* Posts by Kev99

309 posts • joined 23 Sep 2010

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

Kev99

Personally, I'd really rather no one where their umpteen petabytes of storage were stored. An old church is not the safest place in the world. They'd be better off if they used someone like Iron Mountain to house the storage.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

Kev99

Well, DUH!! Anyone with an ounce of brains knows the cloud is just a bunch of holes held together with vapor and the net is a bunch of holes held together by string.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

Kev99

Re: How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air?

The most sensible and cheapest solution for this and tons other vulnerable devices but it won't happen. The C-class farts are more concerned with Wall Street and their bonuses than security, safety, and common sense.

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

Kev99

US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter once said the right to free speech does not allow you to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre. When the billionaire social networks begin to be platforms tat undermine the safety and security of US citizens is when they are beginning to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre. This ranks on a par with the news media continually giving aid and comfort to the enemy by repeatedly publishing the minutest details of US and allied weapons and force plans.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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For over two hundred years there was no need to use networked computerised voting machines. Then the idiots in Washington decided the Gore-Bush election mandated them. There is no need for the machines to be connected to the internet or the cloud. Elections around the world do quite well with telephone lines, fax machines, and ballot boxes. The "solution" became the "cause".

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Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs

Kev99

Once more the idiots who think it's smart to use the internet for proprietary, confidential, or sensitive data have gotten their comeuppance. I have no sympathy for them.

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This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

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I've been buying from NewEgg for at least ten years and they usually have the best net price. But as Dr Ellen said, there's a MicroCenter not that far from me and they often can meet or beat NewEgg. I will admit that NewEgg's customer service puts all the other online souks to shame in my experience. The bottom line is the same here as for any major purchase. Shop around, using more than just Google shopping and Amazon. FWIW - I recently bought a real laptop directly from HP. Their house price was the lowest around and the unit was delivered on the exact day they said it would.

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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

Kev99

As soon as a politician says something will "stifle innovation" it translates to "my masters won't be able to screw the end users as easily and I get my kickbacks."

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Kev99

Well, the NORKs and Chin won't need spies any more. They'll just log into the blue collection of holes held together by string.

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Outlook, Office 2007 slowly taken behind the shed, shots heard

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You'd think after ten years microsoft would have gotten the code right. It's more likely they're dumping them to force people to buy their overpriced bloatware and fatten wall street's pockets.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Kev99

Not surprising he'd make the claims about the fourth amendment. After all, it was the same reactionary republicans that tossed out the fourth with their illegal search and seizure at airports.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Kev99

A computer related company denying something has as much worth as a politician denying something. Whatever is being denied you can count on the opposite being true.

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

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If you were to read the original Social Security Act of 1935(date?) you'd see the law clearly stated the director of the social security administration was to develop a means of identifying beneficiaries and for n other reason. The idiots in congress kept piling on other uses, some of which were never necessary.

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Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

Kev99

Ever hear of a town called "Truth or Consequences, New Mexico"?

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Kev99

"Surface works well and users like it". Sounds like someone who has never used a real computer. We had a Surface Pro where I worked and the only way it was usable was when it was plugged into to a dock with a real monitor and real keyboard.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

Kev99

160Tbps cable going 6,000 miles and I can't get more than 3Mbps because my local ISP says it's not possible. What am I missing?

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

Kev99

You can also set your browser, like Firefox, to clear all cookies when it closes, periodically hit CTRL-SHIFT-DEL to wipe history, and regularly run an application like CCleaner, or Advanced Uninstaller.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

Kev99

Oh boy! Let's add more BS to the center stack to distract the numbnuts who can't live without their noses glued to their smart phones. Too bad the phones are far smarter than the drivers.

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

Kev99

Once people realize ipads, surfaces, etc are one trick ponies those sales will plummet. Where I once worked they had a surface pro. Until an external monitor and keyboard were hooked up, it was horrible for real world work.

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Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

Kev99

German protect consumers, the US sells out consumers. Who was it that lost the war?

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Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

Kev99

No, bribe IS the correct term. OR call it what it really is - EXTORTION. For 20 years I sat on a county tax incentive review council and in all of the hundreds of incentives we reviewed, perhaps a handful could justify the tax loss. One prime example - Ford wanted a 75% break on a $125M investment, a savings of under $200K a year. They claimed without it, they'd build elsewhere. The only other plants in the world that could build the trannys were in Bordeaux and Brazil.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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The heck with letting the market decide. We'll use the courts. We don't dare run the risk our C-level farts or Wall Street would possibly lose even a penny of profit.

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

Kev99

Federal public lands law

There's a public law from the 1880s that said all navigable waterways and the lands next to them were public property and could not be blocked.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

Kev99

Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

You mean you're supposed to pay for Windows 10? Funny, I got my copy free simply by saying I needed special adaptive software for my disability. My disability? I'm a left-handed, over six feet tall, Gaelo-German protestant, pragmatic to liberal, compassionate married male living in the USA. Oh, I'm also legally blind in one eye.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

Kev99

Welcome to wonder world of reactionary paranoia and persecution as foisted upon the US public, courtesy of our home grown King George. Reminds me of what was being done in central & eastern Europe during the forties the 1990s.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

Kev99

There's this little option in Firefox and other browsers accessible by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-DEL. It whacks all of your browsing history. You can also set most browsers to clear all caches when you close them. Not so hard.

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

Kev99

Much simpler solution. Don't use the internet for confidential, proprietary or financial data. The US survived using non-internet voting for over two hundred years. There are three reasons why the internet is used now - stupidity, laziness, and the news media.

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The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

Kev99

An excellent story on why NOT to use the internet for critical, confidential, proprietary or financial data.

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Big Cable falls into wormhole to alternate universe, sends back blog post about USA's amazing broadband

Kev99

And don't expect any help from the FCC/FTC. They'll buy the ISP line and ignore what the provider is actually doing. I tried fighting with Frontier because they claimed in their advertising our speed was "up to 6MBPS" with the option for two faster speeds, all via ADSL. Yea, right. Our normal speed is slower than we were getting in Tanzania via a USB dongle that used the local cell phone network. And that was back in 2010.

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

Kev99

The Trumpers are bought & paid for by their puppet-masters, so don't your breath, Google et al.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

Kev99

So in leap years we're all screwed?

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

Kev99

Why do these idiots continue to put sensitive information on the internet? Are they that d****d cheap or stupid?

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Kev99

Once more Microsoft proves the wisdom of NOT upgrading to the latest and greatest. I finally dropped Win10 on my laptop and the only good thing about it is it starts and closes in seconds instead of minutes. I'm glad I still have the real Skype on my main box.

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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

Kev99

The US wan't this paranoid during the War. Sheesh! Welcome to conservative politics.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Kev99

I want to know why on earth the Brits are even using Windows or any microsoft software at all. Don't the powers that be both reading the newspapers, let alone The Register?

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

Kev99

And remember, a cloud is just a bunch of holes held together by vapor. If the idiots in Washington were even minusculy concerned about security they'd require all contractors to use dedicated lines as used to be the case.

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

Kev99

You'd think that when over 70% of the people want something it should come to pass. Unless one lives in a oligarchy bought & paid for by those who profit the most by not giving the people what they want. What's really sad is the number of less developed countries that have freer access and higher speeds than the US.

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

Kev99

You mean the FTC actually goes after robo-callers and violators of the Do Not Call List? Cripes! Did Dish refuse to kiss Trump's ass or something?

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State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

Kev99

We have Frontier, which used to be GTE (Genuinely Terrible at Everything). The claim 6Mbps DSL but you're lucky to get 2.5Mbps. They refuse to expand their coverage of true high-speed or broadband. They use a Netgear modem/router that Netgear won't support and even ATT got rid of years ago. In other words, I'm not at all surprised they screwed over the Senator.

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

Kev99

To build on a previous post, the caller Id rule should prohibit ID spoofing and hold both the caller and telecom liable. For that matter, the FCC should at act like it's trying to enforce the Do Not Call registry. Since November, 2016, the number of robocalls to our land line AND our cell phones have gone thru the roof.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

Kev99

Well, the reactionaries are once more ignoring the US Constitution. Whatever happened to the 4th & 5th Amendments? Sounds like Comrade Vladimer Kozyr' is truly taking lessons from Putin.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

Kev99

Why would anyone in his/her right mind want to use anything that opened all their data to the whole universe? Ever hear of security? Maintaining confidentiality? Maybe if you want to use Google Forms to create an innocuous survey, sure. But beyond that?

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

Kev99

Let me guess. The idiots down under put everything on the bunch holes connected by vapor instead of dedicated lines as used to be norm. And they had no fall back service or plan.

Smart.

Really smart.

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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

Kev99

Connected cars are deadly cars.

Another thing I don't understand is why companies care so much about their share prices. Once a company sells a share, it generates no revenue for the company and actually costs the company money thru dividends.

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

Kev99

They should buy 35Bs because they can operate anywhere. No need for for A or C.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

Kev99

One more instance showing the stupidity of having confidential or private data connected to the web. And the idiot coders and marketers want even more exposed. Sheesh.

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

Kev99

You'd thin k after umpteen years they'd know how to code and find bugs. I guess their drones get paid by the line, not salary.

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Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

Kev99

If anyone really believes the telcos / ISPs won't throttle, strangle, and dangle, I have a bridge in El Garrara I'll sell you. 'Net speeds have little to nothing to do about equipment and everything to do with money.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Kev99

The best government money can buy. Reminds me of the movie "Rollerball" (w/James Caan).

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

Kev99

You'd think that by now the idiots in charge of communications for militaries would realize using the internet for ANYTHING remotely critical or secret is tantamount to putting the info on CNN. ROK deserves what it gets for such stupidity. Oh, wait. They were trained by the Pentagon. 'Nuff said.

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