* Posts by wayne 8

329 posts • joined 11 Dec 2009

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

wayne 8

Re: DevOps?

I was doing DevOps in 1978. One person computer shop. I added peripheral maintenance to DevOps when I replaced the print chain on a GE line printer. Fun times. Start a batch job, go over to Times Square to down one or two liter of Dinkelacker. BDevOpFH.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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AI with its usual bungling, trying to figure out individual humans.

Amazon's "other items purchased with this item" feature.

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Re: Keep the desktop site

I use the mobe version on desktop.

Use to get every page m version. Now just the front page.

Nice to have options.

Latest articles is all I need. Do not care what others are reading.

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wayne 8

Amen.

"Pretty" overruling functionality.

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Idiocracy version

More images. Less text.

Then bemoan the lack of reading skills and habits.

A supplier's site, that I use, changed over to six items per page with large images and minimal text. Takes six pages to get through the over 30 items under a major category with no search box.

Feckin' useless.

Then there's the bandwidth required to load the front page.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Accident or a test?

Accidental release or by design? What exactly were they "testing"?

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19H1 - virus id?

19H1 - sounds like a flu virus identifier.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

wayne 8

Re: Penny pinching boss

How much did the lack of promotion and socializing impact revenues?

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

wayne 8

"Wooster-sheer"

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Only to those unfamiliar with Worcester, Massachusetts or Worcestershire Sauce.

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Two state parks in northern Kentucky along I-75.

"Beaver Lick"

followed by

"Big Bone Lick"

"Lick" is local word for a small stream.

The "Big Bone" refers to a dinosaur bone that was discovered by the stream.

Was fun to watch people, especially young women, when they saw the signs for the first time.

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wayne 8

Re: Reminds me of ...

I know of one current blog where the triad "tit" anywhere within a comment will make the comment queue for moderation. "Constitution", "constituent", "titular", "title", all earn a timeout.

Scunthorp would probably trigger the same reaction.

AI, machine intelligence, so smart.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Conspicuous Consumers

They want the brand name displayed to show they have arrived and/or are a member of a group.

Not buying a shirt, buying status.

"Conspicuous Consumption" is the name of the behavior. It's not a recent development.

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Here's an idea. De-stigmatize the natural human body. Remove the excitement of seeing something that is not supposed to be seen.

Male nipples are nonfunctional and okay to be seen. Female nipples are functional, nourishing life, and not to be seen.

This is a fine example of the limited capabilities of machine learning/intelligence. It cannot differentiate between cloth and flesh.

This will only encourage searching for the original images.

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Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend

wayne 8

Two buttons, Man? Woman?

Two buttons, Man? Woman? Done.

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Big Fuss over Interent Ads

Proctor & Gamble, USA corp, decided to slash their Internet ad budget. They found the cuts had zero impact on their sales.

Waste of resources to create a need for branded products in the minds of possible consumers.

Bernays would be so happy.

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Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

wayne 8

Re: Really small systems OR Info gathering bug?

Another not unlikely possibility is that the info gathering app has bugs.

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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

wayne 8

Re: Start ups?

Outsourcing risky development to a small group without visible corporate ties.

The startup goes titsup in a massive PR disaster, the damage is contained only to that compartment.

Successful, the startup is absorbed into the Borg Collective.

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Qualcomm still serious about Windows 10 on Arm: Engineers work on '12W' Snapdragon 1000

wayne 8

Re: That would fly!

The Original BSOD. All hail BSOD!

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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

wayne 8

Re: 192.168.1.xxx

Ah, the beauty of Virtual Machines. My VMs run on 10.42.0.xxx

That could be why it spazzed out.

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wayne 8

Re: Would be a great way to infect lots of people

May not be a joke.

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wayne 8

Re: Er,

Looks like a poorly constructed web app.

The app's author might have never tested the app on a network without any such devices.

What information did the web site import or export from my system?

El Reg, did you verify that the site was benign?

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Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

wayne 8

Re: You have to pay to use a language?

Pay to play with the JVM?

The language was free, that was the come on to get everybody+dog using Java everywhere.

Drug pusher business model.

Will this impact OpenJDK?

Future proprietary extensions?

Microsoft business model.

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Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now

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Customer Privacy is not a priority

Verizon did not even pause to consider their Customers in this program.

The IT Culture is sick at VZ.

A US Patent was issued to the employee that developed Location based SMS commercial text messages.

The CIO was ecstatic about the capability.

Common between the two, they both share the national heritage that dominates IT at Verizon.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

wayne 8

ICE Policy since GW Bush, Obama.

Trump has issued exec order to stop breaking up families.

Obama followed the separation policy.

No one cared about the policy during Obama's two terms.

Howl away.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

wayne 8

Office

Office could disable Flash by default and require the user to enable each time.

Or use LibreOffice?

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Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

wayne 8

Re: But what happens to the existing installs?

Snap apps only. I disable Snap. See no need for Snap.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

wayne 8

Comparison of Systemd to "The Registry".

A class of evil unto itself.

Is there a Godwin's Law that applies to "The Registry".

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wayne 8

Re: Process 1 IS complicated.

A connection to PulseAudio, why am I not surprised.

Audio that mysteriously refuses to recognize a browser playing audio as a sound source.

"Predictable" network interface names? Not to me. I am fine with "enp" and "wlx", but the seemingly random character strings that follow are not predictable. Oxymoronic.

I dropped Gnome when it went 2.0. Ubuntu when it went to Unity. Firefox when it redesigned the theme to just appear different.

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Waymo robo-taxis to accept fares in Arizona in 2018

wayne 8

More memorable than the line from "Taxi Driver".

That was my first thought, "will it do Johnny Cab?"

"Helluva day!"

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wayne 8

More memorable than the line from "Taxi Driver".

That was my first thought, "will it do Johnny Cab?"

"Helluvaday!"

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

wayne 8

The District of Columbia is built on a swamp. Asymmetry is the least of the problems.

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wayne 8

fig?

Is the fig in the jar a literal fig or slang for something else?

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

wayne 8

RE: old fashioned paper bags

"old fashioned paper bags" are made from trees. Could be a first world tree farm or it could be a rain forest, wherever the wood and labor is cheapest in the global economy.

Paper produced from hemp would be a better alternative. If it weren't illegal.

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

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Parking Tickets are Set

American motorists can know the fine for a parking offense.

They can judge whether to endure the hassle of driving around to find a non offending spot or to just take the hit and be n their way.

For a a commercial entity making a necessary, timely delivery to a high value customer, it is the cost of maintaining that relationship.

If a party had suffered physical injury in the event of a dropped call, then there would be a different procedure for determining T-Mobile's penalties.

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US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

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Draft Resistance v2.0

Draft the Silicon Valley Tech Lords first. Then the Wall Street Quants.

Or do what every USA corp does, hire dot Indians.

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

wayne 8

Re: I visit from time to time

Think of your worst city in your home country. That's Earth to the rest of the Universe.

Capable of intergalactic travel, why would they need anything from Earth? We think we're all that.

Why in the universe would you use way more power than is necessary to beam a message out to a distant spacecraft. Then there is directional antennae. An eaves dropping civilization would need to be out along that beam.

Most likely any transmission after a distance would appear to be unintelligible noise. Much like TV.

"Geordie Shore" leaking out across the universe?

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AI racks up insane high scores after finding bug in ancient video game

wayne 8

"or even looses a life"

"or even looses a life"

The lose/loose bug is going to be around forever.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

wayne 8

Re: I think you forgot one

I remember when Google killed logical operators to "make search results faster". I am guessing that is when "pay to play" SEO went into overdrive.

Google's attitude was that we wanted some results quicker rather than the results we expected.

Used to be one could use "NOT" to exclude a word. I could get very relevant results. Talking 1995-6.

Now you get crap and if I try to limit the crap, that action apparently triggers a reaction from the search engine and I get worse crap.

Would be nice to have front end that could do the boolean logic on the search results and then filter the crap, like a mashup of DuckDuckGo and AdBlocker.

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

wayne 8

Not just Alexa

Hijack a vehicle's satellite radio receiver and deliver a song with a payload to a self driving vehicle's processor.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

wayne 8

Re: Water movement?

More likely the propeller needs to spin in air after being dropped from a fast bomber at a specified minimum altitude.

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

wayne 8

Google or Hackers?

It's just Gmail. I consider anything I do through Google to be compromised already, by Google.

I only have Gmail, because Android phone.

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Indian data leak looks to have been an inside job

wayne 8

Re: Corruption should be counted as a capital crime

This is one reason India is going cashless. To stop untraceable cash bribes. The other to increase tax revenues.

Less Corruption. More Tax Revenues. Win Win.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

wayne 8

Re: Article picture

Not Mormons. Hipsters with a guru.

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SMBH: Astroboffins reveal how to stop pop(ping) stars in a supermassive galaxy

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SMAH!

Is a slower setting galaxy preferable to a quick setting galaxy?

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

wayne 8

Re: Hmmm...

Will this slowdown affect iPhones? /sarc

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

wayne 8

Small Change

22 million USD is small change to the US DOD. They easily lose track of 6.5 Trillion USD.

There are currently 40,000 troops that have "Unknown" as their location in the DOD system.

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wayne 8

iron-56?

What did iron-56 have to do with the research?

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

wayne 8

Lenovo does not sell laptops with Ubuntu

Lenovo has no culpability. They do not sell laptops that support Ubuntu installs. They do not make that claim. Anyone who buys a Lenovo laptop to use with Ubuntu is removing the OEM installed OS and installing something else.

If you want Ubuntu laptops there is System 76.

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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Continue on and read the second sentence.

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