* Posts by Someone Else

2029 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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why does one of the most commonly used cloud services, office 365, limit passwords to just 16 characters?

Because the Microsoft Office 365 team are a bunch of idiots, presumably.

They are web programmers. 'Nuff said.

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Re: The Usual Response...

Microsoft is stupid. I'm surprised you just now finding this out...

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Re: The Usual Response...

So? What would be wrong with 'correcthor5ebatterYstapl3"?

Leetspeak can be your friend.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Unintended consequences

Perhaps that could be attached to anybody who votes for this piece of garbage?

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Hell even looking at the website of my alma mater might qualify, as they offer both bachelors and masters degrees in "energetic materials"....

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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Re: I've always wondered...

A competent regulator would not allow this.

"A competent regulator".... Hmmmm.... Such as, the band of "competent regulators" currently occupying the FCC executive offices...Yes?

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@Spamfast -- Re: I've always wondered...

(Oh yes, sorry, that's not going to happen in the land of the free market because of the almost Soviet Union style monopolies/cartels that are allowed in the telecoms industry US.)

There, FTFY

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@Yes Me -- Re: I've always wondered...

Which consumer? Your handle is apt, grasshopper, as you question implies how "paid prioritization" might be in your best interests, while not giving a flying fuck if it is in someone else's (no, not Someone Else's) best interests.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Note to self:

...assuming, of course, you can find Gatwick on your GPS...

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Yes, and 640K is all you will ever need....

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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@Jason Bloomberg -- Re: I can never understand anything the guy says

I think it's just like that; he speaks with parenthesis included (even with nested parenthesis (even nested, nested parenthesis) (a great talent (a huge talent), the best there is (the Donald is great (the best) at it)).

What you are saying is, he speaks with a Lisp.

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...

I agree with the commentard that opined that a Pi would be overkill. I suggest something using either an 8080 or 6502.

Still way too overpowered. Think 8748....

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Re: Lock him up

I would also accept having him strung up by his balls & beaten like a pinata. That goes for every C-level exec of a corporation, head of a governmental department, or public agency that puts profits above people. Fire 1K workers so the big boss can have another gold plated toilet in his billion dollar yacht? Fuck you. Axe the retirement system for veterans so your political cronies can pretend to be Scrooge McDuck in their swimming pools full of money? Fuck you. Shut down the government because you're throwing a tantrum? Fuck you. Being a blatant sock puppet arsehole for your corporate masters while employed as a Public Servant? FUCK. YOU.

And a big FUCK YOU! to the (at the time of this writing) 5 corporate shill asslickers that downvoted this post!

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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@Mephisto -- Re: Whats the difference?

"almost infallible".

Is that anything like "almost pregnant"?

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Re: What's lower than plebs?

So if I don't use MS Office at all in Microsoft's logic I barely pass as a human?

Not at all. It means you are generally much smarter that the average Micros~1 fanboi/drone, with highly developed analysis skills (yes, with an 's', dammit!) and the capability of employing deductive reasoning.

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Re: Nothing like having your work day extended a few more hours

...and I can "buy" LibreOffice for a whole lot less than that....

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

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@tfb -- Re: Re Good job Python isn't a syntax Nazi.

Which just goes to show...you can write FORTRAN in any language.

And don't for a second think Python is suddenly exempt from that axiom just because it "enforces" indentation.

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Re: “the surging popularity of Flask, a bare-bones web framework ”

It's also famousy [sic] not made by aliens.

What? We have Martians writing Python code?!? What will they think of next?

All this time, I thought AMfM was a C++ guru...

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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@ Dr. Ellen -- Re: Updating to Windows 10

I don't know from dogs' breakfasts (I'm a cat person) but Win10 has some similarity to cat urp.

See icon (because 1. that's what that comment made me do and 2. because of its resemblance to cat urp.)

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Re: "Prevaricating" means "lying"

For current examples, just type 'theresa may prevaricating' into Google.

As a politician and the leader of a party that calls itself "conservative", I'm sure she lies quite a bit.

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@ Mr. Benny -- Re: "Prevaricating" means "lying"

Thats american dialect, this site speaks proper English.

And I'm sure it also knows how to properly use the apostrophe and capitalization. Perhaps you could take notes?

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Congrats, SatNad...

If by "even worse" you mean "turned a company in decline into the most valuable company on the planet again (without breaking the law this time)". Then yeah.

No, I mean taking a company that had trouble creating a solid, stable, working program (like Windows, or Word, for example...you know, their flagship money-makers), and turning them into programs that cannot even be properly updated, then cramming said broken updates down the throat of their captives. For example. That's what I mean by "even worse".

And the "most valuable company on the planet"?!? Shirley, you jest.

And if you're by the faintest chance not jesting, then you're simply delusional, and I cannot help you. Just keep drinking that Kool-Aid....

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No.

That is all.

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Congrats, SatNad...

You' ve taken a fucked up company, and fucked it up even worse -- something most commentards here at El Reg would not have thought possible.

You guys never cease to amaze!

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

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Re: Again...

Since Billy Bob left, MS outsourced QA to the end users.

And the end users are not even getting minimum wage for their efforts? I see (YAN) class-action lawsuit on the horizon....

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Why would anyone give a flying fuck if the Micros~1 Store has gone down?

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Corollary

The article section header states:

How do you make a PC super secure? Don't let it boot

This appears to be a corollary of the old saw: "I'ts not a bug, it's a feature!"

For Micros~1, it's a design constraint....

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Simples...

Simply don't use the services of Family Tree. Or 23&Me. Or Ancestry. Or any other outfit that will try to profit from decoding "your" DNA for whatever reason.

50 things can happen...and I can't think of any one of them that are good.

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Re: Actually, I don't see a problem...

Actually, it's a bigger problem that Gene doesn't see a problem....

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress

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@TomG -- Vast oversimplification

Tom, I'll assume for the time being that you are from the Left side of the pond, and that your statement is meant to be pedantic for the Right Pondians in the audience.

In the late 18th Century, you might indeed have been right, and that was one of the justifications (note I did not say 'reasons') for the Electoral College. In the 21st Century, this just doesn't pass the smell test. Per this Wikipedia article, the top 5 most populous states are: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania (just edging out Illinois). There is no way that these five states could single handedly elect a president via the Electoral College. For one, look at the math(s). It takes 270 electoral votes to elect a President; these 5 states hold 171 Electors. They are 100 short; it would take the top 12 states to get to that magic number. And even then, the top 12 states (add, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia to the above list) still could not elect the President, because there is no way in God's Green Earth that these 12 states would all deliver all their Electors for the same candidate (unless, of course, the Electors were all under duress -- but I digress). New York and Texas delivering all their electors for the same person?!? Shirley, you jest!

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Who's "they", Kimosabe?

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Re: Can't Wait

[...] as Americans (don't laugh) are to smart to be fooled by such things.

See icon....

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And yet...

...our Douchebag-in-Chief doesn't care to lift a finger to stop it.

Actually he does care...he expects to benefit from it, just like in the last election....

Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others

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@bytemaniak -- Re: Reminds me of...

Those functional programming turbonerds that downtalk every other language in existence because it "allows you to write bad code" while X functional language doesnt.

Next time you run into one of these turbonerds1, ask them if they've seen any of the gawd-awful (and buggy) SQL that is floating around the intertubes.

1 "Turbonerds". Love it! Can I use it?

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@Frumious Bandersnatch -- Re: How many times do I have to say this?

Only one question: How old are you?!?

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Re: It's "What's the best language" all over again

I just don't understand how anyone writing C# code would be paid big bucks....

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@2+2=5 -- Re: It's "What's the best language" all over again

[...] but if there is some domain knowledge required in order to understand why an algorithm is the way it is then no amount of simplification is going to help. [Emphasis added]

Yes! This!! Naturally, using well-named variables should be automatic to any proper practitioner of the craft1, but variable names often cannot (and more often do not) convey the why of the program. Why did you choose to use this algorithm, or use this library, or use this odd, outside-the-lines coding technique? Cleverly-named variables won't convey that kind of information.

1Yet ,we all know how likely it is to find these things in your average program...

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@Lee D -- Re: It's "What's the best language" all over again

I'm sure you can argue Shakespeare vs Dante vs Aristocles vs... to the end of the earth.

I've been in the business a long time, but I've never heard of any of those languages. Do they run on Linux?

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@W.S.Gosset -- Re: poor tools can't be blamed?....sure, sure, suurrrrre

And COBOL was (is! surprisingly enough. COBOL.net is a real thing) great for what it was designed for: file processing. Anything else, and... eurgh.

Back in the day, I knew someone who wrote a printer driver in COBOL, because...well, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It worked...ish. But as you say...eurgh!

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Re: It's "What's the best language" all over again

Dammit, JohnFen! ------>

FTC gets back to work: Now, where were we? Break up Facebook and fine it $2bn, you say?

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Re: He Speaks!

Actually, lessons are learned, but they never seem to be the ones that should be learned....

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Re: Three companies that need to be broken up...

I'm not so sure a breakup is needed. Just some anti-trust action to prevent them from owning/controlling everything [...]

Yes, some anti-trust action is needed...like breaking them up. Oh, wait...

Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns

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Re: block them

Useful information. Now, how are you going to get Farcebook addicts and Herr Drumpf's "poorly educated voters" to do any of that? These are the anti-VAXers of the cyberworld.

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Noticing a pattern here...

Facebook has cut off independent reviewers of political ads that run on its platform, citing security concerns.

I've noticed that this rubric of "security" (an updated derivative of "Won't somebody think of the cheeeldren!") is starting to permeate the lexicon of large, fatass corporations whose primary business is productizing and monetizing its users' data. This is being used to make some of its less transparent operations more palatable to the illiterati, because, well, who isn't against "improving" security, right?

I call bullshit. Any company that hides something under the blanket of "security concerns" should have to pass the same smell test that Micros~1 did (and still must) when it starts spouting its classic BS line about "improving security".

Hey! There is a pattern here...it goes back even farther that I thought!

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: Um, the whole "contractor" thing doesn't work...

"You're suing it wrong...."

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: Just use Python. You need nothing else.

The only thing that can save Python going forward (after the abdication of the BDFL..or perhaps in spite of him) is ANSI/ISO standardization, using the C++ model for periodic updates.

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Re: Is it an attack on Rust?

I also read it as attacking Rust, and any other object orientated language derived from or with similar syntax to C.

Hmmm. Might hat also include Objective-C? Apple eating its own children...film at 11.

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Re: Daniel Belin is right

Rounded corners, anyone?

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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@John Brown (no body) -- Re: had not alleged any actual harm,

Welcome to the USofA, Co. Inc. in the post-Reagan era.

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Re: fingerprinting children

Such a weak response from the parents gives a measure of how much the population has been dumbed down and brainwashed.

Shit, look who we left-Pondians elected president, and what you right-Pondians voted for re: Brexit. Exhibits A and B, indeed.

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