* Posts by DougS

7775 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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I remember when I played that a lot one weekend

I was seeing blocks in my dreams for the next couple weeks. I guess the idea is that it replaces dreams around with the traumatic event with dreams about Tetris? Less likely to cause nightmares if you have a recurrence years later, I imagine.

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Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

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How about we eliminate this on mobile devices first

For a while last summer, it seemed like about every tenth link I saw shared on Facebook would take me to a page about having 'won' something. If it was something I really wanted to see, I'd have to go back to it 3 or 4 times before I'd get lucky and avoid it. Since it happened across many sites, most of which were reputable, I figure it had to be ads that were abusing Javascript.

I still see it once in a while, but not nearly as bad. Not sure if Google or whoever sold those ads addressed it with their clients, or Apple made some changes in Safari with iOS 10 that made it more difficult to do, or Facebook somehow cracked down on it. But it still happens once in a while. It shouldn't ever be allowed to!

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Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

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Self driving cars shouldn't even need 3G

If a car is depending on having constant 10 Mbps connectivity to successfully drive itself, I think they need to go back to the drawing board. If it needs one Gbps like 5G is promising, it shouldn't be allowed on the road.

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Silicon Valley staffing agency boss charged with H‑1B visa fraud

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Re: H-1B Visa Fraud

This would be easily solved making them pay let's say 150% of the social security wage base, which would be $190,800 for 2017. That would eliminate companies using H1Bs as a way of undercutting US workers for the same job.

At that salary there's no need to force them to play the game of claiming they looked for US workers to do the job, because they would. Even if they couldn't find someone in Silicon Valley willing to do some extremely in demand job for under $200K, they surely could in less expensive parts of the US. So if they wanted to bring in an H1B at that price, it really would be because they can't find US workers to do the same job!

I think that would also avoid the need to limit the number of H1Bs, or conduct a lottery that left some companies who really did need an H1B out in the cold.

Maybe that pay level is a bit too high, but definitely no lower than the social security wage base. Bringing them in for only $60K is ridiculous, you couldn't hire a desktop support guy for that in the Valley, let alone a real IT professional.

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

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How about first

They try to get people to not dislike it so much. Then maybe they can worry about getting fans.

I think that Windows 95's launch will always remain the high watermark for Windows fandom...

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Inside Intel's Optanical garden

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Datera's storage tiers

They show how useless it is by the way it fits in their tiers:

1. Intel Optane with >500,000 IOPS and <50 microseconds latency

2. Flash with 100,000 IOPS and <500 microseconds latency

3. Disk drives with 150 IOPS and multi-millisecond latencies

Why have two tiers that are so close to each other? It is like when array makers tried to push two hard drive tiers on us after they added flash, where the difference between 15K SAS/FC and big slow SATA was so small. Even when you adjust it for IOPS per GB it was only 10x - simply not enough to matter when flash was several orders of magnitude faster.

Optane is in the same boat, being at best 10x faster (but because of its low capacity, very similar on IOPS per GB) so it doesn't make sense as a third tier.

Storage is still a two tier world, hard drives for cheap bulk storage, and flash for fast / high IOPS storage. Eventually they'll be able to make cheap flash (QLC perhaps) with pretty poor write lifetime but when it gets close enough to hard drives in $/GB that will become the bottom tier. It won't be the bottom tier because of speed (though it may be slower also) but because of the low write lifetime. It will be where you put your cold data that is written rarely and may or may not be read often.

I think Datera is trying to hype Optane because 1) they were dumb enough to design it into their products and 2) as a startup they need all the press they can get, so they've hitched their wagon to Intel to try to grab a bit of the reflected attention on Optane.

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iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

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It is easy to write Google's privacy policy

We grab everything, know everything, sell everything.

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The real #fakenews is from idiots who think CVE counts matter

Apple files a CVE for every security bug they fix, even ones they discover internally. Compare with Android updates which show security bug fixes that don't all have an assigned CVE. That alone makes such comparisons useless, but it is far from the only problem with thinking CVE counts are a way of comparing the relative security of two platforms. There's relative impact, whether you assign one or many for a particular module that has multiple issues, how hard people are looking for flaws (if a platform is insecure and there are already good unfixed exploits available to you, there is less incentive to look for more) and so forth.

Why is it always anonymous cowards who post the crap about CVE counts, and always using them to make specious claims that this alone proves Windows and Android are more secure than Linux and iOS.

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Re: Any indication

In order to use location services in iOS, an app has to be given that permission by the user. If you refuse that when it asks for it then it can't access it. Or if approve it you can later change your mind by going into settings and disabling it for that app.

Calling something that is allowed by the iOS API and with permissions that are controlled by the end user "malware" is simply a way to inflate the stats for mobile malware on iOS to hype up the threat. It is almost as though the companies mentioned in the article, Nokia and Skycure, are selling products to defend against malware. Oh wait, they are!

I don't give apps like Facebook or Google Search access to my location, but I did give access to an app I use to track my bike rides. Because that's pretty much required if it is going to be able to do what it is designed to do. Yet that would be considered malware by these knobs, because it is tracking my location? Location tracking is only malware if the app is able to do so 1) without user permission and/or 2) without any way for the user to disable it.

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VMware, Citrix to have a crack at desktops on docked smartphones

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Re: Bound to be a success

I've been thinking for years this sort of thing would take off, but it hasn't. I think the problem is that Continuum really needs an x86 CPU to be useful, because people who buy a Windows phone expect to run Windows apps.

I think Samsung's problem will be that people don't want to run Android/Linux apps, though for simple stuff like email/browsing it should be fine. Maybe phones as PCs are what VMware needs for their solution to finally take off. Network computers never really worked out because desktop PCs / laptops became so cheap it wasn't worth it. With a phone as the "network computer" meaning you only need re-purposed monitor, keyboard and mouse, maybe it will.

Still have to believe Apple would stand the best chance of success since they could recompile Mac apps as ARM64 to quickly allow people access to almost every Mac desktop app there is, and owning the full hardware/software stack would make for a lot more seamless solution. I think they'd be better off targeting at home users though, few enterprise users are running on a Mac, so in the enterprise they'd basically be limited to being a glorified network computer like DeX.

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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Why restrict it to dog poo?

Damn animals who can't be bothered to learn to use a toilet are pooping all over nature, including places where people walk like backyards, parks and sidewalks. They should pick up all the bird poop, rabbit turds, squirrel pellets and what not so us humans can walk around wherever we want without a care in the world like our shit don't stink!

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Please please please

I really want these bills to succeed, and the states to take prosecution of them seriously. Let's see how it works out for them when no one will sell any electronic devices in the state, and their voters are forced to cross state lines to buy an iPhone or a Dell, sending their sales tax revenue to neighboring states.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

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White males, sure

The real question is how the percentage of "former frat bros who would be members of the entitled and snotty frat that gets it in the end in any movie about college life" compares to other companies. I'll bet they are in the lead over everyone except perhaps Accenture in that category.

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Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

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1-9 years?

Did you mean 1-9 decades or 1-9 centuries? Because there's no way in hell we'll see proper AI at all, let alone human-level, in 9 years or less.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Perfect example of conservatives' foolish anti-regulation fetish

Since too much regulation is bad, which is a quite reasonable position to take, by extension they decided all regulation is bad. Because some providers governed by different regulations didn't have to protect your privacy, the solution was seen as "remove privacy protections from all providers". The option of "impose privacy protections equally for all providers" didn't occur to them, because it would mean adding regulation, which is automatically bad.

If there was a lot of competition amongst ISPs this wouldn't really matter, you could choose one that makes a commitment not to sell your information. Unfortunately most people have only two choices, their cable provider and telco provider, and in some cases the second choice is pretty slow so it is effectively a monopoly in their area. What's their choice if they want to preserve privacy, go back to sending paper letters like some kind of a wild animal?

More competition will come once fixed wireless broadband arrives, but not really. You'll have AT&T (who already sells internet service in some areas) or Verizon (ditto) that don't really add much to the selection. This would be a good opportunity for a lesser player like Sprint, but I wonder if there's enough of a market for privacy protection that people would switch over it?

I think most people are ignorant of it, or have resigned themselves that it isn't a battle worth fighting, so they carry their Google spy-phone with them everywhere they go, talk in front of their Amazon spy at home, meaning that selling them spy-free internet service wouldn't be easy.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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Full disk encryption

The flash in iOS devices already had full disk encryption. The reason you're able to erase your iPhone so quickly is because it doesn't erase anything except the encryption key it randomly chose for the filesystem, choosing a new one and marking all blocks as being available for reuse. If it actually erased all the blocks it would take more time and a 256GB phone would probably get a bit warm in your hand with all that flash block erase activity (that's the most power intensive thing NAND flash does, by far) If you've ever done a secure erase on your SSD you'll know it is something that takes at least a minute, maybe longer on a large one.

So I'm not sure what APFS is adding to iOS in terms of security. The big changes might be more for macOS.

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

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Re: No CAN BUS, but you could link them with ODB-II

Suppose I should have looked to see if they were already existing. So much for filing a patent and getting rich off my idea I guess!

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No CAN BUS, but you could link them with ODB-II

ODB-II supports a lot more than reading/resetting diag codes, which is all that most people use it for. You can get info on fuel remaining and tons of other stuff. If you wanted to support that on your phone without your car maker cooperating, someone could develop an ODB II connector with bluetooth that your phone could pair with.

Just leave it plugged in all the time, put a little memory in it so it can record data when your phone isn't present, and you could have access to all your car's data every moment it drives from your phone. And this is something you could do even on a 10 year old car...

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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

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Re: Server use

Can't find it at the moment, but I saw some specs for Optane yesterday that listed the max power draw at 18 watts. Unless there was a decimal accidentally left out of that, I think it may be subject to thermal throttling under heavy use as well.

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Not only that, they based their speed comparison between a PC with a high end Z270 motherboard and top range i7 CPU with a 1 TB hard drive and the same with the Optane m.2 card. Who is going to buy such a high end PC without an SSD? No one, that's who! I guess it doesn't show any useful speed up when measured against a PC configured in a sane manner.

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Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

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APFS

I'd argue that's the most important part of this update, because it is converting the filesystem from HFS+ to APFS in place. That's Apple's future filesystem, that future features and security improvements will depend upon.

In the process of upgrading right now - but I made sure to do a quick sync beforehand, because as an long time IT pro, the idea of an in-place filesystem upgrade makes me nervous even though I'm sure they tested the crap out of it :)

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Re: Star cannon

And a magnet only, what, a few hundred light years long?

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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@AC - signing keys are VERY different from encryption keys

Consider how often Apple has to access their signing keys. They release about 8 iOS updates a year, which means it can be kept in a safe in a secure room and only removed to sign a new release which can be done on a non-networked computer in said secure room. Pretty hard for it to escape. Even the key used to sign betas is used maybe 50 times a year, so it might not be treated quite so carefully, but still very likely lives in a safe and never touches a machine that ever has or will touch a network.

It is easy to keep a signing key secure under such circumstances. An encryption key cannot be used or maintained in anything remotely like those circumstances, meaning it is far more likely to be compromised. The CIA and other intelligence agencies would probably not have much trouble getting a mole planted within Apple to steal an encryption key. It would be easy to do that at about any company, the only exception being ones that have few employees and pretty much only hire people they know. By comparison it is VERY unlikely they could get a mole into a position where he could get hold of Apple's signing key. Probably only a handful of employees even have access to it, and they may require two people in the room at once to prevent the possibility of it being stolen.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: In a crisis, politicians have to be seen to "do something"

If the government was going to require key escrow, iMessage et al to centrally manage keys so they could give half to the government or whatever braindead scheme politicians might concoct.

The argument "but we don't control the keys so we can't give them to you" would be met with "then your product is not approved for sale or use in our country", if a government was inclined to crack down on encryption it couldn't control.

People would be forced to use open source products, or let the government access their encrypted data.

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In a crisis, politicians have to be seen to "do something"

This is "something". It doesn't matter if it is practical or even possible. They can talk about it, wait for the heat to die down, and if asked about it six months from now say "we are studying the issue".

Even if the ones in charge are not technically competent enough to understand why encryption where the government controls the keys is impractical (especially in a place like the UK where none of the companies making the phones or the software are resident) the wonks working for them do. There will never be a serious effort to revive the Clipper chip - that ship sailed once public key encryption went open source and patent free.

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Converged systems market is so hot it just went backwards

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Re: Err...

Enterprise disk arrays didn't have anywhere near the controller horsepower required to perform dedupe and compression across all LUNs on a busy array. That didn't happen until all flash arrays made their appearance. It was out of necessity - flash cost so much at first they needed to reduce the amount required to an absolute minimum.

Or maybe you can point me to an enterprise disk array introduced more than five years ago that offered dedupe & compression for all LUNs, since you think we've had it "for ever".

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Err...

The whole point of converged systems is to more efficiently utilize your resources. So it makes sense that as they mature and improve the revenue should drop. i.e. if you are better able to use deduplication and compression in your storage you buy less (not to mention how quickly the price of flash is falling)

If it wasn't for greater efficiencies no doubt the storage growth would have been a lot higher than 4%, because we seem to keep finding ways to generate more data. We just don't have to keep 10 copies of it anymore.

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Re: Bizarre response

Probably the deal they made with the state to allow the cars on the road at all required taking them down in the event of any accident until a full investigation is complete. That's entirely reasonable at this early stage.

Even if they didn't have to, given all the negative press they've had in the past couple months, they would probably prefer to show they are willing to err on the side of caution.

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Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

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Re: Hmmm

He's got a bunch of oil men in his administration, and has promised to bring back coal jobs in some of the states that helped elect him (quite how he will do that when unsubsidized wind energy is cheaper than coal in the US now, and solar is not far behind is a mystery unless he gives huge tax breaks to coal)

So I don't think there's any room for nuclear in his world view, except in the form of bombs.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: It's crazy, but it's very Miele

Having appliances that can call for service is a totally acceptable use of "IoT". That does not require an internal web server though, only the ability to send an email. If you want an internal web server for information or diagnostics, require a magic key sequence on the front panel to enable it and automatically disable it after one hour. That way only someone with physical access can turn it on, because they are the only ones who should ever need to access it (on a tiny LCD front panel, not a web server) It has an option for a modem that will call for service, but it isn't installed.

You can document the key sequence in the owner's manual if there's stuff in there the owner might want to see. The geeks among us might enable it every month or two to see what information it collects (amount of washes, amount of water used, amount of electricity used, date of last service, etc.) The water softener at my business collects info on the amount of water used and can report instantaneous flow rate, which I found useful a few times.

The flaw is thinking that a device needs to be connected and available full time. I realize this is a commercial model intended for laboratory sanitization, but it is still hard to see why you'd need to have a full time web server. Though hopefully at least an institution that buys something like this (I assume it is easily into 5 digits) has a firewall and a full time IT organization.

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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Re: You don't bug the phone in the factory

I'm not sure how apps are detecting whether a phone is jailbroken, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to create a jailbreak that evades such detection. If anyone could find a way around that, it would be state funded actors with essentially unlimited budgets.

How common are apps that detect it? I've never jailbroken my iPhones, so I have no idea how prevalent this is.

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You don't bug the phone in the factory

You intercept it during shipping. The only reason you'd need a mole in the factory is to get you some phones before they start shipping, so you can get a head start and figuring out how to bug it. Then you simply swap the bugged phone for the original in some airport cargo warehouse.

Since new phones aren't locked, you don't need to worry about a user's encryption keys and so forth. You just need a way to jailbreak it, and then you can hack it up to your heart's content. Then make it appear to run through the same "unboxing" sequence as a new one, and the victim is none the wiser unless he tries to jailbreak it and found that's already happened. Not sure how they keep their hacks intact after an OS update, but since minor updates only replace some files I'm sure they've got that figured out.

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Re: Secure by design...

While I agree, and I think perfect security is a goal, not a state possible to reach for such a complex product as a smartphone, I think Apple is on the right path with the way they have multiple layers of file/device encryption (google the iOS Security Guide to read the nitty gritty details)

The big hole as I see it for when your phone is in a 'locked' state is that keeps some of the encryption keychain handy because it has to be able to do stuff like receiving text messages that need to be written to the database or whatever where they are kept. If they used sort of an intent log to track stuff that happens while the phone is locked, and loaded code for functionality that is necessary while locked into RAM (i.e. ability to make emergency calls or whatever) then they could drop the entire encryption keychain while locked.

Now obviously if you have a fingerprint unlock that's trivial to defeat, but if you chose a nice long password instead your adversary would have to come up with an exploit for the secure enclave if you want to break into the phone without taking it apart. That's probably not possible given that it runs the formally verified L4 microkernel.

At that point you'd need to attack the secure enclave physically, by disassembling the phone. It really only needs to be "secure enough" that it isn't possible to stage an on-site black bag operation over a short term - like say they break in while you're in the shower. Obviously if they can take it to a secret lab that operates on an unlimited black budget there isn't much you can do - and if they're going that far they can simply rendition you and use the $5 hammer on your kneecaps to make you tell them what they want to know...

I wouldn't be surprised if after the brief battle with the FBI, Apple has put a lot of thought into how they can tighten things up by insuring that the entire keychain is dropped for a locked device, and tightening up the hole the FBI wanted to use - i.e. the ability to install firmware in DFU mode which Apple deliberately put in place to allow recovery from a bad flash. Considering that iOS 10 development would have been pretty far along when that happened, you wouldn't see any of the fruits of that yet, but there's a pretty good chance we might see something of that effort in iOS 11.

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Re: Secure by design...

These hacks all use physical access. Please tell me which OS you use that's secure against physical attack?

As for 'secure by obscure', Apple has sold over a billion iOS devices as of last year, so one could hardly claim it is obscure.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Guns...

A shotgun loaded with birdshot isn't lethal to anyone if it is aimed up in the sky at a drone. If you're going to go around shooting guns up in the sky like cowboys and terrorists love to do, that's the safest option by far. No damage to people or property, and so long as you are using non-toxic shot (i.e. not lead) then it won't kill birds that accidentally eat it, or harm pets who eat those birds.

I suppose you could use a load of rock salt too, but then the drone would have to be really close.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Or you're incredibly patient.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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A drone ad on a terrorist channel makes perfect sense

Perfect sense to Google's algorithms, that is. The words "terrorist" and "drone" are often found in the same web sites / articles (i.e. with titles like "drone strike kills four militants" or "experts concerned that terrorists will attack airports with drones") so the algorithm will think that as the two often go together drones would be a good targeted ad!

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: SAN?

Not only is a proper network, but you can run a SAN over ethernet (FCoE) or IP (FCIP) and even do it the other way around and run ethernet or IP over fiber channel, though the latter did not see much use.

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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But how could they patent it if they don't have a good invention story? Oh yeah, I forget like all the "X, but on the internet" and "X, but on cell phones" this is "X, but on wine bottles" where X = groove like on window sills.

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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Looking forward to Episode XVIII

Star Wars XVIII: The Batt.... Just hand over your money, you know you're going to

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Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court

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Why they should pay US tax on that

The US taxes its citizens on worldwide income. If I go to India and work there, I still must file a tax return and pay taxes in the US. Any taxes I paid in India are a credit against my US taxes, but if taxes in India were 20% and my US taxes were 30%, I'd pay 20% of my income to India and 10% of it to the US.

This is why you see US companies like Apple keeping massive piles of cash they earned overseas in accounts overseas. US companies operate under slightly different rules. They owe US taxes on worldwide income, and get credits for foreign taxes paid, just like individuals. However, the money isn't counted as income until it is brought into the US. So long as they leave it overseas, it isn't taxed by the US.

In this case the IRS is saying Amazon is padding their US expenses by having the US company sell services/IP to a non-US subsidiary, to allow them to effectively move profit from the US (where it would be taxed immediately) to outside the US (where it won't be taxed in the US) They can leave it overseas like many US multinationals do, until their corporate lobbyists have successfully bribed Congress to lower the corporate tax rate.

As for you having to sign those forms, sorry about that. We'll tell your government stuff like that is to help prevent terrorism to get them to go along with it, but it is really just because we're bullies and we can't help ourselves.

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

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Wish there was a way to use a standard 2FA app

You install your 2FA app, and if you want to 2FA with a new service they give you something you can install into it to provide the 'seed' then when you want to login to e.g. eBay you pull up the 2FA app, click on the icon for eBay, and it spits out the code for you to input on the web site. If you are logging in to eBay on your phone it could put the code in your clipboard automatically so you can simply paste it in.

The company I'm consulting for now has several possible methods to access their VPN. One, using a smart card built into your laptop or USB attached where the card is your username and your PIN is your password. Two, using a smart card on an external PIN based reader you have to carry with you with the same PIN is your password and you enter your login, and they recently added number three, texting you a SMS code and entering that along with your login and password.

Guess they didn't listen to NIST, and because it is more convenient than pulling out the external PIN based reader they gave me, I'm using the SMS option myself. If they had an app I could use that, but if it is their own app I probably can't install it on my iPhone without making it part of their MDM which I would not want and they probably wouldn't do. If there was a standard app they could provide a little blob to me to install in it, that would be the preferred option.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Apparently quitting drinking is the worst thing you can do

Taking all those results together, the "former drinker" has the highest risk of all - even higher than heavy drinker!

So apparently the lesson is:

1) if you don't drink, you should start drinking

2) if you already drink, keep drinking

3) if you quit drinking, start drinking again

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Error prone, insecure, inevitable: Say hello to today's facial recog tech

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Re: What?

So the past 50 years of making the DMV the most miserable place on Earth was a deliberate strategy, to prepare for the coming of putting DL photos in a facial recognition database? I guess I need to rethink my opinion of the intelligence of DMV employees, they were obviously way ahead of the rest of us!

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Re: To Netflix...

Or google something you heard? Or facebook someone to setup a dinner date? Or text someone?

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They'll only need two

If they have two of these satellites on opposite sides of the globe one will always be within reach of ISS. That probably makes more sense than having ISS go directly to Earth through the atmosphere.

And even with one, good bandwidth 50% of the time is still an improvement.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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They've taken the 'no' out of 'do no evil'

The terrorist funding laws beg to differ. If there was a case to be made, Google would be the ones getting prosecuted, not their advertising clients. It is the difference between trying to prosecute me sending $100 to a "Feed the starving orphans of Syria" charity has money ending up with ISIS without my knowledge, and trying to prosecute the charity when they have already been told some of their money sent to X ends up with ISIS and continuing to send money to X.

The most damning evidence against them is the fact that when they stopped UK brands from advertising on known terrorist content they left the US brand ads in place! That shows exactly what their feelings are in the matter: we don't care about terrorists putting content on our site if we can make money from it, and we won't take your ads off such content unless forced to.

Google has gone full circle from "do no evil" to sort of in between to actively and knowingly providing substantial financial support for evil so long as it lines their own greedy pockets!

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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They are changing their idea of what a tablet is

The iPad Pro is their target demo now. The trend for larger phones has greatly reduced the potential market for tablets, but they need to keep a cheaper option around for the education market. They can use last year's SoC and limit other premium features to the Pro line, and the non-Pro line becomes the entry level (the equivalent of the iPhone SE for tablets) to capture more "price conscious" (in quotes because Android tablets are still far cheaper) Apple customers like education and those from less affluent countries.

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It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

DougS
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Re: chris121254 - "improve online privacy"

Where is this huge pushback against DRM? Certainly not from the general public, who doesn't even know where they have DRM embedded in every TV sold for the past 15 years. Some might be vaguely conscious of the DRM in their DVDs.

If you want to fight against DRM, why don't you start by refusing to buy or own any TVs, since every TV sold with an HDMI port (other than maybe the first few years) supports DRM in the form of HDCP. And in the US at least, almost all cable/satellite operators enforce it on at least some channels, and many enforce it on all HD channels. And the world still turns.

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DougS
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Re: @DougS - Inclusion in free software

Never know it? I guess you must be imagining some sort of binary that goes around reading all your files and sending them off over the network. Gee, how could I possibly detect something like that happening on an open source operating system? Pull the other one.

You won't have to remove it, you'll have to take some sort of positive action to install it, just like Linux never shipped with Flash pre-installed, you'll have to install this yourself manually. Don't want, don't install it.

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