* Posts by Kevin McMurtrie

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Still copying Apple

MacOS X has been doing this for years. I don't know why it took MS so long to catch up.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Well, sort of. It's impossible to hack remotely because it knows nothing of the Internet, WiFi, cell networking. On the other hand, most old computers have a console or debugger switch that will let you inspect and change memory. The programs are simple enough to be hijacked by keyboard entry. Program wants a password? Break, inspect the subroutine's entry point, alter a register, advance the program counter, and resume.

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

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Re: Let the Bidding begin!

Good point. Yahoo would probably be worth far more if it was converted to high density housing. They might even get local and state subsidies for creating housing that's a 15 minute walk to tens of thousands of jobs.

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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frequent, monthly or fortnightly updates

"That bug is fixed when you buy our new phone," say all the cell manufacturers about to go out of business.

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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Since this has been done for as long I've known code, we should also presume that a new "high-quality" press release can be generated by combining two "low-quality" research projects.

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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

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554 Invalid recipient

I welcome China's move to verify online users. In fact, APNIC should kick off this event by reclaiming all Chinese network addresses with falsified or inoperative ownership records. Root name servers should remove accreditation from all Chinese domain registrars with a recent history of allowing bulk registrations from unverified sources. Well done, China.

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Bots half all web traffic

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Paris Hilton

Bots streaming videos from torrents to look for pirated content.

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

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Location

He picked an odd location for a mansion too. If it's not in the center of a traffic jam, it's only because howling wet winds have driven everyone away.

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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

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Re: kind of vague

It wouldn't be news if it was the US. Mail is skipped up to 2 days a week for rotating outages caused by people rage quitting.

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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

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Ah, pumping the brakes. I like that as a metaphor for an exceptionally ungraceful recovery. I recall seeing so many people skid wildly out of control pre-ABS because they heard that they should pump the brakes during a hard stop. There were more instructions for the technique but TLDR.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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A beech marten

They knew exactly what kind of an animal chewed through the 66kV line. It's amazing what those scientists can deduce from nothing more than smashed particles.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Darwin award??

The Darwin award might be deserved for some recipients but the tram operator delivering it is going to feel like shit anyways.

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Something for farmers to look forward to

Obviously these things can't come crashing down anywhere. Crashing near a city might mean a high speed impact with a vehicle. The fines for dropping anything onto nationally protected land tend to be steep. Shifting sand dunes would crush it. Water moves. It seems that Google has chosen farmland as their target. Hopefully the UV-burned balloon isn't too toxic.

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Pro who killed Apple's Power Mac found... masquerading as a coffee table

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Typing on one

I occasionally try out a new Mac and expect it to be blazing fast compared to the old Mac Pro 1,1 running 10.6.8 and anchoring my computer desk to the floor. The new ones are faster, but not in a way satisfying for how much time has elapsed and how much money they cost.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Vulture weight

400KB with an aggressive ad blocker. Over 2MB and a 10 second load time otherwise

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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News flash

Apple abandoned QuickTime some time around 2009 when it became clear that its infinitely complex innards would be impossible to upgrade. QuickTime X, the promised modernization, stalled as soon as it could play H.264/AAC with moderate quality. Support for AVCHD files was eventually added but without the performance upgrades needed for its high bitrates.

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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In other news

Millennials are getting mugged for not realizing that when a survey asks if your PIN is on your phone, you should always say "No."

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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Why I don't stop in SF

Grand theft and vandalism investigations are nothing more than asking the victim to fill out an online crime statistics form but a large piece of furniture gets the authorities leaping into action.

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Google cloud TITSUP

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Pooping in your Nest

Were they using Revolv automation in the datacenter?

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Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA

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Terminator

This is all fine until

Until your documents get a virus. A real virus.

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Want a job in security? Lock down US military's supermarkets

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Team?

Shouldn't this be an integral part of all IT systems? What would a team do? Tell people who can't maintain security to do things that they won't understand?

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Cash-strapped Sprint to raise $2.2bn by flogging off its network hardware

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Lease?

Wouldn't a reverse mortgage be simpler?

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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WTF?

I can hardly wait for Apple TV shows to branch out into other careers: iPhone assembly, QA regression testing, IT developer support, digital signal analysis, PCB layout, and more! Hopefully they don't fluff it up with a bunch of personal drama subplots. I just want to come home from work, turn on the TV, and stare at somebody sitting at a desk.

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Google spews critical Android patch as millions of gadgets hit by Linux kernel bug

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"can only be done with the help of manufacturers and carriers"

Luckily, there's a vulnerability that can be used as a workaround.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Re: Meh

I don't know about iLandfill, but Chinese landfill phones have red LEDs for tuning white balance without losing dynamic range in the LCD panel. Oddly, the feature is usually hidden in US ROMs.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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Mother restores profits with this one weird trick

It must work. It's displayed 10 times on the homepage.

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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

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Re: What Frequency is used?

18000 to 19950 Hz

https://github.com/MAVProxyUser/SilverPushUnmasked/commit/bc1dde934c0be02cfce72b7ea68d4a147ddd308d

This dumb scheme seems extremely unlikely to work. That audio range is a mess of distortion, echoes, dead zones, and frequency substitution during compression.

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IEEE delivers Ethernet-for-cars standard

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Re: It's not weight they are optimising for

CAN Bus is too slow for cameras, audio, and various analog sensors. The analog stuff is especially bulky because it needs to be kept separate from other noisy wires.

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AT&T: Three-quarters of our network is going virtual, and we're open-sourcing the tools

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A win for everyone

This is what the providers of 1Mbps Internet services around the world have been waiting for.

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Rocky times for startups: Mutual funds devalue and VCs turn off money hose

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Tonight we're going to party like... Hey, my free music disruptor is offline.

I'm all for startups. They revolutionize technology, advance human civilization, and free us from lazy old monopolies. I'm just sick of every idiot claiming they are the revolution and nobody challenging the claim. Investors buy it then sell at a profit to a bigger sucker. Repeat as long as it looks like the game will keep playing.

Well-funded companies that can never produce are what causes the insane prices around here. Spending money to do nothing ruins the value of money and it hurts the handful of startups that have crafted solid business plans.

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First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads

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Well, it's good to know that my 10.6.8 computers, long ago abandoned by Apple, are now too old for modern Malware. I couldn't upgrade Transmission because of system requirements.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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Actually, West Coast protecting itself

The West Coast doesn't like breaking encryption because doing so would destroy the tech sector overnight. The doors would close and engineers would pack their bags to move to another country. Using encryption correctly, or at least pretending to, is required for everything. Forget about stalking. Forget about bank accounts being drained overnight. Criminal hacking would get real - guns and rockets kind of real - when there's an backdoor key to find out what is in any shipping container, who is in any car, and who is on any plane. US software wouldn't even be usable in the US.

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Irate IT distributors chase Amazon over unpaid bills

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See it on Amazon, buy it in store

It used to be that you'd "look at it in the store then buy it on Amazon." I find myself doing the reverse now. Physical and online stores are rapidly catching up to Amazon's efficiency, making Amazon the useless middleman taking a cut of the money. Distributors aren't going to put up with as much crap as Amazon hopes they will. They have other options.

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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

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Digital signatures

SSL is a heavyweight solution with a very noticeable performance loss. A much better solution for public web sites would be stronger standards for digital signatures. Static content can have a signature pre-computed and placed into an HTTP header. Dynamic and streaming content can have signatures in HTTP chunk attributes. The overhead for doing this is almost nothing, it's safe for proxies and edge caches, and it serves the purpose of preventing content alteration.

I think the real problem is that this is so simple that there's no money in it. Assuming that there's already a certificate validation system for HTTPS, adding digital signatures to HTTP would only add about 100 lines of code to the client and server.

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IRS: Er, those 100,000 tax records illegally accessed? Make that over 700,000

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700000 IRS tax records

This was electronic? No trucks and forklifts involved? I'm actually impressed that the IRS managed to digitize something. Now I'm wondering if it takes them three years to find a mistake so that they can add three years of penalties.

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LaCie bigs up 5big array: Desktop hot storage box gets fatter drives

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That warranty

I bought one of the original 5-big drives and one drive soon failed. I was shocked to find that there's no warranty replacement for individual drives. You send the entire RAID back and they give you an entirely new RAID. That wasn't the solid uptime I was hoping to get from a RAID-5 configuration.

I guess it's still better than Drobo showing all lights green while it's losing everything to I/O errors. (maybe Drobo just fixed this bug)

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Let's talk over Wi-Fi, says Oracle to folks who don't know Skype exists

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RIP Skype

Skype's primary feature is streaming ads to desktop computers. Its secondary feature may be seizing credits when calling a foreign number. That it still sometimes provides communications is just a glitch of some legacy code.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

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Dealt with on a case-by-case basis

Paper forms, quadruple photocopies, envelopes, and faxes. Submit all that for a hierarchy of review and archive for 10 years. No problem doing that on a global scale. Should be fine.

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LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic

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Radios

My phone upgrades have been because the radio was obsolete. Having the right bands for every place you travel becomes important as telcos upgrade old 2G and 3G towers to LTE.

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CloudFlare to launch its own 'high security' web domain registrar

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Bullet proof

May domain owners remain completely anonymous for a certain fee? You know, to dissuade individuals from filing a lawsuit. Or maybe the operations of the domain are illegal in some/all countries and the operator does not want to worry about international prosecution. Such a feature would integrate well with other CloudFlare services.

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Gigabit duplex DOCSIS 3.1 passes feasibility study, kind of

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WTF?

The Y axis is time?

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Router configurations suck (power out of mobile devices, that is)

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DTIM and Beacon intervals

WiFi already has a system for delayed processing of unicast (beacon TIM) and multicast (DTIM) data so that devices may sleep. A better request would be to device makers (Apple) to address bugs that require people to set extremely short intervals.

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Get out of mi casa, Picasa: Google photo site to join Wave, Code, Reader in silicon hell

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ERR 13

"Smart" TVs will be burning an error code onto the screen where the Picasa screen saver used to be. Manufacturers will suggest buying a new TV as a workaround.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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Re: Everyone wants "cheap"

Cheap isn't the problem. Expensive "Small Business" networking gear is the worst possible mix of half-assed features, blatant flaws, and no hope for upgrades. The problem is that it's not easy to get a refund for severe software defects. They're usually treated as "dissatisfied customer" returns with a 14 day period. Require security vulnerabilities to be in the same category as manufacturing defects and then deadbeats like Netgear and whatever "Linksys" is will vanish overnight.

Nuke icon because I have, on multiple occasions, bought and returned every single router at an electronics store.

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Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

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Re: A bit like a ... 386?

If it's a very simple architecture with no legacy baggage, they're probably tiny enough to be crammed into computers by the thousands. Most well defined tasks with well defined inputs can be implemented within a crude instruction set. Coding becomes difficult but hardware costs more than people when you're approaching a global scale of data processing. Google also believes (sometimes incorrectly) that they can do anything better than the rest of the world so it's no surprise that they'd keep building more hardware for themselves.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Exhaust from this laptop ------>

Those are massive heat pipe tubes! Unless I'm mistaken, heat pipes in laptops are used to prevent heat transfer to the case by moving the heat to the exhaust vents. When everything runs hot I'd think that an insulated case would be more portable.

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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

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Dealer pricing

Tiny base price + consulting fee + service fee + support contract + account manager fee + commission + statement fee + fake local tax + hosting fees + usage penalty fees, and all with a side of endless up-sell phone calls and "Tell us how we are doing" surveys. This is why people throw together half-assed DIY solutions then hire an IT person to fix it.

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T-Mobile US's BingeOn does break net neutrality, says law prof

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Re: big fuss over nothing

T-Mo announced it as an option and invited people to turn it on. Of course I deleted the e-mail. Then they silently turned it on for everyone and broke high quality video playback. That second part is quite worthy of raising a fuss. Everybody was suddenly throttled and it wasn't clear why. Anyone who had set their streaming preference to HD, or watched a video only offered in HD, got nothing. Today they announced dial codes to control the feature but they still haven't announced that it's an opt-out feature.

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College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

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Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality

Google does this on purpose to gradually erode public expectations of privacy. Most people can't afford the time and money to start a lawsuit every time Google takes another step.

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Perforce boss: ‘I’m just the cook’, flips firm to private equity

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Re: Staying free?

Perforce Enterprise is cheaper than anyone expects but there's a stigma about it costing money. I'd pay for my own license if given the chance to use it. I'm sure I'll get downvoted for saying this, but Git is absolutely awful for enterprise use. Even the slightest variation from the perfect workflow is walking through a minefield of dangerous, convoluted, and poorly documented features. If employees are spending 1 hour a week on Git, the lost productivity makes it 10 times more expensive than Perforce.

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