* Posts by DryBones

402 posts • joined 7 Feb 2010

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Wal-Mart has a long history of anti-competitive tactics.

My goodness. While you're at it, make sure they force Apple to spin out their iPod business, Tesla to break off the model S business...

It's their products and their business, and you seem to have the apparently deluded impression that Amazon would be operating at a loss if not for their cloud business. Off you go, then.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

DryBones
Trollface

If it can be reversed, it can be Rockforded!

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Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat

DryBones

347,000 Sim Cards...

I'm just trying to imagine you you bloody organize them, that's got to be like a cubic foot of cards... Shake as needed for randomness?

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

DryBones

Re: "Industry must find ways to show the technology is safe and reliable"

Well, mostly because saying it is and proving it is are two different things, and one needs to get it widely seen in order to change perception. AKA, how will the average Joe down at the coffee shop know that things are well sorted now if he doesn't read GIzmodo?

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Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy

DryBones
FAIL

Re: Garbage tests = garbage results

Exactly. Fundamentally flawed study, didn't ask whether someone would give up their OWN information. If this is protected information they've all fallen afoul of the DPA, because neither the person asked nor the asker was the owner of the address.

This is exactly how TrueCaller operates. Suck your friends' contact list dry and pretend that means they have permission to have all those people's that data. Er, no. That's beyond needing a lawyering and straight to needing a rogering.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

DryBones

Re: right of way

Cool. People have been getting injured and/or killed by improper interaction with machines for decades, why should you be an exception?

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

DryBones
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Production versus Test

I think this is the first actual, physical manifestation of a cock-up that I have heard of.

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

DryBones
Holmes

Just wait...

Well, maybe things will get better once it becomes a criminal matter. Then?

Search warrant his stuff, turn the place upside down, cart off and analyze anything that can store data. You know, standard operating procedure. No more faffing about with having the employer compel the employee. It's rubbish, if it's all but certain that he stole it, then warrant it and seize it.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

DryBones

Re: Apple LEADS the way again

Catchy tagline.

Apple: Our tat isn't crap.

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AI vuln-hunter bots have seen things you people wouldn't believe

DryBones
WTF?

Re: Let's be realistic

I am not sure if this is an AI bot, a non-English speaker that has a thing for neurology, or just a Brit that has one is the worst cases of textual diarrhea that I have ever seen, but 90% of that was totally irrelevant piss-taking.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

DryBones

So I'm having....

a lot of schadenfreude right now. All of that boils down to one single sentence:

Nobody ever test-restored a backup.

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Uber pays hacker US$9,000 for partner firm's bug

DryBones
IT Angle

Re: Crashplan

So, migrating to what, exactly? I always seem to see advice to stop using something without a replacement offered. Sounds vaguely political, but it's not very useful (sorry for being redundant).

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

DryBones

@Lee D

So, do you drive a manual, or an automatic? I'm under the impression that manuals don't have the "Don't go anywhere even if started" park detent that automatics do, and thus the parking brake is mandatory. It's as commonly called the "emergency brake" as it uses a secondary cabled system to actuate the brakes and not the power assist, so can serve in an emergency if the normal assist fails. For automatic transmissions, the parking / emergency brake is useful for not getting stuck in the park detent if on a hill, or reinforcing it on said hill just in case.

If said prat hit hard enough to break the parking pawl so it can roll, it's most certainly not the owner's fault for not having the parking brake engaged also, it's the prat that hit them and damaged the car, pushing it onward and the like.

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DryBones

Automatics have a higher MPG rating than manuals now, probably because they can fit more gears. Also rather reliable, and as fast if not faster than most at shifting.

Most Americans do drive automatics. I drive one because I don't want to faff with the gearbox, and the extra pedal, and rev matching, and getting clutch cables replaced (I have a friend with an earlier model Subaru that stretches them like they were taffy). Nothing in the cupholders, phone in pocket, I just want to spend the attention instead on making sure nobody manages to run into me. That is my choice, hopefully you can shrug about it the way I do those that want a manual.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

DryBones

Re: Huh! @Mystic Megabyte

That's a flaw of the system, wherein insurers and hospitals want their profits and so they keep playing an escalating bargaining game of raising prices and having them limited or pushed back again. Want $2000? Charge $4000. Insurance cuts it back to $2000, maybe makes the patient pay a chunk, and raises their premiums because of "the rising cost of health care".

I know someone that was charged $500 for 3 Aspirin and a shot of insulin, after having been made to send same home because it wasn't the hospital's stuff.

If the Republicans really want to control the cost of healthcare, they need to institute the Department of Calling Bullshit on Medical Charges. We need to cut the cost of medical school, we need to cut the cost / pay of the people it turns out, and bring certain professions back down out of the nosebleed section in terms of cost and compensation.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

DryBones

Re: technology probably isn't the answer here

Finally, sense. I wonder what the reliability is noted to be. Even if it's 5 9's, you multiply that by the number of guns, and the number of times that each one is going to be touched... Yeah, statistics start looking a lot uglier when your personal model fails to work on 3 separate occasions that are solely down to the electronics.

It's a little like the Internet of Tat, making stuff smart that doesn't need to be or shouldn't try to be. I don't need someone in Russia to be able to turn my kettle on.

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DryBones

Re: Doomed to failure

Identifying the target takes place before you draw, otherwise why are you drawing? 1.5 seconds? With a little practice you go from grasp to 2 aimed shots in that time. I've done it, and I'm slow.

Also, kindly refrain from trying to dictate what I am able to buy. I may CONSIDER such when it has been standard issue for the police for 2 years AND it has not gone over like a microcosm of "Superiority".

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

DryBones

Re: Move along, there's nothing to see.....

Well get him his pills, then!

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

DryBones

Re: Unmanned vessel

Of course it did. In fact from maps I've seen, it was outside even the outlandish nine dash line the Chinese think is all they need to flout international treaties they're signatories to. Their reasoning is it might be used against them.

By that reasoning, I see nothing wrong with the USN nicking a Chinese sonar buoy or two...

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

DryBones
Pint

Re: The root cause...

Well, there is prior form for LulzSec and LizardSquad and the like to DDoS the XBL and Sony servers out of existence. Maybe they'll go for Steam and some of the other nice things that people would want to be enjoying over the Christmas break too... And then get back to holding infrastructures hostage.

Beer in anticipation of the inevitable "Mistakes were made".

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

DryBones

Good move. Did anyone notify the local zoo that their monkeys had gotten on the internet again?

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

DryBones
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Poorly designed application

Being able to write simply and clearly shows one possesses uncommon sense.

Do not reinvent the wheel until you have made educated and effective use of the ones already available.

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Canada confiscates snoops' data nets after illegal trawling dragged up too much metadata

DryBones

Re: Jail time required

Still waiting to read, "All data not relevant to active cases will be deleted. This will be overseen and enforced by the military." I am unfamiliar with which branch, but preferably the ones with analysts to tell if there is bullshit afoot or not, and guns to dissuade bullshit from being attempted.

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

DryBones
Thumb Up

Re: Larger display - appeals to the older generation

May I suggest you do as the gamers are doing now for your desktop: buy an HDTV? Preferably a 4K, the cheap and cheerful ones are nicely non-pixelated at desktop distances. And typically come with HDMI and VGA ports, not to mention the integrated speakers.

Mine's the one with a 40" Vizio playing Fallout 4.

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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

DryBones

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Auto-Retrieve MMS, off or on?

Android MediaStage, code contributed by Adobe or not?

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

DryBones
WTF?

Not sure if you're serious, or forgot the joke icon. "$Carrier name is crap!" is kind of a standard line, so it's not like the competition has set a high bar. Walk over, step over it, accept the accolades.

Google's Project Fi. They offer customer service by voice, e-mail, and text chat, within a handful of minutes at most. Samsung? Ehhhh, go talk to your carrier (in person, because anything else is totally rubbish), or at worst Samsung's tech support line (say hi to Josh from India for me!).

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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

DryBones
Coat

Re: Rounded corners?

Yeah, and gates and bathroom stalls have been "slide to unlock" for decades. Goes back to that "On a computer does not innovative make" bit.

Hey, Samsung should change to "rotate to open", that's free and clear right?

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Building IoT London: Still working on your pitch?

DryBones

So...

How many have a script that reads, "This is why it needs to die. In a fire. At the bottom of the Marianas Trench." ?

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

DryBones

Re: Awww thats sad

1) Rubbish. All phones look very similar these days, that's what happens when designing following the concept of minimalism. The designers put on their big boy pants and stop faffing around with stupid bodywork that serves no purpose.

2) Turn off personalized ads. I seem to recall Apple advertises too, don't they? If they're not doing some sort of analytics they're not getting much for their impressions because they're poorly targeted. If they -are- ... oh dear. That would make them the same as Google.

3) This is pronounced "Nexus" (The 5X and 6P, to be specific).

4) See 1.

5) Have fun not knowing (3.5mm) jack!

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DryBones

Apple phones don't have them either and get lapped up like candy. It's less important than you think.

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After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

DryBones

Re: So it's no government oversight or regulation except for rockets?

McCain's been doing it to ULA with the RD-180 faffing, there's the Senate Launch System... I figure they figure it's the only major space company they're not steering about by the nose...

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Upstart bags $2.5m to help put the brakes on self-driving car hackers

DryBones

Autonomous Vehicle Security

Physically separate the infotainment system harnessing from the steering, telemetry, and speed control harnessing. Use hardware that can only pass data one way (transmit only or receive only) to let the two talk. Hey, there goes 95% of all attack surfaces.

Waiting for my VC money...

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

DryBones

Criminy, let's try "Keep the damn thing in your bag", please.

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

DryBones

Re: Sorry Mr. Flaxman, but it is MY printer, not yours....

Does that make it qualify as "Not Fit For Purpose", then? I see a rash of returns in HP's future...

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

DryBones
Coat

If it was Allegiant, there'd be a fee for that...

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

DryBones
Pint

Re: No longer an OS maker

There's a very good reason to be worked up about it. Being rubbish at collecting and monetizing personal information doesn't mean that they're going to be rubbish at distributing it.

Put another way, how competent do you think they are at DP?

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

DryBones

Re: I love psychology.

It's the worst thing ever. Except for all the rest of them.

The tone of your post is fairly off-base. The condescending attitude toward those of us that like a GUI isn't helpful, and honestly your depictions are closer to the manner used by Apple. Microsoft are just being high-handed wankers that think they're fooling someone by saying they listen to user feedback.

Actually, the rest is fairly rubbish too. The Linux is trying to get there, still isn't there yet on gaming. It's partway there, some stuff runs. More widespread support of Vulkan may help with that. More stuff like Play on Linux, maybe the SteamOS. Businesses are the only ones really locked into things, and honestly if MS goes too far I expect legal action from them, to the tune of multiples of the $10k the one woman got.

I've been trying to get some flavor of Linux on a spare HD in a hot-swap enclosure. It's not happening yet, because Mint keeps breaking mid-install. I'm going to keep trying, but there it is.

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White hat pops Windows User Account Control with log viewer data

DryBones
FAIL

Stopped reading at

"Nelson told ThreatPost the attack would need a victim's machine to be already compromised for the bypass to work."

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Giant Musk-stick test-firing proves a rocket can rise twice

DryBones

Re: Good Job

I thought they fueled and fired the first one too. No? So this is the second one that came back without being a mess, and now it went through a firing? Okay, so they've tested avionics, the engines, and the structure between the engines and the hold down bolts.

Honestly, I saw one article that said this one had been relaunched, which was a genuine surprise considering it was just another hold-down test. Same thing? Um, no, it's not the same thing at all, because it's not moving.

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WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

DryBones

I love how

They seem to be trying to intimidate math.

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Symantec, Intel carve out diminishing slice of growing security market

DryBones

Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

Might try 7zip, I heard they beat WinRAR for compression and I think are freeware?

As for Trillian, I've used them for yonks, and given their aggregation and syncing between computer, webpage, and mobile app versions I do believe they're worth tossing some money at. I went for lifetime ($60 one time) back when they started asking, think it's still very good value for being used lots every day with no ads (versus the services it links with). Call it supporting a cause.

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Google's Nexii stand tall among Android's insecure swill

DryBones

Some of us...

are running Nougat!

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

DryBones
Pint

Re: I feel like Nostrodamus

You're not alone.

:)

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

DryBones

Re: And people wonder how the vote for Brexit happened?

I'd agree with that. It seems from this angle to be a massive "fuck you and the horse you rode in on". Cannot say I blame them, whatever the results.

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

DryBones

Re: And thus Win 10 "mistakenly"

Taking the piss isn't nice in that situation. 10 saves the old OS for a month, he just needs to go roll it back.

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SOHOpeless Cisco wireless kit needs critical patch

DryBones

Name Change Needed

Swissco.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

DryBones
Trollface

Re: a quiz

Yes! You have won the coveted No Prize.

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DryBones

Re: My home network unusable

That'd be Windows 10 trying to serve updates to the rest of the world from your computer, I think. Turn that option off under Advanced Options in Updates.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

DryBones

Re: Teamviewer was ok before V11

Coffee zombie! *blam*

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Google pays $65k to shutter 23 Chrome bugs

DryBones

Re: Outsourcing the security

These are payouts for the bugs those and whatever else Google uses in-house, didn't find.

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