* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

910 posts • joined 12 Jan 2011


Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that

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Working as a continuity and emergency management contractor I can tell you no matter how good any professional is, devs included, if its not specified and outlined, its not getting done, that likely takes extra work/extra time and nobody rides for free. Plus, there may be a reason for why they didn't ask for it. It might be a stupid reason but its still not worth giving away your time and labor when it very well might just aggravate the client since it wasn't something they asked for. Maybe they're regulated and have to have things done a certain way (PCI, SOX, HIPAA, Title 13, EO 13526) or have security measures that you don't have need to know for that they'll add later.

None of this is to defend shitty practices, bad code, or bad QA, but when you're not told it needs to be done and you're getting paid a pittance even if you think its utterly stupid to not do whatever, it probably won't get done unless you run into the world's dumbest freelancer.

Academics publishing papers, who are universally seeking tenure (which is about the antithesis of temporary or freelance work), are probably the absolute fucking last people I'd ask about anything to do with a freelance job or the gig economy.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: The first rule of backups

I always thought the first rule of backups was that if you don't validate your backups, you don't actually have one.

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Of course, in the US Kangaroo Court system its the appeal series that actually matters.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Workstation prices for consumer hardware, no thanks

For more than a Z4 or Z6 workstation with Xeon processors and Quadro GPU hardware, the pricing on this thing is insane and it doesn't look like its all that serviceable given how small the chassis is. I mean I could be wrong, there are small form factor PCs out there that are just as easy to work on as a traditional tower but I don't know for certain and I'm not likely to find out, since most people I know would buy the workstation, a gaming PC, or a Mac instead.

Its obviously targeting the more money than sense and form over function crowd like a good deal of Apple's garbage, and while the tilty display thing is sort of interesting, it looks like its something that can get messed up easily and definitely not worth almost $5k for older hardware.

Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration

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Re: Mumsnet penetrated

I know they had an issue with Heartbleed, but I'm not sure anyone actually exploited it. To be fair, its a forum for middle age (mostly) women to whine about everything wrong with society and those damned kids, its not quite a financial institution or communications provider.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Seen this plot before

Gotta keep an eye on your girdlesprings and the side-warbling that they cause when installed too close to the gargleblaster.

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It was the exaterrestrials. We'll call 'em Lemurians, unless that's copyrighted by the Theosophical Society or the OTO. If that's the case we'll call them the Star Fairy Tribe.

I'll write a detailed description of why with tons of pseudoscience and occult crap for the low, low price of 39.95, paid monthly.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

It tends to suffice, this is the kind of guy that the Marshals don't move to a place like San Diego, Phoenix, Vegas, Los Angeles or Albuquerque on an S visa. He's a sysadmin that ran part of the communications infrastructure of a multinational criminal organization, it won't be too hard to find him a job.

Unless he does something on the more stupid end of the spectrum, like stay in touch with sketchy family members who are in the cartel or prone to being violently or non-violently influenced by them, he'll likely be fine somewhere like Cour d'Alene or Springfield, MA working for one of the Native American development corporations like on one of their non-classified government contracts so the USMS can keep tabs on him easier.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Re: Very, very nice

Psh....They want Windows 10.

Why? Simple. Its the best, Windowsiest semi-intelligent phone OS evurr!!

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Its a lefty-liberal plot!

>>"....not to promote competition among multiple providers in areas already receiving adequate service"

Because free markets are Socialism!

If we have competition in the market the next thing you know they'll be taking our guns, raising taxes and forcing our poor, downtrodden and horribly persecuted billionaires to pay more than a minimum wage laborer, which will lead to those hateful democRATs forcing us to eat tofu and bean sprouts made by married homosexuals while praying to the Marxist Islamo-Mexican devil and Lenin, before finally herding us into Soros-brand death trains to the FEMA death camps guarded by black helicopter flying UN troops from Venezuela and some other shithole countries that I don't know the name of! Sad!

MAGA! Lock her up!

Make sure President Putin Trump protects those poor, patriotic, and long suffering communications companies like Comcast, AT&T and Spectrum from possibly having to give up even 5 cents of their hard earned billions of dollars in profits a year by competition based on their merits! Do you love freedom, apple pie, processed cheese, the Grand Old Party, baseball and America? Or do you want the Islamic Mexican-Canadians, RINOs and Soros to win?

If you love America, then do everything you can to save Comcast from having to provide adequate services to the poor, because if you don't, the immigrants taking our jobs and women win and we're all headed to the camps.

(I hope its clear but this is pure sarcasm. It was hard to write but I hear this kind of shit on a daily basis from the idiots I'm surrounded by)

Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

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That they do, even if you blow away the four(!) "recovery" partitions.

I bought a Lenovo once, right around when they did this Superfish bullshit. It was the first and the last time. This thing had four extra partitions, only one of which had recovery data on it. Its not like the other three had something like a UEFI hardware diagnostic program (like what HP's been doing on their Probooks and Elitebooks for a while now) either. There was something on them, it was big enough to have a full headless OS and then some on all three extra partitions.

Being the not exactly paranoid, but not exactly clueless, person that I am, I started digging around and asking what the deal was. Funny thing is that I've yet to get a straight answer about what it was from the manufacturer. Lenovo have told me several different stories about them and none of them make sense. Fortunately the HDD failed after about a year and its been a paperweight ever since. I never trusted that machine because of any of that and I won't ever buy another from them.

Dell may have awful support and abysmal components, and HP are fucking expensive (if you want decent warranty support anyway) with only marginally better components, but neither one of them fling malware at you if you format the hard drives because the installer stubs are hard coded into their firmware.

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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>>You have to wonder are they a tech company any more?

No, they're an acquisitions company (see: Red Hat) that dabbles in Mainframes and buzzword laden marketing, as well as their semi-lucrative business of selling parts of itself to Lenovo.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

FrankAlphaXII Silver badge

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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