* Posts by LDS

4329 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

BA's 'global IT system failure' is due to 'power supply issue'

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Re: Back-up, folks?

I'm sure there's a lot of people who can barely manage six machines working in much larger installations...

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: Stalin did nothing wrong

Ehm, in any authoritarian regime propaganda people are highly valued... they would have all climbed the party ladder, and designed what the gulag has to teach us....

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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It's really time to build a wall around USA...

.... things are getting very dangerous there.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Just because the printer was never properly configured and locked down. Most network printer accept jobs from any IP by default, so you may avoid to set up a print server, often done in small environments. Most printers have every protocol active in their default configuration.

Usually, as soon as you installed and configured the printer (which also implies disabling everything not needed, and setting passwords), you locked down the panel, and make the printer accept jobs only by its print servers.

If you can access the IP directly you can configure it as a network printer easily.

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Re: "the printer was no longer visible"

Believe me, everything that pass through Google is carefully processed and any useful (for Google) information extracted - in UK, if needed to comply somehow with the law - and not by "bored techs".

And I'm glad my local school is not a Google school. I would have something to say if it forced my children to have an account for a commercial entity well known for its privacy invasions to study. But luckily here privacy laws are much stronger.

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"the printer was no longer visible"

They moved it to another closed room, so the prankster couldn't see it, and connected it to the same network...

You also get Google & others trying to convince you that printing sending your documents to their server first, which in turn route them to your printer, is a clever idea....

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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Re: "as well as knuckleballs and sliders"

I believed Jupiter threw bolts, not balls...

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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

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Re: HELO DEEREST FRIED

Well, actually, that may be far closer to truth than their usual scams... if investigators didn't catch the whole ring and recovered the money, there will be accomplices trying to hide their tracks and the money....

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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And you have the smartphone beside you while watching TV

No, why should I?

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Heartbreak Hotel...

Poor millennials, who can't spot an Elvis song text and some irony... keep on listening to Bieber...

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Probably better to not use Android.

That new Nokia 3310 is becoming more and more appealing... not a surprise it was sold out so fast...

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"how useful is this, really?"

As I wrote already, Google needs to lull its customers into believing web ads actually work, because more and more are going to be disenchanted.

So they will match data as they like - did you buy toilet paper? Of course it's not because you finished your last roll and need some new ones, no, it's because they flashed you an ad of that brand a few days before (an ad you ignored wholly....), and of course you felt the incredible need you never had before to buy toilet paper.

There's a big chance sometimes somewhere they put an ad for something you buy (if routinely, even better), so Google will exploit it to tell advertiser "ads really work!!!!". And they will have a way to sell their A(d)I

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"Milton Friedman, Thatcher, Regan, Alan Greenspan, and so on."

It goes far in the past. Actually, in the Bills of Right, privacy is absent.

It's good EU thinks differently, and maybe here Google will be barred before going too far.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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"It kinda doesn't matter. If your competitors advertise,"

Up to a certain amount. People spending a lot of money in advertising, are not stupid, and attempt to measure ROI - and if some channels look to be a waste of money, they could reduce or stop the money invested there.

Reports that a lot of ads are never seen by humans, and view statistics are skewed, are news that surely reached marketing corner offices as well. The fact that many media attempting to sustain themselves through ads are in trouble, is also an indication that very few people click through. And there were also the ad-blocker issue, and the ads displayed together utterly wrong contents.

Google needs to sustain its most lucrative business, and like mostly everything in marketing, it goes through deceiving customers....

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Google may be afraid someone is about to discover the king is naked...

... and needs a new way to lull its customers into believing web advertising actually works, and not only for Google. So they will sell them more useless, Google-controlled, metrics

How a purchase could be matched with ads - if the purchase doesn't start directly from the ad is something for DeepMind probably.

Guess they will just say blatant lies - i.e. someone spends time on a photographic forum, where of course photo gear related ads may appear, so if this person buys something photographic related Google will tell "it's because of our ads placement!!!!", and not because the forum subject...

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

If the cashier is pretty: "OK, but give me your telephone number first...." <G>

If she doesn't call police, maybe will stop asking my email...

Anyway, I guess I will remove the battery from my phone while shopping (yes, I still look for phones with a removable battery.... the only way you can be sure to kill them, if they don't have another one hidden).

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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"find Danish and Swedish TV far more original"

Given US media had to copy "The bridge" as well.... especially US people look unable to watch anything that was made outside the country, they have to remake it... what's the real problem, other cultures look different? Great time to understand them better....

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...

You can usually buy top brand PCs with RedHat or Suse installed, Dell offers Ubuntu.

You won't probably see distro like Debian, especially when they keep on making a fuss about proprietary drivers, so it's hard for OEMs to deliver supported drivers for their hardware. Some distro should really become more friendlier if they want to get preinstalled, otherwise for OEMs it's much simpler to tell you to install the OS of your choice yourself, and don't bother them with support issues.

Often you can also order PCs without any OS and then install whatever you like - just usually they are the business models lines, not the consumer ones, but not always. Dell AFAIK offers Ubuntu for consumers PCs too.

Just don't expect them to offer many distros - it would just mean a support nightmare.

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"ahead of the curve on some somewhat esoteric [...] for example color management"

Esoteric for the average sysadmin using a text shell, every day issue for those working in the imaging and graphic industry, and some others.

It was color management availability one of the main features that gave Apple its stronghold in that industry. Apple introduced ColorSync in 1993, Windows matched some of the graphics capabilities soon enough, but it too took to long to include a good color management engine.

While working on a catalog software for a museum years ago, I worked with people with an astounding capability of discerning colors - and if they didn't seen on the screen or prints the "correct" ones, the software wasn't working.

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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"I have friends with four kids,"

Exactly what I meant. Parents can do a lot to teach and protect their children, but there are still issues outside their reach - and then society - the State - must step in, and help to stop criminal behaviours and protect the innocent.

Good laws are created for this very reason. Sure, a State must not overreach, but because we have demanded our protection and law enforcement to it - to avoid things like revenges - it has also to fulfill that role. Thinking everything is "gummint overreach" will just bring us back in time when people had to seek justice - or revenge, it the worst case - themselves - when they could and just not risk to underwent more humiliations.

Sure, it's a thin line between protecting the innocent and censorship, and we need to be watchful and careful it is not crossed. Yet, we can't let the worst part of the society makes the rules.

I know because my sister was bullied when she was young (there was no Internet there, but it was very painful anyway) - and often those more at risk to be bullied are exactly those well groomed by their parents, and well behaved towards others.

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I would say the English language contents are now kitchen-sink quality today... gosh, the new big show is "TWIN PEAKS"!!!!!! And Sky just aired another remake of "The magnificent seven"!!! And should we speak about "King Arthur"???

Maybe Hollywood needs a compulsory percentage of *original* contents (and a limit on CGI effects).

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Re: My child ...

Guess you always did what your parents told you... <G>

Also, it's not only your daughter, but her "friends". One day she could be the target of bullies or revenge porn even if you have taught her well.

And parents who believe to be the perfect parents with the perfect children are usually the last to know...

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

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Re: Nice hardware...

The worst is Windows 10 - Windows 8 on the Surface is almost OK, especially when not used with external monitors, but Windows 10 is a real issue - for the data slurping features and an UI uglier than Windows 8.

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"It also means putting your trust ina company who has been willing to hover data up first"

You mean Google or Microsoft? There's really no difference today...

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Re: Odd.

You may need to add the cost of the keyboard and pen, which are not included. They may add about €300 to the cost, it's not a small fraction of the overall price.

At least with some of the earlier model the pen was included (and I by far prefer the Wacom they used earlier, no need for batteries/bluetooth).

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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The issue is a good percentage of the population doesn't grasp the concept of probability...

... otherwise they won't waste money in bets and other games. On the other side, the small percentage of those offering bets and other games understand it very well (and hire mathematicians to ensure it when they're not sure).

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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SW was never about our future.

It doesn't happen in our future. It's another time, in another corner of the Universe. It was never designed to understand how our world could evolve. It was cunningly set in a different world, with different rules albeit, cunningly again, a lot was taken from Earth history and mythology, from King Arthur to the Nazi "empire", to be easily recognizable, and palatable. It's Good vs Evil, among appealing and improbable vehicles and weapons.

It was never Star Trek.

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

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... and you STILL need a strong identity

Well, I wouldn't hire you for any job that require a strong identity - such a person would be unfit for the role, sorry.

If it's your personal need, you made your bed, lie in it.

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Re: Time to do the porting

He's talking about self- contained libraries for which is easier to emulate their working environment. You could do the same under Windows, if you need it, with no need to run the whole application. It looks also he knows little about the tools available under Windows (most good one are commercial), and I also guess he's taking advantage of many other people open source work, and that's easier under Linux.

It's always better to use what you know best, but this is also part of the ongoing Google FUD campaign against Microsoft, which looks increasing since Nadella decided to invade Google data slurping market with Windows 10.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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"So the entire legal case is based upon some TWEETS!!!"

Given the whole actual USA government position is based on tweets, it looks to me a solid foundation.

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Flog them!

With all the myths, iconography and meanings behind the name Pandora, all they could think of was a blue P???

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Other media options are available.

WannaCrypt? Because what you're suggesting is probably illegal and akin to a ransomware.

MS could probably dump the data give them to the bankruptcy administrators, and send them a bill for the service.

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"18.42%. I wanted to ask if it is not rather 18.41 or 18.43"

It's just the default decimal places in Excel for "percentage" cell formatting.

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Re: Don't forget the fees.

There could be also assets that can be of some value to creditors in a bankruptcy proceedings- maybe not in this case, but it could happen, i.e. products blueprints, digital media, code, etc.

If everything is in the cloud, there is no local backup, and simply gets deleted, this value could be destroyed damaging creditors.

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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

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"they are not delivering pianos or anvils."

Wiley E. Coyote would sue for customer discrimination.

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EU security think tank ENISA looks for IoT security, can't find any

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Rule 3, 4, 5

3) Security updated must be available for at least ten years

4) Any communication must be properly secured

5) Any user data collection must be explicitly opt-in

(although this will instantly kill the IoT market...)

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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

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Someone looked at Hackett CV?

"Hackett served as CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based furniture company Steelcase for nearly two decades before relinquishing the post in early 2014."

A true innovator in advanced technology.... IMHO Ford has big recruiting issues....

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Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

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Re: Glad we're catching the top crooks

So if someone steal your four years old Honda, instead of a new Ferrari, it's worthless to jail and prosecute it?

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Re: Let me see if I get this right...

Besides the fact that some acts can be some sort of crime themselves (i.e. impersonating or faking a notary), the issue are the "settlements", which are not even "fines" - actually you pay to avoid to admit any wrongdoing, a fine would at least imply you were wrong and you were condemned to pay it. Don't know if that will shield WF from other kind of inquiries about other crimes it could have committed, and if prosecutors will look into it. In some countries it could be compulsory, but AFAIK in the US it isn't.

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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I just wonder...

... why they install this stuff outside and not inside. Looks like a sadistic way to tell astronauts, "please, go out for a while and fix this..."

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: Timezones?

SITA has an office in Sidney, hope it follows the local timezone.

SITA also offers a border control management software (http://www.sita.aero/solutions-and-services/solutions/iborders-border-management) - I'm not surprised that passport data today are shared among airlines, airports, governments.... and SITA does that. Just it looks it needs to be more resilient to some communication disruptions.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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I wouldn't call the F-18 one of the most successful combat aircrafts

Actually, it has been often criticized for being too slow, and with a too short range, defects only partially resolved in the larger E/F models.

While F-15s and F-16s have been flown by IAI in real battles against capable enough opponents, F-18s have been flown mostly when air superiority was already established, or where there were no real threats - it never demonstrated how actually valid it is.

The F-15 didn't become a good attack aircraft "by accident". Airplanes designed for overall performance (not a single performance, like the -10x) instead of cost, usually adapt very well to the attack role as well, like the F-4 and F-14 did too. Just in the F-14 and F-15 their cost, and the availability of other planes (A-6, A-7, F-4, F-16, F-18), didn't justify their use in such role. The EF-2000 too has ground attack potential.

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Re: How many changes

The Typhoon is an American design????

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Re: Handcarved?

No, although for how much strange it can look, planes are still mostly built by hand - production doesn't justify investing in highly automated lines. But the initial production has to assess everything will go smoothly, no unknown issues arises, more people are trained, supply chain works as expected before increasing the production rate. Still, it may be still that modification introduced later needs to be backported to previous production batches.

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Buy Rafales (LOL!), they are already navalised How many changes would the Typhoon need to operate from aircraft carriers at sea?

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"Hostile intercept by ground to air missiles."

When they are within the range of launchers. Which usually move far slower than airplanes, when needed. Also, you need to hope their SEAD airplanes (or drones) didn't wipe them out already.

Usually SA systems are only good to defend static targets (preferably with fighters around to help), or slowly moving ones. Also, missiles able to engage targets far enough are usually large, expensive, and launchers may have limited spares. A plane can engage at larger distance, deliver a missile closer, and from a better position to hit.

Even your ground attack drones may require help to deliver their weapons before being downed - manned or unmanned, or they could become easy targets.

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Constellations and MIMO to take fibre to a future beyond the terabit

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Facebook and noise....

.... removing what will yield more bandwidth available?

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Cloud giants 'ran out' of fast GPUs for AI boffins

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They should have used AI...

... to predict when enough GPUs would have been available at an acceptable price to complete their papers...

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Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

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The problem are not 'web' developers.

The problem are some software management tools like Oracle and VMWare that uses Flash. And upgrading them may be very expensive. Browsers developers should stop to think that browsers are only used to update facebook pages and watch youtube. Just like software should stop to use browsers for management interfaces, they are under marketing control, they are not a stable platform.

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

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"We can only imagine the pointing and laughing"

As the comments so far demonstrate, it will go mostly unnoticed, after all only those using Ubuntu among the 2.4% of Linux desktop users are impacted... so, really, a very limited issue...

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