* Posts by Cipher

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BOFH: Capo di Capo, blah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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Terminator

Re: Super Strike Force

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is a std::make_error_code(std::io_errc) in your language application module.

Please have a human being look into this, OK?

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The best part of the week...

His Waterloo, or the Grand Alliance?

My money is still on the BOFH...

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Infrastructure Crumbling

You do know who has been running almost every major U.S. city for the past 50 years or so, right? Conservatives? Hardly...

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

In 1983 I took a day off from work and went to see "War Games." Stopped off and bought a Commodore64 I was so enamored of the idea. BBSes and AOL in the late 80's. The first real ISPs, Mindspring at the time was one, didn't appear until the early 90's, IIRC.

1987? I don't think there was anything we could call the internet then. In '89 at the school I worked at, it was all one could do to install Mosiac, later we got Netscape, and make a slip connection to a University account for some real WWW stuffs. Not very many web sites to visit in those days...

Home computers in 1987 were very rare. No one I knew used one at work, all that was just starting with 8088/8086 machines with 10MB HDs used for word processing mostly. Engineers still had drafting boards, there was no AutoCad, if there was it was such a small number of users as to be virtually non-existant.

I'm always wary of stories of how much some people claim to be involved with computers in the early to mid 80's, most of these stories are BS...

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No worries...

...Poeterring has the answer: d windows, as soon as the Linux Registry is complete, he'll release it.

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Re: No surprise here

Title II is not the answer. Title II would give the government a foothold for command and control, dictating the hows and whys of the net. My bet is the NSA loves the idea of a Title II internet...

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: Poor coverage is sometimes a blessing

Go outside?

I tried that the other day. The construct was shaky, character development weak, but the graphics were awesome. I may have to this more often...

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US Ass. Commerce Sec hits back at claims global DNS is DOOMED

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In other words...

...we're fucked.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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F**k all this political posturing, what we the people really want is:

High speed internet delivered as advertised. Within 5% of speed quoted.

An end to shaping or throttling. Sell 30 Mbps, deliver it. Period.

Broadband competition.

An end to any restrictions ISPs place of what brand of equipment is used on our end of the pipe.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

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Re: Barrister, Lawyer, Thief, Oh you pick a name.

I wish the article had named the lawyers, I could add them to my list of people never to call when needing legal counsel...

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Good to see some good old ultra-violence making its way back, BOFH hasn't killed anyone in hears it seems..

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Guy Kawasaki's guide to social media, Hanif Kureishi's cash crash catharsis and more

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These seem to be the books referenced...

Ecclesiastes 12:12

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books [there is] no end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.- King James Version

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Microsoft remote code exec killjoys to dump seven fixes next week

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Re: update process torturous as Windows update

How many Windows updates have borked systems in the past 2 years? I can recall 3 times they produced borked boxes...

Anyone running autoupdates is asking for trouble...

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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And yet...

...with all the capabilties of the various spooks in the West, the world is not a safer place.

With advance warning the Boston Bombers slip right past, ISIS beheads with impunity, and many corporate and government networks are compromised almost daily. And Benghazi happens, again with some fore warnings...

The 800 pound gorilla in the room is that big league evil, like big league crime before it, assumes that all tech is compromised and use old school manual methods.

On top of that, resources are wasted in the US by bugging AP reporters, and using the IRS to go after political enemies. Many of the *sucesses* touted are sting operations that would never have happened without prodding, by the FBI in many cases...

We need human beings in the field to combat these serious threats, not massive data slurping that has so far been of a questionable nature with minimal success.

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FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

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Do not compete?

That is exactly the problem, the US needs broadband competition desperately.

I have TWC, the countries second worst rated ISP. A merger with the nation's #1 worst ISP? Yeah, things will get better...

Rather than a merger, these two should fight for customers, let's see how that works out...

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Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

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ICANN't

@justaKOS

Clever!

Let's just hope the power hungry can't either...

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: Calibre, V41, HandBrake, VLC

Calibre is a decent ebook management program, it is less than wonderful for any conversions beyond mobi > epub. Converting PDF is problematic with all the converters I've tried, I just add bookmarks, paginate and clean 'em up. Sigil is very nice for fixing horribly formatted epubs, even the "retail" ones...

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Re: GIMP

Mind you, going forward Gimp will *require* systemd.

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Nice article

For notes I'll stick with cherrytree

Quite amazing really...

Will be checking out SMPlayer, VLC seems to want to keep a process running occasionally which can lead to problems...

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Re: Bad press & hostility

"Who stands to gain if Wikipedia slips off into the night?"

People looking for solid, reliable information not amateur written and agenda edited only to get to the real citations at the end of an article?

One could garner "facts" from a WP article just before the editors cleaned up some nonsense and put that BS into a paper. The citations can be dangerous as well.

With all the sources of information available on the web, I wonder why anyone uses WP.

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Wikipedia is unreliable, most academics and professional organizations ban it use in papers. Then there is this:

Wikipdia's worst

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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

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Docker, like it or not?

Poettering is in on this then? I guess even Android isn't safe from systemdesque thinking...

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn

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Re: No shit, Sherlock...

@veti:

You covered most of the talking points - "junk journalists" "democratization" "republishing" "no 'trusted authority'"...

This sounds amazingly similar to the spin that those of a certain political persuasion use when they ask for more internet control over opinion pieces. They suggest that only credentialed journalists be afforded protection of law, a call for any op ed piece to be published only if a "proper" journalist writes the piece.

Reminds me of the type of control CBS used to quiet a reporter recently when her stories ran afoul of the agenda of CBS management. Of Hilary Clinton's remarks years ago about the the need to "rethink this internet thing" and provide a proper "gateway" for information on the net. (she was very upset at the way her huband was being treated by one aggregator, the rest of the press was killing the blue dress story at the time)

Citizen journalists, whistle blowers and even morons have the right to opinions, and the right to publish. Democracy and liberty are messy things sometimes, but they beat the shit out of totalitarian control...

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

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Kim.com

The file sharing "industry" couldn't have picked a worse representative if they tried...

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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Re: It isn't a bureaucracy, it's a religion

A Modest Proposal:

All hippies report to Soylent for processing...

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Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

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Re: Why do journalists write about this?

And when your device infects the entire network, what then? When you plug your device into the company network, some of your privacy/rights are given up. By you...

BYOD is a disaster waiting to happen. One disgruntled employee away from a meltdown...

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Fail of epic proportions...

BYOD is a disaster waiting to happen, a question of when not if. Every security practice you have is negated at a fell swoop. Windows machines with UAC set to admin facing the internet all over your network, managed by end users with no clue.

What's to stop a ramsomware package from detecting network shares and then sitting dormant until the share is accessed?

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Lord Lucan, Murakami's Strange Library ... and a hitchhiker's guide to the Computing Universe

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If the grand revelations are...

... the moth and Monty Python, then this book is for the masses, not the IT wizard. Any Usenet denizen knows that originally spam was a definition of repetitive Usenet postings, unrelated to email, and had its own formula for determination.

Breidbart Index

I am surprised that a writer for el reg never heard of the skit and what it means...

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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Re: Wow

Seems somebody is selling something here...

I call BS on the basic premise. Until the suits wanna get down and start configuring stuff, patching and updating stuff, they are just suits. And the techies will always be needed regardless of this business/social skills bullshit...

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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Pirates, like the internet in general, route around damage. The lawyers will always be a day late and a step behind...

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Big Brother

Smells like a 5 Eyes operation. Everything we know, and its not much, points in that direction:

No known C&C server in a 5 Eyes nation

No known targets in a 5 Eyes nation

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Re: ........ – and in the Windows Registry

And be sure to turn out the blinkenlights...

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Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

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The true story is...

...Morris was caught with Farmville on a company laptop.

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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Another point on using contractual labor is that it is often used as a screen for prospective full time employees. Temp service firms will build in some protection for themselves, but they also know that that being the HR department by proxy itself attracts repeat business.

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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No doubt...

...this release has *some* way of being compromised or they wouldn't let it go.

No Thanks Mister NSA Man...

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Shaking that AAS: It's time for vendors to stop selling storage

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Re: Time and Cost

I've observed that any product or service without a price posted is generally on the high side of similar products and services.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Really?

Eat shit for health?

I thought the old saying was "Eat shit and die."

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Sady this woman has no clue as to how easy it is for a bad person with merely average skills to overcome her "solution."

A case could be made that with the inevitable tuts on neutering her grand plan expanding all over the interwebz that she is actually assisting bad actors.

Terrorists and organized crime already know how to evade detection, soon cyberbullies will as well...

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Re: Obviously...

There is an existing system to handle some of this:

e-toliet

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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This whole IOT is getting out of control. Just this morning I find that my toaster has been hacked, all toast is burned to charcoal, the dreaded BreadBurn has struck me.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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This is why I love the weekend...

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Early line in Vegas is...

...Google is the prohibitive favorite, nearly off the board, to squash the EU pols.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: i look forward to more real world barbie books

Divorce Barbie. Cost: $ 5,000.00

Because she comes with all of Ken's stuff...

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Headline:

Luddittes Hacked!

City Responds:

Its OK, the data is all on Rolodexes anyway..

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What? El Reg had a cheap dig at Putin?! SAY IT AIN'T SO

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Re: 77 upvotes

Explain how the Boston Bombers slipped right past our protectors, even with advance fucking warnings?

100's of thousands of foiled plots? Jesus H. Tap Dancing Christ man, you are one deluded person...

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Re: Applications

Big John inscribed:

" Other than the first case, methinks something evil this way comes."

From the second witch in Macbeth, to Bradbury, to el Reg:

by the tapping of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes...

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

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Dear UN:

Don't you have world peace you should be tending to?

Do not impose some clusterfuck micromanagement on the Internet for the sole purpose of control and profit to your buddies.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Ahem...

Of course it is a gIven that when seals see *windows* of opportunity, they attack Penguins...

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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

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All BYOD must be checked/cleared by IT staff. IT staff implements mac address filtering, allowing a device *after* they certify it.

I know, slow, maybe discourage some folks that way...

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Faronics Deep Freeze anyone?

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