* Posts by fidodogbreath

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

I hope he steps away, gets healthy, then kicks back and watches the whole thing burn to the ground as the rainbow haired pronoun crowd destroy it.

Only abusive straight people can 'do things right?' There's no {point | fun} in even doing something if you can't abuse people in the process? If an abusive straight person is not in charge, Snow Wombat wants the project that runs most of the world's IT infrastructure to crash and burn?

Lots of bigotry and stupidity to unpack in that statement...

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Situation Normal

In this scenario, the IfG said, “just a fraction of the processes and systems required for life outside the EU will be in place” – there will be only time for “temporary sticking plasters”

So, a typical government operation then.

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For us that means paychecks!

Assuming, of course, that there's a functioning financial system.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: Does anybody here remember...

Had it been something preventing cortana starting, they would have flew in a team of developers.

Or interfering with slurp telemetry.

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Re: VW

Or competitive cyclists doping.

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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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Web-app-ify all the things!

According to Ars Technica, the new Skype apps for all platforms will be built with HTML5 and JavaScript. Skype users can look forward to the snappy performance and low resource overhead that are the hallmarks of running interpreted code in a container.

On the plus side, the pokey and bloated new apps will supposedly focus on features that people actually want to use, rather than trying to be a crappy Snapchat / Instagram ripoff.

So, yay.

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Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

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“While functionality exists to restrict who is allowed to read such messages, application developers often neglect to implement these restrictions properly or mask sensitive data”

So it's up to the developer to enable the "security" that protects sensitive data -- which they might want, but otherwise could not access without permission?

No one could possibly have anticipated that anything could go wrong there.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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But the Help Desk have all been replaced with an AI chatbot that really only knows to tell people to restart their devices.

In fairness to AI, that's also the only thing that most wetware tier 1 support reps know to tell people.

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Re: The return of front page

I like the sentiment, but Front Page was an abomination. It was like a printing press that used plague corpses instead of paper.

^ ^ ^ ^ Comment of the Day ^ ^ ^ ^

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Re: The return of front page

Can we have the scrolling, animated text back?

And a 900kB "AI" JavaScript that dynamically adjusts the number of dancing baloneys to fit the viewport.

I've heard that FrontPage 2018 Sketch2Code will also automatically create and join webrings.

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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

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Holmes

Out of sympathy

Facebook's venality and ruthless tactics have been widely reported in general media all over the world.

For anyone who continues to use Facebook apps, the resulting surveillance and privacy loss are the price of ignorance.

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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At Superprof we take security seriously

pop "It look like you're apologizing for a massive privacy cock-up. Would you like me to insert six paragraphs of meaningless corporate platitudes about how much you supposedly value the users you have screwed?"

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Correction

The Hype Cycle Gartner has been criticised for bearing only a tenuous relationship with reality.

FTFY

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Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

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Oh, no!

How will I file my patent for "representing a spoken or gestural language by means of a writing system?"

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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We have also just future proofed our entire IT network

Sadly, they did not present-proof it.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Pulling a freight train with a tricycle

I bought a little micro computer thingy on Amazon, which was basically equivalent to most Chromebooks: wimpy Atom processor, 32 GB of dog-slow flash storage, 2GB RAM. The plan was to install Ubuntu server, but it came with Windows 10 preloaded. Out of morbid curiosity, I fired it up to see how it ran.

As one would expect, running 10 on that hardware was excruciating. The only thing it did quickly was get worse, as Windows filled up the meager flash storage with non-declinable updates and then consumed all available RAM and CPU cycles for >8 hrs installing them. Even after the update spasms had subsided, it was an absolute dog.

Windows 10 should run passably on premium hardware like a Pixelbook, but it will be bitterly disappointing on the zillions of $200 Chromebooks.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Terminator

Clippinator: Judgement Day

"You have been found guilty on all counts. Your fate will now be decided by the Microsoft Sentence 365 Condemnation Wizard."

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Perhaps it's a feature, then

"At this time, we have no evidence whatsoever that the claims being made by these individuals are true," Khesin added. "However, if such a weakness is discovered, we already have a patch to fix it so that it would become impossible to do indefinitely."

The bug doesn't exist, but we've already fixed it.

All right, then.

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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The 1980s called

They think it's cute that our clever millennial programmers have "invented" black-screen terminals with light text.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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a 98 per cent false positive rate, and had led to zero arrests

So, by government standards, it's a success!

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

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Re: Yay... maybe?

I'm all for security where it is needed. I resent being bullied by Google.

Indeed. My 4-page personal Wordpress site has absolutely no content that needs to be https-protected. The hosting company has provided free certs (via CPanel), but it has still required annoying make-work on my part.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Protection racket

Who protects us from our self-described "protectors?" Apparently, no one.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Upgrade your Lifestyle with Microsoft!

However, there will be no warning before your lifestyle spontaneously reboots; you will not be able to change aspects of your lifestyle that SatNad thinks you must have; and every minute detail of your life(style) will be surveilled and data-mined in order to better understand how you use it (and to show you more relevant ads).

So, win-win -- at least, from the point of view of Miscrosoft-Microsoft.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: The real test

Will come when it can tell the difference between horse piss and American Budweiser.

Budweiser, Miller, Coors, et al are pissed out by well-hydrated gorillas. The difference between gorilla piss and horse piss can be subtle, depending on diet, water conditions, and hydration levels.

Gorillas are expensive to obtain and their cages take up valuable space, so forward-thinking brewers in Oregon are exploring other sources for brew stock.

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Wall-E World

So now the automated beer factory can produce beer optimized for the automated beer taster.

We were so busy harrumphing about voice assistants and IoT sex toys that we completely missed the real threat.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: What about disturbing others?

I'm just human. I like to talk to my fellow human beings F2F. It's how you get to really know them.

Your sunny, magnanimous view of other people is in the minority in the Reg forums...

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OK, so they sometimes push out insecure stuff, but software devs need our love and respect

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"It's like going up to a parent and saying that their child is ugly and then expecting to have a conversation."

That's how we do political conversations -- well, all communications, really -- in the US now. It works every bit as well as you'd expect.

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How polite: Fun-bucks coin miners graciously ease off CPU pounding

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Missed one

At this point we ought to wheel out the standard security warnings: run up-to-date antivirus software on your machine, keep up with all patches, and don't open any attachments from unsolicited or otherwise suspicious email

One more: Run ad- and script-blockers in all browsers.

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Er, this Doesn't Really Fix the Problem...

I know Apple devices are meant to be thrown away and not repaired (despite costing considerably more than my repairable Asus laptop), but that's just ridiculous.

Sadly, that seems to be the norm now with high-end "design-focused" laptops from many vendors, not just Apple. It's weird to me that I can easily upgrade the RAM, HDD/SSD, keyboard, etc. on almost any $400-500 laptop, while a $1500 model is likely to be a sealed-up, glued-together brick with soldered RAM and storage.

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Re: Took me a minute...

I bought the only MacBookPro late 2016 model available without the OLED-touch-bar crap.

I waited for that round of new MacBooks to come out, then eagerly went to a store to try them. I absolutely hated the feel of the short-travel keyboard, even when it was brand new and the keys worked. This was also before it was general knowledge that you have to replace the entire keyboard assembly and half of the case if just one key goes bad.

I ended up buying a refurb 2015 core i7 MBP for several hundred dollars less, with a full complement of ports. I feel like I dodged a bullet.

(PS: Please don't bother replying about how I 'shoulda bought a Dell' or whatever. I have owned many PCs, and still have 3 Win7 boxen. The entire reason for buying a MacBook was to escape the Windows 10 slurp. And yes, I've tried Linux; the driver and hardware support for professional audio recording is terrible.)

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: PDF is clunky.

All of that because you can't convert a PDF back to anything else.

Well, you couldn't in 1998. Now there are tons of free and low-cost tools that can convert PDF content into numerous other formats.

Screw copyrights.

Including the copyrights that protected the product for which you had 5K pages of documentation? Or just copyrights that belong to someone else?

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Re: Ahem

Next year it will probably be Acrobat DC 1880 just to keep us guessing

One thing we won't have to guess about: if it's an Adobe cloud product, it will be eye-wateringly expensive.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: Similar thing at HP

My guess is there was either a lot more drama than we're being told, or someone wanted Krzanich out.

Not necessarily. Intel has a pretty conservative corporate culture.

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Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap

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thought should be given to allow "deference in regulatory action" to companies that suffered a breach despite being involved in information-sharing programmes.

Anything you tell the US government could potentially become public, by loss or leak. I can't imagine that corporate legal departments would allow their company to voluntarily disclose information that might be used against them. Even "deference in regulatory action" isn't very enticing, since disclosure could lead to lawsuits from investors or (in the case of a breach) affected customers.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Not RE-writing in JavaScript

That could also be interpreted as meaning that Office was already written in JavaScript.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Apple does more good

It's hard to get over the whole walled garden thing, though.

Honestly, it's not the BFD that people make it out to be. I got very tired of the wild wild west of the Play Store: relentless permission creep, apps able to use other methods (such as view wifi networks) to geolocate me after I'd turned off location services, "no permission" apps that could download and execute malicious payloads, etc. And, of course, Google's own relentless slurp. It made me weary, and I don't miss it at all.

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Re: Break my pancreas!

So presumably apps like that will also stop working.. Unless app devs grease the Apple and pay to licence a feature that allows them to bypass the proprietary port locking

Or they could just turn it off in the settings app.

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Re: Easy good passwords, here I go again...

Real people who can spell.

In the case of choosing an unguessable password, poor spelling might be an advantage. The root words do not have to be spelled correctly, they just have to be reproducible for the user.

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Re: Easy good passwords, here I go again...

Using first letters of words from phrases also has weaknesses as the letters are drawn from typically a very limited subset of possible combinations.

Assuming, of course, that the attacker knows you have used this method.

What you describe is correct for a specific known password mnemonic method. However, an attacker typically has no way to determine which method the user might have employed to create the mnemonic. Or, in fact, that the user even employed such a method at all.

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Automated recommendations reflect Microsoft’s belief that Office should deliver the commands users are likely to want while they work, rather than making them pause to hunt something down.

Or they could just make the interface not suck, so we don't need integrated Google Bing slurp search to find commands. A wacky idea, but it just might work.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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at 40mph the car suddenly and for no apparent reason tried to swerve off the road sharply

Other Tesla drivers soon chimed in with similar experiences since the software update was installed

If "Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety," they clearly need more resources.

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Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

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Thank Dog I can still use Compuserve

Which is yet another member of the Verizon / Oath "Greatest Hits of the 1980s" throwback band.

Boomer nostalgia is a much more potent force than I thought.

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Re: They already killed the presence icon

you try working in a department where everyone in the company knows you are available, you never get any work done for the constant interruptions.

I was required to use The Software Formerly Known As Lync at a previous employer. I hated it with the searing heat of a thousand suns.

I've managed to avoid it at my current gig, though; it seems that adding me to the company Skype cloud account would cost an apparently prohibitive ~ $2.50/mo. A rare case of bean counting FTW.

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Psst! you don't put a space before an exclamation mark. English 101.

Another item from the English 101 syllabus is that the first word of each sentence is capitalized. That sort of undermined the pedantic grammar Nazi claim of authority.

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Still ! with ! the ! exclamation ! points ! on ! every ! Yahoo ! story ! eh ?!?

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: Along those lines...

Now, that's proper Gnomenclature.

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Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

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So why do they hold on to your voice requests via Siri on their servers for 2 years?

It's stored associated with only a randomised ID as metadata, and it loses that association after six months. It then survives untethered for the remaining eighteen.

As far as I can tell, Google, Amazon and Microsoft retain voice recordings -- linked to your user account -- for eternity.

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Re: Damn it

Unlike Google or Facebook, Apple has not built its business around acquiring personal behavioural data. It merely sells overpriced hardware, and does not have an advertising business to feed.

Or, another way to look at it: Apple's hardware is not subsidized by monetizing your personal information.

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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Re: PFY?

some unfortunate PFY had to enter the code an opcode at a time by flipping switches on the front of the case

Don't know about BillG, but in high school in the late 1970s I was one of those PFYs. I worked summers for an academic research group that was doing bleeding-edge automated data capture and analysis from X-ray equipment and GC/mass spec machines using Altairs. (We also had some weird 12-bit computer from a company called Nuclear Data, IIRC.)

Program load was generally done from paper tape. If the machine got shut down or the power went off, though, none of that could happen until BASIC had been toggled in. I still have nightmares about trying to read crappy fifth-generation Xerox* copies of a mimeographed original of the switch positions. Is that an 8, a 5, or a 0? I dunno. If you're wrong, start over from the beginning...

The reward was an hour of wandering through "a twisty little maze of passages, all alike" in text-based D&D, on either a Teletype or (later) a glass terminal.**

* Yes, actual Xerox-brand photocopiers. Big as a house, and 2x as expensive.

** Get off my lawn, kids today have no idea, etc.

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Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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Re: Big-Tech vs Big-Tobacco vs Banksters

GDPR is a mere experiment, no one knows how the law will shake out...

...which is equally true of any law; or indeed, of most human endeavors.

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