* Posts by asdf

6479 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: Tough, he made his choice.

Simply brilliant.

New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets

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Re: Hmm

>If you have hostile software successfully running on your device

AWS has to assume there will be hostile software running on their machines and I assume they also have to worry about it not affecting other paying customers. This is who immediately come to mind having to worry about this. I dare say a fair bit of your data may be residing on AWS perhaps without you realizing it. Its not 1983 any more so can't think about computing today like it is.

Houston, we've had a problem: NASA fears internal server hacked, staff personal info swiped by miscreants

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Re: Trump's Space Force

Only the best people, the best Space Force you can put up there with the Russian's help of course.

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia

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The worst timeline

Plenty of room for the UK in the axis of evil (US, Russia, Saudi Arabia). Come join us as we watch western civ decay. Guess you all are doing your part from the outside already.

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Another 1980s game it should try

Permadeath autosaves that is.

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Another 1980s game it should try

>"save early, safe often",

Or in the case of Rogue and its permadeath saves take many NetBSD VM snapshots. Yes I cheated and even then it wasn't trivial to beat and required some trial and error on my part too. Those mobs in the bottom few levels are best avoided at all costs. When an AI can consistently beat that game then I will be seriously impressed (one of the first games with procedurally generated levels).

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)

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Re: Build time internet dependencies are garbage

Yeah I know but was trolling in general. Don't get me wrong the standard library and its ilk in different languages is usually a better idea than rolling your own for most things but some of these frameworks often seem used more as a faddish crutch than anything. You should at least understand somewhat what is going on under the hood which to be fair many people do.

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Re: Build time internet dependencies are garbage

But then these kids couldn't use all these frameworks they hardly understand that makes them think they are programmers even though they need an external trim function written by someone else. They might actually have to gasp, learn how a computer actually works. Trolling now.

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Build time internet dependencies are garbage

Guess I am old but I can't see ever supporting a code base whose build system relies on the internet at build time. 3rd party libs and external dependencies are going to be managed in-house only if its my butt on the line. Others outside your repo should not be able to break your builds. Granted would see same problem when you bring in broken code yourself but at least you can easily roll back and not depend on others to fix your build.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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except

Aren't most modern aircraft fly by wire? The days of the pilot being manually in control of analog (non digital) controls are in the past from what I understand.

(edit: 737 max looks like it is only partially FBW. Learn something every day. Carry on but FBW and automation is the future)

Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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GOAT?

Even with a retire date of 2020 there is a pretty good chance no piece of software now or even in the distant future will ever be as responsible for as many critical remote exploitable defects (if they care to look sure they could find many more for decades to come lol). Windows OS jokes aside of course ignore the fact that Windows is made of many differing pieces of software. Even the JRE is clapping its hands to acknowledge the greatest malware portal the world has ever known. I bet that hairball code base is something pretty special by this point. I hope they end up open sourcing it just 4 teh lulz.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Oh yeah forgot virtual particles as well even if there is no real particles in your vacuum. Quantum stuff makes a mess of classical world at smallest scales.

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Yep quantum tunneling makes sure there is no such thing as a truly closed system (sorry if not using official technical term right as layman).

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: Extradiction unlikely

We have about as much control over our 1%ers as you all do.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

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Re: Wandering star ?

Isn't everything but helium, hydrogen, and lithium ultimately made by a star (perhaps layers blown off instead of core though)? "We're made of star stuff." as Sagan famously said. I think the models assume Mercury was made out of the same gas cloud the rest of the solar system was though.

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Re: Bah!

But isn't there a limit to what elements a star can fuse based on its mass (and therefore pressure in center of star)? Yep looks like most Red Dwarfs can't fuse helium so forget heavier elements like carbon and oxygen.

>Helium fusion can occur in stars with more than about 0.4 solar masses (420 Jupiter masses). Less than that and our ball of helium would never get hot enough to fuse.

>The new star is only about 14 per cent the mass of the Sun

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: The issue is changing the password...

>Indeed. My understanding is that is how LUKS works.

How about bioctl and CRYPTO? Asking for a friend :)

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

>But the problems of the F-35, as so often with military programs, are political.

Same with our space program which is why Russian safety culture is even the topic at hand.

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Re: Say what you want...

For the record yes Elon Musk is amazing and yes SpaceX is too but was on a rant and have to admit the guy hasn't been a rock of stability lately. Sarcasm aside he may still well be the US's best hope.

Also I am well aware of our recently history of failed political leadership especially in regards to science but then an article like this shows NASA shares some of the blame as well. ISS was also a mistake IMO.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/aerospace/space-flight/gao-warns-of-deteriorating-costs-and-schedules-in-nasas-major-project-portfolio

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

>Exactly. It's cultural.

If only the Russians had a quality first mindset like the US then they too could have the F35 program as a shining example. Not a russian troll just disgusted with how greed turns everything to shit in the US and causes us to lose the ability to even engage in space travel. Think positive. Looking forward to the JWST launching in 2025.

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Re: Say what you want...

Oh I forgot that bi-polar stoner Elon Musk is going to save our space program. Yay for free markets. What a complete and predictable charlie foxtrot.

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Re: Say what you want...

NASA being unable to meet any kind of deadlines or cost estimates is why we are depending on our fr-enemies to get into space in the first place. As Neil deGrasse Tyson says our space program looks awesome if you reverse time's arrow. Thanks to shitty decisions made for decades our two choices are now no space flight or trust the Russians. Easy to poo poo their culture but the alternative is a jobs program ran by defense contractors with too many heads in the trough that delivers nothing these days but invoices for the taxpayers.

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Time to troll

>It's entirely possible to have a Linux system without bash.

Yep I do run OpenWRT on my router at home (dual boot with LMDE on desktop at home to be fair as well). I know people love GNU and they have done many great things but after supporting HP-UX production systems at work very sad to see real UNIX disappearing outside the BSDs and even they are under threat. The GNU tool set is also often more bloated and buggier than the original UNIX utilities. Plus Red Hat took advantage of GNU/Linux to basically kill off POSIX. Sad to see how more and more FOSS is becoming dependent on the Linux kernel. Linux is the future but more due to bean counters than being technologically superior. My HP-UX systems have never crashed in 5+ years I have been responsible for them. Some that is down to the high build quality of the hardware but rock solid software than is specifically made for that hardware is a big part of the equation also.

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Time to troll

Bah any system that comes with bash in the base install isn't a proper UNIX system. SystemD is just the cherry on the crap sundae that is Linux in general. You think you are rebelling but Red Hat killed POSIX all the same.

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

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Wow bravo brutal and accurate. +1

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

How about 300 EeV? A cosmic ray particle with the kinetic energy on par with a decently pitched cricket ball.

Eat my shorts, watchdog tells every city mayor in the US – FCC approves $2bn 5G telco windfall

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Re: If this is the price

But with 5G you can hit your data cap (bring on the overage gravy) in seconds instead of minutes. Won't anyone think of the telecom shareholders?

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Re: Fire Sale?

Or how about AOL buying it for 165 billion (more than Time magazine obviously but still).

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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>Sadly too many web "devs" are far too wedded to JS.

Yep running Dillo as your daily driver is not a whole lot of fun.

No D'oh! DNS-over-HTTPS passes Mozilla performance test

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Re: DNSSEC ?

Run DNSSEC through unbound on my home router but DNSSEC is not an ideal solution for grandma imo. Too easy for her to assume her internet is broken instead of there being a misconfigured domain or her ISP doing some MITM shenanigans (insert ads, etc). Granted you or I would want to know but many people don't care and just want their internet to always work. DNS not resolving can be frustrating even if you are an IT nerd (ie try using dnsmasq to do dnssec back a few years ago, aka bring the pain). Terrifying to the normals.

Game over, machines: Humans defeat OpenAI bots once again at video games Olympics

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Re: As a regular Dota player...

So then like a pretty good PuG team minus the bong rips and screaming kids.

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Terminator

hmm

Yay for machine learning unless your job is easy to do I guess.

OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: The humans won because strategy - no surprise there

>The key thing is we went in with a game plan, and we were coordinated.

For whatever reason this story makes me think of Emmet in the Lego Movie basically saying the exact same thing lol.

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

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Re: second worst telecom

>Everyone thinks that they have the worst or second-worst telecom provider

They mostly do suck here in the US and people really hate mine (CenutryLink) but honestly can't complain myself. Sure I only get 20Mbps ASDL but have consistently got it for under $40 a month for years now not bundled with any other services and except for maybe one outage caused by some 3rd party yahoo installer in the neighborhood (took me offline for a day or so) can't complain. Of course I don't deal with their customer service basically ever.

Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Re: Sadly

>and supported by moaning pensioners.

I think you find they are more into proprietary UNIX or VMS. Linux is pretty much all same to those of us who have used proper UNIX so seeing distro slap fights is fighting over the window dressing. Do have Mint at home (still use ksh) but I use something a bit more robust and POSIX compliant at work for our production machines.

Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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F**k Tillerson.

Tillerson deserves the derision for years to come. So much for the myth about CEOs being supermen at everything. His boss undercutting him was a symptom not the disease. Only good thing about the guy was his reign of incompetence was short. Still did plenty of damage to the state dept.

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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you can clap now

He didn't ask with a please like Jeb Bush did.

Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service mucked my cluster!

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Totally irrelevant but ..

Dumpster fires are beyond nasty no doubt but Microsoft deserves more of a tire fire picture imo. Dumpster fires don't burn for months or years even.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

>It has its place.

Perhaps but the wonderful thing about this capitalist wonderland is there are plenty of tangible easy to buy things I can find to spend my money on to entertain myself today instead of pie in the sky stuff in the future on a wing and a prayer. More power to others to spend their money how they wish but Gen Xers like me are big on money in the bank (we tend to save like our grandparents not our less responsible parents generation) or in viable sensible investments with a track record of delivering. Idealism isn't always high on the list. But sure go on change the world. YOLO.

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Re: Give it 10 years

Kind of like a Microsoft Kin.

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Re: What we need

>> "Obviously emacs is better than vi."

>Well, it's certainly more fully-featured. About the only thing it lacks is a decent text editor...

And who doesn't want a bunch of GNU libraries on their proper UNIX machine instead of you know just running a binary that has come with virtually every single *nix system since Reagan was inaugurated. Bring on the GNU bloat. ln -s /usr/local/bin/bash /bin/sh baby

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Crowd funding proves not only can get you millennials to work for cheap with no benefits by calling something sharing but you can get them to pony up the venture capital as well without having to deal with pesky things like having to give out company shares for the cash.

BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

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Sometimes a quote and an icon is enough

>BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: 25 years and still a PITA

Meant to say 9 pin serial com port as the USB to serial nonsense is the dog's breakfast and not worth the hassle especially when diagnosing comm issues with old equipment where want less variables not more. Went W2K instead of XP due to less memory usage which before I increased laptop memory was an issue sometimes.

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Re: 25 years and still a PITA

>I'd go back to W2K.

I did for one of my old laptops (very old Thinkpad) since I needed a true 9 pin com port I could lug around easily on site. Since software also needs the vb6 run time double the reason not to upgrade. Of course that laptop is used for instrumentation testing only and never goes on the real network. Still runs like a champ and even shoe horned an old version of cygwin on there.

Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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Re: Long live Windows production servers

>That's not a problem with Windows that a problem with your AV vendor / your testing and rollout process.

IE corporate security who gets the last say. News flash many on here might nod their heads at when you are in manufacturing the corporate headquarters IS doesn't always have the 24/7/365 mindset. As for Linux being good enough perhaps but exist in a space where I care 100x more about reliability than performance or latest wiz bang features (yes yes you can go super redundant with Linux and BSD which I would probably be all for in a new non legacy system). The software I am running minus the occasional enhancement hasn't changed in a decade. Luckily corporate is letting me migrate to Itanium HP-UX instead of Linux but even dreading that some. I will also be honest and say we do most of our new development with software running on Windows boxes because it is at least an order of magnitude quicker to develop with. 90%+ of the support calls I do get when its on my side and are general server issues are on the Windows boxes (or corporate network or oracle dbs problems but I digress) though. The future may not be big iron UNIX but hoping it can carry some ways towards retirement at least :P I don't need HPE any more (for at least another 5 to 10 years) really because luckily people there in the past got it right.

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Re: Long live Windows production servers

You never got me down Ray (me as the bean counters force Linux on me because duh its free). More than half of what makes commercial UNIX better though is the insane quality of the hardware and features they put out as well. PA RISC just keep trucking long after its obsolete.

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