* Posts by fajensen

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From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Mushroom

Re: "Sounds a bit like the Brexit campaign"

Remainer May is doing her best to sabotage the whole thing too!).

"Remainer"?

Her leave agreement is a "hard" Brexit, a total separation from the EU on all fronts, so to speak. Only, nobody read the thing before voting on it (and nobody boned up on the WTO either)!

Is it beyond the impossible to embrace the fact that Theresa May is simply incompetent, on an hitherto unseen level even for "government"? The evidence would be the serial failure at pretty everything she was ever put in charge of, except the very personal goal of clinging onto the PM-position (where either she is very good or everyone else are even worse clowns)?

We are talking of someone deciding to keep Chris Grayling around (with no handlers, obviously) not because of some devious scheme to have an idiot even worse than oneself in order to look better in comparison, but rather because one is so out-of-the-box of any normality and reasoning that one cannot see that Chris Grayling is incompetent.

"You" taks someone with a proven track record of failure to determine the next 20 years of "your" country's future and then it should not exactly be a surprise when that job also turn out to be shit?

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/02/06/theresa-may-is-negotiating-like-yasser-arafat-brexit-plo-britain/

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Re: "Sounds a bit like the Brexit campaign"

Maybe. That is probably why, being a couple of steps ahead of the May-bot, "They" hard-coded the leave date at 2019-03-29 so there is a defined end to all the faffing around?

Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

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Re: Spanner in the works

It seems like the UK wants to become the favoured "regime change launch platform" (and dodgy tax haven) for the US - judging from the latest shenanigans envisioned by such "elites" as the UK defence minster.

Lesser thinkers would think that It is maybe not a good idea with "a brisk show of force" in front of the natives that one might want to trade some whiskey and glass beads with; here, in the 21'st century when those pesky natives are on an entirely different level altogether!?

Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Re: "It's fake smart."

Yet apparently no one picked it up.

Those Negative-Nellie Experts will soon join the breadline under the label of "Not a team player"!.

Because Markets: Markets want trillions in silly-money on flim-flam technologies that doesn't fulfil the stated purpose (although the technology does "Work" in the sense that it provides the narrative that attracts the silly-money, the latter being that which "Markets" care about).

There is a Jihad on any form of expertise these days. The results are one spectacular failure after another. The solution is the hiring of more incompetence until the drooling retards running the show cannot even recognise failure any longer. This being so, Chris Grayling is perfectly positioned for a long and lucrative consulting career as Partner with McKinsey!

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: As a yank

We're fed up of the EU forcing the Tories to impose austerity on us!

Not true at all. Everything that is shit in Britain was caused by Parliament! That they are blaming the EU for it, is just because finger-pointing was always the safe-space of the incompetents and cowards.

Every speck of Neoliberalism* (and NPM) in the EU, was spawned in the UK starting with Margaret Thatcher. The UK has quite consistently, across several governments, sabotaged every attempt there ever was of the EU acquiring a "social dimension". "Markets Only (and damn everything else)" was always the official UK position.

From my side of the water It's the bloody Tories trying to force more austerity (and more stupidity) onto the EU, except this time they overreached and fell on their stupid faces right in their own mess and they are still thrashing around!

*) Ordoliberalism, OTOH, there you might have a point.

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Re: Um, guys, only 1 month left

Sure, someone very much like Failing Grayling has procured an innovative mobile network design involving two hollowed out turnips and a long piece of string. It can be manufactured locally from available resources, it is totally mobile and one can even eat the handsets, should the need arise.

Only 40 million quid for the license to manufacture.

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Re: So predictable !

Well, they got GCHQ doing the slurping already, sooo?

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Bullshit

Remember: All Regulation is Evil!

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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FAIL

Re: Time to have another public Brexit vote?

As someone living in Europe and therefore being blamed for Everything that is wrong with Great Britain, despite everything "we" are blamed for was pretty much entirely the creations of successive UK governments, I think that Brexit should be unconditionally carried out, on time, deal or no deal, no matter.

Just get on with it, get it done and get out! Please!

Cancelling Brexit would be like letting that crazy, bipolar, ex partner move back in after s/he wanted a divorce because s/he wanted to "see other people" but instead spent 2 years on SoMe slagging "that bitch husband" and arguing over how s/he also wants the house, the car and the cat; but forgot to file the divorce proceedings and find a place to live in all the excitement, so now, totally unprepared for anything, at the very last moment, s/he insists on moving back in "because none of that stuff really meant anything, Darrrhling".

-- Two moths later, s/he will be right back to his/her old game and no dinner, no blowjobs, no nothing will be given without an argument!

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Re: Brexit updates ...

Agree. Brexit has long been a Donkey Show so it's only fair that we get to see a donkey!

Upcoming report from UK's Huawei handler will blast firm for unresolved security issues

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Re: Fair enough, if they've found holes that Huawei won't fix....

Look at the bright side: The Internet of Thrash won't be getting it's 5G connectivity for a few years yet!

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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Re: Ahh...

On the other hand: 18000 might be saved because there is no tobacco available and 15000 will die because the good Scotch Whiskey normally for export will have to be consumed locally ... reminds me, I have to order some.

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Re: "Are people _really_ saying that 'supermarket shelves will be empty"

Of course you are also getting the baby-powder with plastic in it that won't sell in China and the slightly radioactive tuna that Japan is exporting to Africa. No problem if you don't check, though.

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Re: Taking Back Control!

I didn't get to vote, however, watching the UK government drive their little clown-car right off the cliffs of Dover to prove some point with Brussels, which point to prove they don't even agree on, has been rather interesting to watch.

When someone makes a movie about Brexit, Internet rules must apply: No horizontal filming, Use a tripod dammit, and, Aftermath please! Oh, and no Potato Cam! I want my gore in 4K!

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Promise to do better

In other news: China rolls out 'Social Credit'; Facebook says, "Here, hold my beer ..."

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Re: £26m ""That's close to 100 per cent of the margin on the contract."

Modern way of running a business: Everything that does not accrue directly to the remuneration of the 'CEO & Friends Of' is an obscene waste of money!

Thus Tesco's is 'Inefficient'.

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Re: Utter fail

... and the pay ain't all that great either!

In the olden days, when we were facing the USSR, they pay was almost decent and one would be able to learn a trade while waiting for those WAPA-branded landing crafts (or, the nuke out).

The difference, in my opinion, being that back then they had The Draft; we were forced to waste up to 2 years of our lives and career on the military so they had to 'sweeten the deal' enough to not cause a riot over it. Side-Effect of The Draft was that, since everyone and anyones sons could potentially "win" the draft lottery, it was a politically unsound idea to ship off troops to known sink-holes for troops and empires! Skin in The Game makes the game a lot easier on all the players!!

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One thing one learned was to work with people one did not at all want to be with, including people who did not want to be "there" at all. This part of military training, I think, we could really use today.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: Just dumping the stuff in a cart wouldn't be a terrible option.

Down in the trenches, there is a book with barcodes at the end of the storage unit, and the shelves are also labelled with barcodes, so, when something is about empty one person goes through the storage shelves and goes "Zap, Zap, and Zap" with the barcode scanner on it. It takes maybe 20 minutes for a minion to build an order and get it from our suppliers rather than Bezo's. .

Pressing a button for each item is ludicrous.

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Childcatcher

Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

Why not stick to facts -

Because - Why?

Those "Secret Answers" are just strings, hopefully hashed strings but .... hehehe. The Computer at the other end doesn't know that something more memorable like, say, a limerick about "Boris Johnson and Sheep Abuse" is not the actual answer to who my "Best friend in 3'rd grade" was.

On the Internet, that place where everything is tracked, recorded, to be kept forever, then splurged all over BitBucket (and The SUN if it's good stuff), Deniability is crucial. One must simply lie about every bit of personal information given whenever one signs up for something!

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

The genie cannot be put back in the bottle. Verhofstadt's bad teeth, Barnier's delusions of grandeur, Juncker's patent alcoholism and Tusk's narcissism and arrogance have had a spotlight upon them as has May's utter incompetence.

Projection Much?

From my side of the water the EU has shown some well-hidden competence in the handling of Brexit and speaking of Narcissism, whats with this thing that every single time anyone from the EU utter a word, a chorus of Brexiteer newspaper articles arrive with: "They loves us, they wants us, they needs us, they don't want us to leave, ever, but we will, once they give us a better deal because they love us ... et cetera".

Donald Trump will have you lot over a barrel and you will enjoy it. And maybe thats "better than being in", however, one could also get that kind of thing for much less in Amsterdam.

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

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Re: Low tech solution

department of 200 people for 10 years to process everything manually,

But then it wouldn't be Digital and Digital it must be!

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

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Re: Dr strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the AI

How long before multiple false positives lead to deaths directly because an AI said so..

Oh. only about -15 years: "We" have been droning the wrong people for the better part of a decade based on garbage intelligence, the so-called "Signature Strikes".

If we include the Vietnam war, where the same sensor networks and statistical analysis bullshit and fllim-flam was tried, for better than 50 years.

But, what matters of course is when it happens to *us*. That serving is coming right up, I suspect. Some "smart" AI-system sending SWAT 'round instead of a teenager? What ever could go wrong?!

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Terminator

Re: Facial Recognition

Depends on what "Works" means. If those AI cameras were to create an endless stream of potential suspects so that more resources and bigger gunz are always needed to keep up with "keeping us safe" then ... neither the DHS, the MIL-SEC complex nor the stockholders will complain much.

My personal belief is that most, if not all, the predictions provided by these "solutions" are essentially random garbage, but, that nobody gives a shit because The Computer and The Algorithm is The True Oracles of Our Time so one is never wrong in trusting it (and pouring more funding down that particular drain).

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: China is not a democracy

China has well documented "Black prisons" where people are taken away and denied access to lawyers and the like. Often

Sure. For Chinese, inside China (and they can probably persuade Chinese nationals with hostages ... family and friends ... living inside of China to come back and face whatever music). This is kinda what one would expect from a totalitarian state. But we don't live in China or under Chinese rules.

The Global War on Terror/Drugs/Freedom(?) is exactly what it sez on the tin: 'Global', meaning that "democracy" somehow decided that it was OK that "the security state" can get us anywhere at any time. Our agents can also bomb, disappear and drone brown people with impunity. Barely makes the news, these days.

Which is *not* behaviour I expected from a Democracy. Imagine the outcry when China and Russia decides that, since western democracy can just do all these things, then we can too!

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Re: China is not a democracy

So? "Western Democracy" has been happily debasing itself for two decades and "Western free market capitalism" is just a huge pile of bull-dung that must be perpetually bailed out by the taxpayers to exist.

As it is: China can't put me on a no-fly list, mess with my SWIFT transfers or send me off to 'indefinite detention' with free water-treatment in some secret 3'rd world military base.

So, simply on a personal risk basis, we should be welcoming our New Chinese Overlords. Starting with buying a Huawei mobile.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: nothing truthful about them

How is an LNG tanker a security risk, exactly?

Like SWIFT or the Internet: Any infrastructure is also a weapon seen from the US perspective.

The yanks might get miffed over something at any given moment and confiscate payments or cancel delivery. The Russians only canceled gas to Ukraine because Ukraine did not pay, which is normal, one would think.

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Facepalm

Re: Nice word

Fact check from several sources, occasionally he does get something right,

Yes, but .... why?

Nothing is going to change, Donald Trump absolutely doesn't care, his supporters doesn't care, his opponents only care so far as to be virtue-signalling to each other and there is still two years to when the Dims and their 15000 army of con-slut-ants will somehow manage once again to pick the one candidate in the known universe that will certainly lose to Donald Trump and "Try", Ever so Hard, to win a presidential race.

Instead of bother with the twit's tweeting one could learn to play the guitar or something!

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

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Coat

But where do you invest your money now?

Short duration treasuries. We are exiting "return on capital"- and entering "return of capital"- territory. The FED is raising and chaotic Brexit is looming, Volatility is growing, Indexes are up but underlying market stocks are "rotting" -> The odds of a 30% down month are basically getting better and better.

If one is getting bored and feeling lucky, there is:

BEAR x2 (or x3) certificates on an Index that is about to go "Splat!". Buy some on the coming retrace back up to moving average 200 days range for GDAXI or the FTSE, or a unicorn stock, or, whatever there is available from your local Fancy Lottery Ticket Pusher.

Just keep it small, there is risk of 100% capital loss on these things.

Microsoft reveals xlang: Cross-language, cross-compiler and coming to a platform near you

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Re: Not a new thing

Besides, .NET "killed" COM so for the last 20 years COM hasn't been cool, meaning we have a new cohort of developers who can re-invent this wheel all-over again and think it's new.

They didn't kill it off, they just wrapped it! Many years ago I was paid money to write a tool to automatically insert graphs of process data into a powerpoint slide deck.

There are many easier "open-source"-ish ways to do this, but no, this tool *Had* to be 100% pure Microsoft+Windows. So, .NET is was, except, except: For some critical functionality, possibly the creation of the graph object, one had to burrow down and call COM "By Hand", using the ancient windows "handle"-syntax and all!

I wonder why is this industry seemingly so uniquely susceptible to this tendency to reject the past instead of learning from it ?

Most IT projects fails miserably. People don't want to remember stress, failure and pain so they eventually become Pavlovian-Conditioned to always "look forward"?

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: Not Surprised

To get in my workplace, you have to force entry. It's that simple.

That's probably the most important point of having a lock. If the place is burgled, we want evidence of the burglary so that the insurance pays up.

With the IOT-crap dropping its knickers on every occasion, and the police IT-skills being what they are for the foreseeable future, it might be hard to prove an illegal entry.

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Re: If this guy has chosen not to install one of those ...

Then he probably wouldn't say "my property" and would probably be yelling at his landlord, instead of Yale

The average Daily Mail reader would absolutely say "my property" about their rented room in a shared flat a good 40 minutes walk from the tube!

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Alien

Just in time ...

for The Alien Invasion Fleet!

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Holmes

Re: The Spy Game is changing

One thing we know is that here in the UK, we were very good at catching enemy agents and persuading them to work for us.

What is going on is that the UK and allies realised that the current crop of potential double-agents, just so neatly being served up just for the taking, are generally a bunch of bums that will only drain ressources and cannot be relived upon anything except to create vast troubles for The West, like, f.ex. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi (codeword "Curveball"), Ahmed Chalabi and probably numerous others that we have not heard about yet.

See? Putins security state really *wanted* Western Intelligence to arrest and "turn" all of these non-performing agents into "assets", thus keeping "us" busy with nothing (at best) for a decade or more, with luck getting us into another debacle in the middle east or Asia.

Except, Our Side smelled the ruse and blew the setup onto the Internet, thus leaving the Russians stuck with their deadwood (and blocking the path for "our" representatives using one of them to get "us" into another stupid adventure).

Maybe our intelligence services are smarter than they appear to be?

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: And then billed 3 extra hours?

It still baffles me that they would spend money to make the scope slower? Why not just offer the 100MHz version only?

Price Bracketing - Most people will prefer to pay more for the higher performance version over the basic cheap(est) version. The existence of a cheap model "justifies" the higher priced ones. For this strategy to work, the cheap version of course has to exist so they will make one with minimum effort invested. Sports bicycle suppliers does this all the time.

Sometimes suppliers also have several so-so product variants which merely exists to funnel sales towards "The Original", "The One That Just Works", like Absolute Vodka (or Garmin) are doing.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Big Brother

Re: "using people's cellphone numbers, provided for 2FA to target them with adverts"

Which is really terrifying when you consider political campaigns.

Politics is one thing, but, it is slow and inefficient; How about not bothering with the political process at all, since one could be getting a reasonable solid list of people being homos, left-wing, jewish, female + about town + muslim, not-swedish-enough - and then sending the thicko boys round to sort them out and really explain things to them!?

All it takes, for anyone today, to run ones own private morality police service is: A FB business account, a little money, some nutters who like violence and some targeted advertising.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Hillary, The Loser! Nah, The Great One would not repeat a loser strategy and become associated with it, lest it rubs off on his greatness. No big thinking needed: Donald Trump is axing the Cyber Czar just because it is (he thinks) something Obama invented.

Obama == Bad Person -> Everything Obama did is BaD!

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Isn't it time to make it harder to acquire firearms?

Why? Americans whacking other Americans is statistically a very rare occurrence, it totally drowns in all the non-Americans casually whacked by Americans while going about their normal business!

As a non-American I'd say: Let 'em have their guns and eat it too!

Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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IT Angle

Re: neurodiverse ?

.... a word that allows stupid people to get jobs too, ....

Well, what are the alternatives!? We used to have "room in the bottom line" to some dumb-bells to Q&A check the electrical cords, serve tea and whatever. Then business got the competition disease, the underperformers got fobbed off onto the local councils, then government caught the competition virus with an asian mutation a.k.a. Vengeance, then we filled up the social security budget allocations as well as the housing estates with useless lads and lad-ettes, and now we are going full cirkle and employing them again.

Which is good and at least progress, in my book.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Why?

And whatever you do - save 20% of your after tax salary in a few investment accounts. "Retire" at 40!

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Devil

Re: Mr Robot

I think hot-desking is too soft on them.

You want task specific workstations, TaskStations(tm), so that the peons will need to circulate from station to station to complete one workflow. It is important that not all information is transferred between TaskStations(tm) so the peons must bring notes at all time.

You want individual position tracking to measure if anyone are hanging around with nothing to do.

You want to have about 10% less TaskStations(tm) than is required for the workload to encourage a healthy spirit of competition amongst the peons - and to always have some slackers recorded in the movement stats.

For the final touches, You probably want individual life insurances on the peons made out with your tax-exempt shell corporation as the beneficiary. Maybe the one that specialises in organ harvesting?

Perhaps we can make the TaskStations coin-operated? For added value, one can get the people who designs parking payment machines to create the usage fee structure?

-- Oi, Where is the cat-icon!?

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Pint

Can I buy life insurance on that guy?

I just feel lucky today!

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

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Terminator

Better fake news, just what we need!

The world simply craves better fake footage of fake gas attacks on civilians.

- and perfectly believable-, trustworthy- and totally honest-looking politicians talking in front of Yuuge Crowds that totally exists!

- Everyone with some ressources will soon run their publicly released video footage through monopolised video servers that removes the "tells" from their lying faces.

- A while later, I'd guess 2030 thereabouts, presidents, pop-stars politicians and those leading media-personalities known for nothing in particular will not even exists outside of The Cloud.

- Why should they? They are all there to divert attention away from power, not to exercise it!

Time to pull the plug!

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: Dreaming

I once worked on a project who actually procured a huge SUN Blade Server ("My Preciousss" to the Build-BOFH) to finish the running of build, install and regression tests for several versions of a custom Linux Distro on about 40 different targets overnight.

There were web pages for each project, target device and whatnot showing the results of the builds. They had like 6 people employed just to keep the tests running.

I'd say that pretty good software was produced there. Today, one could pop most of the heavy lifting into in the cloud running it on a 'pay-per-build'-basis, so there are no good excuses, really.

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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Headmaster

Re: 'source level' reactions and reactivity addition

*ALSO* likely to cause an uncontrolled reaction and *EXPLOSION*

I think nobody will notice a mere Teraton "nuke" going off near a black hole - too noisy there. With all those GeV X-rays being sloshed about by that mass being sucked in and the polar mass ejections at about light speed.

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Who Cares if it is "correct"?

It's a model, we can calculate and even predict stuff with it, quite a lot of stuff actually. Which means it is a very good model. When a more "correct" model comes along, we can calculate and predict even better. Even then "Einstein" will still work, just like Newton and Maxwells models still work as long as one is not doing Quantum Electrodynamics (where they kinda work).

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Well, this is interesting, first we're going to see legislation,

No. Eventually, after a long time and many tribulations, we are going to see legislation. Which is the proper way we do things around "here" - ass-about-tits.

What the article actually says is that the TLA ghouls wants the tech providers to give them access *without* legislation. Kinda as a favour, like. It's not like the same TLA's would turn right around and skewer their new tech friends once their classified personnel records are in China or something and Congress for once wants to see someone under the bus over it!

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Re: When I was eighteen...

On older “wyse” CRT “smart” ascii terminals, one of the magical esc-sequences would set the line scan frequency to zero.

Dumping a raw binary on such a terminal would often yield a quite satisfying ‘Blam’, the spillage of coffee and loud swearing, all accompanied by a happy cloud of grey smoke.

One could dump files to other terminals using a message feature of the OS. These features combined eventually caused the extinction of the Wyse species of CRT terminal.

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

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Black Helicopters

Re: 'My hosts file is currently 12,492 lines long'

Book a flight or hotel room or buy anything online and dozens of slurpers are being fed, with nothing you or I can do about it sadly...

I think in Qubes-OS one can create a "use-once/ephemeral" domain for that kind of thing. You are tracked while browsing, but every time you shut down your browser within the "internet shopping domain" everything is reset and on the next shopping mission, your browser looks totally new.

"They" always get your IP address and "User Agent String"; no cookies, pixels, cached data and whatnot that the marketing scum relies on will be preserved. Which is Something.

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Re: Private Piracy, Arrr

AND avoiding Microsoft's accursed ribbon

MS-Office on MacOS is not exactly stable, in my experience. I actually like the "dumb" tools that came with the MacOS (KeyNote, Pages, Numbers) because they are simple and not cluttered. Everyone and dog, though, uses MS-Word.

That's why Open Source has enterprise value.

In my experience, the lack of licensing and license management is what really crate enterprise value for FOSS. With FOSS people can build systems and even sell them without managing 30+ different licenses and run about 5+ generally retarded licence managers that must be massaged alle the time to be able to run whatever they manage the license for. Goons from FAST won't kick down the doors to the shop either.

OTOH - Vastly expensive, proprietary, infrastructure software (Oi VmWare, Oracle) has "Getting the BOFH installed on the board"-value. What they don't teach in Management School: To be part of the solution, one first has to become a key part of the problem!

Anyway - Sometimes only "proprietary" will really do the job, I would personally be really stressed designing things for manufacturing in some volume using KiCAD and Spice rather than using Altium Designer and ComSol.

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: TBH I'd thought they solved this problem decades ago.

Then the hobbyists get them -

The hobbyists needs to get them first or there will be no high-end market. The place where I work, they are very much into Big-Money, Big-Systems CAD from Dassault. Including 3D visualisation.

The trouble is that none of it works very well.

One reason that none of it works very well is that very, very, few people have the money combined with the lack of sense to "invest" in these tools. So the developers constantly runs into "new situations" every time they deploy something (The CAD workstations even have to use some special version nVidia graphics card which is about 2000 EUR ... If they had just stuck with normal, high-end, gamer-card compatibility, those would have been faster, cheaper and there would even be fixed drivers and support). Another reason is that most people "investing" in these high-end boutique tools are people like the F-35 project, with unlimited tax-payer funding and which does not have to deliver anything that really works for another 3-4 generations of engineers. Powerpoints and beautiful sims will do just fine.

In "IT" I think it is more effective to go relatively low-end, where the volume is and people will accept limitations and faults, in order to get sufficient design iterations and volume needed to be able to also market a reliable high-end product for the professional market. The opposite strategy of Tesla.

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