* Posts by Daniel B.

3141 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

Daniel B.
FAIL

Re: Stick with RAID and LTO instead.

Any business? What about, say, a big online retailer? There's one beginning with A that might disagree. Or that large search engine beginning with G.

You'll find that those companies won't disagree, because they're in fact the ones propping up all that 'cloud infrastructure' in the first place. Which means they're actually using it.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: consumer-focused digital candy bar phones

Sorry to disappoint you, but 'candy bar phone' is usually used to mean something like an old school nokia in order to differentiate them from the flip phones which came before.

Indeed, but it still applies. It's just that in the transition to smartphones, and due to the iPhone design taking over everything else, every single smartphone is now in candybar form.

And I hate this. I miss the clamshell form factor, as it was far more pocketable. The last manufacturer to keep some form of this was BlackBerry, and they decided to give up this year.

I've seen the future, and it's full of boring, featureless slabs with no physical keyboards.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Safari

Yeah, I've noticed that Safari is a serious resource hog.

I'm not surprised.

Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript code monkeys doing tons of crap using JS, all browsers are now resource hogs.

Seriously. There's a certain site that will cause some laptops and most smartphones to overheat just by leaving it open.

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Daniel B.

Re: Not feeling the love

I'm not impressed with the latest offerings. Even the previous offerings were just retooled copies of the previous line.

I actually wish they had made the new MacBook Pro releases just retoolings of the previous line. Instead, they somehow made them worse than the "Retina" retool, as now it's not just that your MBP is non-user-upgradeable, it now lacks any useful port as well!!

Same with the iPhone7, where the major change was to remove one of the most useful ports ever.

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Don't pay up to decrypt – cure found for CryptXXX ransomware, again

Daniel B.

Re: I'll leave this here...

The one thing I haven't seen yet is a way to do something like rdiff-backup where the backup device will only receive new data, with no ability to rewrite existing data from the sending entity.

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Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: It's fun, because they never learn

The thing is that for many people, "backup" does indeed mean what we call "copies".

One of the truly killer features of OSX is that Apple baked in a proper backup solution in the form of Time Machine. You get weeks, if not months of prior backups you can restore from which will actually save you from these kind of catastrophes.

I've seen similar stuff on other OSes through third-party tools, but the third-party-ness of them means most won't bother with it. Until they get hit by ransomware and by then, it's too late.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Daniel B.
Go

The Man who put Playmobil in Space

I wish he had been able to get LOHAN flying as well. His articles and projects will be sorely missed.

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

Daniel B.

Re: What's wrong with that, Microsoft...?

Rinse and repeat 10K times. Err, no thanks.

You mean it can't be done through GPO?

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Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Whole-disk encryption is silly anyway

That's not just the case with Windows, but also with OSX, sorry, macOS FileVault, and there is no warning to end users that this is the case (or an option to disable sleep in favour of shutdown, which swaps a risk of disclosure with one for lost work because you were away from your system too long - you can't really win).

You haven't googled it, then.

pmset -a hibernatemode 25

pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1

Which indeed changes the "sleep" to "hibernate" and destroys the FV key from memory. Thus the RAM won't have it, and the swap file with the RAM state won't have it either. Sure, you need to enter your password on "wake up" but it's worth the extra security.

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Daniel B.
FAIL

All those MS apologists are hiding

This is almost like the Linux boot vulnerability ... except this one can actually expose the master keys and thus open up your entire "encrypted" filesystem. Way to go, MS!

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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

Daniel B.
Boffin

It's showing

They've reduced pricing for S3 storage. So they are getting more bang for buck with these things!

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Is it me?

It almost seems the pro-encryption community sees the same slippery slope as the pro-firearms community. The pro-gun guys say the difference between an AR-15 and a Remington 740 with wood stocks is nil. The pro-crypt guys say the difference between encryption without a back door and true encryption is nil.

It's a proven fact. Encryption depends on the secret key remaining secret. Once you have a "second secret" that can be used to decrypt any given message, people (good AND bad) will instead focus on acquiring said secret. It will be leaked, and then all crypto will be rendered useless.

It's hilarious because you were close with the pro-firearms analogy, but you got the analogy itself wrong. The correct one would be "outlaw secure crypto, and only outlaws will have it". And it's 100% correct.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Daniel B.
Facepalm

Well, shit.

Just when I was thinking that it was probably time to upgrade into a rMBP, they somehow made it crappier. Not only is the laptop non-upgradeable, now it also sucks with the removal of MagSafe and requiring dongles for pretty much everything.

Looks like I'll have to upgrade to the older model, if they're still selling it by the time I save enough to buy one. Otherwise, it seems I'll just have to do with my current 2012 13" MBP until it dies, and then see if there's something actually decent. But judging by Apple's direction, it seems I'll have to jump back to the icky Mickeysoft waters I evacuated when Windows 8 shat on that pool.

Apple, cut the crap. It's not funny anymore.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

Daniel B.
Joke

This can't go wrong

Definitely won't go wrong ... definitely won't be fed the entire population of US Prisons and conclude that "black" means "criminal".

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

Daniel B.
Boffin

Yes please

Now, if ISPs can get off their asses and start providing IPv6 addresses, it would be very nice! 18 years and counting ... the protocol is old enough to vote and drink in most countries by now!!!

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

Daniel B.

Re: Next time...

You mean The Knights Who Say Ni?

The BOFHen who say LART!

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

Daniel B.
Trollface

Re: old and sad

Trolls now are still doing the same as they did in the early days. They're firing up people by bringing out stupid arguments so that other users explode in trying to prove them wrong. They do it for the lulz.

The problem isn't the trolls, it's that many suckers have actually taken the troll arguments as truth. I'm pretty sure that most of what is now called the alt-right was born as a troll operation, but Poe's Law set in and now they've sucked in people who really believe all that crap.

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: The PC is not dying

Well said. What has really happened is that PCs aren't being upgraded as much as they used to; my 8 year old desktop PC is still good for most home-related things, and my 4 year old laptop is still good enough for even heavy work. Playing resource-intensive games is the only thing I can't do, but that is less of an issue for me.

I'm pretty sure this is the same case for most people.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

Daniel B.
FAIL

Way to go Comey!

So, the guy isn't only trying to screw over crypto with mandated backdoors, he's also trying to screw over the US Elections as well?

He needs to get sacked!

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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Clarification on LTE call/SMS interception (not!)

One of the features I really liked from the BlackBerry OS was that it had the ability to choose 2G/3G, 2G only or 3G only. Both Android and iOS lack this ability ... you either choose to limit yourself to 2G, 2G/3G or 2G/3G/4G. There's no way to disable the older protocols and thus are susceptible to these kind of attacks.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

Daniel B.
Facepalm

Re: AZ sheriff

His continued existence in office with the support of so many hispanics belies all their hate-filled rhetoric about how completely racist white people are for not accepting unrestricted immigration. They've been trying make an example out of him for many years, and have failed miserably.

Arpaio is going to lose this time around. He's also proven his detractors right by arresting actual U.S. citizens because they "look Mexican". Or sending people to jail for not using a turn signal. Do you want to know more?

He's going down, finally.

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Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

Daniel B.
Boffin

Yes

The CPU market needs a shaking. Going AMD still means x86, while jumping to POWER or ARM actually means true innovation in that field.

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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Bad products is AMD fault only

The only thing that makes the next-gen a "fake next-gen" is the use of crappy x86 processors instead of keeping PPC and improving on that line. Instead of getting true next-gen consoles, we ended up with PCs masquerading as "next-gen" consoles. But we would've had this with Intel chips as well. So you're right, just not for the reasons you think you are.

As for AMD processors, I had a quite decent run with them. The last crappy AMD I had was the infamous K6-2 which was indeed crappy. My 9 year old Athlon64 PC is still going strong, even though it's been mostly relegated to a storage server these days.

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Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: I think we have to look on the bright side here

Oh, I hope this actually happens. It's about time the x86 architecture is put out to pasture, as it should've been done back in the late 90s. Intel cheated its way to the top during the CPU wars.

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

Daniel B.
Boffin

Sad thing

... that the US seems to lack the money to keep these projects working. Reminds me of the Superconducting SuperCollider, which was to be 3 times larger than the LHC ... but was never even finished.

Because the US Government prefers to blow money on blowing other people up.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

Daniel B.
Boffin

Wrong Call

Microsoft didn't call the smartwatch trend dead ... it only call its useless MS-infested crap deader than Windows Phone. It's more of a matter that Microsoft-branded anything will usually go unloved, ignored, and eventually dead unless it's Windows or Xbox (and the latter is also stagnating as of this generation).

While wearables might not be that loved right now, it doesn't mean there's no use for them. 25 years ago, we were using CASIO Data Bank watches. Remember those? They worked as a calculator and had the ability to store 50 or 100 phone records. Those needs haven't really gone away; we might carry phones everywhere right now, but many times, we just don't want to whip out the whole phone to check the time, weather or check something real quick. A wearable allows you to do that. It's just that the devices are still too expensive to buy on their own; the same was true for smartphones merely 15 years ago. Prices will come down, and wearables will gain traction. Just not the MS branded ones. :)

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Daniel B.
Go

Re: Fact Check?

Indeed, Acorn gave birth to ARM. But Apple's Newton made ARM get spinned off into a separate entity from Acorn, which ensured it would outlive Acorn Computers itself.

I like to see ARM as the ghost of Acorn, rising up from the grave, taking over the mobile world and exacting revenge on Intel. :)

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Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Looked Inevitable?

I think the problem was that Apple looked at the price of workstation 68k OS and tools and priced below them, not realising that x86 would become the new workstation. The 68020/030 looked superior to Intel's offerings of the period; they had no idea just how hard Intel would fight - until Apple, after a foray into PPC, became an x86 vendor too.

It wasn't that obvious back then. Remember that back in the 80s, most Personal Computers (when PC didn't mean IBM PC compatible) were based on the Apple II. The most popular platform was the C-64, or the Sinclair in the UK. It wasn't until the early 90s that the IBM PC started taking over the whole desktop PC market. Had Apple priced their Macintosh computers at more competitive price points, they might've won that war.

Also, for some time during the 90s, the universal platform that was expected to become the dominant one was the PowerPC one. Intel was the ugly duckling that happened to win because MS-DOS and Windows were cheaper, and craptel x86 was also cheaper than the competition.

Basically, the crappiest OS+Hardware combo won, all the better ones died off. Some of that hardware still lives, like PPC, MIPS and ARM; others are long dead (Alpha, PA-RISC).

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VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: Not quite

So basically, x86 is garbage compared to processors that have been 20 years out of production.

Why are we stuck with this crappy architecture in the first place?

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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

Daniel B.

Re: Wow!

There have been quite some articles on copyright that aren't written by Orlowski and that are very critical of the current state of copyright. It's just that Andrew usually gets dibs on some of those topics and then it gets all ruined (as an example, the FunnyJunk vs. Oatmeal one, where AO actually sides with the copyright infringers!)

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Apple squishes crypto bug

Daniel B.

Well

That's why I don't update during the first month or two. Bugs are very common, even some that break security.

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

Daniel B.

Re: NT, or XP?

It's actually both things. Andromeda is both a new OS (like NT for the DOS/Win9x branch) and the one to replace the diverging branches of Android and ChromeOS. Though I'd point out that Windows 2000 was the first one to merge both branches ... XP was more popular, but Microsoft was already pointing in that direction when they released 2000.

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Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

Daniel B.

Re: Microsoft & Nokia

How on Earth could Microsoft spend £4.6 Billion buying Nokia, and then in the space of a few years throw the whole thing out with the trash?

It was already in the trash, Microsoft was the only entity that thought otherwise. It was telling that Nokia was still #1 in the smartphone market before the Burning Platforms memo. If anything, the whole Elop/Nokia brouhaha just proved what everyone already knew: Microsoft has no place in the mobile OS market.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Daniel B.
Joke

Trump to Mars?

I'd think the Martians would see that as a war crime. Can't anyone think about the Martians?

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

Daniel B.

Re: Sun Microsystems

I have a couple of Sun freebies, and now I fiercely guard them. Those who were working there when they were gobbled up by Oracle went on a mad quest to grab everything available.

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Daniel B.

Re: Wish I'd kept it.

The PlayBook. One of my coworkers bought one... only to get played when BB10 was announced, and the playbook was not given an upgrade to it.

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Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

Daniel B.

Re: How many phones has MS killed?

Pretty much most of the smartphone manufacturers that chose Windows CE (later Windows Mobile) died due to that decision. The poster child for this would be Palm, but they weren't the only ones.

Nokia is the outlier, as they were able to offload the Microsoft infested parts off to Microsoft itself.

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Daniel B.

Re: Burning Platform?

Nokia's last pre-Elop attempts were actually gaining traction. The few handsets that were released after the Burning Platforms memo still sold pretty well, despite the platforms being declared a dead end. Symbian Belle got rave reviews.

And they still were #1 in global market share, and an army of developers interested in their ecosystem. Elop just set it all on fire to sell the whole thing to the mothership.

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

Daniel B.

Re: Trump will win

Actually, Trump will lose thanks to the Electoral College. You don't really need a majority vote, you just need enough states to go for one candidate to win. Trump managed to piss off enough states to make a Hillary win a sure thing.

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‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

Daniel B.

Re: Crap

Count me on that 5% as well. I ended up switching to iPhone last year, as the writing was in the wall and I needed the second-best secure phone out there. One of my main gripes is the lack of qwerty keyboard.

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Daniel B.
Boffin

Yup

All of my Blackberries were Made in Mexico, which meant that every time I was buying one, I was also helping my own country's economy. It also means there was no risk of having Chinese spyware in it.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

Daniel B.

Re: "Demons infest California"

The power of UNIX compels you! The power of UNIX compels you!

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

Daniel B.

Lenient

20 weeks seems light on the guy given the severe beating he inflicted on the driver.

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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: iOS or Windows? Why?

iOS does have vulnerabilities as well, but Apple patches are available as soon as they're released. Android phones will vary from getting their patches on time, to lagging a couple of months, or not getting them at all. So an 0-day on iOS might be fixed in the next couple of weeks, while some Android phones will be forever stuck with that exploit.

As for Nokia, well, that's what happens when the board promotes a Microsoft sleeper agent to CEO. Fortunately, Nokia was able to jettison that part of the company along with the sleeper agent, and soon will get back at doing smartphones with non-crap OSes.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

Daniel B.

Re: Re. Lol!

Not quite the same thing. The Robin Hood tweet was a joke, and anyone reading it would've understood it as a joke. Instead, the UK cops made a gigantic shitstorm out of it.

This Canadian bloke, however, made a real (albeit bogus) threat.

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Safe browsing checks fail as 16,000 WordPress sites hacked this year

Daniel B.
Boffin

WordPress

The blogging platform that somehow has been hacked into a "CMS" and it shows. It's the lazy webmaster's solution to "I need a quick web site that looks snazzy".

The only thing it has going is that it isn't a horrible MS propietary turd like SharePoint.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

Daniel B.

So that's M Bison's new power

Rootkit attack! Your PC is now working for Shadaloo!

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Uni student cuffed for 'hacking professor's PC to change his grades'

Daniel B.
Happy

Welp

At least he didn't hack the WOPR as well. Then again, he might've found inspiration from Ferris Bueller's Day Off as well.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

Daniel B.

Oh the lost opportunity

of calling it the USS Enterprise. After all, CVN-65 is inactive.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Daniel B.
Big Brother

Interesting

The "Lenovo Product Expert" feedback has been altered to show the new "official" parroting, while hiding away the original "MS pays us to lock out Linux" line.

1984 in action! Your complaint, doublethinked away!

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