped out with pronto overnight delivery and the problem unit gets fixed on the bench.

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Feeling safe in your executive hotel suite, Mr CEO? Well, DON'T

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Makes sense to me

Makes sense to me in more ways than one.

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