* Posts by ShelLuser

2473 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Hmm...

"Would someone call a grown up please?"

Quite frankly I can't help wonder if the project isn't better off without those guys. I mean... Sure, I get it that someone sometimes doesn't like someone else. It happens. But why would comments made on Twitter (or anywhere else for that matter) affect how you're working together within a project in the first place?

But the main reason why I think the project is better off is because of how this ended. People asked for a vote, got it, people voted, they lost. And instead of taking their loss and respecting the majority vote they're now bailing out.

I realize that we probably got a brief cover of the incident or maybe somewhat of a one sided story at best but... meh...

How did that song go again? "o/~ You can't, always get, what you want... o/~".

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Vital fair use copyright defense lands – thanks to warring YouTubers

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Some people need to inflate their ego

After reading this article my first reaction was simple: "Meh, one youtuber mocking and making fun of another. Of course that's going to piss some people off...". Then I actually watched the re-uploaded video and... As said: some people really should put some work into keeping their ego in check I think.

I mean.. they weren't negative, they weren't mocking the guy or his video or anything, but merely commented. It's the golden rule of the Internet: if you don't like people commenting on the stuff you do or share then maybe not comment and share in the first place.

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Oops! Something went wrong: There's nothing to see here

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Yet the real problem is overlooked..

It's one thing to set up a series of laws and agreements in order to prevent nasty stuff from happening, but it's another to actually have people follow up on them.

Take nuclear warheads. Regulations state that only a select few countries are allowed to have these, yet reality shows us that plenty of other countries also own this technology.

So where does that leave you?

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How are you improving software development and deployment?

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Maybe old fashioned but still an UML fan here...

I'm not going to fill out the form because I have no intention of acting as a speaker. I was under the impression that it was only a form to send in specific ideas and/or experiences and such.

Anyway... When I started looking deeper into Java development (quite some years ago) I decided to start with Sun and whatever they provided. I discovered both SunONE Studio and NetBeans (both Java IDE's). The fun thing about SunONE Studio was that it also provided support for UML diagrams. A little crude but quite usable. At that time I already had some experience with flowcharts but knew very little about UML. Just for context: my job has always evolved around systems / network administration and sometimes part-time software development.

SunONE got replaced by NetBeans and although they tried hard to port the UML plugin over to NetBeans they eventually gave up due to several problems and started pointing users to Visual Paradigm ("VP"); a company which developed an UML modeling tool which now shares the same name. The cool thing about this software (in my opinion obviously) is that it can fully integrate itself with the most common IDE's out there. From NetBeans and Eclipse right down to IntelliJ and Visual Studio.

I really liked what I saw and got myself a modeler license then and there, even though VP also provides free of charge community licenses.

All this happened approximately 8 years ago and in the mean time a lot of new developments and improvements have been made. VP is still my de-facto choice when it comes to working with modeling languages, the current version 14.1 supports pretty much all of them. From UML and SysML right down to BPMN (Business modeling), ERD and/or ORM (Database modeling) to requirements capturing.

Sorry if I sound like a marketing drone but I'm honestly still very enthusiastic about the stuff you can do with VP.

But the main reason why I still heavily favor UML / SysML is because it really helps me to create (and keep!) a solid overview of my software project(s). The classic "a picture usually tells more than a thousand words" principle. Using this methodology also somewhat forces me to think about my designs before actually coding and implementing it. This is a big help for me personally, also because I'm not a full time developer. Which, for me, is the beauty of UML: you can basically make it as large and complex or as small and to the point as you want.

In the past I sometimes even took things so far and utilized UML for some of my network topology diagrams (basically "ab"using a deployment diagram for that).

I'm well aware that UML (/ SysML) is often considered as a dated way of working and a lot of people have moved on to other (more "hip"?) methods for software design (or simply totally dropped software design in its entirety), but yeah.

Although I am familiar with methods such as AGILE and SCRUM, for some reason that never really clicked with me although I sometimes do use AGILE on a smaller scale. Yet that is often more aimed at project management than software design. When it comes to design I still favor UML / SysML and prefer using those methods if I have a choice.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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But what do they think the effect will be?

Running away basically means you lose all your options to make any kind of difference at all. Staying onboard might help you get your grievances across and things could actually change.

Sure, I also doubt that the administration would actually listen, but running away practically ensures that none of your arguments will be heard or used.

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Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

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Still got nothing to hide?

A wee bit offtopic, sorry I know, but with news like this I always wonder if people still feel that they "got nothing to hide" when the government tries to get even more access into our personal lives.

Yes, this is a bit of a troll but also meant quite seriously.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Advertising is often overhyped...

Sure, if you got a new product and need to draw some kind of attention to it then advertising might work a bit. Of course in this day and age what's even better is to make sure that your product is well known within the "incrowd" and gets at least some mentioning and/or attention. This way people who are looking for "Product X" will also come across your brand.

Yet most advertisings are for already established products and quite frankly.. Overrated, overhyped and annoying too from a spectators point of view.

Several years ago Unilever (a huge food concern in Holland) considered to cancel one of their brands called "Zeeuws Meisje". In order to facilitate this they decided not to put any funding at all into marketing, assuming that this would eventually divert public attention after which they could can it.

Yet 6 months later, much to their surprise, sales figures had gone up instead of down. With no advertisement at all....

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

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Maybe...

The author of this artwork might want to take note and sue Microsoft for a good amount of money because they obviously used their intellectual property without consent :)

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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@AC

"I don't really care what they push but I do very much dislike the way they attack anyone who doesn't agree with them."

I think you raise a fair concern but I also think you're missing the point as well.

It's not uncommon for online payment services to deny you their services based on the services you're providing. For example.. A somewhat comparable service to Paypal would be 2Checkout. According to their website the best you can get for integrating e-commerce on your website (supported by oscommerce, Magento, WordPress, etc.).

However, if you check their prohibited product list you'll notice that there are many things they will not support. Adult entertainment is a major no, same goes for firearms and armament (even though this can be fully legal in the US), tobacco related products, medical services, financial services or advice (including consultancy, debt collecting, credit card protection) and this even goes so far that they also won't condone social media advertising and online gaming or trading with in-game items.

Now, some may seem a bit obvious (like firearms and tobacco) but there's normally nothing illegal about online gaming, advertising or consultancy. Yet those services are plain out denied here.

Prohibited services (you'd need to ask their permission first): events / seminars, dating / social networking and donations. Once again things which are perfectly normal and totally legal.

And this is just one online payment provider, there are dozens more which also have their specific set of rules, including Paypal. The Dutch variant of this link clearly mentions that activities which involve around hate, violence, intolerance and racial discrimination won't be permitted. And the last change of that webpage is said to be from 2015. Long before the recent happenings.

So yeah, don't be too hasty here with accusing Paypal for being politically correct. Chances are high that it's not so much about the political ideas which these groups have, but more so how they're trying to monetize on it.

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Users e-mails?

So... how did the company get hold of the e-mail address? Did the vibrator somehow shake it out of its user or something?

That's the part I often don't get: if you're so concerned with privacy and such, then why do you supply the company with your e-mail address in the first place? Not just that: but also ensure that the software you're apparently using is also aware of said e-mail address?

Is it really that difficult to think straight and add 1 and 1 up? How hard can it be?

I own a Windows phone, older model. I like it, it does what I need, not too bad, but has one flaw: every picture I take is stored locally, but cannot be transfered directly from the phone to my (Windows) computer. Don't ask why, that's the part I never understood myself either. Instead you need to dump it to OneDrive, and then you can download it again using the PC. A Windows Phone which can't directly connect with Windows, leave it up to Microsoft to come up with such a genius concept.

My point though: the very moment I realized this I also knew that I was never going to use my phone for more personal pictures. Because.. Internet and such. Even though I honestly trust Microsoft to keep my stuff safe. Instead I'm using a digital camera whenever I need to (one which can act as USB mass storage).

And this is only about pictures, not about something a whole lot more private and intimate as a sex toy!

What were those people thinking?

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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@AC

Stallman is going to blow a fuse if ZFS gets widely adopted.

Being a huge fan of ZFS myself I'd pay to see that ;)

But I'm not sure I fully understand though. I mean, all because of a license? Because ZFS uses a license (CDDL) which people don't happen to like or anything? What happened to the free software philosophy? Because CDDL is just as much an open source license as the GPL is. Sometimes I can't help worry that certain people completely lose focus of the eventual goals.

Seems like more and more people are willing to mix code under different licenses even if they're incompatible.

Can you imagine that... People apparently like the freedom to use the (open) source as they want to use it. One important note though: it's the GPL which is usually incompatible, not the other licenses. Many open source licenses (I'm mostly familiar with the BSD, CDDL and Apache licenses) have no problem at all with mixing things together, as long as the license continues to get respected.

I think that's an important aspect here. GPL demands that everything gets redistributed under the GPL (all newly entered code) whereas the other licenses only demand that the original software simply continues to stay licensed under the same license it was given out with. Hardly an unfair demand to make I think, especially if you keep in mind that mixing that with another license is usually no problem.

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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@Justin

"Meh, I stopped using DuckDuckGo and started using StartPage instead, when DuckDuckGo started ramming "reminders" into their page real estate for "how to increase privacy"...

You definitely have a point but it's false to assume that every cookie placed in your browser can also be used to track you.

In this case DuckDuckGo clearly states that they advice you to use https://start.duckduckgo.com/ to avoid the issues of those reminders. You're right of course: when visiting that page it'll leave 4 cookies behind (ak, al, ao and aq on my end). However, all of which contain -1, and are set to expire somewhere in 2025. I checked and they don't get updated or anything.

So yeah, they're using cookies but not the likes which can actually track you. At best sites can find out that you used DuckDuck somewhere in the past, but that's all there is to it. A form of tracking for sure, but not the kind I'd be worried about (for now).

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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@Just Enough

"This isn't about hosting the objectionable material, it's about their domain name registration. So this is more analogous to being denied a corner to screech from, because you don't have the documentation that will allow you out on the street."

Not sure I agree with that, though I definitely see your point.

Thing is: they only got booted once they started disrespecting a deceased woman. Always easy to talk about someone who can no longer talk back, and in my opinion it's not only disrespectful, it's disgraceful too. Freedom of speech, sure, but that has its limitations and in my opinion rightfully so. It's a thin line, but still there...

<small side step>

I dislike systemd (that's putting it mildly) and I also have no love lost for Poettinger who made this all happen and who appears to be extremely arrogant. If I can I will definitely raise my voice about how stupid and plain out arrogant Poettinger is in my opinion and how we're all better off without his services. But I don't wish him dead. I don't start making it personal, I don't shout crap such as "I hope someone would kill him" because that's taking things waaaaay too far. And if he somehow would get into an accident of some sort then you won't see me celebrating. In such a situation I might share that I'm glad for the whole project to be over, but I'd also immediately mention that I don't like the way it happened one single bit. There's a huge difference between disliking a person, and disrespecting him or worse.

</shell rant>

So to use your analogy...

In my opinion they weren't denied to stand on the street corner because of what they had to say. They were denied because they themselves had already demonstrated not to respect the rules which were in effect when standing on that corner.

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@Snow

"This is a bad thing, regardless of your political alignment."

Have to disagree with that, there are limits to tolerance and rightfully so. In my opinion there's a huge difference between outing political statements or plain out slandering a deceased woman. And the last is what got these people kicked from GoDaddy in the first place, not their political ideas.

I definitely don't approve with Google's firing of an employee who merely stated how men and women are different, something which nature itself already shows us. That was definitely a weird and in my opinion very bad thing.

But this... This has nothing to do with political correctness, more so with upholding certain standards and protecting the general audience from hate slurs and speeches.

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Fresh Microsoft Office franken-exploit flops – and you should have patched by now anyway

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Still, in the end...

It all boils down to using some common sense when opening stuff from unknown sources. Yet that's the thing people keep failing at over and over and over again despite the tons of warnings and example cases.

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Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

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If that's AI...

Then I guess IRC was waaay ahead of it's time. This somewhat reminds me of getting 2 chat bots to "talk" to each other. Sometimes you could get the most hilarious "conversations" from that stuff ;)

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

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The world never stops to amaze me...

In Holland we have cable operators, for example the previous UPC and Ziggo. Back in the days they provided services through the cable such as Internet, telephone and television. But the bizarre thing is that especially in he beginning those companies only managed to generate revenue, but not a single dime worth of profit. And that went on for years and years to come. To make matters worse the customer service and overall happiness wasn't exactly that great as well. A company like UPC almost held a permanent place in "lists of shame" on television programs which kept consumer rights in mind.

Right now Ziggo is still a thing yet it has been taken over by UPC which has been taken over by Liberty Global, and UPC more or less got merged into Ziggo (something I still consider somewhat of a sad development) and only recently did they manage to actually create a bit of a profit.

Unfortunately not too many people bother to look at the global picture. Although they do manage to generate profits now (as far as I know) I always wonder about all those previous years where they effectively wrote down losses and revenue and not much else.

I guess this is the modern way of doing business... Generate a gigantic depth, but ensure you become too big to just drop off and you can continue for the next dozens of years to come.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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And what if they could access those messages?

"Governments and law enforcement agencies are increasingly going public with their frustration that encryption prevents them accessing electronic messages."

Meanwhile citizens are increasingly going public with their frustrations whenever they spot a potential threat and the government doesn't do anything to look into it.

I'm not just saying; that last British terrorist attack? Several people around the suicide bomber, including people from his own mosque, had raised concerns several times already. According to multiple sources the police had been warned at least 5 times about the individual and in the end he ended up on a list of people to look out for.

Note... I'm not trying to suggest that if the police had done more they could have stopped the bombing because those are not fair comments to make in my opinion (also always easy after the facts).

But it does raise a fair concern I think: what good is giving the government even more access into our lives if they have already displayed severe ignorance when it comes to dealing with reports about current threats?

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Systemd wins top gong for 'lamest vendor' in Pwnie security awards

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@Dan

"but he's not even particularly good at it, he's just stitching together some kind of Frankenstein's monster."

No, that would be an insult to doctor Frankenstein who's name is even now still well known :D I mean, at least his monster actually did what it was supposed to ;)

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Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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But uhm...

"The "link your phone" feature works like this. In Windows Settings, you add your phone, currently Android only but with iPhone support to follow soon."

What about Windows Phone?

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GitHub wants more new contributors, because that's what GitHub is for

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Best feature of them all...

Working backups, unlike GitLab.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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@ac

"you can notify a company of a breach WITHOUT using the weakness."

You honestly think they'll believe such stories and would bother to look into them? I don't.

To me this is no different than playing on a Minecraft server and finding a bug. First you try it again to ensure that it was really a bug or a glitch and not an oversight on your end. Once you got that out of the way you get all you need to report it.

The #1 rule of bug discovery is the reproduction of the glitch. If you can't reproduce a bug then you also can't be 100% sure it actually was a bug.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Don't always blame others...

"Gal believes a big part of the problem is Google's monopoly on search and its aggressive marketing of Chrome."

Just like so many others I also used Firefox many years back and it wasn't Chrome but Firefox itself which made me bail out. I liked Firefox, a lot, together with Thunderbird it was my de-facto solution to turn to web and e-mail. The main problem: update, after update after update. And some updates were plain out intrusive, sometimes you had to re-learn how your browser worked! No problem if you got time for that, but as a geek who likes to know how his stuff works while also getting tired of spending time on something as trivial as a browser...

I discovered SeaMonkey and started testing that which was also around the time when Firefox actually changed their appearance to a Chrome look-alike. Gone were the easy toolbars, the buttons, the menus. Only 1 tab and that's it. That's when I figured: "If I wanted to use Chrome I'd use Chrome, this is bullshit" and deinstalled everything. If I recall correctly it was around the time Thunderbird introduced tabs for e-mails, a feature I seriously despised, also because I couldn't turn it off. Firefox/Thunderbird had "change because of change" written all over it, and I didn't want that anymore. I grew tired of it.

Been using Seamonkey for a long time (for both web & e-mail) and the best part: it still looks the same now as when I picked it up 5 or so years ago. In the mean time I also discovered Opera (the one build on Chromium) and its easy to see why Chrome has such a high market share. It's much more than merely aggressive advertising.

But other than Opera I never looked back at Firefox. I also don't miss it and I've always been hesitant to try it out again, mostly because of all the bullshit updates they pushed forward.

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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@Teiwaz

"I've not heard anything much about it since last summer - I'm surprised it's still a big enough thing to worry about large crowds."

Not too surprising I think; don't forget that bureaucratic environments such as this aren't exactly speedy with making decisions and setting plans in motion. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they came up with whole thing when it still mattered and due to time and delays it only got sorted out now.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Makes you wonder..

What kind of people would actually buy into this? That's the part I don't get, try to think this through for a moment and you'll soon see all the nonsense which is being shared here.

So the moment you open this contraption to find the rightful owner it'll take pictures of you? Good to know, thanks for the warning upfront. I'll remember this when taking a nice walk through the forest with my girlfriend:

"No honey! Just leave that thing lying there in the middle of no where, the owner can track it down with the internal GPS"

"But what if its batteries are dead?"

"Yeah, not our problem. Or do you want to risk being photographed and possibly treated online as some kind of criminal? Good luck explaining the mindless "social" media masses that you were trying to find a home address".

"Oh wow, you're fully right. Thanks for saving me, superman!"

"I'm not a superman, I just know these scammerman wallets. You know what? Littering is against the law, lets just throw it into the garbage can over there where it belongs. There, all safe and clean!".

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This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

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Uhm...

I used to run Norton Commander on my Psion 5mx. And that hardware is much older than your average older ("lastgen"?) Windows Phone.

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Maybe I'm growing into a grumpy cynic but...

Wouldn't it be news if there was an IoT type device out there which didn't have any 'sploits?

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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@Mihto

"When I can ask a device to complete a task it wasn't specifically programmed to do then I'll believe AI exists."

The Tesla (and Google, but I like Tesla better as target) were never programmed to crash into other cars yet it still happened. Oh dear: AI confirmed, Musk was right: they're out to kill us! ;)

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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2 things...

I think it's higher. And I also think this is the same for most "modern" Western governments.

Nice to see our tax money being "well" spent.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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Hmmm....

So AI is going to kill us. I wonder...Could he be concluding as much because of all the accidents happening during tests with Tesla's self driving cars? Because if that's the case then isn't it possible that it's not so much the AI trying to kill the humans, but that the programmers should have been doing a better job?

Of course, blaming it on the AI is much easier. "We're not refusing to build automated cars because it doesn't work, no, we're not building them because we know that AI is evil and will try to kill you all!".

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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We all complain but...

How many of you who currently run systemd will set it up so you can remove it from your systems again?

That is the only way to make a statement here in my opinion: by ditching this POS.

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@Swarthy

"So if Systemd* crashes, it writes to a binary log, which requires Systemd* to load up to read the logs - What could go wrong?"

Now, now... you just need to adapt to the new way of Linux'ing. No need to be critical ;)

It will only be a few months before the Samba stack gets imported into systemd and after that you can easily access those logs right after booting with your trusty Windows 10 environment.

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@cbars

Well, the company he works for is said to be a major vendor of commercial Linux support. You don't really expect him to remove a potential for revenue income, do you?

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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How much influence did Microsoft have in this?

Sure, some people liked the Windows 8 and Windows 10 (each to their own is what I say) but trying to put bias aside I think it is fair to say that these two versions weren't exactly popular (Win8) or without controversy (Win10).

So I can't help wonder how much that helped to drive people away? I know plenty of people who got highly upset over the forced upgrade to Windows 10, some in my direct surroundings didn't even give it much of a (fair?) chance because they got freaked out and started mistrusting it. And there are a lot of people who don't necessarily use the PC for intensive things, mostly e-mail and Internet browsing. Well, that can also be easily done on a tablet and better yet: you don't have to worry about unwanted upgrades.

When I look at my direct surroundings and those who stopped using Windows then it has all been tablets or Mac. In some cases as a direct result of a (failed) upgrade to Windows 10.

As such my comment: I can't help think that Microsoft had a big influence in all this.

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Bah Gawd! WWE left wrasslin' fans' privates on display online

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Maybe...

They could make a storyline out of this.. would be a whole lot more entertaining than some of the stuff they provide us with now.

When I saw a match I don't need to see a re-run the very next week. and I sure as heck don't need to see it gettin repeated (but in slightly different fashion) for the next 6 weeks in a row. Yet that's basically what you get with WWE these days.

Saw the main event in a PPV ("Pay Per View") match? Cool stuff. Chances are high you'll get to see the exact same match right in the next week on one of the free televised shows.

I'll just get my coat now...

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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An admirable effort.

One thing to note though: (computer) security is not a product you simply install after which you can consider yourself to be safe. Of course this is saying nothing negative about this effort,none at all: I applaud the initiative. Because it brings things back to basics: too many CA's are basically abusing their positions by overcharging their customers for something completely trivial.

But the reason I post this is because too many people seem to believe the doctrine that "HTTPS = safer than HTTP". Which is utter bullshit. It all depends on usage and context. Sure, when going to a website which asks you to log in then HTTPS is definitely preferred. But what about a website which allows you to fill out your (or 'a') name with a small comment (like a guestbook)? HTTPS wouldn't provide any significant increase of security there, yet such websites will be immediately dubbed "insecure" by plenty of browsers.

The same browsers which would dub a website such as "ihashax.u" (I made this up) perfectly safe as long as they use HTTPS while requesting: "pls request ur hax here! <entry form>" <small letters> "we h4x everything, including u, filling out this form means u constitutor to us h4xing u!" </small letters>

Whats my point? Security isn't a thing you can install or turn on or off. Yet all this HTTPS pushing does is that there will be plenty of people who'd consider any kind of website safe as long as it's using HTTPS. That's not how security works! "That exe file can't have been ransomware, I downloaed it from this secure website and even my browser said it was secure!".

Security starts by not blindly trusting on automated tools, and using that grey blub between your ears to think things through instead. Too much reliance on security tools such as HTTPS can create a massive risk in itself.

</rant>

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

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Dumbasses!

Yes, pardon the not-so-politically-correct topic. Bite me.

I like Windows. You heard that one right. I'm also a FreeBSD user who "grew up" with Linux while having had a huge taste of Sun Solaris at work (company funded educational process, but because you couldn't buy Solaris/x86 for reasonable prices back then I ended up using Linux as a substitute). In the end I seriously admire Unix and all it stands for and the legacy it provides, but I also still like Windows. For what it is, what it can do and what you can do with it.

It's not easy to try and cater to the mindless masses. We all know better, right? Exactly!.

But Microsoft has their heads so way stuck up in the dark places where no sun shines that they're totally oblivious to the obvious. And nothing we say or do will help them. And the only reason I'm writing all this is because I actually care. YES Microsoft is evil, you damn betcha. Just look at Netscape. But wake up call: all (/most?) companies are. In the end only 1 thing matters: revenue.

The one thing you can say about Microsoft is that they're not hiding their ideas under stools or tables. Of course that doesn't make things any better (damn you for your braindead Win10 tactics, I'm appalled that no one ever bothered to try and sue your asses off! (keyword: try)). Yes, I really like Windows, why you ask?

See.. my problem with this whole thing is that its obvious they're not even bothering to try and re-invent their ways. They had opportunities thrown into their lap and ignored them and stumbled over it.

There is a huge realization growing that Google isn't the greatest of ideas anymore. Too little too late perhaps, but even so. Microsoft never bothered to even try and monetize on that, instead they forcefed us Windows 10. Only Apple showed balls by denying the feds and boy did it do wonders for them (you DO still remember that we got the NSA (American Secret Service) to thank for the massive outbreak of ransomware, right?).

They have all this potential, yet they don't even try to use it. And when looking at the latest Skype they still haven't managed to get a frickin' clue that the times where they dominated the market are a thing off the past.

I think it's safe to say that the enforced Win10 upgraded scared more people away to tablets (and distrust Microsoft) than it did to help ensure the market position. Oh I know the statistics. But I also know how to read them beyond the marketing crap.

How does one count a computer converted to Win10 which the owner only uses to check e-mail and does everything else on their tablets? I call that a lost sale, because there is no way in heck that they'll ever going to buy into the Win10 marketplace. I also call it a liability because as soon as someone tells them: "Linux can do that too!" they're gone.

Microsoft calls this an active user. They converted, they're still using the machine, it's a potential target.

And of course Microsoft is sure to include them into their annual shares: "20% of our users are happily using Windows 10". Of course, in their definition: not complaining = happy. And "Not complaining because I don't know how and as soon as I find a way out I'll move all of my stuff from this computer onto another and then I don't want anyhting to do with Microsoft at all" doesn't fit the pre-determined stats.

No.. Let's forcefeed the users even MORE crap after they already complained about Win8, Visual Studio and Win10. Heeeeere's Johny.. Errr: the new Skype app.

In Holland we have a saying: "Een ezel in het algemeen stoot zichzelf geen driemaal aan dezelfde steen". I'm very fluent with English, I don't know all the sayings though. "A mule generally doesn't hurt itself three times on the same rock". Or: "you don't make the same mistake three times".

As shown above: Microsoft does. As such my title post: dumbasses.

You could be SO much more :(

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Systemd vulnerabilities?

I've been using FreeBSD for years already so... since the article talks about feeling safe & smug and all, I suppose that does somewhat apply to me. Of course, let's be realistic: no one is fully safe. Even with the ransomware issues: everyone seems to ignore the fact that the virusses didn't "just" take over whole networks, someone let them in.

But one thing I do worry about... Exploits which can spread usually focus themselves on one specific vulnerability and then exploit that 'en messe'. Windows is the easiest target because (generally speaking) the main structure of every Windows computer is more or less the same.

So here we are on Linux: where a majority of systems has adapted to systemd usage which more or less enforces the same kind of standards, and right during boot. And as we could read a few weeks back even systemd is not without flaws. Worst yet: because of its nature some of those flaws can even be exploited remotely.

With that in mind I can't help wonder how long it'll take for a worm to specifically attack systemd.

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

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@Chris

"Has MS heard of it?" (market research).

Uhm...

These are the same people who tried to give us Windows 8 (a touch based GUI on a mouse driven platform). And when that obviously failed they then tried a new tactic: simply forcing people to move onto Windows 10, if you liked it or not.

I still see that news broadcast (weather forecast) where all of a sudden the forced Windows 10 upgrade window popped up. Right in the middle of a live broadcast.

And let's briefly talk about business users... This is the same company which launched a new phone while never bothering to provide something as trivial as a todo list. And when they finally did in the first update this todo list couldn't be synced with Outlook (their flagship product when it comes to e-mail and (brief) project management).

Or about professional developers: that moment when Microsoft decided Visual Studio should follow the same Look & Feel as their consumer platform, and in the process they removed all color from the whole thing as well.

SO yeah... Microsoft and professional users? I don't think Microsoft even realizes anymore what a professional user actually is. Their teams have probably been playing a bit too much Minecraft as of late.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Not to worry!

I'm sure they're going to solve this problem real soon by adding a firewall into systemd. That should raise security standards dramatically! ;)

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Welcome to bureaucracy

The land where everyone feels mighty important and no one is responsible. Because if you follow the rules like a good drone you're the man or woman the system can depend on!

Yeah, only too bad that it often results in situations as described in this article.

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

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How well was the PC prepared?

Sure I'm skeptical. Thing is: I once build my PC myself and bought myself a solid tower housing. It's all solid metal, kept on using this for years. Faraday cage anyone?

A few months back I had to dispose of an old (non-working) 4U Dell PowerEdge. The metal casing alone weighed around 20kg. Again: Faraday cage anyone?

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Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns

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Details, details...

"To exploit this, an attacker authenticates and then sends crafted data to crash the server to get remote code execution access."

Does that authentication have to be successful or not? Because if it does then I think the risks of this exploit are somewhat limited.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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@Jonathan

So that's where all the free vodka I've been getting comes from, awesome! ;)

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No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

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@Sureo

No, now it's time to turn our hats into wallpaper! The secret which they were initially designed for :P

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver thousands of grocery orders

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So uhm...

"Home delivery isn't just about lazyness - if you're a lone parent in on your own with the kids in bed and are expecting food to arrive then you're stuffed, can't just leave them on their own to go shopping!"

You make a fair point, however it does make me wonder how the previous generation managed all this, in a time when deliveries were replaced by supermarkets. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of careful planning.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

Sudo, though available on FreeBSD, has been banned from my servers for a very long time already and quite frankly it doesn't surprise me at all to see it mentioned here. Ever since I learned that it can accept passwords through /dev/stdin and is also set suid root I dumped it (see it's manual page, you'll want the --stdin parameter). The reason why I think that's bad news should be obvious: a simple carefully placed shellscript called 'sudo' can be enough to capture someone's password (man in the middle attack so to speak).

Still, I can't help wonder how hard the BSD's have been tested or if assumptions have been made on that front. Although I definitely agree with the AC above me ("semi-local access is a potential risk per definition") I couldn't help notice the lack of BSD specific examples. The problem I have with that is because BSD has some failsaves in place. For example: security.bsd.stack_guard_page, security.bsd.unprivileged_proc_debug, security.bsd.unprivileged_mlock, security.bsd.map_at_zero. See the sysctl manualpage for more info on that. Note: not all of my examples are relevant to the problem at hand, but I'm trying to showcase that by default BSD already separates quite a bit when it comes to (unprivileged) memory access.

I also can't help wonder what options such as security.bsd.see_other_uids would do. This option effectively hides / blocks access to any process which is run / owned by any other UID than the current user. I know we're talking about direct memory access, but surely you'll need to know what processes to target in order to take 'm over, right?

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Of course they want 'm banned...

It makes the lives of the enforcement a whole lot easier: now they wouldn't have to take the effort to actually look into what these people are doing, they can simply down the hammer whenever they spot signs of "social media".

Maybe I'm an old cynic but still... I have no love lost for people who abuse children. If it were up to me they'd spend half their lives in jail for that. But I also think that when they served their time you should also give them a fair chance to redeem themselves and sort it all out. And suggestions like these don't do that. As said: I think it only benefits law enforcement more than anyone else.

And the reason for my skepticism? Simple: this is what the government, in general, is very good at: trying to do less work for its citizens while still demanding the same amount of taxes for it. You see this happening in most countries throughout the Western world.

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

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Money and power...

Those do strange things with people. But one thing which bothers me though: where is the failsafe in all this? You know, the classic issue of who's monitoring the monitors.

More and more stories seem to surface these days about politicians and other people within a position of (certain) power who simply can't control themselves and usurp the whole thing. Yet it only surfaces when someone leaks, the system itself seems totally incapable of detecting and dealing with excessive situations like those.

Yet it's always the person who gets dealt with and replaced, no one seems to care about the system which basically made it possible in the first place.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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@Pascal

"So, for our Sun to have a twin, it would have to be Bernard's star, but apart from the distance, one would also have to explain how it could be a twin of our Sun when it is over 2 billion years older."

Apart from what Christoph said there's another scenario which, so far, seems to be getting ignored: apparently we're all also assuming that this sun is still alive. Why?

For all we know it could have collapsed in the mean time and is now one of the many black holes out there. Which would make it harder to spot.

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