* Posts by Mikel

2583 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Fitness for purpose

>It's not possible to determine what that was simply by looking at the rogue CCleaner.

And yet cleaning all the cr*p out of your Windows is in the name of the product.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Re: Meanwhile ...

Android and iOS have app isolation. That means an app scanner app could not possibly work because it can't access the other apps, nor the system. At most it can scan downloads.

If you're habituated to Windows so badly that it's inconceivable to operate a non-Windows mobile device without third party protection from the Windows design flaws it doesn't have, the Android app you didn't need can use whatever permissions you gave it to not fullfil its advertised purpose. It would follow then that you gave it all of them.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Microsoft Browser

They can't even get it to run on all of their own operating systems, let alone the popular ones like Android and iOS. Total cross platform fail for an app developer, particularly for a freaking browser.

And of course like the rest of their stuff, total kludge.

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Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Re: Amazing...

Remember that these are people who think a wallpaper might need to send text messages for some reason.

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Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

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Epyc disruption

AMD's Epyc will figure in a major server market disruption this winter. At least one of these top 5 will shake out by spring.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Bluetooth?

MS still haven't figured out Bluetooth?

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Astrology

Gartner and IDC have been OVER estimating future PC sales for a decade. You're right that they're always wrong, but they're uniformly wrong on the high side. That makes your prediction that this time they will reverse the polarity of their reality distortion field and err in the opposite direction quite hilarious. There is absolutely no reason to belive next year is any different from the ten before it in this regard.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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It will be found

In the last place they look, or not at all.

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Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

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Not gunning for profit.

There will be a time for profit taking at Tesla, but for now they are about exponential growth.

Seeing more and more of their cars these days. And they're only just now shipping their "people's car".

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: cheap arse DIYs

>ARM don't sell any devices and cut-throat competition means making money isn't easy for their many licensees.

ARM commoditized their technology, which makes it more widely available cheaper and in greater variety.

Water is a commodity. I can buy 47 different kinds of it at the corner gas station - mostly paying more for water than the gasoline from the pump outside. This despite the fact that at home I buy it by the acre-foot. Neither the water vendors nor the retailer are in danger of going out of business.

Commoditization is not death.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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Re: Microsoft murdered netbooks

Looks like they just created a whole class of repurposed laptops that have Linux support but not Windows.

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My first guess

Intel included PowerVR GPUs and hardware codecs sourced from Imagination Technologies (IT) in these chips. Ever proprietary and secretive, Microsoft and Intel probably don't have either the IP nor the necessary code to provide the updates. IT is now on the rocks after Apple decided they don't want to deal with this BS any more and yanked it from the iPhone and iPad.

Linux drivers were always reverse engineered, don't have proprietary IP and so, will continue to work. The same criticism about these drivers originally (lack of mfr secrets limit performance) now becomes a strength.

Long story short: lack of foresight.

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Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

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A terabyte of XPoint will be as big as a toaster and almost as hot. They've got about six generations of package shrinking to catch up on density with flash at the package level. Also that much will cost as much as a small house.

It's just not worth it yet for mainstream datacenter use. Maybe in a few years it will be worth checking on their progress. If it hasn't been cancelled yet.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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The horror. The shame.

It will be over soon my friends. Perhaps in a few years we can pretend it never happened.

In the meantime, before you get all hateful about our indiscretion in allowing this fool to be elected, let's not go there. You've had your share of losers (Cough, John, cough). Nobody's perfect.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Sir Tim is 62

A bit young to have reached his dotage, but it's a normal distribution curve and outliers happen.

On the question of DRM I have little to say except that no such scheme has been successful ever, and any attempt can be nought but snake oil sold to rights holders who demand the finest copperhead lube.

The analog hole still exists, and it cannot be closed. The chain of custody problem cannot be closed, and frankly - rightsholders don't want it to be: they count on it for word of mouth.

The whole evolution is sick now. I don't take my kids to the theater to watch the latest movies now. They've ruined it for us.

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Payroll glitch at DXC leaves former staff in employment limbo

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Correct image for this story

Darn it Reg, the canonical photo for this story involves a red Swingline stapler.

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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Re: A small FH factoid. It's now within 8.86% of the baseline SLS payload to LEO.

Falcon Heavy should be well over then.

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Re: "it depends on whether the customer is willing to use a cheaper, second hand rocket. "

The preferred term is "flight proven".

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Sea of Japan takes another hit

What did the Sea of Japan do to offend him so?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Blame anybody. Anybody at all.

Except of course the purveyor of reliably vulnerable software.

Twice as many people use Android as Windows. Do you get alerts: "For Ned's sake, turn off your phone! They're all being ransomwared!" No.

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Please disconnect your Windows PC from the network

and leave it disconnected forever.

Sincerely,

The Internet

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Disable hyperthreading? Ouch.

Not a good time for this just as AMD launches Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: Hmmm ...

<quote>as if a lawyer wrote it</quote>

You may be on to something here. That might be why it took so long to come up with the carefully worded non-denial.

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Retail availability?

Any idea when these will be in the online retail outlets?

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Watts and price

These are two big factors.

Platform flexibility too. Intel neuters the platform specs to avoid competing with their pricier platforms. ARM devices are, quite simply, engineered to be as capable as possible at the given power and price.

And gpio. HELLO! the iOT things need to do "thing" things.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Carbon

I don't know if you heard, but Musk is pretty big on carbon reduction. No doubt he has a plan to compensate.

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Re: Venus is too nasty, Mercury too hot and the moons of Jupiter or Saturn too distant.

The "Fountains of Paradise" space elevator plan works with known materials on exactly one body in the solar system: Ceres. The combination of low gravity and 9 hour day makes for a shorter tether that can be made of Amsteel Blue.

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EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

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Re: AMD lies as usual...

The EPYC platform has more PCIe lanes than Intel's. Period. That is what matters.

AMD is totally up front that some of the lanes in each socket are used for their Infinity interconnect. But they still net more lanes than Intel.

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AMD acquisition speculation

AMD's cross-licenses of Intel patents are void on a "change of control". There will be no such acquisition.

A single socket EPyC looks like just the thing for a workstation build. Getting pretty excited for year end.

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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

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I said this at the time

It's not a secret that they're running a JavaScript interpreter in a system security context for performance reasons.

Therefore they are never going to run out of vulnerabilities that allow remote code execution in a system security context.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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Continuous reorg

Sounds fun.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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East Texas

I read somewhere that the litigious-friendly court of East Texas had been defanged by a ruling the complainant had to file in their own district.

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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

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EPyC looks interesting

Maybe that will bring a bump in Q4.

128 threads in 2 sockets?

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

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I like Russians. I could support rapproachment

But not as quid pro quo for throwing the election. We're entitled to a government that is for America first, last and always.

As to Qatar, Trump probably doesn't even know that Iraq's invasion of them was our cue to the Gulf War. Probably doesn't know they're our most loyal ally in the region.

I hope so, otherwise he's throwing us under the bus again on purpose.

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Reboot loop

Considering Windows mobile team is also stuck in a reboot loop, maybe *they* should be wiped and reflashed.

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LIGO physicists eyeball a new gravitational wave

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Two solar masses (in energy) escaped

So much for "nothing can get out of a black hole"

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Shadow Brokers lay out pitch – and name price – for monthly zero-day subscription service

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Exploit As A Service

EaaS. New acronym time.

Might as well monetize the recurring opportunity.

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Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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As always

There are plenty more where this came from.

At some point it should stop being world news that it rained in Seattle.

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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Andy has had a long run

He used to be too far ahead of the curve. WebTV, acquired by Microsoft and destroyed. Danger Inc, acquired by Microsoft and destroyed. Android Inc, acquired by Google and found a little success.

He's got plenty of money now. Must be nice to get to work on whatever you want.

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Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

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Re: Polticians for sale! (again)

What's remarkable isn't that politicians are for sale, but how cheaply they can be had. And yet we don't pool our resources to bid the price up.

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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NASA is too prudish for practical research

Musk, though... Two months is a long way to Mars.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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More fabs, more product

Looking forward to spending some on this, so good news all around.

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Re: ReRAM?

ReRAM will be too low density to be a factor for several years.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Gee

Spies spy. Get over it.

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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Re: Intel

Fantastic unless you are dealing with a predefined bundle of software + hardware and the retard which built the software has linked it versus a machine ID library which uses the primary MAC as an ID.

I think I found your problem.

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Re: Intel

The cure for Intel AMT is dead simple on a desktop. Install a NIC and move the cable to it. AMT only works on the integrated onboard NIC. Taking control of your remote management options is essential.

For good measure depopulate the onboard port or fill it with epoxy. Which you should have done on arrival.

Fix works also for AMD platforms.

Notebooks? That's a different story.

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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Re: When you think things can't get any worse

... Intel chipsets are revealed to provide remote management without any password at all.

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

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Re: Not clear how this would be wormable ?

Outlook receives an email and writes it to disk before evaluating it. It is the disk write itself that triggers the scan that parses the JavaScript in a System process by an unrelated system.

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Shocked! Shocked, I say!

Who could have imagined?

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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My apologies

On behalf of sane Americans I preemptively apologize for what is going to happen on this comment page. These twits are not sane, are not the majority, and though they purport to be mostly aren't even American.

Let me express some human concern for Kellyann Conway. Clearly she isn't well. Best wishes.

Previously I apologized on behalf of sane Americans and promised we'd get the situation back under control in about four years. At the moment it seems possible to move that timeline up a bit. Will update occasionally.

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