* Posts by tnovelli

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Indian techies told to prepare for tax sprint

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Reminds me of a failed tax grab by Massachusetts 3 years ago. In late July the pols slapped a sales tax on IT services, effective August 1, first payments due Sept 20. All in summer of 2013 - talk about a mad rush.

Basically the whole tech industry went on strike. The due date was delayed a month, then the tax was repealed.

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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Re: Fortunately, his wife wasn't delivering at the other hospital

I can't find a link, but that actually happened to some guy in Boston, last year I think. Went in for a circumcision, and they removed the whole damn thing.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: Blocking legitimate posts?

I knew someone would beat me to it. FB thinks it's more important to show you* cat pics and politics memes than your wife's posts or a can't-miss event tomorrow (but you'll see it after you've missed it). There's no solution for Too Much Worthless Information.

*You, not me. I've already put a stop to this crap.

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Cox stiffed for $25m after letting subscribers pirate music online

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Re: Fucking Insane

Indeed. Somehow Youtube gets off scot-free as an "intermediary" but Cox, an actual ISP, gets blamed for what its users pull down through its tubes?

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: Uhm...

For the last 5+ years, yup. Facebook, Twitter, Addthis... and Google's the worst. Some sites won't even function if you block google.com - they rely on google to serve JS and such.

My solution: don't use those sites. (If I really must, I open them in a separate "google crap" browser profile.)

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Re: I'm wondering

@Lost all faith

> > Not that I care; I was using it a little but deleted my account this year.

> No you didn't you merely hid it from view.

I'll never login again, though. It wasn't just Facebook's spying, it was the sum total of affronts that outweighed its slight usefulness to me, even before this adblock outrage.

Now the network effect works against FB when other people realize they're wasting their time there if they hope to reach me. If enough people do this, it's game over for FB. That's the ultimate solution to this problem.

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Re: I'm wondering

If a site as big as Facebook starts serving ads from their own servers, they'll be blocked by CSS-style blocker rules in no time.

As long as the ads follow a pattern, they can be blocked. FB can use anti-adblock javascript. Stubborn users can use m.facebook.com with JS disabled. FB can make the mobile site JS-mandatory. Users can rebel against JS... on and on it goes...

Not that I care; I was using it a little but deleted my account this year. Even the wife has quit. People are starting to organize events the old-fashioned way. It's dead, dead, dead....

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

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Driverless trains a no-go

Someone tell us again how centrally controlled driverless cars will be awesome?

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: I wonder what they're planning to break

So, so more wide-spectrum LED monitors, just the super-efficient blue-white crap ones? You'd think any kind of LEDs would be good enough.

Will high-end GPUs be verboten as well? GamerGate blitzkrieg in 3... 2... 1...

These bureaucrats are barking up the wrong tree. Cloud computing is the 900 pound energy hog.

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Swede suffers shrinking penis after dentist fits mouthguard

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Plastics are scary

Some chemicals added to plastics act as estrogen analogues and such. These are associated with genital birth defects and gradual feminisation, particularly in children. I haven't heard that they can also cause immediate impotence. Hardly surprised though.

My guess: the manufacturer used the wrong chemical and/or WAY too much. Quality control these days....!

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Firefox to block crapware

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Sounds like a rent-seeking opportunity to me. Will Mozilla start taking "donations" to remove crapware from the blacklist after the Yahoo search deal expires?

Why not? Since they got rid of Eich (coincidence?) they've done a lot of things against their users' interests: the new UI, the Yahoo deal, crap like Paper in the toolbar, EME DRM, Google Location Services to track you...

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Ad viewability worsens

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Re: Ad blocking success or other metric?

Scrolling down within the first second, closing pages that take several seconds to load, hitting 'back' the moment ads appear, finding what they need before ads even appear, ads not visible on a phone, etc, etc.

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Re: This is a crisis!

UBlock Origin + NoScript now. More efficient and better blocking than the old AdBlock variants, especially ABP, who joined the dark side.

I also made a separate browser profile for Google, since they've made it impossible to use their useful services while NoScript-blocking their other crap, which pollutes ~90% of the internet. In my regular profile, all google-related properties are now blacklisted. Yes, it's a slight pain in the ass to use Google stuff this way - so I generally don't.

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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

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Re: Limited

Facepalm for whoever made that typo. I see it's been corrected to 16 terabytes max. That's more like it.

I'll withhold judgement until I've actually tried it. Hopefully it's not as half-baked as their Floating IPs...

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Block Storage volumes can scale from 1GB to 16GB

Not really what I was looking for...

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Meet Riffle, the next-gen anonymity network that hopes to trounce Tor

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Re: Given That TOR Was Cracked Years Ago.....

Browsers are like Flash: constant patching, yet endless holes remain.

The WWW is not an acceptable basis for private/anonymous communication. We need simple protocols, designed for a decentralized network from the start.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: Sound to me that "Deep Learning" in Google's Go machine is mostly human curated database.

> Although it'd be interesting to see the computers make their own curated database by playing themselves.

Someone wrote a program that did just that for Corewars in the 90s. Random mutation and survival of the fittest. I ran it overnight once and ended up with a piece of spaghetti code than no human-designed program could beat... in a sort of logic game with too many possibilities for humans to have a fighting chance, mind you.

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Paper wasps that lie to their mates get a right kicking, research finds

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Re: Killing wasps...

Wow. Could've been a candidate for Most Tragic Death Ever if you'd drowned!

I'm not sure what wasp the article relates to (a more solitary cousin of the yellowjacket?) but I can say the solitary American mud wasp packs a pretty powerful sting, and has a habit of blundering into shirtsleeves etc. "Mostly" harmless =/

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Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

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Re: Not Again!!! - Because ...

Don't just bash Lenovo, bash everything. There's no hardware you can trust.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: The facts - just the facts

> You see behaviour like that often

It's totally routine in New England. In the more congested areas, you can't get anywhere without breaking a few laws. Autopilot should be disabled if GPS says you're in this region. Maybe it is and that's why we haven't heard about any autopilot fails around here.

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Re: Problem is - it's not really an autopilot

Aircraft autopilot isn't full auto either; same problems. I know a few older pilots who all say airline pilots are becoming dangerously overreliant on it. Even well-trained, very experienced pilots can become complacent.

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Re: I will NEVER use Autopilot

The upvote/downvote ratio shows that most people are indeed morons, among the Reg commentard demographic at least.

If all the idiots start driving autopilot cars, there'll be MORE serious crashes.

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> Yes, I read the article and others... other drivers slowed and avoided the truck

Thanks for pointing that out. Instead of "biting the hand.." as usual, this time El Reg left out some minor details that look bad for this technology.

- This "divided highway" isn't a freeway, it has intersections.

- The truck made a left turn from the oncoming left turn lane (think right turn, Brits).

- He should have seen it and anticipated that the trucker might turn in front of him.

- Time was 3:40pm on May 7 so glare likely wasn't an issue.

- "White truck, white sky" is the lamest bullshit excuse...

P.S. some of the other articles say a lot of other autopilot users reported that complacency is a huge problem, and the autopilot occasionally does really dangerous things like switching off during a lane change. Personally I would feel safer with a texting drunk driver at the wheel than ANY 'autopilot' or self-driving car. AI is bunk.

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FCC starts running from cable box rip-off kill-off

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Pyrrhic victory

Doesn't matter. Cable TV is a burning platform :)

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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Too little, too late.

Warren's officially a sellout now. Not that I ever believed the hype about her.

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

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Re: Not good enough for my use.

@DCFusor - just sit back and watch the upvotes roll in once the shills move on to their next assignment and more real people dig into the comments. Tends to happen on the weekend.. you know, real jobs and all.

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I do. I'm talking about all Linux distros. Fedora's on the 12-month end, CentOS and RHEL on the 24-month end. I have used all three. Not a lot; too much trouble on both ends.

LTS is a myth. It falls apart the moment you need to install a newer package that you can't even compile from source because, for example, it depends on a newer library you can't install without breaking something else. Sometimes you can sort it out if you waste enough time and/or skimp on security.

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A 12-24 month rebuild/replace cycle is par for the course this decade. That goes for all Linux distros, server and desktop, bleeding edge and stable/LTS alike, including "good old" Debian. You might do better with CentOS, and I with FreeBSD... we'll see... but they all have to run the same apps/libraries/services, so I'm setting low expectations.

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Re: C is not an applications programming language

It's a shame that null-terminated strings became the standard in C and most low-level APIs. Their slight space/speed advantage goes out the window when you do length checks.

C was a decent language that could've used an overhaul in the 1990s to address a few issues like this. Instead, we got the frankenstein monster C++.

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Re: I use it quite frequently

Way quicker than typing - on a 5" touchscreen, you mean?

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Re: Elephant in the room

And they would need true intelligence to do decent speech recognition. Therefore speech recognition will always suck.

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Does it work when you're blasting heavy metal at >100db?

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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On the shoulders of giants

This sounds quite similar to the credit card industry's fraud detection systems. Ought to work about as well too.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: " will have to to beat off stiff competition"

Meh. As double entendres go, this one's half-cocked and premature. Wait for a story where the double meaning is closer to the truth than the literal interpretation. The kind where you're halfway down the page before you realize "holy shit, that's fucking filthy - and hilarious!"

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Re: Which way will a new Bond lean?

Hell yes - have you seen that series where she's investigating serial murders in Northern Ireland?

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China caught astroturfing social networks

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Countertrolling 101

"Letting an argument die, or changing the subject, usually works much better than picking an argument and getting someone's back up (as new parents recognize fast)."

Therein lies the answer. If you see something, say something .... defensive, eh?

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Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

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Re: Bah!

I assume the Reg staff use adblockers like the rest of us.

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Predicting Problems

"Safe alignment"? That would be due North, or face-down. That would require far greater range of motion than normal operation...

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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> In 2016? It's been a few years since browsers were showing the site's icon in the same place as they would show the padlock icon.

Firefox and Chrome, yes. Palemoon still shows a favicon in the url bar - with red/green/blue colors for various levels of HTTPS. Not that the average hacking victim would notice.

Just to be clear: as far as your privacy/security is concerned, HTTPS is worthless.

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SSLstrip substitutes a fake "padlock" icon for the site's favicon. Crude but effective.

"SSL Inspection" proxies the victim through an actual HTTPS connection, so it's less obvious, but the attacker must install their own root cert on the victim's computer (corporate PC, or via malware, or via dumb PC manufacturers) - unless they've obtained the private key for a "real" root cert...

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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Yep - why change your password when there are a so many reasons to delete your account?

Networking is everything, but only the old-fashioned kind, not 'social networking' facilitated by these spam factory websites.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Why candy?

Android Ketamine

Android LSD

Android Methamphetamine

Android ... Nicotine?

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Re: Recycled Options

Android NothingHitlerDidWasWrong

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

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JAVA hurt both Oracle and Google

Anyone who's ever used an Oracle Java webapp knows what a mistake that was, and that's entirely Oracle's fault. By flooding the corporate world with that garbage, Oracle undermined Java's value. Maybe that was part of a plan to acquire Sun at fire-sale price, but that acquisition and subsequent lawsuit(s?) were the final nails in Java's coffin. What a greedy, boneheaded company.

I can only imagine that the Android devs chose Java in their formative years due to the popularity (among geeks) of JVM languages like Scala and Clojure at the time. LLVM would've been a better choice if its future had been more certain back then.

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Free tool aims to make it easier to find vulns in open source code

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Re: DevOps approach to Security

Lordy, but you people (Charlie Clark aside) do not understand code analysis.

I certainly do. Languages like JS, PHP, Python, Ruby, C/C++ are fairly opaque to static analysis. Fuzzing isn't the answer to everything either.

Auto-analysis tools are a machine gun approach to software defense; spray 'n' pray. Not a substitute for the (almost nonexistent) engineering that's so sorely needed.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: Off-topic (almost)

LOL, you want NoScript. It'll turn off 80% of HTML5 and break 99% of websites, and it's not exactly easy to selectively unblock scripts. Yep, it's 1999 all over again.

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Re: "exempt the top 10 domains"??

Youtube has been working impeccably well WITHOUT flash for years.

In your parallel universe, maybe. But you can use youtubedown without flash or a browser...

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Re: Google catches up to Apple, while Microsoft trails the pack

Hey - at least Microsoft gave the world a Flash replacement. It's called Silver light. ;-)

Was. It's already gone...

Adobe can play that game too: it's called HTML5. To be fair, Microsoft accidentally started it with an undocumented feature called XMLRPC (AJAX), and the Canvas API came from Apple, but a huge chunk of Web 3.0 crap is basically a Javascript port of Flash. (No wonder it's crap)

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: "Then what?"

Moving the repo is easy but what about Travis, Coveralls, etc?

I never use the bells & whistles. Most of the git repos I work on are private and self-hosted.

Issues and pull requests would seem to be more important for open-source projects. I don't know. In practice, I see thousands of them in a few popular repos I track, which just confirms that those projects are hopeless clusterfucks. Is Github making it too easy?

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