* Posts by ROC

112 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

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Just look at Q! Watch out Microsoft, the next Android has a proper desktop PC mode

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Re: Nope!

I still have the Verizon CDMA version. Bionic, and really liked the Webtop Linux booted up when plugged into the Lapdock. I looked forward to "Webtop 3" updates for using with the next gen Razr HD that fit right onto the dock, but that was about the time, after Google had taken over Motorola Mobility, that they were cranking up the Chrome books. I suspect they saw Lapdock/Webtop as a threat, and killed it off.

Now I use the Lapdock for Raspberry Pi's (it even powers one to make it a fully portable, if somewhat clunky, laptop), and it even worked as a Lumia 950 Win Phone 10 Continuum peripheral, too.

Now I suppose they are re-inventing Weptop...

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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Re: I have a rule these days.

That bag must get a lot bigger over time ....

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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So if you only use a phone for your banking that would be safer from this exploit, right? It's all the other phone vulnerabilities that worry me ...

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Re: Imagine if you will

and whether it was a "state actor" mandating by "law" the embedding of the vulnerabilities for their sole use to exploit...

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Re: It's interesting...

Raises interesting point of whether a new emphasis by developers (and expectations of their customers!) on more efficient coding, to make up for reduced hardware performance due to eliminating the predictive model, could be something of a palliative?

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Re: I am always disappointed in modern computing

Also, back in the 90's, the Internet was hardly the threat vector that it is now, and few anticipated that angle. It seems we need a new protective layer specifically for that source with better Javascript filtering, if that is even possible.

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Re: I am always disappointed in modern computing

You are supposed to then ask the pharmacist to put non-childproof lids on your bottles, which any decent one will be happy to do when you explain your need (if they don't already know you well - work on the relationship ;-} )

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Re: Well I never ...

Especially the even loonier responses of the Democrats. These children simply refuse to play together nicely. A plague on all their houses.

From hard drive to over-heard drive: Boffins convert spinning rust into eavesdropping mic

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I would think that very few organizations/people that have anything worth encrypting would fail to do so. It is a prominent option when setting up a Linux user account in most distros I believe. I have been doing it for my various PC setups for a while now (and that's just personal use by an old retiree).

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Re: I wonder if they're the first to discover this

A mic would be visible to visual inspection (if done), but not so much for a firmware mod.

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Re: Or you can just phone me.

I am using Signal on my cell, but only my one tech-savvy son (IT support job) uses it, too. Besides that, it is quite annoying with those automated messages (i.e. the typical appointment reminder) as it urges inviting them to use Signal, too - ain't gonna happen!

With any such service I sign up for, I always choose an email option instead if available. This makes it 'richer', and visible on more platforms/devices than just my cell, and more reliable in delivery (yes, I actually want to see many of them, IF I requested it, not the spammers of course, which Hiya catches to some degree).

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Intel server security/performance???

Security, performance, and Intel do not seem to go together so well these days considering Spectre and Meltdown (one of which Google just advised probably can never be fully fixed - don't remember which), and the fixes available so far are big performance hits, which is especially impactful for servers.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Who is to blaim for being taken by scammers?

But using your PIN is only when you initiate the call to a known bank-by-phone number, right?

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Re: Disabling javascript

Yeah, dabbled w3m a few times, but its weirdness was a learning curve I didn't feel up to.

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Re: Disabling javascript

Just use Lynx, and there's nothing more to set (or maybe use Links if you want tables rendered I suppose)

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

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Re: Looking for the MS Phone replacement.

Purism should have an open source (including hardware?) available in a few months:

https://puri.sm/posts/end-of-year-librem-5-update/

Looking forward to an escape to phone (infrastructure) freedom after being conned by Windows Phone 8.1/10, which I miss now and then, and my wife even more so.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: "OS/2 did run Windows 3 quite successfully"

How is it then, that I could not get W98 to run on PC's with 512MB, or more, of RAM? Seems that there was some special patch needed for that?

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Re: Brittle software?

SeaMonkey allows the user to edit the current page (Ctrl-E), hence a local copy. I do that whenever one of the pop-over notices about using an ad blocker covers the page - Ctrl-E, close the original page, then peruse my copy without hindrance (and edit if I have reason to). Take it from there...

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Re: It's not encrypted...

I just read of a recent case ruling determined that biometric keys such as fingerprints could be used to unlock a phone, but NOT passwords.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/biometrics-and-the-law-police-try-to-unlock-phone-with-dead-mans-fingerprint/

This is still being argued case-by-case (more for living suspects) in various US jurisdictions (state and national courts). it does seem to be more acceptable in cases of immediate aftermath of a crime with high likelihood of probable cause.

But then there is also the 4th Amendment protecting from "unreasonable" search/seizure of private papers, but that does allow "reasonable" (for a warrant), so that could be argued case-by-case as to what's reasonable I suppose.

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Re: That's a lot of notes for Notes

"mutated" might be more apt...

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Re: @Ken 16 - That would be cruelty

Well, a few years back, I found switching from older, but in-house LN, to remote Outlook to be even uglier.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: LOUD NOISES!!!

From the ladies directly, or the guys they were leaning towards losing track of what they were typing?

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Well, AV software has been known to miss some baddies (zero-day, etc), and legitimate sites sometimes are compromised, so don't be too quick to blame a user when they may well have been following SOP....

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

Ah, but these days, the action is "tap" - as on touch screens.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Spark plugs on not-so-old cars...

Depends on the labor required to change the plugs - some seem to have been designed to keep mechanics paid for lots of their time.

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Boffin

Re: Knife blocks

My wife pointed that out to me long ago when we got her first kitchen knife block. I always thought it safer to keep the sharp edges down, and not worry about any dulling that a bit of contact with wood could do (and sharpen as needed if such a silly thing could happen...).

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Re: Kitchen knives

Yeah - might keep a few bits of finger out of the pot that way...

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL*

The USofA does seem to be far behind with acid attacks from mopeds...

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: "DON’T FOLLOW THE RED HAT TO HELL"

Dunno about most of your points, but there is a big difference between Linus' well-documented vitriolic outbursts online, and the overblown mess of "she said"-"he said" disputed memories (35 years ago) of Ford and Kavanaugh. Linus is supposedly coming "back to work".

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RBM

Shouldn't that be Red BM?

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Oracle impact

Interesting to see how they continue, or not, with their RHEL-based Unbreakable Linux.

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Re: Redhat employees - get out now

Nah. Wait to see if an expected bidding war develops to run up the value of their stock options. I got a chunk of RH stock for my IRA (Individual Retirement Account) back when it was $6 per share, and am looking forward to see how much more it runs up for a while - already jumped from 116 just before the deal was announced this past weekend to around 170+ most of this following week, so biding my time. Just wish I had put more of my IRA funds into it back then....

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Not Just IBM Products Supported

I was supporting Oracle Application Server on Sun (then) Solaris servers when IBM (Global Services) laid me off 11 years ago, and they still kept a lot of such folks (along with WebLogic admins, and some of those in Brazil thought they could support OAS satisfactorily...) after that round. Their contract support would hire whatever skills the customer demanded. Dunno about now, but seems they still attempt to do something of that sort, if not so thoroughly...

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Beach office meetings?

Ain't no beaches in Raleigh, NC (except at a few lakes, and they're not very big as I recall).

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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CoC Updated

Maybe the CoC was updated since most of the foregoing discussion here the past 2-3 days, but it is now based on the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines , and the original is identified as "more of a Code of Ethics of the Project Founder" - i.e. personal value system, and pretty much moot for this discussion:

https://www.sqlite.org/codeofconduct.html

They do have this "request" at the end of the "About" web page:

"We the developers hope that you find SQLite useful and we entreat you to use it well: to make good and beautiful products that are fast, reliable, and simple to use. Seek forgiveness for yourself as you forgive others. And just as you have received SQLite for free, so also freely give, paying the debt forward."

Note the use of the verb "entreat", which Merriam Webster defines in the primary explanation as "to plead with especially in order to persuade".

They ask "pretty please", and that's about it.

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Or 100 million or so by Jihads (by one estimate)?

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Green screens going snap, crackle, pop!

Reminds me of when I was managing the setup of a small college computing center in central Virginia. This was in the mid-80's, and the IT director had gone the "safe" route with an IBM 4341 "mainframe" running VM/SP to host a DOS/VSE CICS/ICCF Virtual Machine for admin "apps", and a MUSIC/SP VM (if anyone knows what that is, you get a Big Iron Trivia - "BIT" prize) for academic use.

I was officially the systems programmer, but did a lot of ancillary support, including various hardware support including setting up the student lab with Telex (or maybe Memorex?) green screen IBM 3278 CRT clones in a room built into a corner of the old gym. This "phase" was done in the middle of a typical steamy Virginian summer. The lab was set up pretty much like a standard classroom with the CRT's on individual computer workstation desks of the era in neat rows/columns.

We had also installed some high capacity window-mounted air conditioners (no central air in old small state college secondary gyms then), but in his typical ham-handed fashion, the IT director, doing a bit of token hands-on "leadership" decided the AC would be set to maximum coldness to offset the outside steaminess. Although I could not quite articulate a concrete objection, aside from the ergonomic issue of fingers getting too cold to type on the 3270-style keyboards, my mental alarms were clanging ....

After an hour or 2 of the big chill settling in, we saw the real issue when the room's door was opened long enough for the outside humidity to surge into the room: The condensation on the non-heated, plastic parts of the CRT's dripped into the electronics, and shorted out several of the units closest to the door - they were "sweating" like a cold glass of water. I immediately powered off all the units, and unplugged them, then set the AC to minimal coolness in hopes that would be a more reasonable balance of comfort for humans, and equipment. I believe I needed the Telex tech who came out with replacements to explain very clearly to the director why this happened to back me up in keeping it that way before turning the CRT's back on.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

So that Samsung washer has not exploded during the spin cycle yet?

https://www.consumerreports.org/washing-machines/some-samsung-washers-may-pose-safety-risk/

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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All they need is to brush up on Minix....

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MAGA angle indeed!

With all the known Chinese cyber attacks (siphoning data in all imaginable ways - IoT, routers, cell phone apps, etc), IP espionage, South China Sea aggrandizement, internal persecution, and external persecution of the likes of the Dalai Lama, they manage to demonize themselves quite well without external help.

If this is some "plot" to get more critical electronics manufacturing (consumer would be nice, too...) moved from their jurisdiction to about anywhere else in the world (not Russia of course, if they could even do it...), then I am all for it.

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Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value

The report states that there was " one version" with the PCB-layered chip, not all.

That would make one wonder about the expertise, resources, and authority required to vary the modifications in such different ways, and why those differing techniques would be chosen among.

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Re: One thing that apparently happened after this story was posted

Golly - Apple doesn't maintain a warrant canary?

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Re: Anonymous coward

That is not how it works with regard to the 1st Amendment. It protects speech that is for political advocacy from government interference. However, national security orders (FISA?) for businesses would not be in that category. (The other side of that coin is how Twitter, Facebook, etc can get away with suppressing Alex Jones "speech - they are private entities).

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Re: 3 Words - Don't be Evil?

That motto was officially dropped when Alphabet became the official parent of Google in 2015:

http://time.com/4060575/alphabet-google-dont-be-evil/

However, per the linked article they did replace it with a "positive" formulation for their code of conduct:

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“Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates should do the right thing—follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect,” the new code reads, noticeably dropping the famous motto.

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Maybe a few things not covered leave some scope creep for "evil" such as being sneaky and obfuscating how user data are monetized, licensed, and shared?

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MS Android Patents Revealed

As I mentioned earlier in this discussion, Barnes & Noble did hold off Microsoft's Android patent demands in 2011, and formed a joint venture with them as part of the ongoing efforts by MS to keep the patents secret. But then the venture was dissolved, and they parted ways about a year later, and, it seems, the patents remained secret then:

https://www.businessinsider.com/barnes-and-noble-pays-62-million-to-get-out-of-microsoft-deal-2014-12

However, the patents were revealed by Chinese government regulators per this 2014 ZDnet article ( https://www.zdnet.com/article/310-microsoft-patents-used-in-android-licensing-agreements-revealed-by-chinese-gov/ ). The linked ArsTechnica article spells out many of the patents' disclosed, and that many were acquired from Nortel's portfolio via the MS participation in the Rockstar consortium that acquired a huge cache of patents with Nortel's bankruptcy liquidation:

"The company has never revealed the patents and fees centered within licensing deals, unless required to do so in the courtroom. However, documents posted on the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)’s website detail the full range of patents included within licensing agreements. As reported by Ars Technica, the patent lists were submitted as part of the Chinese government's review of the purchase of Nokia's handset division by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.

Chinese regulators approved the deal in April after examining whether Microsoft's licensing agreements could be used in an anti-competitive fashion, and whether Nokia might be tempted to ramp up the costs of licensing.

The patents, which are found on the Chinese language version of the website, include 73 standard-essential patents generally used in mobile technology, as well as 127 Android-implemented patents -- both developed by Microsoft and acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium. In addition, a number of non standard-essential patents were examined by Chinese regulators, including 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents."

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Re: Point?

They probably see the other way around from their perspective ;-}

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Re: Microsoft Android ®

Especially interesting to know how Barnes & Noble stood up to MS regarding its refusal to pay license fees for its Nook tablets such that MS avoided an open trial by settling with a joint ebook venture with B&N to keep them quiet (as I recall the gist of it).

Anyway, I thought some Chinese source with access to the licensing specifics for phones made there spilled the details as part of some Chinese governmental filing requirement?

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Re: Surprised they don't make their own Android phones

After trying to get away from Google/Android about 3 years ago along with a cellular provider change (Verizon to AT&T), and going with Window Phone 8.1 on Lumia 640's for me and my wife, it seemed a good move. It was her 1st smartphone after years of feature phones, and I felt more comfortable getting her up to speed on that platform (for a lot less money, $50 for a Lumia 635 at first) than the Androids of my experience over the prior couple years. Her experience was so good, I decided to make the switch myself from Android to WP, and we both got 640's at that point (under $100 - good enough). The built-in MS Office-ish apps and others such as for photography, messaging, weather, and navigating (Waze and Here Maps/Go for me) were good enough, and reasonably well integrated at that point, and there were just enough other apps to satisfy our rather basic needs/wants.

Then WP 10 came along, and it seemed to be disintegrating as it went along "upgrading" from WP 8.1 (in my testing - kept wife on 8.1), and never did get up to the usability of WP 8.1. So this year, after I got back on Android, then I got my wife switched over, and it has been a bit rough for her, but she is settling in with it. LG's mid-range phones for under $100 seem to do the job, and the MS android apps have eased the transition, but they just don't seem to work quite as well as the native version on WP 8.1 did. I am still dabbling with a Lumia 950 to see if it ever gets it together.

Oh well, hoping Purism next year will give a better option for me at least - my wife does NOT handle techno change well at all. Just hoping Android updates don't become a bigger challenge for her than Purism would be...

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Cleaners and lights

Nah. Missed it last time...

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Re: C

So most Oregonians never travel through other states where they have to refuel? That explains a lot...

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