* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: I use thunderbird, and don't want to see it go

Agreed. Mucking with the UI like Mozilla has so much with Firefox just says that the active code writers are not good enough to deal with important issues, like fixing bugs or patching vulnerabilities.

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Alert

Does the report say how much they lose?

Gold is only about $20k per pound. Silver about $260 per pound. The other metals much less.* Plastics even less. They clearly don't break even, much less make money on their recycling program.

* In the US, Apples 22M pounds of scrap steel would fetch about $1M.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Black Helicopters

Now we know how the Iranians probably got Stuxnetted

An operative probably just flung infected USB drives over the Nantanz fence.

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Fujitsu Services hacks bonuses to pay for minimum wage hike

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

What do people expect?

The MBA types to use profits to raise folks minimum wage? Their own bonuses would go down. Can't have that!

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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

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Boffin

Re: Crisis, wot crisis?

This is the second run of this experiment. There is no reason to believe this run will turn out any different than the first. When Jobs left in '85, and Apple was run by MBA types, it ended up on the verge of bankruptcy selling mediocre junk. Obviously, Jobs turned the company around after his return in '97. Apple is well down the same road again.

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Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

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Black Helicopters

Re: Microsoft or the Chinese government.

Microsoft probably developed the Chinese Government compliant version first, then realized they could co-opt all the baked in spyware for their own uses outside of China.

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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

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FAIL

The real issue with slack

Is that the Feds can give them (and almost certainly has already) one of the 10, 000+ secret NSL's they hand out every year and go through everything of their target that Slack has acess to. And slack can't inform the target.

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

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Boffin

Re: Stupid

TP-Link's "interpretation" of the FCC rules is complete BS. They have some other agenda.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

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WTF?

“It’s also worrying that Bangladesh’s central bank is passing blame when, as a financial institution holding vast amounts of funds, it needs to take responsibility for its own security posture.”

Seriously? Does anyone really expect any country as thoroughly corrupt as Bangladesh to take responsibility for its involvement in anything with bad results? Get real.

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Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Lily Who?

No one has. Certainly no one outside of the UK.

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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Black Helicopters

Yes, just as free speech is an ethical problem. You know, bad people might say bad things, so free speech must be stamped out. Its for your own good, and who better to trust than Law Enforcement? <\sarcasm>

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Google gives ringing endorsement to US VPN providers with 'right to be forgotten' expansion

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FAIL

Re: Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more...

You can put as much lipstick on the "right to be forgotten" pig as you want, but that does not change the fact that it is merely an Orwellian attempt to rewrite history.

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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FAIL

We use Slack at Harvard where I work

Useless as tits on a bull.

We'll keep using it until some other shiny object catches the pointy hair boss' attention as the "next big thing".

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Cisco CTO: Containers will ride to private cloud's rescue. Oh yes!

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Alert

Re: Two words

As Rob Joyce, head of the National Security Agency (NSA) Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking team said in Janaury at the Usenix’s Enigma conference, once you use a cloud company you are handing your data over to them and so relying on their security.

In the US, National Security Letters (NSL), in which the authorities can secretly subpoena records & which over 10,000 per year are issued, are used for all sorts of investigations not related the National Security.

For example, the American Bar Association Journal & Washington Post have had a number of stories about the NSA supplying the Drug Enforcement Agency with info, and the DEA then creates fake back stories (lying to the courts) to cover up that the NSA was the source.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/05/the-nsa-is-giving-your-phone-records-to-the-dea-and-the-dea-is-covering-it-up/

There's no reason to think that this illegal behavior is limited to the DEA.

Assuming you were not smart enough to have never put it in the cloud in the first place, taking your data back from "the cloud" to your local control makes a lot of sense. .

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Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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FAIL

Orlowski can't even get basic facts correct

I'm usually a fan of Orlowski, but with this article he really blew it.

Jared Diamond a "pop science writer"?

No, I took classes from Prof. Jared Diamond while at UCLA in the 70's. Prof. Diamond has been a professor of physiology at UCLA Medical School as well as a leading ornithologist & ecologist, and a professor of geography at UCLA. He is still a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health & Professor of Geography at UCLA. He is also still a Research

Associate in Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate in Ornithology and Mammalogy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History,

He's one of the top cultural anthropology & ecology people in the world today.

You clearly have not read any of Diamonds papers or books.

Sorry, Orlowski, but this is one big FAIL on your part.

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US Dept of Defense to shift 4 million devices onto Windows 10

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WTF?

Nothing says DoD & National Security

Like an OS with the spyware baked directly in.

A Russian & Chinese wet dream.

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

I guess we'll find out how good Apple designers are or are not

One would assume Apple did their encryption correctly, in which case the entire "system disk" is encrypted including the OS. Which means it's the unencrypted boot loader that does the "erase after x failed tries", and Apple is being asked to modify that so the Feds can brute force attack with impunity.

So the questions is, did Apple design their phone with security in mind so the boot loader is in a read only PROM? Or were they stupid and put it in rewritable storage so that it is possible to replace it with a boot loader that won't "erase after x failed tries"?

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

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Joke

Re: My own creativity is expressed not through writing plays

Apparently the Shakespeare monkey typewriter experiment produces code!

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano is the first President of the University of California to not be an academic. All past Presidents of the UC have been professors. Napolitano is just a political lap dog. What you are seeing is the destruction of one of the worlds best academic institutions.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Alert

Excel

How soon they forget...

"How The London Whale Debacle Is Partly The Result Of An Error Using Excel"

http://www.businessinsider.com/excel-partly-to-blame-for-trading-loss-2013-2

"Over at The Baseline Scenario, law professor James Kwak, says that what has been generally under-reported about the London Whale debacle is how badly Excel failed as a financial modeling program."

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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WTF?

Who is Steven Fry?

No one here in the States has ever heard of him.

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US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: governments and IT projects

Not government. Cops.

In the US, Law Enforcement Agencies actively go out of their way to NOT hire the best and brightest. Their philosophy, tested by Court Rulings, is that smart people get bored with police & security work, and don't stay around. So why hire them? (See for example, http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836 )

Really, nothing to see here. Typical Homeland Security. Move along.

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Black Helicopters

Re: its all fake

The Army Air Core server has been down for quite a while as they can't find replacement vacuum tubes.

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Patent Troll Unit set up by Virginia government to slay lawsuits

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Why don't they save time

And indict Intellectual Ventures now? It's the poster child for non-productive patent-holding companies whose portfolio is full of dubious patents whose sole purpose is to use the patent troll extortion model (PTEM).

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Go

What he's really saying about using the cloud

Is that if you are going to put your data on a cloud, then you'd better only do so after it's been locally encrypted. And all access should use local encryption/decryption, so that when the inevitable compromise of the cloud provider occurs, all anyone can steal from the cloud provider is encrypted data.

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Holy sh*t week forces Twitter top brass to go on ‘retreat’

The Man Who Fell To Earth
FAIL

The inevitable is happening

People are figuring out that Twitter is for Twits.

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India just about accuses Facebook of faking Free Basics fandom

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Re: Fakebook, er, Facebook needs to understand

Education of women is well established as being a huge factor in lifting people out of poverty, but it has nothing to do with Facebook nor the Internet.

If you want to help impoverished women gain an education and a means to earn an income, donate to Rubia.

http://www.rubiahandwork.org/

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FAIL

Fakebook, er, Facebook needs to understand

That long before poor people need internet access, they need food, shelter, healthcare and a way to make a living to sustain those.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Alert

Re: Bravo!

Not requiring encryption back doors does not mean there won't be any as there's no penalty for having them "just in case".

If the French are really serious, they would outlaw encryption back doors not disclosed to the end user.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Re: Pilots?

This same issue will occur on a massive scale when self driving cars become common. When situations arise where the legally required driver has to take over, they won't have the skills nor the awareness to do so.

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Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

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Boffin

Re: So, what's the invention shown in the image?

It's United States Patent 4625468, "Temporary/portable nuclear fallout shelter".

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4625468.pdf

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party Against a Second Party

I can believe that patent trolling is a mostly American pass time.

My favorite in this regard is a patent application (Application 20080270152) by a Halliburton Patent Attorney to patent the business model of patent trolling.

The guy must have a wicked sense of humor.

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20080270152.pdf

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

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Alert

Maybe there's a business opportunity here

Facebook is for the narcissists of today.

Maybe there's a business opportunity, call it something like Dustbin, for the narcissists of forever.

For some fee, you'll store people's digital crap indefinitely. The fee needs to be large enough to allow some of it to be invested to help support the site, although you'd sell ads too.

You can come up with a set if rules about how quickly the person's stuff becomes view able by the public upon the narcissist's death. They should be encouraged to annotate their crap, so that 200 years from now, someone who comes across their stuff knows, for example, exactly why they thought that cat video they made would be so timeless.

There's no telling what stuff of today we don't think much of might be of interest to people hundreds of years from now. Image if 200 years ago the technology to film duels or hangings had been around - people today would definitely be watching that stuff.

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The data layer is some type of amorphous or glassy carbon (according to the patents). For a drive to be able to write an M-DISC, it needs a more powerful laser than a conventional Blu-ray drive. The patent (US7613869) indicates that the writing is actually done by ablating material from the disk. The drive needs to also detect that the blank disk is an M-DISC and not a conventional disk. Once written, M-DISCS can be read in a conventional optical drive.

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The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

M-DISC

I use M-DISC 25GB Blu-ray disks for photo archiving. (The photos are also NAS & cloud backed up.) You can buy an LG M-DISC Blu-ray Burner (WH16NS40) for about $60, which is so cheap it's a no brainer if you are replacing or upgrading a optical drive to also handle blu-ray. You can buy a 5-pack of 100GB Blu-ray M-DISCS, which this drive can handle, on Amazon for about $65. If you want to stick with 25GB M-DISC's, a 25-disk spindle is $57 on Amazon.

So it's a cheap solution. How long they really will last is an open question, but they should outlast other optical media and definitely will outlast any flash storage.

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Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

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Stop

Saying 'no' to backdoors means nothing

A government saying it won't require back doors is meaningless unless that government also outlaws the presence of back doors that are not disclosed to the end user.

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Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt

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Black Helicopters

Yea, sure

Of course it has nothing to do with Facebook's commercial interests. Just like China's Great Firewall is for the protection of the Chinese people.

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

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WTF?

Re: Resetting the password

That KRBTGT Account Password Reset Script article is almost a year old, and seems to state what this Register article states. So what is actually new here?

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

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FAIL

Yet another reason to never trust Cloud Services

With the flip of a switch at the whim of some MBA-type, all your stuff can go "poof".

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

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Re: I may be being stupid here but .....

Which means that once there's a motive to fool it, it probably won't be that hard to do so.

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that if organized crime is involved (hence $), it will be fooled pretty quickly.

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US Presidential race becomes Wi-Fi password snark battle

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FAIL

Re: Gotta love politics

The problems with the US h-1 visa program are well known. The system is gamed by the likes of Tata, Infosys and Wipro by flooding the application pool with tens of thousands of applications in less than 24 hours after the opening date. That blocks out legitimate businesses from getting the visas and they all go to these outsourcing companies. The company I work for has had huge problems hiring people we already know & want to work for us because these outsourcing companies grab all of the visas, and we are forced to hired them & let them bring in their 5th rate imported people simply because they have the visas. Our costs go up, but their "workers" don't see any of that - the outsourcing company pockets most of it.

The New York Times just did an article on this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/us/large-companies-game-h-1b-visa-program-leaving-smaller-ones-in-the-cold.html?_r=0

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Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Stop

Re: Facebook needs to start a country

They need to issue an international warrant for Zuckerber's arrest, and throw his ass in jail.

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GCHQ's infosec arm bins advisor accreditation scheme

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Black Helicopters

Look on the bright side

The companies will be able to outsource all the security work to India now, and no one will be the wiser. Profits will be up!

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China, Germany moving closer to no-hack pact

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FAIL

Re: Better than nothing?

Given that China has not abated its hacking of US companies one bit since signing its no-hack agreement with the US, clearly these agreements are worthless.

But then what does anyone expect when entities sign pacts agreeing to not do something they always claimed they never did in the first place.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Boffin

Re: Whatever.

High "survivability" is in fact the definition of "healthy" for organisms.

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China wants international peace pact online and under water

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FAIL

Read what these "rules" really mean

For example, #5 on their list means that the Chinese believe any country has a right to censor all information/news entering that country.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Boffin

@ Esskay

What rock have you been living under? The software cheat originated in Germany, which is why it was applied WORLD WIDE. VW got caught in the US because US environmental requirements for autos are tougher than anywhere else as is testing.

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'ALIEN INVADERS OBSERVED': OFFICIAL ESA announcement

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Terminator

Re: SOP

You are posting on an IT forum. That means the audience is overwhelmingly scientifically illiterate, but thinks they are literate, and that same audience is devoid of any artistic talent or appreciation.

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Ever been burned by a bad IT decision? Of course you have!

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Boffin

actual quote

The movie quote is based on a real quote by astronaut John Glenn. Glenn's full quote is “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

Alan Shepard made a similar quote, "It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."

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