* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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Re: 'Unimpressed by Oracle'

I think that Oracle just has more money than sense, which isn't an uncommon condition around tech companies.

Plus they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to management and stewardship of most, if not all, of their non-proprietary projects. It certainly seems like everything they touch that wasn't invented by them they lead to ruin, or they make things so difficult for developers and users to deal with that it winds up killing whatever project or product. At least with FOSS, you can usually fork it.

About the only exceptions I can think of are Java and ZFS, and even that's complicated.

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Re: Jenkins?

I've done volunteer QA on a number of FOSS projects and I'd have to agree, but its still something to be encouraged to the development teams.

No, looking over your own code is not really QAing it, but it does help us out if the developer takes a few minutes to have a look at their work before we get it so any obvious issues get fixed and we don't have to waste our time on them.

It doesn't always work out that way (especially with some developers who behave as if they shit excellence and piss greatness, and act like finding a bug and suggesting a fix is a personal attack on their character) but it is helpful and can save a lot of time.

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Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Re: It's an Apple move

It was because of the way that the forces were color coded at the Louisiana Maneuvers just before the US entered the second world war.

Traditionally, the British Army and the Armies of its dominions and colonies (especially India) was colored red or pink, and it still is if you look at their flag. Blue (or sometimes Black) were always the enemy. The Prussians/Imperial Germans and Russians wore blue, as did the French. The British Army always made plans to deal with any of them hence the OPFOR color was blue. Matched the uniforms.

General Douglas MacArthur, control freak that he was, convinced General Marshall, Admirals Stark and King, and even FDR that it was some British or in some versions Nazi, Japanese or general communist bullshit (or to remind Stalin who was top dog in yet other versions of the story) and that he demanded the US War Department start color coding our forces blue on our maps with the enemy being red. OPFOR became red, and is still red to this day (I was in an OPFOR unit, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, as my first permanent party assignment. We're always red on the BLUFOR maps and such at NTC) which was convenient in the Cold War given the Soviet propensity to use the color red.

Green are neutrals which we consider friendly but don't have any kind of operational control over. We tend to use it nowadays for Islamic governments and movements that we usually have a strategic alignment with (since they tend to use green in their symbols) like the Iraqi Army and the ANA/ANP, with the Jihadis and Iranian SOF being colored black or red depending on who they are and who's doing the coding. I've also seen purple being used for them, usually for stuff like the Mahdi Army and Iranian militias in Iraq/Syria or Hekmatyar's people in Afghanistan because while we've had to kill them in the past and they're still not really "friendly" and you probably don't want to lead a patrol through their territory, they're not usually trying to shoot at us or bomb us....for the moment anyway.

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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So what? You can install whatever DE you want anyway.

I've been using KDE a long time, I use it on FreeBSD and even on TrueOS, and if I'm ever forced back onto using Linux for anything its a simple su dnf install @kde-desktop-environment away.

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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So, in other words, a way to eliminate competition for wrongthink and thought-police everyone else. Lovely.

While you shouldn't act like a dick or ask others to put up with someone being a dick, these things are just a way for people fluent in HR-speak and manglementese to eliminate people they feel are a threat to their agenda using the banner of inclusion and diversity. Can't have precious feelings getting hurt now can we? Unless you happen to be white, a man, or heterosexual, then you're the unholy trinity and can go fuck yourself.

There's something I've learned from working in the real world, rarely does a place that actually gives a shit about diversity and inclusion have to shout about it unless someone's using it as a way to get rid of threats to their position. I don't see AMD going "full SJW" (I hate the term but if the shoe fits) and they're run by a middle aged Asian woman.

And its cute that Intel's doing this. Go to any of their Fabs and take a look at just who's working there. All the empty virtue signaling in the world doesn't change the fact that they ran a lot of women out in the past couple of years while keeping a CEO around who had been fucking one of the female techs that they laid off.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Might be a REALLYgood time to fork CentOS before IBM pulls an OpenSolaris on it. Same thing with Fedora.

Kind of sad really, when I used Linux CentOS and Fedora were my go-to distros.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: "Iron Mike Pence"

Maybe in Pence's own mind, if he can string a coherent sentence together that someone didn't write for him and I have my doubts about that.

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I've been saying that exact same thing since the whole fiasco started.

It just shows how much our "friend" here knows about geopolitics. Sweden isn't a NATO member. The Swedes used to try to get radar locks on the SR-71 back in the 80's and were successful a number of times when they got the SAAB JA-37. The UK is and has been since the beginning, they're also one of the stronger members of the Alliance which has a definite interest in keeping the US happy. Sweden also has a fairly tough extradition treaty with the US, and I doubt they'd extradite someone over what can be considered a Political crime or allow an extraordinary rendition on their territory.

The UK has a very loose extradition treaty with the US, where basically if Uncle Sam wants your ass they're going to get you from the UK in all but a very few and long fought cases. And I strongly doubt that there would be much, if any, resistance from the Security Service or whatever you call Special Branch nowadays to the CIA yanking someone off the street.

And really, even if the US decided to say fuck it and sent somebody to kill him, they'd do it, embassy or not. The Special Collection Service and/or the artist formerly known as US Army Intelligence Support Activity have quite likely been inside the embassy he lives in while he's been living there. They're very good at it. Ecuador isn't a huge target, but they do have a number of human and drug trafficking routes which do warrant some attention. Simply put, If they wanted him dead, he would be but he's not that important, however much he thinks he is.

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Assange is a prick, but this is insane. Something I learned when I was a kid is that you don't shit on your own block unless you're prepared for the consequences. Apparently our six toed alleged rapist never learned that very important lesson.

If I were Ecuador's foreign ministry I'd have a few burly diplomatic security types toss him out the front door into the waiting arms of the filth.

Given the constant state of anarchy and systemic attention deficit disorder that the Trump administration embodies, they would likely never even notice unless someone from the Met goes on Fox and Friends to talk about it, and I really don't think that CIA's SAD or JSOC are about to go do wetwork in the UK.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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I'm glad that bodily fluids and wastes have always been outside of my scope of support or would immediately void a warranty, and in the Military we weren't too concerned about any of our collection devices getting pissed on (or shit on for that matter), considering that birds really liked building nests on the fixed ones and they're not the cleanest animals in the world.

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Re: ADD Another FYI

Yep, and Alliance Data's Epsilon owns Abacus, the ad database that nobody knows about which Doubleclick also owned.

I'd honestly be more worried about Alliance Data Systems than Google. Google gets scrutinized. Alliance really does not and they have so much data on everyone that it would make your head spin, and a huge majority (basically everything that isn't in their credit card business) of it isn't secured all that well

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Re: Automatic Sign-in? How else can Google get us:

You're not missing much on Medium besides a lot of whining from spoiled millennials who think that not getting their way or that their free range organic latte and avocado toast is cold is racism and/or sexism and that the world owes them a free ride when they've never worked a day in their mollycoddled lives, so consider it a blessing in disguise.

I've found that people who are actually doing something about actual injustice and putting themselves at risk to do so, instead of whining about it and doing the perpetrators a favor by exhausting public opinion are rarely after the victimbux for their Patreon from their Medium posts.

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Re: Well, that's it

And you think that matters at all to Google? It doesn't. I deleted my Facebook account three years ago and I still see echoes of it all over the place. Considering that Google is more pervasive than Facebook, I'd imagine that you'll be seeing reflections of your old account til the day you die.

Plus, they have enough data on you and get more on you constantly through third parties that even if you never use another Google service in your life they can still monetize you. And they certainly will.

I will say its cute that you think that somehow makes a difference and that somehow you're important in the grand scheme of things.

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Re: @ArrZarr - Shrug

Kind of funny, I've been using it since Phoenix myself, and have been alpha and beta testing since Firebird 0.6. Its my daily driver and I don't really see myself using anything else if I can at all avoid it.

As much as I love Fx, you're displaying a remarkable selective memory if you don't recall the memory leak issues which existed from 3.7a4 (the first WebM release) until about Firefox 10. Google spreading FUD about that and Mozilla doing nothing about it to counter it, because Google was paying our bills at the time, is what drove Chrome's adoption really.

Now the UI backflips, I have no idea what they mean by that. Aside from hiding the title bar and making it look like Chrome, which can be disabled in three clicks, it hasn't changed much since Firebird, warts like nested tabs in the preferences menu and all. Plus, you could always change it if you didn't like something or use a theme. I used Nautopolis until Quantum came out and dropped compatability for it.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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Good deal. Hope it works well.

Very cool. If it wasn't in the middle of the night here I'd definitely be checking it out. Hopefully they'll make a recording available.

Now as cool as this is, what would be even more impressive is a demonstration of the SIGSALY, which was the first encrypted telex and telephone system that Roosevelt and Churchill used to communicate with the WWII equivalents to the modern Unified Commands during the war, but it would take some doing to get it to work for an actual demonstration. It was a fairly touchy system even when it was being used all the time.

NSA still has the one that was installed at the Pentagon at the National Cryptographic Museum (I've seen it but I'm not sure if it works, its not powered on) and I'm not entirely sure if that's the only machine left in existence, it very well might be because I can't find anything clear about what happened to the one that was at Selfridges in their sub-basement. I'm assuming that GCHQ, the Australian Signals Directorate, or even the TNMOC might have one somewhere, there were like 12 of them by the end of the war, but I can't confirm where any of them besides the one at NSA wound up.

Searching for the term SIGSALY on the TNMOC webpage doesn't return anything, the Crypto Museum organization's rather good article on the system doesn't say what happened to the actual hardware and NSA's public facing article on SIGSALY doesn't specify either.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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The hell?!?

Since precisely when is El Reg "The Reg"? If part of the new design involves changing how El Reg refers to itself, I take back precisely everything nice I've said about it. What's next, are we going to lose our measurement system?

I don't like it.

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HPE pulls sheets off largest Arm-based supercomputer Astra

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Re: A significant article

Supercomputers aren't usually profitable, nor are they really supposed to be. They're machines built to show off potential capabilities than anything a normal customer is going to use for something in production, except when that customer is like TLA/TLA, a research university, or one of the National Labs.

Also, keep in mind that HPE is the least profitable in terms of earnings per share of the Hewlett-Packard spawn (HP Inc, HPE, and DXC). It was like 8 cents in July. HPI was at like 50 cents and DXC was around two bucks.

None of this really matters though, if SNL wants to try this then they're going to try it. Sandia really doesn't care about the IT market's fluctuations and what the beancounters say. They care about advancing the state of the art no matter what it costs. They're an incredibly cool place to work because of things like this, if of course you can put the whole weapons of mass destruction thing aside.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Any decent enterprise class notebook has an LTE modem. That's kind of a given anymore. You mean there are some that don't?

Now for $550 or $650 it would probably be a winner. For over a thousand, its in the same price range as an HP Pro or Elitebook or a Dell Latitude for something unproven and subject to MS whims about the architecture, which is something I wouldn't want to gamble on if I'm an enterprise purchaser or software developer. Plus, how much performance is going to be lost in the emulation layer?

I can't say I've been too impressed with emulating x86 on ARM thus far. Its still more than I would probably pay for something without an x86, but with a long battery life it might be worth it for anyone working in the field.

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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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It sounds really stupid, I use ZFS on FreeBSD which I don't believe is supported and on Windows I use EFS and Bitlocker with OneDrive for Business since one of my employers provides it so I don't particularly care, but it sounds like simple incompetence, like Dropbox laid off too many developers and the ones they have left aren't good enough to support more than one filesystem, and a basic one at that.

Thing is, its really short sighted, encrypted filesystems are already much more the norm rather than the exception anymore which is only increasing in terms of market share, and they're artificially cutting off their potential users.

Oh well. Sucks for them I guess.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Too damned expensive for not enough of a use case

It's a nice phone, but I'm not spending a month's car payment plus mortgage on a phone and especially not on a Samsung that might get updates for six months and comes loaded with a gagglefuck of bloatware. The larger version unlocked is around $1300 dollars and that's insane. It's almost as much as my Elitebook was and I can't find a big enough use case for the phone, I take calls and write texts, sometimes use it as a hotspot and use it for a quick search when I don't want to bust out the notebook, while I use the Computer and a lot of it's features all day every day.

Sure, the S-Pen and headphone jack are nice but they're not worth that much.

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Smaller companies aren't any better

I have this god awful company called CableOne, and I'd much rather be on Spectrum or Comcast because CableOne are overpriced shit kickers that will raise your rates and degrade your service at any chance they get where Spectrum and Comcast might be sort of expensive, but their networks don't fall over at every opportunity that they get whereas CableOne's does.

They also have this nasty habit of setting arbitrary data caps and then raising your rates, but not your speeds if you exceed it, even if you can prove that you didn't use that much data.

Fuck CableOne. The second there's an alternative to them here, that isn't CenturyLink's 1990's style ADSL (which isn't an alternative), I'm gone and never looking back.

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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

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Its a PR exercise, big freaking deal. They probably have something that can support it anyway, but even if they don't its just so Intel has something to show off to distract people away from their 10nm issue that the other fabricators seem to have solved but for some reason Intel still can't handle and won't be shipping til 2020 at the earliest. AMD has a real opportunity here for x86, as do the ARM licensees for their architecture

IMHO, its because Intel threw their weight into technologies that are either a dead-end like Silicon Photonics or niche tech like XPoint while Samsung, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries didn't waste their time with that.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Like hell

The JCS has been dead set against a sixth branch for a very long time. They wouldn't allow NSA to do it in the 1950's, they wouldn't allow JSOC or SOCOM to do the same in the 80's, and they're not going to allow it now. In fact the only reason the Air Force got split from the Army was because Spaatz and Arnold had a lot of pull with Truman and the congress and it was proven during WWII that the Army Air Forces could handle themselves.

I can't picture the Air Force, Army and Navy being too thrilled about having their budgets cut for a branch that isn't needed being proposed by a fucking traitor doing Russia's bidding, and losing control of their space and missile programs in the process. The Navy certainly won't go for it and neither will the Air Force. There's only one reason that Putin wants this, and is having his useful idiot push it, because it will dilute the effectiveness of the Armed Forces. What they should do is reactivate US Space Command, that would make sense. But creating an entirely new Service Branch is typical Trumpian idiocy.

There's precious little danger of this ever happening though, as the JCS and individual services will "study" the proposal and hamstring it as far as they possibly can, and they certainly can for two years until the moron's out of office.

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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I don't see it

So when exactly are they supposed to be rolling this out? I'm on a Pixel and on Project Fi but it doesn't show anything new when I check for updates. You'd figure being on Google's MVNO and their phone would probably mean getting it very quickly, but apparently not.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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It's likely exposed for HP's ink subscription (yes, its seriously a thing). Its like 10 bucks a month for 300 Pages and they keep you stocked with ink. Considering how much their ink normally is, it might actually make sense if you print a fair amount.

And you've never worked in an office that has networked printers? They're probably addressed in a private range, but they're still exposed to the internet.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Quite agreed.

I never actually used XP on any of my machines, I kind of hated it but I had to support it on friends, other Soldiers and family's computers for about five years. I still think it looks like a butt ugly Fisher-Price OS unless its being run with the classic theme.

My Windows 2000 desktop system ran like a dream until we had a weird January thunderstorm and lightning strike which nailed my apartment building, resulting in a massive hardware failure the same damned day Vista came out. After getting new hardware I couldn't find my Windows 2000 install media which had been lost in one of the Army's famous Permanent Change of Stations when I was junior enlisted and active component. Its probably still in some Army warehouse in Texas or California.

I hated it even more than I had hated Windows XP until Windows 7 came out.

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>>Nothing less than a 386-class processor (for the Intel iteration) would do, and running it in less that 16MB would make for a very sub-par experience – astonishingly excessive for the time.

Considering the 486 had been around for almost 4 years at that point, I really don't think it was that crazy to ask for a 386. Now the 16 MB of RAM was a little on the WTF side, because memory was bonkers expensive back then, but asking for a 386 by 1993 wasn't at all excessive. Especially when considering that NT was marketed for workstations and servers and not for general-purpose consumer level stuff like 3.1 and the 9x versions of DOS-wrapper "Windows"

Just my two cents.

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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

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Re: Management Speak 101

It simply means people don't want to buy what they're selling, but in language the lobotomized (otherwise known as an MBA) will understand.

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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I'm not sure why but I never really liked working with Linux.

I just don't like it as a Desktop OS at all. It's not for a lack of love for UNIXlikes, I use FreeBSD and TrueOS all the time and they don't give me the same feeling. I used to use Linux for testing on a project I worked on but it always felt weirdly half finished as a desktop OS, no matter which distro I was using (Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, OpenSuSE, Debian, Arch, etc). Gentoo was about the only one I somewhat enjoyed, but it was so much like a BSD (but without pf and ZFS) that it was sort of pointless to not just use FreeBSD.

Its got nothing to do with some high minded philosophical or FSF-esq political bullshit either, though I fundamentally prefer BSD-style permissive licenses. Its just what works well for me and doesn't require a ton of post installation configuration, I mean there's always some with any OS, but its not like I'm having to fuck around in the terminal or hunting down text files to edit for hours to get things close to where I want them, combined with constant redesign of things that don't need to redesigned.

For servers its fine, never had a complaint really there, but even then I'd rather use a *BSD. I mean built in ZFS, DTRACE and pf and the lack of constant immature squabbling over stupid bullshit like the init system and display server just make it that much more attractive to me.

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Oracle puts release of new freebie mini-database on ice to work out kinks

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Re: A free database

Hah. TANSTAAFO (There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Oracle)

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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Re: deb?

Yeah, of course because Oracle's preferred version of Linux is a rebrand of RHEL that they'll charge you five times as much for.

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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

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Re: EUR > USD

Yeah, at the moment the Euro is at $1.17 and .89 Sterling.

You might want to submit a correction at the bottom of the article, though I may beat you to it.

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Mega medical tester pester: It smacked a big one, that malware scam, if indeed it was SamSam

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Re: Brute Force RDP?

Their servers don't have anti-virus because many Linux admins still think they don't need it, and Windows admins think it's something the endpoints need but the servers do not. It's extremely foolhardy in either a UNIXlike or Windows environment but nobody ever cares until they get burned.

I do BC/DR and Emergency Management (same thing really) and I've lost count on the number of Incident Reports and AARs that I've written which point out in all caps, bold and underlined in red that anti-malware software is an absolute must on any machine connected to the network at all. Disabling services on the Windows machines aside from the bare minimum needed for that machine's operation is another area that gets overlooked all the time too.

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Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck

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Re: They missed that one bit of code...

El Reg ran a story on it last week here

Alot of the comments were that Apple isn't immune to the laws of thermodynamics, reality distortion field or not, the thinner they make their notebooks the more difficult it is to cool a processor like an i9. Then again, why someone's doing rendering or video editing on a notebook and not a workstation is beyond me, but whatever.

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Article's title says it all

>>Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

Then we're totally fucked. There's always someone in every Scientific endeavor willing to weaponize anything.

Physicists weaponized a theory proposing that you could split and later fuse atoms in a massive burst of energy.

Virologists and Bacteriologists weaponized human and animal disease. Geneticists made those diseases even deadlier.

Chemists took chemicals and turned them into weapons.

Psychologists figured out how to use words to erode an opponent's morale.

Radio engineers came up with ways to disrupt an enemy's communications using energy.

I really don't think that software developers and hardware engineers in the realm of computing are any different. They may feel they are about themselves, and they certainly enjoy patting themselves on the back about how great and ethical they are all the time, but someone's going to weaponize AI (if it hasn't been done already) despite any protestations to the contrary because there's always someone willing to play God and a million ways to justify doing so because the consequences don't matter to them, as long as "progress" keeps happening.

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Alternative Venona

That's basically how James Bamford described it in "Body of Secrets".

There were 35,000 duplicate pages printed by the 8th Main Directorate of the KGB in early 1942, and they had 30,000 intercepts that were encrypted using said duplicate pages out of about a million intercepts. The duplicated one-time pads (I guess two-time pads) were used from 1942 to 1948.

In the book, Bamford suggests that they were duplicated by Soviet cryptographers creating the one-time pads using carbon paper. It was careless and the Soviets paid for it.

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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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Re: Statistics Vs Reality

Probably more like: Poor sod, you've got a lawsuit headed your way.

And you only had one backup with one cloud provider and nothing else? Well bless your heart (Southeastern USAin for "You're a moron")

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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That sounds like a provisioning issue on the carrier's side, because it should be automatic, especially VoLTE.

You might want to have a chat with them, because it sounds like you're not provisioned for it if its not showing up at all.

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Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you

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Re: NAND tech is unreliable and it does matter a lot!

>>NAND SSD don't last. If you don't use your PC then yes they will last for a long time. They can last a long time on smartphones and tablets too if you don't install/uninstall many apps and you don't use the apps to make content.

Then please, feel free to explain why my 3D NAND SSD (a non-enterprise Samsung 850 Pro) still has 98% of its remaining life and I've been using it for almost 3 years non-stop now on my gaming PC that has very heavy utilization? I've also had a number of power failures (because PNM aren't reliable at all) where my UPS didn't kick on, which according to you should have killed my drive. It didn't. Don't believe me? Take a look yourself here

I've had far better reliability out of my SSD than out of my HDDs. To the point where I'd like to get rid of the spinning rust completely because its unreliable and probably will on my next build.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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I don't particularly like it on mobile (Firefox 63.0a1, aka Firefox Nightly on Android) because navigation between sections isn't intuitive, and it's not cleanly divided. Like it would be fine if each major section had one article a piece and you could tap on something to go into the section the article is in but I don't see a way to do it without tapping the menu button. It's two taps to navigate between sections where I'd prefer it to be just one from the front page.

The desktop version has a menu bar though, so no complaints there. I'll likely just use the desktop version on Mobile.

Aside from that, it looks good.

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IBM attempts to graft virtual machine security onto container flexibility

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Is it just me, or does it seem like IBM anymore exists to solely take other inventors and innovators ideas, give them stupid marketing drone buzzword-laden descriptions, and then try to pawn them off on Fortune 500 companies' CIOs who don't actually know what the fuck they're doing aside from their overpriced MBA?

If its just me being cynical, then fine, but that's the way it looks like at the lower levels. Still, I wouldn't go anywhere else for anything Mainframe related, and maybe Db2 just to avoid Oracle, but that's really about it.

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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Re: Don't you just love it when so-called democratic governments do a public cover-up ?

And what's even better about this situation is that it's not just the people's tax dollars, it's the agency that collects said tax dollars. Can't imagine why they'd want to hide fraud or waste, not at all.

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Re introducing ":="

>>I've just spent to much time dealing with other peoples and there typos

Instead of complaining about other people's typos, maybe you should worry more about your own, as your own sample of typing here isn't exactly a shining example of perfection.

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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>>"FCC staff tried to argue that the wording had been available for nine months and it had had no comments or complaints about it. Using the argument that "no one complained before now" as a way to justify pushing something through to formal adoption is the worst sort of policy obfuscation"

You must not know very much about the administrative law process in the United States because you just stated that they followed the procedure. The rule can be compete shit but its not illegal at that point, it sucks for everyone using a service subject to the FCC's regulatory authority, but they made the rule legally.

If they published it in the Federal Register for their comment period (9 months) and no one complained or commented, then from a legal standpoint they're in the clear. It can be bullshit (which in this case it is) but they would be fully justified in making the rule change.

Someone will probably try to trigger a judicial review, but they're not going to be able to do it by saying the notice of proposed rulemaking wasn't issued.

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Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service

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I wonder what NICE has coming down the pipeline in regards to competition for this. Salesforce is nothing to sneeze at (especially in the CRM space) but NICE isn't something to sneeze at either.

They're the big dog in call centers for Workforce Management, call quality assurance, and timekeeping after all (their IEX software was used in every call center I've ever done business with or worked in here in the US, though a good number use ADP for timekeeping for whatever reason) and since this sounds like something to do with WFM enhancement so the IVR can do more things, freeing up agents to do more complex things that the IVR can't, I'm sure they're going to have something to compete with it.

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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

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Y'know, I like Wikipedia for what it is. Its got good hard science and physics articles for the most part, but the kind of games that Wales and Co. play are really annoying, like the constant sales pitch for donations to a foundation sitting on a pile of cash they're nowhere near exhausting. And they tend toward hysterics when there's no real good reason to.

Copyright needs to be reformed worldwide. Hell, its not like publishers are actually paying creators as usual, but the level of extremism on both sides of the debate (as usual with politics in the late 2010s) isn't doing anyone any favors.

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: "Where does the 4 to 6 interchange take place?"

I'm one of them too, and you have it good on Outhouse Spectrum. I moved from Central Florida where Outhouse Spectrum was the king, to Central New Mexico and we have this abomination of a company called CableOne in the bastion of idiocy that is Rio Rathole. Place has a huge Intel plant (the one where the ex-CEO was fucking a tech) but you get to pick between CenturyLink and their early 2000's speed but late 2010's prices ADSL or CableOne, and they both suck.

I apparently used too much data over the span of three months so they jacked my price up to 100 bucks a month for god awful service. I never thought I'd WANT to be abused by Spectrum or Comcast, then I had to deal with CableOne. Almost makes me want to move a mile down the road to Albuquerque just to get Xfinity, but I worked for NBC Universal for a long time and me paying them seems backward to me.

I sure as hell won't pay CableOne to rent shitty equipment for an extra 20 bucks of robbery a month.

ETA: I finally have my badge back! It only took like two years, but hell, thanks Drew! Not letting that happen again, losing it that is.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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"Space Situational Awareness Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre"

That's a mouthful. And here I thought the US Government, especially the Military and NASA, we're the worst about having excruciatingly long names for their subagencies.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: where i work

Mark, when I was in the Army and still enlisted before I got my warrant to avoid that kind of bullshit, we were supposedly going to get a visit from either the INSCOM CG or maybe the CENTCOM CG or G2 (Don't recall which). I wound up being stuck on a detail to sweep the sand. In the middle of the Central Highlands which is a desert in the part of hell (some call it Afghanistan, same thing) I was in. I ran a broom over it for 10 minutes and then went and fucked off in my CHU for a couple hours til I needed to go to the SCIF and get on the knobs and get some actual work done. Supposed General never showed up. I got complimented for my attention to detail from some 22 year old 2LT that was supposedly my supervisor all the same.

It's still better than the most sham detail I ever got put on, which was dress-right-dressing rocks at the NTC on Fort Irwin because some NASA bureaucrat from Houston was coming to Goldstone, which is on the Fort Irwin cantonment, and sometimes they'd tour the regimental facilities. It was like 130 degrees that day and myself and 15 other Soldiers are outside making the rocks look organized, however in the fuck you do that.

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