* Posts by Sebastian A

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University pays $20,000 to ransomware hackers

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With any luck it makes the money back in savings by firing the incompetent pratt in charge of the backups.

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Badges for Commentards

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Ohhh, I came across this thread while trying to find out why I have a little bronze badge by my name, but if the info is still correct I may soon be progressing to silver.

(My first instinct was to hover or click the badge to find out what it meant. Had to google it in the end.)

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Oh I'm sure they're gutted at having to change this. The damage is already done. Everyone who was going to get upgraded despite x-ing out already has been. What an utter pack of slimy filthy buttnuggets.

High fives all-round at Redmond I'm sure.

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Facebook's new stalker tool

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Re: Yes..

Well if facebook suggests "You may know Jane Doe as you visit the same places frequently" then you've already got the most important piece of info, her name.

I really can't fathom the communal brainfarts that make it to production these days. In this thread alone people have listed a dozen scenarios where this is a horrible, horrible idea. Surely one level-headed middle manager somewhere could have said "Hold up a sec guys..."?

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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If these are the kinds of jobs we stand to lose to AI/robots, then I'm all for it. Can you imagine if your full-time job consisted of asking people the same 5 questions, then putting through a request on their behalf?

Now if the city would just automate the other end... But no, I bet there's a team of dozens set up purely to handle parking infringement disputes.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Windows 10 is a continuous beta program though. Just because the changes are made in a production environment (IE everyone's live PC) doesn't make it any less of a beta.

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Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

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Joke

I've drilled a hole in my EFTPOS card to disable the paywave shite already. Do I now have to do the same to my phone?

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: Billions of data points of aggregated telemetry

I'd recommend a slight clarification on their wording.

"Based on carefully massaged numbers selectively filtered out of billions of data points which our customers didn't actually want to provide to us."

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TeamViewer not View-ed

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Re: Hacked

Not hacked, probably just the Telia issue..

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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The second Golden Age of space exploration is about to begin in earnest

And it's long overdue.

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GoToMYPC attacked

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So hot on the heels of that

will be spammers sending mails pretending to be from GoToMyPC with fake password reset links.

War, war never changes.

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Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

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Re: You don't have much of a choice.

I have entrusted my bank with a lot of details. I don't trust them with those details, but there's really no way around it. Can't even collect a paycheck without a bank account anymore.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Re: Aliens playing marbles...

"I've been to a parallel universe, I've seen time running backwards, I've played pool with planets, and I've given birth to twins, but I never thought in my entire life I'd taste an edible pot noodle."

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Google bows to Dutch

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Good start.

Now can we apply the same rules to Facebook and everyone else? I have adblocked the hell out of all their like/share buttons embedded all over the web but since you can quite reliably fingerprint a browser by version/OS/plugins/screen res I'm sure they've still got a pretty damn good idea of who I am and where I visit.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: One wonders

Probably pretty tricky since they'd have to account for the different position of the nozzle. From the sounds of it it wasn't a dead engine, just not producing full thrust. They're talking about making it so they can increase the thrust if this recurs.

But it's just speculation on my part, I'm not even an armchair rocket scientist, let alone a real one.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Why did it take this long?

He's a resident in a country where this stuff is illegal. If it takes them this long to deal with a known spammer on their own soil, what hope is there of dealing with any of the foreign ones?

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Lexus cars suffer Purple Screen of Death – code bug turns the air blue

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Ah yes, the Internet of Things. Now you don't just have to worry about the manufacturer building something poorly, they can break it after the fact without even physically going near it.

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Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General

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Anyone surprised?

Reputations for horrible service don't just coagulate out of thin air. It takes years or decades of persistantly poor service for a company name to become as synonymous with mediocrity as TWC has. The fact that it's even trying to defend itself is laughable. Admit fault, take it on the chin, and above all, do something to fix these issues. Maybe then, in a few years, people can give you another chance.

And for god's sake, stop using your area monopolies to fuck people over.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: W10 testing regimen

Pffft, every PC I deal with has 100Mbit if not a gigabit.

To the switch.

After that, 8 MBit is common.

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You're no longer a customer, you're a product.

And product has to shut up and sit on the shelf for the actual customer, namely advertisers.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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It's small to the police force in question. That it can destroy a person's whole life doesn't matter to them.

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Akamai-oh-my: Network biz coughs up $650k over China bribes rap

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"And don't let us catch you again. We're not saying don't do it again, we're just wanting you not to be so blatant about it. OK?"

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Singapore.gov bans Net

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There are other benefits though...

IE average productivity may improve.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Almost every app I consider for installation

demands access rights far exceeding what I consider reasonable for the job it's doing.

I sometimes think that only a small fraction of users even review the permissions, and fewer even decide against installing based on that.

I have no idea why Google yanked the Permission Manager functionality. Is it to suck up to developers who'd otherwise have to structure reasonable requests for access? Not like they're endangering their entire ecosystem by alienating a few devs who just request full access to phone/text/location for a simple flashlight app. They are however endangering their user base by allowing that bullshit to continue.

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

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This website contains content

known to cause cancer in the state of California.

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Lights! Camera! Infraction! Filmmakers behind 117 meeellion robocalls to shift DVDs

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Of course we know exactly what happens next.

Feature Films for Families, Inc, Corporations for Character, LC and Family Films of Utah will have been rolled up, and Forrest S Baker III will mysteriously be running a few entirely unrelated limited liability companies called "Family Feature Films", "Character Corporations" and "Utah Family Films".

Forrest will be quoted as saying "A few bad actors in a previous business venture have caused me significant personal distress and I will hasten to add that they are no longer with us. If anyone tries to impugn my character I shall be seeing them in court for defamation and libel/slander."

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Miscreants demand Bitcoins to stay silent on 'dirty secrets' of Tumblr, LinkedIn hack victims

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Angel

If they're going to send what they find on my LinkedIn profile to my contacts, go right ahead. There's nowhere online or off that I look better than on LinkedIn. It's my most curated presence anywhere. You'd be doing me a favour.

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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

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So is this rollup intended to resolve

the issue with Windows Update on Win7 workstations permanently chewing up a whole core and several gigs of RAM on Windows Update? This is something that's causing me more and more issues and while stopping Windows Update is an easy temporary workaround, it's hardly a permanent fix. :/

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Broadcom, Apple sueballed

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Oh sure...

"with Apple named because it's using Broadcom chips"

Probably means: "with Apple named because it has far deeper pockets"

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KNOX knocked three times by Israeli infosec boffins

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Knox was never designed to secure your device for you against outside actors. It's to secure Samsung's device against you the lease-holder.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Understandable, sure, but it really shouldn't be necessary. It's like buying a new car and having to paint over it to get rid of the scratches and full-panel car yard logos.

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TrainLink database popped

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I'd much rather my credit card details get pinched

than my personal details. At least the credit card is changed within a day.

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Flash. Arrrgh. Nimble sales down

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Just popped in to say

I get the "Flash, AAAAAaaaaah" reference.

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MySpace 'passwords dump'

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Joke

Argh!

But I reused my MySpace password for both ICQ and Homestead! Now I have to change them as well!

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: so

One downvote from a Microsoft shill. I wish you could see who up- or down-voted anything just so you could work out whose pocket they're in easily.

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Re: 5 Stars

There's a difference between "not having to like" something and putting a bounty on the users of it.

Hyperbole doesn't help in what's intended to be a reasonable discussion.

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Re: 5 Stars

You do realise that making technology commercially viable will speed up improvements in it, right? If the only market for that kind of technology was wheelchairs it'd take a lot longer to evolve simply because the funds would be harder to get.

You may hate Segways and so-called "hoverboards" but they've allowed for this wheelchair to come back from the scrapheap.

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

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Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

I'm sure that's always in the back of people's minds. We're not going to be able to stay on this particular dirtball forever. Haven't you seen the documentary Wall-E?

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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the same way they combine two high-risk mortgages together to form one low-risk bond! Geniousness!

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Verisign settles .security XYZ lawsuit

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Re: .COM is old hat

Old hats are the most comfortable.

If I'm looking for a business, I'll try a .com first, or the version applicable to my country. After that it's a search engine. There's no way I'm typing in whatever.xyz, or widgets.science, or companyname.newtld.

All these new TLDs are just a way of extorting money from organisations by trying to scare them into defensive registrations. Pretending they're useful for newer companies who can't get their desired .com address is pretty disingenous.

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How ING Bank built a bank-in-a-box in its private cloud and deploys it weekly

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Re: Uhm.. What year is this?

They clearly haven't developed anything new to crow about in four years.

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Microsoft kills Sunrise

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Eh I dunno, Google at least develop their own stuff to kill. Microsoft buys and kills other people's product.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Re: c****

Isn't there a yearly penis parade fertility festival though? Can't verity that at the moment, I'm not running that through a search engine as I am at work.

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

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Re: Re-pivoted

Re-pivoted? I didn't even know they'd pivoted it in the first place!

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Telemetry Stays

Did they ever state it was temporary? I doubt they'd ever imply they'd give up the juicy marketing DB that it provides.

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Re: Removed How?

Nah, after July it'll be replaced with nagware that tells you your PC is at risk and tries to get you to *buy* windows 10.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Pirate

A peer-reviewed study with citations and sources.

I'm sure it won't make any difference to the "OMG cellphones cause CANCER! I get headaches whenever someone's on the phone near me!" crowd.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Re: Thumbs up

They wanted to use goatse but that didn't make it past the editors.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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I've come to the conclusion

that Microsoft isn't worried about pissing off those of us who don't want Windows 10. We can either upgrade, or sod right off. They're quite aware that the noisemakers won't ever play along, so the best for them is to ingore dissenters so they don't draw further attention to them.

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