* Posts by P. Lee

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

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Re:Digital illiteracy and plain stupidity.

Actually if you use proper 2fa like securid with physical tokens and you run a proper vpn, then most of these problems evaporate.

Ah, you don't want to spend on security? It's slightly inconvenient? Well now we know how much your company values the services it exposes.

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Re: Wow. Click bait.

IMAP is legacy? Ok you should run it over tls but that would seem to be a disingenuous distinction.

Maybe legacy=non-proprietary?

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

I have noticed recently that start menu searching for "update" gets you nothing, but searching for "windows update" finds the "are we up to date" control. They seem to be progressively hiding more stuff.

I know people who love onedrive but I hate it. Isn't it supposed to be a local cache? Why is it always so much slower than a normal file system for reading even when fully synced?

Linux services for windows? Who will that please? Someone with an irrational fear of vmplayer?

Win10 may be used for work, but at home I fire it up every few months to run windows update and the odd game of defense grid awakening which was sadly never ported.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Fake news?

Then you should be banned from the internet. We should be able to trust all things which have "news" in the name!

I'm sure that will fix everything.

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Re: Book burning Nazis

>"Try The Sermon on the Mount next. It will be *correctly identified* as communist propaganda by nearly any ML system trained to identify one."

I visited Moscow in 1981 and went to a Christian church there. The whole service was recorded by the State for monitoring. (Oh, hello Facebook, Siri, Google...) because there were restrictions on free speech and what could be said in the sermon. Afterwards, church leaders suddenly surrounded us and wouldn't let anyone near us. The "secret" police (they were pretty obvious in following us around while we were there) had arrived and anyone seen talking to us would be visited that evening. The leaders were used to it, but they didn't want random congregation members to have to go through that process.

I'm generally not a fan of argument by "lived experience" so I'll also recommend people who think Christianity is close to socialism, national socialism, or nationalism read some history and literature.

I noted the story above because one of the problems with centralised systems is that they prove irresistible to those wishing to to play with the levers of power. I have to disagree with El Reg. The problem is not that Facebook has some way to go in fine-tuning its hate-speech take-down algorithms. The problem is much bigger and illustrates fundamental flaws at many levels:

Hate-speech is subjective and ill-defined. How could you imagine that you could code an algorithm for a task when you have no idea what the data looks like or quantify the results if the results are feelings?

Even if we could define hate-speech, we would need algorithms which could understand human language (or in a multi-national context, multiple languages). Star Trek isn't real, so that isn't a thing we have the technical capability of doing. Pretending we can do it, like all lies, will have a bad outcome.

Why do we allow Facebook (and the other tech giants) to have the ability to take down business? There seems to be far too much willingness to allow this to continue. If the content is so bad, why doesn't FB just automatically remove it, rather than putting the onus back on the content owner, and then taking down all of their content if they don't comply? This seems like FB trying to manipulate content producers rather than FB's professed motives of "protecting the targets of hate-speech."

I'm somewhat disappointed that El Reg has joined the ranks of think stuff on a computer screen causes riots in India, Sri Lanka or anywhere else. It does not. We should not be complicit in pressuring social media to accept responsibility for this stuff. After I read something on a computer screen, no matter what it is, I have a choice about whether or not I go out and burn a random car, or loot a shop. No-one forces me to go out and do that, in fact force is applied in the opposite direction. What makes me choose a path of action is my value system. That is what needs examination.

That brings me to my final point: We need to talk about values. This also applies to "religion." At its basic functional level, religion is what you hold to be the highest good which drives your behaviour. It could be the Bible, Koran, Das Kapital, Mein Kampf, or the writings of Voltaire, Germaine Greer, Plato, Hitchens or Dawkins. The ideas contained in these writings are mutually exclusive and trying to pretend they are all the same is ignorance of the data. The books are just the recorded speech communicating ideas. We need to stop saying "religion" (someone-else's belief) is bad in order to shut down the debate. We need to be precise and identify the (religious/driving) belief which is causing the bad behaviour. If you think Christianity is bad, identify the value it promotes which you disagree with. Which one of Jesus' assertions on the sermon on the mount do you think is evil and why? What Islamic or Buddhist ideas do you disagree with? If we are to be able to co-exist with people we disagree with, we need to ensure that our understanding of them is correct and we need to be able to identify concrete issues about which we can argue merits. Assertions that "you value system is rubbish" cannot convince the holder of that value system of where they might be wrong because it is so vague there is no logic which can be applied and both sides are likely to try to fall back on coercion as the behaviour modifier. That is not a good outcome. As the world shrinks, culture and beliefs need to be up for debate. If we are unable or unwilling to identify good things and bad things, how can we improve the world?

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: Trolling for comments

Then I name the next version of linux, "hedgehog".

Oh wait, there's that init replacement thingy...

I name the next version of BSD, "hedgehog".

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Re: Content Length != Range?

I think Range headers can have multiple parameters - you can ask for Range P1-P2, P3-P4, P5-P6 parts of a document.

I seem to think this caused security problems some time ago when bounds checking was poor and a single request could be used to amplify the reply by requesting the same thing multiple times, use negative ranges (give me a range backwards) etc.

We can have nice things. Just not from MS. They are too busy working on locking in all authentication - internal and SaaS/business-to-business with AzureAD - browser issues are nothing compared to that horrific idea.

"And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." - Rev 13:17

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: wireless cables?

>you plug it into the USB port ...and the laptop runs forever

You bought one of those silly new MacBooks?

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nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs

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>The demand for 100Mbps has been falling since day 1 and since 2014 hasn't been above 15%.

Speed != bandwidth

Selling speed tiers is stupid. Get the bits off the nbn network and onto the users’ networks as fast as possible. Even streaming video doesn’t take that much. Sell the data cap instead. That provides the cash for total capacity.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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Re: I never thought I'd say this but...

I think Huawei is talking about carrier class kit, not phones.

In which case, yes, the allegations don’t appear substantiated.

All android phones snitch - that is their purpose. Carrier kit, not so much. Even so, if you aren’t securing your data from your carrier, you aren’t doing it right.

It’s just protectionism. It breeds inefficiency and increased costs for the protected side. You’re welcome to your Cisco sfp and ram prices.

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nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

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Re: Bandwidth vs latency

>Morrow doesn't understand gamers don't use the bandwidth, video streaming does.

Unless the Steam sale is on...

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Re: So let me get this straight

Did they build much, or did they just buy and try to integrate?

They should have gone with gigabit fibre and sold data volumes.

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Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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DRS?

Trump Derangement Syndrome?

Maybe there are lots of other people worth snooping on in the Whitehouse vicinity.

Most of the honey is close to the queen bee. Only bee-keepers are interested in the queen herself.

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Australia’s SigInt spooks may be turned inwards after all

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A few questions:

1. Why would a national security agency be dealing with child abuse? That seems like using the army for police work. Shouldn't they just provide training, rather than change the law?

2. Why would they be dealing with child abuse in someone else's jurisdiction? Shouldn't they pass the data to the relevant authorities rather than going all vigilante?

3. What is the limiting principle? Child abuse? Spouse abuse? 50 Shades re-enactments? Bullying? Kids calling each other mean names?

4. Is the course of action in using the ASD proportional to the stated problem? How many incidents of child abuse where the asd helped using a cyber-attack, occurred last year?

5. Can they explain how taking out a media server mitigates the stated problem of child abuse? Even if it was a live event, even if the ddos was successful, how is the child rescued from harm?

Preliminary analysis: Liars.

And when we are talking about the State, dangerous liars.

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Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

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Re: Here we go again

>Hello? Hardware? Built into the chip??

It would have been prudent to put the code out there in an emulator format before they baked it in.

But regardless, put your $%^#^ VM on-prem, not under someone-else's kit.

It is far cheaper and far safer than everything you need to do to mitigate the stupid cloud decision.

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Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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>I've never understood how Facebook is anything but a publisher.

I think the commenter meant "editor" rather than "publisher."

If they curate content beyond what is required by law, safe-harbour should not apply and they should be liable for the content under their curator-ship.

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Whooosh!

I think the point of the article was that causing a controversy over something irrelevant is a time-honoured way of distracting people from your actual, significant mistakes.

Also, seems to be trying to restore favour with (American-definition) liberals after destroying net neutrality.

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Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

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Re: Unmentionable

>GRAMMAR-IFIC!

More proof of the generation-skipping matriarchy.

I feel oppressed. Who wants to grab their colouring book and form a safe-space with me?

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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

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Shock Revelation

Unmanaged infrastructures are unmanaged!

But cloud is so cheap and firewalls so difficult to manage!

Don't look at the CASB behind the curtain...

Or those fat comms links, or the very large firewalls we now need. Or the multi-10G routers. Or...

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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

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Nothing to do with open source

A full ms share point/ exchange stack would make no difference.

This this "small volunteer organisation" behaviour. I would have hoped, however, that IT people would know better than to trust IT.

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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

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Multi-tenant

That seems like a bit of a euphemism - tenants are usually separated from each other by walls.

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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>content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics...

Part of me says, "at last, a statement so wide it doesn't create discrimination" and another little part of me dies knowing "incites hatred or violence" is, these days, interpreted as, "someone disagreed with me."

I guess Spotify is going instrumental.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: Ahhh SystemD

>A solution that no one wants for problems no one has.

Hmmm. I think we should be a little more accurate. There are real problems which it solves. It just appears to have used the worst possible method of solving them.

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Time to ditch the Facebook login: If customers' data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg?

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Re: Corporations promote their Facebook-URL way above links to their own websites

We needs a new presence protocol so that users can maintain identities separate from applications. We need to be able to create SAML logins and then have them hosted with arbitrary providers, such as ISP or facebook, but without them being linked to any particular application.

Then facebook depends on your identity and not the other way around.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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>Free speech means we have the right to not promote those views.

I absolutely agree. We do need to understand that the legal system is downstream of politics, which is downstream of culture, which is downstream from morality.

The question is, does providing DNS mean you support the altright values?

- if you answer "yes" to this question, and you think GoDaddy has the right to not promote the altright based on terms of service, then logical consistency at the morality level says that providing a cake for a gay wedding is also promotion of gay values and the bakers have the right to refuse service.

- if you answer "no", do you still think GoDaddy has the right to determine who provides service to? Should they be forced against their will to provide service to altright organisations which do not align to GoDaddy's beliefs because GoDaddy is offering a commercial service to the public and should not discriminate? Essentially, does the State have the right to take GoDaddy's labour and resources and appropriate it as the State sees fit, to make them serve the altright?

The free speech arguments are not about freedom of expression. The free speech argument controls the outcome of arguments about freedom of thought, conscience and action, which control the outcome of the argument over freedom from State-imposed morality. This is why free speech is such an important issue and why free speech advocates are willing to defend the rights of those expressing the most vile views. If those people are kept safe, then everyone is kept safe. Once you abrogate the principle, no-one is safe (in the long run) and we might see the State and the Church Of The Left combine to force bakers into slavery through State-backed morality laws.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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>trying the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B

*MS tips hat to Spectrum*

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Fucking Brexit

I'd like to see more citations to go with "Britain has warned..." phrases. With such vagueness, I assume journalistic bias. The withdrawal of encryption tech might have been a reply to a query about what we would do if excluded from Galileo when that isn't really on the cards. In which case, there is no sulking - you don't give your tech if there is no agreement to share. Oooooh Brexit leads to bad stuff. Or not. This looks a lot like a lot of opinion with very little basis other than, "what are the options for involvement with Galileo?" Which are

(1) stay involved like other states or

(2) don't be involved.

(1) seems better and since it doesn't appear to involve sovereignty issues, would be expected to be supported by all sides. The only issues in principle would be if there are unprincipled (given existing non eu state participation) eu bureaucrats.

So please, provide sources- and it shouldn't be buzzfeed or any other media outlet.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: Homegroups

Isn't SMB1 turned off by default?

Samba appears to have had SMBv3 since 2015, so no real FLOSS requirement there.

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Re: Windows

>Please explain how I get through a working day doing that on a Linux desktop.

Some people are just born unlucky. ;)

Linux is great for custom data processing typical in IT, server systems and for scaling out. If you need a windows app, use windows. If you need both, use virtualisation or two boxes. No-one is going to hunt you down because you use windows. Not even MS does that - they just turn your stuff off. Maybe they'll slurp it first.

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>"The Windows 10 April Update has begun seeping out from beneath the Redmond bathroom door"

Its Red[mond] and its seeping out from under the bathroom door?

Is it a blood-bath or just washing over a single corpse?

It was Tux, on my desktop, with a lead-pipe an unused activation code.

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Re: Sadly

>Flat monochrome not needed since upgraded from mono CGA/Hercules to EGA

Flat and square is very fast and has very low resource requirements. If everything is doing that, your system will be more battery efficient than using texture maps.

That's the only reason I can think of to do such a horrid gui.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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If dev == woman then...

Would that be someone asking for special privileges based on gender? It looks like it.

I can support "if dev then dontbe()" but why would you restrict it to women? That seems a bit spiteful or uncaring.

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Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

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Re: There may be some good out of it

While it would be far too smug of me to point out tm running fine on my linux server, I will pause to consider whether Apple's complete lack of on-prem backup means for non-iphoney hardware.

In my estimation, you roll out the better solution before you kill the old one, just in case.

Not only does it seem like a gaping hole in the product solution, it also seems like a really stupid waste of an on-prem presence, even if you have no current plans for it.

I'm sure it is possible to sync the 256G iphone to the cloud... but does it make sense?

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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

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Re: "I was just the unlucky person that ended up somehow linked to the Trump campaign"

>If the CA/Facebook slurpfest hadn't been tied to Trump in some way none of this would be in the news whatsoever.

Well, the slurping of FB data by the Obama campaign was news. It was just that the media liked Obama and therefore praised him for it and moved on.

"Ex-Obama Campaign Official: Here's How We Were Able To Mine So Much Facebook Data"

https://www.dailywire.com/news/28424/ex-obama-campaign-official-heres-how-we-were-able-james-barrett

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Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

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Re: The funny thing is that...

I appear to have a fat cat but quite frankly, slimming down OS downloads mostly benefits MS.

I care far less about how much RAM the OS is using than the fact that Word frequently locks up completely, Excel frequently goes AWOL for 10-30 seconds (all white white window, lots of <ctrl> marks) as if its gone off searching for some stuff on the internet and is timing out. With 16G RAM and working off a local SSD, this should not be a thing.

Did I mention how much I hate the "send this document to someone via email" in Office 2016 takes both extra clicks compared to Office 2010 and *still* locks up Outlook while you're doing it? Everything appears to be getting worse, not better.

I don't need UWP and I don't need MS to censor profanity from my documents online - I need applications which don't induce profanity generation.

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Re: Old and Bloated...

It isn't an OS, its an ecosystem.

Sadly, when you can saturate the ecosystem with your product as fast as MS can, there's nowhere left to go to "grow" so you start eating the small fry that live in your ecosystem and you grow. Then you eat the larger fish and you keep growing. Finally you are a huge fish in a relatively small pond and there is nothing left to eat.

If you're willing to pay for software and/or you want something crossplatform look at WPS Office and Edraw Max. I'm not associated with either company - I'm just impressed.

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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>>"We're not a publisher we're a platform so we're not responsible for anything we do la la la"

>It's wearing a little thin.

A recent 9th circuit court judgement held that YouTube's and Google's assertions of neutrality were "pure puffery" so maybe we'll see a little traction where editorial control is effected - which includes friendface.

http://tushnet.blogspot.com.au/2018/03/youtubes-claims-about-allowing-free.html

If they can't take down these pics, so much for their "send us your nudie pics" gambit.

It's just a large corporate doing what large corporates do: externalise all possible costs.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Mostly wherever you do nat, you will still have a session table in IPv6 because it's a firewall.

On home lans, the issue is rubbishy kit breaking connectivity. On enterprise lans, bonjour is not a good thing, and troubleshooting without dns is certainly a thing. That makes things harder with IPv6.

We probably need routing protocols to include not just addresses, but names, which provides local resolution with the same trust level as numerical addresses. That's not dns, that's just route mnemonics.

Then IPv6 would be a lot less scary.

We could also start demanding voip over IPv6 only, so we can blacklist those scammers.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Double entendre?

>double entendre (which is French expresson to start with)

I seem to remember Mr Fry suggesting that the frogs do not use the fraise.

My favourite funny of recent times was a comedian commenting on a room-mate who shopped at "tarjay." The comedian asked if a French accent really makes things sound better. "Ah I haven't see you in, what six years now. Where've you been?" "Ah, I've been in Pree-son. I was there for a double hommeeseed."

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Re: DIME Bar?

How about a 7p pack of polos?

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Re: Swearing in the South

Harry's hover mower, just look ....

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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Re: Missing the significance here

>Being able to monitor individual DNS lookups is not the weakness here.

What if you combine it with TOR?

The other handy thing I can think of is to have a dns cache pretend to be a zone and allow isps to push their caches to on-prem dns servers as secondaries. Also you could have dns servers automatically refresh expiring entries regardless of user requests or lack thereof.

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

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Re: Whew - dark web crime is no more

Yep. We can ignore all further requests to crack phones and weaken encryption.

Someone should probably inform the U.K. Parliament and US congress.

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Twitter API overhaul threatens to seriously shaft apps... again

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Re: Twitter?

>wossat?

Its a broken version of IRC.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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>This is particularly true with the children of the rich, who simply assume that they deserve to be rich.

That is a bit of an assumption in itself. If you learn by observing those around you and being taught by those around you, then those around successful people are more likely to be successful than those with no teachers.

It is also possible that they got the 36,000 windows phones for almost nothing due to their unpopularity and near eol status, and she's being made into a news story for click-bait or she's being set up by someone who wants her job. Maybe there was no money for a decent Android or iOS equivalent and it was that or nothing.

Or the general thrust of the story may be true. There are too many unknowns to make a proper assessment.

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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>Ignoring potential issues with large parts of that being made by subsidiary companies, the maximum fine under the GDPR is 4% of global revenue, which would equate to a potential $3.6 bn (or €2.92 bn) fine, if using the figure for overall revenue.

My guess would be that they would spin up a completely new company - not a subsidiary - and then use licensing (per end-user fees) or an intermediate sales-only company which just orders services from a "local cloud provider" to extract the revenue.

I don't think this is difficult. The local cloud company would have a support contract with MS-US but would be managerially and share-wise independent from the US.

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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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1.1.1.1?

How come they're using my default gateway?

I'm going to have to change my internal network to 8.8.8.0/24!

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: My prediction - it won’t happen unless

>Already Essex police are fining people base on dash cam footage sent in by the public

Perhaps, but what is the correct procedure when someone pulls in front of you and you no longer have a "safe distance" between you and the car in front. Ah, yes, the legally correct thing to do is to pull back until you have a safe (braking) distance.

Now who do you think will end up at the back of every queue?

What are some other rules... keep left unless over-taking? I'm sure that will go well for autonomous cars, stuck between lorries.

I fail to see the problem being solved with this tech. We'll still have the same number of cars on the road at rush-hour. It would be far cheaper and have a far more certain outcome to buy a few more trains. Maybe electrify city centre roads so cars could run without fume and without expensive batteries. Maybe limit autonomous driving ambitions to auto-braking ad-hoc road-trains on the motorway - essentially using sensors to remove the "reaction time" component to squeeze cars close together. Urban and suburban uses? Probably not for a very long time (tech-wise).

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Tablets and STEM

I suspect we can all agree that ipads (or any other tablet/chromebook) are nice. The question is, in an educational environment, do they warrant the cost associated with keeping them usable.

I think not.

Tech is fragile, that's generally why we cosseted it in data centres and keep data off corporate laptops and on corporate servers.

Tech is expensive. Yes, bits are infinitely copyable... unless the license agreement says otherwise. Those ipad textbooks mean people get charged year after year, rather than holding down the cost of education by people having physical books which they can pass on - maybe even donate them to the library. What would be the reaction if every year all students had to burn their textbooks because Pearson said so? Welcome to textbook licensing.

It's great that kids can always find their homework online. Wait, do we want to teach them that they don't need to learn to remember to write things down they will need to know later? There is little point hoping that IT *usage* skills taught in junior school will still be relevant in the work place, even if you believe the role of school is to subsidise work-training skills. Surely school should be about learning life-skills, the idea is to enhance the child, not the software. If the output is provided by the software, the child didn't do it. So what's the point? Do Apple and Google get a gold star?

If you have the resources to do IT in the classroom well, great and good for you. Most schools don't however, and when you try, you end up worse than if you didn't.

Personally, I see tech as non-beneficial to learning. The point of tech is to do the work for you. The point of school is learn to do things yourself. There's no benefit from the output of thirty more kids essays on the structure of a single cell. The benefit is in the process the children go through. Tech messes with that process. Schools need to look at the total cost of ownership and see if they can achieve a better result by spending elsewhere.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: The BBC

>Regardless, the 'cheating' in this case would be the breaking of the spending limits if that's what has happened.

I totally agree. But that isn't the focus or tone of all these articles. The narrative is all about an evil organisation which used some mind-control magic to change people's votes. There is obviously no way that people not under an evil magical influence would have voted "leave".

I'm not sure if those behind these stories think they are being subtle in arguing that the election is invalid and the result ignored.

The tone of the articles are so obviously partisan framing all this as both bad and exceptional. This kind of targetting goes on every day. Buy a flight to Italy, you'll get offers for Italian car-rentals. This is not an aberration, this is what facebook and google do for a living. This is exactly what Obama did and was praised for when he won his elections by the same newspapers who denounced both Brexit and Trump's election when they did exactly the same thing.

Don't get me wrong, I find it all abhorrent, but I take personal responsibility for it by not blabbing about my life on facebook. Even if they get a profile on me from those around me, I'm not seeing their adverts. If you don't like the power these organisations have, stop giving them free content and consuming their advertising. I'm not going to cry if facebook and Tumblr go under. Do you think Facebook or its clients (the ones who actually pay them for stuff) or the government want it to go away, or is it just too useful? Building profiles and micro-targeting is what the Cloud does. Don't come crying because you think it was used for evil. If you want it to go away, you have to kill the capability.

This level of creepiness is not just for social media any more. I see MS are banning profanity in O365 documents. Think about what that means. Are your documents "safe" in the cloud? Encrypted?

Nuke it from orbit, its the only way to be sure. We need new protocols to provide distributed authentication, presence indicators and RSS feeds so that we can share information with our friends and friends alone, without giving data to large organisations. Large organisations tend to evil. This is because as they grow, individuals (customers, voters, providers) become relatively less important. Larger organisations trample on those they disagree with. That may not matter to you while you are in power or in the majority. Welcome to the Minority.

Notice how Scottish independence went back on the agenda after the Brexit vote? That would be devolution of power to provide self-determination. Scotland splitting from the UK, just as the UK split from Europe. It is interesting how people suddenly want that ability despite being pro-EU. It is pretty similar, except of course the EU is not supposed to be a nation.

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