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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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The Bloomberg report was probably incomplete - I think it would be unbelievable if the reported board hack has not taken place but equally well, it's very unlikely that it was a generalized as some of the published stories have suggested. And I'd be very surprised if the hacked boards did not contain a method of making the hack "vanish" too - if you are going to play these sort of tricks then you would be strongly advised to include a switch to cover your tracks.

I'm not being paranoid, just realistic - it's very unlikely that we'll ever know the truth.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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He should have simply faked his own reviews

After all that's what everyone else does and it's completely legal.

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Re: Boring boring boring.

"when you are in a coalition you don't get to do all your stuff"

Have you mentioned this to Theresa May? Well, I guess she's in a coalition so she's not going to get to do all her stuff, she'll just have to follow Arlene Foster's lead ... is that really the way it works? Someone should have told Nick Clegg.

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What's the point of Nick Clegg?

He's essentially a Tory lapdog in disguise - utterly incompetent as deputy prime minister so I suspect he'll fit in real well at Facebook, all "political" issues will be neutralized and nothing will change. That's the point of Nick Clegg.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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The "Smart Home" crashed?

Why the surprise and outrage? When you shift everything into the cloud (extra "f" added for politeness) then it would be amazing if you don't have occasional outages like this. The real failure was not the "unexpected load" but simply the unanticipated absence of service in the app - but it's an app so that's normal too.

Welcome to the 21st century - there's more to come...

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Tech is shite

Tech companies believe that technology is the answer to everything but it's starting to look like all these "smart" products are going to be the end of everything ... compare an evening on Facebook, Twitter, Hangouts, Instagram while your smart TV displays advert relevant to your Twitter posts versus an evening sitting outside the pub with a glass of beer and reading a book.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: The silver lining

" multi-terrawatt laser" ... that will be useful, just walk outside with a cigarette, no need to worry about matches - it will just light itself.

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Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

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So you did exactly what they wanted, in a democracy the politicians should be afraid of the voters - not the other way around. To paraphrase Brendan Behan, "I have never seen a situation so dismal that a blogger couldn't make it worse."

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I wonder ...

If the BOFH in this case was not a Trump Republican? "Opps, sorry about that - no idea how that happened."

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Re: Rise of the Machines...

This sounds like fun, maybe it will finally become safe to write in Visual Basic again?

But joking aside, perhaps we've finally found a use for AI? We can now start employing programmers at $10/hour - no need to worry about the quality of the code, Luc Esape can fix any bugs.

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Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

"Remind me how many countries the UK has an independent trade deal with as of April 2019 ?"

Err, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

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GitHub grabs a piece of the Actions: 'A project that will do for software development what we did for the pull request'

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Github malware

Be careful with GitHub, I've had several email recently with links to malware in documents on GitHub.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Ban violent porn!

Let's start with the Venus de Milo, poor girl with her arms chopped off and about to lose her skirt.

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Re: "Why can't we have both?"

I hate crumbs in bed.

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Re: They just block them.

"Traditional Tory Voters" are the main consumers of porn - they just deny it of course like everything else, BREXIT? No problem, Age Verification? - that will be easy, Irish Border? Blame the EU ...

Every "problem" is either not a problem or someone else's problem.

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IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all

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Easy management of services?

One login to rule them all admin/password - what could possibly go wrong?

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: and he has to use edlin

And using a line editor created an entire breed of programmers who checked their code after they hit "return" ... something that's missing these days.

I'm not down on progress or change but we have to realize that every cloud rains sometimes even if it's sold with a silver lining - Allen was very talented, Gates too but the coding environment that they were raise in don't exist any longer - writing a boot loader means that you know a lot more than just how to write code.

Few people these days are trained to write code and then sit back and look at it to check that it does what it's supposed to do and only that - that's the users job isn't it? I wonder how Allen felt about that?

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Confusion?

Play Big Youth's "Screaming Target" and see what happens...

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: Shut it down

Let's start by simply MAKING them pay their fair share of taxes.

Currently, the large you are, the lower your tax bill. It's the virtually zero taxes paid by mega companies, versus the standard taxes that are paid by the high-street bricks and mortar shops, that's killing the competition.

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Re: This is new news?

"There is nothing new about this business model." - Walmart was doing this for years before Amazon started up.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Nice story

It explains exactly the main reason that I do not, and never will, use Exchange.

"Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanos! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!" -- The Ghostbusters explain why not to buy or use any Microsoft products (an old ASR sig).

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Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a branch.io bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

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You're sure this is a bug?

It sounds to me more like a "feature" ... not very user friendly certainly but users are just chickens queuing up for a good plucking. We're just a resource to be mined for cash in the world of Facebook, Google and friends.

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

Should the democratic process be respected? Da, Putin is a big fan of the democratic process.

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

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Re: China

But enough about the US..." and the Conservative Party.

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Name and shame? Really - it seem like that's standard modus operandi these days for politics and tech. If you do something then people complain, and if you don't do anything, people complain.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

A lot of downvotes - does El Reg have a significant Asian readership these days?

Thanks, I'll take those downvotes as a "YES" then ...

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Re: How can I put this?

@ StargateSg7

A lot of downvotes - does El Reg have a significant Asian readership these days?

I suspect one reason for all the denials that this is possible is that another agency has been doing this for a long time.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: ChromeOS Pyrrhic victory

Relax please, Chrome is just an OS... No more, no less - and like all OS's it will be replaced. Meanwhile it's just a tool.

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Can neural networks, deep learning and GPUs help your business now?

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Re: Can clean toilet paper help your business now?

It seems that the moderator agrees with you.

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Astroboffins discover when white and brown dwarfs mix, the results are rather explosive

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What Fun

At some point we're going to be able to figure out how often these sort of events occur by simply looking at the distribution of elements in our local environment. I like looking at my wedding ring and thinking that about 6 billion years ago the metal was created when something went BANG!

Nice story - thanks!

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Not Again!

This has been going on for a long time, I remember when some kid hacked into WOPR with their IMSAI and nearly started a war.

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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

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Security? Yes, we've heard of it

Let's just fix the bugs and add more features ...no need to worry is there?

Face it - nobody buys an operating system or application because it's "secure" - they are sold on their features and the ability to operate in the cloud these days. I wonder how this will work out in the end?

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Re: common place

I use them outside the building, never inside so I'm less concerned about the vulnerabilities - realistically, if you use a cheap security camera (best value for money - LOL) I don't think you have any right to expect a well designed and secure product.

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LinkedIn has a Glint in its eye and cash burning a hole in its pocket

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Linkedin duplication

I use it to keep track of when the people I know move to new jobs ... in fact that's about the only use I have for it... OK, so I'm not a big fan of anti social media, I have accounts with Linkedin and Google+ ... you know, with all this renewed interest maybe I'll make a post this year.... I'll think about it.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Google+ users

All my friends are on Facebook? Gosh, is that where they went - I wondered why I haven't seen any of them for a long time ... like I care, most of them are learning to speak Russian these days.

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Re: Google+ users

A service for people who thought that Google didn't have enough data about you, your friends, and casual acquaintances

Like what? .... “name, email address, occupation, gender and age” stuff that is readily available on Facebook and Linkedin to advertisers and anyone with a little brain. Everyone out there already has this information from pawned accounts worldwide. You really think that shutting Google+ down will fix anything?

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: Size matters

"intelligence agencies are simply more independent than people here seem to want to believe"

Which means that whatever you think, or read, about this story is irrelevant. The agencies will say whatever works for them and you have the choice of either believing it or not - the fact that you now have a choice means that you actually know nothing.

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Re: Who gains by this ?

Possible the company that supplies the NSA with computers?

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: Fines? Pah!

who was the dimwit

Probably the PHB, had it been the PFY then he would have been crucified by now in public.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: "Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls,"

But it can record the length of the call, who you spoke to, the time of day when you spoke to them, and links to products and events that you mentioned during the call - that's not "listening", that's data analysis.

I assume that it connects to the network via Wi-Fi, so the device can record all network devices in the environment too, if it passes on the network ID's then they can follow both participants after the conversation ends.

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: 128K of ISDN

1200 baud? Luxury - you had it good, My first modem was 300 baud, the size of a shoebox - I lived in the top story and got woken up every morning when they plugged the phone hand-piece into my living room.

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US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz's nbn broadband plan and much more

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Re: Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus

Wait for partisan politics to invade Wi-Fi - given the way things are going this could be the end of Wi-Fi? Oh wait, there are a lot of good people using Wi-Fi on both sides, just grab 'em by their antennas.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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7 times he served humanity

That's Steve for you - he didn't go to 11.

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

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"Not unless Russia is part of the EU." - they missed their chance with BREXIT .... heads will roll.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Welcome to America

I wonder who pushed to get this into the legislation ... probably a company that makes the kit for shooting down drones. The Government will now buy hundreds of thousands of the devices and someone's going to do very well even if none of them are ever used.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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I'm not sure what's happening but ...

Windows 10 upgrades have been messing with the user environment since the beginning - if you run a Windows 10 system with multiple accounts then after each upgrade there's a delay of several minutes when you first log into each account on the system - each time Windows displays the "getting things ready for you message."

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Man the harpoons: The KRACK-en reawakens in updated WPA2 attack

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Just login via Wi-Fi and you'll find it ... or it will find you.

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Bug fix?

Sounds like the "bug fix" has been quite standard - bugs are more often moved somewhere else than fixed. They find the bug and then fix it, but don't bug-test the fix, "There's no need to test it again, I've fixed it."

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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More Features = More Bugs

Pretty soon Windows 10 is going to get to the point where it's so much trouble to "maintain" it that MS will announce a New and Improved" OS ... it's about time isn't it? Windows 19 perhaps ... I don't think that they are ever going to go to 11, Nigel Tufnel would probably win(sic) that lawsuit.

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