209 posts • joined 4 Sep 2009
I have two solutions in place. I have a windows machine running virtualbox. commandline, folder sharing, gui, etc. I've been using it for years. so to multipass...yawn. The second solution is a small machine that is running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with KVM installed. I have Windows installed in a virtual machine for whatever I might need out of Windows. None of my old copies of Office will activate any longer, but OpenOffice and LibreOffice fill that void along with Thunderbird for email. I'm not in want. I have an app for my Canon DSLR which will only run on Windows or Mac so that's why the virtual. The only thing that doesn't work on Linux is Spectrum''s flash app that it uses for it's streaming service. I'm not missing anything there.
If you're using Google's browser, they're getting your search data. You don't honestly think the browser is not sending your search data to Google do you? and what about DNS or HTTPS? Not only do they get your search data, they're going to get all your DNS data, too. You don't thing Google or Cloudflare are offering free public DNS for nothing do you? I won't even get into the fact that both of those services don't update when they should and have very high latency. Soon Google won't allow you to override the dns over https settings. I don't have any trouble with Firefox, though they signed on the the DNS or HTTPS, too. You can disable it. I run my own resolvers locally.
I have never been able to understand why the ad blockers ever blocked anything rather than redirecting the content to /dev/null. That way the upstream never knows if the ad gets shown or not. Then Google wouldn't be trying so hard to force feed us ads. Look for people to start running ad-blocking proxies. Yet another layer.
This is about control and making it easier for corporate and government tracking and getting records for DNS searches without actually raiding someone's machine. Nothing more. DNS over TLS is already defined and solves the problem. Thankfully, there are coming implementations of DNS resolvers other than Google's or Cloudflare's that will do this and changing your browser to user your own or a public one other than Google's or Cloudflare's. Call me paranoid, but I don't trust either company no matter what they say publicly.
The solution is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Moreover, Google and Cloudflare are going to send out normal un-encrypted udp requests to the root servers and then to the authoritative servers for any domain, then encrypt and return the results. the HTTPS protocol is slow and now we'll have yet another layer to add more latency.
Google and Cloudflare want your dns traffic. That's what this is about. A one stop shop to see what you're looking at and to send you a more targeted set of ads and propaganda. If you don't think that traffic won't be logged, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you in ... They are going to dcrypt that traffic and make normal DNS requests to authoritative DNS servers scattered throughout the world. This solves _nothing_. Google's DNS resolvers are slow and don't take updates very well, either. I've had them return incorrect information for hours even days after the TTL on a record had expired. I run my own hosting servers. The have TLS enabled and they can take requests over TCP. The main security problem that is not liked is that DNS traffic uses UDP and not TCP. UDP can be faked easily. simply moving to a TCP based model instead of a UDP based model. As Paul Vixie said, this problem has already been solved. It's up to each OS vendor's resolver to use the more secure protocol if it's available. At any rate, it's going to slow DNS to a crawl.
He was a better fit. It was between you and him. It was tough decision. Have you ever heard that? That's age discrimination. They said all the fright words to say it wasn't age discrimination. I'm 61 years old. I lost count of how many times I've heard that one.
Lately all I can get is helpdesk which pays squat and requires all sorts of knowledge. blecch. I've gone from CTO to peon in 20 years.
Not actually. What I really wish that I'd done was gone to school for something like heavy equipment repair. Those folks are always in demand. Now I'm an unemployed IT worker only a few years from retirement who probably won't be able to land anything but a helpdesk job or something in retail because I'm over 50
The NSA is already intercepting all traffic. Unencrypted just makes it interesting for them. If I send a message with a link and an interactive SIP connection, the carrier may not be able to disclose data, but the person initiating the SIP session gets a lot of data if the connection completes. What could go wrong? Now I have a constant unencrypted sip connection to my phone and the microphone is listening all the time. Seriously, this thing stinks in a whole bunch of levels.
Private health insurance is a drag on the US economy. A universal healthcare system is where we're going to end up and Mr. Trump set that in motion by undermining the ACA, which sort of needed to be undone. Without the public option (Meidcare buy in) to create competition in markets where there is none, the ACA will never work.
History Lesson: Nixon actually undermined US negotiations which would have ended the war in 1968 or 69, but instead managed to extend the war until 1973 wasting talent and treasure all to get elected. All in violation of laws that prohibit private parties from negotiating on behalf of the government. In fact they announced a peace plan just prior to the 1972 election which cemented his victory. And Hubert Humphrey was like Hillary. Not a good candidate.
A candidate needs charisma. Hillary and Hubert had none.
President Obama's math and demographics people were internal to their operation. They didn't leak the information to a hired 3rd party. They just used Facebook's and Twitter's internal targeting tools. President Obama's team didn't generate a surreptitious app to mine the data.
Facebook screwed up big time.
Cambridge Analytica and it's parent company are dead. They announced they're closing the doors. They talked about changing the name (according to the statement), but decided that the damage to the organization was just too great. Read customers are leaving in droves.
Actually, yes. Really easy. Computers have been landing aircraft for a long time. I was on a Lufthansa flight back in 2000 that landed by itself and it was smooth as silk. It's driving it after it's on the ground and bringing it to a stop in a crosswind that's the really hard part.
This is still decades away. There isn't an AI in the world that would be able to make the decisions that Scully did to put that airliner in the Hudson River thereby saving everyone on board. Water landings rarely go well as it is.
Pretty crappy performance numbers. Then again it's a spinning drive. The days of the spinning drive are numbered and the flash manufacturers are gouging the market. It cost's about $10.00 in parts and labor to put an SSD together (and that's being generous). I'm assuming the flash costs dollars and not pennies. No moving parts. It's just a matter of time before the spinning drive goes the way of the dinosaur.
Actually, it did support 32 bit applications. Microsoft kept changed something in windows in the way it handled 32 bit applications, IBM adjusted, then Microsoft came out with Win32s, IBM adjusted, Microsoft changed it again (something about the way windows does things in memory) and IBM gave up on trying to keep up with Microsoft's changes.
I've tried upgrades of 3 12.04 machines. 1 was successful. 1 thinks it's 14.04, but the upgrade failed and I have one that all of the libraries and files for 14.04 installed, but it thinks it's 12.04. Upgrading is not all that painless. Both of those machines do not behave very well as guests. They're both about to be wiped.
There's not enough _young_ talent. There's lots of us more "senior" folks around who've been doing the job for a long time, but hey, you thought we were too expensive. But, hey, we write great code for kicks, now. In the meantime, companies import cheap talent (cheaper than they can get in a domestic recent college graduate) and put us out of work. I have no sympathy for them.
"Microsoft reckons it needs to rebuild Skype to improve call quality: once traffic has reached the Microsoft cloud, Redmond shuffles the bits between ingress and egress. To that extent, it can control call quality – but the user experience will still depend far more on their broadband connection, their ISP, and so on."
And how much bandwidth Microsoft has to throw at the millions of streams. Looks like I'm going to have to start looking for an alternative to Skype.
Even if I see an add, I won't click on it. so all they are is annoying little things on any page that I see. I won't even look at them. On the TV Ads that show up before a video, I mute the sound and minimize the window for however long the ad runs and then I restart the video. So to the advertisers, you're no more than an annoyance and I'm not looking anyway. You're better off doing product placement.
Why should windows 10 be any different from any other version of windows? I have a full blown laptop that overheats in the bag. My laptop doesn't come back from long periods of sleep, either. It's just windows. Win XP, Win 7 and Win 8 & 8.1 all had the problem.
the thing is completely solid state. It takes, what, 10 seconds to boot up? Save your work, shut it down and save yourself the headache.
If you want a device that reliably sleeps, look to and Android or iOS device.
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