* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Earth escapes obliteration by comet

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Only on the inside,

on the outside it's the size of a golf ball and very easy to miss. So be careful out there people!

Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

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The thing that came out 10 years ago

is still the thing we use to listen to tunes during the 3 hour drive to the college football games - cheapass cigarette lighter AM converter and all.

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Um.. No!

I was running Ventura Publisher on DOS when the two-tone Mac was the best you could buy. Yeah, all the touchy feely can't think for shit graphics artists loved PageCrapper, but I hated the piece of shite.

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I'd agree with you, except

one of the prime offenders of not properly setting up their software to work with the new OS was the the MS Programming Languages division. We went through all the proper processes to setup our shiny brand new secure network, and promptly had to break the model as soon as we went to install the newest .Net software. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser

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Bad badda-boom!

There was supposed to be an earth shattering Ka-Boom!

Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware

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Is there a Darwin Award equivalent

for AV vendors?

Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

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I've never ridden a European train,

only the crappy slow ones that allegedly function as commuter services on this side of the pond. If you think a fleshy at an "oh shit" button can stop the train before the train hits the shit, I don't even want you WASHING my auto, let alone making claims about knowledge of mass transit.

Worm wriggles through year-old flaw, builds zombie-net

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Yep. The script kiddies go for the low hanging fruit,

but the crafty thugs target tougher stuff because they have the bigger toys.

Facebook comes out swinging

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Um... Having worked as Help Desk support in a facility that used Exchange

you really need to stop smoking the M$ weed. It really rots your brain man.

At our facility, where they actually had integrated fax and voice service into the Exchange system, we frequently had to explain to employees that the Recall button at best had a 50-50 shot of recalling a message that was sent to an internal user (if the recall was sent quickly enough and the recipient hadn't read the message you could recall it), and if it was sent to an external one, well that one was never coming back.

Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

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I think we found

our hockey puck.

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While I concur on the "activist" bit,

the unfortunate, and one of the few certain facts we know, is that Heisenberg killed the Objective Scientist. As in all dead, not just mostly dead, so Miracle Max can't help.

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Actually, even if they have that it might still all be useless.

I have a friend who works on the computations from weather satellites. He's agnostic on the topic of AGW because that isn't what he works on, but he does have some concerns about what little he has heard about the climate prediction models. Chief among them is whether the equations underlying the models converge or are chaotic. If they are chaotic, no amount of data collection and analysis will get you to a reliable prediction model.

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Actually, if you kill me my rate of converting O2 into CO2 goes up,

so you're spiking production instead of minimizing it. It has to do with the decomposition of the dead body.

Not sure exactly what happens if you manage to kill all the people at the same time. I suppose it could cause a sudden spike in the CO2, which would cause substantial plant growth. That of course would be followed by substantially higher O2 production. But with fewer animals to convert the O2 back into CO2, would the plants eventually be poisoned by the O2 and actually finally destroy the planet?

WikiLeaks on verge of financial collapse, founder says

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Neither can you eliminate the principal of the country

protecting its citizens and agents, which is the essential claim being lodged against Assange.

Courts are established so that citizens can hear cases when these principles come into conflict and arrive at decisions the citizens believe best protect their liberty.

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Not likely. Assange only blows the whistle

on countries that don't actually engage in such tactics. If he pulled this crap on one that did, he'd already be dead.

Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest

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That would be

'etymology'. Running away now before I screw up something.

Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

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Then by your own definition,

MS systems can attain the same uptime even if individual servers themselves need to be rebooted once a week to clear memory leakages. That they haven't is merely an accident.

Not that I think *nixes aren't better systems, just pointing out the idiocy of your argument.

World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover

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You know John,

that just CRAZY talk!

Security keeps LA cops away from Google Apps

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Sound like LA,

just like the rest of the fruits and nuts in CA, can't really afford to pay their bills, so their looking for any excuse to stick somebody, anybody, else with the tab for it.

Spamhaus and ISP spar over 'email DoS' blacklisting

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Seems to me the only real line of attack for A2B

is to claim Spamhaus engaged in defamation when they blacklisted them, because Spamhaus doesn't actually block anybody. And it seems to me that Spamhaus can pretty easily refute that claim. All the rest is sound and fury signifying nothing.

War boffin: Killer cyber attacks won't happen

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The problem isn't the water supply*,

or the air traffic control system, or the electric grid, or the chemical plants (including ga/petrol). The problem is what happens when they hit all of the above in a coordinated attack. I can come up with other nightmare scenarios that have a significant chance of killing people, but frankly see no need to provide the enemies of civilization with more fodder than is already out there.

*and of the list I expect the water supply is the least problematic. The water treatment is usually upstream of the sewage treatment, so you are only dealing with natural contaminants. While you would get some level of sickness and possible death from that, it's western society going after the last 5% of the danger, not taking on the noticeable 30% problem the rest of the world is usually facing.

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Another fine paper to join a list of famous quotes

Another popular fallacy is to suppose that flying machines could be used to drop dynamite on an enemy in time of war.

— William H. Pickering, Aeronautics, 1908.

To affirm that the aeroplane is going to 'revolutionize' navel warfare of the future is to be guilty of the wildest exaggeration.

— Scientific American, 16 July 1910.

Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.

— General Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superiure de Guere, 1911.

It is not possible . . . to concentrate enough military planes with military loads over a modern city to destroy that city.

— US Colonel John W. Thomason Jr., November 1937.

source: http://www.skygod.com/quotes/airpower.html

RSA defends handling of two-pronged SecurID breach

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That was a decent solution when the networks were separated.

But these days even the phone companies are transforming the voice data in to ip packets and transferring them over the high speed backbones. And integrated telephony does make it possible to forge phone numbers. It's a brave new world out there. Best to have your IT MOP3 suit handy and keep it repaired.

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Except that solution doesn't work either.

It's too costly and inefficient. Even entities which try to implement that solution have been hacked. That's part of what Stuxnet was all about - bridging the air gap for the super-secure Iranian uranium processing plants.

Spooks still prefer BlackBerrys for swapping secrets

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And that would be why

BB will continue to exist as a smartphone company, certain stock trader opinions not withstanding.

And yes, it works that way on the other side of The Pond too.

OPERA review serves up a feast for physics geeks

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Mathematically perhaps.

But the philosophical principles underlying it, no.

Remember the key observational data which lead to this is the failure of the Michaelson-Morley experiments to be able to detect changes in the speed of light that ought to result from the fixed external reference of the ether. Furthermore, for pulsar binaries we had the observational data to that the blips occur in standard orbital fashion. If Newtonian physics held, the blips for heading away from us and heading toward us should arrive at more chaotic times than they do. We clearly get blip away, blip away, behind, blip toward, blip toward, front, rinse and repeat. The the away is red-shifted relative to the median red-shift for the central object, the toward is blue-shifted relative to the median red-shift, but the arrival times are in the proper sequence.

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Because c is not the speed of light in a vacuum, it is the speed of light.

Heisenberg was merely the first to knife the Cesar which was the impartial observer, Al joined him with Relativity (both versions). Since observer cannot escape his medium, the variable refers to the speed in the medium. The highest speed for a medium is the medium of vacuum, and hence the speed most frequently quoted. This does also lead to corrections for media which are always neglected for student exercises, but which professional boffins are expected to include.

Stuxnet-derived malware found infecting SCADA makers

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I'm also curious as to the assertion it is the same group.

But then nobody is saying who it is targeting, so maybe that tells them enough to have some confidence in the statement. I certainly think it would be foolish to release it on Iran and then expect the Iranians wouldn't try to turn it back on us.

RIAA-led mob threatens innovation, Senator warns

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Then you completely misunderstand corporate lobbying.

Corporation lobbying is a byproduct of statist policies. With so much power concentrated in one easily accessible location, corporation have to buy seats at the table for issues which affect their business. Sometimes that means they are trying to move things forward, mostly it means they are just trying to make things not a bad as they otherwise would be. Yes it is extortion in a moral sense, but only religions know morality while governments only know laws and "ethics", and the politicians make the laws, the politicians aren't going to make laws against themselves.

I'm all for accountability, but that comes from disclosure, not abridgement of speech rights.

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Um... It doesn't work that way after SCOTUS speaks.

The whole point of Citizens United is that it is unconstitutional for Congress to pass such a law.

Interestingly, Citizens United does not make unconstitutional for Congress to require that corporations and unions disclose where they make their political expenditures. Such requirements would remove the usefulness of astorturfing because you could trace the money back to the donors. My suspicion is they don't want one of those laws because it would expose the hypocrisy of the Progressive movement which is funded by even bigger fat cats than politicians who are allegedly bought and paid for by the lobbyists.

Gartner predicts global double-dip recession

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There can't be a second recession

until after the first one ends. Seems pretty straight forward to me, but for some reasons the so called experts keep missing it.

Blow for McKinnon as extradition treaty ruled 'not biased'

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You presumed wrong.

The statute of limitations applies to filing charges. Once the charges are filed you can stay in court until there is a trial. And I for one won't give an inch on the "too frail because of advanced age" argument when it is his own court filings which have led to the advanced age.

Frankly he should come here and go on trial before a jury of his peers, which is what the treaty requires. If OJ could get off owning and stashing the bloody gloves for a double murder in his house, McKinnon can easily beat the rap on this case, confession not withstanding.

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It is equal.

You get to do the same thing to us.

So yeah, it's a lousy treaty agreed to by self-serving politicos, but if the electorates on both sides of the pond put self-serving politicos in power, they have no one to blame but themselves.

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All of them, sequentially.

Facebook accused of violating US wiretap law

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No matter how much you dislike FB,

this suit should be dismissed with extreme prejudice. The whole point of clicking on a "Like" button on a website is to link it to YOUR profile, which must necessarily provide the company which provided the "Like" button with said information.

Hacktivists pose growing threat to industrial computing

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False pair of choices.

As none other than Google have demonstrated, option 3 is the correct way to go:

3. Pay for a private net that lets you connect all your gear to a production system. When you suspect there is an issue and aren't in the office drive 30-80 miles to the office, logon to the private network and remotely check the station 2000 miles away.

Yes it is a bit more expensive than option 1, but doesn't leave you bare ass hanging out the car window for anyone to slap.

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DHS doesn't RUN the infrastructure. While I have my issues with them in this instance they are the ones yelling at the people who have them on the internet. Not that it is easy to clean up the mess that has come from them being put on the public nets in the first place.

Three questions that could put out Amazon's Fire

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Nah. He's a D from MA

so that would actually sort of be a selling point in his home district.

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When reporting on US Congresscritters,

it is customary to note their Party and State like so:

Congressman Edward Markey (D, MA)

so that readers can more readily determine what and how biased the Congresscritter is.

Admittedly, this does also tend to reveal what and how biased the author is. But given that this is El Reg, I don't see where that ought to be a problem. I expect biases, I just want to know what they are. None of this "impartial observer" crap that has so perverted the LSM on our side of the pond.

Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof

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@Turtle_Fan: Please no! For the love of God No!

Those of us who both play games AND understand what is meant by Game Theory really don't want him around. His type have been cast out even by the outcasts.

Back to the Future DeLorean to go under the hammer

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Even if you know when,

you still need to know where.

Although there would seem to be more diversity in when than where. Unless of course he manages to meet a man in a blue box. But I expect the results of that meeting would be more catastrophic than crossing the streams.

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And Cheapass Games converted it

to a board game ages ago.

ICANN rescues time zone database

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Even if they did just bin them

because the mail filters were set to keep out frauds, that still is not the legally binding method for contacting a potential defendant. It must be done by certified letter. And even if they had contacted by certified letter, this being a well established area of copyright law that Astrolabe's lawyers are attempting to rewrite via intimidation, a legal proper FU would still have been in order.

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I'm surprised David Olsen didn't open a web site to take donations

for his countersuit. I know I'd be happy to chip in a Benjamin for the cause (and usually I'm only good for a Lincoln).

Drone nerve centre malware was Mafia Wars' infostealer

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That would be an important mitigating factor

but just as the virus can spread via non-internet connections, it could theoretically take data with it and report back once it does get an internet connection, so it is still a valid security concern.

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Probably ones who are smarter than the flipping ID-ten-T who whines

about connecting a stand-alone system to the internet when the whole damn class of viruses referenced in the article are well known for their multiple vector propagation.

Your homework assignment - Search El Reg for articles on Stuxnet and read until you comprehend.

RIM: 'Faulty switch took out faulty-switch-proof network'

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He didn't necessariloy dodge the question,

he may have answered it honestly. If they are still working on a root cause analysis, they are still working on it.

I've fixed many a problem without doing a proper root cause analysis because I knew a fix and it was cheaper to fix than to analyze. They may have gotten the systems backup the same way, and now they are working on the root cause analysis because they can't afford to have it happen again.

I'm not even a network engineer let alone a systems engineer capable of analyzing their issues. But I've worked often enough with the network engineer who bitched about the hardware failing because despite assurances that the connecting protocols were hardware agnostic, for some reason they weren't, but only in about 0.1% of the cases so the manufacturers never hunted down the solutions. It is also possible they did actually find a Honest-to-God new bug. Someone does, it's just that when you are in the field it isn't likely so you go looking for known bugs first.

Where's the soapbox icon?

Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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First, never thank lawyers for anything

it only encourages them to multiply, and we've got enough of the parasites already.

Second, whether or not someone else would have done something at the time is not what makes a leader a hero. The question is whether or not someone else could have done as well or better than they did it. When that leader consistently turns in exceptional results, they are indeed a hero, regardless of what else was percolating at the time.

Norton blocks Facebook as 'phishing site'

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"even so mistakes sometimes occur"? Really?

Whether you like Facebook or not, they should be on the list of known commonly accessed non-malicious websites in the Q&A suite. Blocking them should be only slightly less embarrassing than blocking Google with the same error message.

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