* Posts by cd

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US account holders more likely to switch banks following fraud

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I use credit unions. Not sure they have them everywhere, but far better than the bank experience. The only way to put money into a bank is to buy stock. Being a retail customer is foolish.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Blackberry's already lost. The article documents both why they deserve to lose and their descent into patent trolling as a way to stay afloat.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Blu-Tack

A Little Dab'll Do Ya!

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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This could turn into a nice side business for someone.

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

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There's a country western song in here somewhere, about how the company abandoned the singer's broadband, his self-driving car, etc.

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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Re: Speaking as a GoDaddy customer

Hover is an easy registrar to deal with. Hawkhost, Stablehost, Crocweb, and other non-EIG companies (do check those lists to be very sure) offer deals on webhostingtalk.com, and there are reviews there as well. Reviewers have to submit a URL to review. Godaddy has the distinction of being as bad as an EIG brand without actually being one.

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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

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One thing their customers seem to do is slurp content a lot. Depending on one's view of internet sex and server interaction, I guess that could count as love.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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I was just reading today about an IOT water heater. "Only" $1000 for a 50 gallon. Which would send me updates about how it was doing. And potentially, according to the description, save me $4444 over its projected 10 year lifetime. Be curious how they arrived at that one, other than just holding the 4 key down, then Return, and going to lunch.

What would Pirx do if his water heater texted that it was in jeopardy?

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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I could not do better at fabricating a quantum computer. But it sounds like a profitable idea to do so.

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Run this in April: UPDATE Azure SET SQLthreat_detection = 'generally available'

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Re: Hmm...

Taking the Pizzey...

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Senator wants a piece of Pai: FCC boss blasted for ripping up schools, libraries internet report

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He couldn't spell obedience.

To put it another way, how many white supremacists does it take to switch on a light bulb?

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Is there a law against barely visible netting? I'd be doing some harvesting and then waiting.

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Stick glue on a drone. Fly it into a flower. World hunger solved, bee-lieve

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Re: Good Freekin' Lord...

If it helps any, where I live there are wild beehives about 1/square mile, of which we have many. I have visitors slurping at my birdbath water every day.

While I agree about preferring wild animals to humans, the other day I witnessed a bee pile on to another bee, they rolled into the water, and the attack continued with an attempted drowning. I was able to pretend to be fate and flick them both out onto the porch floor, but lost track after that.

My point being that they aren't "all the same", despite casual appearance. We rail about IBM's treatment of workers on here, but then see swarms of insects the same way they see their employees. Useful lesson that could actually be used against them if we thought it through.

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Re: Confused

We understood Tony Blair, what's the concern?

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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

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"Feels like we're not hearing the actual story here yet."

Not so much a story as a portrait. A person in an influential position, largely incompetent and indifferent, perhaps even angry at KCU for past slights. Also greedy, and concerned about being outed, so very controlling. To the point that no one but their staff were allowed to do preservation backups. And the staff were limited to means understandable by the person, so they couldn't be tricked out of their skim. Now they are using some of the funds they were going to skim from to protect themselves further.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Re: Tool for the job

On a desktop, HERE blocks more of the map than the others with useless panes. And pops up a window in front of the last part that was visible with a query about whether I'd recommend HERE to friends. Useful for expressing my exasperation at their UI failures in light of how they would otherwise be a good choice.

The solution streetmap might have tried for in their suit is the one already used on DuckDuckGo. Type in a place and add the word map to the end, it pops up a map the pointer of which has a dropdown menu so you can go to that locale in GM, HERE, Bing, etc. Or click the arrow and it will use your last choice of vendor. The DDG map is somewhat content-redacted, but sometimes good enough for something simple like where a town generally located.

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Polish banks hit by malware sent through hacked financial regulator

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Not with a bang, nor a whimper, but a javascript.

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Hmmm...Wonder what purpose their bot has rooting in my Wordpress plugins folder? Blocked some 66's. And now I have a private website. There's your choices. Thankfully they aren't leveraging their search hegemony.

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

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Re: Exorcise those PC demons

Also fun to hit the degauss on a monitor and hear swearing from the adjoining cubicle.

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Re: Faith healing

"We really shouldn't do these kinds of things, it only creates a rod for our own backs when the bloody pests insist that only we will do regardless of what the problem is :P"

Found myself nodding assent. When I worked in an Applecare center, sometimes other techs would come up to my desk (I was only T1 like everyone else there) and tell me they had a customer who would only speak to me. "I can't get them off the phone" I wondered why the disconnect button on their machine was suddenly faulty.

It did go the other way once. A famous recording artist called and wanted help with setting up a studio with their Mac. Across from me sat someone who was brilliant at that, so I explained what I was doing and set them up for a confab.

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Re: TV aging problems

* a friend started his career in the early 1980s designing video recorders. He was told not to bother about trying to reduce parts count: that was the job of a specialised department that would take his design and try to trim the BOM while not affecting functionality and quality too much.

The real meaning of "Quality Control".

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

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Good to hear that the realtors have the best interests of the nation at heart. As always. Best people on the planet if you have money, do anything for you.

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Uncle Sam probes SpaceX – but crack nothing to be alarmed about, we're told

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How does the autopilot work on those?

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Joke

Clearasil for that adv-acne.

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Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo

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I'd like to see a brain-drain from the US. Silicon Valley peeps could easily relo to BC and have change in their pockets. This looks like a good opening salvo, justified and logical. Money is one thing, but it's not the only portable resource in the US.

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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

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Why hasn't HPE hired him as CxO? He clearly has the goods. What a waste, and he'd fit right in. Maybe Oracle should be alerted, in case something happens to Hurd.

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WordPress fixed god-mode zero day without disclosing the problem

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I've used Wordpress for a long time, since shortly after it came out. I think they are sincere but there are logic gaps that make me wonder about the kind of brownies they serve at Automattic.

For example, some of their quasi-official support bloggers were suggesting that it didn't matter if someone knew their login name, yet were also suggesting two-factor auth. So perhaps 1.75-factor for them. Wordpress allows a completely unrelated login name for any account, which if done right makes for blithe log reading; the typical attempts --apparently based on stolen office worker/Yahoo logins-- aren't even close.

Interesting that a week after updating to 4.7.2, one host sends a nervous email about making sure I'm updated. This story explains that anomalous behavior.

Just tried the json exploit, have wordfence running but it still prints out. Off to solve that now. Thank you.

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

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Re: It is not the voting, it is the counting

There is no open-source voting software? Heh.

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Speaking in Tech's Greg accepts dare to moonlight as an Uber driver

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You can do your own at uberpeople.net. Lots of actual experience about on-demand services.

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Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first

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Re: self interest

That is the entertaining part, not having a dog in the fight and watching rich dogs get their ear bitten.

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Re: "SV companies ... weren't willing to offer adequate compensation"

Just make sure we have enough telephone cleaners!

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We don't want to alarm you, but PostScript makes your printer an attack vector

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Re: Mac display

Burberry have a plaid firewall, not sure about others.

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

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Not only that, but the cattle are corn-fed. And given various hormones. Easy to tell who eats fast food here, they look over-inflated. If you come to visit, avoid driving by a feedlot unless you want nasal scars. They do not smell like the birthplace of anything called food.

Other cultures here (hispanic and indian) that eat lots of corn seem to have more diabetes, many look trapped in their own bodies. I wish there was a way to reach out to them and present alternatives. Cultural change is slow, food gets fetishised into roles beyond fuel.

Over the years I've collected various anti-corn reasons for both human and animal food, it's no longer a part of my food chain at all.

Except in the gas tank, where there's rarely an opt-out. Don't bother posting about pure-gas.com or whatever, their data set is worthlessly incomplete and incorrect.

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WordPress slips out three quick patches

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This one showed up last week sometime, updated without issues on all sites I admin. No conflicts thusfar.

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

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Re: #alternativefacts

"Big John", what's your glove size?

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Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Re: Time for a Great Firewall

Interesting, here in Norte America the majority come from Ukraine/Russia/China and then various temp Euro IP's which are more like single compromised PC's. There are some bad actors using temp accounts at AWS, DigOcean, OVH, Softlayer, etc, and little guys like DataShack out of KC, but once those DC ranges are blocked it quietens nicely domestically.

Wonder if it's the thought of impunity through distance or a matter of the reasons for targeting.

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Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

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I applied to a rude company once, they sent a automated reply to every message. Since I was using a trash gmail account I set up an auto-reply to every message from their auto-reply and logged out. Looked in a week later; it took them a while.

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2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

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I crush them while sealed in the bag, extract the doubtful message, and toss the whole thing. Never saw anyone actually eat one of those. Funny that you complain about calendar apps and eat a bunch of what are essentially Inboxes at the same time.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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Time to get a posting to McMurdo.

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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Re: No naming please?

I've been calling him Dunning Kruger for some time now.

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AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

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I'll take a dozen, set them to order up expensive medical supplies with every press, then stick them on the wall of a hospital with a Do Not Press This Button sign next to them.

The hilarious thing in the AWS post is the amount of background work that it takes to set up a simple time-saving button vs setting a repeating calendar notification.

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Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

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Re: Surely if you're an internet company ...

I just highlighted "moz://a" in your comment (as well as the first part of this sentence), and chose "Search DuckDuckGo for moz://a" (more edited copy/paste, since we're signaling our amazing skills).

The Bugzilla thread about Firefox came in third. First two are a company called Moz, who are in for a windfall, looks like.

Like Apple, Mozilla is focused on the wrong things these days.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Re: If only...

Perhaps SAP or Salesforce could help with that.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: What's the problem?

Well, I don't have either one, so sez you!

Typing this on an 8-year-old refurb MBP, still running 10.6.8 and Pinguy/XP in VM's. How many lappies did you buy since 2009?

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Off topic (a bit) but...

"The APIs

That you despise

Can now be run

On Raspberry Pis"

Burma Shave

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Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

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That guy always wants to color-code things, that's his solution in Wordfence. However, often the color-coding is incorrect and actually makes Wordfence a little harder to use.

Given how AI is at sorting, I think a simpler solution is for Google to block linked images. They can be separate but not together. Also, this config could be easily added to a spam filter from their side. If their brains can't do it, why am I not working for them?

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: A Typical Scam Call I Get

True in the US as well. Not sure why you were downvoted.

Signed up for Verizon landline/DSL at a different location for temporary project. Telemarketers start calling as soon as I plug it in. Verizon rep says the number is being gotten from the directory, that they don't sell numbers. I point out that the calls came before the account was even billed, much less published. I had looked myself up on Verizon's own online white pages and I wasn't there yet.

Filed a complaint with that state and FCC, Verizon suddenly calling me to apologise. Telemarketing calls stop.

First step: remove fox from henhouse.

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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No, honestly.

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

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Re: Shocking!

Unfortunately, outgoing president Neville Chamberlain II missed his chances.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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There's a Mac app called Little Snitch and a competitor. They ask about every connection attempt and you can make rules that stick. I block some Apple stuff because it's way out of date now, but I know I can because if I set a temporary rule with a certain port, it will try again with another port.

There's got to be something like this for Windows. Copy over a ruleset and the end-user doesn't even have to figure things out.

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