* Posts by david 12

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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In spite of misgivings, cam here to see if anyone had anything useful to add.

Nope.

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Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

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Re: It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

We have TiB and GiB now so that self-important Wikipedia trolls can bask in their smug superiority.

"I'm the only one marching in step. The rest of the army is marching out of step" has been a favorite Wikipedia meme since the online encyclopedia first became popular, with no sign of that changing yet. "Correcting" the meaning of GB is just one of the better known examples.

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Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

>nothing to do with sunshine<

The fuel has everything to do with sunshine. Without fuel, they can't keep the panels pointing towards the sun.

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Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Re: At Charles 9, re: PDF.

Jaws does NOT treat all PDF's as giant pictures. That's simply not true. As in "FALSE".

PDF's are notoriously arbitrarily complex: you may have a PDF that spells "Shadow Systems" by using graphics of the individual characters a d e h m o S s t w. That PDF would have to be OCR'd and the text constructed by the letters. Even text content may be in any order, requiring screen composition before the reader can make sense of it. Businesses exist that take arbitrary PDF's, and convert them into screen readable form.

But JAWS doesn't treat all PDF's as giant pictures that can only be read by OCR. It is a remarkable bit of ignorance to suggest that it does.

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Dir a.b /s

The only way to get search to work is to open a cmd prompt and type DIR.

Perhaps they should drop the name "Windows" and call the OS something descriptive like "DOS"

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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70's digital watch chimes...

In 1981 I started a new year in a lecture theatre with 200 first-year engineeing students. Many of whom had received a new digital watch for Christmas, and had it set to chime the hour. At or around 10:00 AM, 4/5ths of the way therough the 50-minute period, watch chimes started going off randomly across and through the vast quite crowd.... by the next day all watches had been reset to silent.

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You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

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Follow the money.

Your browser needs to authenticate for private-key encryption to work. Private-key-encryption needs to work to lock out advertisement-replacement. Private key negotiation is an (expensive) compute-intensive operation for major advertisers like google. User-identification and classification is a major revenew driver for advertising companies like google. Major advertising companies like google drive browser development (chrome) and web standards (tls and https).

I've held out with http as long as I could: most of the http web has gone dark.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hahaha... -- history and walking --

Cities that were designed after the development of coummuter RAIL are difficult to walk it. It just turned out that a city designed with railways or street cars as the loss-leader for real-estate development, converts easily to one where take your own car to the city.

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WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: Partial truth, partial cover up ?

>It is however unclear why German counter intelligence was so bad, the incredible losses in the U-boat war, was a clear sign something was off, since Oceans are big, and they seem to be spot on all the time.<

I'm old enough to remember that all the post-war documentories, for many years, didn't make that connection. In particular naval losses on both sides were always attributed to tactical changes. like "using convoys" It's now clear that the post-war picture we had of how the war was won, was completely wrong. It's sad that most of that early documentation will never be correctly re-written.

Some extremely clever chess players were taken to Washington DC, and tasked with analysing navel reports and predicting what the next enemy move would be. By some accounts they were quite accurate, but never really believed, because, well, they were just guessing. At this distance, I've never found out if they were just the cover story for the code-breaking reports, or if the chess was just the cover-story for people doing actual code-breaking work, or if the chess players were just a completely irrelevant parallel effort.

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>She never really got into detail about what she did and whose codes she worked on, <

The IEEE published memories from a Washington WAVE ('we joined the navy to see the world, but all we saw was DC'). She reported that after a strict security introduction, another man got up. They expected the good cop after the bad cop. Instead they got the worse cop: "DON'T EXPECT THAT YOU WILL BE TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE YOU ARE WOMEN. IF YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR WORK, YOU WILL BE SHOT."

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

>Notepad does need updating. Nothing much but having an undo buffer and little things such as multi-line tab indenting, column cut/copy/paste, maybe allowing multi-document tabs would go a long way.<

Those would be good improvements to WordPad. Notepad doesn't have to compete with WordPad.

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: $72k per year, not $185k

On the other hand, it IS how you compare FT employees to casual contractors. So it's an entirely legitimate comparison between employee costs and minimum-wage workers.

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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Re: Reminds me of why I stopped using IE back in the day

HTML /is/ stuff to download files. HTM files, JPG files, CSS files, cookies, xcripts, zips, executables.

You can complain about what your browser does, but simply complaining that it 'downloads files' is foolish.

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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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Re: SMB1: XP & Server2003?

That's a natural response to the misunderstanding demonstrated by the article. MS isn't trying to get rid of XP and 2003 to get rid of SMB1: it's trying to get rid of SMB1 to get rid of XP and 2003.

XP and 2003 have unpatched networking vulnerabiliities.

Running SMB1 on recent server versions doesn't make sence because SMB1 is chatty and (when encryped and run on TCPIP, as on fully updated versions of Win98) , has poor latency. So the only reason to support SMB1 is for old MS and Samba servers, and that isn't a good reason. MS has no love for Win2K3 and Win98: they would have dropped SMB1 sooner but for the old Samba servers, and that is slowly coming to an end.

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Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

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Re: final solution

It's not just that IBM made a profit out of both sides of the war. It's also the case that the IBM business model, then and later, was based on the superiority of their ancillary equipment: in the 60's you couldn't get IBM tape drives unless you paid their inflated prices for their mainframe computer equipment: in the 40's you could only get IBM cards and paper from IBM.

So the IBM data processing equipment used to operate the Holocaust used punch cards that were only available from IBM subsidiaries controlled out of NYC

Would there have been a Holocaust and WWII without IBM? Yes. But the machinery of war would have stuck, jammed and torn if not for the active support of IBM.

PS: I've got an original copy of a magazine with a review of the original IBM PC. It says that the computer is ordinary, but that the keyboard redefined PC keyboards.

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Re: final solution

IBM management were traitors in WWII. From my discussion with greybeards, that wouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone who had to deal with the IBM sales team in 60's.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: "4.3 billion addresses are moe or less all allocated"

You're not paying attention son.

The other 3.3 billion more or less allocated addresses aren't actually allocated to anything. That is, there is no Thing they are allocated to. They are allocated to no Thing.

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"4.3 billion addresses are moe or less all allocated"

A quick look tells me that 1 billion addresses are more or less allocated. The other 3 billion are more or less not allocated.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Not to mention...

>Printing error? <

Not printing error: Printer error. Printers are the people who make printing errors.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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You haven't examined the ITU frequency allocation standards...

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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It's been a long time since I've used Python, but as I remember, "sorted(output,key=lambda x: x[1])" is

sorted(output,key=(x[1] for x in output)), but for people who like having extra keywords in their programming language?

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Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

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Re: "Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened"

It was amended in 2015 (Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Act 2015) to include "Health Care Organization" along with "Health Care Provider". The rest was just renaming crap.

There are a heap of amendments from omnibus amendment acts that cover things like changing the word "record" to "records", and, I think, under current parliamentary practice, can't include anything interesting. I haven't examined them.

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Australians almost immune from ransomware, topping lists for data safety

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Single target attacks

Rather, most of the incidents with single targets are probably human error, where data about an individual was lost or sent to the wrong destination.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: Obviously...

In 1989, Seattle was split into two camps: the overpaid and self-important MS employees, and the underpaid and self-righteous university (unix) community. At parties they would meet and ostentatiously ignore each other.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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"the only SSD's I've seen fail have been in win7 machines where the users (who of course, knew better than anyone else) had enabled scheduled defrag after being told not to. But hey, they know best."

When you enable scheduled optimization on SSD's in Win7. Win7 sends a "retrim" instruction on the schedule. This is in case "Trim" instructions have been lost durring heavy disk use, due to queue overflow.

This "scheduled optimization" is not defragmentation. Which is why Win7 doesn't use the word "defragmentation".

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Insecure web still too prevalent: Boffins unveil HSTS wall of shame

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The people who care are the pensioners and underemployed, using old technology to access sites like the ABC and the BBC, who won't be able to access those services with large-key HTYPS

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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Re: Flash is still used on a bunch of

And when you compare the Flash versions with the HTML5 versions, you can see why: you can get 95% of the content moved across, but the last 5% is a real bugger to implement in HTML5

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Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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Re: Well better that than what happened to Kodak

Western Digital was a semiconductor company. They got their start in MOS, brought out a floppy disk controller chip, then a hard drive controller chip, then ... the rest is history.

They aren't changing businesses: just going back towards their roots.

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If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

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Re: iot mark

>https://iotmark.wordpress.com/<

designed with ... security ...

On a wordpress site :)

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IT biz embezzlement brouhaha leaves bloke with $456k migraine

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It's not clear how much money was actually availble -- perhaps the 122K was all of it.

Management was inflating their turnover, and hence their stock prices, by stealing money from the company, then using it to pay the company for false services, then stealing the money not actually spent on mythical product and services, then paying it in again...

I'd have to read more to find out if the 4M was actual money, or just the same money over and over again.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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The decision to make $ and £ different ASCII and ISO characters, and hence different keys, was deliberate, so that telegraphic messages didn't automagically read $100 on one side of the atlantic, and £100 on the other. Any currency messages comming accross with £ show up as #, not $.

Also deliberate was the recognition that people could use different characters to represent the $ and £ placeholder, if they weren't using $ or £. So the Americans simply replace the unused pound (LSD) symbol with the local pound (Hash) symbol.

Which is why my TV subtitles routinely indicate singing by bracketing it with £ symbols ...

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Crime opportunity

Editing a existing picture to make it appear nude is already criminal in some jurisdictions. Doing it to a picture of a child would be even more criminal, in even more places.

Owning the software to do the criminal manipulation would also be deeply suss in some courts.

No wonder they claim that was only an "accidental side effect".

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Oz digital health agency tightens medical record access as watchdog warns of crim honeypot

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Unauthorized Access

So the police /can/ access the database - when authorized to do so. Faugh.

Government on the radia this week saying "Government can't access the data". Cause when I say "Government", I mean me. The rest of government, the police, the internal fraud division, the courts, the child support agency, the intelegence services, they aren't "government".

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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8 bit web devices on private network.

8 bit devices means the largest block of memory I can handle is 256 bytes, and the total memory I have is actually 2K. Which isn't enough to handle 256 bit encryption, let alone 4Kbit encryption keys.

I don't mind so much at home -- I've got service fast enough to handle the advertising download -- but for work this sucks donkey balls. And I've got 3rd world clients with 10yr-old PC's and 5yr-old phones.

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Re: Re: stuck on HTTP

>Thus ... the ISP could change adverts to their own ... <

The worlds larges ad serving company thinks that websites that allow their ads to be replaced are insicure.

Insecure in what way? Allows ads to be replaced.

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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Re: Windows get proper NTP

No *NIX systems in the 90's did not have 100-microsecond-accurate time keeping. Reference systems had microsecond-accurate NTP. Ordinary *nix systems had only milli-second accruate clocks, even if they were running ntp, if they even were on an NTP network. Even in the 90's, most *nix system only had dial-up internet access, and many didn't even have that.

And windows servers could, of course, have accurate NTP installed, even in the 90's. Unless an accurate clock was also installed, there was no more point than on a similar *nix server.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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System For Unix. Now 20 years old.

>" Windows Subsystem for Linux. Allowing a developer to run Bash on Windows, via an implementation of Ubuntu, was huge and a clear sign of changing of attitudes within the bowels of Redmond."

I've been using MS SFU for fifteen years. Even that was long after they built their OS to support it, and long after they adopted *nix networking.

The decision to move to their *nix subsystem to Linux binary compatibility is a clear sign of changing attitudes in the *nix community: it used to be that "portable" meant you could recompile the source to run on your platform. Now it's, finally, becoming a luser/ script kiddy product for people who don't understand computers.

Having *nix users actually noticing that Windows has a *nix subsystem is a clear sign of another change in the *nix community: with the widening user base of Linux users comes Linux users who aren't wilfully ignorant about Windows. Still, there's clearly a vast base of existing ignorance.

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Back in the day, before cash transaction reporting, you could buy a "system" ticket that covered a LOT of numbers (for proportionate cost). So people would buy $4000 lottery tickets, in the expectation of winning around $3000 back.

Then as now, everyone knew it was money laundering.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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Re: Speaking of outdated kit

And AMD also only got SSE2 in 2003.

SSE2 only went mainstream in 2012 (when VS enabled default SSE2).

Still, even my P4 machines are XP or Win2K. It's not like I would want to put Win7 on them anyway.

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Re: 80s sockets isn't enough for a modern app

Also true for Windows and linux -- you have to go outside the Sockets API to do stuff not common on 1970's unix.

It would be nice if there was support for a set of common standard extenstions to the socket API, but none of the players have ever been interested.

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Boffins want to stop Network Time Protocol's time-travelling exploits

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Re: Time NTP was upgraded(See what I did there!)

I don't think that <0.1s time is a really demanding standard. The real issue is with people who depend on time, but don't have a place for GPS receiver. Which is small security system devices. The <0.1sec statement is just an indication that their system works well enough to be useful.

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Rowhammer returns, Spectre fix unfixed, Wireguard makes a new friend, and much more

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""WireGuard is not yet complete.". Not only "not yet complete", by design it doesn't do anything: it's a packet encryption protocol, not a Private Network (which is why it's so small). It's a VPN in the same sense that SMB is a VPN.

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Europe's scheme to build exascale capability on homegrown hardware is ludicrous fantasy

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> If you mean Eurovision, well, they've let Australia compete, <

But, as in other areas, they are increasingly xenophobic, and there have been strong statements that Aus should not have been permitted to enter this time around.

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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

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192.168.1.xxx

"I’ve authored a proof-of-concept exploit that you can use to target these devices on your home network today. That demo is live at http://rebind.network."

The proof of concept exploit is hardcoded to 192.168.1.1/24. He should have mentioned that, and if he had, perhaps The Registers might have mentioned it -- no point expecting journalists to be subject experts in this day and age :(

I'm not on a 192.168.1.1 network, and I don't have any of the devices mentioned. so no further comment. His arttcle looks interesting though, perhaps somebody who knows what they are talking about will comment on that.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: C and C-style C++

M$ doesn't even have a C compiler. It's a commercial decision: they also don't have a FORTRAN or a PASCAL compiler.

You can use their C++ compiler to run sort-of FORTRAN, PASCAL & C (using the macro language as required, the way C++ was originally implemented), but it's not F77 any more than it's C99

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Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Re: funny

Interesting aside: one Japanese truck firm bought out another -- and closed the diesel division. At the time there was an understanding that this was because diesel emission standards were "too difficult". Now it's clear how the other companies were meeting the "too difficult" standards.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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> we've insisted that we leave the EU and get rid of it completely, <

I must have missed that bit.

Or no, I get it now, you're talking about the bit where the remainers were saying "if you want to leave the EU, I'm going to pretend that you want to get rid of it completely" and "if you wnat to leave the EU, it's because you don't like foreigners"

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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: How is this helpful?

>This is the case for all commercial organisations.<

Commercial organisations are the same as not-for-profits? Right, I'll go tell my boss he should re-organise the company as a not-for profit. I'll tell him that "only customers and taxpayers" are affected by profits.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: Why?

>I still use NFS, sometimes NFSv2 or v3 depending on the use case - i'm aware it lacks security features present in newer versions<

SMB2 is not more secure by design than SMB1. The security angle is that SMB1 servers are out of support.

At Win2K, SMB1 was transitioned to TCP, and encryption was added on top. As a result, network latency became much worse (packet delays and handshaking). SMB2 was introduced to try to recapture some of the lost performance capability. By reducing the number of protocol transactions required, the effect of waiting for packet consolidation and encryption transactions is reduced.

You can, I presume, get an even better latency by using SMB2 and /also/ turning off encryption and using "NBF" (what wikipedia calls NetBEUI). You're welcome to try it :)

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Re: You have to admit...

>. IPv6 pretty much makes DNS mandatory.<

And my Name Server provider still doesn't provide IPV6, and my WWW host still doesn't provide IPV6.

No reason I suppose for my host to privide IPV6 when there is no way to link to it, and no reason for the Name Server to support IPV6 when there is nothing to link to. But since that's the case, no wonder my ISP provides routers that don't do IPV6.

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