* Posts by ShelLuser

2141 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

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Re: Major Technical Mistake!

That's a Commodore 128.

You really need to get your facts straightened out. A C128 consisted of both a keyboard and a "PC-like" case, not a single keyboard. And this is most definitely a C64, I know because I own one myself as well. That ribboned back was ideal to put the 5.25" in, especially when messing with multi-floppy games.

Of course this C64 also had a caveat: the SID chip in this one is upgraded. It still has the famous C64 sound, but it's still different. And such I ended up with more C64 machines because I also wanted the old one :)

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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@Daniel

Well, this isn't something limited to Microsoft you know. Linux & BSD have also had their fair share of local exploits.

Which is why I think your comment isn't fully fair. I mean: no computer is safe when an attacker has physical access. Including those which have applied HD encryption.

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Barriers?

Wouldn't it be more feasible to simply apply barriers into the programming which determine to which extends a mechanism is allowed to operate? Because isn't this exactly what we teach our children? You teach them their limits and to respect those limits. Failing to do so can result in punishments.

But with an AI I would think that you have much more control over it. After all, you can program it and therefor influence its behavior. As such: why not simply apply barriers?

Like the classic 4th rule in Robocop or the 3 laws of Robotics.

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The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

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Its a double edged sword...

Sure, I agree that recent developments have shown us that user security can be quite lacking within some companies. I'm sure we all remember the classic stories about those companies who stored their user credentials in plain text, which included passwords. Way to go!

But on the other hand I also think it's fair to say that in some cases users also allow themselves to get compromised. The classic "I use the same passwords everywhere, even when I'm trying to download this game hack from that website which has a reputation of hacking". Some users will easily do that without thinking, only to end up seeing their beloved game accounts getting compromised (or worse).

Security isn't a one way street where we can simply shove all the responsibility into the lap of the "big bad companies". Sure, users should be protected, but users should also stop every once in a while and think about what valuable information they're about to give away.

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Sysadmin denies boss's request to whitelist smut talk site of which he was a very happy member

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So where was the save?

You talk about a boss saving story, but considering the fact that the boss now uses the site in his own time and apparently gets scammed I really fail to see where the save comes into the picture here. Wouldn't it have been a better idea to also inform him about the scamming caveats of the website?

From what I read no one got really saved here, you merely postponed the inevitable a little bit.

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Facebook recruits some help to fight fakes, but doubles down on wisdom of the crowd

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Censorship?

This may sound like a good idea, but in the longer run all I see this doing is apply a mild form of censorship. And a stupid one at that. For example: if a "trusted source" marks something as fake, then what? Just because a source is trusted doesn't automatically imply that they can never be wrong themselves either.

And sometimes the media can be wrong too, horribly wrong. Then what?

Instead of trying to label stuff people should take their own responsibility and determine the validity for themselves. And yes, sometimes that means <gasp> actually checking some different news sources yourself.

Stop trying to be so lazy all the time!

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Lock in = less freedom

I think there's one thing we all really need to understand: companies need revenue to survive, and in order to create that revenue some will take this to extremes in order to make that happen. And that usually goes at the expense of your freedom. The less options you have the more depending you'll become on the supplier and that means... A good chance that the supplier created its own returning customer.

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Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

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Weird move...

I consider myself a PowerShell fan, I think it's one of Microsoft's best developments so far. Giving the techie's the ability to administer almost everything from a commandline? It's awesome. Well documented, and also provides plenty of options to extend on it. Adding a few functions to your profile? Just add some documentation lines (#.SYNOPSIS [next line:] # Short explanation of my function) and it'll look and feel as if it was a native feature.

It's for a good reason why I have PowerShell pinned on my taskbar.

But here's the problem: in comparison to cmd.exe PowerShell is extremely bulky. For good reasons: the entire .NET library gets loaded and placed at your fingertips. But that comes at a price: performance. Just start PowerShell, then try this: Get-ExecutionPolicy -List (remember that tab completion works). You're using a controlled environment which constantly checks if you're actually allowed to run certain scripts or programs. And that's but one example.

PowerShell is a very good thing when you're running scripts which handle server administration, but it gets annoying if all you need to do is run a simple batch file which performs some common tasks. Or if you simply want to do some basic things yourself like copying a file, running sc.exe to check on a windows service or using vssadmin to clean up any used shadow copies.

It is for weird changes like these why I don't use Windows 10. Because how long will it take before the choice which we have now is taken away from us?

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Target audience?

I can't help wonder who their intended target audience is going to be. Because I can't imagine that there'd be a large market for this. When it comes to databases then you can use all the performance you can get (depending on the database of course). So layering it with virtualization seems like a lot of overhead to me. Especially when the Linux box itself is already running in some kind of virtual environment.

Maybe Azure?

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Firefox hits version 50

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"Why the high usage of Google's Chrome?"

I assume the same reason as why so many people used FF back in the days: if you find something which works you usually stick with it. I'm quite pleased with Opera myself (build on Chromium, so comparable to Chrome I guess) and one of the reasons (in comparison to Firefox) is that the interface hardly ever changes.

Now, please note that the last time I've used FF was back in 2008 - 2009 or something, so my experience is dated, but the main thing which drove me away were the heavy release cycles combined with a seemingly constantly changing interface.

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Secretions on your phone reveal your secrets

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And this part of the reason why...

I always wipe the keypad (usually with my hands) after I used an ATM or electronic payment terminal. Because although it seems far fetched you never know how far some people will go to try and get access to your codes.

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

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Uhm, right...

I guess, and can understand, some people get highly aroused by some penetration (pun intended) but the fact which really wonders me here is that this is the second time this has happened. Sure, they haven't officially confirmed it yet (as they did last year) but it would appear as if they learned nothing at all.

But the thing which bothers me the most: where is the regulation in this? A bunch of (IMO) idiots claim that cookies are the source of all privacy evil (I have to be honest: they can be) so right now almost every site bugs you about cookies. Highly annoying and it usually doesn't solve anything because it basically boils down to "do it our way, or go the digital highway". "We use cookies", well, that's fun but it doesn't tell me anything about what cookies.

Yet when it comes to data security then it almost appears as if there are no rules and regulations at all. There are strict rules to comply to when it comes to handling credit card information, but I get the distinguished feeling that those rules are all theory and are hardly getting enforced at all. How else can you expect that a website gets millions of accounts stolen, and the next year piratically the same thing happens yet again?

BUT... I'm sure they warned me about the use of cookies, so that's good. Right?

I'll just get my coat now.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Good job... or not...

When that stuff got sold in the open the people behind it also had a pretty legit way of checking which kind of customers bought that stuff. Maybe it would have been possible to set something up that whenever someone did buy such books you'd run background check (or let law enforcement handle that).

But nah, this stuff is too dangerous so we're shutting it down. Effectively forcing possible terrorist-want-to-be's to go underground and download all their stuff from the Internet. Unseen nor noticed by anyone.

Good going!

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Hypocrites..

They keep preaching how we have a united Europe and how we should all join forces and work together. But when it comes to army requirements it's every country for themselves (sort off). Instead of the Eurofighter (a European project) we'd rather turn to the US and get this mess. Even US experts have shared concerns and warnings and this plane, but naah.

Holland got the F35 to replace the F16 Starfighter, but as it turns out the "obsolete" F16 is superior to the F35 in many ways (such as its action radius and amount of ammo it can carry).

So we get a plane which costs more, can do less and we don't even have full control over what we can do with it. Such a bargain :P

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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@TeeCee

"It's the "We know what's best, you should vote how we tell you to vote because it's the right choice because we say it is" types who the hate is for."

And I fear some people will never understand, they truly seem to be living in a fantasy world of their own without any ties to the real world. You see the same thing happening in Europe right now. A lot of politicians are "shocked" but there's no reason to change their policies.

And this lack of insight manifests itself on many levels. Has anyone noticed how often all the polls get it wrong these days? I'm not talking incidents, I'm talking repeated massive mistakes. The Brexit was never going to happen, bzzzt. Clinton would win easily, bzzzzt. And that's only 2 obvious examples.

I think the people behind those polls are often just as alienated from the world as those politicians are. Yet too stubborn to realize or admit to this. And the media where they sent their poll results too are often just as bad because most journalists don't bother to check their sources these days. Resulting in incidents where total nonsense can make the front page.

And when the deed is done everybody is so "shocked" and "surprised". Yeah...

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Hopefully some people finally realize...

That the statement "I got nothing to hide" is bollocks. You might have felt comfortable with Obama being able to access your private data, how do you feel about Trump going over your personal history?

As to Trumps statements regarding torture... Yes, there's a huge issue with IS in the Middle East. But let's not forget which country triggered the whole thing in the first place: that was none other than the US of A who deemed Saddam Houssein had to go. He might have been a tyrant but he also kept the region in check and under control.

According to the US they liberated Iraq and the people are now free. Well, I'm not getting the impression that they're enjoying it very much.

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Windows Insiders are so passé, Microsoft now has Skype Insiders

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Skype?

The only time I (sometimes) use it is through the Outlook.com website (text only), but I'm never installing that garbage on my PC again. I still don't get it: MSN Messenger worked just fine and was hardly as intrusive as my last Skype session (now several years ago). I even accepted the advertisement display because... Well, it was a free chat client.

Now I mostly use my phone :)

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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@Fibble

It depends per country I guess but in some consumer routers are indeed set up with IPv6 in mind. I see the same with my broadband (cable) provider (Ziggo). However, those scenario's also clearly show why this IPv6 adaptation is such a mess: it has never been about co-existence (well, maybe now) and that is in my opinion a major issue.

For example: my IPv6 router (WAN side) only spits out IPv4 addresses on the LAN side. So obviously my browsing is mostly done with IPv4. Even 'whatismyipaddress.com' shows me using IPv4.

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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WTF?

What damages?

The arrogance of McD really ticks me off here to be honest. They claim to have damages, but how can this be if they haven't invested anything yet? Also: if no one wants to buy your stuff (it seems most local residences agree with the mayor, I guess McD also doesn't respect democracy anymore) then how do you plan on selling?

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Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols

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He's right...

Everyone agrees that community efforts are a good thing, but we all still want to do things "our" way. Because "our" way is best. Although they can be the best option for you, that does not automatically make them a viable candidate to become an official standard for everyone.

I think xkcd shows a good example of this ;)

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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IMO the whole concept was flawed from the getgo...

There have been so many attempts like this and the problems with these kind of things can bring are numerous. For example: what if companyA wants to give companyB a bad reputation? Well, then apply a botnet of some sort and lets all down vote companyB. Using plugins for ratings is a bad idea per definition I think.

Another thing: personal preference anyone? Just because some people think a website is bad doesn't automatically make it bad. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but opinions usually heavily differ. What such plugin tries to do is to label websites and to invoke some kind of global opinion on 'm. But.. that doesn't work all the time and I can't help wonder that it does more damage than good.

And finally: warning for exploits and such. Puhlease: how many websites and options do we already have? It would help if people would try to re-invent the wheel each and every time and instead try to support some of the already existing solutions out there. Fragmentation can lead to insecurity too.

(edit) Still, one thing: it's not as if they made a secret out of it. It's all right there in their privacy policy. I don't get it why anyone would want to use this after reading that. Or maybe... yeah, who reads all that huh?

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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@Pascal

"I really don't see that this is in any actually useful. The only people it will hinder are the honest ones that, by definition, should have no interest in flying their drone over a prison anyway."

Or worse... Imagine a riot starting and a prison getting taken over. Just to ensure the current situation and to determine who does what they set out a drone and... uh, oh.... This could go wrong on so many levels.

My main problem with this though is that governments apparently don't want to bother upholding their own rules anymore. If you do the crime then get 'm to do their time, but this is just taking the cheap way out. And it also raises the question what could be next on their "no-go list"?

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Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?

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I think it's obvious...

They want your data, and they'll make the deal looking as sweet as it possibly can.

As Crazy (first poster) already mentioned: it's an online service, so all your stuff will be stored "in the cloud" and you get to hope that they're using a good encryption algorithm. But there's more: using the service like this would also give them a pretty much undeniable trace of all your activities. After all: surely you wouldn't recall a Google password if you weren't really using Google at that time.

That amounts to very precious and verifiable user data, and we all know that there are dozens of companies looking to monetize on that.

I'm not just saying so, just check their Terms of service, I quote: "LMI receives or is otherwise granted access to any Customer personal data while providing the Services, LMI agrees to (i) use such personal data solely for the purposes of providing the Services to Customer; (ii) process the personal data only in accordance with Customer’s instructions, which, unless expressly stated otherwise in a mutually agreed upon amendment to this Agreement, are represented in the form of this Agreement".

So what is required for providing this service? It would be easy to argue that maintaining their cloud is essential for this. And how does one do that? By generating revenue to pay for it. Now, sure, I can see that the intent of this service agreement is most likely different. They're probably referring to storing the data, possible backing it up and making it available again to the user(s). But even so: it doesn't rule out the other options either.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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It's a sad story...

I honestly believe that Microsoft can achieve some great things, some of their technology is impressive. I mean, it's not easy mixing an (somewhat) easy to use GUI and still allow for pro's to perform more complex (commandline) tasks. I also think some of their software is a bit under appreciated. When taking a look at Office for example there are plenty of people who fail to realize that the VBA backend is basically a complete programming environment on its own. The interactivity doesn't stop between the Office components.

But yeah... I think the main problem here is that Microsoft still fails to realize (or they're in denial, I have no idea) that they no longer dominate the market. Instead of forcing their ideals onto people (Windows 10) they should try to appeal to them instead.

I mean, am I the only one who spots the massive irony in this thread? People don't use Windows 10 because of the spying and intrusion of Microsoft but will easily mention the ease of use Google provides. Don't get me wrong: the arguments are most definitely legit, Google knows really well how to provide appealing products. But don't think for one second that all of that is free!

As to Win 10... "Teaserware" is what I call it. I have no love lost for software which shows you dozens of options which you cannot use because "you should get the premium version!". Instead of focusing on the tease why not focus on giving me better and more direct access to the features which you do provide instead of trying to send me on a goose chase?

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@Field commander

"users won't adopt it if they have to pay for it"

There is truth to your comment: there are plenty of users who associate "open source software" with "free software", and that 'free' is free as in beer.

However.... I'd like to point your attention to the FreeBSD foundation, the Free Software Foundation and the Apache foundation.

Note how they all manage to receive donations in order to carry on their work? Hosting software isn't free, hosting a website not so much either and here we are: I can visit those websites and my ad blocker doesn't have to block one single ad.

As you can see the FreeBSD foundation even managed to raise $270,000 worth of donations (at the time of writing). That's all coming from people and companies who care for the project, who realize that they can be saving money by using it and then spending some of that money on the project itself.

Please note: the only reason I focus on the FreeBSD foundation is because this is my personal favorite, but my story holds true for all the other foundations as well (main difference is that I have no idea about their current funds).

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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It's a mentality change IMO

Slowly but steadily things are shifting and the more technology people get to use the dumber they get, at least that's my impression of it. And you see this happening everywhere, not just with tech and scamming. Take the game market! I remember the times when certain gaming companies were getting very critical comments from game magazines when they did something as releasing a technically un-finished game. The classic: "Sorry, it might not work on your PC right now but it'll soon will after the next patch!". These days most people seem to easily accept this behavior because "that's just the way it is", which is utter nonsense of course. But it gets even more ridiculous when players who do see this behavior speak up about it (and in a mature and normal way). Because then your fanboy army often gets out... In some cases I'd say people allow themselves to be fooled and scammed because they don't (want to?) bother to think things over.

It even goes as far as turning things completely upside down and placing the responsibility for mishaps with everyone except the actual people who did it.

Here in Holland there's a huge concern about "tracking": companies which pick up wifi signals from passing phones, store them and then use the data they get to track people. Caused a bit of an uproar because they were obviously tramping on people's privacy. They were the bad guys for using all that data. But, like... If you value privacy so much then why on earth do you allow your phone to try and use other people's wifi networks?

It's a complete mentality change IMO. People stop to think, they're not interested at all how stuff works anymore and then you get idiotic scenarios like these.

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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Even worse...

"it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it."

Have we already forgotten about all the data which the US demands gets handed over from whoever is visiting the country or did you guys simply ignore so that it doesn't look too bad?

If you want to visit the US from Europe and you apply for a visa then they even reserve the rights to look at your bank accounts and go through your whole financial administration. Guilty until proven innocent. And the EU is even more than willing to help them with it. Of course there was a little uproar when the EU considered asking the same from US citizens, that was obviously a blatant intrusion on their privacy.

As to snooping: agreed. You'll even get on their radar if you do something as simple as maintaining a VPN between server home servers. Because that sure looks suspicious! (when IPsec/OpenSWAN was just out a group of friends and me decided to put it to the test and we connected our Linux boxes using a VPN to goof around. Even build our own root DNS server (yes, we're geeks) and a crude (controlled!) gateway. at one time one of our US friends/peers got a visit from 'certain people' to inquire about the increase in encrypted traffic from his home Internet connection, and this was all long before 9/11 mind you!).

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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@hyper

I'm not sure of course, but considering Tesla's eagerness to sue television shows which shared negative opinions about their cars I wouldn't be surprised at all if they got this legally covered as well. Something tells me they have to, I don't think they can afford to get sued over a malfunctioning auto pilot for example...

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Always a one-sided story

Sure, it could be true. But it could also be an issue of people who got it into their head that they 'deserve' a positive promotion and will now start blaming everything except themselves.

I think people sometimes get it into their head that they're entitled for things like a promotion, but fact of the matter is that you're entitled to getting paid to perform the job for which you've been hired. It is awesome if you get promoted and rise up in the ranks, but it's most certainly not the companies obligation to even do so.

And I think that last part is what some people tend to forget sometimes.

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The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!

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Open? Or is Money?

"By being open source, not only do the security problems get smaller – because of all the eyeballs on it – but the ability to work with new products grows."

Do they get smaller? If we look at the Debian OpenSSL disaster we've seen a major problem sitting at the very heart of the encryption engine yet it was undiscovered for over three years. And that's but one example, many open source projects have had issues (both big and small) which took their sweet time to be found.

What this theory is ignoring is that many eyes can still overlook the obvious. And I don't mean that in a negative or disrespectful way. But if you know a certain environment inside-out then the chances of overlooking obvious small caveats only increases. This is also why you usually let other (outside) people test your stuff. Open source doesn't change this concept at all.

Another problem is that not every user of open source software will actually look at the source code. And even if they do: with bigger projects you'll have several people working on it, who usually all have their own coding style. This only makes it more difficult for an outsider to actually grasp the whole code structure. It's the same issue with forking; although one of the major advantages of open source projects is that you can fork one to make it your own, forking isn't the thing to worry about: it's maintaining the new source tree, especially with those bigger projects.

So basically I see a lot of hollow marketing talk here. And that usually indicates commercial interests, which make me convinced that, as usual, the money factor is going to be the real winner.

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Dutch govt ordered to use open standards for comms from 2017

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Change because of the change?

I'm a big advocate of open source software because I believe that it's much safer and more transparent than software which comes with risks of hidden agenda's. And it can work. Take a look at foundations such as the FreeBSD foundation (personal favorite), the Free Software foundation and Apache (to name three).

However...

I'm not much in favor of governments setting out rules to use open source software merely because it's open source software. Get the software which is right for the job and which does the job best. If that is an open source solution: brilliant! But if the current environment can also support the new standards then please don't start changing stuff merely because of the change.

Because I can only shudder at the thought of the massive amounts of tax money which will go down the drain with that.

Such stories always remind me of that German city counsel which was determined to remove all Microsoft influence and switch everything onto Linux and open source software. They lasted for 3 or 4 years, completely exhausted their budget (even went over it) and eventually switched back again. Partly because of costs (read: because of total mismanagement).

Pick open source software because it's the best candidate for the job, not just because it's open source software.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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@snowy

I wouldn't say that Apple lost but it is true that at one point Microsoft donated (or loaned) a heavy amount of cash to Apple in order to help it survive. This happened in 1997, check out this article on the Wired. Lost maybe a big word but if the two were to compete then Microsoft would have ended up on top.

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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@AC

"I am always shocked the majority of the world is willing to deal with countries that have such terrible human rights record"

That you know off.

That is the whole key element: what you (don't) know is going on. Take Gitmo for example, that is a blatant disgrace and major insult to human rights if there was one (in case people forgot: the option to detain people without any trial and then torturing them for confessions). Last I checked this concentration camp hasn't been shut down, despite all previously made promises.

So how much of these installations are out there which we don't know off?

I also don't particular like the Islamic laws which are upheld in countries such as Saudi Arabia but at least they don't make a secret out of it. You know up front what you're getting yourself into if you visit, which is more I can say for the way "Gitmo law" was applied.

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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So, uhm, what about that NSA?

I know, he's living in Russia and there for is probably a "commie", not patriotic anymore and probably an enemy of the state. But, as reported by El Reg, the Snowden files showed that (I quote): "Documents from the Edward Snowden archive prove that the malware and exploits dumped on the public internet on Monday originated from the NSA. Among the files leaked by whistleblower Snowden in 2013 is a draft NSA manual on how to redirect people's web browsers using a man-in-the-middle tool called SECONDDATE.".

See this article.

Or is this something which both candidates don't want us to know about? Or, <gasp>, could it be that they simply have no clue themselves either?

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'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

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I don't get it...

Of course I do get it but in general I simply don't get how this would be different with, say, a data center or such. In one data center you'll also find hundreds if not thousands of companies who host their services there. When that goes down (whatever kind of outage) then you risk to run into the same kind of hazards.

I do agree that the single point of failure is often bigger. Especially if cloud companies are hosting on single pieces of hardware and not actually in a virtual networked system which consists of multiple hardware 'components' (which is what most cloud providers seem to be doing, once the computer goes down then so go dozens of virtual instances).

But too big? Nah, they'll have their asses covered with the usual legal mumbo jumbo.

In my opinion it's not an issue of size but an issue of actually getting it right: only promising that which you actually deliver instead of pretending that your cloud solution is something which it's actually not.

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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So I guess...

The Microsoft band banded together to witness the disbanding of the Microsoft Band band before they could jump on the bandwagon? I wonder how long it'll take them before they're getting the band back together.

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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@tfewster

"I truly believe I'm colour and gender blind"

And I truly believe honesty and transparency should be a top priority when you're looking for a job. If I can't trust you to speak the truth during your application then what guarantees do I have that you will do so when the company hires you?

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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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I suppose...

This is Microsoft's way to keep a steady revenue going: once you reach a point where you basically provide everything people need and want then you simply drop features for no apparent reason and then promise to think about possibly re-adding them somewhere "soon".

In the mean time, I know it gets old, my Windows 7 presents me with plenty of resizeable, movable and closeable windows :)

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

I stopped reading after "Windows 10", which I intend to ignore entirely.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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@Joe

"On the privacy issue, you have no problem giving facebook all your details, photos of your children and details of where you have been, where you are now and where you are going next week."

I do, I don't even have Facebook or Twitter or whatever. So yeah, guess Win10 is only for the younger social-media generation? ;)

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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What savings?

This is such a load of theoretical nonsense. My house also has "smart" meters, they measure the usage of the heater and they can be read from a distance, so the company doesn't have to actually enter my house. Works fine for me.

But even though they save money that doesn't mean that their benefit will also find its way to me. I continue to pay the same amount of costs.

I always hear those stories about "it'll save money" but no one bothers to tell us where that money is supposed to be coming from :P

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Now lets hope...

It deletes the right nagware, and not something else. Because I can imagine it already: "Ok, so now that Win7/Win8 users can no longer upgrade to Windows 10 I guess they won't be needing that update option anymore either...".

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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Impressive!

I picked up Opera around version 19 or 20 (I think) because I wanted to try something else but I don't trust Google enough to start using Chrome, it's also a matter of principle (a bit). The first start was an instant hit: it could easily import favorites from both Internet Explorer (which I used sporadically) and SeaMonkey (which is still my 2nd browser). Both without any problems.

A lot of stuff got added over time and I think it's impressive. Take the internal Ad blocker: I tested this against AdBlock pro and it's doing an excellent job! I have several friends who now fully rely on Opera to keep things out. And I noticed something: they're much more open to the idea that Opera might allow a few ads to slip through than an AdBlocker plugin. Simple reasoning really: "They gave us a free browser, so why shouldn't they try to make some money out of that?".

Not sure I fully agree with that idea (Opera also pushes some of their favorites forward I'm sure) but I do agree that they're really trying to work with their users instead of against them. For example: ever since I started using it (1 - 2 years ago) I've always had (roughly) the same interface. Eventually 1 extra icon appeared in the programs title bar (tab menu) but that's hardly intrusive. I still remember Firefox with its always changing interface (which is also why I stopped using it).

This VPN feature is just the next step in my opinion. I probably won't be using it myself, but I still think it's an awesome feature. Especially for those who might be in need for free speech options (protection).

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

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Tesla does have a weird reputation...

And they're not exactly friendly in some ways either. First to think about the infamous Top Gear episode which made Tesla actually sue Top Gear not once, but several times. And they lost every time. I can understand that Tesla didn't like that episode, but really: what did they expect? The original Top Gear crew never made it a secret that they weren't exactly fond of electric cars. And it's not as if they hadn't done something similar before (they tried to take a road trip using electric cars, and ended up stranded several times because some cities didn't have any charging options).

But I also remember the recent crash in the Netherlands. Tesla was plain out disrespectful with the way they handled the aftermath and cared more about their precious reputation than the family of the deceased. The problem: while the Dutch police were still investigating the crash and hadn't officially informed the next of kin yet Tesla felt the need to share a press release in which they shared a lot of details about the crash before the official police report came out.

Tesla could have waited a week, or heck: 3 - 4 days or so, so that the family didn't have to hear all details from a press release, but apparently they obviously didn't care all that much about showing a bit of respect and courtesy towards those family members who had lost someone.

And with all that in mind I wouldn't be surprised one single bit if Tesla did bend the truth a little here as well.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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@Novex

"If the industry wants me to adopt IPv6, then give me a translation router that: allows my v4 network to work internally, via static addresses if necessary; allows my website and email servers to be connected either via v4 or v6; allows me to prevent snooping backwards into my individual devices."

Well, fun fact: I actually have an IPv6 connection but mostly use IPv4, for the simple reason that apparently my provider doesn't fully realize how IPv6 should (or could) work.

You see: my router supports IPv6 on the outside (also has an IPv6 address) but only provides IPv4 on the inside. It gets more bizarre: my IPv6 address is an /128 one. In other words: one fixed address, I'd have expected some kind of subnet for sure.

As such my connection still relies on IPv4. Heck, because of the lack of IPv6 on the inside its the only thing I can do. Note that I don't mind all that much: I'm happy to have a gateway between my PC and the Internet instead of having my PC's firewall act as the first and last line of defense. But this wasn't the way they intended IPv6 to be used, that's for sure!

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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@Dan

"They created MSN Messenger from scratch and people quite liked it."

So much this! And I think it also goes to show that it almost seems as if one part of Microsoft has no clue at all what the other part is doing. Take MSN: that got shut down. That is: it was supposed to, then someone suddenly remembered that the XBox was fully build upon MSN / Messenger. Oops! As such the original shutdown got delayed.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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@William

"Charities these days are a sham."

Just because a majority seems to be taking it lightly with ethics and such doesn't automatically make the whole thing a scam. Though I do agree with you that there are many problems right now.

For me a charity which needs some kind of profit to sustain itself (and its staff) is usually a scam. Because of their double morale: they maybe trying to do some good things, but as a commercial institute their first priority will always be to generate profit in order to sustain themselves. Because of that they can = per definition = no longer put other peoples interest above their own. Which should be the basic principle of a charity.

This goes double when the founder / CEO / board of directors / etc. all get a very hefty income out of the whole thing. And with hefty I refer to having the ability to easily purchase luxury items like mansions, boats and yachts. Because in my opinion those things have nothing to do with charity.

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Wanna prove you’re a Tech Trailblazer? Entries close in a week

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Uhm...

"With the entry fee capped at $295 if you’re company that’s less than six years old, privately funded, or at C-series stage, what have you got to lose?"

$295.

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Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

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@MrDamage

"The wannabee lawyers would not have seen it, therefore they have fair grounds to sue."

I'm actually not too sure about that, though I don't want to pretend to know exactly how the law works in this manner. But it would be more logical for these students to sue the institute which held the exams. The software may have caused the mistake, but it was the institute itself which eventually didn't pass them. So it seems more logical to me to put the blame on the institution.

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It's OK for the FBI's fake hacks to hack suspects' PCs, says DoJ watchdog

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Aww, the press shedding crocodile tears...

I would be more inclined to side with the press if it weren't for the fact that the press themselves more than often work without any scrutiny or morale at all. A major accident or catastrophe? Lets make as many pictures as we can, preferably from people who actually got hurt. Who cares if they might be improperly dressed or if the police hasn't had the time to identify everyone and inform their next of kin (in case of a fatality). That is more than often a regular journalist at work for you.

As to the incident itself... Everyone who knows a tiny bit about computers knows better than to blindly click on a link in an e-mail. No matter who it's from. It wouldn't be the first time that spammers try to impersonate someone else (like an African lottery agency).

Also important: it's not as this was a destructive piece of malware, all it did was call home; send back any available (contact) information. I agree that there are always risks, but in this case nothing too major. This was a carefully orchestrated pin-point attack, and I honestly can't find too much wrong with it.

I'm happy to hear they caught that annoying SOB.

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