* Posts by h4rm0ny

4617 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008

Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor


Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

>>"Tattoos are just a naff fashion statement for trend sheep"

Oddly enough, I have never heard anyone judge a person they don't know for not having tattoos. It seems to be the preserve of a certain sub-set without who get to pontificate on the moral / intellectual / social status of others based on this.

And on principle, I tend to reserve my contempt for those that stereotype and judge others, not those who don't.


Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

It's like the Daily Mail in here, some days. They might as well have thrown in a reference to hoodies or that terrible music kids listen to, today.

Seriously - you're prejudiced against people with tattoos? Why?

Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas


>>A carpenter, just to pick an example, does need to know science but they don't need to know if the earth goes around the sun

Your value of need is quite different to my value of need.


Re: Pedanting...

>>"just as humans are different enough to be considered distinct from apes"

When did that happen? I was always taught (and considered) humans to be part of the group named "apes". Is that no longer accepted as standard view?


Re: You need to see the questions for context

Am I the only one who read the question and thought: "But humans are animals" ?

We'll buy patents for cash, says Google – just don't feed the trolls


Not optimistic about this. I remember with the Rockstar Consortium which held many valuable mobile patents, Google was invited to be part of the group to buy the shares - the intent being that this would neutralize them all as a weapon that the various players could use against each other. Google instead chose to try and bid for them all themselves so that they could charge other people for the use.

Additionally, Google has historically tried to present themselves as "only using patents defensively", i.e. they'll only use them if someone uses them against them first and suggest this makes them a Good Guy. But if Google infringe on someone else's IP and that person seeks licence fees, is it really correct to say that Google is being "defensive"? It's more just that Google was presenting patents as the only weapon when in fact infringement can be just as much an aggressive move.

The logical thing to do with these patents if they wanted to ensure they were never used against people, would be to buy them and then legally declare them open for all use. But their investors would never stand for that, just as their investors wont stand for Google buying assets uselessly. Investors want to see value for their money and Google will only be spending money on these to accumulate value. They may not immediately use some of them but if the situation changes so that it becomes profitable to do so, they will. Big corporations seek profit - that's built into the system.

C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17


Re: New Keywords

>>"Anyone have any others?!"

Manifesto - This block of code is omitted at compile time.



I wish D had achieved greater uptake. It was (is?) essentially C++ done again but "knowing what we know now".

Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit


>>"The "self-censorship" (and liberal use of NSFW in other articles) is a courtesy to those employees of corporations with a puritanical view of appropriate reading."

Such corporations can go fuck themselves, imo. It's perfectly good and old English. It just happens to originate from before the Normans invaded and convinced everyone that if you wanted to be upper class, you had to speak French, not use Anglo-Saxon words, I've never had time for snobs, personally.


>>"On the other hand, considering the reach Debian and its derivatives has into the overall Linux user-base, they could have simply informed the relevant developers that systemd would not be supported so either the apps work without a systemd dependency or they don't work."

That's not really how Linux distros work. Whether they include it by default or not, systemd will be available as a package to install. They can't and wouldn't stop that. I mean they could do a sort of soft block by not including it themselves, but it would be trivial for someone to create a .deb package and share it. All that would be accomplished by that approach would be mildly poorer security (have to trust an extra unofficial repo). And like I said, it's not really the Open Source way to stop people installing software if they want it.

So systemd is available for Debian regardless. In which case, how exactly are they going to go round all those projects using it and tell them not to use it?

Yes, I agree that Debian was the last sane person in the kingdom and now they've thrown in their lot with the lunatics because it was increasingly impossible to fight them. But I'm not sure, without major and dedicated resource, they could have.



Poettering got tired of Microsoft copying UNIX, and decided to seek justice by copying them for once.

Unfortunately, he started with their business model. :/


Um, I actually did read it as fsck at first glance. :o :(

But then El Reg hasn't been bought out by Americans or something has it? Why the fuck would we need words censored? Self-censorship is the saddest censorship. :(


Re: Choice during install

I haven't tried this yet, but I understand the new Gnome has dependencies on systemd so unless you remove that, you're stuck with systemd. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are others in there that depend on it. So someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you're basically stuck with Wheezy until Devuan is available.


All hail Systemd.

And he causes all distros, the small and the great, the funded by Shuttleworth and the funded by none, and the personal distros and the enterprise-ready, to be given a package in their binary repository or in their source code, and he provides that no one will be able to boot or to start a daemon, except the one who has the package, either the name of the package or the number of his process. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the id of the process, for the number is that of a man called Poettering; and his process id is six hundred and sixty-six.

Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting


>>"Religion + anything = bad news"

Religion + Humour = Hail Eris!


From a friend:

Reading the comments on this on the linked story, there was this one from a friend of hers:

"Two summers ago in london i told @sabeen to be careful and she said, 'someone has to fight.' "

A brave person.

Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers


>>"What about the matter that making all those encodes will take time since they're HD and each forensically unique meaning they can't be shortcutted? Plus the fact that a one-off is not worth making a ROM-Marked pressed copy?"

That's up to the distributors in each case if it's worth their time or not. Which I guess would depend on how many recipients they had (ten, a hundred, two-thousand?). It wouldn't be worth pressing these discs en masse - you'd churn them out individually. My educated guesstimate for encoding, assuming you had semi-professional hardware, would be about an hour and a half to two hours per hour of actual program / movie. But if you wrote encoding software specifically with this in mind you could do multiple files in parallel introducing the custom markers to each as you went. You'd still need to burn those files to disc individually of course, but the encoding could, if you were serious about this, be done in about five hours for a hundred or so variations. Hardware would run you somewhere around the £3,000+ level, in large part enterprise / custom NAS. I could probably modify libav to actually do this and I'm almost tempted to go and give it a go. I wonder if anyone would actually be interested in a working version of this...? I wouldn't want to be the low-paid workers who sat there burning two-hundred blu-rays in a row, however. Though on the other hand - lots of time for reading The Register. ;)

But anyway, I can't answer this last question of yours - it's a value judgement of the distributor based on how much time they want / can afford to spend doing this stuff and how much of a concern tracking leaks actually is to them. These are things I don't know. I just do maths and software. ;) But I hope this was interesting at least.


>>"That depends on how they're forensically identified and how one goes about removing the traces"

No it doesn't. You should really read some of the previous comments here. It doesn't matter how you remove the frames or pad them out, it only matters that you can only do this for the cases you are aware that they are different. And you can only do that between the compromised copies you have available. If you have two copies, you can see the differences between those two. You wont know about the differences between them and a third copy that you do not have. Because you do not know about those differences you cannot obfuscate them. Therefore your "merged" version clearly indicates that you had access to copies A and B but not C. Therefore the distributor knows which two studios were compromised.

>>which would basically whittle down the forensic tagging to the point the studio won't be able to tell which studio got raided

It doesn't work like that with them unable to work out "which" single studio got raided (or sold them out). They get a list of all the ones that did and by doing the exercises you are talking about all you are doing is ensuring that list is complete.

>>"Oh, speaking of third copies, if the pirates obtain a third copy, they can probably defeat the signature reliably by using a "two-out-of-three" rule, keeping the clip length that appears in two of the three copies (and in the event of a three-way-tie between cut, extend, and nothing, keep the nothing)."

Again, no. You are assuming that the copies do not have markers in common. That's not how this works. The pool of possible markers is huge (derived from the number of frames in the movie) and all copies will have markers in common with all but one other meaning only a complete compromise of all recipients allows one to complete obscure / remove all markers and all that tells the studio anyway is that all parties were compromised.

PLEASE, read the other comments first before responding with confidence that you know better how this works. You actually don't get this. And if I sound a little short with you it's because whenever something like this is touted there are a half-dozen or so people who all just assume that they all have spotted a flaw in this that the mathematicians haven't and rather than ask if it is one, they confidently make assertions about their way of beating this as if the creators had never considered it. It's frustrating.


>>If the pirates obtained TWO copies, they could run a picture delta analysis to determine off frames and work from there: keeping edits from BOTH copies to throw off the forensic identification"

This has been covered in detail. The above is possible. But what it achieves is to tell the distributors that TWO studios have leaked. And which ones they were. Basically, you think using n sources hides which one of n was the leak. It doesn't, it provides a list of thise n studios that have been compromised.


Re: If they really are serious

>>"About stopping leaks and piracy release the damn thing when its done rather than waiting. If the English language version was ready why sit on it?"

Well it only leaked ahead of the official release by about a day so they were hardly "sitting on it". And if you're suggesting releasing all episodes at once, that's far worse from the point of view of advertising revenues so the producers would make far less money. It's also arguably worse from the public experience as for many the What Will Happen Next community factor of people getting excited waiting for the next episode, discussing it, is a big part of the experience. Millions of people discuss Game of Thrones (and enjoy doing so) in a way that simply would not happen if it were released as a big blob like a movie with breaks.

>>"Also regional delays are unecessary. If the latest episode of X is already out in Y then Johnny Pirate will download it. With on demand TV im sure most people would forgo piracy and just watch it on demand. Unfortunately the choice isnt there."

Getting rid of regional segregation and just having a single sales model for shows would certainly be a cost saving for we in the affluent West. Basic economics is you charge what the market will bare. And that figure is different in India to what it is in the USA or the UK for example. So if there's no regional segregation the price will average. That means cheaper for we in the West, but much more expensive for people in India, Pakistan or wherever.


>>"And should I re-encode to a different frame rate, all is lost."

No, because your new encode will still have length variations in scenes that relate to the source copies. You can average scene lengths but that brings us back to having successfully narrowed down a short-list of those recipients that were leaks. Think of your re-encode as adding 2 to every number in a sequence - it does nothing to conceal the original pattern. To do that, you need to know which numbers in the sequence are different to other sequences and change those parts in a way that is special. And you can only do that with ones that have leaked so once again - the distributor knows which parties contributed.

>>"My point is that once someone knows how you encode something, they can mess it up."

That may be the point you are trying to make but what you keep doing is posting what you think is an easy way around this which turns out not to be. Everything you say is exactly what someone who is intelligent but lacks experience in the subject matter comes out with. The problem is that each time you do this, you assume you are right without having tested it against things in practice or against counter-points.

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>>"But, as usual, most of the Reg commentators refuse to acknowledge the most basic principles of security, such as threat models and relative costs, in favor of making banal, sophomoric claims about why someone else's idea is stupid."

But if someone else is stupid, it means you must be the pointer out must be smart... right?


Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs


Re: Well it's "Trusted Computing" all over again

I don't know what is worse some days. The people who post confident assertions when they clearly don't know what they're talking about, or the people who mod them up because the poster speaks authoritatively.

There are basic errors in your post.

>>1. It will bring _no_ benefit to security, as it'll be working in the wrong places. For example you will still be able to exploit a browser to steal cookies and such or install any form of spyware/adware

It is a tool that verifies the software you have installed matches an approved version. Do you also object to signed packages on GNU/Linux? Someone who doesn't understand that there is a security benefit to being able to verify software has no business talking on the subject of security. And your operating principle of 'unless something solves all types of security problems then it provides no benefit' is stunningly flawed.

Also, the browser steals cookies? Okay. :D

>>"In fact certain players in the field will probably even get their malware propperly signed"

Modern malware goes through huge numbers of variations for all sorts of reasons, including getting past anti-virus scanners. If you have to get something signed for every small variation of your malware, that's a staggering limitation. In fact, just getting one version of your malware through instantly becomes much harder as you have to have an account to register it with. Once something you submit is flagged as malware that entire account and every other piece of malware you used it for is effectively scorched. Good luck routinely creating thousands of accounts, getting them approved and then passing off tiny variations in malware with each of them.

And it's fairly easy to recognize malware. Or rather I should say that there are groups that are extremely good at this. Most malware gets about because it's not picked up as malware by people's systems. You can put it up on some compromised site and trick people into installing it because they're ignorant of what it is. But with this turned on, you have to trick Microsoft's QC team into believing it's innocent. And that's a lot harder than tricking some average end-user.

And then of course there's the fact that once something is recognized as malware, its signature gets revoked. This process can happen extremely quickly meaning it's perfectly likely that by the time the malware actually reaches you personally, it's already reached someone else and it got flagged.

>>"No malware today actually accesses the hardware since that would be rather stupi"

Cough Stuxnet Cough. Plus there are entire families of trojans that infect the bootstack which, whether you call it accessing the hardware or not, is happening below the level of the OS which is what is relevant. Anyway, this is another of your basic errors. This security measure isn't protecting the hardware, it is hardware-based. A fundamental difference you have not grasped.

>>"2. As a side effect it'll limit the software you can run on those machines"

That's not a side-effect. That's what the technology does.

>>"For example FOSS will probably not run on such a machine as it will eventually not run any unsigned code"

FOSS software can be signed just the same as proprietary or closed source software. The process is no different. And for the minority who actually compile it themself rather than download a binary (kids today!), this doesn't affect that as the very fact that you're compiling your own code means you have a bypass on this system.

>>"There should be laws against this sort of thing"

Against what? Having an optional whitelist of software you can turn on?

>>"and actually in Germany that would clash with your basic right of "Integrity and Confidality of Information Processing Equipment"."

Complete and utter rubbish.


Re: not addressing the Core Problem

>>"That would do away with the need for admin rights for installers (which is IMHO one of the biggest problems in keeping things secure as you give far too much in the way of rights to an app that should not need it), and it would contain issues with the app to that one user environment. Adobe, for instance, should be be allowed to go near any admin rights."

This is not invalid, it's a common security principle in many areas. The problem with it though, is you end up with your user space starting to become a de facto admin space. There are so many things that software needs to do that can be harmful if subverted that you can only go so far down that road before you find it's not having much affect in terms of securing you. Userspace is not the panacea some people are starting to treat it as.

I agree about Adobe, however, and would actually extend that to not being allowed to go near a computer in the first place.


Re: @Jason7 - You know very well...

>>"Security is the justification for taking away control from you like in UEFI Secure Boot."

Well on any x86 device so far, that's only meant taking away control from people who can't work out how to get into the UEFI BIOS and switch Secure Boot to "Off".

Which admittedly, may include you.


>>"Sounds more like a DRM mechanism than helping protect the OS from compromise."

Ideally, it would be both. If software can be verified at the hardware level then you can say goodbye to intrusive DRM that can hit performance or has to keep signing you into an online account, etc. Win-Win, imo.


Re: Identity badges don't guarantee good behaviour

>>"The trouble with this type of approach to security is that knowing (or thinking you know) what something "is" doesn't really tell you very much about what it "does" - or might do when it thinks you aren't looking."

That's not the way it helps. The point is that if it isn't what it's supposed to be, you're unlikely to be the first victim. It will rapidly be reported and its signature revoked.


Re: But what about...

>>"Expect that to be implemented as enabled by default on home/consumer rated OEM installs and disabled by default only on volume licence distributions."

IF your unsupported assumption turns out to be true, then the user could, you know, turn it off again. And if a user can't manage that then they're exactly the sort of person who shouldn't be turning it off anyway.

Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH


Re: Azure is not easier to use that AWS; it's not true.

>>"As an IaaS platform, AWS is easier to understand and use"

This is true (though I would argue once you've got past the learning curve, neither is difficult). But Azure is more focused to PaaS and here it excels, imo. I don't have as much experience as you sound like you do with these, but I have used both professionally and this is how I personally have found it. And increasingly I find myself wanting PaaS more than IaaS for my needs.

China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem


>>"So the Arabs gave us numeracy and the cradle of civilisation, and in return we gave them the barbarity that is now so popular in Northern Iraq and Syria?"

I have never heard Arab or Muslim culture referred to as The Cradle of Civilization. That usually refers to the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, et al. Whilst geographically the regions overlap with the modern day Middle East, you're out by a couple of thousand years. Numeracy is also very distinct from mathematics - the West (and the East) both had numeracy. We (the West) did get several mathematical concepts from the Islamic world of the time. Though it should also be mentioned that the off-quoted concept of zero actually pre-existed in India and appears to have made its way from there originally and then VIA the Islamic world.

Anyway, much like Rome and some other successful empires, significant causes of the collapse of the Islamic "Golden Age" came from internal stagnation. There was a significant external factor but it wasn't us (speaking as a Westerner). It was the mongols who inflicted debilitating military defeats upon the Islamic world. The various Crusades - whilst not insignificant - had nowhere the effect that Ghengis did. So in so far as barbarity had to be imported, you can look Eastwards for that.

Of course if you're looking at the current situation, then yes - Western propping up of various convenient dictators and dynasties has badly held back equality and progress in the Middle East.

EDIT: I'd be fascinated to know why two people felt the need to mod down my original post about Viking funerals. Surely it can't be because it's "off-topic" given the story.


There's an account of a Viking funeral (one of the few first-hand written accounts by an educated writer) by a 10th Century Arab traveller who gave the following account:

The dead chieftain was put in a temporary grave, which was covered for ten days until they had sewn new clothes for him. One of his thrall women volunteered to join him in the afterlife and she was guarded day and night, being given a great amount of intoxicating drinks while she sang happily. When the time had arrived for cremation, they pulled his longship ashore and put it on a platform of wood, and they made a bed for the dead chieftain on the ship. Thereafter, an old woman referred to as the "Angel of Death" put cushions on the bed. She was responsible for the ritual.

Then they disinterred the chieftain and gave him new clothes. In his grave, he received intoxicating drinks, fruits, and a stringed instrument. The chieftain was put into his bed with all his weapons and grave offerings around him. Then they had two horses run themselves sweaty, cut them to pieces, and threw the meat into the ship. Finally, they sacrificed a hen and a cock.

Meanwhile, the thrall girl went from one tent to the other and had sexual intercourse with the men. Every man told her: "Tell your master that I did this because of my love to him". In the afternoon, they moved the thrall girl to something that looked like a door frame, where she was lifted on the palms of the men three times. Every time, the girl told of what she saw. The first time, she saw her father and mother, the second time, she saw all her relatives, and the third time she saw her master in the afterworld. There, it was green and beautiful and together with him, she saw men and young boys. She saw that her master beckoned for her.

By using intoxicating drinks, they thought to put the thrall girl in an ecstatic trance that made her psychic and through the symbolic action with the door frame, she would then see into the realm of the dead. The same ritual also appears in the Icelandic short story "Völsa þáttr," where two pagan Norwegian men lift the lady of the household over a door frame to help her look into the otherworld.

Thereafter, the thrall girl was taken away to the ship. She removed her bracelets and gave them to the old woman. Thereafter she removed her finger rings and gave them to the old woman's daughters, who had guarded her. Then they took her aboard the ship, but they did not allow her to enter the tent where the dead chieftain lay. The girl received several vessels of intoxicating drinks and she sang and bade her friends farewell.

Then the girl was pulled into the tent and the men started to beat on the shields so her screams could not be heard. Six men entered the tent to rape the girl, after which they forced her onto her master's bed. Two men grabbed her hands, and two men her wrists. The angel of death put a rope around her neck and while two men pulled the rope, the old woman stabbed the girl between her ribs with a knife. Thereafter, the relatives of the dead chieftain arrived with a burning torch and set the ship aflame. It is said that the fire facilitates the voyage to the realm of the dead.

Afterwards, a round barrow was built over the ashes, and in the centre of the mound they erected a staff of birch wood, where they carved the names of the dead chieftain and his king. Then they departed in their ships

The account is published in a book by Steinsland & Meulengracht published in 1998 if anyone is interested. As you can see, China has little to worry about in comparison.


Re: @Ian Emery (was: Fantastic idea, I have already booked some for my funeral.)

It also makes it harder for the authorities to prosecute him than if a friend or relative had to arrange it themself.

Well, the authorities could prosecute if they wish, but he wont care.

>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas


...and then blamed Google for it just to pile some insult on the injury.

Analysts always annoy me. They're like that person in your company who doesn't actually do much useful but takes it upon themselves to thank you / blame you even though you couldn't care less about their opinion.

Teradata's Aster shows how the flowers of fraud bloom

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Stunningly beautiful on many levels.

That is all.

Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly


Re: So what next?

>>"Maybe you feel that they should be different, separate, services, but that is irrelevant. Both are Google products, and Google is entitled to use one to promote the other"

No they're not, that's where you are mistaken. The reason is because it is anti-competitive. Sticking with the Ford car analogy, suppose Ford not only made cars, but also owned a chain of petrol stations. Suppose they cross promote deals between the two with their petrol stations giving discounts or priority lanes to Ford cars. That means the car business is no longer competing on the quality of cars, but is affected by the number of petrol stations Ford owns. And if Ford is dominant in the field of petrol stations such that the overwhelming majority are owned by them, then that is anti-competitive. The car industry will be hugely skewed not by competition within it, but by the market dominance of the owning company in a different market sector. That is abuse of position which is illegal. Google are hugely dominant in search. Therefore using that to promote themselves in other markets can be anti-trust.

Also, this article is the usual biased polemic I expect from Worstall these days.

RSA supremo rips 'failed' security industry a new backdoor, warns of 'super-mega hack'


Re: Criminal hypocrites - you are the problem, not the solution

I see one downvote already. I think it may not be clear that your references to Jews are intended to draw parallels with how Jewish people were used as scapegoats and could be read as you saying hoarders is a euphemism for Jews. Just because that's how strikethrough text is so often used online. I actually had to double check and think about what you probably meant.

Just to make you aware.

White House cyber-general says US must be able to cyber-nuke the worst of the cyber-worst


"Bad Guys"

You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

Mortgage data splashed all over the net. Thanks HSBC Finance


My bet is that someone put it there to share with someone else (either due to technical hurdles on the correct way of sharing things, or bureaucratic hurdles that were inconvenient). That other person grabbed it off the webserver and then it was forgotten that it was up there.

It's at least plausible.

IT Person A: "Hey, I need to run some stats on your mortgage figures for the boss. Can you send them over?"

It Person B: "We're not allowed to send that stuff as email attachments anymore and we're not in the same group for the file shares."

IT Person A: "Can you put it on that webserver and just tell me the name of the file?"

IT Person B: "Can do."

Then Friday afternoon happens and the rest is history.

Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology


Re: Times they are a'changing(maybe)

All quotes on the Internet ultimately evolve to the point where they are attributed to either Wilde, Einstein or Bill Gates. Or if to do with American politics, Benjamin Franklin.


Re: Not needed with the future direction ?

>>"The direction Microsoft are currently heading is for them to have most core applications running on their servers, your data stored on their OneDrive. And instead of people paying for an full blown OS on their own devices, for Microsoft to control everything."

Yet another thing the bastards have stolen from Google! >:(

Met Police puts iPads, Windows and Android mobes on trial


Re: Rugged Android Equipment

My off-the-cuff opinion (which is probably worth as much as the final commissioned report but a few-hundred thousand quid cheaper, I expect) is that it should either be Android (but based on CyanogenMod) or Windows Phone. Apple is out of the running both for lack of customizability and lack of experience and support for the Enterprise. WP has been designed with Enterprise support in mind and Android can be made so because it's open.

Ruggedability should be something of a non-factor in the decision as it would be relatively easy to re-case both Android and Windows devices and with a lucrative market like policing / security forces, there would be no shortage of OEMs happy to do so.


>>"Is it 'cos dey is Black(berry)?"

Given we're talking about the Met, here... probably.


I know exactly how this will go.

An extensive investigation by an expensive third party that has little to no representation from the people currently involved and familiar with what is being done. This will culminate in a report that recommends whatever vendor the decision maker is friends with the CEO of.

Raytheon suspected of readying for Websense slurp


With apologies to Wilde:

"The unethical, in pursuit of the unusable."

iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing


Re: Wrong conclusion to the report

Alcohol is to stupidity like oil is to an engine. It reduces resistance and lets you just accelerate away.

Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan


Re: Smaller screens

Agreed. I don't want more features. It does what I want very nicely already. And I like it because it is simple, efficient and clean to use. WP8 follows, in a way, the UNIX philosophy of "do one thing and do it well". At least as far as interface and apps go. Now it looks like it's throwing that out in favour of the usual headless chicken approach.

Will reserve judgement, but not optimistic.

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers


>>"So what ? I was working on Vax VMS 27 years ago, you're not the only old fart around here."

I was asked where I had been for the last twenty years so I answered. It's not me trying to argue I'm right because I've been working with these systems for eighteen years, it's me answering a direct question from you. So don't pretend it's anything else.

>>Have you ever considered that patching and clearing up after cock-ups is actually what keeps a lot of admins in a job ?

I'm not in favour of writing bad code in order to ensure job security. That's a broken window fallacy.

>>"By the way 99.9% of comedy is laughing at someone else's misfortune."

I think when it's applied continually to a favourite victim, it's called something else.


>>"You wonder why 'nixers are hostile to MS and laugh at their misfortune, where have you been for the last 20 years ?"

Well actually, around 20 years ago I was working on HP UNIX give or take a couple of years (1998). I've worked on UNIX and then GNU/Linux for well over a decade and didn't use Windows in any serious manner until around the time of Windows 7. And you know what? I still don't laugh at other people's misfortune. I judge things on what they are today, not the actions of fifteen years ago. I could actually dig out some old Slashdot posts if I chose where I was endlessly damning MS for various things (SCO, their Embrace, Extend, Extinguish with Internet Explorer), etc. But when the situation changed, I didn't cling to old opinions, I kept them up to date. MS today produce some very good products and I recognize that. Furthermore, I don't cheer when something bad happens or people have to pull an all-nighter because of a problem. What I have learned is that any complex piece of software has problems. Today it is an MS product, tomorrow it will be Apple or an Open Source project.

So don't tell me what I don't know or that I have to indulge in pointing and laughing because of old history. We move on. At least some of us do.


The seething ill-will on these forums is really pathetic some days and this section is a great example of it. Almost nothing but venom and bile and for what? MS found a problem and fixed it and hackers reverse engineered that fix and are now targetting those who haven't patched. What do all these critics believe MS should have done instead? Not patched it and hope no-one else ever found the vulnerability? Patch it secretly and invent some sort of encrypted update system where no-one can see what MS are doing to your servers? Not technically feasible and unacceptable regardless. Seriously - if people are going to pour all this scorn on MS for this, what exactly do they suggest would have been the correct course of action?

No wait, I've already guessed the response - it's going to be some variation on "they shouldn't have bugs in the first place". Good luck with that! :/

Graphene spintronics crowned latest Moore's Law extender contender



They seem to have leapt past the "we can make science fiction real" stage and gone right to "we can make science fiction sound passé" stage. Passing information between single electrons in a way that can scale to usable solutions?

Is this real or madness. Or both?

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