* Posts by Pascal Monett

7849 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Brazil bested by hackers, Virgin plugs hub bugs, and France surrenders… records

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"while the apps themselves are secure"

Not when they ask for access to your location, call history, camera and everything else your phone has.

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: How?

My dear lady, it sounds like you've been Sir Humphry's secretary.

Better get cramming... Xamarin University due to close early next year

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"Xamarin University is a fantastic resource"

Well apparently not fantastic enough to refuse selling out to the Master Borgifier.

Shame on those people who decided to cash out and let a "fantastic resource" get emasculated by Microsoft.

And don't tell me they didn't have a clue. The CxOs who took the decision knew Microsoft acquisition history just like the rest of us - except they got truckloads of cash.

I hope they enjoy watching their life's work become a husk of its former self.

ZipRecruiter has been flying low: User email addresses exposed to unauthorised accounts

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One more name to put on my Never Deal With list.

Fed up with Oracle's Sith, AWS wades into Big Red's lawsuit over Pentagon JEDI contract

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Stop channeling Amanfrommars.

One of those is enough.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

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"we realized it was an opportunity to invest even more heavily in privacy"

Oh, you mean as in investing $20 instead of just $.02 ?

Great idea. Keep it up and one day, in the next millennium, you just might get there.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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"the internet is alive and well"

Well here's some news : even if the USA is royally screwing itself over, the rest of the world is getting along fine and many, many countries have full fiber FTTP projects going on.

I myself, after having left a year ago a village where I had an acceptable 12MBps connection and arriving in a village where there was nothing but a communal WiFi that worked when it wanted, I have now signed up for and will be getting a 1GBps connection as of next January 3rd. For €50/month. Oh, and there's no throttling or limit in the amount of data, like some operators actually dare to do. If I download 1GBps for thirty days straight (supposing I manage to find enough data for that), then that's my business.

So carry on, USA. You will soon be in the backwaters of the internet, and I'll be reading about how you barely manage a national average of 25MBps whilst surfing at 40 times that speed.

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

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Those are some impressive results in any case

It is incredible how credible those portraits are.

Blizzard should look into setting up a game character portrait creator like that. That would be awesome.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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Re: Asswipes and arseholes

I also like the "artist rendition".

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Well Apple is the company that once famously said in court that a person would have to be stupid to believe a commercial (not in exactly those words), so . . .

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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It is therefor worth waiting for them to achieve that before shouting "victory".

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Re: Talking Cargo?

Be that as it may, that bus driver needs to know a tad more than just how to slow down and park at the curb.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: "Now that U-Block Origin and Ghostery are available as addins, Edge is my primary browser"

You still have nothing to lock down JavaScript. You need to look into that.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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"...we have the tools and methods to identify you and bring you to justice"

Yup, but you don't have the tools to keep him from starting all over again.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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Okay, I have to ask

Has any of these trials actually resulted in a successful delivery of goods ?

Because the potential for mischief seems sky-high to me.

I wish Postmates luck. They're gonna need it.

US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear

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"We need to ask..."

... if those Senators and soon-to-be-exposed-to-corruption newbies are capable of handling security.

Because there is nothing that I have heard so far about politicians that makes me believe that could be the case.

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Re: Whaaaaaaaaaat?

My thoughts exactly.

I do wish I could upvote that 10 times at least.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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I've got a different problem with that : who on Earth decided that is it a good idea to use the gram to express exoplanetary loss of mass ?

We're talking about a planet that is light-years away, losing copious amounts of mass, and you deliberately choose the smallest unit of mass we have to express it ?

Saying ten thousand tons of mass per second wasn't impressive enough ?

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Indeed, because mass-emailing bomb threats ? Easy.

Mass-producing actual bombs when you're nothing but a lowlife ? Um, nope. Not gonna happen.

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I think that, as far as the FBI is concerned, if you're making bomb threats, you're a terrorist.

BTW, what kind of fucking idiot thinks that mass-mailing bomb threats is going to fly under the radar of the law ? If you've encrypted some poor sap's data and demand money, I don't think the Feds are going to get involved and the cops are submerged in more important stuff, so you're safe.

But bomb threats ? Country-wide ? Unless you're in some other country (no idea which, komrad), you're going to learn what life is looking over your shoulder all the time.

Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there

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I have no trouble believing that those scum at Uber would sacrifice newborns to increase their market share.

I hope Sidecar gets its day in court, wins the case and guts Uber for tens of millions of dollars.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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What is Razer thinking ?

They target the performance market, ie gamers who are willing to put top dollar to get good equipment (okay, if they choose Razer they may be making a slight mistake somewhere along the line, but that is the reasoning).

So please tell me how someone wanting performant hardware is going to accept crippling his FPS to mine stupidcoin ?

There's a leap of logic there that seems impossible to me. Like selling a Ferrari fitted with a tow hitch. Because sure, the guy is going to use his Ferrari to tow a caravan. Right.

So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square...

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No, but the NSA can.

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

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Re: take the job

Absolutely. There is no doubt that the merger will see those same employees punted out without so much as a "thank you for your efforts".

If you are in the situation of having someone asking you to come to them, knowing that in a few months at best you'll be out of a job, why wait ?

Corporate gratitude does not exist. Management wants them to stay so that management can get their bonuses and not have too much hassle. Once the merger is done, then management will throw those precious employees to the wolves without a second thought.

So no hesitation. Jump that sinking ship.

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

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Well, if they can secure it, then it's okay, I guess

I'm certainly not going to be gunning for a 5G phone anytime soon. But if it is faster and more secure, people will certainly find a use for it.

Some day.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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The real question is . . .

Why has none of this telemetry helped to ensure that Update 1809 wasn't a complete fiasco ?

When NASA has telemetry, it's to find out what went wrong and find a solution to it.

Since Windows telemetry was worth fuck all for that, what do they actually use it for ?

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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So let me see if I get this straight

Some private company decides they have the right to use state-level tech under the excuse that a fucking pop star might be confronted with a stalker ?

What are bodyguards for ?

This is gross misconduct at the very least. In a country that calls itself a democracy no less.

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging

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Great news, then

We're going to get mass wireless charging by next year, instead of getting any of those recharge-in-a-minute carbon nanotube batteries we've been promised for a decade.

Figures that we'd get a more wasteful way of recharging before getting a better way of storing energy.

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Yes, wireless charging is an insane proposal in a world that is already choking on carbon emissions from coal plants.

Check it out here.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Misleading title

I opened this article thinking that scientists had finally explained dark matter.

Not at all, they just found an old galaxy with present-day amounts of the stuff.

All well and good, and now it must be asked what measurement error made us misinterpret the data on all the other old galaxies, but this does nothing to explain dark matter.

DXC Technology turns to BT Security to nab its infosec bossman

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DXC is leaking like a sieve

There appears to be a big problem with the merger as all HPE employees that aren't being fired are looking to leave.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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I think it is time now

To take all these ISP CEOs and Pai, line them up behind the chemical shed and have them shot.

How much blatant disregard can you take before you snap ?

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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"Such a breach was entirely preventable"

So, tell me that Richard Smith is going to be dragged before the judge and sentenced for gross negligence and endangering the private data of almost 150 million people ?

Oh, of course not. He drove the system into overdrive, but retired when the shit hit the fan, so instead of going to jail, he's getting millions of dollars.

Ah, isn't capitalism wonderful ?

Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon's JEDI contract to federal court

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"Oracle has claimed [..] that this approach would lock the government into legacy tech""

Legacy tech ?

On the Cloud (TM) ? That has existed for less than a decade ?

Come on, Larry, you know you're pushing it.

They say software will eat the world. Here are some software bugs that took a stab at it

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That's news

"human factors including finance, deadlines, mis-management, skills shortages, and the challenge of dealing with legacy code and systems"

In other words, the problem with software quality is less the actual ability of the coder and more the inability of management.

Who knew ?

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly

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So Salesforce is making itself look good

A bit of glitter for the season, it fits.

The lady has a PhD, and has already held CxO positions, so there's not much to complain about yet. The real question in my mind is : is this ethical thing just lipstick or is Salesforce actually committing to something and, if yes, what ?

It's not like Salesforce allows customer details to be displayed publicly, so what is the direction that this thing is supposed to take ?

I mean, Salesforce is in relation with Uber, so what is Mrs Goldman going to do about that ?

This ain't over, Viasat snarls as tribunal rules in satellite rival's favour

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"The high load scenario was expressed as 50 per cent of passengers"

50% ?

Have they seen people with mobile phones who don't care about talking to people around them ?

I wonder what they consider an ultra-high load . . .

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

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"it can restart itself after three minutes"

How on God's green Earth can one justify that kind of functionality ? What deranged monkey with a keyboard decided that a closed app can be revived without user consent ?

If I shut a program down on my PC via Task Manager, that thing stays dead or else there is a malware infection and that PC is getting wiped and reloaded from backup.

What an effin' crazy frakkin' world we live in.

I hate smartphones.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Dear God

Because Doom wasn't brutal enough ?

Hey ! That mod seems interesting . . .

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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However, it must be said that, to discover that you can accidentally fill up the server's hard disk with folders in no time flat is excusable - to go around purposefully disconnecting users without warning "just to see if it works" is a mindset I do not approve of.

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Big Brother

Facial Recognition

If ever this test period comes out negative, it will be a serious blow to the people who swear it works.

If it comes out positive, it will be the true start of Big Brother and you can expect it to infect every portion of your life in rapid succession.

In either case, I will be watching for the follow-up.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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Re: The War on Drugs

Given that the CIA is known to have dabbled in the drug trade in order to fund its black projects, the war on drugs was doomed from the start.

Given that the US had already failed a war on alcohol, you'd think that they'd have got the message, but no.

So, looking forward to a war on porn ? I'm sure it won't be long.

In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes

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Re: Refund

I'm quite happy with my i7 6700, I do not want to return it.

I surf the web with NoScript and UBlock Origin, and I only go to places I know are reliable, so all this hullahoo leaves me stone cold.

In a few years, I'll probably have to change my equipment. By that time, whatever Spectre issues still exist will be corrected in silicon and I'll still get the performance I need.

You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)

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Re: The US has a lot of overly authoritarian tendencies, but limiting speech is [..] not one of them

Don't worry, Trump is not out of office yet. It can still happen.

Get real! Microsoft CTO of AI quits Redmond for real estate biz

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Kind of sheds a light on his true nature, eh ? He was so good at convincing people about the AI nobody has yet, he finally got his dream job : conning idiots out of mountains of cash to ensure tidy profits.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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But of course it is.

Just like customer data security is the banks' top priority - after they've been hacked, that is.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

There might also be another thing at work : all the old timers that made Office and Windows the two breadwinners for Microsoft have now left. Their knowledge, the care they took to not disrupt the user experience too much, and the rules they had set down to keep things smooth went with them.

Now Microsoft probably has scores of youngsters who are certainly very Agile, but not Thorough, and the result is Microsoft is starting to get a shade of a bad reputation.

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Don't worry, Microsoft will be sure to cook up some brand new issues just for you.

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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We know how that works

"Slack continues to enjoy a greater share of the market in spite of the gang at Redmond flinging out a free edition of their platform to get users on board"

Of course Microsoft is doing that. It's Market Capture 1-0-1 : hook the greatest number possible on the free version, then transition them to the paying version.

Or kill it and propose a new product that does the same thing, but you have to buy it.

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

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Yeah, but that is not the same. The police are in your face, demanding your passwords. They've already decided to spoil your day and you know it.

That is not the same as listening in on your conversations via backdooring the encryption. You won't know about that until they come and arrest you, if it ever comes to that.

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