* Posts by cd

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Say what? Another reCaptcha attack, now against audio challenges

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I am functional and cannot pass reCaptcha. Google is using it to leverage forced upgrades, have people do free work, and gatekeep against people blocking their invasive scripts.

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If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

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Thank you, Mr. Ferrara.

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It's 4PM on Friday, almost time to log off and, oh look, Disqus says it's been hacked

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Re: No loss

(Disqis? Disquas? Never can remember how they spell it)

Disgust

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Nailing a cloud project without killing Bob boils down to not being a tool

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Re: Note to Bob:

I guess I don't have enough clue, cannot find a way to PM you.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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There's an old Packard engine running an exhaust fan somewhere, possibly in a tobacco warehouse. It was replaced with a Chevy six so the car could be used for taxi duty.

See here, in particular the chapter pasted below...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrasound

The referenced paper is well worth a read, BTW. I heard they made an album from it or something. I like My Life In the Bush of Ghosts better.

Suggested relationship to ghost sightings

Psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire suggests that the odd sensations that people attribute to ghosts may be caused by infrasonic vibrations. Vic Tandy, experimental officer and part-time lecturer in the school of international studies and law at Coventry University, along with Dr. Tony Lawrence of the University's psychology department, wrote in 1998 a paper called "Ghosts in the Machine" for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. Their research suggested that an infrasonic signal of 19 Hz might be responsible for some ghost sightings. Tandy was working late one night alone in a supposedly haunted laboratory at Warwick, when he felt very anxious and could detect a grey blob out of the corner of his eye. When Tandy turned to face the grey blob, there was nothing.

The following day, Tandy was working on his fencing foil, with the handle held in a vice. Although there was nothing touching it, the blade started to vibrate wildly. Further investigation led Tandy to discover that the extractor fan in the lab was emitting a frequency of 18.98 Hz, very close to the resonant frequency of the eye given as 18 Hz by NASA.[46] This, Tandy conjectured, was why he had seen a ghostly figure—it was, he believed, an optical illusion caused by his eyeballs resonating. The room was exactly half a wavelength in length, and the desk was in the centre, thus causing a standing wave which caused the vibration of the foil.[47]

Tandy investigated this phenomenon further and wrote a paper entitled The Ghost in the Machine.[48] He carried out a number of investigations at various sites believed to be haunted, including the basement of the Tourist Information Bureau next to Coventry Cathedral[49][50] and Edinburgh Castle.[51][52]

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How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

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The simple answer is ads like print ads used to be, albeit with a link. So one could go back to a Reg article from '15 and see ads that were bought then, still in place.

I can't see the downside here for the advertiser or the publisher, both want a fair transaction and Google/Facebook are the moral equivalent of Enron, trying to interpolate and manipulate markets, ending up with most of the money and dissatisfied clients on both sides.

So put up the article, sell ads for it that are embedded and don't wiggle around or move or jump in front, just sit there in a side column. The ads stay there, no paying for impressions, paying for placement. Worked for many years with print.

Why can't the Reg lead the way here with a trial?

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We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter

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Still using an HTC Incredible from 2009, running CM 7. Only smartphone I've owned.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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If it's free then you are the product.

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So who exactly was to blame for Marketo losing its dotcom?

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NetSol is a problem trying to look like a solution. When they were the only registrar I could find, I used them. As soon as I learned about Joker I switched, even though it meant sending a fax from the US to Dusseldorf, because it was still cheaper and a far better experience.

Every time I encounter someone using NetSol, I have pity for them. That Marketo uses them says things. None of them complimentary.

Hover includes an anon layer free, so no more fake renewal letters in the mail. While I do check in during the renewal process, it has always worked. It's almost too easy.

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Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

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Good Riddance

At a certain point I could no longer change settings on a headset because my browser/OS was too old (and I didn't have Flash, IIRC), local app wouldn't work on its own. Last thing I bought from the idiots.

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Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

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I can't find the conversion page, but it seems we need a new measurement. I propose Cat Videos Per Second (CVPS).

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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I have no sympathy for anyone stupid enough to pay for and install one of these in their home. Lazy imbecile doesn't begin to describe them.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Re: Yes, good idea

Only media flak.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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It's giving automation robots their real name: Blind Cyclops.

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Ex penetrated us almost 700 times through secret backdoor, biz alleges

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This would be a better story if the account was for cmanning.

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US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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Re: I'm guessing the NSA has lots of goodies on congress, executive branchers, and

Talking 'bout the splendor of the Hoover factory

Must've been a wonder when it was brand new.

--Declan McManus, British songwriter

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LG, Huawei unwrap 'Samsung Galaxy-killers'

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Not buying a phone with a fingerprint sensor. Period.

The 18:9 thing (2:1) is another differentiating sales tool. Someday they'll be selling 4:3 or something else and claiming an expert says it's best.

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Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

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Why NYT?

Why didn't they just use Youtube comments for testing? They couldn't do any harm there, and there are plenty of examples.

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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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