* Posts by steve 124

95 posts • joined 16 Oct 2009

Page:

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

steve 124

JJ Abrams?

Did JJ Abrams start working for BBC?

So, I guess Dr Who will die before my eyes, just like Hans Solo and my beloved Star Trek franchise.

DAMNIT!! Why can't you leave my beloved shows alone until after I die?

1
5

€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

steve 124

Breaking news....

Parliament just called an emergency session to discuss the threat this new encryption method presents to the UK. Back room discussions regarding quietly installing a backdoor universal key on all the remaining undiscovered enigma machines are expected to be pushed through the House later this week.

Meanwhile, 3D printing schematics for the device have surfaced on several "Dark Web" sites including 4chan and something called Reddit (which obviously sounds Russian, I mean it starts with a capital R).

A recently leaked document showing that the Trump administration was involved in the design, use and distribution of these now Russian devices during the campaign, which obviously allowed him to secretly collude with his KGB handlers... (Oh, and here's a video where he admits to this entire scheme... please ignore the lip artifacts, we're still working the bugs out of the software).

Oh, and we never went to the moon.

...

....

......

6
0

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

steve 124

ID 10 T alert

I'm going to take liberties here and assume the phrase "violates my rights" refers to 1st amendment rights to free speech (albeit that person is an idiot).

So in that context, Mr. Coward, Mexicans and Muslims (non-naturalized) have no 1st amendment rights as they are not American citizens.

Remember, Hillary didn't win, so the entire world population is not now a US citizen, despite what the media tell you.

Next.

12
37

Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

steve 124

pointless yet horrible

First, I don't understand the first guys' immediate jump on Schumer for supporting a law that actually needs to be passed (even though, the DNC list is about as useless as the ole "screendoor on a submarine").

This stuff really upsets me. Why have we not initiated a true caller ID system for VOIP yet? It's not really that much more difficult to trace than a POTS system. If telecoms would just drop any VOIP connection that is misrepresenting the originating IP Gateway to spoof a different ID this whole robocall problem would go away.... oh wait, oh yeah, the telecoms are making money off these international calls (by getting a slice of the ill-gotten gains) so they don't have a motivation to do this do they?

The DNC list is a joke. I've been on it for years, and cell phones are distinctly "off-limits" for all solicitations in the US, but the companies doing this (99% are Indian) give three chits about the US law. They are pretty much untouchable.

Here's how I see this story in a year:

Dr. Smith... you have 358 new voice mail messages... 1 is marked urgent... playing first message, received on August 3rd, 2017... at 1:37 pm... from 888-555-2222... duration 15 seconds...

"HI!! CAN YOU HEAR ME??? MY HEADSET WAS HAVING TROUBLE...."

(Somewhere else in the hospital an EKG machine goes solid tone)

Wouldn't it be easier to just target 2 or 3 critical telephone poles in Indian with a sidewinder and take their entire power grid offline for a few weeks, rinse and repeat?

I'd love to see the videos of repair men being electrocuted trying to fix the damage on Live Leak.

8
0

Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

steve 124

Re: Tapes?

Now that is funny Kevin. Had to give you a thumb up for that comment. Sometimes we forget this is a tech site. Good on you for reminding us with a chuckle. :)

3
0
steve 124

Re: I'm loving this...

You must be wearing some of those glasses from the movie "They Live" because you're seeing stuff that isn't in that interview.

Here's the complete transcript: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/11/president_trumps_full_interview_with_lester_holt.html

Although Holt does a bang up job trying to talk over Trump in several spots and trying to change the subject of Trumps answers while he's still answering. He starts to tell Holt it was the Hillary investigation that he was "angry" about but then Holt switches it back to Russia (because he sure doesn't want to start talking about Emailgate when he could be insinuating all sorts of KGB collusion (can't waste a precious moment of POTUS attack airtime here)...

HOLT: But were you a fan of...

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: ...people of the FBI. (he was finishing his answer before Holt broken in on him)

HOLT: him taking up that investigation?

TRUMP: I think that -- about the Hillary Clinton investigation?

HOLT: No, about -- about the Russian investigation and possible...

TRUMP: No, I don't care...

I'd like to mention here too, I've never seen the media be so rude to a President during interviews. I see this all the time with Trump where they barge in while he's answering a question. You can see on his face, he is not used to people doing that. I honestly can't remember anyone (maybe Reagan a few times, the media hated him) ever interrupting a standing President while he's talking. They sure didn't do that to Osama, er I mean Obama.

You know, I realize you younger folks (under 30 crowd) have all been through the current public school system, which is about 12-16 years of socialist indoctrination, depending on if you went to college or not) and you're all just itching to turn our country into an extension of Europe. If this move had been 10 years later (once your generation has fully embedded itself into all facets of government) this betrayal of American values and Constitutionality may have succeeded. Fortunately for America, the trigger was pulled a little too early and we GenXers are still in control (the last generation who actually learned about our great country and the history of communism and other "isms" around the world (in my opinion, isms are not good).

You want to see some real shit get stirred up? Let this Demo-led coupe actually try to throw out our elected POTUS. Our generation is pretty chilled. We are in mid-life and really just trying to live right and save for our retirements, but we were the ragers of the 90s. We were the punk rockers of the 80s. We may be in our 40s but we can still go out and do the kind of crap we've seen this little gay generation of kids doing, except we can drive there instead of being bused in. Don't fuck with GenX man... you don't know how crazy we can be (just ask your grandpa).

Anyways, I've trolled enough on this thread. It was fun but at least I got to laugh at a stoned snowflake who thought he knew what was going on.

Can't wait till you guys hit middle age and, maybe, finally understand some of what's going on this year.

Deuces Stonedflake.

2
5
steve 124

Re: I'm loving this...

Oh, please Stonedshop, produce a transcript of this announcement, because I've been watching all his public addresses and reading his press releases, so unless he tweeted it, you're just producing more fake news there bro.

0
9
steve 124

Re: I'm loving this...

So, who again is saying Trump fired him over the Russian investigation? Oh yeah, that's right, all the liberal media outlets, even though Comey hasn't said it and Trump has clearly said it was for other reasons (specifically decisions Comey made during the election cycle.)

I wonder what that could be referencing?

You want to know why Trump fired Comey? Here's the smoking gun right here...

And I am quoting James Comey himself... word for word...

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues INTENDED to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

"Clinton’s emails included seven message chains with information classified as top secret."

(Now, these were just the ones they recovered from Anthony Wieners computer. Not the 30k+ emails Clinton had her IT guys electronically shred)...

“Although there is EVIDENCE of potential violations of the STATUTES regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

(By the way, the definition of "statute" is: a written law passed by a legislative body). So he said "Even though there is EVIDENCE of violations of the LAW"...

So, yes, Trump had every reason and right to fire the head of the FBI when he has publicly stated that they discovered a crime (I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter if you "intended" to commit a crime, if you did it) but they weren't going to pursue it.

Trump knows there's no validity to the Russian story being spun, so he certainly wasn't intimidated by Comey for running the make believe investigation on that. However, he really decided to drop the Hillary investigation when he was duty bound to pursue these "violated statutes" they discovered. That's the reason Trump can't trust him to run the premier investigatory branch of law enforcement.

As to your question about swearing allegiance to Trump. No, of course not. But Comey (and Trump also) swore an oath of loyalty to the United States of America, part of which for both of them included the phrase "and to uphold and enforce the laws". He clearly could not be trusted to do that, which is kind of a big deal for the head of the FBI.

I'd like anyone to tell me any law that Trump has either failed to enforce or has broken so far. If you can, you will be the hero of the Left, because it would mean they have something to try to charge him with.

But you can't, because he hasn't, and it kills you, because he's still the POTUS.

and he will continue to be... even after all this bullshit is laid to rest. You can delay his agenda but you can't stop it... because it is OUR agenda. America will not go silently into the night. We will fight and so will Trump. God Bless him!

2
15
steve 124

I'm loving this...

This process is such a great way to smoke out all the Obama hold overs and traitors in senate. I really hope as many people are watching this as the media seem to think/want because this is going to wake up a lot of districts and I can't wait to see the backlash that occurs in next years election cycle. Al Green and other idiots calling for Impeachment are going to be standing on the street corner holding a sign that says "Homeless: Will lobby for spare change".

Yes, keep it up Demolibs, we are making a list and this is going to be election commercial GOLD when it comes time to interview for your own job again in 2018.

We will not forget.

We will not forgive.

Expect the American public... we will be heard again.

3
26

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

steve 124

Oh wow, what a bunch of really smart guys.... let's listen to them!

You guys realize that aside from being incredibly rich, these guys don't have any more clue than the rest of us about what's going on with the weather, right? When I was growing up in the 70s the popular consensus was that we were entering a global cooling period ("mini ice-age") and acid rain and killer bees were going to kill us all. Acid rain caused a few hard water spots on my car and I keep killing bees but have yet been "swarmed to death" like all the scary movies from the time said. Oh yea, and the ice... didn't happen.

Back around 2000 the scientists were saying by 2015 Washington DC would be "under water" and it's a shame that never came true, but it didn't.

Musk is pissed at Trump because he's talking about taking away the electric car subsidies he gets (I believe it's up to $7,000 per car now) which allows him to keep making those chitty Tesla cars that cost more than my house.

Tim Cook has simply ridden the coat tails of Steve Jobs for the last 8 years and hasn't actually innovated anything that I can tell since taking over Apple (adding a number to an existing product name isn't really mind blowing to me).

Zuckerberg... Jesus do I need to even say anything. How about this little quote?...

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb f@cks

So, yeah, trust THAT guy.

Nadella... hmm, how many of you guys have joined me in chiming in on the incredibly invasive and stupid things he's doing to Microsoft OS's? Not that I think Bill Gates gave 2 craps about customer's privacy or security, but at least he valued our business. And honestly, that guy comes from India... where there are 1.31 BILLION people who appear to just be doing everything they can to polute everything... perhaps his concern should be for his home country's lack of action.

Marc Benioff... I have to admit I had to look this guy up. He's worth over 4 billion dollars and gave us such wonderful things as "software as a service" (which has helped us all so much more than when we used to "buy" our software and then "owned" it). I'm not poor, but I can tell you that you don't get to be worth that kind of money without screwing alot of people over (which is one of the reasons these guys suddenly become "philanthropists" later in life).

Look, I don't personally like or respect any of the people quoted in this article. It's pretty easy to sit there and say "yeah, let's tax carbon" when you're sitting on billions of dollars in the bank (what do they care if the cost of energy goes through the roof?)

Personally, I can't afford the kind of gas prices they pay in Europe and other parts of the world, and the Paris Accords would have led us to MUCH higher prices than that (not to mention just household energy costs since the coal industry and other "dirty" producers were being forced out of business).

Everyone wants to keep the planet healthy (except maybe the Chinese) but what good does it do if you have to revert to the practices of the Omish to do it? These guys making these comments are NEVER going to be touched by any regulations personally (yea, their businesses might be affected, but let's be honest, if Apple went bankrupt, Cook will still be buying Lambos and eating caviar until the year 2150).

In 15 years, the scientists will be scratching their heads at the lack of 200F summer days and flooded Denver streets and claiming some new global catastrophe is on the horizon. We were born in the greatest period of human existence. The technology and conveniences we enjoy today are amazing and we should be grateful to be alive. This planet was here long before us and I assure you it will long after we're gone. The problem with our planet isn't due to our energy usage, it's due to out of control population growth (mainly in 3rd world countries) and if anything is going to cause a global catastrophe, it's going to be 10, 20 or 30 Billion mouths screaming about food and gas.

You want to save the planet? Stop having so many dam babies. If you can't afford to feed and take care of your children, stop having them (especially in parts of the world that weren't meant to support human life.)

If technology has done anything harmful to this planet, it's the fact that it's allowed people in deserts and other inhospitable area to thrive and grow their population FAR beyond what was possible before (yeah, I'm looking at YOU Dubai).

So, my message to you, my fellow techies.... stop feeling guilty for being in the right part of the world at the right time. Stop feeling guilty for having more than people in other parts of the world, when they don't do anything but breed and hold their hand out.

Have some dam backbone and join me in enjoying the fruits of our labors and the sweat of our fathers, and stop worrying about what Mother Earth is going to do to us... because I can guarantee you one thing... there's not a dam thing anyone, no matter how rich they are, can do about this subject, even if it were happening.

Oh yeah, and Mars colonization.... yeah, good luck with that one.

5
5

Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

steve 124

Never been hacked?

"While there has never been definitive proof of election machine hacking"

Really? What about the "Hursti Hack"? How about the work Dr. Herbert Hugh Thompson showed back in 2006 that clearly showed the results could be changed without any paper or electronic trace?

You should watch the HBO special "Hacking America".

1
0

WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

steve 124

The root of the problem is being ignored

<sits up soapbox>

Ok, I've said this before and I can't believe this is being ignored (especially in light of this latest attack). Why in the hell is bitcoin still in existence?

The ONLY reason this kind of attack is being done is because there exists an anonymous way to transfer money (bitcoin). The only reason bitcoin exists is for conducting illegal transactions.

If you take this secure conduit away from the mix, and what tech savvy hacker is going to be willing to launch an attack (which could possibly be tracked back to them) if there is no way to securely get money from your activity?

Every other type of transaction can be traced (yes, even dollar bills). Tell me one single legitimate reason we need an untraceable money transfer service?

I can't think of a single scenario.

Want this stuff to stop? Kill bitcoin. Kill bitcoin. Kill bitcoin.

I can't believe this is not even being discussed.

~Just by 2 BCs.

1
16

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

steve 124

exposed smb

I'm just trying to think of when you would have an SMB externally exposed. I mean, you would have to have an XP machine sitting directly connected to a non-NATting modem and then manually turn off the windows software firewall to do that, right?

So, noobs got pwned by scriptkids... Nothing more to see here, move along.

5
3

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

steve 124

Re: Fighting back?

Now that is a brilliant idea! Sounds like a great open source project for someone. Something that mimics the telemetry stream but feeds M$ worthless garbage (tons of it, all the time).

It would be like a low orbit ion cannon for telemetry. If enough people ran it, it would overwhelm their collection conduits and would be a bit like a DDOS for telemetry and potentially prevent real collected data from coming through, and of course, as you say, they would have to store the garbage somewhere until it could be identified as worthless.

Guys, that's the best idea I've heard since this whole argument started. Someone with mad programming skills should get right on that. I'm not sure if there would be any legal ramifications (since it's not a DDOS in the classic sense of the term) but it seems to me if we don't have a choice of whether or not the OS is collecting data, it would be legal for us to determine WHAT data they get (in this case, just random garbage).

Maybe just the word Jihad or something over and over, so the NSA computers slurping from the M$ servers would red flag all of it and force them to waste analysts time going through it to delete the garbage too (since we all know storage wouldn't be a problem for them).

10
0
steve 124

Re: I thought

I agree completely with this statement. I use my computer for many other things than gaming (although I am an avid gamer too).

I have no started hitting DX12 "only" walls yet but I'm sure it's coming. When I do, I will likely dual boot W7 for everything else and W10 for games (after removing any external drives and denying read writes on my network shares).

I also block all incoming/outgoing traffic to the rather large list of M$ telemetry server IP addresses through my hardware firewall, and I try to update that whenever possible.

I'm quite sure W10 would still be a little "leaky" since I can't be 100% sure the list is complete, but at least if W10 talks in this scenario it can only report on itself and a few video games.

Cortana shall never glimpse my shares. Ever.

5
1
steve 124

creepy doesn't begin...

That one line is the one that really made me shake my head and say aloud "See? THAT is why this will never be on my machine"!

The "Creator" (God?) patch eh? Megalomaniac much Microslurp?

12
1

Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

steve 124

I use Tor to access MySpace on my Netscape browser

People concerned about security and privacy use Tor? WTF?

I can't speak for the VPN provider, I personally won't use them because unless they are in the Maldives, they can probably be "compelled" to provide your data by the US Gov, but anyone who uses Tor is asking for a visit from the Feds at this point. Tor has become the go to network for illegal activities and there's no way I'd let traffic from the Tor network go out via my gateway IP (you ARE responsible for activities on your IP address). To my knowledge, there is no way to opt out of the outbound flow of Tor traffic, so if you're masking your activities by pushing it out someone else's gateway, everyone else is doing the same to yours (not to mention, as Karen said in the article, you're trusting that endpoint with your non-encrypted traffic). This device puts Tor in the hands of potentially non-tech savvy users that may not fully understand the technology it deploys or the implications that come with becoming an outbound node for the Onion Router network. Be very very cautious.

Nothing negative about your article, but it's very important people understand the risk involved in putting Tor on their home network.

I like the encryption plugin and think that with some locking down of your browser cookies folder (and, of course, being careful about the things you do on the web) are your best options at this point.

0
12

Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

steve 124

We've been using it for our VMWare environment for about 2 years. It's amazing and light years beyond the BEX software we used before. It is missing a few features (I had to script a way to pull SSDs for off-site, because it's designed for site-to-site replication) and the actual file level restore wording is scary as hell the first time you do it (it makes me think I'm going to accidentally restore the whole VM every single time, but it just needs a few "don't worry, we promise we're getting only the files you asked for" popups to re-assure jumpy admins.

If you're using VMWare, Veeam is your boy... Until HPE spoils it.

2
0

Micron making mucho memory moolah

steve 124

agreed

Yup, apparently the new CEOs have heard what happened to the old CEOs a few years ago when the memory market was caught doing this same chit. How quickly they forget what happens to gouging bastages (after a mere 5 or 6 years of getting away with it, making billions in profits).

Of course, that was all centered around collusion between manufacturers, so as long as they don't "coordinate" these jacked up prices with other manufacturers, they'll probably just keep doing it. It's not like we can just stop buying memory.

1
0

It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

steve 124

Dreadfully Reaming My Internets

Anyone remember StarForce? I've got several games that I BOUGHT that I can't use because of that wonderful DRM schema that didn't bother to update itself for Windows 7, since they already had my money.

I guess this is kind of good news for video ripping. The scene has gotten very lazy lately and most of what you find is WebDLs anyways. This will just force people to go back to Bluray HD rips like God intended. I'm going to look at this as a positive thing. Zero Fks given.

2
1

You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

steve 124

Re: seriously Trevor

Wow, Trev, maybe you should be a waiter at Chipoltle's instead of a tech site contributor. I mean you couldn't hurt THEIR reputation.

Perhaps it IS time to abandon your site and allow it to continue the frenzied liberal circle jerk that it's become in the last couple of years. Just a shame, because aside from your hack articles, there are several good contributors on this site. But hey man, if you don't want me around you don't have to tell me twice.

As far as your PHD dissertation on how not dangerous Cesium 137 is, maybe check on the latest NOAA maps here and tell me if you want to eat Pacific tuna or drink water if you live in Hawaii or California?

Oh, wait, gee that information "the latest studies" are from back in 2012 and it appears to be 2017 now (and for some reason didn't test for Strontium-90? To avoid panic?) It’s worth noting that in 2016, the EPA raised the allowable limit of radioactive elements in drinking water by 3,000 percent (the new limit would be equivalent to having 250 chest x-rays in a single year), so yeah, it's safe... here's an ice cold glass Trev.

Here's the latest thing happening at Tepco, but I'm sure it's nothing to worry about... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/tepco-admits-fukushima-radiation-levels-reach-record-highs-hole-reactor-discovered

1
8
steve 124

seriously Trevor

Trevor, good article, however, why not just have a picture of the american flag with turds sitting on it? This site isn't a political site (although Trump referenced articles always seem to end up that way) so what is the point of putting an inflammatory picture of our President as the giant headline?

How about I write an article about palace cyber security and put this picture as the article picture: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/fe/12/25/fe12252bf350776779ac9808976c7554.jpg

Would you like that? Would you feel I respected the throne?

Like I said, I have no problem with the article, but I'm seriously getting tired of the anti-Trump (even when done as subtly as a giant grotesque cartoon of my President making a face like he's ripping loose a fart).

I expect more from you Trevor, but then again you did write an article back in 2015 saying how the radiation spewing from Japan isn't really hurting anything, so maybe I expect too much from you.

I stopped going to the inquirer tech site because they insisted on blocking ad-blockers, and it looks like if this keeps up I might be leaving the Register over political differences. At least there's always slashdot and about a gazillion other sites I could changer over to. I noticed the Inquirer lost over 70% of it's daily traffic over the ad-block thing (and it hasn't recovered after turning that crap off).

1
21

No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

steve 124

Re: Knock, Knock. American here.

Jesus man, that's a wall (all your posts are walls). Your facts are completely wrong on each post so far (you obviously learned your party history from public school). You can't be a work because no one in IT has THIS much time during a work day, so I'll let you wipe the foam from your mouth before you hang up your obama phone so you can go cash in some more EBT credits for your current opioid.

Republican party lost the civil war... lol... what the hell are they teaching these kids...

<drops mic>

1
0
steve 124

Doesn't matter

If D-wave actually ships a 2000 qubit quantum computer this year like they say, then this will not matter at all. Since the current standard RSA key is only 2048bit, then current encryption techniques are going to be a moot point very quickly. God help us all.

I'm really glad to hear someone in Government finally say something about encryption that doesn't sound like my 6 year old nephew taught them how to keep their bank records safe using pig latin.

We're going to need a new way to encrypt data very soon, regardless of what governments make software vendors do. My concern over the last year has been that nothing is really secret (except self generated priv RSA keys) and if any software company bakes in a backdoor, the folks you don't want to have it will definitely get it. I'm sure there are already some of the major flavors of encryption compromised by backdoor deals with shady organizations. Hopefully, we will eventually learn which ones have and they will stop being used, but the thought of "universal" backdoor policies of encryption schemas scares the bejesus out of me.

At some point, Govs are just going to have to accept that technology is neutral. It can be used for good or ill, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. Breaking it all isn't really an option. I'd say the solution to baddies encrypting stuff is to use different ways to find out who they are and not rely on electronic intercepts for everything. You know, like we used to do before the internet.

0
0

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

steve 124

Re: as is usual in Trump article comments here...

Technically correct, in that an ‘act’ refers to laws passed by the Congress. Hence the constitution does not contain acts (they are used to enforce provisions in the constitution). I think 1182(f) is pretty clear and is still a "law" backed by the constitutional powers it clarifies.

Next time, post your name instead of as an Anonymous Coward, if you want to be treated as a human.

0
5
steve 124

as is usual in Trump article comments here...

So many twats commenting on things they don't understand that I won't post this as a reply to any single one (consider it a reply to all of you).

I keep seeing "to within the restraints of the law". Let me tell you what the Constitution says (I believe that counts as "the law")...

Section 1182(f), which states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate”

Where in that is there any confusion as to whether or not he has the legal leg to stand on?

As for "no syrians have been convicted of terrorists attacks in America" how about that little attack on Paris back in 2015? Do we have to wait until that happens here before we act? That's just foolish. If Martians were attacking European capitals would we need to wait until it happens to ours before we decide to do something?

It blows my mind that this is even an issue. It's so obvious that this is simply the left doing anything it can to "obstruct" and "confuse" the American people using it's only tools remaining. They still control the media and the legislative branch (due to years of leftist appointees that never come up for renewal once appointed).

I think any judge involved in this obstruction should be immediately reviewed for disbarment and / or impeachment for interfering with the function of the U.S. Federal government and usurping the Article 1 constitutional powers of Congress to regulate commerce with foreign countries and set the rules of naturalization and immigration, and the President’s Article 2 powers as Commander in Chief and the sole officer responsible for interaction with foreign powers.

The swamp is wide and deep. We need to get rid of quite of few of these judging nitwits that believe they are the voice of a higher power. You're just a lawyer without a boss. Your boss is supposed to be the SCOTUS, but since you're ignoring the 1936 and 1948 SCOTUS judgements that already settled this and established the POTUS has this authority, if I were your boss I'd fire your ass on the spot.

This EO WILL be allowed and I hope Trumps team is making a list of those who tried to stop it. I'd love to see some of these embedded traitors strung up on their own noose.

Just a patriotic American's viewpoint.

0
10

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

steve 124

I'm getting away from Windows once W7 goes EOL

I run a pretty big medical services company's network and we're pushing W7 on new laptops ("upgrading them"). I'm already looking into converting our Windows laptops over to linux based tablets (our EHR DB is the only hold up right now).

The idea of W10 on my network makes my stomach sour so I will be finding an alternative way to do business before that happens. We dragged our feet a bit on XP to W7 conversion but my reasons then were purely application compatibility (prior to SP1) but my concerns about telemetry, updates, general "chattiness" and just letting M$ know they are going in a direction I don't care for with W10 this time around.

Linux is getting very close to ready for prime time (especially with distros like Mint) and the outrageous licensing involved with M$ these days just makes me want to get rid of them altogether.

I guess it doesn't matter because there will be enough lazy admins out there to keep them in business for at least another dozen versions (I think they should start code naming future versions after CIA operations).... Windows 12 (Codename: Blackbriar)

"Cortana... ARE YOU TREADSTONE?!!"

4
1

Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

steve 124

ME-linnials

Look at all those beardy bastards. Bettin' there's a few Mo's and Sammi's in that crowd.

I'm just surprised we can't see any of the douchflutes (vaping gear) they always seem to be carrying around.

Comcast, meh.

1
0

'Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed' – AV update borks biz machines hard

steve 124

ouch

Been using this for 4 years now on our network and this is the first problem we've encountered. Despite the rhetoric above, we've been amazed at how well this product works, but it definitely screwed up at least 3 of our machines last week. I was very disappointed to find out WR was the cause because it has seriously cut out almost all our cleanup issues since deployment. I certainly hope WR QA gets it together and makes sure this NEVER happens again. If this had been a server bsod I'd be seriously miffed. As it was, we spent about 4 hours fixing 3 machines and were done (at least as far as I know).

what a CF though, right?

2
0

'I AM TWEETING TRUTH TO POWER: AND YOU CAN'T STOP MY FACTS, MR PRESIDENT!'

steve 124

Re: Yawn

First... get off my lawn.

Second... It's the policies of DC and State Government over the past 20 years (and sorry kiddo, MY generation, the 40 crowd, hasn't been running this show) that have gotten us here. The fact you can't discipline your kids because they've all been told spanking is child abuse (and given a number to call "a nice man" who will take care of your parents if they are doing that), the schools have been flooded with pro-socialist curriculum and revised American/World history narratives. You were taught things that had no practical value in real life and then we wonder why you can't get jobs or handle taking care of yourselves. This has all been a carefully planned and executed 20 year plan of "dumbing down" the american people to ensure they will be so happy to accept the government taking care of you (like a good Big Brother should)... which is a reference to a book that you were never asked to read.

I don't envy the things your generation will be dealing with, but I can most assuredly say Gen Xers have been watching from the dugout screaming our heads off.

No, my young naive padawan, the state of the nation/world isn't because of my generation (look at the 60-80 year olds in Senate and Congress). It's the exact thing my grandparents said when I was young... Heaven help our nation when the baby boomers are running things... well, this is what happens when folks who grew up listening to Timothy Leary and reading Saul Alinsky get to make policy decisions.

1
2
steve 124

Re: Har har

John I upvote everything you post man. We gotta have a beer next time you get to Little Rock! :) Spot on brother!

1
8
steve 124

Re: Yawn

Read 10 lines, puked on my middle aged shoes and had to comment just to say, I really am tired of whining millennials. I'm sure glad my generation is about to take the reigns away from the 60s raised hippies that have driven our country into the ground and pushed this rainbow vomiting attitude to all the kids for the past 20 years. I'm also glad I'll probably be dead by the time this generation takes over in DC and finishes destroying everything I value and believe to be true and good.

It's amazing to me to see these little shits go on and on about the system they all benefit from every single day when they wake up in their little suburbanite homes, while they twitter about how much America sucks as their mom drives them to the local Starbucks to buy them a $6 cafe latte ("I said NO gluten you idiot!").

One of these days, they'll move out of home, have a mortgage and 2 ungrateful kids and wonder why they only bring home 30% of what they make. Karma always comes back around.

Just saying, if you're under 30, you're a worthless piece of shit. Wiki it.

13
8

Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

steve 124

Sorry, I have trouble detecting sarcasm...

Surely the bunch of you jest in your comments. AV is crap? Seriously?

This single line from the article made me laugh so loudly my staff had to ask what I was reading... "He says Redmond's antivirus is okay since it is built by the company's "generally competent" developers who follow good security practice."

Microsoft is leading the fight against malware? Really? Cause, I've really never ran into any problems surfing the web on my Linux box but every time I've encountered a virus on a box (personally and professionally) it's been because M$ had some broken "feature" that was being exploited (except the java script and flash player induced comas).

I've been using Webroot for a few years now professionally and at home and I'm not sure if it's being missed in these "evaluations" or not but I haven't had a problem since I installed it. Our last solution at work was McAfee and it was just terrible. I was using ESET and Norton at home but ESET stopped catching stuff late in 2006 and Norton just bloated so badly after 2001 that it was worse than having an actual virus. Maybe you guys are just not looking hard enough for a good AV because aside from WR there's a couple of others taking this cloud definition / hueristic behavioral approach and it's pretty spot on. From what I can tell, new variants hit a few users when they come out but then they are identified, hashed and added to the global definitions so the rest of us are immune.

I know this guy worked for Mozilla for quite some time, but I doubt from this article how much of an expert in security a/v he is. I know the catch 22 here is that anyone who IS an expert in A/V typically works for an A/V company and so you can't trust their opinion as to whether it's rubbish or not, but my experience does not jive with what this guy is selling (or at least not buying).

I think recommending anyone turn off or disable A/V is a really bad idea and a little irresponsible of whoever is saying that.

Just my 2 cents.

3
1

WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

steve 124

PLEASE !! WANT!

I can haz PorkLipsNow the game!? WANT! Yes, Pleez!

0
0

Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

steve 124

unnamed factor

There was really one reason that Samsung had to eat $5 billion on the Note 7.... Greed.

Note 1-4 all had removable batteries. I just replaced the battery in my Note 4 last month and I can continue to use it for 2 or 3 more years, if I choose.

Samsung saw what Apple was doing (making disposable $800 devices that were not easy to change batteries in, because they were "hard wired" into the device). Someone, in some meeting, at some time said "you know, if we do that, once the battery dies, they will HAVE to buy another phone from us!" and the other attendees said "YOU'RE BRILLIANT!"

I passed on Note 5 and 6 for this very reason and was almost duped into buying the 7 because it was obvious the days of exchangeable batteries in Notes were over. Then, explodey stuff started happening and I cancelled my order. Thank God.

This debacle would have cost Samsung about $20 per unit to fix, if they had stayed to the removable battery design that made the Note a great phablet to begin with, but alas, they thought they could make a quick buck. Well, now it sounds like they haven't learned and are going to try to make the batteries more reliable (but it's still going to be a throw away device after the battery eventually fails, which all Lithium Ion batteries do).

My advice Samsung, Note 8 better have a removable battery. Otherwise, I will definitely be jumping ship. I hope everyone follows me in this. They will probably just attribute low sales to their tainted reputation instead of us realizing the truth of why manufacturers embed batteries in their devices.

Right now, I've got over 100 tab 7 tablets that all are worthless because of this same bone-headed design (granted those are slow terrible tablets, but most of them died due to battery failure far before their usefulness would have caused us to decommission them).

Just my 2 cents.

2
0

Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

steve 124

Supporting? Never. Accepting the democratic process that got them there? Law.

Even Obama is trying to cast doubt upon the process (the very same process that let him stay in power for 8 horrible, cancerous years).

Don't like Trump? Say so.

Don't like the process that allowed we the people to elect him? Move to another country snowflake, this is how democracy works. Stop rioting in our streets, cause come January 20th, that shit will be dealt with by actually enforcing the law (something that really hasn't been happening over the last 8 years) and you definitely aren't going to like that.

5
8
steve 124

Re: "Planned Register of Muslims"

I can always count on you to call these tards out John.

Again, it seems like the people who hate Trump take what he says literally but don't take him seriously. Whereas, we take him seriously but not literally.

I can't wait until he starts actually getting things done that help our country, from the office, and these little snowflakes (who have only known Obama's failed leadership most of their adult lives) actually get to see what a real President is supposed to do. I only hope there's a light bulb moment for these folks where they finally get it. Support your country and do things to help it.

SMH, at least we're inching towards proper leadership again, as long as Obama doesn't get us into a slugfest with Russia before leaving office.

<Upvoted you brother>

9
18
steve 124

aw, what will we do now?

Guess we'll just have to make Oracle great again without him!

Good luck to him on his job search (I'm sure this guy has enough money to not worry about it at this point).

His Linkedin statement mentioned dismantling Social Security... which you would think someone in this position would be smart enough to know can't happen.

For our blimey friends that may not know, Social Security is not an entitlement, it's a government enforced retirement plan. From your first until your last paycheck, the US Gov takes out money and puts it in your Social Security balance. Therefore, SS can't be dismantled because it's not goverment money, it's citizens money. That single statement made by this guy lets me know he has no clue what's going on and is just following the mass media's negative campaign against the new POTUS.

So, committing career suicide on Linkedin? I'm for it for anyone who is foolish enough to believe this sort of crap. Another snowflake melts.

2
7

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

steve 124

Re: its *PRESUMPTIVE* president elect trump

LOL, I'm going to presume that the 270+ electors that ARE required to vote party lines with their states are going to do so (since they'll presume to go to jail if they don't) and I'll assume that you'll be dealing with our properly elected President, just like the 44 before him.

But you know, since the Dems are so keen on auditing, I think it would be interesting to audit the bank accounts associated with ALL the electors (especially those who went against their states lines (in those states that don't require them to) and some of those who have publicly said they will be changing their vote. I wonder if any large deposits have been made in the last few months (this is pretty well known to happen with electors, the little whores).

So, if it makes you sleep better, PRESUME that the Don won't take office in January...

0
0
steve 124

Good to see Obama is continuing his "smooth and peaceful transition of power" for our new President. What a swell guy.

0
0

Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

steve 124

Nonsense I tell you, nonsense...

Ok, I only read down about 1/3 of the comments (it's getting heated up in this one) but why all the AV hate? I don't know how many of you are actually security guys (I'm the HIPAA security officer for my organization and have been in IT longer than viruses have), but do any of you remember the late 90s? When viruses ran wild and nary a thing you could do about it? Because, I do.

Sasser and Blaster and Donner and Blitzen...

So, I've ran the gambit over the years and have to say that the big names, Symantec, Norton, McAfee and even nowadays ESET... complete rubbish. I found Webroot about 5 years ago and THAT is a good AV product. It's not bloated, it's fast and it catches everything my users try to infect. So I don't know about the Bilby angle here (maybe Google is about to roll out Google White Lists (GWL) or something) but it sounds like most of you guys have been using the wrong A/V.

We have around 350 endpoints over 11 geographical locations and I've had to re-image no computers in the past 3 years. I monitor our network closely (we even use Wireshark) and have no leaks. I'm not saying my network is invincible but I'm saying with the right AV, perimeter security, IDS and some good old fashion user education, you can sure do a decent job of the old "best effort" protection model.

Anyways, hope this helps some of you admins commenting.

I just don't get the point in trying to tell the industry AV is dead... Viruses sure aren't and I don't have time to Whitelist every application being used on our network (maybe you guys aren't as busy as me, don't know).

1
2

Bong: Let me talk to Trump

steve 124

I can't tell if you're posting that to defend communism or not so let me just say... let's see how the Party is taking care of the People...

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/chinas-smog-problem/

This is what happens when you take the real people's voice away from government... Thank God for Democracy.

0
4
steve 124

Re: only the odd few million dollars from our wealthy and successful fathers

LOL, I don't know Duffy. Let's see how many times the British Empire declares it in the next century and find out!

ROFL... We just pulled the Trump card, on top of a Full House!

Don't worry England, we'll bail you guys out once the immigrants start setting up camps for you guys.

0
6
steve 124

Re: disappointed || appalled

I agree John, I love getting down votes here because it means I got their goat. I think it's hilarious how Brits feel about Trump, hell I LOVE that Trump made it in. This is folks like me (yes, I'm a white middle aged man in America, and I've worked for everything I've got for over 30 years, from my first car to my nice house, and I started making minimum wage when it was $2.35/hr).

I absolutely love this election. Unlike Europe, our kids may actually have to learn that nothing is free (from "free" school lunches, medical care, cell phones, housing compensation, etc.). This generation needs to learn that all these "free" things come out of my (and millions of middle class citizens like me) pockets and that the more they get for "free" the less I have left for me. And, unfortunately, they are going to learn what it means to run up the national credit card to $21 Trillion. Fortunately, I won't be around for the latter half of that payback, cause it's going to suck.

So, yea, downvote the hell out of me... don't care. My guy won and these free loader 20 somethings are going to finally have to go out and work for the crap they want... just like I did. boo, freaking, whoo.

(commence down vote bots)

4
11
steve 124

disappointed || appalled

El Reg, please refrain from comments on our current election process whenever possible. It's obvious many of your editors have a leftist slant and I get enough of that crap from our own propaganda machine here in the states.

I'd like to remind you that I didn't participate in your Brexit process and we (the colony) decided to remove your input from our political process over 200 years ago.

I come here for tech, not politico.

Thanks,

The people of the United States of America.

3
40

Donald Trump running insecure email servers

steve 124

Re: So...

Was there a grandfather clause put into that law that said "well, unless you already have an unsecure server with classified emails on it, in which case carry on"?

Here's the thing, if you are doing something, and a law against it is passed, you're supposed to stop doing that thing... you know why? Because after the law is made, it's then ILLEGAL!

Even if Trump hasn't secured his personal email server at all. It only puts him and his business at risk, not American security, lives or national secrets. Believe me.

7
6
steve 124

How many State Department Top Secret emails does he have on that server? Oh, that's right, NONE.

<drops mic and walks away>

6
5

Cloudy with a chance of ransomware

steve 124

Re: You've already got a problem

I hear ya Don, but some software requires local admin rights (our EHR does) and although we're trying to find an alternative that doesn't, it's been in use for 14 years so it's not something that can be changed quickly. There are things you can do to protect systems from local admins but I'll agree it's much harder.

This is fairly aggravating news, just for the fact that these aholes keep finding new infection vectors. I wish we could unilaterally pass a death penalty law for anyone found creating or intentionally spreading ransomware. Maybe death by electrocution would deter some of these people, but of course, until we open our eyes and shutdown bitcoin services this is going to continue. Bitcoin is the root of the problem with all the current generation of malware/ransomware because it's designed (like the onion router) to purposefully hide the money trail.

It seems so obvious to me that Bitcoin is specifically designed to hide criminal activities (and I'm one who will defend torrent services to my grave, because it, at least, has alternative uses).

When I become King of the interwebs, I'll decree these things and we will all have peaceful weekends again. Remember, vote me for King of the interwebs in November!

1
3

Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

steve 124

Re: When Trump wins

Two more attacks last weekend in the States and there are still people saying this isn't an increasing problem?

Retarded? I've been a MENSA member since 1987 and I'm voting for Trump. You should really rethink your stance on American politics... and if you're not a citizen, just stop commenting because you not only don't know what you're talking about but you also don't have a dog in the race.

0
3
steve 124

Who? Huh?

Kokoromi, Polytron, Scruta Games, Tomorrow Today Labs and developer Augustin Cordes? Who the hell are they? Can you provide a complete list of those who developers who have decided to put politics before business? I'd love to make sure they never get my money for any other platform.

These are nobody companies anyways. It's not Ubisoft of any big developers are dumb enough to do this.

I think it's hilarious that they would cut their own throats on Hillary's sword. Most of the small dev games I've bought on Oculus are trash and I'm glad I haven't spent more than about 10$ for those titles. I've started being much pickier about my Oculus titles to avoid supporting trash developers going forward. I guess I can add stupidity just under bad design/programming to my list of people not to give money to.

It's really amazing to me that these people would cut themselves from 1/4th of the VR market (1/2 for now, but soon 1/4). These same people don't boycott using ATM machines just because Diebold and Halliburton (it's parent company) kill people all around the world. Guess there's a limit to their morals. You can always find something your money gets spent on that you don't like, if you follow your bills far enough (gonna stop tipping the stripper at your local bar because she might use your dollars for an abortion?) Ludicrous.

Anyways, feel free not to develop for Oculus. The void will be filled with another programmer and they will get my money instead of you.

1
1

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017