* Posts by Paratrooping Parrot

247 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

As it's military stuff or someone important

They will find the embezzler quickly and then draw and quarter that person. Whereas with those who affect the general population, they will let it pass and not bother. One rule for them, another rule for the general public.

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Mushroom

Easy source.

Just do a search for "and you wont believe" and add all those websites to the list of clickbait creators.

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AI on Raspberry Pi, Waymo touts robo-rides to Arizonians, and more

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Boffin

I can now learn Tensorflow

My laptop is unable to run TensorFlow, and so is my desktop at the university due to not having a dedicated non Intel graphics card.

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Mushroom

That's young for a CEO

He's only 22 years old! What made him suitable for becoming a CEO of a huge company?

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Black Helicopters

The winners in these cases

It seems to be that the way to make loads of dosh is to become a lawyer! All sorts of lawsuits are being filed and opposed. Is this some sort of conspiracy to help lawyers become rich?

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GIMP masks font downloads, adds horizon fix in new build

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Thumb Up

Gimp and darktable

Using those two together should hopefully be a Lightroom and Photoshop killer, especially since they are both available for Windows as well.

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Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin

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Mushroom

Problem when software changes hands

It is annoying when a popular software changes hands, sometimes the new owner totally ruin the software to make it bloatware and phone home with all sorts of data. One example I remember was Quickpic on Android. I can understand that the original owner has probably been promised loads of cash and peace of mind if they would let the new owners take over everything.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Mushroom

I think everyone will want to report themselves to ICO because they are so useless.

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Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

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Mushroom

They always get away with it.

Bankers and hedge fund managers destroy the economy and get away with it.

Large corporations such as Apple, Amazon and others avoid paying tax and get away with it.

Equifax loses details of millions of people and get away with it.

Some poor guy pays their tax late and they are fined.

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Want to know what all that Fortnite hype is about? Whoa, Android fans – mind how you go

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Stop

Yoda says

“PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan”

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Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping

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Re: I wonder if it's just the Facebook app

I use Greenify to try and kill Instagram, so then I can check it whenever I want. I don't let Greenify do things automatically though.

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Mushroom

Facebook on mobile browser

I have noticed in the past few weeks, Facebook have deliberately been making their mobile website, the m. website rather bloaty. Before it was very quick at loading, but now it is very slow. This seems to have coincided with the release of the Facebook lite application.

I am running Oreo on my mobile, does that mean that I can block Facebook lite from accessing almost anything and it would work?

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Re: 80186

I remember them at my college in the early 1990s. I remember coming in to the college and the mouse wasn't working properly. Other students also said their mice were not working. Some moron had cut up all the rubber mouse balls in the computer labs. The only mice working were the RM Nimbus ones which were metal.

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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Paris Hilton

Cookies

Does private mode give an empty set of cookies? So, how can they track you? Or is it because of the IP address?

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Mushroom

Seems like deja vu

Why do government officials always blame "hackers" whenever they don't want to understand when something does not go their way with computers? Then they call in the police SWAT equivalent.

I hope that the judiciary will agree with the teenager, although I feel like they will side with the government official on this. Most of them do not understand the basics of a computer as witnessed in the questioning of Zuckerberg at congress.

There needs to be special judges who understand computer technology as well as the law who should be the judge of computer related "crimes".

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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Holmes

This brings back memories. I remember the early days using bbcnc, cnn and cnet, although this was at university. Icon for reminiscing.

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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Boffin

Re: Red Snow

I have taken photos of snow at sunset and they do look pinkish red during the golden hour.

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Boffin

How would it feel?

Would they feel a drag towards a certain direction? Do their eyes bulge towards magnetic north?

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Mushroom

Facebook forcing people to use Messenger on mobile

I have noticed that Facebook has been forcing us to use Messenger in the mobile. I always used Firefox for Android on the mobile to use Facebook. A few times, especially in the past few months they disabled the messaging part from mobile website forcing people to use their Messaging app. Now I know why.

I did find an alternative that works, Metal. However, these tactics by Facebook makes me pretty annoyed at them and it seems rather antu-competitive as well. Instagram is another application that I hate, because you cannot use the web browser to upload photos.

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Reg writer wins quite prestigious journalism prism

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Congratulations!

Congratulations Mark! I hope that the articles inspire a positive improvement in the IT sector.

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Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

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Coat

A meteoric rise for crater spotting. :-)

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18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

Paratrooping Parrot
WTF?

Long Term Support

How come they are releasing a new LTS version??? They already have one: Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS

LTS stands for long-term support — which means five years, until April 2021, of free security and maintenance updates, guaranteed.

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Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox

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Paris Hilton

As long as I can still have uBlock

This has been a lifesaver for me. It works under Android as well, so I can browse YouTube without any adverts on my mobile. It's annoying that it stops YouTube videos whenever I open a new tab or do anything else on the mobile. This is something built into YouTube, it doesn't do it with other videos.

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What took you so long, BlackBerry? Facebook BBM suit is way overdue

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Mushroom

Lawsuits in Motion

are back in action!

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Star Paws: Attack of the clones

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

Potential for a scam.

Couldn't they just have searched for an identical breed of dog and then say it's a clone? It will have different personalities anyway.

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Amazon explained ‘Key’ crack before it shipped fix, says hacker who found the hole

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Headmaster

It would be nice to write down what PoC stands for immediately after the first usage it to make readability easier. Thanks. PS. I did find out that it meant "Proof of Concept".

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Linux

As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

I will probably move to Linux. I have finally found an alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop (darktable). That was the last sticking point to staying on Windows. Besides, I don't think my laptop will last much longer, I've had it for 7 years already! I will be moving onto Linux.

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As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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Mushroom

Everything in one place????

It seems that the general population has an inability to source different things from different places. For me, Facebook is just about keeping in touch with friends. I don't use it for news. If I want to know what is happening in the tech world, I come here. If I want to know what is happening in the UK, I go to the BBC or the Independent, if I want to feel outraged and demoralised, there's the Daily Mail for that.

Why do people want to have everything in one place? I remember watching in horror as people used to check their email by typing in their webmail provider name in Google. I think for many people, Facebook has replaced Google. Maybe there needs to be studies in UX design to try and get people to use several sources for different things. Maybe this is why supermarkets work, people want everything to be in one place.

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Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

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Mushroom

JavaScript for Ads?

Why do adverts need JavaScript? Why can't they just be static images like in the early days of the Internet? People are using Ad blockers because the adverts take up huge amounts of bandwidth and slow the computer down. Flash based ads are the worst. Those who use Pay as you go mobiles have to pay for every megabyte of data. So of course we are annoyed to be paying for the adverts that we don't want. Imagine those in other countries who are being bombarded with those adverts as well and have a hard limit on the bandwidth they can use.

So for those who insist on us to stop using Ad block technology, we are doing it to protect our computers. If you stick to static visible images with a link that does not follow you as you scroll down, then we will consider disabling ad block technology. Until then, we won't stop.

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Trebles all round! Intel celebrates record sales of insecure processors

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Boffin

The lay person on the street

Those that want a PC rather than a mobile or tablet will go to the shops for their PC / Laptop. How many of them use AMD? I guess that most of them will be Intel base machines. Most will not have a gaming machine based on AMD Ryzen or Threadripper processors.

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Paris Hilton

Evidence

I hope that all self driving vehicles have dash cams that are automatically recording and have no way of editing the contents. This way if there is a claim, the camera footage can show the evidence.

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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

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Unhappy

I hope I can disable

Tab warming. I have over 100 tabs open on Firefox. I usually hover my mouse over the tab to check the title, if I need it now. I have a feeling that it will mean a lot of tabs will be loading up in the background.

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Mushroom

"That leaves Spectre Variant 1 attacks, in which rogue software can spy on applications, unpatched. It's a good thing this variant is difficult to exploit in practice."

You do know that the NSA, the Israelis, the Russians and the Chinese are now in a race to implement this?

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

List of CPUs affected?

Is there a list of CPUs affected? I have an old Arrandale based Core i3 laptop. Would that be affected? Do we have to wait for the embargo to be lifted? Will Windows 7 be updated as well?

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UK Foreign Sec Bojo to tell Kremlin: Stop your cyber shenanigans... or else!

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Mushroom

Or else...

I will muck up trying to release a British citizen who has been arrested on trumped up charges and make his/her sentence even worse.

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Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

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WTF?

How far back does it go?

I have an old laptop from 2011 that has a Synaptics pointing device driver. Would this have the issues?

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Linux

Linux?

Imagine adding a solid state drive and installing Linux. That should fly like the wind. :)

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Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity

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Paris Hilton

Is the fact that the card details were stolen and Lloyds going down around the same time a coincidence?

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

Paratrooping Parrot
Linux

Backups

I hope that they have a good backup system in place. Distributed in different areas around the world. As for the speed of backup, just to paraphrase Tanenbaum: "Don't underestimate the data transfer rate of a van with backup tapes along the motorway."

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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

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Coat

Seems like the dominos are falling in the fight against online crime.

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

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Unhappy

This is the problem with cryptomining on websites

At the moment, it is the malicious criminals who are exploiting cryptomining. Websites need to get their security beefed up. In times like this, it feels like technology has brought about a lot of woe and worry, that I sometimes wish that I was living in a cave.

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Happy

Cryptomining vs Adverts

I would happily support cryptomining only if the website says that it is how they are funded. Also, it has to be such that the script cannot be hijacked by others. If a website does not mention that they are funded by cryptomining, then I would block it in an instant.

The advertising industry have shot themselves in the foot with all those dreadful campaigns from the early days of advertising; I am talking about the monkey one. Now they are filled with dodgy malware spreading campaign. If El Reg or the Guardian website was funded by cryptomining, then I would be glad to help, only if it was sanctioned by them.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Mushroom

I guess password generators will be cracked as well. :(

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

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Mushroom

The old boys are back in town...

Now expect a lot more with AMD's Ryzen chips, especially Threadripper. :) Finally there's good competition.

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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

Boinc

This will be perfect for those who use Boinc and things like PrimeGrid or Einstein at Home. They need to make a version for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper though.

Also perfect for running some Machine learning experiments.

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Suggestions for replacement?

I used to use Foxit until I noticed that the install file size was humongous. I moved to Sumatra after advice from the peeps here. I have to say that I haven't looked back. So, thank you all. :)

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

Paratrooping Parrot
Holmes

When to record

If the cameras work like the ones in the US, then we have a problem. The police choose when to record the video, as has been shown when the police in the US were caught planting evidence because it happened to record 30 seconds prior to pressing record.

Police cameras should be recording at all times the police is wearing his uniform, so if there is an allegation brought up, they can review the footage for the day.

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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

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I thought the sanctions were lifted

Didn't the sanctions against Iran finish in January last year?

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/world/middleeast/iran-sanctions-lifted-nuclear-deal.html

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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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Unhappy

Used Firefox from when it was Firebird

I have used Firefox from the very beginning, and still use it. I am a bit annoyed by the way it has influences from Chrome, but at least, I know that by using the Alt key, I can get the normal menu up. One thing that really annoys me whenever I use a different browser on someone else's computer, is when using Youtube, there are adverts. That always surprises me!

Their mobile browser however needs to be severely optimised. It is rather slow though, it is the slowest thing on my Android mobile :( , it does mean that I don't need to bother with Facebook apps. :)

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Mushroom

Erm...

Nothing about Samsung Galaxy Edge???

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