* Posts by Alistair

1655 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Authorities go hard on coffee maker for stiff Viagra-powered brew

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I'm of the breed that if there's too much blood in my caffeine stream, its best to walk away and leave me to get caffeinated.

This stuff would not be good for me -- but an associate who's BP levels have been miles too high for a couple of years is on a dose of BP meds, which would *not* play well with this. I rather suspect it might be fatal. Especially since the silly bugger takes benadryl on occasion. (look *that* mother$$$ compound up for 'interactions')

So basically, someone's been selling this stuff as a performance enhancer in the past and just decided to sell it as "coffee" on the store shelves in some woo-factory outlet?

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Cynical bastard's observation.

"was arrested in Thailand and the site taken down. The 25-year-old died in custody in Thailand a week later."

Umm. I think there may be some questions that need asking in this case......

(admittedly we might in general not like the answers, but the questions should be asked).

anyone that puts something "RL" related into "Dark Web" environments is going to get bitten by the fallout....

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

Actually, the rule is the sum total of the intelligence on the planet is a constant.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Can anyone tell me why this ship is carrying around a lighthouse?

(Yes, I get it, but hell, that DOES look like a lighthouse)

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: Is it

Whups:

"Will it blend JUICE!"

FTFY

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Re: cut the crap, Linux is UNIX? @Stevie

@ Stevie:

Having grown up across VAX, PDP, DOS, S36, *cough* windows, BSD, HPUX, Solaris, AIX, IRIX, Linux, MVS, VMS, and a couple of others, your problems are not with *NIX (my preferred reference), but with BYT that have not run into a wall or three yet. We all have to earn our bruises to learn our uses.

( Yes boss, the script is 12,000 lines long. No. It is NOT 12,000 lines of code. Its 4,500 lines of code. Yes, the rest is commentary. NO YOU MAY NOT REMOVE THEM)

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Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot

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@John Riddoch:

HPUX - sadly still defaults to CDE. Mind you anyone running *all* DT services on their HPUX hosts needs a LART upside the head.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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This vuln would have added a whole new

Definition to "Flash Mob" events.

Have a hijacked segway running about rounding up other segways randomly and herding them to a specific point and then tossing all the riders at precisely the same spot, to match the beat of some middle of the road pop music piece..... All recorded on publicly viewable CCTV camera.... and posted to YouChube, twatter and faceblat live.

Dear god.

I'll be giggling insanely all day now.

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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

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Hmm

@John Smith19

I've seen a bunch of NSLs, rather accidentally since they were issued to a company that was bought by the org I worked at. Admittedly they were *older* NSLs from 2002. However they were quite specific, usually asking for details relating to a specific IP address over a period of two or three weeks. There were a couple that were based on email address. That the entity that had received the letters *was previously* an American company, split off into a Canadian subsidiary raised my hackles *just* a wee bit.

As for the "demand for all your cx's metadata on an ongoing basis" -- Umm. I hate to put it this way but there are two companies in the US that could provide effectively *all* internet metadata to whatever TLA or FLA asked for it. Mind you, that would get expensive simply in the tech to handle the volume.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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woot.

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7 pages of comments on an article about a TV show, by techies, on a tech news site.

Claim your Geek status with an up

Claim your Nerd status with a down.

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Re: Personally...

@Zog the nth

David Wolfe as Dr Who?

*that* would offend me.

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Dell and Intel see off IBM and POWER to win new Australian super

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I rather like Adele.

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Second Amendment

"Canada had bomb-checking of laptops decades ago, long before the Americans. They would swab the keyboard and other areas for traces of explosives. But AFAIR they stopped doing it quite some time ago"

They had engineering documentation that essentially made the point that to do sufficient damage, most laptop bombs *would never be bootable* as a normal computer. They switched to "power it on so we can see it boot". Which, in a number of locations, they ask that your phone do the same. If it happens to be without power you loose it till you leave the location or get off the plane.

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Re: Guns

@ John Brown:

After the whole yellowcake incident, that is exactly what they've been up to. Its how they won.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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weeehaw. Interesting the range of perspectives on this

Personally, I think I'm inclined to take the perspective that *media* in general, (TV, Movies, Music, GooTube, Social media in general, even the few remaining print papers, and ALL magazines) Have been, for *at least* the last 50 years, painting a set of images, perspectives and *expectations* that have encoded *at least* three generations of folks for failure simply because the expectations that they've imprinted on this lot of humans **HAS NOTHING** to do with reality.

I mean, honestly, I've never seen an add for Tylenol that was based on a 20 something coming home to their two bedroom, 3rd floor walk-up apartment, from a 6 hour - 4/2 split shift in a call centre to a 2 year old teething and howling being held by their SO, who has to leave immediately for a 12 hour overnight shift as a security guard, and all three of them taking different variants of it. And to be honest with ourselves, the above scene is a SHITTON more realistic in this world than anything that makes it into advertising....

<Right after the lawyers, *anyone* connected to advertising>

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Periodically I wonder.

In the Foundation series we had the concept of a *science* developed based on the actions of a society as an entity. Was Google imagined by A.C.C.?

Is J.M. going to build R. Daneel?

I already spend most workdays under the stairs. Are we all going to end up living underground?

Science fiction authors. Need more of them all the time.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

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Mainframe vs x86 vs *risc

I've covered a lot of ground in the last 30 years of IT, and I honestly don't see why so many chirp about mainframes being obsolete. Or for that matter *risc. X86_64 has done spectacularly well in improving what can be accomplished on the platform over that time, taking the x86 cisc from 'toy' to 'desktop' to 'server' to cluster. There are astonishing things one can accomplish with an x86_64 cluster. I've been building them for some time, and there are great things one can do with a *risc cluster, I"ve built a few over the years. I'm not much on the Mainframe these days, but I did help move some things off x86 to ZOS supported linux at one time and that move, although it seemed quite costly solved a set of issues (at the time) which would have *actually cost far more* to scale out.

Mainframes, in my experience, handle *volume* far better than scale out on x86 **in specific cases**. Risc sill does certain things better than x86_64 **in specific cases**. I'll admit my standard position is "right tool for the job at hand" rather than "latest toy we can lay our hands on".

As for IBM sales literature, it is *far* from unique. Sales literature is sales literature. Everyone selling hardware or software uses tailored results. It is after all sales literature.

All the above said, sadly, I'm helping to set up three things that may well be the final migration off our Z.

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Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

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Sooo, SEC bags a guy making pocket change off insider trading. Is this not akin to the local cops filing a parking ticket while the bank across the street is being robbed?

<Nah, not a cynical bastard today. Not at all>

Still don't know where 20% of Rosneft's stock went.........

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Re: @John Smith,,, What an interesting set of comments.

@IanMichaelGumby:

Altman believes that the longevity of this particular vulnerability challenges the notion that open source code is magically more secure than closed source code. "The fact that this has been around for as long as it has been in open source, I think, is just one more case that should debunk the theory that open source programming is in some way more secure than closed source programming."

This is a very telling and very significant statement because the myth of superiority of FOSS has been promoted with no counter example. Now you have one.

--- Just because it took a while is neither here nor there, since ... Ummm... The bug has been found....

<who'da thunk it>

While I'll agree with and argue that it takes someone with more than just "coding ability" to chase down some of the more exotic errors in programs out there, one of the issues I have with some of these recent "OMG TERRIBLE HOLE, been in OPENSOURCE for EVARRR" cases we've seen is that for pretty much *every one* of them, there have been "No known cases where it has been exploited" --- and the folks that are reporting them and making so much of them seem to be implying that BOTH:

a) it was only because they and they alone are capable of finding the problem

AND

b) anyone and their brother in the skiddiot world could have exploited them at any time.

Now. Can we start putting some *logic* to the terrorizing of the population and stop this shit please?

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@AC:

Actually, in some cases, YES.

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2017-11103

Statement

This issue does not affect the version of MIT Kerberos implementation as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This issue also does not affect the version of Samba as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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IO, IO, it's off to Weka.io we go: Let's take a look at a file system upstart

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Re: RAM requirements

Thanks for the reply Liran. It gives me something to add to discussion points.

.Alistair.

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Re: RAM requirements

Welcome to the Reg Liran.

Prepare to be mauled by techies. *grin*

I only wonder what criteria are available to handle *stale* status and offloading of said stale data objects.

What is it that puts Weka over ZFS or HDFS or other bulk storage fs' currently available. I have HDFS and ZFS experiences in large data pools - mostly dealing with telecom data types - the biggest issues I've experienced have been lookup latency, (well that and java coders that seem to think that they're talking to an RDBMS rather than a file system).

What tools can be used against this FS that give it advantages?

(the icon is labelled "windows user" but I use it for the crusty old bastard impression)

Alistair.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Da job Bag

in mine:

rechargeable electric pistol style screwdriver, with 4" 6" 10" extensions

CraftyTire 8 slot 'multiscrewdriver'

something around 300 different variations on bits including the vast majority of the "secure" bits.

1/4" drive ratchet and 40 some sockets, 4" and 6" extenders and a wobble bit.

Serial2USB, 6'. Parallel2USB 5' SerialoverEthernet 5'. 8' ethernet cable with a crossover extender cable.

laptop (Currently HP EliteBook8570w with 1Tb ssd, 32Gb ram -- Yes, F25,kvm and guests)

The 125W powerbrick for same.

Plain grey T-shirt, slightly washed out and ragged jeans @34x34, grey socks.

At one point I also carried a disposable tyvek 'environement' suit (minus the helmet, it was not much larger than 6" square and about 1/4" thick when vacuum packed) I've since lost the source connection I was getting those from at $5 a pop.

I've been accused of being a boyscout by the folks I work with. Especially when I can unscrew those stupid damned offset triangle screws that Sun used for a while on cases. I can wear a suit to work and just pop into a privy to swap outfits if I need.

I have 2 64Gb USB keys with too many partitions and as far as I can, bootable copies of the OS's I support on them. Or at least the *source* to make bootable copies.

Nope, not a grad, but thats 30 some years of IT experiences wrapped up in "What the HELL do I need to take with me today".

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

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"No doubt someone will provide a VR texture of cracks in the ceiling."

.... painted beige of course

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: "virtually zero" How are Morgan Stanley counting?

Umm.

"Markets need speculatorssuckers ....."

Works with *either* conclusion to the sentence.

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Re: An alternative

@boltar

Might want to talk to the Cypriot folks you know..........

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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umm

[noydb log]# date -d @1500000000

Thu Jul 13 22:40:00 EDT 2017

[noydb log]# date -d @9999999999

Sat Nov 20 12:46:39 EST 2286

[noydb log]# date -d @10000000001

Sat Nov 20 12:46:41 EST 2286

well - F25 is not seeming to be a problem. Only reason I checked here is that I thought the int/uint bit would be a wee bit further out than 2038. However I'm on a 64bit fedora:

Win7. hehehehehehehehe. nope, not going there. Even on 64bit win7. sad really.

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Flight Centre leaks fliers' passport details to 'potential suppliers'

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Re: I, too, smell Human Error

"Having had to spend 3 months in a previous role explaining repeatedly to a Marketing team why they couldn't use a customer's live"

Months?

You lucky bastard, I've been doing this for years.

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If we could just get a word in Edgewise... New kid says it can do data center firewalls better

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There are ways and there are ways

"ta center by allowing only trusted applications to communicate over approved network paths."

The impression given by statements like this is that this is a default deny, whitelist approach, but using (FTA, and comment) authentication, domain controller, and ipcs to determine if both source and destination are 'known valutes'.

Question: -> how much *additional* network traffic is added by the whitelist to authentication verification, and what are the timecycles like? What sort of authority level is required by the 'firewall' itself in order to run this toolset?

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: @Bronek Kozicki, re: internet speeds.

@Pen-y-gors:

Umm. DId that in the mid-80's in downtown T.O. At work. Weekly. For 4 months.

*sigh*

still more evidence I've been doing this @#$% too #$%#$@$ long.

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Re: never going to go to consumer market

"There will never be a need for more than 5 computers....."

"640Kb is more than enough"

"For $100 Billion you could buy ...."

a) I have an 11 year old that has somehow managed to accumulate 430Gb of oddball crap games in just over 2 years. Never mind the goofy videos the middle and youngest have put together.

b) Our Familial Photo Archive is just a hair over 2Tb, SWMBO is a photography nut (yes a good chunk of those were scanned -- most twice , once from images on photopaper and again when I acquired a scanner with the capacity to scan negatives)

c) the eldest and their mate, in 36 hours after christmas gorged the PS4 to "Full" on junk games.

Data consumption is flying up a VERY steep curve in the retail space. Yes, these *will* make to consumer space. Just not any time soon I don't think, but considering they're built for cold storage in enterprises and designed to be arrayed, they'll do just fine even in small arrays. 5 of these in a zfs array sitting in my nas? YES GODDAMNIT.

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Re: My first thought..

@CoCM

No, even *my* cats agree with your opinion on tape.....

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Uber borgs with Yandex's ride-sharing biz in Russosphere

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Re: Not likely to work for long

"Once they get a close look at Uber, I expect that the Russian Mafia government will be shocked and horrified by Yadex's total lack of disruption and evasion. The government will then boot Yandex out of Russia for not being a bad influence"

FTFY.

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14 MEEELLION Verizon subscribers' details leak from crappily configured AWS S3 data store

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Ohhhh

Didn't read article, came to comment that the header image needs be used in all cases like this.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Hang on

I think we're missing an ICON for this type of article commentary.

"projectile vomit"

Which covers both the Reg subHead, and well, the app. And the IPO. And well, just about anything to do with the subject.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Umm

The vernal equinox is about having the planting done and taking a party. And since its nice and warm and safe, making babies.

Now, I've a Roman Catholic upbringing and know full well that not only did the RC's steal the occasion but so have several other religions.

But these are sex toys, that encourage the user to NOT MAKE BABIES!!! OMG OFFENDED! Eostre will wilt your plants and leave your cattle barren!

/joke

Interesting to note that *only* one recipient complained. AND they took action. I wonder how many complaints they get that the ignore anyway.....

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Bloke takes over every .io domain by snapping up crucial name servers

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unaware of any issues arising from this brief exposure.

Perhaps a future public indecency charge?

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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Re: "Biometrics." It's a security "feature"

" No, gait. Not goat. That's still "something you have" "

Considering that my SO and I tend to wrap arms about our shoulders whilst we walk, I can tell you now that if one is using gait as a biometric, your sense of security is subject to shoes. I have dress shoes, running shoes and sandals, as does SWMBO, and when we walk together, different shoes require that we do different things to match stride. Thus, our gaits are substantially altered by the shoes we wear. Furthermore, I'll be at some point getting foot surgery to correct structural damage done whilst I was a rather young figure skater. I will be required to *re* learn how to walk after that is done. I'll not mention the twenty something offspring of a friend of mine who has had not one but two knee reconstructions due to baseball accidents.

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Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

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@Bob Hoskins:

I work with a java coder who has been attempting to write C code. He also insists that glibc is horrible.

I try not to point out to him the dep tree for java on linux.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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"Lycra, of course, when it comes to middle aged men, should be fired sunward at maximum velocity."

While I agree with the sentiment, for some reason I caught my SO watching the Tour de France .......

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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Re: This isn't the problem you're looking for

" Western society for which the Internet and other forms of electrical communication are increasingly essential "

I dunno, something about grabbing a coffee from a small shop at the same time of day every Tuesday afternoon comes to mind.

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Re: Identify the problem correctly first before embarking on any wrong course of solutions.

"Whenever governments are the standing stagnant problem, why ever would tech and telcos think to help them."

Sadly AMFM, Although the time seems to approach, I've not seen sufficient torches or pitchforks about for the stock market denizens to start separating themselves from the politicians. In fact that effort may be impossible since the line betwixt the groups is far too blurred of late.

" Target the abusers, not their systems of administration, for such is what always permits the guilty of politically incorrect and inept elite classless crime to wander and wonder free in a cloud of contrived corrupt immunity."

Looking at the way things unfold today in Africa is a lesson on this front. Accumulate enough liquid capital, and lubricate your way to invisibility ..... Sadly corruption is the dandelion of political farming.

And for the record sir, your translation devices are becoming much better tuned.

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Re: Trump's Tantrum?

" IMO leftists are rather insecure, needing the approval of other leftists on a regular basis. Righties are less dependent on what others think of them. In fact, that's what makes them righties."

*sigh*

Dude. I can tell you are a died in the wool american flag waving righteous type. I have to point out that the American political system has a single point of failure, and it has finally been demonstrated clearly and concisely. What you fail to realize here is that the vast majority of the folks on this site would be crucifying clinton just as vigorously for her failings, and she would by now have been run over by at least a dozen stupid issues and would have stormtoopered her way out of them as she did during the campaign.

BOTH parties in the united states no longer have any representation of the people in mind. EVER. The Citizens United decision relegated anyone who is NOT a corporation to the status of SLAVE. Which makes the BLM folks the only ones running around with eyes open. But only barely. And they have no idea how to effectively market themselves so that flies about as well as a lead balloon.

You in your righteous indignation commit all the sins of which you accuse your lefties. In the meantime, you give up more rights, more freedoms, and more individuality every time the money rotates. Good luck.

Since the people on The Left now hate all the people on The Right and the people on The Right now despise anyone who is not straight, white, churchgoing christian, and the whites hate the latinos, and the blacks hate everyone and no one likes the gays, there is so much "Its THEIR fault" going back and forth between the people not with money or power, the folks with the money and power are just laughing at all the silly puppets fighting in the streets.

There is a solution to this issue. You are not acting as part of it.

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Now Uber sued for textual harassment

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Up here frozen north, most SMS are 100% free nowadays.

And the litigation issue - is a result of 1) allowing legal beagles to advertise on prime time TV with terrorizing images (they are; you only need to see one or two) and 2) permitting legal beagles to do contingent fees. (we don't get paid till you get paid). Sadly -- the lawyers up here have gotten into that business as well.

(Late paying your taxes? CALL US NOW or the Government will seize your bank account, house, car, etc etc etc) -- things like that ... while this is technically true there is a *rather* long process to any of those seizures for an individual, and if you haven't a lawyer by that point you really really are deserving of everything that lands on your head.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: Good practice

"When IBM came along, the patch and security management was handed over to them. Whether IBM did anything with that handover information is uncertain."

I can tell you what happened here. The SM on the account said clearly, "This is IBM, (chuckle), you have a patching policy, how quaint, We'll hand this to the EUS SEC team and they'll set up a *real* patching system for us."

Aaaaaaaaaaanddd.... someone came back with "Yes, we can do that for an additional 2.25MGBP/year on the contract, please sign here".

And there were negotiations...... which is probably where they are now.

This is *outsourcing* --- sell shit to the victim at the lowest possible price, sucker them in for as many years as possible and then start bolting on costs once the ink starts to dry.

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

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Umm

ES File Manager? Anyone? Halooo?

This is google stupidity is what it is ... SMB this SMB that -- SMB trending on twatter. Oh look - this does SMB put it in the market place...

but - -then again -- I'm a techie nerd and know how to manage my techie shit.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Our security lot have stopped bothering with the "dont reply to these" emails and the "dont click on these" emails.

They send their *OWN* phishing emails. You respond? you click?

You get assigned a course. Mandatory.

You drag it off to a mail to the security team to investigate - they send you back a neat little certificate.

I've seen someone handed a package for not getting the course. Three times.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Interestingly

There is a pool under our datacenter.

Actual pool. (the building used to be a fitness joint)

It was backfilled but if you pull all the tiles up in the right area and remove the 90,000 dead cables you can see where it was.

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Re: Frozen winter shit.

"THERE'S NO U IN TEAM"

No, but when the team runs away it spells meat, and I ain't being meat for that grinder....

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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Re: Why Just Smartphones....???

@ mcwibble:

My youngest sadly at the ripe old age of 4 figured out how to open the electric toothbrush and periodically would pop the battery into mouth. When fully charged it got spit out pretty quickly, but most of the time he'd wander down to the pit I hide in and note that it needed replacing.

Now, Lion? that might be a moisture issue - only as it could cause a nasty discharge/overheat condition.

For what it's worth, the O-ring on the toothbrushes my lot use are standard 1/2" tap kit, and cost about $1 a dozen.

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