* Posts by CanadianMacFan

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Congress strips out privacy protections from CISA 'security' bill

CanadianMacFan

Re: What fucked up approach to democracy

Having them as separate bills still wouldn't make the politicians read and comprehend them before voting on the bills. For the most part they just vote along party lines anyways.

The previous Harper government in Canada was well known for their omnibus budget bills which shoved everything but the kitchen sink. And if they could have put that in they would have.

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Re: Aw shit. Here it comes.

What good is encrypting your data during transmission when the company you send your data to is handing it over to the government after decrypting it?

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Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

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Nothing New

When I was working for a telco in the late 1990s I noticed that the packets going from North Vancouver to South Vancouver (in British Columbia) were all being routed through Toronto. Always seemed kind of strange to route Internet traffic that's going from one side of a city to another halfway across the country, especially one as large as Canada.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

CanadianMacFan

Re: I don't wonder at all

I think we're in the realm of booking time on the Hubble.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

CanadianMacFan

Re: Why sue the customers/users?

While I agree with you I don't think AT&T is exactly a smaller company, especially compared to Apache Software Foundation.

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Re: Re stu 18

Or patent the process on how to be a patent troll and then sue them.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

CanadianMacFan

Non-optimal solutions

It may make applications easy to build but they are going to be limited in what they can do and very inefficient. Then the help desk is going to get a bunch of calls wondering why the computer and/or network is slow when the boss is running a bunch of these.

Mind you developers can be very inefficient too. I once had to fix a web application that would take minutes to load because the developer decided to use an O(n^2) algorithm in JavaScript on the browser to combine two sets of data rather than just doing a join in the database.

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The problem is that when the PHBs start churning out a few of these easily they will start to question why it takes you so long to get an application delivered.

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

CanadianMacFan

Not allowing special characters

I hate the sites that don't allow you to put in special characters (*$#><) in your password. Especially the ones that don't tell you until after you have submitted the form and come back with an error. Is it really that hard to tell the user what you expect the password to contain?

I've got a password manager on my phone (that doesn't sync to the Internet) and use it to create long, unique passwords for every site I have an account. Why can't you support something other than a _ or a - in your password?

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

CanadianMacFan

Sure, they'll let the special powers expire at the end of three months just like the special laws brought in after 9/11 in the US were left to expire.

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'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

CanadianMacFan

Don't trust the politicians

I wonder if it's going to be so broadly worded that a lawyer will be able to argue a company had to hack a competitor and search through all of their computers looking for data taken from the company web server.

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CanadianMacFan

Of course they aren't recommending that US companies break the law. They are suggesting that the law be changed so that when a US corporation is hacked then it can legally go off and hack the first international company that it wants to without due process of the law and no consequences to itself if it's wrong.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Managers and email attachments

This was in 2005 so I don't remember what virus was going around then but the department had sent a warning about it. One morning my manager's boss dropped by. Nothing unusual in that because he worked nearby and our group got along well with him. There were only two of us in as it was still fairly early and he says, "Uh, can I ask you guys something?"

We both say, "Sure," and are wondering what's up.

The unnamed (for his protection) manager goes on to say, "You know that virus that's going around? I think I got it in my email."

"No problem. Just delete the message and you'll be fine," I replied.

The manager replies, "Well I double clicked on the attachment."

My co-worker and I quickly look at each other, suppress a laugh, and he gets up to help the manager while I return to my deployments to production. On the way to the manager's office I hear my co-worker say, "The first thing we'll do is unplug your computer from the network and then we'll call the help-desk."

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

CanadianMacFan

Re: @koswix

Actually it does. When I was a Linux system administrator for a government department I was constantly trying to get apps onto my boxes. I could have multiple applications on a box without a problem while the Windows group had to create a new virtual server for each application which had a support cost to Microsoft of a couple of hundred dollars per year.

So once they are able to transfer their machines over to Linus then Microsoft will lose the support contract of 800 licenses. Small stuff to Microsoft but snowflakes can turn into an avalanche.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

CanadianMacFan

"At what point does it cross over from "fucking stupidity" to "breach of section 3 of the computer misuse act (1990)"?"

When they got rich enough to be immune from prosecution?

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Anonymous hack group plans to out anonymous hate group

CanadianMacFan

Re: Not necessarily

You're assuming that Anonymous hacked a computer and came across a file named MembershipList.txt. Maybe they lurked on the message boards to see who was active? Or they found a list of Twitter user handles that were sending direct messages to one another.

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New DMCA rules mean you can fiddle with your tablets, routers, cars (as if you weren't anyway)

CanadianMacFan

What the Library of Congress gives...

TPP will take away.

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IoT's sub-GHz 802.11ah Wi-Fi will be dead on arrival, warn analysts

CanadianMacFan

Re: 900Mhz?

Cordless phones in North America at least were the ones where the base connected to the telephone jack and you were able to use the handset about the house and yard. They started using 900MHz and then moved to 2.4GHz and then to 5GHz in order to get better call quality and further distance from the base. Having had all three there was a big jump on quality going from 900MHz to 2.4GHz, especially in an apartment building with lots of concrete an re-bar. There was also a noticeable improvement in going from 2.4GHz to 5GHz but not as much.

So it seems strange that they are talking about going to 900MHz.

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Penny wise and pound foolish: Server hoarders are energy wasters

CanadianMacFan

Re: Sooooo... someone, somewhere

Well, the author is accounting for a lot of other things in the pricing that you would encounter. You would need space for the equipment. Something to install everything on (a rack?). Switches, storage, UPS, cables, power bars, cooling, and other stuff that I've forgotten. Then there's the networking costs (which might not apply in this case). And you have to account for the time setting it up and administering everything. You will have to learn all of the technologies or pay someone to do all of that for you.

And then you have to think about what kind of availability do you want. If something major happens during the middle of the night or on the weekend is it okay for it to be down or does someone need to go in to fix it. If so then you need to add on call costs.

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

CanadianMacFan

Promising at first

When the child said his name I was really excited but then when the Doctor came riding in on the tank playing a guitar I was tempted to turn it off. I didn't really see much after to change my mind. I really wish Moffat would move on. I haven't like anything he's done in years.

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CanadianMacFan

Was anyone else reminded of

the snake bursting from the elderly author in Harry Potter when the servant turned into a snake?

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

CanadianMacFan

Seems like

From the comments on here the problem is less with the actual Doctor and more with the people behind the scenes.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Difficult poll wording...

I've come late to the Doctor Who universe and snot having seen the earlier TV shows I don't understand the reason why the earlier Doctors are so disliked. I've listened to their Big Finish audio dramas and have found them to be great. Colin and Sylvester are right near the top of my favourites. Perhaps it is a good thing that I haven't seen the older episodes.

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Re: Another vote for Smith

For me it wasn't the age or the smugness (though this didn't help). And at times it did seem like he was the assistant to Clara being the Time Lord.

What really made him the worst for me, through no fault of his own, was that his Doctor gave up on what it meant to be the Doctor too easily. I know that they were trying to make him dark, going through a tough time, and having him be in some sort of inner struggle. But I felt that his first response to a situation was to blow up the bad guys. This really turned me off the show. I'd watch it but I stopped buying the box sets. One of the core items of being the Doctor for me is that he always gives the bad guys at least one chance at redemption. That seemed to disappear during the Matt Smith era.

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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

CanadianMacFan

Re: $/GB?

Probably a case of if you have to ask then you can't afford it.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

CanadianMacFan

Remember

Guns don't kill people, encrypted smartphones kill people.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

CanadianMacFan

Who could have seen this coming?

Just about anyone with real world experience rolling out updates. I sure hope the person they try to pin this on has kept the emails saying they thought this was a bad idea.

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

CanadianMacFan

Changing the law

Don't worry if Harper gets in again (shudder) he won't have to change the laws with the trade agreement. His favourite method is to shove everything in one big budget bill full of surprises for us peasants. That's how he changed the number of years for copyright up to 70 recently.

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There's lots of stuff in there to hate. One of the nasty ones that will get more power is where corporations get to sue the government for any policies that cause it financial difficulty. It's called ISDS and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Background Briefing had a good show about it recently.

The big one for Canada is opening up our dairy market. I know we're paying more than a lot of people for our milk but at least our farmers are surviving. I hear what's going on in Europe and New Zealand with their dairy farmers and if we open up our market then our farmers are going to be joining them quite quickly.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

CanadianMacFan

Methodology

Looks like each site was only tested once. Seven measurements for 30 seconds after the page was loaded but I could only find that the page was loaded one time. So it's entirely possible a background task like indexing for the spotlight search or an hourly task impacted the result for the NYT and made it look like it was the coding. Loading the test five or ten times for a reloaded page (ideally restarting the browser and loading the page fresh from a blank page) would smooth out those events. I'm not saying that it isn't the NYT but with a single data point it is hard to make assumptions.

While there was a good effort to try and stop other processes from running in the background, such as turning off Time Machine, there are many behind the scene tasks and jobs that can't be turned off and can impact with the results.

It might have been better to start the Mac in "safe" mode where a lot of these extensions aren't started. Then create a new profile in Firefox with no extensions and have it start up with a blank page. For each page to test start the browser, go to the page, wait until it loads, run the measurements, and quit the browser. Repeat the test until you get your five or 10 samples. Move onto the next page to test in the same manner.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

CanadianMacFan

Mac OS X

Apple tried this in 2011 with Lion and they stopped it fairly quick. But then they were charging a large premium for buying it on a USB stick. Now it's all downloads through the store.

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Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

CanadianMacFan

Re: "Trust us"

I thought it was because they couldn't use your photos without paying you when you didn't have to upload them to their servers.

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

CanadianMacFan

This stupidity is probably the only way they are going to get attention. If they weren't being held in Canada they wouldn't be getting nearly the amount of coverage. Normally it's "There's a Pan Am Games?"

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Perhaps

Well they are hoping to use this to show that they could run the Olympics so maybe they are showing just what a good job they could do. Certain segments of Toronto feel the need to constantly seek attention by trying to bring highly visible attractions to the city, usually at great cost to the taxpayer, such as the Olympics and an NFL team. Unfortunately they usually happen to be in power and the money gets wasted where it could be better spent on improving the quality of life of the residents.

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

CanadianMacFan

Found out about one today

The company that I registered a domain with sent me an ad today about .co becoming available for people who in too much of a rush to type a long name.

WTF?!? A complete money grab going after the .com addresses. They are ruining the internet.

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

CanadianMacFan

New MasterCard ads

(Don't know if they ran the ads in the UK but they had a series of them in Canada .)

Paying for an over-priced Starbucks coffee... $3.75

Getting the cute barista's phone number with extravagant tip... $5

Looking like a twat while taking a selfie to pay for it all... priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.

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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

CanadianMacFan

Re: "Notify security agencies of any changes…"

I was thinking the same thing. I'd flood them with change notifications for every little thing I could think of. And if I had to patch 100 switches then I'd make sure that 100 separate notifications would be sent in instead of one saying that all of the switches were patched. It wouldn't be hard to script something. I'm sure the admins would be properly motivated to create one.

I do the same type of thing when I go into a couple of stores that insist on checking backpacks when you leave. I don't go often because of their policy but sometimes I have to. They just like to do a quick glance because all of their merchandise has the magnetic stickers that set off the alarms. But I force them to look everywhere, hold everyone up, and usually in a loud voice say things like "oh that half used pack of cough drops that have obviously been in there for months, do you think I stole those? No, you are going to check everything. You've accused me of stealing from you and I'm going to prove I'm innocent."

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CanadianMacFan

If Harper gets in again (shudder) then we'll probably see something like this here in Canada next.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

CanadianMacFan

Status quo on fossil fuels

So we're supposed to pack up the renewable energy sources while waiting for some magical innovation that will come decades from now because any type of incentive from the government for them is bad business. Yet during this time we're supposed to keep on burning fossil fuels, which even if you don't think cause global warming spew out a host of other pollutants and cause other problems during extraction, as if nothing was wrong.

Gates isn't an expert about the environment so I won't pay much attention to him. If I want to learn how to create an illegal monopoly then I'll give him a call.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Current Renewables are a Band-Aid

Scotland just announced that in 2014 they got 50% of their electricity from renewable sources. That's some band-aid! I do agree that we should be updating building codes periodically to reflect new technologies.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

CanadianMacFan

Re: Force connection?

If you have "Ask to Join Networks" turned off then it will automatically join known networks, those it has joined before. Otherwise you will have to manually select a network. That's right from the settings page.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

CanadianMacFan

They should hire that design team again

But only to do the company sales because the sales job they did on the HP execs is amazing.

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Re: Green Rectangle

I thought it was supposed to represent all of the dollar bills you are to hand over to them.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: This jiggled a memory cell...

You normally see it with the airlines. When they are circling the drain they roll out the new logo and repainted planes.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

CanadianMacFan

That's easy

He's using the numbers that the Australian equivalent of RIAA and MPAA are saying piracy are taking away from the industry. Once those illegal down loaders start paying then the billions will roll into the treasury.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

CanadianMacFan

Re: Boycott BELL and send a clear message

And go to Rogers? Hardly much better.

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Go, daddy, go: GoDaddy shares rocket 30% in value at IPO

CanadianMacFan

What a surprise

Wow, the investment bankers and the company set a low price (no matter what they say publicly) and let their friends in at the low initial price so they can do a quick sell at the higher first day price and make a killing before the stock tanks. How is this different from other IPOs? The system is rigged against the common person as we can't get offering at the initial price.

Now, it'll be a surprise if it remains above the initial price for any sustained period of time.

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

CanadianMacFan

Re: In a word

Wouldn't that be .denied?

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

CanadianMacFan

Re: If a website is really so bad...

They are just banning ISPs with a French presence from allowing those sites to be shown to their customers. Doesn't matter where the site is located.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

CanadianMacFan

Easier solution

Wouldn't it be just easier to generate the electricity without burning fossil fuels and then you wouldn't have to worry about capturing the CO2? Especially since the current methods of sequestration use up about 40% of the electricity generated.

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