* Posts by Ilsa Loving

463 posts • joined 9 Apr 2007


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

Ilsa Loving

Re: Have you ever ended up being roped into doing more tech support than you’d bargained for?

I have great difficulty mustering sympathy for Mac users, considering that it comes with Time Machine.

It is the single most intuitive backup system I have ever used. Hell, it even asks you "Do you want to use this for time machine?" when you plug a USB HDD in. The only way Apple could make it simpler is if they gave you a butler to plug the drive in for you.

Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested

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Re: "In politics stupidity is not a handicap."

It doesn't really qualify as "hold my beer" anymore when you're just passing it back and forth between each other.

Windows 10 1809 looks unlikely to overtake prior build before 19H1 lands

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Re: Apps...

So... pay 200% markup just for the privilege of not getting malware shoved down our throats, or we disable the "functionality" outright for free.

Hmm... decisions decisions.

You know a product is a failure when the only real selling point to their super expensive version is, "You get control back."

I'd rather use Apple. At least that way, only my wallet is getting f__ked over instead of my wallet, my time, my energy, and my sanity.

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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Re: Who feels sorry for Oracle? No Really

Yes, I'm sure abusive spouses all over, are relating very strongly right now.

Oof, are you sure? Facing $9bn damages, Google asks Supreme Court to hear Java spat

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Re: @Maelstorm ... Far reaching repercussions...

While your argument makes sense, that leads to another question: Where does the line get drawn?

Virtually everything is derived from previous stuff. Java itself has copied tons of library code from older languages like C.

Maybe Google created an alternate JVM out of whole cloth, mirroring the existing Java APIs. Big whoop. Java is not original either. It copied tons of syntax, libraries, etc, from languages before it, like C++.

I mean, what next? Is Oracle going to sue Microsoft because C# bears a lot of similarities to Java?

There is way too much mushy middle in this case that seriously threatens the entire computer industry.

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If Oracle wins...

If Oracle wins, then I hope Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie sues Oracle for plagarizing C.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Re: Sametime viable ?

I can only assume that you've never actually tried using anything else, or you wouldn't have said that.

Skype for Business (Or Lync, as it used to be called) is the single worst chat system I have ever used. It's shockingly unreliable, the licensing is pointlessly and unnecessarily confusing, and you can't even share your history between your devices.

The product is flat out appalling. The only reason it's even as popular as it is is because of Microsoft's marketing clout and their ability to bundle it with their other offerings.

$24m in fun bux stolen from crypto-mogul. Now he fires off huge fraud charge. Like, RICO, say?

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SMS MFA is horrible

SMS-based MFA is only better than no MFA at all, and should not be used for anything as important as finances.

Great, you've moved your website or app to HTTPS. How do you test it? Here's a tool to make local TLS certs painless

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Re: Lol arcane knowledge of memory management

And you know what? It really shows. Developers today have absolutely zero concept or concern about just how much memory they're wasting, which is why you end up with chat apps that require a gigabyte of memory to run.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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I say Apple needs way more lawsuits like this. They need to understand that there repercussions if they put out crap products.

Now if only the same could be done for software... *glares at Microsoft*.

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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Re: I know it's unlikely

At our university we had a lab of xterms, and they were properly secured. However, sometimes people would walk away and leave their terminals unlocked. Occasionally someone would go there and add the necessary commands to disable security, and then when the victim came back and started working again, suddenly their cursor would get attacked by a large herd of kittens because someone fork-bombed neko on their terminal.

Fun times!

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: Schadenfreude

I just bought a new gaming laptop with the intent of putting Linux on it.

So far not all the keyboard fn keys work (eg brightness). Not a biggie but annoying.

Optimus isn't working properly so until I figure out how to get Bumblebee (and maybe VirtualGL) working right. I have to log out every time I switch graphics chips.

HiDPI is mishandled by the majority of distros. I had to try several before I finally settled on Linux Mint Cinnamon. (And even then I need to play with env variables for certain apps)

Still trying to find decent equivalents of basic software like a PIM suite. The software landscape for business-quality apps on Linux is frustratingly barren. I did at least find a good quality PDF Viewer/Editor to replace Adobe: Qoppa PDF Studio. None of the usual suspects (Evince, etc) can handle a PDF form with embedded javascript.

So yeah, Linux has a long way to go before it can come close to being a viable alternative to Windows or Mac for the average person.

And to save time: No, there is no equivalent laptop with the desired specs, that is sold with Linux on it. If there had been, I would have bought it! The closest is the Oryx Pro from System76, but it's battery is nowhere near large enough.

Ilsa Loving

Re: Technical debt

You can thank the unbelievably stupid "move fast and break things" mentality that Facebook and other "modern" companies helped usher into the industry.

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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Apparently the DXC management didn't realize that Dilbert was satire, and instead used it as a guide.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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I don't understand...

Why do distributions gravitate to Gnome? Gnome was ok in the 2.x days, but since then it is complete garbage. The DE is so half-assed they should be ashamed of themselves. Evolution isn't fit for purpose. KDE and it's associated suite of applications is so overwhelmingly better (albeit possibly a little too complex for the average user) that it's not even a comparison.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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> Honestly, the only reason to own MacOS is if you need to cross-compile to Mac,

No, it's not the only reason. The biggest reason is that you just want to get you friggin' work done but still need access to commercial software like Adobe or for whatever reason.

You can piss and moan about 'tricks' all you want, but at the end of the day what matters is this: I can measure the uptime on my Mac in months. Windows? A few days if you're lucky. Especially with Windows 10 and Microsoft's update nonsense, you get the added benefit that when your machine reboots it may not come back up again at all.

Running MacOS in VMWare completely misses the entire point. You'd still have Windows underneath so you'd be dealing with the worst of BOTH worlds.

I know this is difficult for you to believe, but some of us use computers to get WORK done, and not to have a wank while reading the tech specs like a porn magazine.

NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project

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Would you web developers stop being so damn lazy?

Do you f__king jobs as developers and make a minimal effort to know what code you are including in your application.

Having stuff downloaded dynamically is a blindingly big security hole that the titanic could sail through.

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Next Year

I want to hear their comments next year when Oracle has them firmly locked in and starts cranking up the prices.

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

>The formatting can be a nightmare. We had one supplier turn up with a PowerPoint presentation, our company had standardized on LibreOffice and the meeting room computer had LO on it...

He didn't bring his own laptop? There's no way I would allow someone from outside the company to bring random powerpoint files and run them on our computers, even if said computers were just conference room PCs.

That being said, I've found LO Impress to be anything but impressive. When compared to PP or Keynote, it's just so shockingly bland that you may as well just display a PDF on the screen.

Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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Re: Conspiracy theory.

>I can't help noticing that much of what some people fashionably deride as 'bloat' in manufacturer skins is what informs and inspires the next round of new features in Android. Without the constant innovation and differentiation of the manufacturer skins Android would have settled to a far more sedate and self-satisfied pace of change.

You say that as if it's a bad thing. There was nothing wrong with the original Android UI. One of the things I find frustrating about Android IS the mercurial UI that changes on every release. There is no benefit to it, and there are tons of downsides, like unnecessarily confusing the crap out of users.

People piss and moan about how 'boring' the iOS UI is. But you know what? It works. It's simple. And once you learn it, you arn't afraid that you have to relearn how to use your phone when you upgrade. That is a massive reason why Apple is still so popular despite their often questionable choices in hardware design.

I remember when I first used android. There was a back button, a home button, and a menu button. The icons looked corresponding to their function. Now? You have a square, a triangle, and a circle. I wanted to use Android, but apparently I got a playstation controller controller instead and it made the whole experience needlessly confusing.

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Re: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

> May I suggest looking at Tresorit (pronounced 'treasure-it'). Swiss based, encrypted, works for me.

Not for $30/month just for the personal edition, I won't.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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Re: "an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing"

"Although I had a shock yesterday, someone with an Apple mac wanted to use a projector, they had an HDMI port. I almost fainted"

That would be the 2015 model MBP that they just discontinued. Presumably because people (like me) were buying those instead of their ridiculously-overpriced-but-garbage new models.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

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Less nonsense, more useful features.

I honestly can't fathom how it doesn't occur to the likes of Apple and Samsung that people don't need idiotic things like talking poop when you videochat someone.

Give us *useful* things, like a battery that lasts longer than a day. Put the radio chip back in so we can listen to FM radio instead of wasting our data plans. A decent panorama function that doesn't make your picture look like it was taken with a badly made fisheye lense. Or, I dunno, give us more control of our privacy, maybe?

But no, apparently it's more important that people pretend that they're Patrick Stuart from the Emoji movie.

Right now I'm keeping a close eye on how the Key2 works out cause it's the first decent phone in a long time that gives you more than 1 lousy day of battery life.

Gentoo GitHub repo hack made possible by these 3 rookie mistakes

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<quote>And there goes any remaining credibility of those savvy commentards who insist that site-specific variation schemes</quote>

Who in the world would suggest such a thing as acceptable? Nobody who actually knows what they're doing, at least.

There is only one viable solution today for passwords: Using a password manager. Only then are you able to make a unique password on every site you log into. And you can make them as long and complex as the site will allow, making them that much harder to break.

And now you only have one password to remember (for your password manager) so you just need to remember one solid password.

MongoDB turns on, tunes in, drops ACID and goes mobile

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Don't need transactions?

They can believe whatever they want, but in the real world, transactional integrity is very important. Even more so when you're talking about clusters where the user's session can bounce like a ping pong ball between servers.

At least pragmatism prevailed and they pulled their head out of their backsides long enough to address the single biggest criticism people had about Mongo.

Now if only they came up with a consisted language for operating on NoSQL databases. Something structured.... Yeah... like... a structured query language... Hmm....

Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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>You can use a pixel 2 without a Google account... And nothing goes back to Google.

>Good luck signing into an iPhone without an appleID and avoiding the apple slurp... It's mandatory.....

Obvious Troll is obvious. If your post was any less correct it wouldn't even be in a comprehensible language.

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

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

>Unless the problem you need help with is the fact that you can't get online. I wonder how MS intends to deliver help files when your network connection has been rendered FUBAR due to the latest MS update?

>I'll get my coat, it's the one with the recursive Catch 22 trap in the pocket containing the recursive Catch 22 trap in th

The sad part is that that isn't even a joke. Wasn't it last year when MS put out an update that destroyed everybody's DHCP?

Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Can Ritchie sue Oracle then?

Java is a derivative work, inheriting a large amount of it's syntax and functionality from C++ and C.

Does this mean Oracle can be sued for that?

If this stands it will be a programming language nuclear war.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

Those who do not history are doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

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"We have Libreoffice and Thunderbird which are fundamentally very good, but are beginning to look a little dated."

I have to respectfully disagree. Thunderbird is a god-awful mess. Hideous messy UI, convoluted configuration, and irritating behaviours make it a user unfriendly mess. It failed the Mom test miserably. As a matter of fact, I have not used one single OSS PIM stack that didn't have some kind of problem or was missing critical functionality. For example, CardDav/CalDAV support is shockingly hard to come by without having to futz with cumbersome transport tools.

LibreOffice is ok for word processing and spreadsheets, but they really should just throw in the towel with Impress. I have yet to run it on a single system (I haven't tried Windows) where it wasn't fundamentally broken. Half the transition options flat out don't work, and those that do work have shockingly jerky animation on even high end hardware. And this has been an ongoing problem for at least half a decade, and nobody seems to care enough to fix it. You'd be better off flipping through a PDF file.

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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Re: Alexa puck

"I've run checks on my local network to ensure that no extraneous data is being sent to Amazon, and there's no spikes at times where I don't call it by name to indicate anything is sent except for that which I expect.

This sounds like a blog article needing to be written. I've refused to get one for similar paranoid reasons as others have mentioned, but if demonstrated to behave in a reasonable manner, then maybe it's worth greater consideration.

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Poor first impression

My first introduction to Cortana was when I tried asking it a question... and it promptly locked up the entire user interface and the only way to get out was to ctrl-alt-delete and log out of the machine (or reboot). I tried it several more times with consistent results.

So I disabled it and never used it again.

Cavalry riding to the rescue of DDoS-deluged memcached users

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>I suppose that the use of this flush_all command is a bit like going on to a neighbour's property to put out a fire started by an unattended BBQ that's grown big enough to be threatening one's own. That is, the neighbour almost certainly will be grateful.

I still remember when a long time ago a neighbour got his internet shut down because he had been infected with spamspewing malware. While I was troubleshooting exactly what was going on, he fumed about how none of this was his fault or his responsibility and his ISP should have protected him.

I told him his only option was to reformat his hard drive and there was nothing else I could do. I sure as hell wasn't going to help him for free.

So yeah, don't count on people stupid enough to set up an unsecured and unpatched memcached server to be thankful that their incompetence was called out.

Simple rules for setting up a server on the internet:

-Is it a backend server? Put it behind a firewall and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function.

-does it assist a front-end server? Put it behind a firewall and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function.

-Is it a front-end server? Put it behind a firewall and poke one hole the and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function. AND also restrict public URLs to only the ones the public should use if your server provides separate maintenance/admin URLs.

Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

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On the upside, if your powermac ever stops working you can still use the mouse to play ice hockey.

Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Re: Z-lister club

What do you mean? Of course vegetables feel pain.

I've heard the screams of the vegetables,

Watching their skins being peeled.

Grated and chopped without mercy...

How do you think that feels?

Carrot juice constitutes murder.

Greenhouses prison for slaves!

It's time to stop all this gardening,

lets call a spade a spade!

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Wasn't Hubbard specifically quoted as setting up scientology specifically to be a money-making operation?

Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Re: Slack? IRC?

SkypeForBusiness, AFAIK, IS Lync. Microsoft rebranded it thinking that would somehow magically make it more attractive despite the fact that it was still a steaming pile of festering donkey smegma.

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Well no shit

For years now, phones have converged to exactly one general style, with the only improvements being minor bumps in CPU or GPU power.

And they're honestly surprised that people arn't upgrading anymore?

You wanna sell phones? Add back all the features you've been f__king taking away (headphone jack, FM radio, removable battery with the option of an extended capacity) and stabalizing the f__king operating system so that it runs reliably and allows you to communicate with other devices (eg: bluetooth car audio) without me having to spend god knows how much time googling and futzing. Oh, and may mix up the models types a little bit so everyone doesn't feel like they're living through the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". I would *love* a phone with a slideout keyboard like those old Nokia Communicators.

But no, instead of making a phone that doesn't suck, companies would instead prefer to add all sorts of idiotic features like animated poop emojis and half-assed nonsense that is of no material value to anyone.

There's plenty of money out there for new phones. The problem is, like the article says, that companies arn't interested in putting out NEW phones anymore.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Games, anyone?

Do they really like windows though? If you look at PC sales numbers, they've been outright collapsing year over year over year. There was already a slump prior to the release of Windows 10, but since Windows 10 those numbers have been in freefall.

Meanwhile, non-Windows machines (ie: Apple. Chromebook, etc) have been either steady or increasing.

Microsoft fucked up Windows 10 so utterly badly that they have caused the Great PC Depression.

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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Wait, Geotrust will be blocked too?

The way the article is written, it sounds like Chrome is going to block all certificates under the Symantec umbrella, including RapidSSL and Geotrust.

Am I reading this right? Cause that's going to be devastating.

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Actually, it's usable for IT work. There are decent clients available for managing AWS, SSH some with, some without X support), and passable remote desktop tools. Oh, and there are VPN clients galore.

It's not great, mind you, however now and then I'm in a position where I need to do some urgent work and the only thing I've had on me is my iPad, and it's worked surprisingly well.

It cannot compete against a desktop or a laptop if the work requires special locally-running apps, but as a remote access device, I consider it an almost-as-good alternative to lugging around a laptop.

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

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Re: Lace Doily

I realize your post was tongue-in-cheek, however, looking at the general aesthetic of the HomePod, I think a nice white lace doily would actually look very nice and complement the unit.

Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

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OMG that video

I couldn't even watch the whole video. And I'm currently feeling this not quite overwhelming urge to curl into a fetal position under my desk right now.

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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How about making Thunderbird not suck, instead?

The dated look of Thunderbird is the least of it's issues. It's hard not to think of it as abandonware when there's been no notable improvements in *years*.

It appears to be stuck in the 90s. It's needlessly difficult to use and configure, and is missing a multitude of features that are standard in most other clients, like unified mailboxes or functional calendar (ie: caldav, activesync) and contacts (ie: carddav, activesync, ldap) service integration.

I don't know what the reason is, nor do I really care at this point. I simply now consider Thunderbird to be a client of last resort, especially on Mac or Windows where there are a multitude of other clients to choose from.

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Re: RE: AC

"I use toilet paper. Both sides"

So... A Windows 10 user then? :)

Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

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Facebook has a "striped down" app?

What, it's only 1/2 a gigabyte instead of 3/4?

Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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Not surprising

As horrific as this is, it doesn't surprise me.

Politicians are are still people. And for years the general accepted rules for password management have encouraged ridiculous policies that virtually guaranteed that these kinds of issues would occur.

Even the original author (sorry forgot his name now...) has gone so far as to apologize for his original recommendations because they've done overwhelmingly more harm than good.

What this story tells me is that their IT policies desperately need an update. Preferably one that doesn't require people to change their passwords every 30 days, and focus on longer but more easily typeable and memorable passwords.

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Will this help current phones?

I am assuming that, while this new architecture is good, it won't help current and past phones. This is the architecture Google should have implemented on day one, not 10 years later, after "Landfill Android" became an official term.

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

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"However, rather than just having more audits, we strongly believe that more extensive and formal procedures and tooling around the deployment, monitoring and testing of contracts will be needed to achieve security. We believe that the entire ecosytem as a whole is in urgent need of such procedures and tooling to prevent similar issues from happening again, in particular if and when the number and complexity of live contracts grows."

Gee, ya f__king think? It didn't occur to you *before*, that top notch security would be necessary in order to reliably handle other people's money?

US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

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I hope Apple loses big time

The fact of the matter is that Apple's mechanism for screen sharing is, quite frankly, crap. RDP is infinitely better, for a variety of reasons, the most important of which (IMO) is that the resolution of your display is based on your local client, not the resolution of the mac you're connecting to.

I'd been looking around for an RDP based screen server for Mac, and was disappointed I couldn't find one. Now I know why.


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